Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Thank You Card for 2Sketches4You




I followed Laura's great sketch on 2 Sketches 4U for this one - it was not the card I intended to make, I may have another try later in the week, but I had a need to make something sunshiny to cheer me - see why in a minute! The image is one that my Funky Hand team mate Kath sent me (we recently did a design team image swap, so I have all sorts of fabby new images to play with). This is by Penny Black. The papers are Martha Stewart, as is the punched border, flowers are primas. I stickled the flower centres, and put diamond glaze on the balloon. The photo colour is a bit off, because by the time I took it, all light had faded, I can never get a good photo using flash.
So why do I need sunshine in my life? Well, our three year old boiler has packed up, and it's cold. We waited all day yesterday for a chap who didn't bother to turn up, found another guy who showed up today. He took one look and did that sharp intake of breath thing that workmen do - you know the one, they purse their lips, suck in a big breath, shaking their heads sorrowfully at the same time. I often wonder if it's part of their training, monday morning lectures - 9-10am safety guidelines when fitting new boilers, 10-11am safe disposal of old boilers, 11am-12noon group session on effectively taking a sharp intake of breath whilst shaking head. Anyway, he fixed the old one, went on his way wishing us a cheery farewell, and I took off four of the five sweaters I had been wearing to keep warm. As the house started to heat, so did the boiler, which suddenly made a huge bang and died. Yes folks, it's new boiler time again, huge expense that we hadn't bargained on, but hey, we need heat. Have you ever tried making cards wearing 5 sweaters, a fleece jacket and hugging a hot water bottle? No? Go on, I challenge you.........

42 comments:

loopylou said...

oh dear!! today was freezing in lincolnshire too, i love the card, the image is so cute and the colours are lovely and warm. RIP old bolier!!xxx

Susan (peebsmama) said...

Bummer about your boiler!

This card is cute. I like the scalloped border and the sparkly sprinkles.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

You are so funny Enfys. I hope your card cheered you up a little. It cheered me up, I need cheering up because I am raising (and homeschooling) a 17 year old grandson LOL

UKMUMINUS said...

Cute card, Penny Black stamps have to be some of my favourite stamps, Sam

Becky said...

HA, HA, I know what it is like to be with out heat. I had to sleep in clothes, hat, coat and gloves for a week. Love your card, it is adorable.

Amy said...

Sorry to hear about your issues with the boiler. Hopefully you can shed those layers of sweaters again, soon. I love your card, though. It is a very cheery card!! Great take on the sketch, too.

Jennifer Talley said...

This is so cute! Love it!

Anjou Krelovich said...

Enfys, I hope you stay warm! Your post today was too funny. I love the "look" -- it's so familiar. Your card is beautiful. I love the white space around the image and that cute punching on the scallop border. Stay warm!

BettyBee said...

Oh, En,,,so sorry about the boiler! It makes the critters here in FL seem desireable, just to be warm!!! Love the bright sunny card, and the deligthful way you can always tell a story. April is coming...we hope to see you then.

Kath said...

oh fabulous card for the sketch En...love the papers and great colour work on the image...Hugs Kath xxxxx

Sam said...

Awwww, poor you. Have been chilly tonight and we have heating. Can't imagine crafting with that many layers on ....
Looking forward to seeing your card with the 3 square shapes on.
Sam x

Loretta Rodger said...

Oh dear indeed. Is the boiler possibly covered under a warrenty?!

The card is terrific, glad you didn't have frost bitten fingers!

Terrie B x said...

Your card is `beautiful` Enfys...
Sorry about your boiler!!!!Hope you get it fixed soon....:)~x~

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

This is adorable Enfs and just love the sparkly flowers and sweet image, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Laura Davis said...

Oh no I hope you warm up soon! Your card is adorable and it sure did give me the warm fuzzies!
Laura

**Nancy** said...

Oh woweee!!! Your card is amazing!!!! I love your stamping work with the "bling"!!! Awesome!!!

