Friday, 14 December 2012

Roll On Christmas Eve!

Good morning to all and a special hello to my new followers Stephanie, Kevin and Desire, welcome to my blog. Hope you're all managing to keep warm.
 The ice is so thick on the cars this morning I have just spent 20 minutes helping both my daughters scrape their cars off before they go to work. I really worry when it's so icy and they're out driving as I'm sure all of you that  has kids that drive feel the same,
'call me when you arrive', I'm shouting as they drive off... you'll be lucky mum, I' m saying to myself, I remember not having a care about those things at their age!
Got to work yesterday morning to find someone had parked in my spot outside my shop and I had towels and stock to unload and a customer on the doorstep freezing to death, so I had to find out who's it was and wait for them to move it.
Then my appointment book was nowhere to be seen, not on the desk where I'd left it, and I searched everywhere, even in the toilet!!! so I had to work blind and just wait to see what came in through the door and when the phone rang it was a nightmare cos I didn't know what time to book them in case someone was already boked at that time,  AARRRGGHH. Thank god all my customers are more like friends! Do you feel sometimes that there's someone playing tricks on you?
It finally turned up as the last customer was leaving, on the chair in reception, with a copy of 'That's Life' on top of it, Ha Ha, YEAH, right....... but we had already looked there TWICE.
Then would you believe it,  I went to clean up and  wash the hot water..... the flaming boiler had packed in and the radiators were clap cold OMG...
I could have cried. So I had to ring the boiler man and plead for him to come ASAP, cos I didn't want the pipes to freeze overnight and who's heard of a Hairdressers without hot water!!!
Of all the damned weeks to break down, my busiest time of the year.
Thankfully, he did arrive and assures me it's ok now.
Fingers crossed,   nothing else goes wrong,
I need a holiday/
Well today sees the start of a new challenge over at Totally Papercrafts  and it's the turn of the lovely Lisa to host and she has a fab sketch for you.
Our fabulous sponsors for this week is

the prize is 6 single digi stamps

And here is mine. (my second on actually, cos I forgot it was a sketch and so had to make another... der)

This one is the first one I made,  using the same image etc, oh well, another for the pile.
My daughters prefer the other one.
Digi stamp Boutique Christmas Winston, coloured with copic, promarkers and polychromos and cut out using Spellbinders Decorative Labels One, edged with frayed burlap
Papers LOTV - Krafty Christmas
Lace was from a craft fair
Flowers - WOC
Dee's Distinctively - holly leaves, Wreath Builder
Pearls - Hobby House
Doiley, behing image, Cheery Lynn - Sophia's Heart
Glittered with glamour dust
Enjoy your day whatever you're doing and will catch you all laters.
Hugs Sue X



  1. Lovely card,love the owl image and your details. Fab.
    Hugs Tamara

  2. Gorgeous card the owl is adorable and the layout is beautiful. I hope today is better for you. Caroline xxx

  3. Fabulous card Sue, I really love that background paper. Fabulous image too. I really hope everything goes better for you from now on, you've certainly had a year of it!!
    Caz x

  4. hiya sue what a stunning card it is and such a beautifully coloured image love ithat lace and all the extras,,, do so love these images have agood week end hugs sassyxxxx

  5. OH NO! Sounds like your weekend is starting off with a real BANG! Hoping things turn around for you real soon :)
    As for these cards...GORGEOUS! The papers are beautiful and the elements and embellies are perfect! Have a wonderful weekend Sue!

  6. This is fabulous Sue. Hope the rest of your week settles down. Sending Merry Christmas Greetings to you and every Good Wish for 2013.
    Hugs from

  7. They are both fabulous Sue. I love the image and the details and colours are gorgeous.

    Hugs Sue

  8. Oh sweetie you are having a bad month. Hope things improve. I adore both of the cards sweetie, both equally as gorgeous.

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year. My hubby has the virus that is going around so I hope we are both well for Christmas.


  9. Both cards are gorgeous Sue, I like the image, I like the baubles on the first card and the beautiful lace on the second.
    Kevin xx

  10. wow - both of these are stunning. don't think i would want to give them away. cute owl, gorgeous layout and details x

  11. Lovely cards, the image is just so cute, love the colurs too, kate x

  12. This is so pretty! Love what you've done with Winston. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

  13. Fabulous card Sue - amazing embellishments.
    Cute image too :o)
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Debs xx

  14. stunning card Sue, love the image. sounds like you had a stressful day yesterday! hope you have a more relaxing weekend!

