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Sunday, 30 December 2007


OMG, how addictive is that !

Paul joined Facebook a few days ago and was telling me all about it. I've heard of it of course but wasn't bothered about it a I am a very busy bee already but I finally succumbed and joined yesterday and find myself a little addicted.

A load of my ex-work colleagues are on there (most are Techies in IT) and a load of my forum crafty buddies are on there too. After less than 24 hours I have 23 friends and still have loads of people who have not responded.

I am hoping that it is a novelty thing and my fascination with it will wear off otherwise I will have no time for crafting and the whole purpose of my blog will be lost.

Cardmaking with CJ

Our nephew CJ stopped over at our house on Friday night and we had a good time playing games and watching DVD.

Saturday we went to the cinema and saw Balls of Fury which was a very funny parody of old Kung Fu films set in the guise of a Ping Pong tournament. It was quite cheesy but really funny and I enjoyed it immensely. We then went to Burger King for our dinner and we took him home as him Mum is really poorly with a horrible sickness & diorrhea bug. CJ started with it on Christmas Eve and it has been passed round everyone, we are hoping he hasn't given it to us.

When we got to their house he asked me to help him make a card for his Mum to say thankyou for his Christmas Presents. I had given him a huge cardmaking pack for his Birthday so he had loads of supplies and his Mum loved it. He said he had professional help from me (how sweet is that ?) but really I sat back and let him create, I just showed him what he had in his pack as he hadn't opened all the packets up.

All in all it was great to really enjoy spending time with him. He is growing up so fast, I can't believe he is 11 already and is not a little boy anymore.

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Di Hickman Card Sketch Team call

Di Hickman is on the lookout for about 3 people to become members of her design team and gave us a special sketch to use & to email our designs to her by the 26th December.

I made 2 cards as it seemed appropriate as you cut up one paper, you could use the negative as well. 2 cards at the same time can't be bad!

The first card was made using DCWV papers, scrummy Dovecraft velvet ribbon, a Craftworks Cards tag and Sizzlits Wingo Zingo alphabet

The second card was made from the offcuts of DCWV paper, a Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug die for the curcular strip, a Papermania metal rimmed tag and Papermania big brad from the new Christmas collections. The sentiment is a magazine freebie.

I emailed the designs off yesterday and am keeping my fingers crossed. It would be FAB to become a DT member and as I love doing Di's sketches that would be the best one to be on !

Happy Birthday CJ

It was our Nephew's birthday on Christmas Day and this is the card I made for him. He's now 11 and getting VERY cool so I thought I needed to do something different, but didn't know what.

I happened to get an email from a store with a sale starting so went to browse, saw this Cuttlebug folder (which I already had but not used before) and was inspired.

One of my forum buddies had uploaded a card which had been embossed on acetate so I embossed a full folder with that and it came out really well. I am so impressed with these folders as the image is so very crisp. I inked the raised words and layered it on blue so it stood out. This makes it look like a subtle shine on the card which I was pleased with. I then embossed a piece of white card and cut out individual words that summed up what we think of CJ the most. He is growing up to be a lovely young lad and we are very proud of him.

The 'medal' is a Papermania Tag with a Cuttlebug embossing folder inserted in it and embellished with ribbons and the die cut lettering is my new Sizzlits alphabet Round a Bout bought from the Ellison's sale (75% off, what a bargain !)

I wasn't sure if he would like the card or not as this is the first 'grown up' design that I have made for him but he loved it.

Di Hickman Sketch December #3 - 2 cards

This is the card I made for my hubby using this sketch from Di Hickman and some Blonde Moments patterned paper I won in a little competition (Thank you Valerie)

The stamped image is a Penny Black one. I bought some images from an Ebay seller and this was one of the designs. I WAS SUPPOSED to be using this and other designs to make special Christmas cards to sell at work but I became so busy with commissions that my time was spent elsewhere. Oh well, at least I will be prepared for next year (yeah right!)

The stamped image was coloured using Marvy le plume pens, Sakura glitter pens and the 'snow' on the umbrella was applique paint (not puffed up) sprinkled with Glamour dust whilst still wet. It looks raised and shiny in real life but the scan doesn't pick it up at all.

The sentiment is from a recycled Christmas card.

My hubby loved it :)

This card was also based on the sketch and was made for our good friends and next door neighbour. The patterned paper is DCWV, a Cuttlebug embossing folder was layered up and the snowman highlighted with a second layer. I also used a clear Sakura glitter pen to highlight some of the words and snowflakes but this is too subtle to show on the scan. The snowflake is a Sizzlits die embellished with a bit of bling and the sentiment is a Freebie Digital Download that I printed out on photo paper some time ago and now cannot find on my computer.

