Thursday, 1 January 2009

New Year, New Beginnings...

I really don't know why, but I just love the start of a New Year. I suppose it's the opportunity for a fresh start, a new leaf and new beginnings. Metaphorically we can wipe the slate clean and start all over again.

I must admit, there's not much at the moment that I would change...I have an fantastic and amazingly supportive family, a gorgeous and intelligent little boy who is the joy of my life; a job I used to dream of doing, and a lovely life in general...but there are always some tweaks that can be made aren't there?

Therefore, I Clare Curd solemnly promise that:

1. I would like to lose a couple of stones in weight at least. I know my excess weight does nothing for my looks, or health. I would love to lose a bit more, but let's start slowly, shall we?

2. I'm going to blog every day, be it chatter, or cards. I will always try and include a picture if I can.

3. If I could put in more hours of work, I would, but seeing as though David and Joseph can only be so understanding, if I did more I would probably have an appointment at the divorce courts. So, I'm going to try and be more productive with the time available, and have even been very organised and drawn up an 8 week running rota of work!! How's that for a start? I wonder how long that will last for?

4. Finally, I Will try and keep up with the house work. A clean house is a tidy mind after all(apparently)!

With the second promise in mind, here is a card I want to share with you today.
I made this card for my pages of the January Creativity! Magazine, and now it is Project of the Week over on the Do Crafts website. I didn't realise that it was my turn again this week, so it was a lovely surprise when I logged onto the site to see my card staring back at me.

I love this stamp - as soon as I saw it I have been itching to use, but never seemed to get the right moment until now. I knew that I would remove the centre of the image, and layer up to give the card depth and interest. And just look at that scrummy glittered cardstock from Doodlebug. Isn't it to die for? I just love that colour combo. The ribbons are NEW too - from Anita's, there are oodles of colours to choose from, in stripes, spots, sheer patterns, thick and thin widths, all on a spool for just 49p. WOW!!

If you would like instructions on how to make the card, or want to see the card in closer detail, click here.

Thanks for looking and I really hope you have all had a great New Year's Day!

Love, Clare x


Anonymous said...

Beautiful card clare!! xx

Digi Stamp Boutique said...

Yep - with you on all of those...although schedule yet to be done....Mmmm. Well, it's only the 1st and I'm not offically working until Monday...ha

Stunning card - I love this colour
combo - super design.

Stampin' chic sounds fab - gotta follow this one..

Chris said...

Love the beautiful card Claire...the butterflies are beautiful :D
Some good resolutions there too ...I'm with you on no1... pretty difficult already biting my knuckles with chocolate
Chris xx

Basement Stamper said...

Your card is gorgeous and I have some of the same goals as you. Lose a bit of weight, save a little money, stamp a little more :-)

Happy New Year!

Kris said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL card! I just found your blog today and I'm really enjoying it. You are so talented =)

Michele Kovack said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Michele Roos said...

Gorgeous card. Love the beautiful butterfly images and the colours are fab. Happy New Year Michele x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Love the card, Like your plan of action for the year. Mine always starts with lose weight too. But every year by the 3rd I'm eating choccys again. LOL !!!!! Have agreat 2009. Hazel xox

katy said...

Hello Clare, just been over to Inspirational..woohoo,(happy dance) thank you so much, i'm absolutely thrilled, got my blinkie displayed now.

You've been so kind and have made some ambitions of mine become reality, so thank you Clare, you're a gem xx

Ana Baird said...

Brilliant card Clare! Love the butterflies!

Ann said...

Oooooh, gorgeous card! Love the colors and beautiful butterfly! :D

Nikki Fairbairn said...

Gorgeous card Clare and I just love this colour scheme, Good Luck with your resolutions and Happy New Year, Hugs, Nikki x

Anonymous said...

Your resolutions sound like one's I should start for myself.

Love the music and your blog is wonderful.

Suzanne in CT

Unknown said...

Oh I love this card!!!

The colour combo is gorgeous too

Ali Watson said...

Gorgeous card Clare, love the colours. Happy New Year!

Emma said...

Good luck with your promises and a stunning card.
Emma x