Monday, 23 May 2016

Clean and Simple!

Hi all,
it seems a while since I last posted and I've been really missing blogland!

It's been a hectic few weeks at home, but we survived the kitchen renovations. It took a bit longer than anticipated, but it's all finished now and we absolutely love it... more on that later... but first.....

Now this is long overdue.... but I have to say a HUGE Thank You! to my dear blogging friend Cathy... who very kindly passed onto me a prize that she had won... of a Craft Classes Online Course that she wasn't able to take up.  

So a while back, I chose to do a CAS Course by Jeri Parks and would highly recommend it as it was awesome!! I learnt so much on it. I'm just sorry that I haven't had time to post more about it until now.  I have a file full of wonderful coursework with lots of inspiration and ideas. I can't wait to create more CAS cards...

I thought you might like to see some of the cards that I created during the course... 
please let me know which is your favourite?

On the course I learnt a lot about Colour and Contrast, and Balance and Flow and lots more besides. CAS cards don't seem quite as daunting as before, as now I have something to work from, and am not sat looking at a white space. I still have a lot to learn... the most important thing that I learnt about CAS Cards is that they are NOT quick and easy! they take thought and planning to make them 'look' clean and simple. I'm hoping that you will see an improvement in my CAS Cards.
 Thanks again Cathy! it was so kind of you to give me this wonderful gift!!! 

Back again to my kitchen... as I know some of you wanted to see photos of it... so here goes...

This is when it was first gutted!! :-O

and this is it now!!!

We're so happy with how it turned out!! It's a very small kitchen, but it's amazing what a difference the new layout has made, and the new appliances are all awesome... the new levelled floor really took some getting used to though... after walking on quite a slope for 54 years!! it felt really weird Lol.

The builders and workmen were really great... they kept stress to a minimum for us... but it was still a bit much for my mum... she got a really bad chest infection after it... so I've had to be with her 24/7 for about ten days. My chest flared up also... so I've been on the tablets again... but think we're both on the mend now.

I'm really hoping to get back into crafting proper soon if mum stays well.
I have managed to make a card for Thursday MAWTT.  So will see you then....

P.s. Just noticed Poldark in my Sidebar... anyone know where he is? I thought he was supposed to be back for second series in April? !!!! he's late... gosh I bet we now have to wait until after the Olympics!!! :-(
Take Care
Love and hugs


meg said...

Your CAS cards are great Sue I especially love the one with the card and the one with the 4 leaf clover.What a fabulous gift to be given. The new kitchen is great love the clean white lines and flow of the room. So nice to hear from you thanks for the lovely comment, hope you both have a chance to recover fully and enjoy the better weather when it comes.

SusanLotus said...

It must be a blessed feeling to get a brandnew kitchen to work in. It looks very good. :)

I hope you and your mum stays healthy and the cards you are showing today are lovely.

Time flies so fast and I wish I was online more as well.


Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
wonderful cards and they all look so perfect.
If I had to choose a fave it would be the flamingo one I think.
So glad your kitchen is finished.
It looks lovely.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Carole said...

Hello Sue, good to see you.
And with some fab cards too, I can't pick a favourite they're all nice so is the new kitchen
Hugs Carole x

Doreen said...

Love your cards sue,just I bet you glad to get your kitchen back it looks

Pat said...

Hi Sue, some lovely CAS cards, I rather like the second and third ones, they look so good. Kitchen looks great, hope you and your Mum are soon feeling much better. Have a lovely evening.

Pat xx

cotnob said...

Your CAS cards are brilliant Sue, I think the first one is my favourite but to be honest I love them all.
Your kitchen looks fabulous, so neat and streamlined, I bet you are really pleased with it.
Sorry to hear that you and Mum have both been poorly, I hope you are both feeling much better now.
Take care.

Chrissy said...

Wonderful selection of CAS cards Sue..they are all fabulous and love your new kitchen with the level stunning.


Donna Mosley said...

Lots of lovely cards Sue, love them all. Your new kitchen is gorgeous.

Tammy said...

What a beautiful selection of cards Sue! I think my favorite is the second one, I love that vintage car and colors! Your kitchen looks wonderful, I bet your so happy it's done.
Hugs, Tammy

chrissy xx said...

Yikes! You have been a busy bee behind the scenes Sue.
LOts of BEAutiful CAS cards, and Yes! they do take as long if not longer to make lol. I LOve the car one the bestest {well you have asked lol} but, then again all are so Wonderful..Happy to see you make lots more.
A FABulous kitchen.. LOve your white..It's an colour that wont date, and you can easily changed your kettle etc to any colour you want to give it a brand new look later on..Seeing the start I didn't relish all your DUST no wonder you have both been chesty! At least it's over now and well worth everything..Cooker looks good you will be able to make lots of yummy cakes there Sue..Happy cooking!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

So glad you enjoyed the course sweetie. I am not sure which one is my favourite, every time I scrolled the choice changed. Your finished kitchen looks awesome. Hope both you and your mum are fighting fit soon.

Pia S said...

So good to see you around again! I think you've done a great job on all the CAS cards and none alike!
I love masculine cards, they're my favorites to make, so the vintage design in a CAS execution style really caught my attention. I also like how the butterfly looks with the swirl lines, those tie the whole design together. I also love concept of 3, with one of the items being a bit different. I haven't done a course but feel I learnt something too from just seeing your cards.