Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Feeling blue...

Hi  everyone

 Here's a card made for those in need of a boast. There's nothing worse than feeling under the weather and I should know, this year has been a total nightmare so far. What with illness and personal loss, I'm finally over my chest infection and flu and then our darling little pug passed away yesterday . It broke all our hearts to lose him,  it has been really hard for me today without my 13 year old shadow following me from room to room , it's amazing how such a little dog can leave such a big hole in your heart ...I feel that someone somewhere is testing my resolve to the limits. (There goes my new years resolution to be more possitive this year down the drain!!)

Thank goodness I can lock myself away in my craft room upstairs and escape from the real world once in a while...

Its freezing cold in Surrey, England today but the snow has held off for the moment. Hopefully it will stay away long enough for hubby and I to visit the Stitch and Creative Craft show at Sanddown park, Esher. Surrey on Friday. It will be good to see the girls from J and C Creations there and have a chin wag, though I hope they have had a better start to the year than me!!

Anyway less moaning and back to today's card .

Step 1
To make this card I took a grey 6'' square card blank and cut away half of the top leaf of the card to create a 'half gate fold' which I matt and layered with blue and peach patterned paper inside and out, I then added some more patterned squares one on the front leaf and one in the bottom right hand corner.

 Step 2
 my topper was cut using a spellbinders floral oval die and then run through an dotty embossing folder , my umbrella was cut on my cricut from the 'sweethearts' cartridge and again run through an embossing folder to create the flower pattern. I used Rangers glossy accents to create the rain drops and inked the edge with a Tim Holt's 'Broken China' blue ink pad. This was then added to the front of the card over hanging the top leaf

Step 3
I added some silk flowers and swirls to the bottom left corner and some little pearl embellishments to the top and added a sentiment on the topper. I didn't have a stamp for this so I used silver peel off letters to say 'under the weather?'

Step 4
when all of that was done I coloured the flowers on my umbrella with a blue promarker and added a little blue glitter glue.

Step 5
 I also added some corners cut from a Marianne corners die to the inside and decorated them with blue gems and added a second sentiment in silver peel offs inside that reads 'Wishing you a speedy recovery'

items used
 6'' grey card blank
white card
umbrella diecut
Di-namics fancy flourish die
Marianne corner die
Spellbinders floral oval die
Spellbinders square  fleur de lis dies
2 patterned embossing folders
Patterned paper

Silver peel off letters
Tim Holts 'broken china ink pad
 Silk flowers, pearls, gems ,glitter glue to embellish

So there you have it folks ,  I'm sorry if you find today's post sad but this blog isn't just about cards, its about my life and loves and so today is a sad day, I won't tempt fate by saying things can only get better as sometimes they don't , I just hope they get easier  xx

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges
EmergencyCrafters/ New years resolutions
SandysCraftyCreations/blue and white
Sparkles monthly challenge #40/flowers an diecuts
Thanks for visiting xx


  1. This is a beautiful card Tracey Anne, your layout and use of dies is gorgeous. Thank you for joining in with Emergency Crafters this time. I am so sorry to read that your dog has passed away, I know how much we become attached to our pets, Carole Z X

  2. Oh sorry to hear about your dog. I hope the year improves for you soon. Blessings -x-

  3. First, I'm so sorry about the loss of your pug. They are the sweetest little dogs. I had one and my mom too and we were so sad when both passed away after having them for 12 and 13 years. I still miss my sweet little Murphy girl. Second, your card is wonderful! I love the umbrella and the fold with the beautiful scroll work oval. Simply stunning! Thanks so much for joining my challenge!
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  4. So sorry about your dog. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. Hope the year picks up for you. Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.

    Hugs Helen xx


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