Regan said...

This is the first time I've visited your blog and I love it. As the proud owner of a new Expression, I was looking for guidance and I surely found it here!

Sharon Caudle said...

I'm sorry...I have to admit that even though your situation is not funny in the least, I couldn't help but laugh at the way you told the story! Hope you get all warm and snuggly soon, but so sorry it has to be with a new boiler. Love your card as always my friend! hugs!

kisatrtle said...

I took you up on that challenge and had to call a repairman to come and pry me out of the fifth sweater.

When he got here he pursed his lips, sucked in his breath, shook his head and said "Well that's a fine pickle you've gotten yourself into."

He charge me $25 American dollars and kept my sweater.

Sorry to hear about your boiler.

P.S. I like your new banner

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Sorry you had all this boiler trouble, love your narrative description of the repairman. I can just see the whole thing playing out!

Your card is darling, just love all the details you have on it!

Heidi Van Laar said...

This is so adorable! I just love all the sparkle you've given it! Not even multiple layers of clothing can dampen your creative talent!
Hope your new boiler arrives soon!

InkHearts said...

And here I was complaining about just HAVING a cold! Not BEING COLD!!! Poor En! Sending you lots of warm and fuzzy {{{{hugs}}}}!! And I AM feeling much better, thanks for thinking of me.

Blessings,
Shannon

willow said...

Sorry to hear about your boiler, it's a pain when these things happen, hope you get it fixed really soon.
Great card and love the stamp, I may be tempted to go and look at this range of stamps myself.
Take care
Maz

Jackie said...

Great card as usual Enfys.

I hope you are warmer now! :)

Ewonne said...

Such a super pretty card ♥♥

Linniepink said...

fab card so cute hope you nice and warm now
linniex

Justine said...

I love your description of the workmens' training! so funny! hehe
Card is fantastic and def. sunny!!

Hope you are warm now...

Warm Hug, Justine x x

btrthaneva said...

Hop a flight across the pond and come back to the sunshine and warmth! They say laughter is the best medicine, and you give creedance to that statement.

BTW - another absolutely beautious creation. Now, I've got to go get me some Penny Black stamps...

{{{hugs to you!!!}}}
Chrsitelle

rae said...

Beautiful card ~ fabulous take on Laura's sketch!

Justine said...

Oh I almost forgot, you asked what colour copic I used on the bath card, it was Pale Blue Gray B60.

Hugs Justine x

btrthaneva said...

Oh Enfys~

You head straight down to the airport and hop the pond back over to sunshine and warmth! They say laughter is the best medicine, and you give creedance to that statement!

BTW, great card. You brightened my morning as always... Cheers to you!

AShu93 said...

What a pain to have to get a new boiler. Hope you are now able to get warm & be able to take off all those layers & make cards.

Your stories always make me laugh!

DeeDee said...

Oh my word girlie...what troubles you are having!!! I hope you get your new boiler soon! Brrrrr! I do love your card...so sweet and cheery! HUGS!!

Peet said...

So very beautiful!!!
love your take on Laura's sketch!

Lea L. said...

Super adorable...love that stamp! Great job with the sketch!

~Lea

cheryln said...

oh this is sososoooo cute!!

BellaBug said...

So sorry to hear about your boiler troubles... if it were me, I wouldn't be going down without a fight! Only 3 years old? Uh-uh, no way! I can see where all the inspiration came from to make this card! It's VERY cheerful!

Tonniece said...

No Heat? Brrrrrrrrr Hope it gets sorted soon.
Great card Enfys

Allison said...

hope you get it sorted soon
your card is so cute and love the flowers and the details
AllisonX

Eveline said...

It never happens in the summer does it? In my parenst house the heater always stopped working around Christmas. I can see us all huddled around the fireplace.
Lovely card.
Eveline.

Ruby said...

Your card is gorgeous!

~ j said...

this is absolutely beautiful!