Sunday, 4 January 2015


Good morning all, well we have a really frosty day here but the good bit is the sun is out and the sky is a beautiful blue one.
Thank you all for your lovely comments on my "positive thought" card.  I made that a year ago and I just didn't have much ideas.  

Now today's card is one that Tammy's God mother asked me to make for a wedding they are going to, she sent me the invite so I could match the colour of the blue on the invite to what I could put on the card, so I did as I was asked using the ribbon colour I tried to match it, but I just couldn't get it right so I did tones.   So being a good I sent a photo to her asking if  what I'd done was ok, but at the same time she had asked if I'd let her see Gillian and Andrews engagement card.  Answer back was " oh I want the card to have the fancy bits that you have done on Gills ??  Ahhhhhh I could have screamed, for one I didn't really want that, that card was made for G&A.  I did redo the card but I didn't copy it.

I have taken the names off the front of the card and just replaced them with the blue ovals, can add other names on top if the card gets used.  I do think sometimes people don't realise that what they want and are thinking are not always manageable.   I wonder why when she asked me to make their golden wedding invites, I had to say sorry I will be busy making wedding invites. Can you image if I had made them then she decided she wanted something different.   

Now Steph. If you are reading this, you made me laugh with your bit about losing that little die, I lost my little one of my aster set, looked every where, and like you tipped out the bin, oh what a mess!!! Gave up and just thought it's the small one I can live without it.  CHRISTMAS Eve I was needing a crate to put gifts in to take to G&A, pulled one of these collapsible ones out from under the unit I have the Xcut Xpress on, open the crate and yes there it was.  How it got in the I will never know.

It's back to work for me tomorrow, and we have Chris, Ang and the girls here today for their lunch so I'd better get on and get things ready.   Have a good day.

Hazel xxx


  1. Such a gorgeous card Hazel, I love the elegant design and beautiful colour.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the day.
    Sue xx

  2. Good afternoon Sis,
    When you told me about the change of mind on this card I could not believe it.
    I knew the card would have been perfect.
    Never mind you have a stunning card to use for something else
    Hope all goes well with the "crowd"

    Patricia xxx

  3. Well Hazel you cannot please all of the people all of the time but some folks are down right annoying to say the least, I hope you charged double. This card is stunning so very beautiful and just perfect for a wedding card and as Patricia says and I agree, you have a very stunning card for another day.
    Can I ask you Hazel what is your view of the X cut express compared with the GC as I have a few issues with my GC which is my second one, the first one just over 14 months old fell to pieces almost. I have an Ebosser but sometimes it is none too good at cutting either, after 7 or 8 times I give up! We R Memory Keepers have a machine that you can buy a motorised unit for but it is not A4 although it does have the adjustment dial. I know you will be busy but if you could give your view just when you have the time I would appreciate it.
    Enjoy your day with your visitors, take care in the morning if there is frost.
    Margaret corgi owner

    1. Margaret, thank you for your lovely comment on my unwanted card. Unfortunately I wasn't charging for it as she is one of the people to receive there CHRISTMAS with not enough postage, so me being me said" I tell you what I won't charge" Never mind it's one of those things. Now I like my Xcut xpress, but like all machine the does cut better at the edge. My GC went away to get fixed and it's not that great, I loved it before that. I do get a good cut with the Xpress as you can adjust the pressure, but on saying that the G.c cuts my gift bags the best. It a difficult one I do think each machine has its good points and bad ones. Steph was having problems with her EBosser and the Times Square die. Hazel x

    2. Thank you so much Hazel I really appreciate you taking the time to reply and it is so good to get a first hand opinion of just what a machine is really like. Margaret xx

  4. Good Evening Hazel, what a beautiful card, I'm glad you've kept it for your box. Some folk can't see green cheese, but they want it.

    I love my Xcut, but wish I had somewhere to keep it up all the time, but I still love and think that my Big Shot is best, but not for anything bigger than 6x6
    Good luck back at work tomorow, I'm back in on Tuesday and cooking, I can feel the tension building up, trying to ignore it.
    Enjoy the rest of your evening, hugs Kate x

  5. Beautiful card Hazel. Sorry you had to do two cards though. It can be so annoying though. I too have the cold and my throat feels raw. Andrew had it last week, so he is the culprit. Hugs Rita xxx

  6. Such a lovely card Hazel, gorgeous colours and I love the ribbons. Happy New Year xx

  7. Hi Hazel bit late again,I'm sure someone keeps pinching part of my days lol
    Your Wedding card is gorgeous love the colours,such a shame bout the first one you made for her,I'm sure it won't be wasted.
    Hugs Lynda xx

  8. Hi Hazel,
    such a very pretty card, and I love that floral piece inside, it looks really fab.
    Great colours too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  9. Oh this is just lovely with that die and those gorgeous soft colors. I was smiling but feeling your pain at your friend's change of her request. People who don't craft, don't always understand what they ask to be done (or changed! Once you've spent your time creating it and then something else is wanted). You're a good friend to re-do. Love the way you've added the tiny dies on the front - ready for personalization. What a good idea. Also laughed at your little die lost story. Been there, done that, still hunting for some I've misplaced. Currently we're missing a restaurant gift card that I know went in the suitcase. We've found a couple we were given, but not that particular one! Hope it turns up. Happy Sunday, and hope it's not too stressful to return to work tomorrow. I don't miss that one bit! Hugs & TFS

  10. Hi Hazel, your card is beautiful, love the colours you have used..lost for words to say fancy all your work on a beautiful card Folks!!!
    Pam x

  11. Evening Hazel what a beautiful card Hazel I love the shade of blue you have used its gorgeous but all your work is.
    I got a new laptop for Christmas from my son so im hoping
    that im going to be able to do more blogging this year now that I can sit and relax when im unable to sit at the pc.
    Take Care Hazel and a Happy New Year xx

    Debs xxx

  12. Hi Hazel,
    How frustrating that you were messed about, but on the plus side you have an extra card you can keep in your stash!
    I hope you had a lovely day with your family.
    My lost die story involves the centre part of the classic bow die set, tiny little thing, searched high and low, time and time again, then I picked my Grand Calibur up and heard a rattle, Paul give it a little shake and out it fell, it must have got stuck to the underside of the plates, if you saw the state of my desk mid craft you would understand how that would happen!
    Sandra xx

  13. Hazel, dare I say been there and got the t-shirt.
    I don't think people who don't make cards realise the time and effort that sometimes is put into your work.
    There's nowt as queer as folk but I feel your frustration.
    I think your card is beautiful and just perfect for a Wedding, don't be disheartened with it all.
    As for finding your die "yaah!" Always a good feeling when you think it has gone forever.

    Hugs Erika. x

  14. Hiya Hazel. Oooo, it can be SO annoying and frustrating when people 'change' their wants and I fully agree that non crafters just do NOT appreciate how much work goes into making a card, and what do we do ? We smile and say " of course we can do that, nooo its not a problem at all" gritting teeth together until our jaw hurts lol clear off you pain lol... Yep hon I empathise with you but its beautiful really pretty so there fussy customer : )
    As far as 'mangles' are concerned I think Crafters Companion are just good sales people but talk poop ! I was realed in by all their chatter about the ebosser and saved long and dam hard out of what I managed to sell at market for mine - one market each month, you can work out how long I saved, its ok, I wouldnt throw a party and say its the best ever, and NO CC it doesnt cut in the middle like you first led us to believe... Anyway, I called Jianna Sheenes office earlier to ask if they had had anymore people with concerns re the largest die from Times Square and they hadn't so they want me to send it back with explanation, I shall send the sample to show too rather than waffle on (as I do) !! Ive tried all sorts and now I think it maybe faulty boohoo, so I shall cut out the other frames to use before its returned as I dont want to be without the decorative dies that are part of the set.
    Ok enough now, sorry !
    When you've woken have a lovely Monday.
    Lancashire Steph xx

  15. Steph, you are so right being sold things with out the right info. The machines are a lot of money and they should do what the label says!!!. I love my Xcut xpress but it's like the other and only cuts really good at the sides, when I returned my dies that were faulty I had put the die through with different weight if card and paper so they could see the results my machine had managed, they did tell me " you have to move the die about and turn it till it cuts". Now In my case that would have been about 20 times, granted after they had the dies and used every machine they owned they did put there hand up and say "it's faulty". Do stick to your guns and get it changed.
    I feel for you having saved for so long for your EBosser then it's not living up to what you hoped for, Patricia bought hers thinking it would help her as she has a problem with her wrist, and she feels at time it's more work than help. Steph you can waffle to me at any time, if you want I will message Tina E and tell her to give you my e-mail if you want, that way I am not putting it up here, and you can talk to me that way too. let me know. Hazel xx

  16. Gorgeous card Hazel, sorry you had to do it twice, but it is beautiful! Hugs Carole Z X

  17. Hi Hazel,

    Such a gorgeous card, their loss someone's gain I say, its so pretty and such a lovely colour.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  18. Hi Hazel - it's not a reject its far too gorgeous for that but it will be someone else's treasure xx luv the card and it will be perfect for someone and just think when you need to make a card for that occasion it will be ready &'no pressure - brilliant xx GailT xx

  19. Hi Hazel
    Did try and comment last night but Blogger being bad. Did confuse me seeing my name as lunching with you but I did have a bad head lol!
    Reject? Absolutely never! Your card is terrific, she just preferred the other terrific one.
    As I commented today, you get dissenters in your own ranks sometimes lol!
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  20. Hi Hazel

    Reject, OMG it is stunning, I wish I had a reject that looked so good. You are way too had on yourself, she should be grateful that she had an equally good card.

    Big hugs Hazel
    Tina XX

  21. Oh No Hazel this is not a reject it is stunning.
    Margaret M