If I am printing photos I like to fill the rest of an A4 sheet up with other things to print so I don't waste paper and have some things to hand that I like. I find if I only use the photo at the time the rest of the paper gets dog eared and wasted anyway so it's a bit of a bonus to do what I do.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Ian's Leaving Scrapbook

A good friend at work is leaving to move up to Lancaster and I was asked to make a special leaving card for him. As he was Paul's immediate boss we know him quite well and he will be sorely missed. He has so much knowledge in his particular area of expertise I think they will struggle without him.

I decided to make a mini scrapbook, all of the pages are in the slideshow below.

He is passionate about a few things (Preston North End football team, Single Malt whisky and walking & cycling in the Lake District) so I encorporated them into the book which was assembled mainly by using images from the tinterweb printed on photo paper.

I have used backing papers from various sources and die cut lettering from Cuttlebug and Sizzlits, some Sizzlits diecuts a few stickers. There were a few pages at the back left for people to write on and I wrote a poem especially for him. I made a box for it to presented in but forgot to take a photo !

They gave it to him yesterday and he was overcome with emotion. He said he knew it must have taken a long time to do and really appreciated it.

Di Hickman Sketch December #1

Another Rak for a forum buddy who has suffered a very sudden and tragic bereavement.

I have used this Di Hickman Sketch for the design layout.

The backing paper is a magazine freebie, the paper layered on top is a hessian textured wallpaper.

The sentiments is from Let's Make Cards, the flower is a Cuttlebug mini embossing folder and this is layered on another circular design to make it bolder. The embossed image was highlighted with ink and the flower coloured in with a permanet marker.

Di Hickman Sketch November #4

Another Rak and another Di Hickman Sketch !

Used this one as inspiration using more Let's Make Cards bits, some ribbon and HOTP brads.

I'm in my purple phase still and have used some more of the lush ribbon from the NEC. How I wish I had bought 2 reels !

Di Hickman Sketch October #5

Catching up on blogging recent cards I have made using Di Hickman sketches. Used this one to make a Thank you card.

All items used were bits and pieces from various Let's Make Cards issues. I have had these packs for a while and used so little of them that I am making a concerted effort to split them up and use the elements. I am discovering that if they are in a little box on my desk I have a far better chance of using them.

Thanks to Di's sketches I am getting much more used to leaving blank spaces on my cards !

Leaving Card + Di Hickman Sketch November #3

One of the Girls at work Nicky left on Friday so I made her a card using this Di Hickman sketch as inspiration.

As soon as I saw this sketch I felt the row of circles lent itself to a message and think it works really well.

I used DCWV Peeking Posies paper as she is a bright and funky girl and loves pattern. I used a Cuttlebug alphabet for the lettering and there is a strip with circles joined together which I used to cover the join in the 2 papers.

The finish off I selected co-ordinating Prima's and added a touch of bling. She loved the card !

French Invites

I was commissioned by a work colleague to make some cards on behalf of her in laws to celebrate a 60th birthday. They are hiring a French chateau for a week and inviting key people to a party they are having.

I downloaded the photo from the website they booked through and matted on black & gold and raised on 3d pads.

The text is printed onto the card blank and the bottle and glasses is confetti on 3 d foam.

The inserts are individually printed.

Lucky them, wish I was going......

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Merry Christmas H

I was commissioned by a work colleague Andy to make this card for his girlfriend.

The brief was pink, girly and fluffy. The first thing I thought of was this Penny Black image as having met H she is so thin and petite and I thought this was perfect. Not owning the stamp I went shopping on Ebay and got some stamped images. Unfortunately they got lost in the post during the post strikes so the nice lady sent them again.

I coloured in the design using a glitter pen for the outfit and Marvy le Plume pens for the hair and skin. The white areas were filled using the applique paint that you fluff up with a heat gun sprinkled with Glamour Dust fine glitter. The stamped image was matted on black and then pink glitter card. This panel is raised from the card using 3d foam.

The H started out life as a plain beige chipboard piece from Poundland (an absolutely fantastic buy I have mentioned previously, I only wish I had been able to get more than 1 alphabet pack) I coloured this with pink permanent pen, 2 layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel and sprinkled with Glamour Dust.

