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Hi, I'm Pam and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been making cards for over 10 years and am an independent demonstrator for Creative Expressions. I am lucky enough to teach on cruise ships and also get the chance to demo at The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking Show at Alexander Palace. I run workshops for a local craft shop and if anyone would like details of the them please e-mail me at stephen.smith870@ntlworld.com I love to scrapbook but my all time favourite thing is to get messy with ink!

Wednesday 30 October 2013


Good Morning All and a very happy WOYWW.

To kick things off, here's a photo of my desk.

You'll be able to see a pot of Cosmic Shimmer Summer Meadow Gilding Flakes, some Flake and Glitter Glue, my scooshy and a large A6 Dot background stamp from Sam Poole at Creative Studios.  There's also the stamped and gilded card at the front.  I'm working on a project for the workshops at Martells in February next year! 
The next workshop is on Saturday and we won't be having any after November until next year and I know they'll want to know what we're going to do!

I've posted my DT piece on the Creative Studios blog this morning (for link, go to Sam on the right).  It's a Christmas card, thought I'd better get started!  All of the step by steps are on the CS blog.

Here's the finished card...non-traditional colours for a change!
Yesterday was my first "official" post as a DT member for Creative Expressions and you can see the card and step by step in yesterdays post.

Onto other matters.  Some of you may know about the kitten that my daughter rescued from a sealed cardboard box.  He seemed poorly on Saturday and so she rushed him to the emergency vet 20 miles away.  He told her that the kitten was going to die possibly in the next few days or months and that he could put Gonzo to sleep there and then.  It seems that the poor little chap has a congenital condition that will always afflict him.  Sam (my dd) wanted a second opinion from her own vet so took the kitten there on Monday (she was in tears thinking that he wouldn't be coming home with her).  Her own vet said that although Gonzo has a problem he could live a very happy life for years to come but would always need extra help.  It seems that an aorta to the brain didn't grow properly and so he is always going to be very slow and disabled.
The upshot is that he is fine but will always be like a tiny kitten in his ways and won't ever be able to go outside.  He can, however, play and enjoy his many cuddles.  One much happier daughter who is fully prepared to give him as much love and care as he needs.  I really think that she was meant to find him.  We're kitten sitting while she goes to work and as her partner works shifts, it means that the kitten always has someone there with him.
Someone told her she was being cruel keeping him alive as it would restrict her freedom!  It wasn't the vet who told her that there was no reason to put Gonzo to sleep.
We're so glad that she got a 2nd opinion and trusted her instincts.  Glad I got that off my chest but it'll be a long time before I forgive the 1st vet for putting her and her partner through so much stress.

Well, that's it for today.  Sorry it's gone on a bit!  The blog candy is still there. down to just 13 more now.  I might be a bit late getting around the desks this week as I have to go out today. 

Many thanks for your visits and comments. Until next time...


Lunch Lady Jan said...

I like the black and gilded card in the first shot...ooh, bling, I just can't resist it :-) and I like the damson and autumn l colours in the second shot too!
Good for your daughter for rescuing the kitten...people's comments don't matter, just what your daughter and her partner are prepared to do that counts.
Hugs, LLJ 35 xx

Unknown said...

Aww so pleased for Gonzo. Never heard of a disabled cat before. Very interesting. Love your card too. Have a good day.
Karen no.51 x

jill said...

The gold really shows up so well on the black card & it looks lovely Pam.
Happy woyww Jill #37

Julie Lee said...

I cried about your daughter's experience with that vet! Bless her for getting a second opinion! Love to her and Gonzo who will be forever young! Lovely glittery work on your desk - hooray - I love bling too! Julie Ann xx #20

Elizabeth said...

Hi Pam, my but your post put me through a helter-skelter of emotions ... your poor daughter! What she must have gone through in just a few hours. I'm so glad there's a happy ending ... I'm sure Gonzo is going to have the happy life Vet #2 describes ... and lots of love and care from the whole family.

Love your gilding flake dots - gorgeous on the black card.

Pleased too to here that you didn't suffer too much from the storm. We just got the tail end - lots of rain and wind - no gales.

