Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sorry for being MIA

Just a quick message to update you all on me,

I am not in the best place at the moment and struggling to plod on each day.
Jordan is away until Feb 18 at the moment which is absolutely devastating to us all, but we are really trying to keep positive for him, hes doing a few courses his CSCS card is one and a forklift license is the other to help him get a job when he comes home. 

I havent crafted a thing in about a week which is not heard of for me, but I have zero motivation, my hands are extremely sore and feeling weary so have needed to up my pain relief which then makes me drowsy. 
I will be back for sure I just need to wait for the dark clouds to pass xx 

Lots of love and crafty hugs Karen xxx

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Serene Sunday????

What are they!!!
I NEED to move house soon,
I am turning into a vile old woman who hates noisy HAPPY kids.
Growing up we lived in a tenement flat (6 houses in one building)
We lived on the top floor and in our building there was a total of 18 kids
ranging from newborn to teens, and the next building were the same also but the bottom flat was an old woman who's daughter and her 2 teenage kids lived on the other side of our building.
Mrs B the old woman was horrid and hated us kids, used to scream out the window at us to shut up, throw water over us if we went in her garden to get our ball or anything.
Anyway today Ian is out working all day with Scott (Jordans best friend and our adopted son lol)
and Jayden decided to get a lift from them to my mums and stay over there till Tuesday.
So since 10am my house has just been me and Max, anyway I am in my craftroom just plodding about, die cutting some wedding invites I have been commissioned to make but my hands are playing up a lot so only got 2 cut, think I will be visiting mums soon and roping in some help die cutting, im sure between my mum, my sister and my niece we will get them done in no time.
but im stressed out with the weans out playing in next doors backdoor, no i am not being nasty or mean and holliering at them but it is driving me mental, the house is boiling but Im actually considering closing the windows just to get some peace.
dunno whats going on with me.

Have saw a new house and sent interest to the landlord so need to wait on word hopefully monday cause I dont know if I could handle this much longer. 

We had car troubles this week also which cost us £600 to repair, a new clutch kit.
Also meant Jordan didnt see anyone, but have got visits booked in for Mon and Wed, I have spoken to him everyday almost tho which is a welcome relief.
Hes just completed a health and safety course which he loved and got a lot of information from, the certificate was signed by the chief of police from Edinburgh x I am proud he is doing something and trying to make positive changes.
Just hard, Also he prewarned me that he doesnt expect to be home for Christmas, which is devastating and I will really struggle with x 

Oh well windows closed would rather cook than get more irritated by screams and noise.
shocking I know. 
If you had known me prior to this illness you wouldnt believe I am the same person, I have always loved kids and even when I was young, summer holidays me and my bestie were like mary poppins all the kids from the street walking them to the park with a big bottle of squash and a pack of sandwiches some treats and we had them out all day from 10am till sometimes 7pm and we all had a ball, now my own youngest gets on my nerves when he chatters constantly about nothing, I listen to him but usually he goes off kilter and starts talking about random crap, footie or wrestling, cars stuff I have zero interest in. 
but he knows when I say I am feeling agitated to just give me space and leave me alone.
Honestly I feel so vile and full of self lothing sometimes yet I know its the illness NOT ME, but thats hard to explain to someone, neighbours etc who didnt know me back then, they only see the person I am now. I started crafting (have a ton of wedding invites to die cut) but my hands are extremely sore today also and I have stomach craps, I have a mirena coil fitted so I no longer get a cycle but when my cycle is due I get very crappy and feel sore. 

So yes not feeling at my best today, but I am not giving in, I am going to push through, I will watch some youtube videos and get some ideas in place and then maybe scroll pinterest for some ideas x
Got a large order of SU coming this week (see my last blog post) so I want to get some inspiration for the new stuff x 

Hopefully feel more "normal" tomorrow x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Sharing my latest SU order x

Artistically Asian
I love the font and the sentiments and the Chinese Calligraphy is just beautiful

Baby Bear
Almost a must have for any card maker as we are always needing new baby cards.

Balloon Celebrations
I was needing the balloon bouquet punch for another set so I decided I would buy this set also might aswell have some variation and the font OMG sold haha x 

Coffee Cafe
This was one I didnt really think much about until last week, it was my brothers birthday and he isnt a guy who does fishing or motorbiking etc so some of the guy sets I felt didnt suit him then I saw this set again and looked at it properly and realised I could have used this easily and adapted it to my needs and the colour family it goes with is beautiful x so took the leap and bought the bundle (I usually do if a bundle is on offer)

Crafting Forever
Another one when the sentiments and font won me, the actual images are meh not that fussed but the script was just too pretty.

Fairy Celebrations
this was one carried over from last year and I never really liked it the fairy's look odd
dont ask me to explain lol they just dont seem to fit but I do love the sentiments.

Feather Together
all about the sentiments the feathers will most likely stay untouched but the font of the sentiments were a winner.