The patterned paper is a wrapping paper from Paperchase. The black patterned is a flocked design so it is very tactile. The fluffy border is a previous purchase of an item sold as Christmas Ribbon a couple of years ago. All I know is it was a bugger to stick down ! The sentiment is a Papermania peel off. It's really nice to be able to get decent sized card sentiments these days.

The inside of the card is personalised with a photo and a special message. Andy absoloutely loved the card. He is giving it to H tonight so I will get the verdict in the morning.

Paul's Birthday + 100th Post !

It was my wonderful hubby Paul's birthday on Sunday and I made this card for him using nearly a whole sheet of Doodlebug stickers !

I was buying some lovely new butterfly papers from the Capture The Magic site never having previously purchased Doodlebug and I have to say I am in love :)

I saw these cardstock stickers and just knew I needed them for my tech mad hubby. He works in IT and just happens to be gadget mad.

I like doing this style of cards, but they are a bugger to scan and display properly !

I can't believe that is my 100th post ! I was so resistant to doing this as I just didn't have the time to do other stuff as well as making cards, but I am so glad that I did (my hubby will say told you so) I am able to ramble on about all the lovely things I have made to my hearts content. I honestly don't know if many people visit my blog but I know it has been a great way to showcase what I do to potential customer's and it's nice to write down the materials that have been used etc for each project.

As expected it does take a lot of my time, but I feel it is worth it. Also it has been a great way to get more involved in forums and other peoples blogs and that ultimately has expanded my cardmaking into other areas and now started scrapbooking albeit on a small scale at the moment.

I cannot imagine what I would do if I didn't craft !

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Nanny's Birthday Book

One of my work colleagues asked me to make a special book for her. It was to be from 2 little girls for their Nanny's Birthday.

I was provided with loads of photo's of the 2 little cousins and set to work. It was decided that there should be some with them together and also some separate. Tash came up with the idea of handprints from each of the girls and I have left a page alongside so they can do their individual messages to their Nanny which would be a special touch that all Nanny's would appreciate I think.

She liked the same coloring as the previous book I made so I used the same paper for the cover. I added the chipboard circles and brads to wrap the closure round as this was a great mistake that I made on the first one. I just didn't anticipate the difficulty of keeping the book closed !

The patterned papers used inside are from various manufacturers and I used a sprinkling of Primas to embellish the pages.

The matching box and front of book were embellished using die cut lettering from Ellisons Curlie Girlie and Sizzlits extended cuts Wingo Zingo. The paper was a self adhesive irridescent film and the alphabets came out much better using this thinner medium.

I have done a Slideshow of all the pages below.

Di Hickman Challenge September #4

I made this card for my friend Dervla as she left to have her baby. The 'Guardian Angel' is there to watch over her and Baby G in the final few weeks and was made using wire & various beads I have gathered. One of my forum buddies had made and Angel of Love and I thought I would have a go at something similar. I made a few of them and they will probably be appearing in other cards.

I used one of Di Hickman's templates as inspiration for the layout. I don't usually tear small pieces so that was a little different for me. Both pieces of card are from my scraps box and I used a Cuttlebug folder to emboss the swirls and ran a silver inkpad over the top to highlight.

The backing paper is DCWV Peeking Posies and has a subtle glitter in the centre of the flowers. The ribbon at the back was left loose so I could hang the tag from it using a heart shaped paperclip from Paperchase. The tag is from HOTP to which I added some appropriate rub on sentiments from Let's Make Cards and attached it with a Papermania Brad.

Exploding Baby Box

My good friend and work colleague Dervla was leaving to have a baby and I was asked to make a card for everyone to sign.

I'd already decided that I wanted to make something very special for her and came up with the idea of putting a baby bootie inside an exploding box. This would then give plenty of flaps for my colleagues to write their sentiments in.

I made the bootie first using a template obtained from the By Donavan site. The finished bootie then dictated the size the box needed to be. I embellished the edge of the bootie with border outline stickers and a Papermania brad. The sentiment was added as it looked a little plain and the baby when born will have a surname of G.

The box was made to a finished size of 5 1/2" square and required the use of many pieces of card to get the required shape. I used a piece of mountboard for the base to make it substantial and all the pieces wer then mounted on that.

The layers were individually decorated. The base has peel off borders around each edge. The top cream layer has been corner punched with a corner adorner punch. This performed really well even though the card was very thick. I used this cut out shape to stencil through with a gold gel pen to the green layer to add a little interest.

The embellishments used inside were a mixture of items from a QVC TSV kit (baby tag with HOTP nappy pin, pram,angel tag, cutie tag,) Lisa Bearnsen QVC kit (clear quotes, B embellishment on lid) Prima flowers Pink Petticoat downloaded image.

