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Monday, 9 February 2015

New Year - new me?? 

Hi All, well not sure who all will be now, as I have been missing in action for a very long time!

Lots has been happening to a certain degree and on the other hand nothing has been happening!! ha ha

We are all another year older, I am going to be a big whopping 43 this year (okay where has that come from!!!) eek, my girls are another year old, I now have a nearly 18 year old, a nearly 15 year old and a nearly 12 year old!!! OMG!! That is seriously frightening when you sit down long enough and think about it.

My girls are just gorgeous, not only are they gorgeous to look at but they have gorgeous personalities and are such lovely funny young ladies, they either make me laugh myself silly, or make me want to bang their heads together!! ha ha 

I decided, possibly stupidly, back in August last year to get myself my own small dog, I have always craved a smaller dog, and I bit the bullet and bought myself a beautiful male Show Cocker Spaniel, who I named Barley.  He really is the love of my life (he he), I love him no matter what he has done, and I can tell you he has done a lot to my home!!! not to mention my lovely new pair of Hotter shoes! gulp

Because of Barley, who decided that he was going to be an early morning dog, and I am soooo not an early morning person, it has been very hard to cope with the tiredness I have experienced lol, with a job where I am on the road from 7.30 (ish) until I get home at 18:30 every single evening.  I am only now just beginning to stay up past 8-9pm at night, but I will say that's not every evening as I crash otherwise lol.  

Soooooo with all the above, I have finally started to get my crafting mojo slowly returning, and it is slow but returning.  Not sure if anyone else has had the same thing, but I find that I have changed my style of card making to more simplistic cards, which is hard as well as really nice :).  I'd be interested to hear from others if they have had the same thing happen.

I got a Cameo last year and have really enjoyed making creations with that, and made some bits and bobs to sell before christmas which was nice and a nice booster.

I have got back into Clearly Besotted stamps, which are a fabulous English stamp company (wahooo, its about time we got a fab company in the UK), this is run by Stephanie Wincott.  They have the cutest stamps and I am having a whale of time creating with these.

I also have a love of Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant stamps, but haven't purchased any of these as yet, as I am slowly building up my collection, but its all money and with three (well nearly three) teenagers in the house, money is tight :) 

Went through all my stash over the weekend, and am going to be doing a big well off of bits and bobs that I know I won't use again so no point in hogging it all to myself lol :) 

Made using Clearly Besotted Brushed Poppies set 
So for the first card I used one the Brushed Poppies set by Clearly Besotted stamps, of course.  I used my Stampin Up inks, as they are the only ones I have a lot of colours in. I have had a good look around the web for different inks to use with these stamps, and from a value point of view I have landed on Memento Dye Ink as not only do they do the most beautiful and striking colours, but at only £3.45 for a big ink pad, they are an absolutely fabulous price and stamp out beautifully.  I bought a little pack of white scalloped cards from The Works, which I am systematically working my way through, and think I might put the cards as a little set and see if I can sell them as a set rather than as individual :) 

Made using Clearly Besotted Brushed Poppies set and the happy birthday dies are by My Favourite Things
Second card, is again using the gorgeous Brushed Poppies and this time I teamed it up with some MFT Happy Birthday dies.  I love this font.

I am waiting on a Happy die by Mama Elephant to land on my doorstep in the next couple days, very excited to get this, as I am loving all the new fonts that are being brought out in dies at the moment :) 

Hope you like, and if you would like to leave me a comment, that would be awesome, Happy Monday to all :) 

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