Wednesday 27 June 2012

And here's another..... and a couple of kitchen pics

Hi Best Blogging Buddies

I wanted to share a card with you that I made for my daughter's birthday yesterday......  And guess what..... there's not even a hit of pink anywhere near it...   That's because her favourite colour is turquoise!  Sooooo with that in mind, I chose a fab digi image from Digi My World - called Megan......  she certainly was lovely to colour, even if not in pink!  As you can see, I cut her out and 3D'd her (a la Debby), and used the usual Nesties for the rectangle.  The letters I cut from glitter card using a Tim Holtz Alterations Alphabet Die, and the flowers are the mini-rose die that I've used often before.  The paper is from an Echo Park Summer pad... and the glitter, well is just GLITTER!  A card isn't a card without some glitter and a few gems....... right?

Now, for those that have been asking to see.....  this is my new kitchen (picture heavy from here on in)!

It's ever so nearly finished now.... just one or two teething probs (like the over door wouldn't open from Friday until the Neff man came out today and tells me it needs replacing......  and the washing machine trying to fall over backwards and awaiting the fitter to call to right it....) but hey, ho, that seems like par for the course from what people tell me about new kitchens.  It has been a big learning curve......  lessons learned are:

  • Never ever get a shiny black worksurface - marks with anything that touches it.... even finger prints and shows every 'wipe' mark too....... needs polishing dry with a cloth after wiping!
  • Never ever get a black floor - shows every crumb (or bit of glitter perhaps!) dropped and needs brushing every day
  • Never ever get brushed steel appliances unless you want to spend all day every day cleaning fingerprints from them, not to mention splashes on the hob......  I TOLD YOU NOT TO MENTION THEM!
  • Never ever trust a kitchen retailer, designer, or fitter
  • DON'T lose your temper at any of the above - your kitchen is in their hands......
  • Never ever get a new kitchen.....  moving house to a new place with a gorgeous kitchen is far less stressful...
  • Have large glasses of wine ready at the end of each day until all stress is washed from your body.... (like as if......) 
  • And R-E-L-A-X..........  or try to.........
Sorry if my kitchen saga has been a tad boring.......  believe me, it hasn't been at this end!! hehe

Big hugs
Christine xx


  1. Such a pretty card, kitchen is looking good too.

  2. hi christine gorgeous card love the image which is coloured beautifully. Caroline xxx

  3. You do make me laugh Christine! Firstly love your card, I can't believe there is no pink but glad you got the glitter on there!

    Secondly, your kitchen looks fabulous and I love the black floor. But I do agree with you. I have a black tiled floor in my bathroom and whilst I love it, it shows every single piece of dust, cat hairs, everything!!

    You have put me in the mood for a glass of red now! Pami x

  4. Hello Christine
    Your card is gorgeous, I love the image and turquoise is my favourite colour too!
    Your kitchen looks fabulous, I love your list of lessons learned!!

  5. Pretty card and kitchen looks fabulous. I've a black tiled floor and brushed steel too. I've tried various sprays on the brushed steel - Mr Muscle multi surface spray (blue bottle) and a microfibre cloth works the best for me. :)xx

  6. Hi Christine super cute sweet girly if you had told me bout what you had in mind I could have told you bout the pitfalls of the work tops/floor/brushed steel etc..I have replaced 6 kitchens in the 6 properties Ive had only had a joiner twice (not kitchen fitter) Brian & I have assembled the units ourselves but we are getting to old to be refitting kitchens now..Ive even got a decorator to come & sort out me b/room & lounge/dinning room..1st time ever hope he's up to my hope your new kitchen dosent keep you out of your craft room to long..

    smiles tother Christine x

  7. This is just gorgeous Christine, lovely image and fab colours too! Great pics of kitchen nice!!! Jo xxx

  8. wot no pink?? lol.. i love the turquoise though .. so pretty i bet she loved it .
    I could ave told you about the black worktops the tiles and the appliances.... mum had them all! and the same problems!

    But it does look gorgeous .. and i am sure you will enjoy cooking in there
    Lisa x

  9. What a pretty card! And happy birthday to your daughter, too!

    Your kitchen looks beautiful. What a shame they don't come equipped with automatic cleaners!

    Enjoy the wine, hun!

    love Mags B x

  10. The kitchen looks lovely Christine, I have a halogen hob and that shows EVERY mark too. I could spend my life cleaning it, but I decided I had better things to do so it gets done when it gets to a point where I can't bear it any more.

    Love the card too, despite the lack of pink. Turquoise is a nice colour so I guess that is acceptable, especially under the circumstances (although clearly there is a deficiency in her upbringing if she doesn't like pink) !!!


  11. Fabulous card and very brave of you not to use any pink.
    My Daughter is about to have a new kitchen will let her read your list.

    Kath x

  12. Gorgeous card and a super-cute image Christine - bet you are in need of therapy after the painful NOPINK trauma {:D) (Love the blue though).