Dervla said she wasn't going to cry - but she did ! I said I hadn't done my job very well if she didn't. She absolutely loves it, so does James to proud Father to be. I just wanted to make something special for 2 lovely people and I am very much looking forward to meeting Baby G.

As a result of making this box I have now been commissioned to make another one so i guess I'll have to cost this one up !

I have made a slideshow with all the images of the card below.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Just Bex November # 2

A recent challenge on Just Bex was to make a card following a template and for an extra point you needed to use something starting with D.

This card was again made from raiding my scraps, a touch of ribbon, a rub on sentiment from Let's Make Cards, a die cut flower from Papermania and a diamante gem.

Really like this sketch, nice and simple but well balanced.

Di Hickman Challenge November #2

Another RAK card and another of Di's templates.

I have again used some scraps from my box as I have got so many and feel I NEED to use them as it is a waste otherwise.

I'm in a bit of a pink & purple phase at the moment. I think it's because the weather is so miserable and I need cheering up and bright colours are a good antidote !

The circular paper is a textured wallpaper sample pinched from Homebase some time ago. I ran an inkpad over the fluffy edge where it was torn. The dotty paper on the panel is from my scraps box and I have no clue what make it is as it was a notelet from a forum buddy. The flowers are a Sizzlits Cut & Emboss with a gem in the centre. When I got this die I went through a load of my scraps and cut loads out ready to use in future projects.

The sentiment is from a Cuttlebug folder and I had a section left that I saved and cut the individual letters out. This was also edged with an inkpad.

I am really pleased with this card made almost entirely from scraps.

Di Hickman Challenge October #2

Catching up on Rak cards and template challenges at the same time. Used Di Hickman's template to make this card.

The backing paper is wallpaper from my scraps box edged with a bit of a Brilliance inkpad. The central circle is a scrap of card overlaid with a Papermania die cut which I embellished with a bit of Glamour Dust. The circles alongside are Cuttlebug folders which I ran over with a black Stazon inkpad to define the shapes. I embellished the centres with a Sakura pen and a bit more glitter.

Hello Daddy !

I had been commissioned by my friend Dervla, who is very heavily pregnant with her 1st child - to make a card from the baby to it's Daddy for when it pops, due sometime within the next month.

James is one of the most excitable people I know so I wanted to make it a fun card. They do not know the sex of the baby so I suggested we use green and yellow, also Dervla is Irish so has an affinity for green.

The backing paper is HOTP, there are an assortment of dies in this project. The circular lettering is a Cuttlebug alphabet. They cut perfectly EVERY time and after the recent problems I have had with a Sizzlits extended cuts alphabet not cutting properly then I don't think I will use another brand now, it's just not worth the hassle. Alphabets are bloody fiddly anyway and you want to be certain that it will cut 1st time. Sorry, rant over ! Anyway this font is very adaptable as you can use the letters or the circles over another colour as I have done here.

The Daddy lettering is hand cut from glitter card using a font I printed out. The star on the exclamation mark is a fluke as whe I was cutting out the circles next to it was a star and the bottom of the mark looked boring so I replaced it. It adds a bit more impact ad I think works better !

The pram and baby gro are Quickutz which I am ashamed to admit I have had for a long while and not used. The nappy pin, bottle and head are Sizzlits. I have never been able to get a good clean cut with these dies until I got a tagalong and the roller action makes a huge difference compared to the old lever style Sizzix die cutter.

I made a matching box for this project using more die cuts, the sentiment is another Sizzlits die. I also used sparkly star shaped gems. Inside the box I used lemon tissue paper and have put a packet of silver stars and nappy pins to scatter into the box.

I love this card, I loved making it for 2 very special people and I can't wait to see Baby G

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Wedding Card & Di Hickman Sketch Oct #4

This card was made for my work colleagues wedding and I used a Di Hickman card sketch for the design.

The patterned paper is from a Dovecraft pack I bought at the NEC, the sparkly lilac is Paperchase wrapping paper. The stamped image is highlighted with Sakura souffle and glitter pens. The ribbon is from a great stand at the NEC, 10 rolls for £10 and the peel off is Papermania.

I was very tempted to pit something above the writing, there is a lot of blank space on this for one of my cards - but I'm pleased I resisted the urge as it looks more sophisticated for it!

Bookatrix Wedding Card

One of my colleagues getting married at the weekend and I was commissioned to make a card by my friend Dervla.

