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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

"Itty Bitty Piggy..."

So things have very quickly reverted back to their normal state of affairs - welcome to the blog where Sod's Law would be a welcome break! Not only have I had to put up with a throat infection that has literally felt like my throat has been slit from the inside but my mother has once again been admitted to hospital, this time after having had a rather nasty fall in her bedroom.
Mother is 83 and lives with my sister and you know that old saying about timing being everything, well her timing has been just perfection. My sister has booked a ten day holiday to Cyprus so that she can not only see her daughter and grandchildren but also get a long overdue and well earned rest. Mother fell on friday morning - my sister flew out yesterday (tuesday) morning! Jo and I were meant to be going over to my sister's house to look after my mother while she was away. We had organised a cat-sitter, I had booked time off work, everything way all set up and then this happens. So now, Jo and I are sat here waiting for my infection to clear up so that we can visit mum in hospital. I am also sat at home, not knowing how long she is going to be in hospital for (because God forbid, you should ever get a straight answer from anyone in the medical profession eh!) and until I know when she is coming out, there is very little Jo and I can do but sit tight and wait!
Of course it hasn't been all bad news. I received my Mimics Creations CD-Rom from Create and Craft this week and have been frantically colouring in ever since. Apparently, while the disc was being sold on-air, the presenters or the disc's creator weren't allowed to name any of the characters on the disc, even though it was glaringly obvious who they were meant to be! I don't know if that means I shouldn't say who they are here but as my followers fall well below the two hundred line I don't suppose I really need to fret too much about getting into trouble!!
I never buy craft CD's as I prefer stamping and Digi images, plus I have yet to find a paper I really like enough to want to home print on and use in a project! But this CD is soooo different, I just had to have it! It features a host of characatures from popular culture, both past and present. There's Lady Gaga, The Twilight gang, Cheryl Cole (we think!!), Rihanna and the Top Gear team all representing for today and there's the likes of Arnie as The Terminator, M.J. in his Thriller zombie outfit and Del Boy and Rodney from Only Fools and Horses representing the classics. It is jam packed with great backgrounds, word art, backing papers and envelopes, but the main draw for me was that all the characters were available as Digi stamps too. So far I have coloured M.J. and The Trotters, both images giving me a little challenge or two along the way; zombie skin and D.P. army wear! but I think I have coped with both problems rather well and hope to show you the finished products on this blog in the very near future.
On to this weeks card and the theme over at I ProMarkers is Flower Power. We are once again being sponsored by the wonderful Digi Doodle Shop and the little porker above is called "Sweet Smell". I love pigs (I even used to collect them at one time, that was until the house became over run!!) and I am really fond of this image, he has such a happy face and he was beyond easy to colour. I have basically used scraps of paper (designer though!) and card to make it with but I did manage to use my new Woodware Crafty Edger and my even newer Cheery Lynn fancy swirl die. The flower was a fairly recent pick-up too from The Range, so I assume it's from Papermania and I love how 3D it looks.
Anyhoo, that's enough from me, hope your week has been okay! See you again soon,
take care,
Entered Into: Creative Inspirations Paint Challenge: Flowers
Great Impressions Challenge #2 - Flowers, Lots of Flowers
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge #91 - Anything Goes
PanPastel UK Challenge #16 - SpringTime
Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Let's Meet Your Animal Friends
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #69 - Spring
Opus Gluei Challenge #129 - Use Flourishes In Your Project
The Paper Players Challenge #93 - {Tic Tac Toe}
365 Cards Challenge #61 - Layered
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge #23 - Ribbon or Twine
Always Crafting Creative Monday Challenge #7 - Anything Goes
Hooked On Craft Challenge #20 - Flowers
Lollipop Crafts Challenge #78 - Anything Goes
Squigglefly Challenge #1712 - Use Pink & Blue on your card
Stamp and Create Challenge - April, Spring


  1. Pig in clover comes to mind when I look at this one Andy. A really cute image and love your die cuts.
    Sorry things haven't been going well for you, hope they improve ASAP.
    I was tempted by that cd, but am now spending money on die cuts instead. Neenah Classic Crest card (get mine from C&C or Crafter Companion) works brilliantly for digis and is all I use for working with Promarkers.
    Looking forward to seeing you next productions
    Eileen x

  2. Absolutely gorgeous love that piggy Happy crafting Ginny x

  3. This is really fantastic Andy, I love the cute pig image and those flowers look fantastic. Thank you so much for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  4. Great coloring Andy! And that little piggy is quite the adorable looking character :) Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions Stamps!

  5. Super fun card thanks for deciding to enter it into our challenge at PanPastel uk this week.

    Kerry DT Leader

  6. Gorgeous card!
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations paints challenge this week!
    Love from France, Kianel.

  7. What a great card! I smiled when I saw it and still do :o)

    Thanks for joining us at Kenny K's this week.


  8. A fun card Andy, thanks for sharing this with us at PanPastel UK this week.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  9. Soooo cute! Love have fun piggy! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions!

  10. Such a cutie card, thanks for sharing at PanPastel UK.

  11. Great job on your beautiful card, Andy! Thanks for playing along with us this week, sweetie! Hugz2u!

  12. Fantastic card! Thank you so much for playing along at Kenny K's Krafty Girlz! xx

  13. what an adorable card!!! Love your coloring--hope your Mum and your throat get better soon! Thank you for playing with Squigglefly this week!

  14. What a great card and fun image Andy :-)
    Thanx for sharing at Kenny K Krafty Girlz Challenge this week.
    Hugs from Karin

  15. Great card! Love that cute pig. Thanks so much for playing at Squigglefly this week

  16. This is a cute card! I love those swirls, and your image is colored so beautifully! Thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge!

  17. Such a cute card and love the colour combination. Thank you for joining us at Craft 4 Eternity this week.


  18. You create such amazing works! This is no exception - Fabulous pig :)

    I'd be so happy if you joined us at Tuesday Alchemy: for our new challenge - We have a GREAT prize AND open DT call!


    PS - I saw you on 365 Cards.

  19. Very cool card!! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Bunny Zoe crafts ♥

  20. What a wonderfully colored and darling little piggy - and very pretty card! THanks for playing along with us at Squigglefly this week. P.S. Hope you start feeling better and that your Mom improves too!

  21. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  22. Very cute and fun card! Thanks for joining us this week at Lollipop Crafts!

  23. What a super cute card and love the pink shades!
    Thanks for playing with us at Creative Inspirations paint challenge this week!
    Love from France, Kianel.

  24. What a great card! The blue and pink is just perfect! Thanks so much for playing in the Squigglefly challenge this week!

  25. I'm so sorry about your mum and I can empathize with the frustration of trying to talk with the medical professionals and feeling like I'm getting the run around. I hope she is feeling better very soon and your infection clears up. Not fun at all.

    HOWEVER, your piggy here is fun - bright, happy, colorful, and sweet. His/her expression is so sweet and works beautifully here. The flourish, border punch, and twine set off the design you've selected.

    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at Opus Gluei, we love seeing the variety of takes on our themes! Hope you come back by again for another challenge with us!

  26. I absolutely adore that darling pig - such a wonderful card!!

  27. Andy this card is so lovely! I love your blog and i'm now a follower! I can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations.
    Thanks for joining us at Hooked On Craft Challenges!
    Hugs, Kelly xxx

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