Wednesday, 5 September 2007

You Big Softie

I'm rather pleased with myself today - no, I haven't cleaned the house from top to bottom, but I did manage to make three cards! My husband thinks my priorities need sorted out...

The first one is for the Daring Cardmakers Little Extra, and I did struggle with that a little bit. I'm not really a softie, I'm more one for straight lines and symmetry - and this is part of the reason why I've started doing these challenges, I want to try and be less regimented. Not quite there yet, as you'll see below...

I used felt letters and some fluffy fibres wrapped round the pp bits, felt came from John Lewis, fibres from a Lakeland pack and pp are Rob and Bob/Provocraft. Picture is not great as it was taken in the evening when the light was getting poorer.

The next card is for a friend who asked me to do a "New Home" card for her, and with this one, I followed a sketch from Beate Johns . When my husband saw it, he said "Did YOU do that? That's really good!" Hmmmhhhh.... He explained that he was just surprised because it wasn't my usual style... Men!

Papers are Rob and Bob again, house is a Cuttlebug die and stamped message is MM magnetic letter stamps.

The last one is for another friend who asked me to do a card for a wee boy who has just had a baby sister. Again, it's probably a bit different from what I normally do, but I think it's quite fun and should appeal to a wee boy. Train engine is a Sizzix die, I handcut the track and used some punched stars to jazz up the background a bit.

It's been a very productive day, craftwise :)

Back in the real world, I had the pleasure tonight of attending "Meet the Teacher" night at my daughters' primary school. I went last night to listen to a presentation by our new headteacher and meet middle daughter's teachers and tonight, to meet eldest daughter's teacher (was allowed off the HT presentation). Overall, the presentations were informative and helpful. It's nice to have a slightly better idea of what goes on during the girls' day at school, because once they're home, it's virtually impossible to get any information out of them. Me: "What did you do at school today?" Daughters: "Can't remember." Some things come out eventually, but usually a few days after they would have been useful to know... So apparently we're meant to ask "What did you LEARN at school today?" I'll give it a go, but I'm not holding my breath. The new HT has lots of ideas and plans for the school, some sound good, others maybe not so workable, but time will tell. I'm just always wary when lots of buzzwords are used and like to wait and see if they're actually followed up with actions. Cynical me, I must be getting old.

I'm away now for a cup of hot chocolate and then off to bed for an early night (kinda confirms the sentence before, doesn't it?) Thanks, everybody, for looking, and thanks to all of you who left such lovely comments on my last post, I'm still a little stunned.


  1. All of these are cute, but I think my favorite is the one for Beate's sketch ... love those papers.

  2. Your cards are adorable!

  3. More very gorgeous cards! And I think your priorities are just right (well - the same as mine, anyway!)

  4. They're all gorgeous, love the colours!

  5. Brilliant cards, love the papers.

  6. Fabulous cards.:) I know exactly what you mean about "Can't remember" I get it every day!LOL and usually find out pieces of info days later haha.

  7. Fab cards - all of them.

    As for buzzwords and education - well they drive me nuts too. I'm an "escaped" teacher and it really gets me down - if they spent as much time on basic skills as they do on thinking up daft new words, phrases and shemes that I'm half-convinced are only to obscure what's actually happening and bamboozle everyone!

    But then, I'm a cynic