Wednesday, December 29, 2010

WOYWW 29th December 2010

Good morning Everybody!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are now ready to party through the New Year festivities! Well I must report that I have safely (although a bit bumpy) arrived to Stansted and am now writing this from Maidstone Kent! So no desk for me! I will be travelling to The Cotswolds today where I will be spending New Years Eve but also having a look around Bristol and Bath! I hope all goes well and we don't get stuck in any traffic jam as we did on Monday when we were driving home from the airport! We sat in the car for an hour and then the police directed us up a slip road, stopped the traffic and let us go another direction, otherwise we probably would have sat there till morning - there was obviosly some bad accident and they couldn't clear the road! Poor people who had such bad luck during the holidays!
Well to give you a short update on all the rest of the goings on... I had a lovely Christmas with my mom, my daughter and my brothers family - I cooked a big meal and we ate, chatted and after dinner my brother took out the guitar and we sang carols and also other songs ( that we could remember the words of ha, ha) It was a fun day! My daughter came over the next day and stayed with me and mom all day so we had a bit of a craft session - not making cards, but teaching my daughter a few knitting tricks .....here is my beloved daughter and mom figuring out how to knit a sock.....


We had a fun day!
I got some lovely presents - also some crafty ones - my daughter got me a voucher for the craft shop that opened in our city so when I come back from England I will be rushing over there - ha, ha that doesn't mean I won't grab a few items here in England ....
I am lucky to have 2 Christmases - one at home and one here in England....I got some lovely presents under the Christmas tree here too and yesterday I was treated to a shopping day at Bluewater - my DBF is sooo good to me! I got a lovely new coat, a new dress for New Years Eve and for the first time in my life I had my bra fitted - ladies if you haven't had that done before you should! I now own a bra (actually 3) that fits perfectly, ha, ha I feel like a right Dolly Parton!!!!!
So my dear friends you are now up to date with all the news, I will report more when I get back!
Wishing you all a lovely NEW YEARS EVE and lots and lots of health, happiness and love in 2011!!!!!
Hugs to all of you
Cardarian aka Dolly Parton :-)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WOYWW, 22. December 2010

Hello my dear Friends !

I have fallen off the face of  Bloggy Earth and WOYWW  so if anybody out there has missed me here are a few reasons why: I was running around doctors having tests, I had a few dinner parties I have every year around this time so that took a lot of time preparing and in between I was rushing to make cards and going to work! We had another lot of snow which I had to battle with and yesterday I spent the whole evening baking! Luckily my Christmas backing is finished now except for a cake my daughter and I will make for Christmas! So all I have to do is wrap the presents and I am ready to go! I have documented all my doings so you will be looking at a lot of photos ....
To be honest I can't wait for all this to be over, so that I can get on the plane and have a peaceful week with my DBF! We are going to the Cotswolds for the New Year, also visiting Bath and Bristol! Hopefully! The weather isn't exactly behaving in England and planes are not coming and going! I am hoping though that by the time I go it will change for the better! We will see!
Anyway onto WOYWW....my work desk is one big mess - almost ashamed to show it - I have exactly 3 more Christmas cards to make and then 3 birthday cards (for my brother, my niece and my boss)  and 1 card for my cousin who has graduated last week!  So still busy with cards.......



This is the snow I have to battle day in and day out....


This is my Christmas baking in the making.....ha, ha that actually rhymes.....


This is for something called Parisian cubes - sugar, dates, figues, walnuts....yummy......


My Christmas tree and Nativity....


The lovely Christmas frog from Donna - I won it almost guessing how many frogs there were in the pile Thank you so much! Love it!



Oh and something new.......So practical and nice....IKEA..... All my papers and stamps go in this lovely new thingie.....


And to wrap this up a few cards I made lately....I wanted to use the angelina that I got from Jo from Jozart when I realised that I don't have the right stamps for what I wanted to make but yesterday the postie dropped them off so Yipeee! I will show what I will make this evening.... here are some of my latest makings.....






And this last one is for all of you WOYWWers.....




.......wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS from Slovenia....thank you for all the lovely snoops I had and all I have learned from you....it has been a lovely journey with you all and I hope we have even more fun in the future!
Love and lots of hugs
Cardarian

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Party and a card!

Good evening Everybody!

