Sunday 4 December 2011

My Buddy's had another Celebration!

Hi Everyone,

After my friend Judith's Silver Wedding Anniversary a couple of weeks ago, she got to celebrate again last week because it was her birthday.  I would have shared the card I made for her before now but for the past 8 days we have had our Daughter Jenna and Granddaughter Isabella staying with us.  As quite a few of you will know Jenna is expecting our first Grandson who was due to be born yesterday but as we all know babies come in their own good time don't they and, inspite of a couple of false alarms this week, so far he's not deigned to join us.  However, as our Son-in-Law was away on a training course last week we thought it would be wise if Jenna and Izzy stayed here. 

Even though baby didn't arrive it turned out to be a wise decision because Jenna had a very scary episode on Wednesday with symptoms which appeared very like a stroke!!!  Our local hospital were excellent and after a chat to a midwife on the phone we were told to take her in for tests to make sure it was the migraine we suspected and not something sinister.  Luckily we were right and although Jenna felt very poorly for a couple of days I was able to look after Izzy and let her rest more than she would at home.  Her Hubby came back on Friday night and they were supposed to go home yesterday but Jenna ended up awake at 3 am convinced the birth was imminent ............................... wrong!!!!  The little monkey kept her awake all night only for everything to settle down again by lunchtime but they decided to delay going home for another day just in case.  As nothing else has happened and Jenna says she feels he's going to stay put for at least another week (hmmmm???) they went home after lunch today.  I now have to catch up on all my chores (nothing got done while they were here, lol) hopefully before I get a call to say baby is on his way for real.

Tonight though I am allowing myself a little playtime starting with showing you Judith's card.  I started with a white 21 cm square base card and adhered a slightly smaller square of purple pearlescent card.

Using a Heidi Swapp butterfly mask I blended Versamagic ink over a 19 cm square piece of white card moving the mask around at random.  I then stamped the beautiful Anemone corner from IndigoBlu in the bottom right and I used a lovely swirl from Chocolate Baroque (formerly Elusive Images) in the top left to create another corner image, using Archival ink.  Before adhering this square to the card base I stamped the quote using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  Using the Archival ink I stamped the Anemone Corner once more onto white card, coloured the anemones with Coloursoft pencils and then cut them out.  I shaped them a little before adhering them to the main image with Pinflair glue.  I  then put some Stickles onto my craft mat and used a damp brush to apply this to the anemones and highlights on the corner images.

Finally, I die cut and embossed two butterflies from old book pages using a Cuttlebug duo set, lightly inked the raised areas and then heat embossed with clear EP before adhering to the card leaving the wings free.

I really enjoyed making this card as, like Judith, I love anything with butterflies and anyway, it's always such a pleasure making something for a person who has become such a close and very dear friend as well as someone who you know will appreciate a handmade card.

Well that's my share for today and if I don't get to post anything or make any blog visits for a couple of weeks you'll know it's because my crafting activities have been severely curtailed by a little bundle of joy, lol!  I'm off to get my feet up for an hour (oooh, I have missed my l0 minute afternoon cat naps, he! he!) and then maybe I might get a Christmas card or two made ................. you've guessed it ........... I haven't made one yet.  I have a feeling most of my cards this year are going to be bought ones!

Take care all and I'll be back as soon as I can.

Lesley  Xx


Suzi B said...

Beatiful carrd lesley love the all the stamps you've used! and the colours mmm may as well say I love it all.Good luck and best wishes to Jenna and all the family.
Suzi b xx

veronica said...

beautiful card Lesley - love the colouring and the anemone stamp, definitely one for the wish list! Best wishes to Jenna, hope the baby arrives soon, and that all is well....and big hugs to a tired granny !

lisa said...

It sounds like you've had a bit of a week, Lesley. I'm glad your Daughter's scare was nothing more than that. It must have been an anxious time for you all.
I shall keep everything crossed for the safe arrival of baby.
Judith's birthday card is just stunning. I've spent ages looking at all the details. You see something different all the time. Those flowers are just gorgeous and the background is so subtle. I think all crafters have a love of butterflies don't they?
Well, Lesley, take care of yourselves and don't work too hard.
Have a Happy week
Hugs Lisax

Christine B. said...

Hi Lesley, Sounds like you had a very busy week. Best wishes to Jenna and |I hope the baby arrives soon and everything is fine.
The card you have made is absolutely beautiful and so delicate looking. The Indigo Blue corner is lovely.
Will be thinking of you and your family. Have a good rest and a good week.Take care. Hugs x ChrisB

Paula (PEP) said...

Sounds like you've had your hands full - & probably will continue to have by the sounds of it. The colours of your card are just terrific - reminding me of that soft greyish purplish hue that anemones have in real life. Amazing how those two corners from different stamp companies really gel together & the two embellishing butterflies are a lovely contrast in their texture & colouring.
I'm only making a few special Christmas cards.
Paula (PEP)

Aquarius said...

What a beautiful card and I'm sure Judith really loved it. You've certainly had an eventful week and I hope you get some news soon.

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, it sounds as if you have had quite a week of it!! Fingers crossed for some good news soon!!!
Your card is absolutely stunning, love the colouring and all the little details.

Miranda said...

Hi Lesley, such a beautiful card, lovely colour combi and butterflies are also my fav's. Fingers crossed for the 'new arrival', hope everything will go easily! warm greetz, Mirandax

Elaine said...

A beautiful card lesley, funny how we both chose purple! Tee hee! Love all the butterfly motifs and the IB anemone is beautiful I love those butterflies, really interesting look with them.

I just hope that baby gives you all a few more days peace, although I am sure jenna, would rather not wait any longer. I am thinking of you all and sending massive hugs.

Elaine xxx

Sally H said...

Another stunning card, Lesley! Gorgeous colours. I hope baby doesn't keep you waiting too long

Sheila said...

Lovely card Lesley.

I shall reign in my snow wanties until your little fella makes his appearance......and then they are coming back with a!!!
Hope everything goes well.
Love and Hugs

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

What a great post .. .. I wonder if that little bundle of joy has arrived in the time it has taken me to get to your blog?!!

New baby snuggles for Christmas .. .. what could be better!

I am loving the card you have posted. Such gorgeous colours and I love the sentiment very, very much!

Love Jules xx

Val said...

Hi Lesley

Beautiful card and fab colours.

Sounds like you need to have a few cat naps to catch up.

Hope all goes well for Jenna, and that you soon have another bundle of joy.

Love and Hugs

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Horgeous Lesley. Love the butterflies and the color. Love the different details.
Lovely greet

judith@poppy cottage said...

I loved my card Lesley, it is sooo beautiful. It has all of the elements that I love, butterflies, masking and a bit of purple thrown in too! Thank you for the time and love that you added as well, my friend.
Well, that young man is making you all wait, isn't he? We're all wishing Jenna well, and thinking about you all. Get your rest in while you can, as you will have you hands full very soon ;) big hugs, Judith xx

Shirley said...

This is just gorgeous and I love your colors and layers too!!