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Friday, 26 July 2013

Christmas in July.

Hi everyone, Sorry it's a while since posting. I have been busy making things but other things have got in the way of posting.
On Wednesday I had a call from my brother-in-law in Australia, letting us know that Mother was in her last days of life. Today he phoned to say she had passed away in her sleep. I then had to call my husband at work to give him the news. Not the easiest call I have had to make. It was for the best, as she was 90 and had dementure, so she had no quality of life. Even so, a sad situation when you live so far away. My husband hadn't seen his mother for about 25 years.
Early on in our relationship we were saving to go for a holiday to see her and his brother but I was then made redundant. All our savings had to go to keep the roof over our heads. It was 6 months before I got another job and was then made redundant again 6 months later! Four days later my husband was made redundant too! Over the next 5 years, my husband was made redundant twice, and one time was out of work for a year. I was made redundant 7 times in 5 years! Needless to say we never had the money to go. We also had my daughter at University throughout this time! That's what you get for working at Gatwick Airport!
Never mind, there is nothing we can do about it now. That's life!
This is a Lili of The Valley stamp I used a lot last year. I had so many requests for angel cards last year, so I have just ordered the new releases from LOTV yesterday.
I stamped a piece of white card with a snowflake stamp, that was free last year with a magazine and embossed with white embossing powder. I then applied Tattered Rose Distress Ink, using a piece of Dry Foam around the edges of the card and over the area where the snowflakes are. I then added a clear gem to the centre of each snowflake.


I wrapped a piece of pink ribbon around the bottom of the card and added the bow. Topped it with a sentiment stamp.
I stamped the image with grey Versafine ink and coloured her dress with Tattered Rose DI and her hair with Scattered Straw DI. On the berries I used a Sakura Stardust Red Pen. I added some T. Rose DI around the edge of the die cut edges and also on the bigger layer of the die.

I hope you like my angel card and don't forget to check out the Lili of the Valley shop, to see and buy the new Christmas stamp releases.
I am off to bed early tonight, as I had my grand-daughter today and I am worn out. We played with shaving foam and Alcohol Inks. She loved it and we made loads of backing papers for my stash. We have my Grandson's 3rd birthday party tomorrow, so hope it doesn't rain.
I am going to enter this card into the LOTV Challenge, which is something pink. Check out their site for the rules.
I am also going to enter it into Lili's Little Fairies Thursday Challenge, which this week is 'Monochrome'.
Thank you for visiting my blog, leaving your lovely comments and please come back soon.
Carol S.xx

Monday, 15 July 2013

Saved By A Stamp

Hi Everyone,
I have been very remiss and not posted for a while. We have had a holiday away in Suffolk and Norfolk, visiting a friend that we had not seen for 21 years.  That was great fun and he was a great tour guide, taking us places that we would never have seen without him. He has lived there for 10 years, so knows his way around.
My husband had to speak to our Doctor yesterday. At the end of the conversation, he asked my husband if we had been to Snape Maltings (a very small place in Suffolk) last week. My husband said we had. Our doctor had seen
him and thought he had recognised him and then saw me and realised we were his patients. Small world.
Also my daughter moved house last Friday. They were exchanging contracts and completing, all on the same day! I won't bore you with all the problems that arose on the day, but all were resolved about 4.30 pm! We were packing boxes and the lorry all day, hoping that they did not have to unpack the beds again!
They are all now in their lovely new house, which I know they will be happy in, as it has a lovely feel about it.
This card I made a couple of weeks ago, for the admin manager at the charity I support. The manager asked me to do it for all the staff to sign.
I had a list of her 'likes', some of which I knew. I knew that she loved bright colours and wine! But I had a mental block as to where I would start.

I also knew she had a great love of angels. So I adapted a LOTV Christmas angel, changing the shape of the holly leaves and colouring the berries with pink, joining them together to look like a flower. The background was just white card put through an embossing folder that was a free gift with a mag.

Inside were a number of pages, decorated with some funny images and some more of her likes.

I don't know if you feel the same as me, but I would love to see some rain! In my younger days I loved it really hot. Comes from my Maltese side of the family- my Mum! Now I am a bit more mature (Lol!) it makes my ankles swell and saps my energy. I do like seeing the sun but just wish you could lower the temprature a bit.
We have a huge conservatory that is our dining room. At this moment it is 35degrees in it. All the windows are open, including the roof. The french doors are both open. The roof glass has screening film on the inside of it and the glass is supposed to have built in screening too. I hate to think what it would be if it was all closed up and without screening! Salad again tonight!
Thank you for visiting my blog and I promise to try and post a bit more often!
Carol S.xx