Friday, 31 August 2007

Finally, a break!

Yay, crafting time! Well, like I said in my last post, my parents were visiting and crafting time was virtually non-existent. But that's fine, that's as it should be. However, now that parents have returned to Germany AND youngest daughter has started nursery, crafting time has suddenly become available again! Well, for this week anyway, from next week on, I am intending to implement a new housework routine, in the hope that the midden we call our home will eventually become a little more presentable... (A vain hope, I hear my mother saying... )

Anyhow, seeing I didn't manage to post anything on last week's DCM challenges, I wanted to be quick off the mark with this week's. And since I have actually made cards for last week's challenges, I'm just going to post them as well.

So, this week's challenge is entitled " A Trio of Welsh Barbers", and too right, explanations for this cryptic clue were needed. And then I thought, oh well, this shouldn't be too hard, die cuts are really my bread and butter, I use them all the time and have a disturbingly large collection of Sizzix, Quickutz and Ellison Design dies... But when you want to be creative and do something special, inspiration doesn't always strike. I have made a card, but I'm not entirely sure whether I like it. Like the tag, not sure about the rest. Here goes:

Die cuts used are: Thick Cuts tag, Quickutz hearts, QK ricrac, QK flower, and a wee heart punchie. Papers are DCWV.

And here are pictures of cards for "Who's pushing your buttons" and "Take a letter, Ms Jones" which I never got round to entering, but am quite pleased with, so you're going to have to look at them anyway :)

Buttons first: They are 3 blue flower buttons and a little red button that I found in two big lots of buttons I ordered from ebay not long ago. Went back to the colour combo of my dots and dashes card, still liking it. I suppose this card could be entered for the die cuts challenge as well, as it's got Sizzix tags, QK flower stems and QK sentiment!

As for "Take a letter", I went for the letter S and made two cards, in a bid to get my Christmas card production rolling. Well, they are still the only two I've made so far...

Anyhow, blue card: stripey paper, scalloped edge, snowflake paper, squares, snowman, snowman sticker, snowflake sticker.

Red and green card: stripey paper strip, spotty paper strip, squares, stocking, stamped sentiment.

That's it on the card front for today, but I shall ramble on a little about what's been going on in this little corner of the world. My parents' visit was very enjoyable, and I had 3 very upset little girls when Oma and Opa went away on Wednesday morning :( My parents do very well, they don't see their granddaughters all that often, but somehow, they have managed to build the same relationship with them as the girls have with their other grandparents whom they see on a weekly basis. Makes me very happy! - It was a busy week, we had excursions into Edinburgh, the local shops, to Blackness Castle and to a couple of concerts at the festival. A good time was had by all :)
The other big thing was that youngest daughter started nursery last Monday. She was extremely excited about going and feels like a really big girl now! She settled so well, it was wonderful - from day 3, she was in for the full time, including group time, and was even happy to be taken to nursery by my friend whose daughter goes there as well. You may think this is nothing so special or unusual, but when you have two other daughters who, at the same age, used to regularly cry and had to be dragged into nursery/playgroup kicking and screaming, who didn't want mummy to leave and would by no means entertain anybody else taking them to nursery, then a laid-back child who happily just gets on with life, is a very welcome change. I'm very proud of my little one, and I'm slowly getting used to the fact that I have a couple of hours every morning in the house when I'm on my own. Crafting time.... :)


  1. Fabby cards.
    I couldn't make much for a while, too tired at work causing me to be too stressed!!

  2. Oh wow Anne! I've had such a lovley time looking at all these gorgeous cards, they are all soooo fab that I couldn't begin to pick a favourite!

    Fantastic set of cards.

  3. Lovely cards........enjoy your free crafting time and then maybe you could come and sort my midden out!!!

  4. Gorgeous cards, you can never have enough crafting time!

  5. All your cards are lovely, I really like the die-cut challenge card.

  6. Wow you've been busy - gorgeous work Anne.

  7. Lovely cards! nice and fresh feel to them!


  8. Lovely cards, love that Xmas paper

  9. Oh Anne! all your cards are gorgeous but I particularly like your button one. It's sooo cute.

  10. Great cards, all of them! Enjoy your newfound crafting time and don't worry too much about the housework!

  11. Anne all of your cards are lovely!
    your post is a visual feast!

  12. You make such lovely clean lined cards!

  13. I love the clean lines on your card designs, they are all fantastic thanks for sharing them with us. Also thanks for sharing you little ones big day, it's great to hear that she is enjoying Nursery.

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