Sunday, 31 August 2008
Saturday, 30 August 2008
But speaking of Martha, here's another - one of the very talented Kerry's Spiral Whispers stamps. The paper is Pocket Full Of Posies. And what a neat link from one card to the other - I should be on the telly!!!
Friday, 29 August 2008
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 5 other blogs.
5. Put links of those blogs on yours.
6. Leave a message on the blogs you have nominated
Thursday, 28 August 2008
And now ......taaa daahhhh
Look what I got from Rach :)xxxxx
Thank you sooo much darlin - and now I have to pass this onto 5 bloglies ....
My fab 5 are
Emma - chin up girl xxxx
Enfys - huge congrats on a fab article just published in Papercraft Inspirations - go En xxxx
Ann - new to Blogland but she does THE most amazing stuff - check it out xxxx
Sammi - just come back to us after a little break - stay crafty girl xxxx
Sue - her blog is called Susie Sunshine
and that is exactly what it is - I LOVE it xxxx
Thanks girls for the laughter, tears and inspiration xxxx
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
The stamp is by Stampendous and I used Versamark and chalks for a softer effect.
And just when you thought I'd put it way, ta dahhhhh, here it is ... my MSBP (heee heee) with PP paper, some acetate and Tilda coloured with Prismas
TFS and have a great evening xxxx
Monday, 25 August 2008
Friday, 22 August 2008
Copied from Emma's blog ....
After the wonderful response to our Christmas cards for the troops plea and after much discussion with Tina, Sarah and everyone else we have decided to offer some blog candy for this very worthy cause...As some of you have already started making your Christmas cards...do you fancy making a spare one for the Troops in Iraq or Afghanistan? All you need to do is make an extra one...leave it blank inside so a member of our fantastic Forces can send it home to a loved one.Everyone that sends a card to me to forward on to SOS will have their name put into a draw for a huge bag of ribbons from craftyribbons.co.uk. Send two cards and you get your name in twice!If you would like your name putting in the draw then drop me an e-mail and I'll tell you where to send them.All cards need to be received by the beginning of October.So girls...start spreading the word and lets give our boys and girls some Christmas cheer.
Fab I think and I wouldn't fancy being in either of those places right now .xxxxx
This is a card I did for my niece Samantha and her partner Jim who have just had the most gorgeous baby boy. Welcome to the world, Haydn James.
The papers are PP and the frothy organza ribbon is from the very depths of my ribbon box and the ric rac is from Creative Pastimes. Button brads are Making Memories.
TFS and have a nice day xxxx
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
And this one is a bit different but I just love the Winston paper from the His n Hers collection which I used to make these flowers with.
A massive thank you Liz for not only including me, but also for the wonderful photos you took of these - mmmwwwaaaahhhh xxxx
Hi girls. I was notified late last night about a really nasty computer virus that is about to hit us. What makes it so nasty is that it is really destructive, and at the mo, McAfee don't have a fix. But as it makes a reference to postcard, or card, or Hallmark, us cardies might think it was a genuine thing cos of what we do. This is the e-mail I got ...
PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS!
You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open anymessage with an attachment nt entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,'regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.
So please take care peeps. I know sometimes these warnings go around and they turn out to be 'urban myths' and as I type this, I 've asked our IT guy to have a look and see what he can find out. BUT better safe than sorry until we know for sure.
Hope you are all ok and sorry for being a bad blogger recently. Loads going on here and some of it is not good unfortunately. Normal service will be resumed asap - maybe later?????.
But hope you are all well and fabulous xxxxxx
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Emma is going to V this weekend and as is de rigueur, she got herself some flowery wellies. And of course, Kyla wanted some as well and just loves them. She insisted on wearing them even though it was boiling hot lol xxx
Aww, I could bite chunks out of those chubby little knees.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
This is my card for PTW which this week is 'button it'. The ribbons and buttons are all Poppicrafts, the papers are PP natch, and is that my new Martha Stewart punch I see. Did I mention that I love it!!! The little heart is cut out from one of the One In A Melon papers and I went over it with Glossy Accents so that it looks like one of them there dome sticker thingies - sorry, I can't remember for the life of me what they are called!!! It looks a bit weird here but in real life it looks quite cool. And a fraction of the cost of the stickers whose name I cant remember!!!