The packing is almost complete - just the kitchen to be packed up but we still have to eat, etc., so it's being left until the last minute. And no False Widows this far north, yet! It's just a matter of time though.

Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a good week. Elizabeth x #42

Monica said...

gonzo is one lucky kitty. I saw a rescue cat last week i really wanted. He was black with golden eyes. Alas he has HIV, the cat version and this could effect other cats, not humans So I was unable to take him as my bossy cat, now watching over desk would become contaminated.

Maisie Moonshine said...

I'm glad Gonzo has got such a loving home. My cat Poppy was a bit slow - the only cat I've ever known that didn't land on her feet when she fell, but she had a long and very happy life.

Love that gilded sheet - fabulous effect. Thanks for your visit today and have a great week. MMx #41

Neet said...

Lovely non trad card. Afraid your posting about the kitten has really taken over for me. Just tell your daughter she is the kindest, loveliest person in the world. I think she has done an admirable thing in bringing that little kitten back home. May they both enjoy whatever time is deemed for them, God bless them both.
Hugs, Neet xx 16

Donna Wheat said...

love gilding flakes and they look great using that stamp. Glad your daughter went for a second opinion, thanks for my earlier visit Donna #32

fairy thoughts said...

what a sad story about your daughter's kitten, I'm sure they will give each other lots of love for years to come. lovely cards
janet #38

Cazzy said...

Happy WOYWW Pam! Congratulations on making the CE DT, and that honeycombe looks gorgeous!
I could tell you some tales about vets, mine have let us down a few times! I am sure the kitten will be very happy for however long he lives now. I had a friend who had two cats and one of those was similarly damaged, and had a happy life for years.
Cazzy x #99

Christine B. said...

Hi Pam, glad to hear your daughter got a second opinion,I', sure Gonzo will be loved and have a happy life.
Love your non traditional card. Hugs x ChrisB

Robin said...

it was ment to be that your daughter found gonzo. So glad she got a 2nd opinion. beautiful card, love the colors for Christmas.

Gugs, Robin 74

VonnyK said...

I love your shiny card and the gorgeous Christmas one, good one for not sticking with traditional colours. So lucky your daughter got a second opinion. That's one very lucky and I'm sure much loved kitten.
Have a great week,
Von #40

mamapez5 said...

I do love those interesting panels of dots on your desk. I wonder what you are going to do with them?! Well done on making a C.card.We'll be needing them soon. So glad the little kitten has found a loving home. the lovely white ball of fluff who is often seen on y desk, is also a rescue cat with a 'life-long condition', but she is very safe and contented in here with me. Kate x

Glenda said...

Sorry to be so late in visiting. Your work is beautiful and I will be coming back for more! So glad the kitten was found by your daughter. Sometimes these little animal just need our love and help. I'm so proud of your daughter for taking this on!

Mrs.D said...

thanks for visiting me, sorry rather late getting back.
Wow I love that dotty stamp and the way you've done it with Cosmic shimmer, it looks absolutely wonderful
Love the Christmas card too, lovely colours.
So glad Gonzo has a life to look forward to. So many people think that a life with disability is not worth living, but good that your daughter was prepared to get a second opinion and that the second vet was so sensible.
Can we see pics of Gonzo sometime?
Chris #43

BJ said...

Love the gilding, must try mine again soon. Thanks for the visit BJ#50

roffeycreations said...

Hi Pam - love both your projects - the chrissy card looks fabulous - your story about the kitten brought a tear but its good to know caring people are out there... hugs - thanks for popping over - Happy WOYWW - Mxx #57

Andrea said...

you are organised and loving the cool christmas colours you've used as for the kitten tale moved my heart and so pleased there was such a happy outcome, that's going to be on well loved and happy cat. Have a great week ahead and belated woyww wishes crafty hugs Andrea #25

Belinda said...

I love the non traditional colors in your card. It makes you take a second look.

I love that your daughter followed her heart so that now she can provide that kitty with the love it needs. Very sweet story. Thanks for sharing it.

Thanks for your visit earlier.

Belinda (46)

Claire @ Gemini Nutrition said...

Loving the gold and black :) love cosmic shimmer glue too :)

hope your having a great week

claire #59