Sunday, 6 January 2013

...a fresh start...

Yesterday, I worked my last Saturday in the library! I don't officially leave for another 2/3 weeks but I'm using up annual leave! I thought I'd be really sad, but  although I will miss my lovely colleagues and work friends, I was more than happy to walk out of that door! The job has definitely not been the same for some time because of all the spending cuts, and believe me, things are going to get a lot worse! 'Better for Less' is the slogan used, whilst decimating the service, - I can see the 'less' but I sure can't see the 'better'.
Anyway, that's in the past, a new year, a fresh start, hopefully with more time to spend on the important things, family,friends, puppy, and of course more time to play! I have every intention of making the most of my retirement!!!
On to today's card. This weeks challenge at Less is More is black and white with a tiny hint of another colour. The possibilities are endless! My card is very simple, a single stamp inked all in black apart from the butterfly, which I masked and inked with blue distress ink, stamped once and mounted on black card and then onto the whit base card. 3 tiny gems added, and that's it!
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a lovely evening.
Also entering these challenges:
 hidinginmycraftroom -black/white + one other colour
brownsugar- thinking of you


  1. This is simply terrific Chris, I love it... have a great 2013!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. A beautiful card Chris, and I hope you enjoy your retirement!

  3. Instant fun..JUst add alcohol...
    That's what your last card said Chris and that's what you must do now your retiring!
    I enjoy every minute..I call in to see my friends ....but sooo lovely to come out again.
    FABulous card...LOve the image. LOve the colours with the hint of blue..

  4. love this... fab stamp

    Thanks for Joining us this week
    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"

  5. Simply fabulous! I adore!

    Rosi x

  6. Lovely card, such a gorgeous stamp! Hugs, Lisa x

  7. What a pretty the blue butterfly!!

  8. SO pretty! Thanks for joining us over at Brown Sugar! Candice, DT

  9. Just love this, so so pretty

  10. Wonderful, i love the stamp and the turquoise butterfly!

  11. Very Nice card!! Thamks for playing along with Brown Sugar!!
    Alice B.

  12. Love this card. So elegant! Love the stamp so beautiful! Thanks for playing along with Brown Sugar! Good luck!


  13. Hi Chris. I am a member of Songbird DT. Your cards are gorgeous and I have loved having a browse. I am now following you and will be back again. Enjoy Songbirds.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  14. Wow Chris, I love the CAS of your card. It is so very elegant. Thanks for playing with us at Brown Sugar and I hope to see you again next week.

  15. Hi Cris, this looks so elegant and magic. The butterfly gives the perfect finish as a little colour spot.

    Thank you very much also for your lovely comments on my blog.

    Hugs Claudia

  16. I love, love, love your black and white with a hint of baby blue! So cute! Thanks for playing with us this week at HIMCR!