Hello there my crafty peeps, yes I have
indeed been missing in action. However, it has not been without good reason, and
I am here to catch you up as to why.
Firstly, I am no longer on any permanent
design teams at the moment as I have stepped down from Through the Classroom
Door. I had a wonderful time with all the amazing and very talented girlies over there, but it's
time for some fresh talent.
Secondly, I took a little vacation to St.
Lucia with my husband where we combined a destination wedding with some much
needed R & R. There was about 45 of us in total, and I must say that there
was certainly a lot of laughter and never a dull moment.
Sadly though, my well rested soul became very
stressed within a 24 hour period of my arrival home. My precious, beautiful and
very sweet Yorkshire terrier, Lucy, became very ill. Prior to leaving on our
trip she had been unwell, and we were in the investigation stages as to her
We had originally received a diagnosis of Cushing’s
disease, but it turned out that she in fact had been suffering from Leukemia
all along. Her prognosis was grim to say the least and we found ourselves in
the awful position of having to consider Euthanasia.
We walked down that dreaded lonely road and
said goodbye to Lucy this past Saturday. I haven’t been right since,
and I know it is only with the passing of time that will help heal my broken heart, From past experience, I
know only too well that it will in fact be a very long time.
I would like to share a
beautiful tribute to my beautiful Lucy that a relatively new friend took the
time to do for us.
I recently guest designed on
his blog, and when he heard about my loss it didn’t take him very long to
create something unique and very special for us.
I would like to share his
amazing creation, which is a combination of his gorgeous collage sheet "Flowers and Butterflies" and one of
my favorite photos of Lucy that was taken a few years back.
We were hanging out in the garden, something she loved to do, and if you can believe it, I
had caught her on many occasions actually smelling the flowers!
Needless to say I am extremely moved by his
kindness, especially because it is directed to a person he barely knows. I
guess we are all bonded universally when it comes to the love and loss of a
So my friends, I will be taking the time that
is needed to heal, and will likely continue to be away from my blog for a wee
while longer. However, I am intending to continue to guest design for Nicecrane
Designs from time to time, and likely continue to create personal cards for family and friend. I don’t want to fall away from
this much loved pastime or my connection to the outside crafty world and the friends I've made here.
In closing, thank you from the bottom of my heart Ignacio
for your unbelievable kindness. I will treasure this photo collage for a lifetime. I would also like to thank some other friends, and
you know who you are, for taking the time to contact me whether it be an email,
phone call, Facebook or impromptu drop in visit to make sure I am ok. Your care and
concern is truly appreciated.
has a very large selection of digital images created by many very talented Artists.
I did not own any of their images prior to this challenge, but make no mistake
when I say I will be visiting them often, and you should too!
challenge I was generously provided with this very cute image called “YUM”, which
speaks for itself!
created a C.A.S card for a change as I find some images just need to be front
and centre without any frills.
also challenged myself with this one too; given that I chose to make the cat black
and working with gray Copics to create black is still not my strong suit. I also attempted
to create the illusion of a real glass bowl using glossy accents.
I like the way it turned out, minus the orange fish bleeding into the cats eyes
after I applied said glossy accents. (So, no close up shots this week). However, I definitely still need to work
on creating black with any of the gray collections. You know the age old adage; practice makes perfect!
One thing I
did do different though was I used my Neutral collection of gray tone markers,
and I must say that I like working with them much better than the Cool
collection. Not sure why yet, but I just do.
So, I hope my
card this week has inspired you enough to join us this week, but if not perhaps
stopping by the blog and taking a peek at my fellow D/Teamies creations will.
I will be
entering my card in the following challenges:
I hope you've had the chance to read my last post indicating that the newest edition of the magazine is now
available. I equally hope you're busy catching up on your reading, ogling over the tons of inspiration and/or trying
your hand at the amazing tutorials that are within it!
If you missed
that post, no worries, just take a peek at the video at the top left sidebar
and you will see a little preview of it.
Home of Dustin Pike's Original Hand Drawn Graphics.
I have had the privilege of using Under Bear for my inspirational card this week...
I had a
ton of fun creating this card because it's for a very special little girl's approaching birthday and she loves teddy bears.
You might of seen some ofher handy work when we hung out over the Christmas / New Years holidays.
Anyway, I printed Under Bear onto Neenah card stock and then coloured it with my Copic Markers.
This is the
I used Kraft paper for the card base and scraps for the embossed pieces. The DP's are from MY MINE'S EYE "Hootenanny" Paper Pad. The sentiment I just cut out from one of the single sheets in the paper pad.
I used some stickles on Under Bear's heart patch and on the clear star stickpin. A little glossy accents, and a few pearls for that final touch.