Sunday, 28 November 2010

Twisted Sketches #35

Apologies for being a day late again with posting this weeks Twisted Sketch which can be found here. The twist this week is layers, anyhow, anyway. I've used the lovely SU set called Welcome Christmas with the gorgeous Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive combination.
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SU Welcome Christmas stamp set
SU Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive ink pads
SU Cherry Cobbler cardstock
SU Jolly Holiday DS Papers
SU Photo Corners punch

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Twisted Sketch #34

I'm a bit late posting my interpretation of this weeks Twisted Sketch which can be found here. The twist this week is Edge, anyway, anyhow. Do check out what the design team have done with the sketch and their twists and have a go yourself.

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SU Soft Suede Cardstock & Ink Pad
SU I {Heart} Hearts stamp set & Unity sentiment
K & Co Hannah Papers
Embellishments from stash box
Gold Promarker pen
SU Heart Punch to create decorative edge of sentiment
Martha Stewart Punches

Friday, 19 November 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch #93

With so much going on this week I haven't had much time to craft - however I had yesterday off work and managed to make our youngest son his birthday card (hard to believe he will be 20 next week) and managed to tie it in with a challenge. This one is for Sweet Sunday. I've used the papers from the Celebrations paper set from SU and a couple of stamps from SU too.

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SU Celebrations DS Papers
SU balloon stamp from Crazy for Cupcakes, greeting from Hostess Level 1 set and words on balloons are stamps from Kanban
SU Pear Pizazz, Real Red & Pacific Point cardstock
SU Pear Pizazz, Real Red & Pacific Point ink pads
SU Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon
Happy Birthday embossing folder
Nestie squares and scalloped squares

Thursday, 18 November 2010

A week of changes.

Last Friday was the last day at my old job - I'd been there for 8 years and while I was not sorry to leave the work behind it was a bit sad to say goodbye to the people I had been working with. Having said that I am sure I will still see some of them from time to time. They loved the little chocolate boxes I gave them and I loved the gifts they gave me. Firstly a gorgeous basket of flowers, which are still going strong, so pretty and one of them did ask me what I would do with the basket - to which I replied I'm sure I can fill it with stash of some kind. They also bought me some Thorntons chocolates and another small box of chocolates - Janice who bought them and knows me well - didn't have a clue what the chocolates were like, but knew I would love the box they came in! They also bought me three boxes of fruit teas (as that is all I used to drink at work) and I had some money too, which will no doubt be spent on stash when I go down to Kelly Bray on Saturday.

I also received three other lovely 'Good Luck in your New Job' cards from my friends Karen, Jill and Jacqueline - aren't they super.

My new job started on Monday, but I had already been woken up just before 1am and spent 2 1/2 hours at Derriford Hospital with Colette. She'd had a show during the day and was getting pains so as she was still classed as premature they advised her to come in so they could check her and baby out. So at 1am I was up, closely followed by Ian as he needed to help me de-ice the car! Everything was ok - baby was happy and Colette wasn't in the early stages of labour so we were sent back home. Managed to grab a couple of hours sleep before having to go into work - I'd had visions of having to ring my new employer to say I wouldn't be able to make it but thankfully that wasn't the case.

Monday and Tuesday was mainly spent going through paperwork, watching videos and other general induction procedures. Wednesday was my first early morning shift - I had to be in work for 5am and it was the quickest 7 hours at work that I have ever known - the time just flew by. It was really busy in there - not helped by the fact that there had been really heavy rain during the night, which meant the trains were severely disrupted which in turn meant the station cafe was extremely busy all day! At times I felt like a spare part as I was unable to do much due to not having had the training yet, but I have learnt how to make sandwiches, toasties and paninis - easy you might think, but you wouldn't believe what goes into making the humble sandwich for a retail outlet. Everything has to be done in a certain way and ingredients have to be weighed before being packed up and sealed for the customers. I'd forgotten how tiring it could be on the 'old pins' after being sat on my rear for the past eight years. I'm sure I'll get into the swing of things, but it's amazing just how much they have to do there and with only two people to do it I now fully appreciate all the hard work.