    Your kitchen is awesome - love your list of "lessons learned". I guess we are lucky as our Son is a self-employed kitchen fitter and he installed ours a couple of years ago. It was the guys who re-wired the house at the same time that caused havoc - what a mess! I would never recommend anyone to have a house re-wired whilst they are living in it.
    Hugs, Sylvia xxx

  13. Gorgeous card Christine, I am sure you daughter will love it.
    Your kitchen looks equally gorgeous, and yes everything you said is right, lol.
    Suzie xx

  14. Gorgeous card Christine, love the cute image, beautifully coloured and love the sparkle.
    Your kitchen is did make me smile with your list.
    Wendy xx

  15. SWEET SWEET card!! A kitchen to die 4!!~

  16. What a gorgeous card, so sweet. Your kitchen looks beautiful :o)
    Jackie xx

    P.S. Waiting to see a card made with that beautiful flower :o)
    Jackie xx

  17. oh Hun first,your card is just gorgeous that is one super cute image,and the colours are perfect,bet your daughter loved it,
    as for your kitchen oh gosh it looks amazing hun god if only I could have one,mine is like something out of the ark,and it drives me potty and its small too,great tips though hugs Cherylxxxxx

  18. gorgeous card chrstine.stunning sweet image and i ove the turquiose colours :D
    wow your kitchen looks fantastic, my friend swore by using baby oil on her stainless steel appliances :D

    xx coops xx

  19. Me again, my comments are like buses - you wait ages for one then two come along at once lol!
    Love love love the card, that image is gorge and super hair colouring in Mrs. Happy birthday to your DD for yesterday and WOW WOW WOW what a kitchen! Lucky you and its so clean and tidy lol - bet you can't stop cleaning it!
    Big Hugs Laurie xx

  20. Love the colours and this sweet image on your gorgeous card.
    Your kitchen looks so stunning .
    Hugs Emma xx

  21. Gorgeous card Christine even if it isn't pink :), love the new kitchen, mine is quite old now ( Spanish sweet chestnut wood) but no point getting one as we are moving...or trying too that is lol :) Viv xx

  22. Hi sweetie, this is stunning, love this creation so much, Kitchen looks fantastic hugs Pops x x x

  23. Gorgeous card Christine! Love the cute image, I've not seen that one before. Your kitchen is looking fabulous too... oh and I'd agree about the black worktops - we made that mistake too lol! Hugs, Lisa x

  24. A very pretty card with a really cute image, I love the colour, its my favourite too.
    Great Kitchen I hope it will get sorted soon

  25. Lovely card Christine.
    Superb kitchen - hope you feel it was worth all the stress when the wrinkles are finally ironed out.


    Edna x

  26. Hi christine

    First of all the card is just fabulous love the image and the colours too.

    Your kitchen just looks fabulous - I know what you mean about the stainless steel kitchen appliances but .... a tiny bit of baby oil - literally a drop or two at most - on a duster and ta-dah! Your appliances will look like new!

    Thanks for dropping by to see me.

    Ta ta for now.

    Hazel xx

  27. Hi Christine, Gorgeous card! Love this sweet image :-)

    Wow your kitchen looks amazing! However, I do know what you mean about black work tops (I have them and a black ceramic hob) and steel appliances (funnily enough I have them too!).

    Lisa x

  28. Hi Christine, fabulous card - love the image, am gonna have to check that co out!

    Gorgeous kitchen as well - looks like it was well worth all the trouble. I'd never had brushed steel appliances until we converted the stables (the holiday let we own) and boy are the the devil to clean!! Give me a nice ordinary hob anyday!

    I think I will try Hazels' tip - as all the cleaners I've tried are useless (or so I've found anyway).

    Hope you are having a good weekend.


  29. Beautiful card Christine...even without the pink lol!

    Your kitchen does look amazing..but I did warn you about kitchen fitters!!
    I said exactly the same thing to Phil, when we need a new kitchen we're going to move house instead!

    Big hugs
    Elaine xxx

  30. LOL, but it is gorgeous and well worth it the wait, Christine - it is gorgeous! Went through the same when we got out kitchen done too!

    gorgeous card, such a sweet fresh card!

  31. Gorgeous card and wow I am loving your kitchen
    Hugs louise xx

  32. Awww, I love your cute card Christine and the turquoise is gorgeous.
    Your kitchen is STUNNING! It looks so big and bright and airy. Good health to enjoy it :) Sarah x

  33. Hi Christine, love your card - the image is sooo sweet and as usual your colouring is just fab!

    Totally agree about the black worksurface and brushed steel appliances - they drive me nuts!!

  34. Fabulous card Christine, cute image, lovely colouring.

    I too agree about the black work tops, drive me crazy!!

    Have a great stress free weekend in your lovely new kitchen. Hugs Lynne xx

  35. Do you have Home Depot in the UK? I have had pretty good luck with them, and terrible times with private contractors? You're right...just buy a new house...


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