Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Speedy recovery and a request out of the blue!!!

Hi Everyone

My lovely brother-in-law Jim went into hospital yesterday for a hip replacement.  Thought I'd cheer him up with a card...........

On Saturday I received an email out of the blue from someone who I didn't know - maybe not that unusual but he wanted me to make a bookatrix card for his parent's 50th Wedding anniversary.  He actually lives in Yeovil (how strange is that.........he must just have done a Google search for bookatrix and come across my blog!!!) but works in London and he was only going to be around until today. onto this straight away and this is what I made:

Rather than the Bookatrix board (which I find a pain to cut out neatly!) I used my Go Kreate XXL Bookish die set which is virtually the same as the embossing board and so much easier! Then I've used various layers ending up with an embossed top white layer for which I used my Stampin Up Manhattan Rose e/f.  Flowers, gems, ribbon and hatpins from my stash.  I've used Spellbinders scalloped hearts and normal hearts, the bells are Memory Box as is the large flourish.  I made a matching box for it.  I also foiled the working on the sentiment heart.

The chap came this morning at 8.30am to collect it and was so delighted he paid me double what I asked!!!  Made my day - as you know you just can't charge for your time, but to know someone appreciated it that much was lovely.  He also said it was his wife's 50th next year so he'll be back!

Well, I'd better get back to it - very good friends of ours in the village are moving to East Sussex in a couple of weeks time and we will really miss them.  As a going away present I am making one of my drawn thread embroidery pieces - so I'll be posting a photo of that when it's finished.

Happy crafting.


  1. Two fabulous cards Karen...your anniversary card is stunning. Carol x

  2. Hi Karen
    Love the get well card.... Fabulous ... Bookatrix is also fabulous .... Hugs Sylvie xx

  3. stunning book card Karen, such a lovely keepsake for his parents.
    brilliant card for your brother-in-law, love this image, I used it for my keepfit Son.

  4. What a fun card for you BIL, Karen ... your anniversary card is amazing ... so much detailing and elegance! Anita :)

  5. What a fun card and that book... Awesomeness :) lovely layout, details :) a lot of work

  6. I'm sure your BIL will laugh when he sees his card, it's great. Beautiful bookatrix card, they are perfect for occasions like this and well done getting a follow-up order.

  7. oh how fab! I am not surprised he paid double, this is stunning!

  8. Hi Karen. First of all, all the best to Jim in his recovery. I'm sure the card you made for him gave him a good laugh :) So fun!!

    The wedding book you made is absolutely STUNNING!! It is an amazing keepsake that will be treasured for years to come. No wonder the man was so pleased that he gave you twice the asking price. Great job my friend! Loll xx

  9. This post shows the broad range of your artist talent, Karendipity! You have made a fun and bright and colorful card to cheer up dear Jim. I hope it doesn't hurt him too much to laugh!!

    And then your book card is the epitome of elegance and style and grace! I'm so delighted to hear that you were paid double ~ I'm sure he still feels like he robbed you at that! This lovely gift will be a treasured keepsake in that family forever. Think of that!! It's an amazing feeling, I'm sure! Hugs, Dippy

  10. Wel I bet that made Jim laugh what a fun card you are a bit naughty though. As for the beautiful book whats it never heard of that before !!! AMAZING Karen the detail is glorious and am so glad he payed you double should had been quadruple as am sure you put in many hours on this amazing creation.



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