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Saturday, 14 April 2012

"One For Sorrow...."

Firstly let me apologise for being so tardy this week. I normally have my blog updated on a Wednesday to go in line with the I ♥ ProMarkers site who update their challenge on a Wednesday morning, but I have really let this week get away from me somehow and here I am at half past one in the morning on what is now officially Saturday updating with a very heavy heart.

"Why so heavy?" I hear you ask. Well, this tale starts last night at work. I was absolutely freezing (I was in short sleeve order and wearing a flimsy body warmer - in borderline Winter weather!) and it didn't help that it was freezing outside, but I was sweating like a lady of the night in a church (that really is the nicest way I can think of putting that phrase!!), I had two heaters on but couldn't feel any of the heat at all. I rushed home and dived into bed and hadn't really emerged until late on Friday afternoon, still feeling particularly sorry for myself. Jo and I settled down to watch Glee and during one of the ad-breaks there was an advert for Steps and how they are preparing for their triumphant return to the stage. I have had my tickets since last September when the tour was announced and my chance to say farewell to one of my favourite pop groups was well and truly galvanised. I reached over to just double check when we were going to see them and there it was - the 11 April 2012!!! Two days ago.

So what, I hear you ask, was all that about being poorly the night before got to do with anything. Well if you thing I was sick before I picked those tickets up, image how I felt just two second after looking at them!! Sick as a parrot doesn't even come close. So now I have to hope they do a twenty year reunion tour and go and see that.

On to this weeks card and this is another new experience for me - White on White. I was a bit stumped about how to do a card using just one colour way, but after looking at Sue Wilson's site PartiCraft, I came away fully inspired and ready to go. The dies are the new Nesties from Spellbinders and they are the Persian Motifs and Accent dies. The background is embossed using a Creative Expressions embossing folder (Lattice) and then I finished it off with some gems and a lovely little Tilda image which I thought fitted the card really well.

So that's my week, hope yours has been a little better and I'm sorry every week seems to come laden with tales of doom and gloom, it's not for lack of trying that I want to bring you stories of puppies and sunshine - it's just the way my cookie crumbles at the moment!

Hope to be back soon, take care,



Entered into Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #77 - Anything Goes

Fairy Fun Friday's Challenge #76 - Anything Goes

Delicious Doodles Challenge #17 - Loads of Layers

Card Makin' Mamas Challenge - Make It Girlie!

ATC's and Cards with Attitude Challenge #11 - Anything Goes

Art With No Boundries Challenge #6 - Anything Goes

Craft Your Passion Challenge #106 - Die Cuts and Punches

Lexi's Creations Challenge #63 - ~Use Your Die Cuts and Punches

Make It Monday Challenge #85 - Anything Goes

Paper Pretties Challenge - Embossing (Dry or Wet)

Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge - Anything Goes

Whoopsie Daisy Challenge - Free and Easy (Anything Goes)

High Hopes Rubber Stamps Challenge #133 - Anything Goes

Bearly Mine Challenge #31 - Embossing


  1. Aww Andy I feel so sorry for you. It reminds me of many years ago when I had tickets to see Queen. I broke my leg (tripped on the stairs) 2 days before, and even though I begged them to let me out of hospital to go they didn't. Never did get to see them live.
    Now to your beautiful card. The Persian dies and lattice folder are some of my favourites and you have used them so well. Your image is really cute and perfectly coloured (wish I could get into magnolia stamps but I like noses and mouths, but they are growing on me). I have tried do black hair like that, but mine never looks right.
    A pefect WOW card.
    Eileen x

  2. Hi Andrew, hope you have a better week. Just adore this card love the white on white, gorgous image too. Thank you for joining us at ATC's With Attiotude this fortnight xx

  3. Hi Andy,
    Hope your feeling abit better by now?

    Your card is wonderful I saw it on the I Love
    Promarker Challenge page,( when I endtered mine)
    It is just outstanding.

    Sorry about your concert.


  4. I have yet to see a more pretty card. The embossing is so delicate and the punched borders make the embossing look 3D. well done and thanks of joining us at ATCs/Cards with Attitude.

  5. Gorgeous card Andy, lots of lovely layers for us to see! Hope things are on the up for you now. Thanks for playing at Delicious Doodles this time, and good luck in the draw!
    Teri x

  6. Wow, what an elegant card with beautiful embossing and great colouring! Thanks for playing with FFF!
    xxx Margreet

  7. Such a beautiful card Andy, the embossing is outstanding and the persian dies look fab with it. I'm really sorry to have to tell you though that I have to remove your link from our challenge blog as we don't allow back linking, as your card was posted last Friday and our challenge only started today, but it's still beautiful just the same, such a shame.
    Bearly mine Challenges

  8. Hi Andy
    I just found your blog whilst checking out the entries for Fashionista's first challenge. I've become a follower. Your cards are amazing and your commentary on daily life does make me chuckle.
    Caz x

  9. Absolutely gorgeous, love love the embossing and your use of dies. Fabulous. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  10. Hi Andy your card is beautiful, I just love the white with all the embossing and cuts very effective.
    Adorable image too.

    Thank you for joining us at Lexis Creations.

    Hugs Julie x

  11. Bloody 'ell Bro. You never told me that. Gutted isn't the word eh?

    btw, you have to use a High Hopes image for their challenges.

  12. Elegant and lovely.

    I saw your link on MIM, I'm number 162 this week.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  13. WOW - What a stylish card, totally love the concept and design, it's very elegant, the embossed background is amazing. Found you on MIM :).

  14. I saw your card on Make it Monday and just had to come and see it for myself. I hope you have a better week this week. Your card is just fabulous. Loving the embossing and the dies too. Your image is just adorable.

    Linda xxx

    I am a new follower and will be back too!!!

  15. Beautiful card, so elegant... Thanks for joining us at Whoopsie Daisy, Good Luck, Hugs May x

  16. Andy, I love your take of white on white it is simply elegant and you have done a beautiful job. Thank you for playing along in our Anything Goes Challenge at Art With No Boundaries and look forward to having you join us again.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  17. OMG How awful is that missing the concert. I do hope they didn't cost too much money on top everything else?

    Great card and expertly executed.


  18. I`ll just have to say WOOOOOW!!! This card looks amazing! Love alle the die cutting and your colouring is fabulous! Thanks for joining us at WhoopsiDaisy. Hugs...Mona

  19. Very pretty card. Thank you for joining Wags´n whiskers challenge :-)

  20. Hi Andy, Congratulations!!! Your entry was selected in our Anything Goes challenge on Art With No Boundaries and will be featured on our side bar until our next challenge is posted. You can download your featured logo to display on your blog from our challenge blog.

    Thank you for playing in our challenge and sharing your project with us. Hope to see you play with us again.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  21. Lovely, lovely card! Sorry you had such a bad week, perhaps being featured on Art with No Boundaries will compensate. Congratulations!


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