I had a few really busy days this week! Wednseday WOYWW day I had my daughter and her friend over for a baking afternoon! They were doing all the work - I was doing other pressing things! On Thursday I had this party for the students that work in the library - I invited them to my home - I cooked something (actually it was quite good - spicy chicken made with cloves, cardamom and anis stars served with couscous) so we had a sit down meal and for sweets we had the lovely cake and chocolate mousse my daughter and her friend baked! Here is the lovely group of library helpers - on the right is my boss - she is the boss to all of us! :-)


On Friday I went out with two of my best friends for a birthday meal! My friend Anna was celebrating and we went to a lovely restaurant had a good meal and a nice chat!
Saturday I went to Trieste with my daughter and my friend for a Christmas shopping day - it went well I got most of my gifts - just 3 more I need to buy,  and after finishing shopping early we drove to Vilesse near Gorizia where there is an IKEA and I bought something for my crafting stuff which I will blog tomorrow!
And now I have a card to show - actually it was on my table since Wednesday but I will reveal it now...



It is a card for the Slovene challenge Craftalnica! It is sort of  last minute but I just didn't get around to blogging! They want red on your project and I think my card is pretty much red - as you can see it is a Christmas tree made of bits of ribbon - initially I wanted to make knots but because of the different materials in the end it just looked like a big heap of ribbon so I untied everything and started a new!¨I distressed the white background with TH DI fired brick and barn door, used a bit of Christmas red Stickles on the edges and stamped the pot with a swirl! The stem of the tree is a skewer!
And now a few words for my Slovene bloggy friends!
Malo sem pozna z mojim prispevkom za izziv a bolje pozno kot nikoli! Kot vidite sem naredila čestitko s smrekco iz raznih trakov - najprej sem mislila narediti  "krošnjo" iz vozlov a ker so materiali tako različni je vse skupaj izgledalo kot en kup zavozlanih trakov - vse skupaj sem odvezala in začela znova, mislim da je zdaj bolje! Belo ozadje sem "distresirala" z TH DI , dodala še malo bleščic na robu in nekaj na smrekco, lonček pa sem poštempljala z vijugo! Steblo drevesa je lesena palčka na katero se sicer natikajo ražnjiči! Trakovi so od vsepovsod, nekaj jih je iz mojih zalog, nekaj is trgovine Memories, nekaj pa iz ameriške spletne strani Really reasonable ribbon! Tako to je moj prispevek za danes!
Lep večer vsem!
Have a lovely evening I will see you tomorrow!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

WOYWW, 8th December 2010

Good morning everybody! 

It is an early hour and I am half stretched over  my bed with my lap top, writing this post for WOYWW! Do you see the enthusiasm? Well I should be enthusiastic as I have realised in the night that it is another Wednesday and I haven't done any posts in between! I really don't know where the week has gone but it seems that most of it I have been spending working and clearing snow - very little crafting! Yesterday I started panicking because I have realised that I must get on with my Christmas cards if I don't want to end up doing them the last evening before Christmas (happened last year). Anyway I have a lot to show you but it isn't my work! 
First I must tell you that I got my FIRST ATC ...Donna from   Doings of Doone has sent me this really beautiful one! I just love it - such a lovely thing.....




I am not sure what you are suppose to do with it - I was thinking of putting it in a frame and also am I suppose to send one back??? Can somebody explain! Donna thank you sooo much I am really happy to have it!
The good news are not finished yet I also won the contest called "how many frogs are there in the pile" - I got it almost right and won! Ha, ha....thank you again Donna - looking forward to that frog! 
And still more lovely stuff that has come my way - yesterday the postman brought me a little package and it was from Jo from JoZart - I was admiring her work with Angelina and she suggested I should try some and I was sent a little package of it, instructions how to use it and a card made with Angelina - soooo beautiful! Thank you so much Jo, I really love this!I will be making something with it this afternoon!


How nice that people are so good and send me these lovely things - I am thankful for everything !
And now onto my desk...... swing to the right you can see the ONE AND ONLY card I have made this week - I will reveale it in full later as I want to enter it in a challenge, my make up bag....mhmm I have been looking for that one...I wonder how it got here.....and all the rest of my usual stuff....


Swing to the left......


A bottle of Mod Podge which I bought for .....I don't know why but I think I wanted to make something.....then a bag full of my Christmas ribbons....2 new memento ink pads and a lot of other stuff...have a snoop and see what other junk is there ha, ha....
To finish this 2 pics of our snow.....

Most of it is gone now as we have had 2 days of non - stop rain.....at least I don't have to clean the car 3 times a day!
Have a lovely snoopy day - I will be around too but probably late as today my daughter and her friend will come and we will be BAKING a cake and making Chocolate mousse!! I will tell you what is the occasion in one of my next posts... huh rushing now to work!!!!!!
Hugs to all of you,
Cardarian
P.S. You might not have noticed I have changed the look of my blog a little bit - made it a bit more Christmasy - the color scheme is the same as my normal one - I was lucky to find one like that! I hope you like it!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WOYWW, 1st December, 2010

Good morning my friends!