Flirty Flowers
just pretty little images for notecards and tags 

Floral Sentiments
another BIG seller I didnt really think I would like until Scrimpy herself (Amanda Charlesworth)
sent me a thank you gift using the stamp and I was sold it is beautiful in your hand.

Flower Shop
you can never really have enough flowers lol and having a punch to go with it well it had to be a yes.

Garden Girl
This one I have bought with my niece Leah in mind, her 6th Birthday is in September and I thought this would be lovely all coloured in for her on a card and maybe stamped inside for her to colour in.
also the wee bunny and butterfly I see the bunny on little easter tags for the kids eggs next year.

Graceful Garden
beautiful large rose x what more do you need!!!

Hello Friend
I love the little elements and the postmark I can see that on the cards to friends I send out on the envelope x 

Hopeful Thoughts
This one has actually been on my wishlist from last year it is simplistic and elegant and I think it just is perfect for those more somber occasions x 

Marbled Background
have seen so many gorgeous cards using this stamp I just had to have it x 

Nature sings
ignore the animals and read the sentiments... gorgeous and pretty
I laos love the small cluster of trees and the pine branch

One Big Meaning
self explanatory we are always needing a good collection of Thank yous and this one is pretty.

Orange Blossom
I have saw some amazing DSP's made using this set and the sentiments are fab.

Painters Palette 
I have a few "artsy" ones and this is another to add to the collection as the elements are fab.

Playful Backgrounds
I love the ideas that I can do using this set.

Postscript Background 
another must have for me so versatile and is something ageless.

Rose Wonder
The font I am such a geek when it comes to fonts honestly 
I have over 100,000 fonts saved to disk and at least 60,000 on my PC 
if the script is pretty I cant resist

So Many Shells
Right forget the shells and look at the words!!!
yes go buy it lol x 

Star of Light 
another carry over from last season and I love the words and the images so pretty and easily blinged up with a little bit of glitter or wink of stella.

Sunshine Sayings
I adore the possibility of making so many sentiments up with this collection.

Sweet Cupcake
another one I was humming and hawing about but think for a last minute birthday card 
if I keep the colours no specific it will be perfect for Jaydens last minute cards.

Tabs for Everything
I bought the new planner last month and this had to be part of the collection lol x also I am hoping in the next few months to buy a filing cabinet for my paper and cardstock so having these on each tab will be perfect x

Thankful Thoughts
I love that these are more indepth messages and will be perfect for the inside of thank you cards.

Weather Together
The script does it again also love the elements the wee raindrops and hearts and the flowers just beautiful x 

Wild About Flowers
been eyeing this up for a while, Scrimpy used this for thank you cards a few months ago and I absolutely loved it x 

You got this
adore the huge flower 
this will be perfect with almost any sentiment.

Coffee Cups
bought as bundle

Cupcake Cutout
pairs up with the cupcake stamp set and the words are always handy for other projects too x

Lot of Labels
love nesties so handy for many projects always so handy to have in your stash they NEVER go wrong.

Rose Garden
Adore the roses x so elegant and pretty

perfect for seasonal holiday but also think for other things like starting a new college course "reach for the stars" etc x 

Sunshine Wishes
the scribbly dies are a fab pairing for the scribbily swirls and the words are fab too

Umbrella Weather
again perfect Elements and the die match up to the weather together Stamps

New Large 2 1/4" circle Punch 
perfect extension to the collection 

Balloon Bouquet Punch
perfect for a lot of the stamp sets in SU 

Circle Tab Punch 
matches with the tabs for everything.

Pansy Punch
Pairs up with flower shop

in the clearance rack but perfect for christmas projects.

Boxwood Wreaths
ideal for a little bit of greenery as these straighten out also so can be used as any form of greenery really.

Clear Faceted Gems

Copper Thread (nice wee elements)

Gold Faceted Gems


Silver embossing powder

Silver thread

Bundle of Love Memories and More Card Pack
Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky and Very Vanilla

Colour Theory Memories and More Card Pack
Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, Soft Suede

Perfect Day Memories and More Card Pack
Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand

Petal Garden Memories and More Card Pack
Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White.

Bundle of Love A4 Cardstock 
Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Thick Very Vanilla

Bundle of Love 12x12 DSP
Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla and Gold Foil

Coffee Break A4 Cardstock
Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz

Coffee Break 12x12 DSP
Early Espresso, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Copper Foil 

Foil Frenzy 12x12 DSP
Berry Burst Foil, Lemon Lime Twist Foil, Soft Sky Foil, Tangerine Tango Foil on Kraft Card.

Fresh Floral 12x12 DSP
Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Lemon lime Twist & Whisper White 

In Colour 2017-2019 A4 Cardstock
Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Lemon lime Twist

Subtles A4 Cardstock
Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Poop Part, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder.

Presents and Pinecones 12x12 DSP (Clearance)
Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Whisper White

Mini Tassels (Clearance) nice wee handy embellishment

Striped Treat Bags

Water Colour Paper

Big order but a nice wee earner as every £45 spent in July we get a £4.50 voucher for August.
So have £80 odd to spend next month x