Monday, 10 September 2012

Goodbye summer

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I haven’t had the time to write a post so this is a little longer than my usual. 
Last weekend we were at the Paralympics…What an amazing experience. Until this year I hadn't taken much notice of the Olympics let alone the Paralympics and when we got some tickets to attend I was looking forward to seeing the Olympic site and hadn't thought much about the events themselves having not previously watched them or being a sporty type…it was awesome.The participants are definitely inspiring and the determination and spirit shown by the athletes was outstanding; they obviously put so much commitment and time into there training and chosen sport and the sheer determination and courage to compete to the finish line was phenomenal. We saw several track and field events and some medal ceremonies including a few British which was a real bonus...The whole atmosphere during events and the cheers of the crowd was at times overwhelming and quite emotional. I can only imagine how proud the athletes their family, friends and coaches must have felt. I'm so fortunate that I had the opportunity to attend and look forward now to future games with a new found respect and admiration for the contestants. It was one of my best days out ever, and the wonderful memories will last forever. 

As for card making there hasn't been much of that as it’s also been a very busy week at work with several late finishes again. Hopefully In the next few months the staffing will improve, I will get my evenings back and the husband will stop having takeaways and ready meals for tea most nights!. 
I started several cards last night and spent some time making cards with my daughter, its nice to do something together which we both enjoy; although she has a very modern clean style compared to my the ‘more the merrier’. The summer has went so quickly and she is off back to university today it only feels like she just got here and its been almost 3 months !!! has been a very quick summer; I will miss having her around, not long to Christmas though and she will be back again, its her final year so who knows what next year will bring or where she will be. 
I finished this pretty card using a Sarah Kay Stamp 'Picnics of Daisies'; I went for mainly pastel blues with some pink. As usual I used my Promarkers and quite like the colouring especially her little face and rosy cheeks. I used mainly leftover papers as my stash is growing each time I make a card…I don’t seem to throw much away! and I use a lot of blues (it’s my favourite colour).The papers used where all freebies, the white with blue polka dot paper was a free download from Part of a hearts and dots set which has a great range of colours that I've used often.

I used the following materials:
·                     White scalloped card
·                     Blue and  pink card stock for layering
·                     White blue polka dot paper-(also for inside insert)
·                     Blue polka dot and gingham papers -Cool Britannia Collection (freebie)
·                     Pink floral paper -Pink Petticoat-Wild Blossoms collection (freebie )
·                     Sarah Kay- Picnics and Daisies stamp -coloured with Promarkers
·                     Punched Flowers layered on outside and decorated with pearls (flat inside)    
          using same card stock and papers as above
·                     Pale Pink grossgrain ribbon for bow
·                     Sentiment tag  – Papermania- attached using small flower brad
·                     Die cut scalloped square – for card insert

I would like to take part in the following challenges this week 


  1. Your card and colouring is so Beautiful Andrea..Popping by from MIM for a Visit..Loz

  2. Hello. Your card is Sooo Beautiful. I saw this on MIM..Faye

  3. Hi sweetie how ya doin' as we say here....Sorry not been around much commenting, not enough hours in the day between looking after dad and all other stuff to do.
    This card is sooooo beautiful. Gosh I love the softness of the pastels and the image is gorgeous...great work..xx

  4. Super gorgeous card,Andrea. Loving everything about it! Great design, all the papers and fantastically coloured in image as well.
    Joy to look at.
    Michaela xx

  5. Sweet card Andrea with a beautiful colour combo and image!
    Thanks for layering up for us at Allsorts this week and good luck!
    Hugs Nicola xxx

  6. This is so pretty, such a sweet image and lovely papers. Beautifully decorated on the inside as well.

  7. Such a pretty card. Love the colours and the image. jenx

  8. A very sweet card. Thanks for joining in our polka dot challenge at Just Add Ink.

  9. What a sweet card. Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Challenges

  10. This card is too precious, Andrea! It is just so sweet and girly and I love it!! Thanks for joining us in the Sassy Cheryl's challenge this week. ~jeni :)

  11. The colours are so soft and have a warm feel to the combination of hues .Adorable image too . Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  12. cute, love the nice soft colours, thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop, hugs, martina

  13. Love the pastel colors. Beautiful job. I saw your card on MIM this week.

  14. The blues and pinks work so well together! I like the touches of the ribbon and flowers.
    I'd love to invite you to consider The Lollipop Ladies if you're looking for a new challenge blog - It would be great to see more of your work.

  15. Such a precious card! Thank you for sharing it with us over at 365 Cards!!

  16. Saw you card at MIM. It's beautiful, a lovely image and really pretty papers.

    Jo x

  17. Such a pretty the colours and sweet image. Saw you on MIM.

  18. This is so darling, Andrea. I love the soft color combo and your image is so sweet with pretty coloring. The gorgeous flowers and tag finish it off nicely. Lovely!
    Thanks for entering to win my candy and good luck...
    Cathy Lee

  19. Great card. Saw this on MIM and popped over to say hi.

    Hugs Helen xx

  20. I love your creation. Aren’t challenges a blast?! Saw your card on MIM, hope to see you here again. Kim 

  21. Gorgeous card. Such a wonderful creation. You have designed it so cute. Designing is such a nice job and i realize this after working for the Clear Cards printing and designing company. I really appreciate your work.


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