My Family & Other Animals

Monday, 15 July 2013

"Love Is Like A Butterfly, As Soft And Gentle As A Sigh..."

You may be forgiven for thinking, when you look at this beautifully drawn image (from the incredibly talented artists at Make It Crafty in Australia) and the very Summery colour palette, that I am in a very happy place at the moment. Well that could not be further from the truth!
I have been deeply saddened by the recent loss of not only the great James Gandolfini but of Bernie Nolan and today I hear that Cory Monteith (Finn from Glee) has been found dead in a hotel room in Canada.
The death of Jim Gandolfini hit me quite hard as he is only a couple of years older than me and I was a massive fan of his work. The Soprano's was up there amongst the greatest TV shows ever made and it wouldn't have been half as good without Jim, he gave the show gravitas and he made Tony Soprano a really deeply layered character.
The death of Bernie Nolan was particularly sad because she seemed so bright and full of life, she had an amazing voice and as a young man who was just beginning to pay attention to the female of the species, I had a particular soft spot for both Bernie and the two A's that made up half of Abba. She will be sadly missed in this house.
As for Cory Monteith, 31 is no age at all. Jo and I are massive Gleek's and I cannot imagine the show without poor, dorky Finn Hudson. He was at the start of his career and had so much still to give, I don't think that I will ever enjoy Glee the same again (plus, finding out he was 31 was the biggest shock of all, just how old are those 'kids'!!!).
So forgive me for bringing you down but I know that you, gentle reader, will understand. This blog has been a massive help to me over the last couple of years, whenever I am down or just need to vent then I know I can turn to you, my wonderful anonymous friend.
Welcome to my latest follower Mandy of Crafty Cats Designs, nice to have you along for the ride!
Back to the card and I have used quite a few ingredients; as well as Melody (the young lady) there is the Marianne designs die behind the young girl, butterfly themed Washi tape, some large, white half-pearls, a harlequin design A4 Embossalicious folder from Crafters Companion, some Basic Grey paper, a Nestability butterfly die and finally, I used a Little Claire stamp for the rosette.
Hope you like it and I will try to be a bit more regular with my posts as I have let a few things slip lately, so keep on enjoying this glorious weather and
Hugs 'n Stuff all round,
Entered Into: A Little Bit Crafty Challenge - "Die-Ing For It"!!
Country View Crafts Challenge #5 - It's A Summer Sizzler
Crafter's Companion July Challenge - Dies and Die-Cuts
Emma's Cards Challenge #18 - Lace and Pearls
Fairies Challenge Blog Challenge #9 - Flowers/Summer
House of Gilli Challenge #53 - Bright Colours/Anything Goes
Oozak Challenge #18 - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Café Challenge #19 - Anything Goes
The Crafting Café July Challenge - Summer's Here
613 Avenue Create Challenge #28 - Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Citrus Colours


  1. Well I just had to write a comment on this card. I absolutely love this picture and the colouring is fabulous as usual. It has a very 60's feel to it and I love the colours you have used. I really like the use of the Washi tape. Well done Andy love you x

  2. So many lovely elements on your card! A fun and cheery card! So glad you joined us for our Summer's Here challenge at The Crafting Cafe!

  3. What a fun card! I love this so much! Beautiful coloring! Amazing job! Thank you for joining us for the Oozak Challenge!


  4. What a gorgeous card. I love how you coloured her up. Loving your sentiment as well. Thank you for joining us this week at the Crafter's Café!

  5. Andy, your card is awesome! I love the fun image, the great colours & the lovely papers! Thanks so much for sharing at The Crafting Cafe this time!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  6. This is a wonderfully colourful card. I love the large pearls but I'm afraid you need to use lace as well to qualify to enter at Emma's Crafty Challenge x

  7. Very beautiful card! Thanks for playing with "Faieries Challenges blog".

  8. Gorgeous card Andy. the image looks fabulous and I love the bright colour scheme.

    Thanks for joining the Joanna Sheen Challenge this time.
    Lorraine x

  9. Beautifully designed card, thank you for joining us at Emmas crafty challenge xx

  10. Back again lol this time to thank you for joining us at the crafting cafe xx

  11. Hi Andy. Tha ka for stopping by earlier. Your right us crafting guys should stick together. It's. small pack.
    Great card. Your colour skills and eye for a layout look great. Like you with my blog not my traditional go to but can certainly appreciate the effort and techniques used.
    I do actually love the hippy girl. The bright colours really bring her to life.

  12. Ooooo nearly missed this one Andy. I am such a bad blogger atm.
    I know it is sad when people we admire die but it's no good letting this pull you down Andy. Life really is too short, and down day's are usually lost days. Easy to say but do try to look for more positive things.
    I LOVE today's card. Fabulous image and AMAZING COLOURING AND DESIGN. Great colour choices def reminds me of the 60's
    Eileen x

  13. Very cute! I like how you have the diecut as the background behind her and the pillow. Thanks for playing along with us at Oozak!

  14. This is gorgeous, fabulous image...Thanks for playing along with us at A Little Bit Crafty this month.
    Wendy x

  15. a great summery make, but there is an error with your link, please can you correct it to be included , many thanks trace x

  16. aww this is lovely, thanks for playing along with us on the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog xx

  17. What a very cool card!! Great summer card brillaint colour combo you have used. She is a great image.

    Thanks for joining us at fairies challenge
    Tracey dt


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