Saturday 8 March 2014

Saturday night catch up

Good evening

Another special 'card' to share this evening

This time I wanted something a little different for my lovely friend Jan, who celebrated a milestone birthday this week

So, rather than a normal card I decorated a large chipboard tag

The chipboard tag and fancy die cut are both by Aspire Crafts
the flower spray is Prima
Special thoughts stamp is by Inkadinkadoo

And the back of the tag, where I added a couple of smaller tags, one for the sentiment which is a Stampendous rubber stamp and the other was for me to write my birthday message on 

Jan is such a generous person and does a lot to help the other ladies both on my wednesday morning class and in the crop on a friday afternoon, she has the patience of a saint and is always happy to demonstrate and share techniques which is one of the reasons I invited her to be on our design team. So, keep your eye out on the shop blog for some of Jan's stunning creations, she will also be teaching a regular saturday workshop, I personally can't wait for them to start - more details regarding those coming soon

You can see Jan's work HERE on her blog

I also have a scrapbook page to share tonight, I taught this one this week in our regular scrapbooking class and it also fits the challenge 'take three things' which we have running over on the Running With Scissors shop blog HERE

We have been receiving lots of lovely happy mail for AJ this week. When we were given AJ's Coeliacs help and information pack, it contained lots of manufacturers cards and we were advised to fill them in and send them off, Neil dutifully completed them all and we have been receiving sample packs ever since

They always contain full size and full quantity samples, no titchy little packets, but this one from Juvela really did shock us

All this for free, for AJ to sample their range of gluten free products

Very, very generous and much appreciated, so - thankyou Juvela !

Also three lovely friends from the shop also brought yummy treats for the family

The purple sprouting broccoli was from June who had grown and then picked it especially for us from her allotment this week

The utterly delish Victoria sandwich was a very thoughtful gift for AJ from Wendy and her mum Pat ( AJ says thankyou )

And finally the homemade chutney is from the ever lovely Alan and Joan, I don't think I will be sharing this as it is sooooooooo tasty, I keep trying to find new things to put a dollop on !

Amy is home from uni again as she had an appointment to review her foot at the local hospital, thankfully she has healed incredibly quickly and all her swelling has gone down. The done doctor decided another full pot was not necessary so now she just has a plastic boot for the next three weeks, so much easier for her

Her boyfriend Ben is home too, he has been an angel as usual and been there for Amy through all of this drama, just like he was when she was mugged

He baked and sent us cookies ( I am beginning to think she has found the perfect boyfriend - but shhhhh let's keep it to ourselves,  I don't want to jinx anything)

These were the nicest cookies I have tasted in a long time and trust me I have tried just about every cookie on the planet, so - thankyou Ben xxx

 Ann - thankyou for the box of eggs, far better than free range, farm reared or Tesco's finest

And yes ! There are still six in the box, I am going to treat myself to one a week if the scales show I have been a good girl for the rest of the week

What a lovely caring and sharing week it has been. I did get one other little gift too, it was a cute project from one of my class ladies Ann C but I will share that another day as I want to post a photo as evidence that I did indeed finish it (it is still a work in progress at present)

So I will end the post with a massive THANKYOU to each and every one of those people who made me smile this week

Love and thanks



  1. What a lovely surprise, not very often you get a free sample gift like that. Love the birthday tag, a great and different idea, instead of the usual card. xxx

  2. Looks like AJ will be having a party, food looks very nice..A lovely "birthday tag" for a lovely person. Xx

  3. Thank you so much for the gorgeous birthday tag - I'll treasure it.
    And what a fab array of edible surprises! (Though I wouldn't bet on those eggs lasting that long!)
    So pleased Amy is mending so quickly.


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