Monday 10 June 2013

I'm Still Here!

Just encase you thought I'd forgotten you! LOL I am still here, I know it's been a while since you heard from me. I'm having a bit of a lull and it was with much regret that I resigned from a couple of DT's this week. Oldie But A Goodie which was the first DT I ever made a card for ) they have a new challenge starting today so don't forget to check that out) and Ladybugs Craft Ink which was like cutting an arm off to leave there!! I love you girls and I WILL BE BACK!

I just need a little time out to gather myself and try and put the fun back into crafting, which is what I have been doing this last week (yes it took me a whole week to make this card!)

I've been having a play with lots of stuff I've had for ages and not used like my Butterfly Edger. I kind of feel I might have thrown a little too much at this card but hey ho you live and learn! I think I like it - I reserve judgment for now.
I used the fabulous Magnolia Doo Hickey Feather die again, keep checking as it comes in and goes out of stock all the time!! I also used the Chocolate Box lace die too along the bottom this is a new favourite!! The image is one I bought last year too and never used from Mo Manning - Talk To The Bear - how cute is that lol and the papers if anyone is interested are First Edition. Those pads are such good value. I was saying to my friend Sue today I have sooooooooo much paper it's a crime! 
I absolutely must NOT buy anymore.

I did have a massive disaster making this, I'd just finished colouring in my image (over about 3 nights I think!) when I noticed I'd missed a bit of flesh under the bear's bottom, I picked up my E11 Copic and yanked off the top - forgetting I'd just refilled it and 2 of the biggest splodges of ink landed over my newly coloured image!! Thank goodness for the blender pen - it took me 2 more nights to get all the ink off and then fill in again so my shading is a bit dodgy on this on her top and arm, but I managed to keep it out the bin!!

Well I'm sure I've run on enough for one day.
I'm off to my Mums for a couple of days
Thank you for sticking with me

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie 

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Deep Ocean - For A Girl
Charisma - Lots of Layers
Mo Manning - Children's Challenge
Totally PaperCrafts - Punches & Dies
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Bingo (Pink, Pearls, Flowers)
Bunny Zoe's - Wings
Love 2 Create - Vintage/Shabby
Incy Wincy - Butterflies & Bows


kelly ledder said...

What a gorgeous creation, I love the colours you have chosen. Hope all is well xx

Kelly x

cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is brilliant love everything,you have put onto this hun,adore that feather die,know what you mean hun totally get you. I am finding it really hard at the moment,trying to keep everything going,but you take it easy hun and take care,love massive hugs Cherylxxxx oh have wonderful time with your mum xx

Desire Fourie said...

Welcome back and I know exactly what you mean with putting the fun back into being creative. When it becomes a chore its not fun anymore.
Your creation is amazing with so many beautiful details to feast the eyes on.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Sue said...

Stunning card Laurie. I love that cute image and your colouring looks fabulous - I never would have guessed about your little mishap! The papers and details are gorgeous, I especially like the butterfly edger.
Take care
hugs Sue xx

brenda said...

Needs must Laurie and you can only do so much, I too dropped a couple recently.

This card really is a work of art and so beautifully crafted.

B x

Christine L said...

Glad to know you're still around hon... just thought you were busy busy at work! Know the feeling about wanting to step back for a little while... our crafting is all about fun... not pressure!

LOVING this fab card... and there is no such thing as 'too much'!! All those fab dies... and that wonderful chocolate box punch (gotta have that one!)... not to mention the fab MO image... and yes.... I've also splattered across my image before now.... GRRRR!! And if I get silicone glue out... it seems to manage to get everywhere but where I actually want it!

Big hugs... enjoy your visit to your Mum..

Christine x

Brenda Brown said...

Hi Laurie, lovely to see this beautiful card, your colouring is always so beautifully done, you are a perfectionist my friend. Spooky as I resigned from two DTs yesterday for the same reason, not enough hours in the day to do it all and feelings of poor quality projects, so good on ya girl.
Have a lovely time with your mum and take care.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Kelly Lloyd said...

This gorgeous Laurie. Love those papers. Sorry you have stepped down from some of your DTs, hope crafting gets back to normal for you soon.
Hugs Kelly

Crea Astrid said...

What a beauty. Nice colouring and lovely details.

Hugs, Astrid.

Janice said...

Such a beautiful card Laurie. Love your new image and all those new dies. A great card and I am amazed you stuck with it after the inking disaster - I would have gone mental at that!!! Missing you already at the Oldies and can't see why you couldn't have thrown in a stitch or two on here and joined us!!! Hope you have an enjoyable break at your Mum's, Jx

Kerry said...

LOL...I think you've got everything but the kitchen sink on this one Laurie but I LOVE it all..makes it more interesting and I spot something different every time :-D LOVE the leaf die and the cabbage flower thingamajig. Yeah...I did notice you messed up her arm...NOT!!! Gorgeous coloring as always.

We are missing you big time but I take heart that you said ... and I quote...I WILL BE BACK. As it is in black and white and witnessed by everyone reading this post I'm going to hold you to it!! xxxxxx

Debs said...

What a stunner Laurie - the image is totally adorable and coloured to perfection. You can feel the love that has gone into this make for sure.
Hope you have a good few days with your Mum.
Would be great to catch up soon :o)
Have a wonderful day
Debs xx

Claire said...

Well Mrs it may have taken you a week, but it is a stunner - gorgeous image, minus splodges and a fabulous layout with all those gorgeous dies. We will miss you at OBAG. Have a lovely day. Hugs, Claire x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Laurie, I like the image the colours the flowers and the butterflies,
Kevin xx

Sue B said...

