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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Caturday: Kitty STILL needs a home

Poor Kitty still needs a home, after nearly a year of waiting. Kitty was a Woodland Nook cat back in 2009, when she was adopted by a lovely couple, who adored her. Sadly, they have both now died and Kitty was returned to Woodland Nook last Christmas.

Unfortunately, the stress of being in the shelter means she isn't the most approachable of cats; I'm sure she would calm down in a less busy environment. All she really wants is to live in a quiet home, with no other cats, just as she did until Christmas 2013.

Could you give Kitty a happier Christmas in 2014?

Friday, 21 November 2014

Festival of Trees tag card

Oops, how did it get to be Friday? I’ll tell you how… it’s been a bit of a crazy week. The biggest thing to happen has been our office move at work. If you’re in Derby you’ll have probably read about it at some point. We’ve not moved far but it does mean a different route into work, an earlier start to allow time to find a parking space (and *gasp* PAY for it), plus disruption when you get there, as we try to get used to a new way of working, overcome a few technical teething problems and get to grips with a clever but therefore more complex new phone system. But our new “hot-desking” culture means that next week I am going to try working from home for part of the week, so fingers crossed our wi-fi is up to the task!

Back home we’ve been trying to get our boiler fixed so that we can have central heating when we want it. Thank goodness we have the woodburner to take the chill off the house, even when the radiators won’t work. By chance, I found a really great plumber who has given us heat, but he still needs to come back to find out why the pump now won’t switch off! This wouldn’t be a major issue if the boiler wasn’t in the back of a cupboard, the contents of which are currently strewn across the kitchen table waiting to be put away when the issues are resolved. 

Meanwhile, most of us at home and a good chunk of us at work are dealing with a particularly nasty cold which, as you know, makes everything seem worse! 

But enough of my woes, here’s a fun card that you can easily make if you have the Tree Punch; you don’t even need the co-ordinating stamp set, as you can switch the greeting. But I will warn you – I was talking to my demo friend Ann the other day and she says several of her customers bought the stamp set, intending to cut out the tree themselves… then returned to her quite quickly to order the punch, too! So, as Stampin’ Up!® so often knows best, buy the stamps and punch as a bundle for best value and ease of use. 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Festival of Trees Make & Take

This was Friday night’s Make & Take – clean and simple, as required for both a Make & Take and for your Christmas cards, particularly if you’re making a lot of them! The punch makes this really quick and easy to make... just remember to keep your dirty stamps away from the precious Whisper White ink pad!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Takeout Box hostess gift

This is a bit elaborate for a demonstration, so I prepared a lot of it at home in advance, but I really wanted to show my hostess and her guests the wonders of the Takeout boxes! These are perfect for packing up homemade biscuits and treats for Christmas gifts, and look so lovely when decorated.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Around the World Challenge... and Caturday, too

Well, this is a bit awkward, because the Around the World Challenge has fallen on a Caturday. And, as regular visitors will know, Caturday is all about the cats!

But rules is rules, so here is my Around the World Challenge card, which was a colour combo challenge, to use Real Red, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar. (Scroll down for your Caturday fix!)

Psssst! Don’t tell anyone but I cheated ever so slightly. You see, you can’t buy Blendabilities in Real Red (yet – who knows what the future will hold?), but I do have the Cherry Cobbler set. And of course, now that I have tried Blendabilities, I am completely hooked and didn’t want to use the Stampin’ Write markers for colouring, so that’s where I cheated. Only a little bit, mind.

I’m still enjoying this Visions of Santa stamp set. I know it divides opinion, but those silly Santas just make me giggle. And I especially love that this one looks so miserable, which is why I chose to stamp “very merry Christmas” next to him. In keeping with the quirky nature of this set, I decided to angle my layers slightly ... no I hadn’t been at the mulled wine, I meant it to look like that!

And now it’s your turn... have a go at this challenge yourself and join in the fun! All the details, and more inspiration, can be found HERE – you’re looking for AW29.

And now it’s Caturday... and I have three little kittens for you today. These are the dictator kittens (because two the litter have Hitler moustaches – only one of them is pictured here) but they couldn’t  be less like dictators... they’re extremely sweet. And they’re growing fast, as you can see... 

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