Friday, 15 May 2020

Cute As A Button – May Inspiration

For this month’s inspiration I used this absolutely stunning stamp called Shy. I’ve been so excited to use this stamp! I went with a soft floral theme and I am absolutely thrilled with how this card turned out.





Materials Used:


Kaiser Craft Rosabella paper pack
Craft Consortium The Riverbank enamel dots
Ruby Rock-it Reminisce lace
Tim Holtz hickory smoke distress ink
Prima flowers
Copics



Click here if you’d like to play along with us for this month’s challenge!

Click here to head to the Facebook page!

Click here to see what inspirations the DT have posted this month in the Inspiration Showcase!

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


Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #131 – anything goes
Lemon Shortbread #119 – anything goes
The Paper Girls #198 – girl time



Thursday, 14 May 2020

Moved from Wordpress to Blogger!

Hey everybody!
I have just moved my blog from Wordpress to Blogger. Because of that, some things look very strange and codey! I'll try fix them up as time goes, but from now on all new posts should look better!
Happy reading!

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #471

This fortnight our two awesome sponsors are All Dressed Up and Hetty Clare. This gorgeous stamp is Flower Boot by Hetty Clare.



Materials Used:

Kaiser Craft Lilac Whisper paper pack
Hunkydory paper pack
Upikit rhinestone pearls
Craft Potential sentiment
Copics

If you would like to participate in our challenge this fortnight for a chance to win 2 digi stamps of your choice from All Dressed Up and Hetty Clare head on over to Penny’s and we’d love to see your crafty creations!



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


Little Red Wagon #548 - flowers
Creative Fingers #185 – anything goes
Colour Crazy #18 – anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft #115 – anything goes

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Lessons



I never know if sharing my story is a wise idea, or if it’s dangerous or pointless. But I think my mini motto is “you have choices – you can go back if you aren’t happy with it”. So I suppose I can delete my story if I so wish! Which gives me some peace about going ahead and letting it all out.

We’ve separated. Who’da thunk it! Nobody outside the inner circle, I’ve gathered. It’s funny how that can happen. How different the reality can be from the outside world’s perspective. That has to be a reminder to share and talk to others about what’s going on; don’t think people don’t care, because they probably just don’t know.


On this 2.5 year journey I’ve learnt a few things.

  1. Never, ever, ignore your boundaries. I know it hurts. I learnt so early on in my life that the way to gain a man’s affections is to ignore your boundaries and do whatever he likes. That is WRONG. Boundaries are good and healthy. If a partner can’t respect your boundaries, that isn’t just a little “we’ll get through it” thing – that’s big. That’s not something to ignore. It means they don’t respect you. And your boundaries are allowed to shift! Don’t let them tell you any differently. You may love A, B, and C today, but only feel comfortable with B tomorrow – there’s nothing wrong with that, and nothing wrong with you.

  1. Listen to your gut. No matter how awkward it will be to take the stand, if your intuition tells you something is wrong, listen. God gave us the Holy Spirit to stir us when things aren’t right. I should have listened. Trust yourself and that in the haze of confusion, your intuition is telling you what’s right. If it feels wrong, it probably is.

  1. Don’t change who you are for someone else. Compromise is so important – give a little, get a little, make a happy marriage. But there are core parts of who you are and you should never change them for someone else. Do you adore gardening? Don’t let your partner tell you plants are ugly and you can’t have any. Do you love dancing? Don’t let your partner tell you not to dance – get out there and jiggy! I am a soft-hearted, gentle soul who sees the good in most everything I look at. That is something to be cherished, and I won’t be told differently. I won’t let someone else squash that with anger and hardness.

  1. Tears are healthy. Crying is so good for you. It lets all that pent-up emotion out. If you need to cry, don’t let your partner tell you not to. I was told that my tears are manipulative. Don’t believe anything like that – you are allowed to cry.

  1. Your body is your own. This may sound similar to 1 but it’s different. My dear, please listen. Your body is yours – nobody else’s. If you don’t want to be touched a certain way; if you don’t want to give a part of yourself… say no. There is nothing wrong with you for saying no – even to your spouse. I was told that a large part of my contribution to our marriage was sex. He said that if I denied him sex after he worked hard for me all day, then he felt taken advantage of, and the rest of my contributions weren’t enough. He said that if my contributions to our life and marriage were a bucket, the base would be adjusted to how much sex I gave him, and with the base firmly on the bottom due to too long without sex, the rest of my contribution fell short. I felt like a prostitute in my marriage. He told me to stop “shutting up shop” and then all would be fine. This is not okay. This will never be an okay way to speak to anybody, let alone your spouse. Your body is a gift you give when you want to – not somebody’s right or property. You are allowed to not feel comfortable giving your body when you aren’t ready. You are allowed to say no.

  1. Talk to trusted confidantes. Some people say not to talk about your marriage’s innermost goings on, but I disagree. Don’t go complaining to strangers, of course. But you need a support network from many backgrounds. I have spoken to family and friends, married and single. Without them I’d have truly run the risk of believing him when he told me I need medical help for my low libido, and when he said I was having the “psychological symptoms and side effects” of mood swings preventing me from just letting go of our problems and moving on. I’d have believed him when he called me lazy and said I might have children and just be too lazy to care for them properly. I’d think I was crazy, if it weren’t for the people around me telling me I’m not. I thank them and their “you rid your mind of that rubbish, now!” reminders, for my ability to walk out of this marriage knowing who I am, rather than as a mentally beaten down shadow of who I was.

  1. No commitment is worth losing yourself over. “Til death do us part” may have been your commitment to your spouse and God, but I know that it’s not a promise we are held to in His eyes when He has seen your marriage’s path to destruction. You are allowed to walk away for your own health. Prioritise yourself, because your marriage can’t work with only one of you being whole anyway. If you find that when you examine your heart and mind you’re not where you need to be – walk away. God still loves you. God is not judging you.


Email me any time if you need to talk.


Friday, 1 May 2020

Cute As A Button – May 2020

This month at Cute As A Button, our theme is anything goes with the optional twist of Butterflies. I have literally never used a butterfly on my cards before, so this was an interesting challenge!

I find blue and brown cards to be so calming. I really love how this turned out. And this image called Sailor Girl is sooo cute!!








Materials Used:

Kaiser Craft Nautical paper pack
Twine, tied myself
Sailor Girl from Cute As a Button
Copics
Everything else is just from the stash


Click here if you’d like to play along with us for this month’s challenge!

Click here to head to the Facebook page!

Click here to see what inspirations the DT have posted this month in the Inspiration Showcase!

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

Incy Wincy Designs April 20 – May 2 – decoration / image starting with your first initial (S for Saphron and Sailor Girl)
Lemon Shortbread #118 – anything goes
The Creative Crafters #27 – anything goes
Make My Monday #121 – use a digi stamp

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #470

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


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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #469

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Materials Used:


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  • Silhouette cutting machine

  • Coloured cardstock

  • Ribbon from stash

  • Creative dies sentiment tag and frame dies

  • Stamped sentiment

  • Tim Holtz black soot distress ink

  • Paris Café Digi Bundle from Stampers Delights

  • Copics


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


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