Friday, 26 February 2010

Who's a clever clogs, then?

We-ell.. almost. I've got an interview at least!! *lol*... I don't believe in jinxes, so I'll tell you what it is.. Fundraising Manager at a well know national Cancer charity that has a lot of coffee mornings!! ;o)

Have a couple of other irons in the fire, too, and I would love any one of the three jobs I have applied for this week. They're all little crackers! The other two are marketing and communications managerial posts.

So pleased to have been shortlisted for interview for one of the three already. It's very encouraging and has put a big smile back on my face. :o)

Interview's on 8th March, a little ahead of the closing dates on the other two, but maybe I'll only need the one, eh? :o)

Anyway, I'm in danger of rambling again, so will shut up now. Hope you are all hanging in there, and managing to keep warm if you're up t'north or across the border in bonnie Scotland.

Chris xx

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Time for a change..

Hi, all..

Just a quick message to let you know that I may not be around much on my blog, nor able to visit you as much for a while. Nothing sinister going on; just that I need to spend my spare time job-searching and I may have to down-size fairly soon in order to economise, and that means I need to undertake a major de-cluttering exercise to prepare for that. This project is going to take a while, so will only be crafting for birthdays, etc, and not just for fun.

As I de-clutter, I expect to be selling as much as I can, so please do subscribe to the feed from my 'Flog', if you can bear it, as there will be some crafting items coming up for sale amongst the detritus of my life.

Link to my Flog is at the top of my sidebar >>>

Thanks, friends. Didn't want you to be concerned if I seem to have dropped off the planet!! *lol*

See you soon..

Chris xx

Friday, 12 February 2010

Birthday blues..

Please forgive my immodesty, but I think this is my favourite card to date (of mine, that is). It is also a commissioned card for the same lady as the Valentine in the post below.

The colour choices were taken from my brief.. she likes bold reds and turquoise. Don't they work well? I think that combo will reappear on my work in the future!

Oh, yes.. The metal corner that's floating out there on its own? It hides a stamping error!! lol ;o) But I think it works, in spite of its 'oddness'.

White CS from, Blue Iris Chalk Eyes ink around the edges, the little dots around the edge are created with a Judikins stamp, 'Field of Sky. Harlequin and script stamps used with Majestic Blue Versafine ink (second stampings). Papermania DP panel cut with Nestabilities Labels #8, decorative metal corners, Sizzlits leaf spray die-cuts with Dark Brown Chalk Eyes ink smudged on the edges of the leaves, roses, twine and beautiful lace from my Dutch friend, Lean.

Roses are red, Violets are blue..

Errr.. I've made a card, and I'll show it to you! lol ;o)

This was commissioned by an old work friend for his wife. I hope he (and she!) likes it! He will be collecting it this evening. (I'm 100% sure she won't see this, so it's OK.) (Oh, and I haven't mis-spelt the name.. there is no 'e' on the end.)

The beautiful DP is from Papermania. Have used Nestabilities Labels #8 and EK Success border punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch and the heart is a die-cut. Quickutz Eliza lettering, Cezanne font for the 'to my darling wife' at the bottom. Rose image from t'internet. Lots of flowers and bling.

Plunder from Downunder..

Well, not plunder, exactly, as it was in fact a very generous gift, but it rhymed with downunder, which is where it's from! ;o)

Regulars may recall that I was after a stamp that had been discontinued, and I put out an appeal on my blog a few months ago...

Chris, a very generous stamper from Australia, contacted me to offer the one she had in her collection.. much loved, but never inked. We have agreed a swap, but when the stamp arrived, I thought, "That's heavy.. there's more than one stamp in this packet", and just look at what it was wrapped in...

How gorgeous is this? I was blown away. Thank you again, Chris.. I love it!! The photos don't do it justice, I'm afraid. The beautiful work around the sides of the box doesn't show up very well.

Chris' blog is well worth a visit, but I have lost the address!! Have asked Chris to remind me, and then I'll come back and edit this post to tell you, so please do check back in a day or two.

What a blessing, eh? :o)

EDIT: Chris' blog is HERE. You may have to scroll back to the 'older posts' to see some examples of her lovely artwork.


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Petition - Robin Hood Tax on Banks

Yep, politics again, but I make no apology. If it is not of interest to you, then please skip this post, but if you are as outraged as I am by the way ordinary people are being punished for the banks' greed and failures instead of the banks themselves who should be paying for the damage they've caused, then please sign the petition on the links below.

And if you are AMERICAN, please lobby your government to do the same, as our news programmes are telling us that this needs to be a global solution, and the American administration is reluctant for some reason.

