My Family & Other Animals

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

"I'm Beautiful In My Way, 'Cause God Makes No Mistakes..."

"I'm On The Right Track, Baby I Was Born This Way"

How I wish it could be that simple. Lady GaGa is such an inspiration, not just to me but to millions of fans all over the world (her 'little monsters'). She writes really personal lyrics and like Madonna before her she is blazing a trail so bright it's blinding at times. Her music videos are becoming like mini must-see movies and I have started to collect them all so I can watch them again and again. My personal favourite at the moment is Alejandro, there is imagery in there I am still strying to decrypt but there seems to be a strong Francis Bacon inspiration. She uses a lot of religious imagery (again, a lot like Madonna before her) but unlike Madonna who related her mistrust of the church from her own upbringing, GaGa uses it to reafirm her own faith and to show others to question theirs.

I used to be 'made' to go to church on a Sunday morning, this was my Mother's time to lie-in and lister to The Archers in peace and as with any repeated practice it started to become something I looked forward to, the church became a place of solace for me, somewhere where no-one else could reach me and where I could commune with someone who always listened. Over the years I have attended church less and less but I have always known where my nearest church was and I always know that when the time comes to return to HIM I will be welcomed home and I find that gives me an enormous sense of well-being, safe in the knowledge that there is always someone out there who loves me and who will welcome me home again with no judgement about where I have been or why it has taken me so long to return home. Of course that doesn't mean I don't talk to HIM because I do, quite often really and especially in times of great stress, my belief has always been like a like a warm winter blanket, something I can wrap around myself and that keeps me warm and safe.

Wow, talk about free association! I had no idea I was going to write about my own religious beliefs when I sat down to start this entry, in fact I was just going to put the card up and that was it! I suppose it shows how much Lady GaGa has meant to me since she emerged from nowhere only a few short years ago.

So on to this weeks card for the I ProMarkers challenge #126. We are originally given the theme of Fireworks or Sparkle but the Fireworks have been dropped due to no-one being able to find a suitable image! Our sponsor this week is my sister who own Digital Downloads and she is offering £10 to spend on her wonderful website where she is offering a whole range of items such as backing papers and templates all available in enough different styles and colours to suit everyone. The card uses an image from my trusty Mimics Creations CD-Rom (available from Create and Craft here) which has a wealth of contemporary images to colour and I love this particular image of GaGa which I coloured using my PM's and then added some orange stickles to her gloves and hoody to make it 'sparkle'. I have used a new nestie with a really intricate cross design on it and one of their lovely 'wind-up' flowers which has also had 'sparkle' added using the same stickles. The sentiment was cut out using a Sizzix alphabet strip (because I have a load of them and I hardly ever use them!!) and finally I finished it off with some brass nail heads and a little hand mirror from my stash. Any questions then please feel free to contact me, your comments/questions are always welcome. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all the my new followers, thank you for taking the time to make an old man feel very happy!

So there it is, hope you like it and I will be back again soon,

take care of yourself,



Entered Into: Crazy Amigo Challenge - Anything Goes

Jackson's Digital Expressions Challenge #14 - Anything Goes

Divas By Design Challenge #44 - Anything Goes

Fab 'n Funky Challenges #130 - Make Your Own Flowers

The Paper Shelter Challenge #73 - Anything Goes

The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #41 - Anything Goes


  1. Fantastic card love the image and the layout is stunning. Caroline xxx

  2. Fab card Andy.Your colouring here is beautiful, you've really got a sheen on her hair and costume. I really must have another look at that cd, it must be one of the few I haven't bought.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, I don't know about religion, I too used to be a regular church goer in my teens, until late nights out on Saturdays became more important. I know that at my confirmation I had a weird sensation of being 'at one' with someone or something, really strange, but I often wonder if such a powerful and omnipotent being would let so many bad things happen in the world. So many innocent people killed in earthquakes, floods and other disasters. Look at 9/11 and all the emergency workers who were killed trying to save others. So now I am like Dave Allen (don't know if you remember him but he was a comedian back in the 60-70's)his parting line was always may Your god go with you.
    OOooo now I didn't intend to write all that well my friend
    Eileen x

  3. Fabulous card, Andy! Your coloring is always flawless and your composition is ever interesting to the eye. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Jackson's Digital Expressions.
    Chana, DT Coordinator

  4. Fabulous card, great image and colouring and love your flower...Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
    Wendy xx

  5. A fabulous creation...thanks for joining us at Divas!
    Helen x

  6. Great card, beautiful colouring love all the detail. Thankyou for joining in at Art With No Boundaries Paula DT:o)

  7. Fantastic coloring! You definitely rocked the image. Thanks for entering our challenge at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

  8. Your card is really cool, love the detail and I enjoyed reading your story to go along with your creation. It's funny how our art sparks things we didn't know we had on our minds at the time. Glad you entered at Art With No Boundaries, look forward to seeing more of your projects.

  9. A fantastic card!!! i love the image and your colouring is fantastic!! Thnks for joining us at Jacksons Digital Expressions!

  10. Stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

  11. Andy, I saw your card over on a challenge blog and had to come see it up close! What an awesome card! Go Gaga!! :D

  12. fabulous card Andy, I love the image and your flower is gorgeous
    Thanks so much for taking part in the Fab n Funky Challenge


  13. Your shading and highlights are lovely! Enjoyed your post outlining how Lady GaGa has inspired you. So glad you linked up at Art With No Boundaries!

  14. Wow what a fab image and such great words of inspiration! Thanks so much for playing at Divas this wk hugs Rebekah xx

  15. What a great card and a great blog, Andy! Thanks so much for your kind comments on my "Olympic Runner" glad I did one of Kenny K's images justice... I am now your newest follower. Thanks again! Ann Marie

  16. Oh, as for the torch.. I blended some YR's, Y's and a bit of R copics out from red center outward. Then I added Martha Stewarts Tinsel Glitter.. it is a mix of yellow and red... just a bit with a pinch of glitter. Sounds like a recipe, right! Thanks!

  17. Gorgeous card....thanks for joining the Divas! Hope to see you next week again!
    xxx Margreet

  18. Fabulous coloring! Thanks for joining us for this "Anything Goes" challenge at Jackson Digital Expressions. Good luck and please join us again soon for future challenges. xx Rachelle JDE DT

  19. Great Card! Thank you for joining us this week at Fab'n'Funky!

  20. Hi Andy, Great card and your coloring is simply superb. Thank you for sharing this with us on Art With No Boundaries, please remember you must link back to our challenge in order to be considered as a featured project for our side bar.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  21. What a fabulous card! Love the coloring and your image is wild!! Thanks for playing along at Perfect Sentiment.

  22. Fabulous card and the sentiment is so cute. Great coloring! Thanks for playing along with us at Jacksons Digital Expressions.


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