It is 1st December today! 1st December!!!!!! Where did this year go??? I just can't believe it! I think the older I am the faster the days go! Not days - years! But I am still not any closer to my pension! If all these retiring laws will happen I will probably never get to retirement! And I am now working my 33rd year huh! Had to have a bit of a moan about that - sorry ( ha, ha you will have to put up with more of that in the future!) 
I didn't have the weekend I was suppose to - for starters I didn't go to my high school reunion - it snowed practically all weekend I just didn't want to drive in that horrible weather - we had some bad accidents on our roads - one was one of the worst in our history - 38 cars crashed into each other - we call it chain crashing! 3 people were dead and about 50 injured! All due to snow and fog and people driving crazy! So no reunion - also not much crafting due to very bad pain in my hand - obviosly arthritis has hit me and on top of all this  I had an eye infection - my eyes were watering so I didn't do much on the computer! I am a bit better but still not !00%!!! 
I would like to thank the lovely Chrissie for an award I have been given and already proudly sits on the side of my blog! I also have to answer 8 questions about myself which I will do in my next post! 
Now onto what is really important today  - WOYWW! As I said I haven't done much crafting as such but I have a few things to show you! 
First something I am really happy I finally got round to do - I labelled my Tim Holtz disstress inks - not just labelled but also colored so that you can actually see the color you are reaching for - love my work ha, ha!


And a bit of my new stuff - I ordered a circle cuttter from EK succes - I still haven't figured out how it works but it does amazing circles and as you can see on my project I have cut quite a few - sooo easy! In the same batch I have ordered this lovely tree punch - I think this is a really good punch for a christmas tree - I had all sorts but this one looks like a proper fir tree ( ha, ha I would know as I work at the forestry library!!!)



And this is my poor hand - actually I have the problem on both hands - swollen and hurts so much I can hardly move my fingers - typing this was really a pain! It really makes it hard to do fine things which is really neccessary if you are crafting!


Well that is all folks! I better rush off now - I am still in my PJs - we have snow outside and I have to clean all the snow off my car and bugger off to work! Huh!! Not fun! I am a moany beast today aren't I??? Ha, ha..
Have a lovely day, get that snoop on and enjoy!
Lots and lots of hugs 
Cardarian

Friday, November 26, 2010

Snow

Hello my dear friends!

Another quick post - I have been working long shifts for the last few days so I haven't been around much of you, this afternoon I am traveling up to my moms  - I hope all goes well as we have our first snow (it is a 200 km drive) ! It hasn't covered the grass completely yet  but it is getting thicker. These are photos I took looking outside the library onto our faculty garden and the so called " garden classroom" (basicly a shed where students have classes outside in the summer!) 



I also have my high school reunion ( 35th! HUH!!! I AM OLD) this evening so I guess I have to go even though the weather isn't exactly nice! But we are used to snow in our country - not like England where all comes to a stop when it snows! :-)
Anyways I will see you Sunday with a few photos from my travel!
Oh yes I also made a card for a student who finished his forestry studies! I think it is clear that that is what the card is for.....


Have a lovely weekend....
Hugs,
Cardarian

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WOYWW, 24th November 2010

Good morning everybody!

I hope I can do this quick as I am posting from work! I have a pile of books waiting to be catalogued so not much time to be chatting away....so lets get straight to the point .....my desk early this morning!
No too messy but never tidy! 


What you can see is my flower box - I was looking for something in there and it stayed where it is....then you can see my challenge/sketch/idea notebook - It happened a few times that I made a card for a challenge but got the day wrong and missed the challenge so a while ago I started this notebook where I A: pencil in the challenges I want to play along, B:  I keep sketches I like and C:  if I get an idea or see a good one I write it down as I am getting old ha, ha and you need a bit of help!

And this is a close up of the image I have been coloring for a card I hope to finish today...I wanted to finish it yesterday but I never got round to it as I worked all day and all I was in the evening was a sack o' potatoes on the couch! 


There we are my dear friends - have a good snoop - enjoy it - I will try to get to as much of you as possible!
Have a lovely day!
Lots of hugs to all of you,
Cardarian

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Card nr. 3

Hello my dear friends!