Copied from Kirsty's blog -
For the compassion of the Armed Forces
I am ex forces - I served 9 years.My bro and sis are still serving (between them its nigh on 39 years).My husband served 22 years in the British Army (he served in 1st Gulf war)My cousin is still serving (he served in 1st gulf war too)Mum and Dad are ex forces which totals up to almost 100 years.Plus my grandfathers are ex-forces too.I have a little plea to anyone who cares to help sign a petition to help keep the Royal Military Hospital at Haslar open. There is only ONE MAJOR forces hospital open in the whole of the UK. That means if any of our servicemen in Afghanistan or Iraq return to the UK with an injury, they have to go into a NHS Hospital. Somewhere alien to their needs and no camaraderie. And this is the message I got from my mum today. She was once treated in this hospital when she was a WREN.
PLEASE PLEASE HELP xxRMH Haslar is set to close, but is still operational and could be made into a great home for our injured service personnel. Some background: '2 Para' alone have on their current tour sent back over 50 casualties to the UK, and even that many cannot be accommodated at Selly Oak Hospital. So when all of the casualties from other battle groups are added to this figure, how is ONE ward in ONE NHS hospital going to cope? It cannot. And as a result the individual troops are sent home to recover relying on NHS visiting services which themselves are over committed.
We need a dedicated military hospital if servicemen and servicewomen, who have been committed to hostilities and injured, are to get the medical care they rightly deserve. A lot more than 5000 names are needed for this petition to survive, and quite cynically, Downing Street has put a time limit of one month - during the summer holidays - for this to be achieved. Please support it - please copy the link below to confirm your signature on the petition. Please forward this email to as many people as you can. Thanks. Go to http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Wounded/ - it takes 1 minute to fill the formThe petition was created by Denzil Connick and reads: 'We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Create a dedicated Military & Veterans Hospital within the UK.'
Thank you soo much for taking the time to read this. And I will be back later with some cardy stuff.
Cheers me dears xxxxxx
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
What happened is this …. And I swear this is all true (well you couldn’t make it up to be honest!!)
My ex’s dad died – we never really got on that well. Anyway on the morning of the funeral, he (the ex) went over to Liverpool really early to make sure his mum was ok (lovely lady btw). Well he said to me that they were leaving the house at 12.30pm, see you later etc etc and off he went.. So me and my youngest set off later, in good time and although we hit traffic on the way, we arrived at the house at 12.20pm. Only to find that the house bore a strange resemblance to the Marie Celeste.
Well we didn’t know what to do cos we didn’t know where the funeral was. So I am going ‘think Dawny think’ and generally bashing myself on the head a lot in the style of Basil Fawlty. But sadly, nothing (there is still not a lot there now lol xx). So I grabbed a random pedestrian and sort of said ‘excuse me please, do you know where the nearest cemetery is?’ Surprisingly he didn’t run away!!!. He told me the name of it and I sort of then vaguely remembered it from the obituary notice I’d read in the paper. He gave me directions and off we went.
Bearing in mind this is Liverpool and I don’t really know the area, we did really well and found it without too much bother. So we drove through the gates and just kept driving round but all we could see were graves. Of course this isn’t rush hour in the city, so there was a bit of a shortage of alive people to ask for further directions. But eventually we find someone and asked him. He told us that the cemetery was split into 2 – this was the graveyard bit and we needed the crematorium. ‘Fab’ I says, ‘where is it please?’. ‘Over the other side of the road’. What he didn’t say was the road was a ruddy great dual carriage way and getting over it was easier said than done. But no matter, off we went and eventually crossed the road, found the car park and got out.