She chose the style of the card and I have made it using the wedding colours of lilac and sparkly white.

I used sparkly and irridescent papers throughout and edged the pages with Papermania peel offs. I used one of my favorite stamps for the image on the card and embellished with mulberry flowers, ribbons and Papermania heart shaped gems.

The matching box was lined with lilac tissue paper and embellished with more peel offs.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

70th Birthday Book

I had been commissioned by one of my work colleagues to make a special book for her Step Mom's 70th Birthday. Karen has asked me to make a few things for her recently and each item has surpassed the last and I've got a reputation to uphold now!

I had the idea of making it a book with photo's of the people it was from and a space for them to write their own sentiment alongside.

The 6" square mini scrapbook started life as brown and pink and as the recipients favourite colour is purple that just wouldn't do. The trouble was, I didn't have any paper big enough so I used self adhesive irridescent film for the main cover, and used a strip of some gorgeous silver and lilac glittered wrapping paper that I bought from the NEC last year. Through out the project the only glitter is from this paper, I was absoloutely covered by the end !

I used some ribbon to cover the join of the 2 papers, and the sentiment on the front is Papermania peel offs.

The main pages are a photograph of family member with partner and a plain section to write on. these are all matted on various purple papers and embellished with Prima flowers.

In the middle of the book there are 2 poems to celebrate a mother.

I had intended to use gems for the middle of the flowers, but the book was getting so fat that I had to reduce the thickness. I had originally inserted lengths of ribbon between the covers of the book to tie it, but they were straining against the thickness so much that they would not hold it. The box had already been made and the thickness was as big as I could make it with A4 card so I couldn't make another so I came up with the idea of using a long length of ribbon to double wrap the book and this kept it together and small enough to go into the box. The box was embellished with peel off and I used a length of lilac organza ribbon to tie a bow for presentation. Karen was delighted with it and they were having a get together at the weekend for her birthday. I told her if her Mom doesn't cry I haven't done my job properly!

Below is a slideshow of the all the photos of this project

Saturday, 17 November 2007

I've got a new car !

Took a car for test drive last Saturday and picked it up yesterday.

I am now the proud owner of a Silver Peugeot 206 'Y' reg and it looks a bit smart, but best of all it has power steering.

Just got to get used to the difference in the responsiveness, that will take me a little while I think but will test it out this afternoon as we are going to Sister in Laws in Shirley so it'll give it a bit of a run out.

Bets of all, much lower insurance group than my old car and much more reliable.

Mark's Leaving Card

I made a card for a work colleague who is leaving for pastures new. As it needed to be signed by the members of staff I decided to make a folding card so there were more areas to write on.

The front of the card was made using an Sizzix Extended Cuts alphabet Wingo Zingo. I must admit I used this for the first time and so far am not impressed with it as it didn't provide an even pressure an the letters. It wouldn't cut through some of the card at all and I had to experiment with different layers. Will need to persevere with it I think.
The masculine papers are a combination of Papermania, Dovecraft and DCWV.

The central photo is one that was taken at a recent birthday party and I decided to put springs behind his head and hands so they wobble about. It was such a funny photo and he was so animated. My hubby thought he looked like Stephen Hawkins but Mark loved it !

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Happy 25th Birthday Tash

It is a very good friend of our's birthday today and this is the card I have made for her. We were supposed to be seeing her tonight but that got cancelled so we will be giving it to her on Monday morning.

The papers were from my Crafts Beautiful sub gift, the flower is a new one bought today by Petaloo, the big brad is HOTP and decorated with one of their rub-ons. The bracelet is looped through the card and can be worn.

The buckle is an embellishment I bought from Ebay and can be removed as it is there only for card decoration.

Been to Hobbycrafts at the NEC

I went to the NEC today all on my own !

It was only the 2nd time I have driven on the motorway and the 1st on my own and I really enjoyed it. Having the Sat Nav makes a massive difference as I can concentrate on my driving more as I don't need to worry about maps or anything. However there was a traffic jam on the M42 for about 20 minutes and we came to a standstill. I couldn't believe I had to stop the car on a motorway. It was a bit weird to say the least doing stop start, stop start in 1st gear. It was like reliving driving into Birmingham city centre for the 1st time yesterday - the traffic was appalling....

I was very good buying wise. I renewed my subscription to Crafts Beautiful magazine and got a great storage tote and loads of goodies, wicked gift loads of stuff I can use in it. I also ended up with 4 of their goodie bags and got absolutely loads of freebies from them.

