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by Julie Brooks

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Friday, 27 July 2012

This and that

Hello everyone

Well, what a scorcher this week has been. Such a contrast to the previous week when we had torrential rain and temperatures just about in double figures! It's been too hot for me so I've really struggled this week. But, regardless of the challenging conditions, I have made a couple of bits which I'd like to share with you.

This is a lovely little wreath made using Craftwork Cards latest kit - Candy Cane Wreath. The colours are beautiful and the flowers gorgeous, and I'm very pleased with how the whole thing came together. And, I even had a few bits of flowers left over so I made a pretty little gift tag too!

Look how beautiful this is! I'm so pleased with it! I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Festive Berries and Iced Spruce to ink the chipboard wreath "base" and the colours tie in brilliantly with the flower colours. I also used the Iced Spruce DI for the backs of the flowers and bits around the edges of the petals. I finished it by giving it a coat of lacquer and a liberal sprinkling of ultra fine glitter.

Hopefully you can see from the close-ups how pretty, dimensional and sparkly those flowers are.
And this is the pretty gift tag I made with the "leftovers" and some Very Berry Candi. I decided to keep the die cut scallop circle white because I felt it really showed off the flowers.

In other news, my desk got a well overdue tidy, which was triggered by my wonderful hubby fitting a couple of shelves for me so that I could de-clutter a bit. I posted photos of the disaster area that was my workspace a few weeks ago on Facebook, but I can't find them now, so all you have here is the "after the tidy" pictures. Let's just say that prior to this big tidy and the shelves going up, I could probably only see about an eight inch strip of my desk! So I don't need to tell you how fab it is to now have my working space back (well, more or less!).

Look how much space I now have on my desk!

I had some sad news recently, my lovely Uncle has died from bowel cancer. He took ill only a few weeks ago. He always had a sense of fun and a twinkle in his eye. He will be missed by all who knew him and my thoughts are with his wife, children and grandchildren at this sad and difficult time.

And finally, to end on a cheery note, I have a beautiful new display/sales area at The Emporium in Draycott where I sell some of my wares, AND, I'm going to be running some workshops there later in the year - yikes! Wish me luck!

That's all from me, the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London is about to take place. Go Team GB! Let's hope for a successful games.

Bye for now,
love from me xx