  15. Both cards are absolutely gorgeous Sue.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Wendy xx

  16. Two fabulous cards Sue, loads of gorgeous detail on them! Poor you I bet you were at your wit's end, hopefully your boiler is now sorted! Hugs Susan x

  17. Love this card Sue! I think that image is fab. I need to use him soon.

    Susan xx

  18. Hi Sue after the toaster, iron and freezer problems I really thought you had finished for this year! Let's hope you fare better in 2013. I love both of the cards and the image did make me giggle! Bit like me when I'm doing Christmas dinner (with a little sherry in me mit).

    Love the embellishments as well.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx

  19. so gorgeous the fun cute image and both designs look fabulous :D

    xx coops xx

  20. Oh I just love, love, love this card! I don't know what I love most, the colors, design, the lace..goodness..just love it!

    Also loved your story, felt like I was reading a letter. And I've had several of those mishaps myself the last couple of months. It's got to be little Christmas grimlins... :)


  21. Really, really pretty card and I just love the look on the owls face!

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.

    Merry Christmas!


  22. Gorgeous card! I love that cute image. Thanks for sharring with us at The Crazy Challenge.

  23. Fantastic Christmas card and such a fab festive design! Thank you for joining in the fun with us at Cupcake this week :) Donna ♥ x

  24. Gorgeous design. Thanks for sharing this at Avadares Challenge Blog.
    Blessing hugs,

  25. Such a cute and adorable christmas card! Love the colors and pretty details! Thanks for joining my challenge over at Cupcake Craft Challenge! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine

  26. Oh my! This is so beautiful, gorgeous design too!
    'Merry Christmas' to you and your family Sue..

  27. Your card is gorgeous. Love the colors..and the little owl adds the perfect touch of cuteness:)

  28. That really does sound like a day from hell. Glad to hear that you got your boiler working again though.
    Such a cute image on your gorgeous cards. Love that lace on the first one. Great design, layout and dp.
    Thanks for joining in with our 2nd birthday celebrations at TPS and good luck
    Eileen x

  29. What a super cute card. A real stunner! Thanks for playing with us during our two year celebration over at the Paper Shelter.
    Love n hugs

  30. Truely stunning card. Love the lace. Sorry about you bad day. Hope things have gotten better. Thank you for sharing and joining in at NMWC. Hugs, Velma

  31. vey nice brill colouring, thank you for joining us at challenge 4 everybody good luck and hope to see you again soon.
    AJ dtm

  32. Wow, what a day you had Sue, hope your day is brighter tomorrow. Gosh, love both your cards and is that the "2 of something" for our challenge at The Paper Shelter this time lol?? That owl is really sweet and your cards are both gorgeous inside and out!! Thanks for joining in at The Paper Shelter's special Birthday challenge. XOX Lucy

  33. Good morning sweetie this is just gorgeous I love what you have done here, perfect, huggles Pops x x x

  34. oh this is gorgeous hun,just wanted to pop over to say bless you for your wonderful support and to say,happy Christmas,all my love hugs Cherylxxxxxxxx

  35. Love this little owl, he has a mischievious look in his eye. Perfect card.

    Hugs Chris xx

  36. both are beauties! love the cute robin and pretty touches. hugs, annie x

  37. Absolutely beautiful card Sue, Thanks for playing along at the Joanna Sheen With love at Christmas challenge and A Merry Christmas to you. Hugs Teresa xx

  38. Wowzers!!! What talent you have!!!! Have a Happy and Merry Christmas!!
    Tammy at Créations LaDiva :) xx

    I have some candy on my blog, you are more than welcome to join and thank you if you already have ☺

  39. These are both absolutely gorgeous cards but I will agree with your daughters that I do like the one at the top the best. Thank you for joining us at The Emerald Faeries. Good Luck xoxoxo

  40. What a fantastic owl image! Love those lace and pearl trims. So glad you joined us at Avadares for the December challenge and I hope we'll see you for the new challenge which starts on Dec. 28.
    NanaConnie DT

  41. Sue, your beautifully colored Christmas Winston owl looks fabulous on this wonderfully layered and embellished sparkly Christmas card. So glad to see this entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps digi team's "Why So Blue? = No Blues Allowed!" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose