You may be wondering where I’ve got to over the last couple of weeks. Well apart from general busyness, truth is I’m currently rather unwell. I won’t bore you with the details, but my latest bout of endometriosis pain did actually result in an ambulance trip and a day in hospital with a couple of doses of morphine to sort it out. I’ve had it since 2003, but for some reason it has got significantly worse in the last year and this month it seems to have been complicated by a slight infection too. I have a specialist appointment next week so I should soon have a plan to get sorted and following a recent scan it does look like there is still a non-surgical option available to me which is great news.
I’m feeling much better now, though still not back to my usual bouncy self – a bit more rest and pampering is called for I think (wondering how long I can milk it …).
So apologies for the artistic wasteland. I did have a few new cards to show you, but they’ve been picked up by a magazine for later in the year, so I have to hold off publishing them myself (for two years) and I’ve not had the energy this week to create anything new.
My timing is apalling as I was going to spend the week championing Lesley (thepaperengineer.blogspot.co.uk) who took up my seven day blogging challenge, just like Adrian did a couple of weeks ago. If you get chance please go check out her blog, she has so much talent to share and I really hope she keeps up the blogging. She’s also designing some gorgeous downloads exclusive to Chocolate Baroque, including brand new Patterned Spool sets and Ribbon Cards, just launched this week. You might also find Adrian’s style of humourous writing quite entertaining too (after all, this is the guy who wrote Add a Brad!)
All the responses to the last post about kits were very interesting (thank you for sharing your thoughts) and very much echoed what I suspected. Before I wrote that post, I had actually put a pack of papers together from Kaisercraft which I completely fell for and I added some tags and ribbons to it, but resisted calling it a kit because there are no instructions with it. Instead, I called it a Playpack which harks back to a club that my mum signed up to when I was a kid. Once a month a ‘playpack’ would come in the post and you never knew quite what was going to be in there, but it was probably sugar paper and fuzzy felt (yes, I’m a child of the seventies). I still remember the excitement of playpack day and the fun of sitting at the kitchen table with my mum drawing and painting and constructing obscure monsters from glue and pipecleaners.
There will shortly be an inspiration leaflet for the pack as I loved it so much, I made a quite a few cards with the papers and I’m writing them up for a download leaflet (free if you buy the pack).
The papers are all double sided and see the printed strip at the bottom? Well on the reverse side, that strip is printed with a contrasting design, so rather than cut it off, I’ve made a feature of it on the card below, which also features our new Haberdashery stamps.
The new Lace Fragments and Haberdashery stamp sets were announced on the Design Team blog last week and you’ve still got time to be in with a chance of winning these gorgeous sets if you leave a comment over there today. Here’s what the stamps look like if you missed them:
I’ll be picking a winner sometime over the weekend – who knows, it could be your lucky day!