Friday, 24 June 2011

Incredibly blessed!

I feel so incredibly blessed!  Tim and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this week and just look at this amazing pile of presents that he gave me.  A mixture of wonderful crafting goodies including Tim Holtz paper stacks and cutting dies, Lavinia and Darkroom Door stamps, nestabilities and cuttlebug embossing folders
and my main presents; a beautiful pair of earings and a pandora bracelet containing charms chosen specially to mean things to me: A pram (Motherhood), an elephant (I had an imaginary friend who was an elephant when I was a child), a pencil (crafting), a dramatic face (musicals and theatre), dog (I love them!), a teapot (I drink at least 8 mugs of tea a day!), a bible (my faith) and numerous hearts (our love).  A truly special present representing 10 wonderful years together. 
Alongside these presents we celebrated by going for a romantic steam train ride
complete with champagne in proper glasses and posh nibbles
Followed by lunch at a lovely restaurant in the peak district, The Chequers Inn at Froggat. We also went to the cinema to see X-men: First class - a truly amazing film - and had time to play with our new toys. A wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.
This project is my first ever venture into the wierd and wonderful land of Steampunk and was made almost entirely with my new toys. The background paper and map was from a Tim Holtz paper stack, the filmstrip and cogs were Tim Holtz dies and the stamps were all from the DarkRoom Door Steampunk set. I am entering this 6x6 piece of artwork into the following challenges: Simon says stamp and show 'metal', City Crafter challenge blog 'number 1', Tuesday Throwdown 'masculine', Just for fun 'Steampunk' and Pixie Dust 'number or gears'.
I have also been continuing with my scrapbooking. This layout entitled 'Train Fun' follows the left hand page of this weeks Nuts about Sketches double page sketch and fits with Pollycraft's 'travel/holidays' challenge. I used entirely Basic grey papers and added the original train tickets and a xela train stamp.
The final page is the first of this years Christmas layouts (I know I am way behind!) and includes photos of absolutely everyone who was there (all 13 of us!).  I added the sparkly Christmas trees cut from scraps of paper and kept the layout simple to keep the focus on the photos.  The title is 'Christmas Fun (I love it!)' because I absolutely adore the fun of a houseful at Christmas.  I am entering this into this weeks Scrap it with a song as I took the phrase 'I love it' from the Lady Gaga song for this week, and into Crafty Creations 'let it shine' challenge. That is all from me for now.  Have a great weekend everyone.
Love,
Caro
x

25 comments:

Neet said...

Thanks for joining us at JFF with your lovely Steampunk piece. Glad you got to use so many of your wonderful gifts on this artwork. Love those stamps you used and what a great choice of background paper.
Thanks also for sharing your anniversary with us, looks as if it was a wonderful day - and congratulations on ten wonderful years. Hugs, Neet x

Von said...

What a treasure of a husband you have :) and what a fab make for the challenge at Just for Fun thank you for joining us
Von x

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Congrats and glad you had a wonderful time celebrating your anniversary, what a beautiful layout out of those goodies, thanks for sharing it with us at CCCB!

Shelly Hickox said...

First of all, congratulations! It looks like you have a wonderful husband. :-)

Your pieces are all fantastic! Love how you used your new goodies.

Dolly Daydreams said...

Wow what a lucky girl you are to have such a thoughtful husband ! Such lovely gifts and all so useful too ! Love your steam punk Piece absolutely fabulous lots of great elements on there. Thanks for sharing you anniversary looks like you had a wonderful time.

Marie

Zoechaos said...

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary, what a wonderful man your OH is such thoughtfulness and a romantic day.

Is this really your first steampunk piece? it is fabulous a wonderful way to try out all your new goodies. Thank you for sharing with us at Just for Fun XOXO Zoe

craftyb said...

COngratulations on your 10 years together - you scored well with those FAB pressies (your bracelet is fabulous with those meaningful charms) and you look v happy together! Your layouts are great - good for you catching up with the christmas LO's - love the "blingy" trees! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenges! bx

Cazzy said...

Happy Anniversary to you both, you are so lucky, and what a great day you had.
Now things are making sense, wink wink, say no more!

Cazzy x

Ros said...

Terrific card ... you did a fantastic job with your new goodies ... and what a terrific hubby you have ... such wonderful gifts ... my hubby would love that steam train ride! ... thanks for playing along at CCCB

Shelley said...

Happy Anniversary!! What great presents. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Glad you joined us at Scrap it with a Song. Shelley

sam21ski said...

What a fabulous husband you have. Happy anniversary.

What a great way to use your new stash. Your steampunk piece is stunning.

Thanks for playing along with JFF this week.

Sam xxx

http://sam21ski.blogspot.com/

Mazlina said...

happy anniversary! :)
thanks for joining us at Scrap It with a song.. love your interpretation of poker face.. :))

Lori said...

Congrats on the anniversary, and what a PERFECT gift! lol! Your card is a wonderful version of Steampunk, thank you for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Milliesmarvels said...

Fab layouts! Thanks for joining us for the Pollycraft Challenge!
Jane
x

April said...

ooooh look at all those crafty goodies! I don't know how your hubby knows what you have and haven't got to be able to buy you crafty goodies! your bracelet is gorgeous! how thoughtfull for each charm to be so special to you too. lovely card and scrapbook pages too, great designs as always. Enjoy crafting with your new goodies.

PsyPenguin said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!
Love the steampunk piece you made with your new goodies. x

Meggymay said...

Congratulations, looks like you had a fantastic day. Your Steampunk piece is great.

Linda R. said...

Now that looks like one amazing annivesary.. You lucky girl.. All your project here look wonderful. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

Emily Keaton said...

What a fabulous masculine card! Thanks for sharing it and joining us at Tuesday Throwdown this week. :D
~Emily Keaton, June Guest Designer for Tuesday Throwdown

Cheryl Nelson said...

Such fabulous pics and LOVELY creations! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

Scrappychick said...

All great layouts, but that Steampunk one is way cool!! Thanks for playing along with the Pixies this week, good luck!
Cyndi

Lauren said...

This is adorable! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!

Lauren

Jaqi said...

Congratulations to you both.
What lovely artwork too, and all those goodies.....how lucky you are

Spyder said...

yay Congrats looks like you've won with this one!
(Lyn)

tiffany said...

love how you used the Lady Gaga song, So glad to have you join in the challenge at Scrap It With a Song! =) Tiffany