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Sunday, 17 February 2013

"I got Brass In Pocket..."

Tilda with Little Pocket from the With Love range
As promised, here is one of the cards I made from the last set of new Tilda's (at least it was new until the mini Easter collection came along!!), the obviously titled 'With Love' collection. I have made a few cards and will be putting them up over the next few weeks. I am really proud of this particular card though, I don't very often work in green and I think I did a fair job on her little romper suit and I love doing black hair, I find it the easiest one to do but have still to try doing Ginger at some point!!
The dies are my usual mix of Marianne's and Nesties (really disappointed with the new launch on C and C this week! in my opinion Spellbinder dies are beginning to get very samey) and the flowers are of course from W.O.C.
So what kind of a week have you had? Mine has been filled with some big ol' shocks and a few soul searching moments.
The shocks have come via the ongoing horse meat scandal and the resignation of the head of the Catholic Church. I admire the Pontiff, it must have been a really hard decision for him to take, walking away from any job is hard enough to do but giving up what he has given up must have been a tremendous wrench for him. I was always really proud of my dad whose eyesight deteriorated thanks to some cataracts and he made the decision to stop driving, even short local trips, because he didn't trust himself on the roads. That same level of self awareness from the Pope must also be admired I think, it takes a strong person to look inward and admit their faults, let alone admit them to the entire world!! Week after week at work I see old men and women behind the wheel of their cars and when they come to my window to pay for their fuel, their hands are shaking so uncontrollably they can't even put their debit cards in the card machine, or their sight is so poor they can't read the numbers on the machine when they try to put their Pin number in! I have yet to get through a morning shift without at least one or two near misses as they pull out of the Station, ignoring the two lanes of traffic coming from their left-hand side!!
As for the horse meat scandal, what can I say that you haven't already said yourself eh! Jo and I get through quite a few frozen meals now, especially as we both struggle to stand and do any 'proper' cooking but we only ever order Chicken dishes because it is a very difficult meat to disguise as something else (plus everyone knows what Chicken tastes like!!). We used to get Asda's own brand Shepherd's Pie and Cottage Pie but after it was announced that Horse DNA is popping up everywhere there is slim to nil chance of either of us eating those for the very foreseeable future!!
I'm not really scandalised by the fact it is Horse that people have been eating, quite a lot of countries eat Horse so it's obviously a 'safe' meat, what I do object to though is the fact that we no longer have a clue as to what it is turning up in our food chain, the only way we can be 100% certain is to go native, put our loin cloths on and get out there catching and killing what we eat, a return to the Stone-age if you like.
I am of course only joking but on a more serious note, I work with a wonderful lady called Tina and she is a Jehovah's Witness. She spends a lot of her life dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and inner peace through her study of the Bible and we have been talking about religion and what it means to us quite a lot lately. I have always classed myself as C of E but the older I get the more I find myself questioning what that really means to me. I have been a church-goer on and off throughout my life and recently I thought I was okay worshipping at home, on my time-table as it were but Tina has shown me that the Bible teaches us we go to Church to have our faith bolstered by like-minded individuals and I like that thought, I'm just not convinced that the Church of England is where I belong anymore. I'm not about to become member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints but I am definitely on the lookout for something new in my life. I will of course keep you updated as I progress on this journey through 'what I like to call' "Life" (that's one for you Miranda fans out there!!).
So have a great week, hope you like the card and I look forward to seeing you again real soon,
Hugs 'n Stuff,
Entered Into: Come And Get It Challenge - Colour Challenge
Totally Tilda Challenge #65 - Valentine's
The Squirrel And The Fox Challenge #37 - Love
That Craft Place Challenge - Love
Pile It On Challenge #7 = Clips and/or Pins
One Stitch At A Time Challenge #151 - Make It Girly
Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia Challenge #63 - With Love
Creative Inspiration Paints Challenge - Inspired By Valentin's Day
Challenges For Everybody #14 - Anything Goes
WhoopsiDaisy Challenge - Make It Girly
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Challenge #19 - Anything Goes
My Grafico Challenge #144 - Anything Goes
Make It Monday Challenge #128 - Anything Goes
Fashionista Challenge #12 - Valentine's
Dutch Magnolia Lovers #50 - Valentine's Day
Crafty Blogger's Network Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge #14 - Is This Love That I'm Feeling?


  1. I just love this image Andy and your colouring is fab, especially the hair, gorgeous die cuts too! Thanks for joining us at Come & Get It this week.
    Natx GDT

  2. This is so pretty! Love the die! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck and I hope to see you back next time!
    Rene :D

  3. So pretty, I love your boutique of flowers in the right corner. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  4. Hi, Andy! I just read the comment you posted to my blog today and I have to say that's probably the most awesome compliment I have ever received from anyone! Your kind words are so encouraging and even though I do this mostly for my own satisfaction, it's still wonderful to hear that my art affects someone in a positive way. I wish you'd give me your email address so we can stay in touch. I have far to much to say to post it all here! LOL Before I forget, I do visit your blog from time to time though I don't usually leave comments as I always seem to be on the run. I love this Tilda card! Well, I'm on my way to take my grandson to his marial arts class so I have to scoot! I hope to chat with you soon!

    Hugs, Annie

  5. A beautiful card in lovely colours, a sweet tilda and the little basket with flowers is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop. I'm sorry to say that we have the rule of max ten challenges so you will not be in the draw for the prize. Marlies x

  6. Another great card Andy love it. Thanks for joining us at CI Paints!! Will be looking for you next challenge!

    Hugs Monica

  7. Hi Andy Wow she is simply gorgeous just love the green on her ! Gorgeous flowers too in that cute basket/pot !! Great point sticking to chicken you are quite right there and I hope you find what your looking for !! Thanks for joining us in the Totally Tilda Challenge ;0)

  8. Stunning cute Tilda creation Andy fab colours & dies..I do feel you have strayed a little from the "Valentine Tilda theme"

    Thanks for sharing your stunning creation with us at Totally Tilda Valentine theme chall.

    Christine TT DT entry manager x

  9. This is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  10. Hi, stunning card, love the green colour and your colouring and all the beautiful details:) Thank you for joining us at Fashionista Challenge this time!
    Hugs Charlotte

  11. Beautiful card,thank you for joinig us at Card Mania!

  12. This is gorgeous. Absolutely love your colouring and the design with the diecuts. flowers and use of DP. Thanks for playing at Whoopsi Daisy and good luck. Hope to see you back monday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

  13. great card, love all your die cuts.
    thanks for playing with us at Pile it On.

  14. Simply adorable card. Thank you for joining in the That Craft Place challenge this time.
    Cathy xx

  15. Lovely image and colouring, love the die cuts. Thankyou for joining us at Crafty Bloggers Network
    Geraldine M
    CBN DT


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