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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Phew!

Well, before anyone else says it, I know it's been a while since my last post! Things have just been really busy, I've been, here, there, and everywhere, and haven't really caught up with myself yet. So this will be a mammoth post and I hope that you will stick with it until the end.

Megan got on well in Stoke for her Uni taster session. I was too ill to drive up with her, so I went seperately the next day. I met up with Jo and Lesley, two blogging buddies, who I'd never seen before, but had met through the Graphicus Guild, and continued chatting to here in Blogland. We had a great time eating cake, swapping crafting tips, wandering around one of Jo's local craft shops, and having lunch together. I loved meeting you both, and I hope we can do it again. I then drove to Stoke to meet up with Megan, and had the night with her, before driving up to Darlington the following day to see my Dad on his birthday. I then came home, having driven 600 miles in three days, ugh! I suffer from sciatica, aggravated by driving, so although it was broken up a bit each day, it was 4 hours one day, 4 hours the next, and five hours the next, so it felt pretty constant.
The following week, very sadly, it was my friend's funeral. We all went as a family, as we all knew her very well. The church was packed, and it was an extremely moving service. My two were very affected, and they appreciate me a bit more now I think. I have another close friend who is suffering from Leukaemia, and I am making every effort to keep in touch now, as time goes so quickly, and regrets last a long time.

I went to Stamperama at Stevenage at the weekend, and bought way too much stuff! I got some Martha Stewart punches that I really wanted, and some Mcgill flower punches. I also bought some fab B Line Design stamps, which I really want to play with. I bought some clear Ticket sentiment stamps which I have seen used a lot on other people's cards , these ones are by Katie Pertiet and are really useful. I got some Nesties, some Whiff of Joy stamps, some dinky little canvases, Heidi Swapp clear stamps, Basic Grey clear stamps, Little Claire stamps, Quic Kutz embossing folder and frames etc., etc.! My justification is that I can't go to the shows at Harrogate or Doncaster this year as I'm too busy, so this was a one time blow out!

I saw Kay Carley and Bev Rochester at the show, and got to speak to them both. It was a pleasure to see both of them, as they recalled my saying on their blogs that I would go along to say Hi. How nice they both were. Bev was also recovering from a migraine, so it must have been hard for her to be sociable, and demo too, after being ill.

I have received two blog awards this week, don't I feel guilty for not blogging? The first is from Lynne K and it is the Circle of Friends award.














Thank you so much Lynne for awarding this to me, you are a great blog friend. I would like to forward this award to
I know that I am sending it back to Lynne, but she deserves it, so I hope that I can be allowed that indulgence.

The second award is The Kreativ Blogger Award which I have received from Lilackat again, I feel guilty as I haven't been blogging that much lately, but will try to do better!
Here are the instructions to accept this award
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog
3. Link the person who nominated you for this award
4. Name seven things about yourself that people might find interesting
5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate
7. Leave comments on all seven blogs letting them know you nominated them
I have already thanked Lilackat on her blog, but thank you again, it's such a thrill that someone thinks that I am worthy of a nomination like this. I can currently only nominate six people as Blogger is telling me that I am not following anyone, so I can't check out the html on nominee number seven until everything is back to normal. So here are the six:
1. Anne
2. Rowena
3. Judy
4. Sarita
5. Kat
6. Rach
7. Paula
Blogger has given me my list of who I follow back now!
These bloggers push the envelope a bit, and don't conform to the norm, therefore I believe they earn the title Kreativ Bloggers.
The seven facts about myself...
1. I speak French and Italian passably and I only took my GCSE Italian about four years ago getting an A*
2. I have always been a crafter, from knitting and cross stitch, to sewing, card making, and jewellery making. I like to draw and paint, but is it art? I'm not sure!
3. I have green eyes
4. I am tongue tied, but it does not affect my speech, so it was never operated on.
5. I hate housework
6. My craft room is a mess (you can't even see the floor)
7. My favourite colour is aubergine
So there you go, seven things about me!




I'm also posting a few cards today, just to show you that I have been crafting. They are a mixed bunch, using up old stash, new punches, and those ticket stamps I mentioned earlier. I have used a couple of Tilda stamps, and some Digital images from Mo's Digital Pencil Too. Hope you like!