Well by now my face was puce, my hair was sticking to my head so I looked like an advert for shampoo for greasy hair (the ‘before’ bit of course), and rivers of sweat are running off me so despite the copious amounts of Sure Deodorant that I had put on earlier, it did let me down and quite frankly I must have whiffed a fair bit!!. But never mind all that, I thought, we got here and that’s all that counts. So we see a line of people and in the distance, a hearse making its way slowly up the drive. So I grabbed my poor child (11 at the time - it isn’t a good age to be embarrassed by your dippy mother) and ran up to join this queue of people. Mustering as much dignity as I could manage (which quite frankly by now was not very much) we stood there in respectful silence and waited for the hearse.
As we waited, I looked around and suddenly realised that I didn’t know single soul – not one face!!. I began to get the first fluttering of panic and that sick feeling in my stomach. My eyes were like on stalks and a look of sheer horror crossed my puce face. As calmly and as naturally as I could, I turned to this man standing next to me and asked, this is John Smiths funeral isn’t it. (name changed to protect the dead lol xx). ‘No’ he says, ‘it’s random name random names funeral’ (I cannot remember the name now – the stress has wiped it from my memory bank). OMG we are at the wrong funeral I says to poor Emma who is by now mortified and thoroughly ashamed of me. So I says to him ‘but this is Spring Wood Crematorium isn’t it?’. ‘Oh yes love, but here are 2 here, back to back. Try the other side’. So we ran, nay sprinted round to where he had showed us. The good news was that it WAS the right place. But the BAD news was that it had started. And despite the undertaker saying it was fine, I was too embarrassed to gate crash - it would have been very wrong. And by now I was thinking that as the deceased hadn’t liked me very much, perhaps he was trying to tell me something from beyond the grave. Something along the lines of ‘stay away!’. So we waited outside, shamefaced, and embarrassed.
The family were very good about it and it isn’t why the ex and I split up. He maintained to the day we parted that he had told me 12.15pm, and I maintained that he didn’t!!!. For a long time I couldn’t even think about it without breaking into a cold sweat. But I can laugh about it now.
So now you know. It could only happen to me. Hope you enjoyed my shameful moment xxxx
morning that I hadn't actually posted owt for 6 flippin days - slap slap. Futher more, I realised
that I haven't actually made a card for over a week!!!! Well I haven't exactly been idle peeps cos I have been here and there.... but more about that in the next post (intrigue intrigue hee hee lol xx)
So to get me back into the swing of things I found a map and made it back to my craft room (without oxygen and using GPS - it wasn't too difficult) and did a couple of challenges.
The first one is PTW fab challenges using one of Katharina's awesome sketches. I used my brand new Martha Stewart doily lace edges punch which came yesterday. Kath I have to confess that I almost held out until this morning but, well you know.... I got to 10pm last night and it was sitting there practically begging me to take it out of the box. So I just had to oblige lol xx The papers are PP and the ribbon is Raspberry Ribbons. The fab glittery goodness round Kerry's Martha Ballerina stamp is cosmic shimmer glitter jewels which is made by Creative Expressions and which I got from Topaz Crafts on Saturday. I think it looks quite good on her dress.
Here is some more detail ....
The last one is for this weeks Tilda challenge and is again based on a sketch.
I have had this Tilda stamp for a while now but never used it before. The paper is one of my computer creations and if anyone wants a copy, just e-mail me and I'll send you the file. The ric-rac is Raspberry Ribbons and the teeny tiny little red buttons are from my stash.
Now I am a bit late doing this next bit cos I was tagged twice last week by the fabulous Dawn and Debby. Thank you for thinking about me girls xx The rules are .....
1. Link to the person who “tagged” you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know your entry is posted on your blog.
So 6 random facts about me ....
1. I used to be in a band years ago. We weren't that good but boy did we have a laugh xx
2. I can't drink cold drinks out of a cup, it has to be a glass (truly weird!!)
3. I have 2 phobias, people puking and frogs (but not puking frogs!!)
4. I have had Crohn's Disease since I was 21 - doesn't interfe with my life cos I dont let it
5. It was love at first sight for me when I met Richard - I didnt even know his name but I knew I would marry him one day
6. I went to the wrong funeral once. It could only happen to me. I can laugh about it now but it was sooo embarrasing at the time.
So there ya go. Now I am going to tag ... Leann, Steph, Rach, Bev, Han and Jill xxx