This is my last offering this morning as I am in a bit of a rush! It goes for 2 challenges:
Cardpatterns (sketch) and

Allsorts where they have a recipe -  lace, ribbon and a charm!

Here is my card! I used lace and ribbon from stash, also the charm, the big poinsittia is a Prima flower and the card and paper  is DCWV - The Christmas Combo.....



 Ok then off to work - see you later with card nr.4

Hugs to all of you,
Cardarian

Card nr. 2

Hello again!

I am back with another card I made since Mr. Mojo is back ....it is for the challenge at Daring cardmakers - the theme is "We three..." actually you can put any 3 things on your card - I have decided for 3 baubles - I have this lovely new  set of stanps from The Artistic Stamper called "Tick - tock" baubles and I stamped them with Versamark - used a greenish embossing powder, heat embossed - cut out ! The DP I used is a DCWV - The Christmas combo - I gave it a bit of depth with peeled paint TH DI . Ribbon is from stash and I also used some self adhesive gold - green trim that I like and it came from the Paper Mill shop in Chatham!
And here is the card....



One more to go, then I have to rush off to work - yesterday I had an all day course at the National library and today I work all day! When can I play???? 
Hugs to all of you!
Cardarian

Mr. Mojo is back and card nr. 1

Hello Everybody!

How are all you people doing?? Did you have a nice weekend?? What have you been up to??? Playing or working??? I have been doing both - He, he Mr. Mojo came crawling back asking for forgivness - I made him suffer for a while ( Donna you see that is the black me!) but now the love affair is full on! 
So to show you some results here is card nr. 1 .....I used the resisit technique which I have learned from some tutorial on youtube! What a great technique - you stamp the image with versamark - emboss it with clear embossing powder - heat it and when it is dry start bringing in the color - magic! suddenly this lovely stamped image appears! 
I am entering this into our Slovene challenge blog Craft- alnica!
Dober dan vsem mojim soustvarjalkam!
Danes bom sodelovala v izzivu Craft - alnice, kjer zahtevajo snežinke! No držala sem se reda in res naredila čestitko s snežinko! Uporabila sem "resist" tehniko - s Versamarkom odtisneš štampiljko, nato embosiraš z brezbarvnim embossing prahom! Ko začneš barvati z TH DI se začne prikazovati čudovita podoba tvoje štampiljke! Čarovnija!!! Ozadje sem poštempljala z belimi snežinkami ,katerim sem dodoala malo srebrnih bleščic (Stickles!) Ta veliko podobo snežinke sem tudi obrobila z srebrnim trakom Glitterations - kupila sem ga že lansko leto v Angliji in ga skoraj ni več - se mi zdi pa da je čudovit dodatek za kartice! 
No pa poglejmo kaj sem ustvarila! Težave imam s fotografijami - je tako temačno zadnje dni!
Lets have a look at what I made - I am having problems with photos these days - the dull light is horrible!


Here is a close up of the clear embossed snowflake (Inkadinkado stamp)!
Tukaj je povečana slika snežinke (mimogrede štampiljka je Inkadinkado)


So that is Nr. 1 for today!

Lep dan vsem, veselo ustvarjajte!

Have a lovely day and happy crafting!
Hugs to all,
Cardarian

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WOYWW, 17th November 2010

Good morning all my fellow WOYWW- ers!

I must tell you this very unfortunate story that went on last night! Mr. Mojo was nagging me to make a card for the Daring Cardmakers challenge that is about remembrance and poppies. So I gave into his persuading and stamped a poppy image that wasn't very successful - I stamped it again and then seeing that there wasn't much difference started to do something with it - colored, sprayed with mica did some cutting and 3D sticking - nothing worked but Mr. Mojo was at me all evening "go on, go on do it!" so I gave up on that idea and started on a poppy paper flower - huh that took me ages fafing around with paper and clear embossing powder and well this was just to make this one little flower - no sign of a card yet so I said to Mr. Mojo - I am tired I have a headache and I am off to bed...that really made him angry so he stormed out of the room, slammed the door and off he went - probably spending the night with one of you girls - leaving me with a broken crafty heart! (sniff, sniff..) Ah men! 
I know he will be back as we do have this passionate relationship that has problems as all relationships do .....but to get to the point ( huh took me a while didn't it???) I have nothing to show you....
Here is a general view....


Here is the stamped image that didn't work....


and the sad poppy flower ......

If you look at the photo on the top you might spot a few new things - I now have 4 alcoholic inks! I have some new Martha Stewart glitter and a few other bits and bobs you should find yourself ha, ha....
Have to go now - will be back with you this evening....
Have a lovely day, enjoy your snooping!
Hugs to all of you...
Cardarian

Monday, November 15, 2010

2nd offering of the day!

