Sunday, 22 December 2019

I did it and an entry for Allsorts

Yesterday was Black Belt grading for our Karate club. There were students attending from Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and further north too. It lasted 3 hours and divided roughly into 3 sections: Combinations, Kata  and Kumite. I am very happy to say that not only did I survive, but I was awarded my Shodan Ho black belt at the end of it.
There were 5 of us going for our first black belt from our local class (four pictured above). We all made the grade and passed. I was very grateful to be cheered on by my hubby, daughter and partner and my niece. It wasn't very warm in there if you were sitting down or not moving about!
Meg had my camera and was able to take a few action shots. As you can see, I wasn't getting cold or sitting down 😆

Here I am bowing to our Sensei, receiving my belt and certificate. Edit: I am 4ft 11" and he is 6ft 8"
My lovely niece had bought me a present which she gave me...
Today is a very laid-back day. I have paid a brief visit to one of my training buddies dojos to take her a little gift to say thanks for her support. Other than that I am chilling, watching the squirrels in the garden and contemplating what is left to do for Christmas besides baking.
I can certainly find the time to enter a card at Allsorts this week where the theme is Anything goes. I am sharing the Christmas card I made for Meg. It is one of my usual Inkylicious scenes featuring some of my favourite stamps. I used my ink dusters and a mixture of Distress inks and Memento inks. The tree and deer were stamped in versafine Clair.
Thanks for looking and I hope your Christmas preparations are going very well. If I don't manage to pop in again before the big day,  have a wonderful Christmas!


cuilliesocks said...

Firstly Sally Big Congratulations on gaining your black belt, a super acheivement, well done to you. Love the tee shirt, and standing beside your sensi, you do indeed look small, he must be incredibly tall.
As for your card it's stunning, beautifully coloured and designed, lovely die that you've placed the scene on, love it, Kate x x

Helen said...

Congratulations! you are either tiny or your sensi huge, or maybe a bit of both! Love the tshirt from Meg. You have shared a gorgeous card.

Pat said...

Congratulations on getting your black belt Sally, a wonderful achievement and love all the action shots which your daughter captured beautifully. Talking about beautiful things this is a gorgeous atmospheric scene with the large moon and framed by the berry covered branches at the front and love the deer and tree. A great card for Meg. x

Kathleen said...

HUGE congratulations Sally, very well done indeed, love the photo of you and your Sensei.

A beautiful card, fantastic scene and gorgeous images. Thank you for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Allsorts.

Kath x

Viv said...

Brilliant Sally! Congratulations.
Lovely card
Wishing you all Happy Christmas!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Congratulations. Gorgeous scenic card

brenda said...

Well done my friend, I told you you'd pass with flying colours, the top photo brought a real smile (of the nicest kind) and tour Niece found the prefect quote to sum it all up.

And a great card for our Allsorts challenge, many thanks for sharing and joining in. Wishing you and your a Peaceful and Happy Christmas and my thanks for your support of your challenge this year.

B x

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! Sally, HUGE COngratulations, a black belt is not easy to achieve, really well done, your niece had the perfect quote and love the colours on the T shirt.

A beautiful card I love all the stamping and the shapes, it's gorgeous.
Have a wonderful Christmas
Faith x

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous card and thank you for joining us at Allsorts, xxxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Congratulations Sally. Such a beautiful Christmas card.

Sue xx

R's Rue said...

Great job.

Linby said...

Congratulations on your grading!
Beautiful card - a fabulous scene.
Thanks for joining in with my challenge this week at Allsorts.
Lynn x

Mummylade said...

Such a bright and lovely project. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts!