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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Birthday card for a cheer-leading grand-daughter

I have made this using an image and background from Greeting Card Factory. I printed the cheerleader 3 times and decoupaged her then added clear sakura glitter pen to the pom-poms and also to the name (although it doesn't show up too well on the scan).
Hope you like it and thank you for looking xxx

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

It never rains .........................

This is the state of my shower cubicle at the moment and its been like that since Monday afternoon (well to be far, the rotten wood is now outside as evidence to show the landlord if he thinks we're making it up).
Basically, a couple of weeks ago, my neighbour downstairs said she had water dripping through her ceiling so I reported it to the letting agency and they duly sent Steve, the maintenance man round and he re-sealed all around the shower tray as it had not been done properly by the looks of it when it was installed goodness knows when. Well, the sealant didn't work and the water kept dripping through Carol's ceiling.
The landlord sent one of his own workmen from Hertford and he told the letting agency that the tray needed replacing and he would get one of his lads to "bodge" the job to shut us up !!! Thankfully the people at the letting agency know what I have been through lately and politely told the landlord that that was just not happening and he said "oh, get your man to quote for the job then". So Steve came in and put in a quote. The landlord agreed to pay for the repair and also to pay for the full repair job needed on Carols ceiling.
Well Steve turned up on Monday to rip out the shower etc etc and he almost died when he saw the destruction underneath. The shower tray had been cemented in to start with so it took him almost 3 hours to get it out and in the bottom photo you will see an area of blackness - this is the rotten soggy floorboards where the door hadn't been installed properly. The middle photo shows the support joists that had been put in to take the weight of the concrete and they remind of breakwaters at a beach - they are soaked.
Where the long length of wastepipe goes into the 45' angle bend, its just been put in place - no push joint was used not any sealant so it has been leaking since day one really and eventually over the time, the wood couldn't soak up any more water and it had no where to go other than through Carol's ceiling.
Steve has had to go back to the letting agency to tell them about all this as his original quote just won't cover the amount of work now needed as it needs brand new floorboards, a new shower tray and door and the whole area has to be re tiled to make it safe and secure.
I wrote a strongly worded letter to the lettings agency yesterday to say that I would contest the decision should the landlord decide to send in his own men as he has obviously cut enough corners in the past to save money and if Steve does the job, I won;t have to take time off work but if he sends in his own cowboys, I would take the time off work to ensure the job was done to a professional standard and as a friend of mine is a teacher of plumbing etc I would insist he comes in to check the work (at the landlords expense of course) to make sure it was up to building industry code.
I am waiting for a phone call today from Steve with what is happening next.
In the meantime, I am with-holding 1/3 of my rent as I have no other washing facilities other than a tiny handbasin in the toilet and I'm not about to wash in the kitchen sink.
I have told the landlord that I am now having to cycle to my mums which is a 10 minute cycle ride each way every day to have a shower.
In reality, my lovely neighbour downstairs has given me her spare key and I at liberty to use hers whenever I need to.
On top of everything else with still moving boxes and packing at the house, I just don't need this at all but I take comfort that the lettings agency and Steve are on my side and fighting in my corner.
As for the house itself, we attended court on Friday and in view of the fact that we are close to actually exchanging the contracts on the house sale, the judge gave us a 56 day notice of eviction instead of the 28 day which the mortgage company had originally asked for. To be fair though, their solicitor was in full agreement and never put in any argument to the contrary.
At least, that part of my rubbish life is coming to an end now and I can turn the page on that bit and start the next chapter.
well I have to get off to work now so take care everyone xxx

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

A Robert Adams Vintage transport birthday card

I needed to make a card for a father in law to give to his son in law so after trawling through loads of cd's and images, I eventually came up with this decoupage sheet from Robert Adams Vintage Transport CD.

Hope you like it and thank you for looking x

Papertake weekly sketch challenge 27th April 09

"Spots and Stripes" - that's the blog challenge on papertake weekly challenge this week so as I had to make a card I thought I would use the Spots and Stripes theme as the basis for it.

The stamped image is from Sheena's lovely Creative expressions range and just watercoloured with whatever was closest to hand this evening. The backing papers are from Daisy & Dandylion.

Hope you like it and thank you for looking xxx

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Cute Card Thursday Challenge - On Edge

Here is my card for this weeks challenge on Cute Card Thursdays Blog
The challenge was to use either torn, sanded or sewn edges so I took the remaining
bits and bob lying about on my desk ans sanded then with a normal nail file and then to
emphasize the distressed / prickly element I used a cute hedgehog on a spare
piece of card that has also been sanded.
Hope you like it and thank you for looking xxx

Rainbow Lady's blog challenge "B"

On Thursday, (I am late with this), the challenge on Rainbow Lady's Blog
was to make a card or something of your choice incorporating the letter B.
I have slightly side stepped and used Bits & Bobs that I had on my desk after making other cards so I hope it fits the bill and I added some purple beads
hope you like it and thank you for looking

Blog Candy up for grabs

Please pay a visit to Tracie's blogspot at Pink Angel where she has some beautiful blog candy up for grabs in honour of her birthday tomorrow.
Good luck everyone xxx

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

A spoon full of sugar challenge card

Been on a bit of a roll this evening and here is my entry for this weeks challenge on A spoon full of sugar. If you see my previous card, I already had a sheet of the toppers so not wanting to waste them, Icame up with this card

