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Sunday, 21 October 2012

"Where's Your Head At ?...."

I must start this post by saying how sorry I am to have not been around for a while. As most of you know, I have had some difficulties in my personal life recently and to make things even worse Jo and I went to ASDA on monday to get some milk and I was taken to one side to be told that one of my colleagues in petrol had been found dead that morning!
James Hunter was a lovely man. He had just retired due to ill health and had had a horrific year with one illness after another, all culminating in him breaking his back after a fall at home. He was a very proud and private man who approached everyone with a wink and a smile, his voice was loud, proud and unapologetic and he seemed to touch the heart of everyone who knew him judging by the outpouring of grief at work.
I found myself sobbing when I was told and was immediately taken aback at how strongly I felt about his death. I hadn't realised just how much he meant to me and I have to say, the last thing I wanted to do this week was sit and make cards so that is why I haven't posted anything recently.
I am feeling a lot better now though and have been colouring again this afternoon, so expect some new cards to appear on this blog in the very near future.
Kenny K's Krafty Krew are having a new challenge this week and the theme of the challenge is "That's Just Frightful", so you can guess what kind of card we are expecting to see from you. On a happier note, I met Mike today at the Sincerely Yours show at the Lincolnshire Showground. Who's Mike you ask?, well he is on the Krafty Krew A Team and it was really nice to meet someone whose work you have admired week after week. So if you are reading this Mike - Hi, it was a real pleasure today and I hope we can meet up again sometime.
I hope you like this card I made a while ago but never got around to posting. I got the image from my Creations CD-Rom and the sentiment was made with a Sizzix alpha which I haven't used in a lifetime! I donated the finished card to a Help For Heroes sale at work. The card was snapped up rather quickly and went for £5 so that's not too shabby is it!
I hope you have a good week ahead and I will be back again soon with some fresh makes, promise!
Take Care,
Hugs 'n Stuff,

Entered Into:
The Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog & A&T Digital Designs Challenge #34 - Anything Goes
Elke Kaart een Feestje! Challenge #138 - Red, White & Blue
Brown Sugar Challenge #13 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge #156 - Male Card with an Option
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #74 - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Friday's Challenge #82 - Anything Goes
The Poodle's Parlour Challenge - Anything Goes
Stampin' For The Weekend Challenge #20 - Anything Goes
 Charisma Cardz Challenge #42 - Don't Be Square
Simply Create Linky Party #8 - Anything Goes
DigiStamps4Joy Challenge #53 - Anything Goes with a Masculine Twist
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge #229 - Masculine!


  1. So sorry to hear about your colleague. He sounds like he was a lovely chap. It's always a shock when someone you know passes, especially so unexpectedly. I can totally understand why you felt down.


  2. What awful news (((hug)))Such a shock when its so sudden.
    Love your card.

  3. That's so sad Andrew.
    Hope you're feeling better now too.

  4. Hi Andy, sorry to hear about your friend, I am sure he would have appresiated your kind words about him. We have had a terrible time here, my Oh, had routine keyhole surgery for Gall Stones, on 26th Sept, and ended back in hospital a few days later, to have major surgery to correct whatever went wrong with the first lot, and was told by GP today, he would only have survived for a few hours pria to the last surgery, and it will take about 6 months to recover!!! Hopefully you will pick up and start making your amazing card soon. Janet

  5. Andy has always a fabulous card ...really must dust off my mimic CD as I love this image ...well put together as always.
    As for your news andy am so sorry to hear of your loss, he sounded like a wonderful man xxx

  6. Super card, perfect papers for the image too, thanks for joining us at the Emerald Faeries Challenge this fortnight.

  7. Hi Andrew, Sincere condolences for your sad loss. Your post was very poignant. On a brighter note, fabulous fun card. Thank you so much for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

  8. Hi Andy so sorry to hear the sad news of your friend lets hope he is at peace and not in pain. This is one great card and thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Catz and have a good weekend.

  9. Wonderful creation hun! Thanks for playing along at Charisma Cardz! xxx

  10. Love your brilliant creation, so fabulous, thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week...x

  11. so sorry to read your sad news condolences are sent with a gentle hug......but thank you so much for sharing your wonderful card with us at CRAFTY CATZ hugs sassyxx

  12. Great images and very beautiful card.
    Thanks for join us at Digistamps4Joy.

    Greetings karin DT member

  13. Great card, Sorry to read about your friend, Thank you for playing along with us this week at Brown Sugar in the "Anything Goes" challenge! We hope you decide to play along with us again!! Good luck!

  14. Looks fantastic, a very masculine card. Thank you for joining us at The Emerald Faeries. Good Luck xoxoxo

  15. Ohhhh...this makes me soooo sad!!! Do we have finaly a man joining in our challenge, does he think the challenge is Red-White-Bleu but it is Red-Yellow-Bleu :(

    The cards is cool by the way and I hope you will join in another time again!!

    Warmest greetings, Renata - Elke Kaart Een Feestje!

  16. Your card is so great...but the color Yellow is missing....ohhh so sad.
    see you next time again?i hope so.

    gr Anja EKEF

  17. This is wonderful. Such a great image and your colouring is fabulous.
    I was sorry to hear your sad news.
    Thank your for taking part in the Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge


  18. Andy please tell me ,this image youde made this by your self?is there a website?please tell Anja

  19. wow Andy, this card is fab!!! I love it, your clour is as always flawless, and the card looks wonderful!

    thanks for joining Fussy and Fancy

  20. super cool, love the colors. thanks for joining Simply Create!!!

  21. This is fantastic love the images never seen them before there ace brilliant card


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