Sunday, 12 September 2010

Enjoy the ride!

Hi everyone, hope you're all doing well. After last week's shock, I've picked myself up, dusted myself off and the fighting spirit has returned. I've been carrying on with making cards as it's been keeping my mind occupied so I have 3 cards to show you this week! I just hope there's no more bad news to come (we're seeing Mum's oncologist tomorrow). We did have some good news though as Mum saw her surgeon this week and he said that her wound finally looked like it might be healing so she wouldn't need an operation on it. He said he thought maybe she'd be able to start chemo in 2-3 weeks so we are praying that the oncologist agrees tomorrow.

Did you all see Strictly last night? I can't believe I missed the first one, we were late coming home from the football!! At least they seem to have a better line-up of people this year. I think I actually recognise all of them!

So anyway, onto my first card....

My sis moved house on Friday so this is a moving house card for her. She lives in Clifton and every year they have a hot air balloon fiesta there that they go to see but next year (due to the house move) they will actually be able to watch it from their roof terrace so I thought this card would be really apt and a bit different from all the usual moving house cards.

So the stamps are from the Everyday Button Bits from Papertrey Ink. The balloons are all on one stamp and the grass in a second stamp. They are a little tricky to colour if you want to do variations in colour but I decided to use brush markers as they were more accurate. Do you like how I coordinated the threads in the buttons to match the baskets?!! The papers are My Mind's Eye. The sentiment is from the PTI stamp set.

I'd like to enter this into 2 challenges:

Crafty Creations- transportation
Cute Card Thursday- play on words

Crafty stash used: Stamps (PTI); Brush markers; Nesties; Papers (My Mind's Eye); Assorted cardstock; Buttons (Bunny Zoe Crafts); Thread (Argos); Gems (Wild Orchid Crafts)

My second card is a Christmasy one. I love this image so much, especially the mousie with the scarf and gloves on! I coloured with watercolour pencils and outlined with a copic pen. The 2 papers are Fancy Pants and I did some machine stitching around the edge. The giant snowflake was recycled from an old Christmas card as was the little snowflake actually! The sentiment is a K&Co rub on.

Here is a little close-up

So I'd like to enter this into:

Simon Says Stamp- Holiday fun
Pollycrafts- Christmas with no red or green

Crafty stash used: Image (Penny Black); Watercolour pencils; Copics; Papers (Fancy Pants); Assorted cardstock; Stitching; Snowflake embellies (recycled); Rub on (K&Co); Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts)

And lastly a little Sizzix created card. I used the Bigz scalloped card die to make the card base. Paper is by Cloud 9 Design. I created Kendra using an assortment of papers and cardstock - I do love these die but they are SO fiddly!! Sentiment is a K & Co rub on again. The snowflake I won in some blog candy.

Crafty stash used: Scalloped card and Kendra dies (Sizzix); Papers (Cloud 9); Assorted cardstock; Sentiment (K&Co); Snowflake

Oooh, before I forget I got in the Top 3 at Winter Wonderland last week for my snowman card! Yay!

Hope you have a lovely week x


Jackie said...

What an adorable image, lovely card, thank you for sharing with us at Simons Says this week x

craftyb said...

3 gorgeous cards! I LOVE the hot air balloon fresh, colourful and FUN! Perfect for our Crafty Creations challenge! bx

PS Best wishes and extra prayers for your beloved Mum! bx

mforquer said...

Oh my gosh all of these are lovely! The balloon one for Crafty Creations is absolutely wonderful! I love those buttons for the balloons!!! Very clever and this is just adorable!

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

Oh how fun and cheery that hot air balloon card is! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations!

Nancy said...

What sweet cards! The mouse with the gloves & scarf is indeed a cutie!

Thank you for joining me & the other Design Team members for this week’s Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge & Blog Hop! We really appreciate you joining in with us!

Jules said...

Hi Steph

Good for you - pleased you have your fight back.

I will be thinking of your Mum and you tomorrow and hope the news is exactly what you want to hear.

Love your cards.

All are gorgeous but the first one is my favourite.

Take care.

Love Jules xx

TwoHeartsPath said...

Wow!! I particularly like the Hot Air Balloon Card, and the little Mouse Trio with the Lantern is just Adorable!! I Love the colors you chose for it also. Very Beautiful combinaton!!

girlia said...

Lovely card

Kim x said...

Very cute card, the mice are so cute.
Kim x

Vanja said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the buttons on the first one.
Thanks for joining us at CCT this week. :)

Hugs, Vanja

mckinkle said...

Hello Steph, I hadnt been around blogland much so missed your previous post.

I do hope the treatment your Mum will now be getting will set her back on a better course of health for a considerable length of time.

I know what you mean about hospital errors but youve now got your fighting head back on and with you behind her, Im positive that your Mum will do well.

I just love that moving home card, the beautiful hot air balloons and the buttons just finish it off perfectly. You are right, its really not the typical moving home image but it should be!

What a lovely collection of beautiful cards to browse, Ive thoroughly enjoyed myself and look forward to seeing your next set!

Sending big squeezes your way Steph,
Keryn xx

Clare said...

Hi Steph, im a newbie here and have been having a long look at your blog. Your cards are beautiful hun, you are one very talented lady.
I feel like i have a lot in common with you, illness, my Mum sadly passed over a year ago like your Dad and i look after my Dad like you with your Mum. I am so sorry to hear the terrible journey you are on at the moment, there are a lot of similarities between your situation and i can only tell you to keep your chin up and try stay positive, especially for your Mum. It is very hard to keep a balance between staying cheery and letting things get on top of you as stress so easily affects our own illness. Sending big prayers and hugs your way hun. Look forward to coming back and visiting very soon. Love Clare xxx

Sarita said...

Gorgeous cards Steph, you really have a way with putting colours together and have great taste in images!
I'll keep my fingers crossed for your mum Steph,
Love Sarita xx

Berenice R. said...

So adorable! :)

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