Let it snow…

… Actually not a reference to how cold it’s been this week at times, but a reference to the first christmas card I’ve made this year! It was for a Mojo Monday contest – MOJO235. I bought some papers from Shery K Designs – including the Winter Mega Collection and the designs just seemed ready made for this challenge. Of course they weren’t, and it actually took quite some time to set up a print and cut in inkscape, but now it’s done, I think these will be used for christmas this year.

Anyway – here’s my card – Happy Christmas!

When is a Black Cat not a Black Cat?

When it’s a weasel!

I bought my Cougar from Dawn at Thyme Graphics about 18 months ago now – and I’ve never looked back! Yes, there was a huge learning curve, no it hasn’t been all plain sailing, but throughout, the Black Cat forum has been my safety net – any questions I’ve asked have been answered, my work has been praised and I feel the support that Dawn and the forum offer is second to none.

Recently Dawn’s business partner has decided that he no longer wants Dawn! They started up together, and whilst I don’t know the full extent of the agreements between them, I do know that it is Dawn who answered all my queries, sent me the machine and provided all the support I’ve needed – the only time I have interacted with Colin was when I purchased a signcut dongle from him – and whilst I might be biased, he took him ages to respond to my queries (he only got back to me when Dawn pushed him) and I felt vaguely unsatisfied by the whole transaction. Now the brand is succesful because Dawn has laid all the groundwork, he wants all the benefit and has tried cutting Dawn out of the company. I believe she now owns the company, but Colin has tried all manner of underhand tricks to prevent her from selling the cougars – each attempt has been thwarted by legal means, but unfortunately for Dawn he owns the BlackCatCutters web site, where he is now claiming that if you buy from Dawn you will not be able to get spares or support within the next few months and he is claiming that he is the only supplier.

I can tell you that this is rubbish – if you see his web site and click on a link to take you to a distributor, it goes nowhere (like his claims), the blurb he has even says he will only offer 3 months support and only to direct purchases. Dawn will give you support for this machine as long as she has breath in her body, and even supports those people who buy their machines second hand!! How many companies do you know that would do this!

Dawn has had to change the name of the Black Cat Forum due to various problems, but her main website Thyme Graphics remains the same. The Black Cat Forum is now http://www.blackcatforumuk.com.

If you decide you want a Cougar – buy from Dawn, not Colin – there’s no two ways about it!

Mojo Monday, well Wednesday anyway!

This weeks Mojo Monday challenge can be seen here – this week the challenge is to make a square or circle shaped card, but, hey, it’s nearly Easter so I’ve made an egg shaped card! I used the Scalloped Egg freebie from SVGCUTS and the chicken is from Lettering Delights’ Chicken Fat and Alley Cat graphics set which I printed and contour cut on my black cat. I dug out my Big Shot for the first time in ages to emboss the eggs.

A night down the pub…

… for a 30th birthday celebration. We gave our friend a very cute stone owl and this card;

I used the Twitter Park svgs from Lettering Delights, some WRMK papers and bazzil/american cardstock.

We had a fun night, although I was the designated driver and we had to sit outside, oh well.

Not so Mojo Monday….

I’ve did another card this week for Mojo Monday – but think my Mojo is a bit lacklustre this week.

Another Mojo Monday….

Hot on the heels of Saturday’s effort, I thought I’d do another Mojo Monday challenge – Mojo229 this time. A thank you card made from more We R Memory Keepers paper…

Mojo Monday

I recently came across this site – Mojo Monday. It’s seems like a great way to get some inspiration and break the mold – often I find I layer my cards the same way. Here’s the result of my first attempt at a Mojo Monday challenge;

As you can see, it’s a 40th birthday card – for a man as well, which I always find especially challenging! I was quite please with the results.

The papers were from some ‘We R Memory Keepers” packs I picked up for 50p in TK Maxx (each containg about 10 sheets of paper and some embellishments – bargain!).

I should say this was for the MOJO228 challenge.