Oh Laurie this is divine!!!!!! Wowzer… I can really tell that you enjoyed making this card… the colours are SO beautiful… Ooh I love those papers!! (must resist…. must resist!! LOL) and the image is adorable… you have coloured it to perfection… I can't see any splodges… so you did very well saving it hun!! I love the feathers… and the butterflies look fab in the stripey paper… and I do love the chocolate box border… :-)) its a stunning card my friend!
Hope you have a nice time at your mum's!
Take Care
Love and hugs
Sue xx

Lisa Jane said...

Hey there Mrs ... another stunner and woweee i love that lacey border .
Hope you have a nice few days at your Mums ..say Hello from me .. ad you bet i will stick with you lol
Lisa xxx

Mau xx said...

Hi Laurie, yep! its all about fun girl. This is gorgeous and you must have so enjoyed making it. I love all the pretty detail on it.
Hope you are enjoying some Mum time, we mums love having our kids visit :))....yep you are still a kid in her eyes, I bet ya!
Huge Hugs Mau xx

Kathleen said...

You're a better man than I am GungerDin. I would have lost the will to live.
Turned out stunning though, love it.

Kath x

carol said...

oh WOW fabtastic creation, thanks so much for sharing your fab creation with us at TPC x Carol

Wendy said...

WOW! Laurie Love this card so much, it's adorable and absolutely gorgeous.
Enjoy your time with your Mum.
Hugs Wendy xx

Karen said...

WOW! Gorgeous, I love all the layers and details. Beautiful coloring. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends.


Mian said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous-love the image! Great use of dies and the flowers are soo beautiful!

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

Hugs Mian
Love to Create Design Team Member

Julie said...

Lol Laurie,or should I say Arnold S. like Kerry I saw the "I'll be back":D look forward to that! There are so many lovely elements on your card, can't believe the lace is a due cut,it's so effective! Glad you managed to save the image, I keep going heavy handed with my pencils, it's not so easy to rescue but if you have a trick for that I'd love to know! Hugs,Julie x

Mary J said...

A brilliant card Laurie - you made all those elements look fantastic together!!! I am rubbish with detail!

Fleur said...

A stunning card Laurie, thanks for joining our first challenge at A Creative Romance, I hope you'll join us again.
Big hugs Fleur xxx

mags said...

A gorgeous creation Laurie with so much lovely detail.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card, love your sweet image and pretty colours, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz, hugs, Sarah x

Cathy said...

Gee Laurie, I don't know what you would possibly want to remove from this beautiful card :) Love the image your chose and your coloring is gorgeous. Hope you get rested and back on track as I know the DT's are gonna miss you !!! Thanks for playing the Mo's Challenge this week.

Tammy said...

WOW Laurie this is gorgeous! I love that sweet image and it's colored beautifully, fabulous colors and dies!!
Hugs, Tammy

Kim Dellow said...

So pretty, gorgeous details. Kim

Crafteezee said...

I think we all have to take a step back now and then, something I am in desperate need of doing myself.
Your card is fabulous and definitely not too much from where I'm sitting, I love it.
Thanks for playing with us at BunnyZoe.
Hugs Tracy x

CuteNCrafty Mommy said...

This is adorable. Great job!
Thanks for joining us over at Charisma Cardz:)!
Great priced, fun digi paper
Tabitha's Designs
Come join us for a Fathers Day Challenge over at Craft Lovin Challenges!!!!

Deanne Saunders said...

Wow! A beautiful card!! Thanks for participating in our LOVE TO CREATE challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!

A Little Bit O' Paper

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

So beautiful I love the adorable image, the shape is gorgeous and those shades of pink and green are so beautiful, gorgeous butterflies, flowers and ribbon too, LOVE it, I hope you lull passes soon hun
Lindsay xx

Sheryl said...

This is amazing! Your colouring and embellishments show case the image perfectly. Great to have you with us at INCY WINCY this week.
Hugs Sheryl xx

Lisa Walsh @ said...

Hi Laurie,
This is a beautiful design. I know what you mean about feeling a little reserved with something you've just created. It has happened with me with my last design. I like it but I don't lol. Yep, totally understand with the Copics...but lets bow to the blender pen lol :) I think you have done a fab job & the colouring looks great :) Hugz, Lisa

Dreamtime Designs:

Louise said...

Stunning card and love all the details.
Louise xx

Unknown said...

Beautiful card!! Love all your extra touches!! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge!!
Zenita (aka Scrappinwith'Z)
DT member Love to Create Challenge

sue w. said...

Hi Laurie, this is fabulous, I love it. This image is such a cutie and the colours together are super. Love the feathers.
There are never enough hours in the day are there hun!
Hugs Sue W.

Donna Ellis said...

What an adorable card, with very pretty coloring, and just marvelous layers and embellishments! Beautiful! Congratulations on your win at Incy Wincy - I noticed it while doing the Feline Playful winners, and had to pin your card. Beautiful! hugs, de
{Creative Smiles}

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful card - great coloring!!!

Sharon said...

Wow Laurie, so gorgeous. I love everything about this card and I don't think it is overdone in any way. It's just perfect.
Hugs Sharon x

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

So gorgeous, fabulous shape and such a cute image, I love those shades of pink and green together and the die cut feathers and butterflies look gorgeous, beautiful flowers and layout too, love it
Lindsay xx

Melanie said...

Your card is absolutely wonderful...


Helga said...

One word to your fantastic card :
Hugs Helga

Lisa Minckler said...

Well I gasped on the last one, but I'm double gasping!! I'm amazing at the style and design. How do you mail these? No matter, whatever it is you do, you amaze me. Your style is totally captivating!
Lisa x