Summer of ’14

There’s no surer sign of summer coming to an end than the heating going back on and yes, we’ve passed that marker in our house! Anyone else?? Hubby has even gone back on hot water bottle duty a couple of times. Summer of ’14 appears to have exhausted itself funnily enough at the same time as me, but with another week to go before September and the start of the school term, I think we both better cling on for dear life and hope for some sunny patches!

The boys and I have had a great time and packed lots in so I’m sure they’ve had a summer to remember. From Majorca to Scarborough, Harewood to Harlow Carr, Tour de France to riding round the Close, Eureka to Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour, best buddies to mortal enemies and back again in 30 seconds flat, and all the Lego, Playdoh and Transformers we could manage inbetween. It’s been fun and exhausting, stressful but comical, and once again a little bit more faith-restoring in myself that I am recovering well, am capable and am currently leading in my fight with depression. I even got off the SNRI that I thought I would need for the rest of my life, and feel happier on the SSRI I have switched too (no mean feat in itself). Yes, I have had some help, thanks to Miss T, I couldn’t have done it without, also thanks to my CPN I found Headspace, which has definitely made a difference, thanks to my husband I’ve managed a few long walks, getting some training in for my Sahara Trek, and thanks to the kids for going to sleep at a decent time MOST of summer, just as I felt I couldn’t do another minute! Card Therapy has gone to the bottom of the priority list, obviously, but I have utilised a bit more evening time and managed a few cards and crafts here and there over the last couple of months, so I will share these over the next few nights.

My father in law’s 65th birthday was a few weeks ago, so I used the same stamp as I did for another 65th (Birthday Car(d)) but changed the colours, papers and layout.

Toot TootToot TootI had another little practice with the Twinkling H2O’s for the car, hat & gloves – blue zircon & autumn butternut – and did the rest with my trusty Promarkers, which feel a bit like putting on a pair of cosy slippers after being out in stilettos (the T H2O’s)!

65th birthday card

65th Birthday


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog Challenge #99 – Celebration with ribbon (I’ve used a pretty little navy organza with a satin stripe down the middle – but just manly enough!)

Papertake Weekly Challenge – To Die For

Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Aug 19th – 25th – Anything Goes

Enjoy the Bank Holiday everyone, last one till Christmas!

Emma x

28th August – Thank you so much Crafty Ribbons for picking me for your Top 3 (out of 44)!

28th August

28th August

4 thoughts on “Summer of ’14

  1. This is super Emma! Love the colouring and you are obviously getting to grips with the T H2o’s! I like how you have offset your layers……nice! and he really looks like he is going uphill. I have this image…un-inked perhaps because he looks hard to colour…but you have made it look very easy. In answer to your question on my blog…stuck the paper on and then cut round with scissors or knife! Hugs xx

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