Hello everybody!

I am back with a quickie - another card I made over the weekend and it is for the Crazy 4 Challenges
challenge! They want a Christmas card or anything that says "Christmas"
So here is the card:






To make the card I used the following: DCWV Winter combo papers, Woodware circle punch, Artemio stamp to stamp the circle, Knorr Prandel glitter glue, the lovely wooden deer is Rayher, ribbon from stash, flowers Prima and TH DI Vintage Photo! 
I think that is all!
Have a lovely day!
Hugs,
Cardarian

2 challenges one card!

Good morning everybody!

How was your weekend?? Did you have a nice one?? I had a good one - mostly work not that much play! It was high time for me to get the terrace in order - prepare it for the winter which is a big job - I cut all the dead plants off the garden ( 3 big bags!) washed the floor and covered my chez longe with plastic so it will survive the winter! Put all my cushions away and well spent most of Saturday cleaning the house - vacuming etc, etc..Sunday was church first and then all day washing and ironing - well not all day - I went out for a nice long walk and chat with my friend! I also managed a bit of crafting...
I finished the card I showed on WOYWW....I will enter 2 challenges one of them is very special to me - it is a Slovene challenge that I just heard about the other day when I met someone I used to work with and she told me we have a Slovene challenge now and it is  called CRAFTALNICA ! Way to go fellow crafters in Slovenia! 
I will write a bit here in Slovene....
Bila sem na otvoritvi trgovine Memories, kjer sem srečala bivšo sodelavko Janjo, ki mi ji povedala o slovenskem izzivu Craftalnica! Zelo sem bila vesela da tak izziv obstaja in sem takoj naredila kartico, ki ustreza temu izzivu!
Ne morem se spomniti imena štampiljke, ki sem jo uporabila, sem jo pa kupila v Memories pred kakšnim letom!
Uporabila sem DCWV papirje, trak in biserčki so iz zaloge luknjači so Fiskars, Woodware, EK Success in Martha Stewart ( snežinka), snežaka sem pobarvala s copics tuši, vse skupaj pa malo "distresirala" s Tim Holtz Distress Inks! Se opravičujem ker uporabljam toliko angleških izrazov in spačenk - bom rabila malo časa da se naučim slovenskih izrazov, saj v glavnem sodelujem v tujih izzivih in tudi pišem večinoma v angleščini!
No tole pa je zdaj moja čestitka!




This card is also for The Crafty Calender challenge  which is winter snowflakes - I think I have put quite a few snowflakes on this card! 
Have a lovely day and enjoy your crafting!
Želim vam prekrasen dan in uživajte pri ustvarjanju!
Hugs,
Cardarian


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WOYWW, 10th November 2010

Hello my lovely friends!

I seem to be very late - I looked at our Queen Julia's blog and there already seems to be 50 posts on there and it is 9 o'clock! Huh! Well I am a bit slow this morning - I did get up before 6am and played in my craft room! It was so tidy I thought I better mess it up before I take any photos! Ha, ha.....It was tidy really! I should have taken a photo before but I didn't so you will have to deal with the mess now! We have a new shop for crafty stuff in Ljubljana called Memories - they opened on Saturday and I have already been there twice! You can imagine I haven't just been looking! I spent a whole lot of money and stocked up on stamps, prima flowers, alcoholic inks as I intend to venture into that technique, a bit of TH ideology etc, etc.....yes I also bought the TH non stick scissors as I had enough of all that sticky stuff catching on my other lovely scissors! You will see some of my new stash on my desk but I will be showing more of it - hopefully on cards - in the following days!
Enough talking lets get those photos out.....

Here is the left side of my desk.....you might be able to spot my new scissors and alcoholic inks....oh yes and I have a new MS snowflake punch! Yipeeeee!


Here is the middle of my desk - I wanted to be fancy today so I distressed a bit of cardstock with blue tones of TH DI and then sprayed it with pearly Tattered angels and then punched out the snowflakes - to match with the snowman... a bit me finks.....just to make it a bit complicated...:-).....Making a card for a challenge - not finished yet!




And a view of the right side of my desk......


The ATG is sticking out of a box - I am loving it - now I have got use to it can't live without it!
So there this is my desk for today!
Have a lovely snoop my dear friends - I have decided that today I will have a lazy afternoon - will take my laptop to bed and snoop around your desks! He, he...
Lots of hugs to all of you from
Cardarian