My Family & Other Animals

Sunday, 4 November 2012

"Music was my first love..."

Hello to all my peeps, what a week I have had, firstly the excitement of actually visiting the cinema but to push things to an even higher level of excitement I BOUGHT a couple of CD's today, not digital downloads but physical, hold them in your hands Compact Discs! I genuinely couldn't remember the last time I bought an album, something I used to do by the bucket-load as a kid.
Like most people, I discovered music in my early youth, some of my early tastes being a bit dubious to say the least (The Wombles or The Rubettes anyone!!) but I really started to pay real attention to the charts and what people were listening to in my late teens, I was getting a bit of money from my paper-round and pocket money and I used to just buy whatever I could get my hands on.
Early tastes included Queen, Abba and Bucks Fizz, quite pedestrian for any teen but what can I tell you, I have a soft spot in my heart for cheesy throwaway pop. As I have gotten older I have tried just abouts every kind of music there is and my favourite types today are R 'n B and Hip-Hip (with a little Grime thrown in for good measure!) but I am not sure I like the way R 'n B artists today all seem to have a dance backing track, artists like Beyonce and Boyz II Men stay true to their roots while everyone else seems to have David Guetta on speed-dial.
I used to have a massive collection of vinyl and I honestly couldn't ever see myself parting with it but with necessity being the mother of invention, I had to part with nearly all my personal possessions in order to just live when me and the practise wife split up.
I made the move to digital in 1991 when I was living in Gibraltar and then with the advent of the I-Pod I started just 'buying' downloads and transferring all my CD's onto my PC to make some room in our very overcrowded bungalow. But that all met with a temporary hiatus this week with the purchase of the new Robbie Williams album 'Take The Crown' (a little disappointing if I am honest with you, but I will persevere as it may be a grower) and JLS's new album 'Evolution' which is absolutely fantastic, every track could be a single and there are no fillers on it at all. I got the JLS album because I like the band but also because it was signed and I thought it might be worth a few quid in the future, turns out the cover is only signed by three members of the band and the missing member just happens to be Aston, the one everyone loves!! Don't know what that will do to the value of it but I can't really complain as it is signed as promised!
Anyhoo, on to this weeks card over at Kenny K's Krafty Krew and the Challenge (#118) Sparkly Snowflakes. I have used the image Reindeer's which is one of the older images on the site and my papers are my favourite Basic Grey Christmas papers 'Wasail' from a couple of years ago. I have used glitter on the ends of the wooden snowflake but as usual it doesn't really show up very well. I have also used the Sizzix die (Tim Holtz range) of the Pine Cone which is really easy to make up and they have also been glittered on the edges to give them a bit of glamour. Finally I used the Marianne die of the lamppost which is also the first time I have used it and I love the way it looks. The card is 8x8 and I made it using two pieces of dotted swiss card which I got really cheap at a craft fayre last year.
So that's it from me for a few days, see you again soon with my next Papelitos creation,
tale care,
hugs 'n stuff
Entered Into: Anything Goes Challenge #79 - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenge #60 - Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge #134 - Stars And Sparkle
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations Challenge - Do It Digi
LEJ Designs Challenge #28 - Use Die Cuts or Punches
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge #90 - Christmas
Kaboodle Doodle Challenge #144 - Anything Goes


  1. Such a fun card Andy. Think I am going to have to do some spending, love those fir cones.
    What a shame that you had to sell your vinyl, I still have most of mine, but of course have nothing to play it on. Lots of it wouldn't be worth much money as I lived in a flat when I was a student nurse and have to admit they weren't well looked after (some people didn't put them back in the sleeves).
    I have great memories of going to the local record shop and standing in a booth listening to the new releases before buying.
    Sorry I've been missing, I was in Egypt then had the post holiday dip when I couldn't be bothered for a few days.
    Thankfully now back to normal.
    Hope you are well
    Eileen x

  2. Hi Andy this is fantastic, fabulous and fun, I love that image they made me smile the card design is perfect. Superb card.
    lorraine x

  3. Hi Andy, as always your blog is a pleasure to read, my 1st record would give my age away, not that I am really bothered, but I cannot remeber the title, something about a "Yellow polka dot bikini"

    Onto your fantastic card, it made me laugh out loud, the reindeer are amazing.

  4. What a fun card- love the image and the delightful arrangement /layout you have used. Love your story about your love for music, vinyl, really- my brother is into vinyl lately- keeps telling me it is going to come back........ Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamps for the Christmas Challenge!

  5. Fun project, thanks for sharing it with us at CCCB!

  6. Hi Andy back again with another hat on,
    Your card is brilliant, I love the dancing Reindeer.
    thanks for joining in the Kaboodle Doodles Challenge and good luck

  7. What a fun card!!!! Thanks so much for shaing your adorable card this week at CCCB :-)

  8. Oh my goodness. This couldn't be any cuter. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CCCB!

  9. OMGosh I love these styling reindeer, how cute! LOVE that lamp post and now I have something new on my radar to look for, lol. Great card design. I love music as well and find myself looking for those oldies still, lol. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!!

  10. What a beautiful card creation, love all the details on your card. Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  11. I love this beautiful creation .
    Thanks for sharing it with us at anything goes challenge.
    Hugs Emma xx

  12. What a super fun card this is ... Lovely to have you join us this week Andy .. Many thanks for playing at CCCB!

  13. Super fun creation. I love the image and the pinecones. Thanks for sharing at Loves Rubber Stamps.

  14. Thanks for playing this week with LEJ Designs Challenge Blog;) I love your creation, so darn cute those dancing reindeer.

  15. Fab card, those reindeer look like v cool dudes! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything Goes this week, hope to see you again soon! x

  16. smashing card
    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog - Tiggertastic

    Designing for:

    Sketch Saturday , Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

  17. This is super cute! Those reindeer crack me up! I love that you added some glitz to the pinecones and snowflake. A REAL CD? LOL - that made me laugh! Probably won't be long and they will be a collector's item like 8-track tapes :) I love Queen too! Thank you so much for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps this week!

  18. Super fun card. Love all the die cut embellishments. Thanks for sharing with us at and good luck in the challenge!

  19. Your card is absolutely adorable!! Thanks for playing along with us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.


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