Wednesday, 8 July 2009


Well, I've had 4 days off and done lots of crafting, unfortunately I haven't photographed everything yet.

I made this card after being inspired by Aimes' lollipop flowers. Even better, I used up some scraps of BG Two Scoops with some Kraft CS. I don't know the make of the polka dot paper, but its flocked and very yummy!

The sentiment is by SU, 'Oval All' and I've used the the oval and oval scallop punches. So glad I bought these, I've used them quite a few times already! The ribbon is SU's Chocolate Chip Taffetta ribbon - just lovely to work with.

I've used this to thank a kind lady who has been knitting baby hats for the delivery suite. Although parents are asked to bring in a hat for their baby, they often seem to bring in some ridiculous creation with ears that is far too big! Manufacturers of baby hats are hopeless at sizing newborn hats, they would often fit a 6 month old.

So, we have lots of donaters who knit little plain hats to keep the little dears warm, which in turn, helps stabilize their blood sugar. I 'sell' this to parents who are disappointed that their extra-long-knotty-tassel-noddy-hat by suggesting that that it won't matter if this knitted hat gets blood on it, and they can save the 'best' hat for photos and visitors!

So if you fancy doing a bit of knitting, enquire at your local maternity unit or Special Care Baby Unit to see if they could make use of knitted hats too!

And a sneak peek of something that I can't post until it's been given...

I've done loads of scrapping too, but I've not embellished the pages, so no pics yet.


Thursday, 2 July 2009

bling and charms

I can finally post these photos as I've given this card to my friend Julie for her 'unretirement'.

I decided to do another shutter card as I'd had the idea for charms dangling in windows, and this seemed a good way to achieve the look I'd imagined.

I dipped into the stash of Kraft CS for the base and the PP is Basic Grey 'Two Scoops'. A little bit of stamping with some office-style date stamps and then I embellished and doodled to my hearts content!
The swirl of gems on the front were put on with one of my favourite toys - the Kandi-Kane aka around here as 'The Blinger' ! (It's a hot fix gem applicator, like the Bejeweller).
The 1 1/2" scallop circle apertures were punched out with an EK Success punch (not the larger Stampin Up punch).

The flowers are by Jolees and a selection of cute gems attached with jump rings and brads finished off my relax/kick back/ have fun message for the card.
I'm really pleased with it, it's come out as I'd wanted and (most importantly of all) Julie seemed to like it!

I'm off duty now for a few days after 4 gruelling night duties.
And now, I'm going to have a little rant about selfish people. Feel free to skip this if you wish!
Over the last few nights our unit has been even hotter and more humid than usual. In our office/reception area, the temperature was 90 degrees AARGH!!! and the rooms for the labouring women weren't much cooler.
At the start of the night I was in our hot operating theatre (gowned, gloved, visored and masked, sweat running freely get the picture!)
Later on, I'm working in our hottest room which has the birthing pool (which adds to the humidity, making it feel somewhat sauna-like). There wasn't a fan in the room and the lady I was caring for actually got out of the pool as she felt too hot (she went on to have a very beautiful drug-free birth :))). And then...a few hours later.... I discovered that one of my colleagues actually had had TWO fans in her room all along...GRR!!
Rant over!