Huge thanks to Sharon for this. It’s the Wylde Women Award & in Sharon’s words, the purpose of it is to send love to & acknowledge women who brighten your day, teach you new things & live their lives with generosity & joy. I’ve seen this award on other blogs & I love it; I never thought someone would think I deserved it, when I’ve been blogging for such a short time. As per the rules, I now have to pass this on & I’m happy to do so.
The Wylde Women rules are:
1. You can give this award to any number of fabulous women you choose.
2. Make sure you link to their site.
4. Remember the purpose of the award.
So, I would like to send it to……
Jen for her wonderfully witty commentaries.
Geraldine for being such a friend to my mom & for all the gorgeous crafting goodies she sends me.
Claire for her gorgeous photographs of Ireland & her beautiful crafting creations.
Janet for a brilliant blog & for creating Max & Milly – they are so cute!
Kathleen for being such a terrific member of the Docrafts forum & for sharing lots of card-making hints & tips.
The following people don’t have blogs, but they definitely deserve this award too – Kelly, Jen & Sarita. They are wonderful friends & have been incredibly supportive since my diagnosis.
Once again, thank you to Sharon & here’s to Wylde Women everywhere!
Love & light.
Over a week ago I was tagged by Sharon & I’ve been thinking about it ever since. While I think it’s a nice idea & it was good of her to think of me, posting seven facts about myself makes me very uncomfortable, for various reasons. To begin with, I can’t think of seven & the ones I can think of make me very depressed, as they are a clear indicator that I’m not living the life I want to live. And I’m never going to be able to live that life. I don’t share these things with my closest friends & I’m not prepared to put them into Blogger Land! Therefore, they are best ignored. As tagging is supposed to be fun I don’t want to spoil it for others & I’ve decided to opt out. Hopefully Sharon will forgive me.
On a lighter note, one of the best blogs I’ve found is http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/ , I defy anyone not to smile – sometimes you may laugh out loud, sometimes gasp in horror – at these creations & Jen’s commentary is always wonderfully witty.
Love & light.
A few more cards have been received by the people I made them for, so I can post them here. Maybe I’m odd, but if I make a card for someone I prefer them to actually have it before they see it on a website.
The LO for this one came from a card Sarita in California showed me. She is always sending me lovely crafty bits, including a fantastic set of stamped images last week, so I thought I’d make her a thank you card using this LO. I changed it to landscape format because the Tilda image is quite big. The backing paper is a piece of vellum attached with pink brads. The striped paper is DCWV & the purple paper is my second attempt at heat embossing! I used Pearl Plum embossing powder from Fun Stamps. I coloured Tilda with Whispers pens & then used Anita’s 3D glaze. The thank you tile was a freebie from an edition of Papercraft Inspirations a few months ago & I think the ribbon was from Readicut. The little butterfly is from K & Co & was something else from Sarita, as was the swirly stamp!
This card is for Jen. Sarita sent me the gorgeous image & when I saw I immediately thought of this lovely Joanna Sheen paper. I coloured the image with Whispers pens – yes, I love them! One of these days I’m going to try water-colouring with them. I used a gold pen for the necklace & bracelet & a tiny piece of red glitter glue on the collar. As I was making the card I did think I would be adding flowers to it, but once it was assembled I could see that the image & paper were too detailed & flowers would spoil it, so I just added little pieces of ribbon to finish it. Sarita sent me two of these images, so I’m looking forward to trying different colours on the other one. Hope you like these cards, thank you for looking. Love & light.
This is the card I made for the September friendship swap at doCrafts. I’ve never tried pink & brown before, but they are a terrific combination. I matted a piece of brown cardstock onto an A5 deckle-edged, hammered card, then layered the two squares on top; I cut them from a double-sided 12 x 12 sheet from Capture The Magic, it’s called ‘Betty Tuxedo’. I coloured Tilda with Whispers pens – I doubt a bird this colour exists in nature, but that’s what you call artistic licence! There’s faux stitching around the scalloped edge of the circle & I attached it with 3D sticky pads to give a little depth to the card. The ribbons, flowers, gold brad, adhesive gems are from my stash & the motif is from a QVC kit. Initially, I thought this Tilda was a little too wintery for the time of year, but the mornings & nights are so chilly now that it seems quite appropriate.
I’m still going out at night with food for the birds & the hedgehog. Even though I haven’t seen the hedgehog since last week I’m hoping it’s still there, because the slugs in my garden are ENORMOUS!! There was one on the patio the other night & it was FOUR INCHES LONG!! That is not an exaggeration, I promise. Ugh! They give me the creeps & because of the birds I won’t use slug pellets, except for a few around my hostas, which are in pots. So I’m hoping Hedgie sticks around & helps him/herself to as many slugs as he/she can find!
The grass is going to have to be cut again & soon, it seems to grow an inch every night, the buddleja needs to be cut back & there is so much weeding to be done before everything settles down for the winter. However. I spent almost two hours in the Lymphedema Clinic on Monday morning & I now have to wear a compression sleeve all day, every day. It is quite possibly the ugliest thing I have ever seen, it’s a nightmare to get on & it hurts like ……anything! I was also told to be a good girl & take care not to do too much with the arm. A while ago I found a website with a training programme for doing 100 push-ups & I really want to do it, but when I asked the nurse if I could start the programme she laughed at me. So that’s a no then? It’s also a no to lifting anything heavy, including weights, no to swinging the arm when walking or running, no to any repetitive movement. Today I was at the hospital for blood tests to see what’s happening since the end of the chemo & the radiotherapy, I’ve got two weeks to wait for the results. I’m determined not to turn this blog into a whinge-fest, so all I will say is that I’m finding it very difficult to deal with how my body has let me down. Anyway, enough, this is supposed to be about the joy of card-making, no more waffling from me!
Love & light.
I’m using this card for two challenges at doCrafts:
1. ABC Open Challenge – E for embellishments
2. Tilda Magnolia Challenge – Autumn
Maybe it’s cheating a little, but it gives my brain a rest!
I coloured Tilda with Whispers Dual Tip Brush pens & then covered her with Anita’s 3D Glaze – I obviously used a little too much, because the colour has run slightly!
The dark gold backing paper & the ribbons are from Sarita in California, the stamps are from Jen in Washington – state that is! And the jewelled brad in the centre of the flower is from Jen’s friend, Rachel. Thus, the American connection! Thank you to all of them for contributing to my crafting addiction! 🙂 The flowers are paper & I coloured them with dark green, russet brown & gold pens. I then used a dark gold glitter glue on the middle flower. I considered adding more flowers, but I think that would be OTT. The paper I used for the matting & layering is a double-sided 12″ x 12″ sheet from Capture The Magic. They had a sale a while ago & I got some great papers for very little. The tiny gold flowers brads are from my stash.
News from my garden – the birds are definitely back & the other night, when I went out to refill the feeders I disturbed a hedgehog! I don’t know who was more surprised, me or it! It will probably be hibernating soon, so now I have to make sure I leave food out every night so that it builds up its fat stores! As if I don’t have enough to think about!
Love & light to everyone