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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

#hb2u

Just sharing a birthday card I made for a male friend at work.



Cool stamps, huh?  I used this month's free Sweet Incentive stamp set if you spend over $60 in the store called Hastag Hipster.  I also used the smile stamp from the Wanderlust set to create the background and added a bit of interest using the Build-A-Background Basics border stamp.

There's a new SugarSketch challenge - check out the blog to see how you can join in for a chance to win a Gift Certificate to the store.  I'm off now but I'll be back soon-ish!



Sunday, 29 March 2015

Love lives here

Hi everyone!  Sorry I haven't been around to visit - there is so much to do for our move to New Zealand.  Apart from all of the paperwork to be completed, we are also frantically tidying up and decorating the house to get it on the market.  I'm sooooo tired!

I did find some time last night to make a few cards and here is the first using some of those gorgeous SugarPea Designs goodies.  Not sure if this will be a new home or welcome home occasion but think it will fit the bill for both.



I just love the new dies from the last release!  The sweet background SugarCuts Homescape with those little trees and dog house and the detail in the Home die with the heart detail are so gorgeous.  I framed them using the SugarCuts Polaroid Journal Card.  I also love the Sweet Sentiments Home stamp set - love the font and variety in it.  The sweet heart is from the SugarCuts Notched Heart Journal Card die.

Well I had better be off to go and paint something, clean something or organise something!  Byeeee!


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Goodbye to our Poppy

I mentioned in my last post that we had a personal tragedy recently.  I did a short post about it on FB after it happened and I've been meaning to post it here but it's been hard to write about it without crying.  We lost our precious Yellow Labrador, Poppy, on 11 March and she was only 7 years old.



She hadn't been herself since before last Christmas and the vet thought she had a stomach bug.  We always thought she'd eventually get over it as she just seemed a bit poorly and it didn't stop her from doing all of the normal things.

We became really concerned when we picked her up from the kennels when we returned from our Thailand trip in February and she had lost over 3.5 kilos during her stay there.  We managed to get her weight back up a bit, but then she started to become a fussy eater and would barely move.  I won't go into the rest of the gory details of her bodily functions, but she was definitely not right.  The vet still thought it was a stomach infection, but we insisted she was referred to the Royal Veterinary College.

It was there that the oncologist, Stephanie, found Poppy had pancreatic cancer that had slowly spread over the months to her stomach and lungs.  She only had a 13% chance of recovery after months of treatment and then, if successful, would only prolong her life for 4 or 5 months.  We decided to put her to sleep and it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life.

As our first dog, I read up on how to look after the Labrador breed and even dog psychiatry books so we could be the best parents for her.  Steve chose Poppy from a litter of boisterous puppies.  She was the one who was very floppy and couldn't even stand properly!  She was so cute and when we chose her the breeder put a dab of Tippex on her ear to mark her as ours.

She had two hip replacements before she was even three years old and wasn't very happy when we brought her new "sister", Lulu, home!  Poppy loved her walks, being with her "grandparents", going swimming, fetching things thrown to her in the sea, sniffing out old tennis balls, being allowed on the sofa and, most of all, eating as much as she could.  A typical Labrador.

I can't write any more, the tears are free flowing again!  To end on a happy note, here are few photos of her to remind me of the happy memories she has left us.

First snow adventure
A typical sitting pose
Being tolerant of Lulu!
A rare sisterly moment, allowing Lulu to groom her!
Cool dog at Birling Gap, one of our very many happy trips there

Steve and I with our baby


 Goodbye Poppy, we will always remember and love you.


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Hope your birthday's picture perfect

Hi all.  I'm sorry I haven't been around for a while nor even visiting you, but we had a personal tragedy which has left us reeling somewhat.  I'll do a separate post on that as I didn't want to make this post a downer!  I managed to make a card last night to distract myself and came up with this using some of the new SugarPea Designs goodies...



I love this stamp set called Picture Perfect - she is a beautiful gal!  I also used the SugarCuts Polaroid dies and added the smile stamp from the Wanderlust stamp set.

There's also an offer going on over at the store today - free postage for you lucky USA guys!



Thank you too all of my visitors, especially my regular ones.  I promise I will be back soon!


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Soppy mum card!

I don't know about yours, but my mum is not at all soppy, but I think she would still like this card I made using some beautiful Docrafts goodies...




Here's a list of the Docrafts goodies I used:

Simply Floral 6 x 6 paper pack 
Damask Pattern embossing folder
Xcut Heart Nesting die
Simply Floral Die-cut Notelets set
Xcut Floral Frame die set

The sentiment is from the Sentiment Collection which is a free download that you can get here along with lots of other free downloads here.  Here's also a list of Docrafts stockists.

Okay, that's it from me today - thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments/feedback you leave me!


Friday, 13 March 2015

SugarPea Designs new March release now available!

Yay, today is the last day of the showcases for the SugarPea Designs new release for March!  Today the team have created some gorgeous projects using the Sweet Sentiments - Home stamp set and SugarCuts Home Sweet Home die.  Here's a card I made using them..





Grrrr, I couldn't get a good photograph of this one!  Still, I think it looks really good in real life!  I kept it pretty simple as that gorgeous die and the lovely font of the sentiment didn't need much else.  I did add though the extremely pretty SugarCuts Heart Border die from the last release- love this!






http://www.sugarpeadesigns.com/product/sugarcuts-heart-border


Do you love these newbies?!  Do you want to win this stamp set AND die?!  Sure you do!  Just leave a comment on this post and on each of the talented SugarPea Designers shown below and you could WIN!  We will chose one lucky person to WIN them from the comments left here and on the DT Blogs!  All winners during our March Product Release will be announced on Sunday, March 15th.  Our entire March Release will be available in the SugarPea Designs Store at 6:00 PM EST TODAY!!  Please click here to shop – and if you are lucky enough to win a set you’ve already purchased, you may choose another stamp set of the same value!




I hope you enjoyed seeing the team's gorgeous creations using the new release - I certainly enjoyed creating with it!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend lined up - mine will be filled with decorating and sorting out our move to New Zealand - so much to do in so little time!  See you again soon!


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Day 4 of sneak peeks of the SugarPea Designs March release!

Not long now until the SugarPea Designs new release for March will be available in the store!  Today we are showing the very sweet stamp set called Going Places and SugarCuts America The Beautiful die.  This is my card using them...




Such a sweet little girl!  And I love going to America - I really need to organise more trips there!  I also used a heart from the SugarCuts Heart Journal die and I stamped the sentiment on a die cut from the SugarCuts Gift Tag set.









Would you like to win this set?  Well just join the hop and leave a comment on this post and on each of the talented SugarPea Designers shown below and you could WIN!  We will chose one lucky person to WIN the Going Places  stamp set from the comments left here and on the DT Blogs!  All winners during our March Product Release will be announced on Sunday, March 15th.








Our entire March Product Release will be available for purchase in the SugarPea Designs Store on Friday, March 13th at 6:00 PM EST - that's tomorrow!!  See you then with more gorgeous projects!


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