Saturday, 17 December 2011

Take one, take six... and I am NOT having a good week!


I tried to have a crafty day today, and I did to an extent, with a whole heap of cards made and written (yes I'm still on the Christmas cards.  Then HB turned up with a my youngest's new bed (well I say new, it has been passed to us by friends who had it for a year and then changed their children's room about, so who was I to turn down a quite expensive cabin bed thing, with bookcase, drawers and wardrobe all in one!!)

So HB took the kids to his work and collected the work van to transport it home and BIL came over to help put the bed together.  They rang me when they were on their way and I finished clearing small son's bedroom out all ready.  His new bed was up in no time and the new mattress unwrapped and the bed made... he is so happy!!

It was getting late and the heating had just fired up when BIL said he could smell something funny coming from the boiler, and he and HB decided to clamber into the cupboard to check where it was coming from.  Now, cos we live in the middle of nowhere we have oil fired heating, not gas and the boiler was serviced a couple of weeks ago so all should be fine.  Anyway, what they found was that a pipe was leaking and that the fuel was leaking all over the place.  This stuff is effectively diesel, so is horrible, thick and gloopy and foul smelling!!  The only option was to turn the heating off to stop the leak,  I have tried ringing the people who serviced the boiler, but their numbers are all unobtainable, so I have had to ring the home help number I get as part of my bank account package, and I'm waiting for them to arrange to come out to us.  Until then we freeze!!  Thankfully the fuel oil isn't flammable just stinks, and we have ripped up the ruined carpet and thrown it outside, and i have chucked washing up liquid all over the floor and scrubbed it as best I could to get rid of as much as I could.  Oh I needed this like a hole in the head after the PC going wrong and mice waging war on the car electrics!!  The only plus side is that most of the things I store in there were in plastic boxes so the contents are OK!

Anyway, so the short version is that my hopes of a crafty day/evening/weekend are all but wrecked :-(  

Ah well, at least I got a few cards done this morning, including a few more for my friends kids, two more kids cards to go and a few grown up ones and that's my lot!   I needed something quick for my male work colleagues (the girls have all got a "proper" card from me, 'cos I think they appreciate them more!!), and I got these little Woodware cards which are 8cm square from the Scrapbook Sisters cropped the other week, and then I used my Kanban flourish Christmas tree to stamp on each with Versamark and then emboss with various colour embossing powders. I've done them in gold, silver, bronze, green, black and green.  I love them, they are so simple but so effective!

Here they all are

I think my favourites are the black 


and silver

Gotta love simple designs!!

That's it from me, wish me luck... I think I'll be tipped over the edge if anything else goes wrong!!
Thanks for stopping by


Doreen said...

Oh gosh Sue it never rains but it pours.I hope you get sorted soon and get the heating back on.

Your cards by the way are

pinky said...

OMG Sue you have truly been tested recently!! Shows how strong a woman you are though cause you are coping a whole lot better than me, fingers crossed your bad luck streak disappears!! I love your gorgeous tree design cards, very classy. Hugs

Lisa Jane said...

oh no Sue .. i hope you get sorted asap .. love the cards fab elegant tree
Lisa x

Pami said...

Oh my god Sue you poor thing, i hope it all gets sorted very soon. You are cards are simply stunning. Pami x

JLJ Designs said...

Wow! Your cards are lovely. I hope it warms up for you soon.


CraftyLoops said...

Sue what a time of it you are having. First your pc, then the car and now the leak! Well they say things come in threes so heres hoping thats the end of your run of bad luck and that the next 3 events are good ones! Gorgeous cards, I love the embossing. Lee x

Whimsey said...

Oh poor thing; I hope everything gets sorted out soon! :(

Beyond your troubles your cards are AMAZING; so simple, yet incredibly striking!!!

Kristina said...

The purple one is my favorite. LOL! they are all really pretty! I saw your card at HIMCR2.

Sue W said...

Hi Sue, I really like your CAS cards and yes the silver and black are my favourites too! Thanks for sharing them with us at AnnaBelle Stamps this week! Merry Christmas!

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog said...

Love all your colours, I can't pick a favourite! Gorgeous design!
TFS with us this week :)

clare said...

simple but gorgeous. thanks for joining us @ CCAYR. happy holidays. x

Pami said...

Hi Sue, should have said before thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Craftroom this month, good luck! Pami x

Anita said...

Hi Sue, your cards are beautiful. I love this CAS look. I hope things are looking up for you :) Thank you for joining in Di's DigiDesigns challenge.