Saturday, 14 September 2013


Hello Everyone

Brrrrr, Autumn has definitely arrived here with us this week - the heating is on!

Sorry I was MIA last week but since last Thursday I have had the most horrible few days :( 

I had to put my Sister's beautiful cat "Paddy" to sleep last Thursday, and she doesn't know yet as she is on holiday and not back until this weekend!  For those of you who know me, you will know how much I just adore cats, especially my Winston :o) and I was the one who chose Paddy for my Sister from our local RSPCA nearly 14 years ago - I am just heart-broken :(( 

Then my best friend sent me a text on Wednesday morning to say that her Brother had passed away - he was only 54 and was diagnosed with brain cancer just 8 weeks ago.

Finally, one of my dealers passed away on Thursday at the ripe old age of 48!!!! What!  He was diagnosed with stomach cancer just three weeks ago and now he's not here!  He leaves behind a wonderful family with three children, 2 girls aged 21 and 11 and the most gorgeous little boy aged just 2!  I just can't believe it - I am just shocked and I am angry - I just don't understand why

I'm surprised that I have managed to make a card this week, but I tucked myself away in my craft room to take my mind off everything and have put one together.

So, it's challenge time over at Totally Gorjuss and our theme for this challenge is "Stripes" - yup, we want to see stripes on your creations and you could be in with a chance to win a voucher to spend in our Sponsor's store, who this week is Crafter's Companion.

Here is the card I have made:

The recipe for the card is:

Papers:  Bazzill - Miss Teagen Sue 
Stamp:  Bildmalarna - Little Winged Friends - Leaf
Sentiment Stamp:  Whimsy - Everyday Button Collection
Sentiment Die:  Whimsy - Button Die
Roses Die:  Die-namics - Large Rolled Rose and Mini Rolled Roses
Daisy Die:  Die-namics - Rolled Daisy
Butterfly Die:  Die-namics - Butterflies
Leaves Die:  Memory Box - Tender Leaves
Self-Adhesive Pearls:  The Hobby House

I have coloured the image with a mix of Copic and Twin Touch (TT) as follows:

Skin:  E21 E00 E000 / R20 R30 (cheeks)
Hair:  TT - BR99 BR116 BR115
Dress:  E97 E95 YR00 YR000
Top, Trousers, Socks:  E53 E51 E50
Shading:  W5 W3 W1

I have outlined the image with Pumice Stone Distress Ink
The papers have been edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink

I wanted to show you a close-up image of the flowers - these are just so easy to make and it makes life so much easier when you want to co-ordinate the colours:

And that's it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Ta ta for now.


scrappymo! said...

I am so sorry for all you and the poor families are going through. So hard for the wives and children.

Your card is lovely. Sweet image and lovely design.

Sue said...

Sending you more hugs Hazel.
Your card is gorgeous, such an adorable image and I love the papers and fabulous flowers.
Take care
hugs Sue xx

ellyscard creatief said...

This are trually horrible days Hazel.
Wish you and the familys all the Blessings and stringht you need.
Gr Elly

Janine said...

So sorry to hear about the heartbreaking week you've had. Sending you big hugs xx
Your card is gorgeous and the autumnal colours are lovely.
Hugs, Janine x

vicki said...

Ahh hazel I'm so sorry to read your extremly sad news, and sending you the biggest hugs. I will never understand life sometimes it's very difficult.

You have done a lovely job with your card and I'm glad it took your mind off things for a bit that's the great thing about crafts.

I hope your ok
Vic x

bluebell-flowerwood said...

hello I like this card,have not seen that sort of texture before. crafting hugs bluebell-flowerwood.

rachel said...

oh Hazel - I'm so sorry to hear about all of your bad news - its been an awful week for you and to manage such a beautiful card is amazing. Crafting is such a wonderful gift - especially helping us through difficult times. I'm sure your sister will understand too - big hugs Hazel xxx

Kelly Lloyd said...

So sorry to hear of all the bad news hazel. Such a shame for all the Freinds and family. Sending big hugs... X
You card is beautiful as always xx

Wendy L said...

So sorry for all your sad news, 3 lots so that should be it now.
This card is totally gorjuss too. xxxx

Lisa West said...

Big Hugs Hazel, it sounds like you have had a really tough week. Fabulous card. xxx

fabiola jaques said...

mais quel amour...ces couleurs sont tellement douces et si agréables, biz

Liselot said...

Hi Hazel,

Wow, you had a very sad week, a bit too much for one week.
Your card is lovely as usual, wish you all the best.

Pop's Cards said...

I absolutely love this gorgeous creation love the colours :0) and the daisy you made too, hugs Pops x x x

Shazza said...

what a lot of bad news, sending hugs. Gorgeous card x

Donna Mosley said...

Gorgeous card Hazel, love the sweet image and pretty design. So sorry to hear all you sad news hun.

Donna x

Kathleen said...

Wonderful card, lovely colours and fabulous embellishments.
Well done for making such a beautiful creation under the circumstances.

Best Wishes

Kath x

coops said...

so sorry to hear your sad news thoughts go out to all those affected.
your card is so gorgeous, i love your autumnal colours and fab sweet image.

xx coops xx

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

So pretty card Hazel, love colors and details. hugs, Helena

KathR said...

Hazel, so sorry to hear about all the sad things that have happened to you in the last week, sending you a cyber hug!..., and yet you still managed to make such a pretty card.,...
Hugz Kath...xx...

Lynne in NI said...

Awww sorry to hear all your sad news Hazel, sending {{hugs}}
Beautiful card as always, I'm glad you were able to distract yourself with your crafting xx

Craftdee said...

What a horrible time you've had, nothing compared with the families of the two young men involved of course, but hard to deal with nonetheless. I don't envy you re your sister's cat either... we had one of my mum's dogs stolen when we were looking after them many years ago and felt so responsible, then my Father in Law died the first day my son was away overseas with my Mum and Dad when he was 12 - we decided not to tell them until they came back, as there was nothing they could do - of course we'd even had the funeral by then so my son felt a sense of dislocation from it all, all very "damned if you do. dammed if you don't" stuff! I'm sure this week will feel so much better, even if it's ordinary :-) I love your card, I'm going to have to get one of those rolled roses dies, then again I "have to get" a lot of dies, lol, Donna xx

marion said...

Love your sweetness in this card and your choosen colours, hugs, Marion

Jennifer said...

Awww, she is so sweet! Wonderful colouring and paper combo and the lovely flowers and butterflies are so precious to!

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Gorgeous card Hazel. Love the flowers, perfect! Such a gorgeous Bildmalarna stamp too. Just bought this one, need to get it inked up. Not sure it'll see quite your colouring mojo though! LOL. Hope newly-wed life is treating you well. Hugs, Wends xxx

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Went back and re-read your post hunny. Missed the bit about how horrid your past week was the first time through! Awful, awful time. So sorry you've had such heart-ache all at once. Hope your sis won't be too upset on her return from holiday and well, there are no words for the loss of those young men. My daddy was only 56 when he passed away and my baby sister was 12. Far too young! He has been sorely missed every year since his passing and this year it was 13 years ago. Feel for you deeply hun and hope there is some sunshine around the corner for you. Big hugs, Wends xxx