Hope you like it and thank you for looking

ABC challenge. K is for KEEP it simple

This week on ABC challenge blog, they have reached the letter K and the idea this week is "Keep it simple" so here is my KISS card (keep it simple, stupid)

Topper & backing paper - Crafters Companions Flower fairy (rose)
piece of purple webby type paper (technical term there)
Piece of pale lilac mulberry paper
2 prima flowers
1 sentiment

All from my stash

Hope you like it and thank you for looking xxx

Monday, 20 April 2009

Card for a young 70 yd old man

A man I care for asked me to make a card for his younger brother who is celebrating his 70th birthday so I took the insert from the Crafters Companion Men's Collection 1 CD and used it as a frame and took the laptop decoupage from Robert Adams Complete Cards 2 CD and combined them to make this design

hope you like it and thank you for looking

Sunday, 19 April 2009


This is my first card I have made for the Post pals website. I used a decoupage sheet designed by a friend on and cut out the bone myself. I have left it blank for now until I know the name of the child I am going to send it to then I will add it either with peel-off letters or by hand.

hope you like it and thank you for looking

More information about Post Pals can be found by clicking on the envelope link in the side bar

Imag-e-nation April ATC swap

I have made these ATC's for the current ATC swap at The theme is travel so I have used Sharon Duncans Nostalgic CD to make these quick and simple ATC's
Hope you like them and thank you for looking xxx

Friday, 17 April 2009

Civil Engineer card

A man asked me to make a card for his son-in-law who has just started a new job as a civil engineer and will soon be starting work an a new M1 link road. So I used the map backing paper from Greeting Card Factory and cut out a road from a piece of black paper and coloured in the white lines with a pure white sakura pen. The little beaver engineer is also from GCF.
Hope you like it and thank you for looking xxx

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Flower Fairy birthday card

I have made this earlier for an elderly gentleman to give to his sister for her birthday. I have used the new Crafters Companion Flower Fairy CD for this card and used the stackers in a more unusual way rather than the normal way.
hope you like it and thank you for looking xx

Vintage Humour ATC's

This month over at ATC swappers blog, the theme is Humour so I have come up with this set of ATC's using the wonderfully funny and very talented Laurel And Hardy

Monday, 13 April 2009

My latest award - and a very nice it is too

I have been given this award by my good friend Hazel and it is a really sweet, cute looking award xxx

As I have a lot of friends with beautiful blogs that make me smile everyday, please feel free to add it to your own blog xxx

Qucik Quick Quick - blog candy up for grabs

You don't have long to join in with the blog candy draw currently being run by Lorraine over at The Crafty Coo
Good luck everyone xx

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Friday Sketchers Challenge

I was asked to make a card for a lady to give to her sister so using the sketch as set by
Friday Sketchers I have come up with this card. I used Fred's stunning flowers and backing papers and a stamp for the floraly flourishy twiddly bit in the bottom left hand corner (technical terms used throughout of course lol)
Hope you like it and thank you for looking

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Cup cake challenge 6th April 2009 - Folds

The challenge this week over on Cup Cake Crafting is "folds" and as I love to do tea-bag folding, I thought I would use that for my entry. Its very simple and I love it xx

Hope you like it and thank you for looking xxx

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Papertake weekly sketch challenge 06.04.09

Here is my card for the Papertake challenge -. I can only apologise for the scan - it didn't come out as well as I would have liked - I will have to fiddle with the settings.

Hope you like it and thank you for looking xx

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

La Pashe & Greeting Card Factory combination

I needed to make a card for an gentleman who is celebrating his 93rd birthday tomorrow (9th April). He has a great sense of humour, likes the odd pint at the RAFA club in town and is an excellent gardener so thought this La PAshe sheet would for the bill perfectly. I used an image from GCF for the backing and added the greeting in GCF
Hope you like it and thank you for looking xxx

Monday, 6 April 2009

Sketch saturday challenge 4th April 2009

Well the ingredients for this one are a bit all over the place lol

Stripy backing paper - K & Co
Floral paper - K & Co
Green mat - K & Co
Stamped image - Sarah Kay Coloured with water colour pencils
Blue lace - my mums knickers -- lol -- not really. From my stash actually :-)
Large blue flower from Sharon Duncan shop
Smaller red flower - from Prima
Adhesive stones - Paper Mania
I loved making this card so I do hope the recipient likes it xxxx

Hope you like it too and thank you for looking xxx

Quick birthday card

(sorry about the camera shot x) Made this for a gentleman celebrating his birthday today. He recently lost his companion who was in his 90's bless him and this will probably be the only card he gets for his birthday today so I will pop to Tesco's before I go and visit him today and get him a little cake too.
The card is made from toppers and papers from Joanna Sheen's Jayne Netley Mayhew CD . I used the snapshot tool in Adobe and printed the largest topper 4 times to enable me to make the decoupage topper
hope you like it and thank you for looking xx

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Now my friend Dawn has gone off to get married ....

I can safely upload the cards I have made for both her wedding and her birthday as they are on the same day. Dawn is marrying Neil in Cyprus so I know she won't see this til she gets back :-)
Hope you like them and thank you for looking xxx