I am losing my job next month because the organisation I work for is funded by our local authority and can no longer afford to support us because central government is slashing budgets to pay for bailing out the banks. At 51, in the current climate with so many people unemployed, it's just as well I am a Christian and have faith, or I would have no hope.

It's time to stop punishing ordinary people for the banks' greed and failures.

Please get involved. This is the email I received from 38 Degrees (a campaigning body) about the petition.........

Today we've teamed up with organisations including Comic Relief, the TUC, Friends of the Earth and War on Want to campaign for a simple measure that could make a big difference. We're campaigning for a Robin Hood Bankers Tax, a global tax on high value transactions between banks.

This wouldn't affect high street customers, it's a tax on the sort of risky speculation that caused the banking crisis.

The financial crisis showed us that the global banking system doesn't work properly. Bankers chasing bonuses caused havoc around the world, costing taxpayers billions. We need to make sure this never happens again, and that bankers repay their debts to society.

By working together, we can push politicians to go beyond grand speeches and take real, lasting action.We know that right now UK politicians are desperate to persuade us to vote for them - let's make sure they realise that tackling the problems with banking would be a vote-winner.

Sign the petition to the leaders of the three major parties now:

The tax of just 0.05% will raise hundreds of billions of pounds to fund action against climate change, poverty and other big issues in Britain and around the world.

We know the banks will be speaking up against this idea - thousands of us speaking up in favour will help drown them out. Sign the petition now to leaders of the three biggest political parties, calling on them to support the tax, then please tell your friends.

Last year, by working together we persuaded the chancellor to introduce a windfall tax on bankers' bonuses. Now, we've got a chance to persuade all the parties to take longer-term action to reform banking and raise much-needed cash. Please support the Robin Hood Tax, sign the petition now:

Thanks, chaps. XOXOXO

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Still crafting..

This one is recycling the cute image from my Christmas card from Lean showing kittens playing. I adore tabbies.. This pic takes me back to when Tigger and his brother were babies. Sadly, his brother was run over and had to be put down at six months old, but Tigger is still going strong at sixteen and is curled up at my feet as I write.

Not sure what to do with the fluffy bit, yet, Lean, but I'm working on it! lol ;o)

This card also uses a script stamp, my harlequin stamp and an SU 'Friendship' stamp. The CS is coloured with Chalk Eyes peach, bisque and dark brown inks. The leaf sprays are a Sizzlits die.
The next card uses my own dear Gilbert the Ghost image, but recycled from the Christmas card I received from Allison. I have always loved this DP which is taken from a pad of similarly lovely paper, but don't ask me who it's from! Sorry. But anyway, it reminds me of tapestry, and I thought it would make a suitable backdrop for a ghost.. floating down the corridor of an old mansion, perhaps! lol ;o)
Chris xx

Friday, 5 February 2010

More Christmas..

Recycled from the lovely Christmas card Brenda sent me. (Hope that's alright, Brenda! Actually, she's busy with organising the HEEEOOOUUGGEE Sir Stampalot blog candy/hop thing this week, so maybe she won't notice! Tell you what, if you haven't entered.. have a peek on her blog HERE at what they're up to, and keep her even busier for me, OK? Hehe!! ;o)

As well as the lovely stamped image from Brenda's card, I have also used a Cuttlebug holly embossing folder, some Stickles for a touch of sparkle, Woodware holly punch using more of the music paper Lean sent me, and some red tinsel pom-poms.
Chris xx

Free vintage image for you..

It has been a very stressful week, and is not over yet, but until I get chance to show something crafty, here's a freebie for those that want it.

This handsome chap is my Great Grandad, William, in his WWI uniform...

I'm sure most of you know, but for those that don't.. Right click on the picture and select 'Save picture as..', then choose where on your computer you want to save it to, and give it a filename.

This is a family photo, so personal use only, please, and please link back to my blog if you display any creations using it. (And please send me a link, too, so I can come and have a nose!) ;o) If you do take it, please be kind and leave me a comment.

Please do not display the photo itself on your blog, or offer it as a freebie, except by providing a link to this post, and do not offer it for sale in any form.

Many thanks.


Monday, 1 February 2010

Another Christmas card..

Pretty standard for me. Feel free to ask if you would like any details.


Double recycled! lol ;o)

Remember this one? I made it for my daughter but wasn't happy with it, so made her another.
And this one on the right was an incoming Christmas card from Lean that I showed you yesterday.

Have used elements from both cards in the new one below..

That frame is beautiful, and I couldn't wait to re-use it. (Hope you don't mind, Lean!) It was a perfect match for the stamped image from the card I made for my daughter..