Day off today and I made the most of having a lie in - however, tomorrow is another early start so early to bed for me tonight.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Twisted Sketch

This weeks sketch from Twisted is very simple and yet I found it incredibly hard to work with! The twist this week is brads, anyway, anyhow. I've used SU's Kimono Kids stamp set for this challenge and the beautiful Greenhouse Gala papers again - can you tell I like that pack? I hope you'll join in with the challenge and don't forget to check out the sketch and the rest of the DT's work here.
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SU Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock
SU Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Delight & Wild Wasabi Ink Pads
SU Kimon Kids stamp set & Punch Potpourri (Hostess Level 1) stamp set
SU Greenhouse Gala Papers
SU Boho Blossom Punch
A combination of SU and stash brads
SU Marina Mist 1/8 inch Taffeta ribbon

Monday, 8 November 2010

Farewell Gifts

I am changing jobs very soon, but while I haven't enjoyed the work I have been doing in recent months I have enjoyed working with all the people within the team. Friday is my last day and I have been busy making mini pizza boxes (adapted slightly to fit contents) and filled them with Ferrero Rocher chocolates. The boxes have been made using Early Espresso, a lovely rich deep brown from SU and I have cut out the centres of the top of the box using Creative Memories cutting system and added some acetate. I've stamped one of the lovely flowers from SU's Ornate Flowers set using the matching Early Espresso ink pad. Finished it off by using one of the greetings from the Hostess Level 1 gifts and punching it out using the 1 3/4 circle punch and making two larger circles again with the CM system. Added a bow to the top corner in Old Olive.

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SU Early Espresso, Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock
SU Early Espresso ink pad
SU Ornate Flower stamp set and Hostess Level 1 set
SU 1 3/4 circle punch
SU Old Olive Ribbon
Acetate and piece of patterned paper (for inside of the box to cover up tape)

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Twisted Card Sketch #32

This weeks sketch is now up on the Twisted site and can be found here. Team B got to play this week, but as always I wanted to take part in their great sketches too! The twist this week is Punch, anyhow, anyway - I hope you'll join in with the fun. I have used some lovely papers from SU's Greenhouse Gala set, along with some Unity stamps and the small flower from SU's Vintage Vogue. The bird punch is a dream to work with. The bottom of the tree trunk isn't quite in line with the main image but hey ho!
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SU Designer Papers Greenhouse Gala
SU Early Espresso, Baja Breeze and Whisper White
SU Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Wild Wasabi Ink pads
SU Bird Punch,
Unity cloud stamp, tree stamp and sentiment, SU Flower from Vintage Vogue
SU Brads Neutrals

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Black look - Twisted Sketch LO

I've finally created a scrapbook LO - the first one since the retreat way back in June. Perhaps with the help of the Twisted Sketches LO's I might even get some more completed! This photo is of our dear dog Max who I caught inside our bed and who isn't allowed in the bed (on it yes but not in it). He knew as soon as I walked in our bedroom that his time of being snuggled under the duvet was going to be over - hence the black look. The Twisted Sketch can be found here and the twist was Black, anyhow, anyway.
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Papers and embellishments from Papermania
Cardstock from stash
Pink Cat Studio stamps
Sassafrass journal box
Thickers alphabets for title

Tuesday, 2 November 2010


There is a lovely little stamp set in the new SU catalogue called Always (pg 43 if you have a catalogue). One of the stamps is very ornate and I decided to turn it upside down and make it into a Christmas tree. I have used the top end of the small tag punch and added the small border stamp that is also in the set to decorate the top of the pot for the tree to stand in. A few of the gorgeous rhinestones were added to give it some bling. The new border stamp is beautiful to work with it as is the lovely ribbon I have added for decoration. The sentiment is from the lovely Curly Cute set. Hope you like my use of this stamp - off to see what else I can make from it now!

SU Baja Breeze, Night of Navy and Whisper White cardstock
SU Baja Breeze & Night of Navy ink pads
SU Always & Curly Cute stamp sets
SU Scallop Trim Border Punch
SU Rhinestones
SU Organza Ribbon