Picked up some bargains in the way of ribbons, A4 plastic storage boxes, Penny Black stickers and some Papermania bits and pieces.

Got some nice stuff from Debbie Moore, some beautiful little acetate images and some deep embossing powder. Also got some large Heidi Swapp flowers and a couple of bits from the Craftwork Cards stall.

I couldn't believe how much it cost to park though £8 !!!! And how big are those car parks ? I was a wee bit worried that I wouldn't be able to find the car so had used a couple of things as landmarks and they led me straight back to my car. I was well chuffed !

Ali's 50th Birthday

This is the most ambitious project I have done so far and I am so amazingly proud of what I have made.

The book was inspired by an article in Papercraft Inspirations and is called a meandering book. The original project was made using a single piece of 12" x 12" cardstock cut into a particular design using a template supplied in the magazine. I had a go at this and decided for this it was going to be too small so made one using the same design but with 5.5" square pages instead of 4"

The idea was that each family member would have a photo on one of the flaps and there is a tag behind each which has special birthday sentiments that each person wanted to have included. There are also photos with her husband and behind these poems and a sneaky tag from me. There is also a fold in the very centre of the card which hides a sentiment from all the family.

This was a very special project for someone I know so it made it a more personal thing to do. When I first made the size of card I thought it was going to be too empty but by the time the papers were added, then the photos and tags it became a lot fatter and we struggled to close it. You wouldn't believe how heavy it turned out in the end. I made a box for it and wrapped it in tissue paper for presentation.

The fastening was made using a velcro square which is hidden under the flower '0' in the 50. I have beaten my previous best for Prima usage - 90 on this project not including the other flowers on the front !

I have been told it made Alison cry for ages and she won't take it out of the house so no one can see it unless they come round.

Please see below a slideshow with all the photos of it. The ribbons that are sticking out are where the tags are hidden.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Happy 40th Birthday Tina

It was my next door neighbour and very good friend Tina's 40th Birthday last Sunday and I made a folding card for her.

I had never seen this type of card before until I joined the Just Bex forum and it was one of the challenges for September.

Unfortunately I was unable to complete the challenge in time to get some points but it goes to show that some ideas do stick in there !

The card was made using papers and embellishments from the recent Crafty Bitz TSV from QVC. In fact it has to be a world record for me as it was delivered on the Friday and I started using it the following day.

The birthday sentiment on the front is a Cuttlebug embossing folder, the number stickers are Papermania and the present die cut is from a Let's Make Cards kit.
Inside the rub on quotes are from DCWV and the Birthday Rules sentiment is from a HOTP book and I chalked it to add colour.

I really enjoyed making this card and think it is a style I will be making more of in the future.

It amazed me how quick it was to put together once you had chosen all the elements.

I've Passed My CPC

I've got some absolutely wonderful news.

I've passed my exams and gained my CPC which is a Certification of Professional Competence in Road Transport & Haulage.

For 3 whole weeks my life revolved around a 2 week course and revising for 3 exams I sat on the 7th September and on Thursday night I got the results I have been waiting for. I passed all 3 papers on the first attempt which is rare as the numbers to achieve a pass are so high.

This is now a stepping stone into a much more responsible role and the ability to go into transport management.

For a woman in a predominantly male profession it is vindication of all my hard word and a massive confidence boost.

I am very proud of what I have achieved, but still can't quite believe it.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

RAK Card

This card was made for a forum friend who is going through a tough time at present. I found this sentiment as a free download on Melanie's blog and thought it was appropriate to her. (Check out this blog, there are some wonderful word art freebie's on here)

The backing paper is a freebie from a magazine. The sentiment is printed on photo paper and matted onto silver card from my scraps box. The stars are from the Prima Christmas baubles and I highlighted the large stars on the sentiment with a fine glue pen and glitter.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Di Hickman Challenge October #3

This card was made using the latest template from Di Hickman. The butterfly image is a decoupage that I downloaded from a very talented lady called Valita Reynolds quite a while ago. I've had it printed on semi gloss photo paper for about a month now and made it for a forum friend.

The image has 5 layers in some places but I have used low profile 3D foam tape to reduce the bulk for posting.

The black and gold cards used for layering are from my scraps box, the vellum I have had for about 3 years and never used ! The large flower is Papermania, the small one is a Prima. The gems are from Paperchase and the sentiment is a DCWV rub-on.

This is a very sophisticated card for me, not my usual style LOL. Also there is a lot of blank card I really had to fight the urge to put something there ! But I think it looks a lot better that I didn't !