Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Another Jaunt.....and some craftiness

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First of all, I want to say a huge "Thank You" to everyone who leaves such nice comments on my blog - it's such a thrill to check in here and find your messages - especially when they make me feel better about my stuff like those on my last DCM card did. Thank you so much.

Sometimes things go plodding along nice and quietly, I get my housey things done, I get my crafting tasks done and I even have time just to play. Then there's times like this!
I shouldn't moan though because it's not just been the normal day-to-day stuff - we've just had a lovely long weekend away over in the Cotswolds to celebrate Hubby's birthday. We found this little hotel a couple of years ago while searching the net for somewhere to stay on our Anniversary weekend - we'd been let down at the last minute by the place we'd planned to stay and needed somewhere in a hurry. Obviously, being last minute lots of places were fully booked, including this interesting looking hotel, so we put it in the "another time" folder and went elsewhere.
So, finally this year we' got organised in time to book a room at the Cardynham Hotel in the seriously pretty village of Painswick. As it was Hubby's special weekend he got to choose the room - you'll have to click the link to see the rooms and try and guess which one he chose.
If we ever get round to "developing" the photos I'll show some on here another time - for now this is the only one that's not "raw" - whatever that might's of Goodrich Castle, which we visited on Saturday. As you can see, the weather could have been better - it was a bit on the grey side, but at least it didn't rain - and as we had such sunny weather when we were over in France a couple of weeks back we didn't feel too "hard done by".

Since we got home I've been trying to get down to things on my crafty list.
I've finished off my pages in the last book for a CJ which started back last July, my own book is now safely home (I'll share photos soon) but the lovely Karen kindly gave me an extra few days to get hers finished It's now all ready to go in the post, so not long now Karen....
This CJ was entitled "Surprise" and the surprise was that each person in the ring chose the subject for the next person's page - that's all I'm going to say... see if you can guess what subject Nicky chose for me to do.

Mother's Day over here in the UK is a lot earlier than usual - something to do with Easter being early this year - and it's caught a lot of people unawares - including me. I know I should have had the cards in the box on Hubby's desk at work weeks ago but I'm not that organised, so I spent yesterday making some more Mother's Day cards.
BG Romani papers, Angel Kisses creamy-lemon flower and the Cuttlebug Scribble Flower die
This was one of those half-made cards I mentioned a while back - I thought I might be able to use it for a mother's day card, but tbh I think it's a bit of a failure - took ages aswell, what a awaste of time, should have chucked it in the bin first time around!
Feel a bit better about this one:
My February Self Addresed Kit arrived yesterday and it's lovely - all sunny and cheerful, so for maybe the second time ever I made a card using the papers on the actual day the box arrived - normally they sit around for quite a while before being used.
Came home from Painswick to find an order for 3 cards in my inbox - one for a Mother's Day card. I'm supposed to be working on a commission for a Golden Wedding card but this one jumped to the top of the list as it's needed so soon.
I got these gorgeous Imaginisce "For Peeps Sake" papers a week or two back and have been desperate to use them. They are soooo beautiful, with pretty colours and designs and even a bit of glitter to make them extra special. I used three of the papers, plus a couple of the fab matching ribbons on this one. Shame the glitteriness doesn't show up on the photos. The beautiful Prima pink glittery flowers and the little MM Pebble brad are from the fabby stash of new goodies I bought at the weekend - but I'll save that little story for tomorrow - at least it'll mean I have something to blog!


Angelnorth said...

I don't think the one you rescued from its half-made state is a failure at all - someone's Mum would be delighted to get that! Lots of pretty papers going on here Kathy and you've obviously been busy!

Jules {Creative Makes} said...

Fabby work as per usual. Off to check out the hotel now...

Carol said...

What gorgeous cards Kathy, i'm sure all the recipients will love them.

I've never heard of Painswick, is that somewhere near me? sounds like a good geocaching opportunity :)


LisaBabe said...

Hotel looks gorgeous, Kathy - not sure about your hubby, but if it were me I would have opted for the Arabian Nights room - in fact I want to go and live there now!!!

Jo said...

lol I know which room you satyed in so I won't tell.... gorgeous cards, your cards are always so beautiful.

jo xx

LAZY-TROUT said...

Kathy just love your cards - so fresh and colourful - they brighten my day when I come on here. I am now off to have a looky at the hotel - the arabian nights room has intrigued me ;o).

And thank you for the lovely comment on my blog - very much appreciated x

Deb said...

Your cards are just beautiful!! Love the colors and they way you have put them together! Such talent!!
I love your blog!

Andrea C (Frog) said...

Wow Kathy those cards are all gorgeous, i love the colours.

Andrea xx

Di said...

Beautiful cards Kathy. Glad you had a great time away, the hotel looked gorgeous.