Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Good Intentions...

Looking around at the mountains of paper, still waiting to be used, the avalanches of stamps, uninked as yet, and the boxes full of flowers, ribbon and embellishments, I have made my new year's resolution a little early this year...apart from when I go to the craft fair in November for my birthday (so, with birthday money, not "my own" ;o)) I'm not going to buy any more stuff for at least six months! Watch this space and see how long that resolution lasts ;o) Seriously though, it's ridiculous how much stuff I've accumulated in just five years of scrapping and stamping...but I'll bet I'm not the only one, right? ;o)

Anyway, I made this card for the new challenge over on Double Dutch, which is a sketch :D. This challenge is only on for a week, next Tuesday sees the first anniversary of our challenge blog which we're going to celebrate in style!

The Greeting Farm "Miss Anya" stamp, Whiff of Joy sentiment, Kaisercraft paper, EK Success retro flower punches, McGill leaf punch, brads, pearls

I received two awards, from Femke and Willy, thanks girls! Both awards require you to tell seven things about yourself...now let me think...

1. I am absolutely dreading my 40th birthday next year and am not planning to be in the country when the big day arrives...I am planning to be in denial about it though ;o)

2. I secretly love to watch Strong Man competitions and motor racing on TV...secretly, because it's not very girlie is it ;o)

3. I have been taking motor riding lessons for some months now, but because of my two jobs it isn't easy to find the time to keep it up. It's great fun though, and I am hoping to get my licence next year!

4. I think I might be experiencing an early mid-life crisis, because as well as the lessons I've also made an appointment to get a tattoo...it will be small, because I'm not into pain (I also hope my mum isn't reading this...oh well ;o))

5. It is absolutely impossible to take a good picture of me. The one at the top of my blog is a complete fluke and will stay there until the end of time! :D

6. I lived in England for six years, worked there as a nanny in a tiny little village with just the one road and of course the one pub ;o) The kidlets I took care of then are now 23 and 18...I feel old...again ;o)

7. I also worked in London as a secretary for an events company and met the Queen of England (hmmm, that should have been item 1 shouldn't it...)

8. I love books, absolutely devour them and I have a complete library at home of books I read again and again. I buy one or two new ones a month and will have to move house soon to accommodate the books ;o)

9. Like most women, I think, I love chocolate! Milk chocolate with nuts is my favourite, and I have to have some every day...it's quite astounding I'm not the size of a house...although I used to be ;o)

10. Over the last few years I have gradually lost 27 kg, or 59 lbs. I'm not there yet, but I feel sooooo much better already :D. Plus it's nice not to have to buy my clothes at the camping goods store anymore (you know, tents ;o))

Well, everything you always wanted to know about me but were afraid to ask ;o). I'm sticking to ten items, otherwise where's the mystery right ;o)

I am passing these awards on to my Double Dutch colleagues: Moon, Jolanda, Janneke, Marja, Willy, Ava, Heike and Joan

That's all from me for now, I'm off to watch Desperate Housewives...another addiction, but one that doesn't cost as much ;o) Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!



Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

What a lovely card! (And I like your cats!)

Kathy said...

This is so pretty Erica!! I love the colors and that layout is fabulous!! Such a pretty image as well!!
No your not alone with the greediness although I have made the same statement and this time I am sticking to it farely well!!
Good luck :)Kathy

Jacqueline's Weblog said...

Je kaartje is echt perfect! Alles erop is super mooi.
Groetjes van Jacqueline

alina said...

schitterend, Erica, echt perfect!
and, no, you are not the only one!
groetjes, Alina

marja said...

erica hij is prachtig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lieve gr. marja

sandra_w said...

Wat 'n schattig kaartje weer, Eer! Prachtig!!

San x

Jolanda said...

Hij ziet er weer super uit Eer!

marja said...

oh wat lief van je erica.......
dank je wel voor deze award hoor!!!!!!!
ben er heel blij mee!!!!

lieve gr. marja

Paula said...

Erica waqt een geweldig kaartje en mooi papier. groetjes Paula.

Cheryl O said...

Erica, love your card, love your cats (I have one too), and love your humor!!!! I too live alone and love to make cards, so your comments hit close to home and I got quite a kick out of them!! Enjoy your "mid-life crisis", life is so precious, and it goes by much too quickly and takes those we love with it.... It's a wonderful journey in spite of it all.

Willy said...

Gefeliciteerd met je awards Erica ;)
En bedankt voor het doorgeven :D
Groetjes, Willy

lydia said...

Oooooooo Erica, ik kom zo ineens op jou blog terecht en kijk mijn ogen uit!! Wat maak jij een prachtige creaties!!!! Mijn complimenten hoor. Super! Ik kom zeker vaker langs. En je staat al op mijn lijst van inspiratie blogs!

Groetjes Lydia

Rica said...

Hi Erica, sorry, sorry, sorry - I forgot to ask permission before going missing - won't do it again, promise.
And YES I CAN HEAR YOU!!!! shhhh
- not so loud!!!
Love your card (love all your cards) fantastic colours, gorgeously coloured Anya and scrumptious details, especially those flowers and that fab sentiment.
hugs Heather xx

Sharon said...

This is a lovely card Erica - I always love the layouts you use. I'm dreading turning 40 next year too, maybe we can starting counting backwards and be 38 again!

Didy said...


Bedankt voor je reactie op mijn blog!
Ik vind het altijd superleuk als ik in een keer weer veel kijkers heb en als ik een reactie heb.
Jou kaarten zijn ook echt megamooi.
Ik hoop dat ik ooit ook nog zo goed word!!!

Groetjes Didy