16 comments:

Penni said...

WOW, those are some beautiful card you have there!!!

I spotted the images from Mo's Digital Pencil - aren't they the best digital images?!? I'm totally hooked on these at the moment, which is suprising as I've always used rubber before!!!!

Thanks so much for the blog award, it's so nice of you to think of me.

Catch you later !!

Hugs
Penni
X

Lynne K said...

Hi Judith. I love reading long and interesting posts! You've certainly been busy. Thanks so much for returning the blog award to me, it is very much appreciated. All your cards are gorgeous. Your shopping list from Stamperama made me green with envy! I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with all your new stash. I'll be going to Harrogate next month, but with not much to spend as I desperately need a new laptop. Must remember to leave the credit card at home.... x

Rach said...

oh wow you have been busy, both with your wonderful cards and behind the wheel of your car... hugs rachxx

Rach said...

how rude of me sweetie, i never even thanked you for passing on your wonderful award to me.. sorry... thank you sweetie. hugs rachxx

Kat said...

Thank you so much for the blog award, it was nice of you to think of me. It was good to see your lovely cards. You have been busy though but I have missed your posts. And what a lot of lovely new goodies you have bought! At the moment I am saving up for the craft show at the SECC in Glasgow at the end of October and a friend is having a Stamping Up party at the beginning of October. We are both worried about Glasgow as we both have a daughter with a baby due at the end of October!!
Take care, Kat x

Paula said...

wow thank you for the nomination,it really is appreciated.

And what an amazing set of cards...great work!

Judy's Crafty Moments said...

Hi Judith..firstly thank you for the award...it is very much appreciated! Secondly, thanks for all the lovely comments you leave on my blog !! Thirdly...lovely to read all about you and what you have been up to. it is really really nice to know a bit about the person behind the cards :) and finally...your cards are just lovely. Your colouring is great...I especially love your gorjuss girl..simply stunning!
Hugs Judy xx

having a {me} day said...

Judith, thank you so much for your lovely award, it is so kind of you to think of me. Sorry for the delay in coming back to you, I am running behind myself this week! But thanks! Fabulous cards you have created by the way! Love katxx

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi Judith
Love your blog, and your beautiful cards. Your recent Post is very interesting, and moving too.
Your Stamperama day out must have been mega enjoyable - wow, you are one serious crafter!!
Keep well,
Sylvia xx

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi Judith
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, and yes I am a big fan of Glenda Waterworth's work - I have quite a lot of her stamps (love them) and was lucky enough to attend a workshop with her recently at the shop in Barnard Castle.
Love, Sylvia x

Sarita said...

Hi Judith,
Apologies for the delay-still building my craft room lol! Thank you for your lovely comment and for the award, it's really kind of you to think of me.
It's so nice to have found you in return, your creations are really lovely and I am now a follower so that I can keep up to date with your gorj work,
Thank you again,
Love Sarita xx

Donna said...

Fantastic cards Judith, you sure have been busy lately, such fab layouts and choice of colours and papers :) Donna x

Anne said...

What a fantastic haul of cards, you were busy even if you weren't blogging :)

Was tempted to go to Stamperama but it was the day after we got back from holidays and decided it was just too far to drive... Do you go to the NEC in November?

Thank you for my award :). Would you email me when you get time (button on my blog) and we can talk about swapping

Hugs
Anne

Kim Piggott said...

Hi Judith,
Wow you certainly had a marathon drive so sorry about your sciatica that is so painful.
I am very sorry to hear about your friends death and suffering with cancer. It must be so hard on you.
Sounds like you had a massive spend up. You are just going to have the best time playing with it all and how lovely to meet Bev and Kay.
I totally love your amazing cards!
Such beautiful designs and your colouring and detail is wonderful!
Thank you so much for your kind words I really appreciate them.
hugs
kim x

Bev said...

It was lovely to meet you too sweetie, thanks so much for stopping by to say hi.

Love these cards, wow you sure have been busy. x

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

beautiful cards, you work is awesome....congrats on the blog awards!

enjoy *~*

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