Saturday, 28 January 2012

Unemployment Ends

Hello Readers,

After a six week spell of unemployment since being made redundant I am pleased to report that I will be starting a new job next week. I will be working back at Gatwick (can't imagine working anywhere else after 27 years there) but in a different field. I was so pleased to learn that I had been successful for this position as there were no less than five interview stages and I really felt as if I'd earned it.
I applied for two jobs before I was laid off and I was lucky enough to be offered both of them, not bad for an old bird! I do feel exceptionally fortunate considering that there are 2.69 million unemployed in this country.

So bearing in mind that I will be on a training course for the next few weeks I got some crafting in today. I'm not mad about this card, I looked through all my stamps hoping one would jump out and grab me, but none did so I settled for a set I'd not used for a while. It didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped but I really couldn't be arsed to do it again. Mojo is missing.
I'm entering three challenges this week.

Less is More - Sketch

Simply Stampin' - Colour challenge

Challenge up your Life - "THANKS"

The colours I used aren't SU and therefore differ slightly from those in the graphic and also I had to use my flash which has not given a correct colour representation. The blue I used is more petrol blue, all stamps are SU,(now retired I think) and the panel is positioned with sticky fixers although this does not show in my snap.

I've had a busy old week getting lots of jobs completed before I'm back to the grind but had a fab night out at the local theatre where I saw That'll Be The Day. I didn't really know what to expect as Dad booked it but the performers were excellent and as most of the music was 50's/60's/70's it was right up my street.

I gather from the weather forecasters that they are expecting arctic conditions here soon, it was certainly parky enough when I ventured down the tip earlier. Not cold enough though to prevent Galanthus Nivalis from popping their heads up in my garden.

Thanks to everyone for their comments on my last post, I really enjoy reading them all.
Off now to make a plum crumble.

Fiona xx


  1. I'm so pleased to hear your news Fiona and wish you well in your new job. It must be such a relief too.
    A stunning card and just love it's elegant simplicity.
    The plum crumble sounds really yummy - save some for me lol!
    Enjoy your crating time.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  2. Congrats on your new job Fiona, it sounds as though you really did earn it!
    This is great and even if you're not too keen, I think it looks super.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  3. Great card, I love those colours togther, may have to try that combo myself if you don't mind.

    Congratulations on your new job, wishing you all the best and enoy that yummy sounding crumble too! xx

  4. i love it!! and congrats on the new job!!

    jen xx

  5. I think your card is terrific Fiona
    Huge congrats on your new job..good luck
    Much appreciated, thank you
    "Less is More"

  6. Well done Fi, what great news.
    I have had no job since last July (my Playgroup closed due to a lack of demand, so know what it's like)

    I was delighted to be offered a job on a first interview for 26 years and 42 people were interviewed that week. Due to a start date which I couldn't meet (still at the group), I had to turn it down, but I was chuffed with myself and so you should be too.
    Hope you still get free time to craft as your cards are lovely and so is your latest, great colours for the set pallet too. Dxx

  7. This is a fab card Fiona - and using the very first stamp set I bought! Congratulations on getting the job - I'm so pleased for you and glad that you'll still be able to be Fifi too! Vicky x

  8. Gorgeous card Fiona. Congrats on your job - you must be so relieved!

  9. This is my second attempt, not sure if Blogger accepted the first one.
    Beautiful card and congrats on your new job
    Beryl x

  10. This is a fab card, those colours look swell on your design :) Congrats on your new job too.
    Jenny x

  11. Loving your CAS design! Thanks for joining in at the Simply Stampin' Challenge this week! Kirei x

  12. It's gorgeous Fiona! Congrats on the job, hope it all goes well for you
    Margaret x

  13. A new job, well done you!! So glad you decided to try our challenge even though you don't have the right colours, thats what its all about! Great CAS card, Thanks for joining us this week at Simply Stampin.
    Kelly xx

  14. Super card Fiona, those colours look reat on the kraft. Big congrats on the job too! xx

  15. Congratulations on your new job! Your card is beautiful, wonderfully CAS.

  16. your card is soo pretty, fiona!!! congrats on the new job! :)

  17. I think this card is lovely and the colours are brilliant. Congrats on the new job :)

  18. Very lovely card! The colours are really great together!

  19. I love the colours and the card. Congrats onthe new job.

  20. Great news on your job. Lovely card and fab colours. x

  21. Congratulations on the new job - the recruitment process sounds ridiculously lengthy, well done for making it through as the winner!
    I like your card, understated and pretty.
    Aahhh, snowdrops, don't you just love it when they pop up? xxxx

  22. Great news on the job Fiona - congratulations.
    Nice card - simple clean lines - love it xxx

  23. Congrats on getting the new job! Love the colors you've chosen for your card this week! Very pretty!

  24. Hope al went well today Fiona, and 2012 will be a good year for you. Love the card.


  25. Love the simplicity! Very cute! Thanks for joining in the SSC! x

  26. Congrats on your new job!
    Your card is absolutely stunning! I like the colours and the c&s-style!
    Thanks for playing with us at Challenge up your life!

  27. Love your card so much! C&S and elegant. Well done.
    Thanks for joining us at Challenge up your life!
    Have a nice day.

  28. Hola Fiona, congrats for your new job!!!in this times is a really treasure, in Spain we have 5 millions unemployed, a very big problem.
    Very elegant card Fiona, i love these colours and fantastic stamps, well done:D
    A warm hug from Palma

  29. Such a lovely CAS card Fiona and great job on the colours and the sketch! Thanks so much for joining us at Simply Stampin' and I hope you find time to share your work with us again very soon!

    Congrats on the new job, hope it brings happiness and success your way! Ruth x

  30. Great news about the job Fiona :o) Your card is lovely too, just adore that colour combo together.
    Sandra xx
    (...and 'yes' my big sister is Elizabeth. Did you know her well at school??)

  31. Better late than never! Me commenting I mean, not you getting a job

    Enjoy frisking the hunky men

    Love the colours of the card.

    Where's your messy desk Mrs?

  32. So pleased to hear about your new job! I love your card, so classy. x

  33. Your card is lovely. Congratulations on the new job, hope it goes well. I've got snowdrops in my garden too, really cheer you up on a miserable day.
    Jo x

  34. Plumb crumble? That sounds divine.


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