Thursday 13 May 2010

Feeling a bit sorry for myself!

Hi everyone, it's been a lovely sunny day here but still quite cold unless it's just me. I woke up in the night on Sunday with a really painful throat and it has developed over the week into the worst cough and cold I've had in years, hence the 'feeling a bit sorry for myself'. I had plans for a mega catchup both of housework (sorry to use bad language) and crafting projects but I've done neither and think I'm going back to the settee with my cuddly blanket and the dog for company, when I've done this post. Hubby's away tonight so I can be miserable in peace, Lol!

I wanted to do this post though because it was my birthday last week and this year I got four lovely handmade cards which I wanted to share with you because they are all totally different but all absolutely beautiful. The first three are from my Craft Stamping Quartet friends and I can't believe the amount of time and effort they have put into these gorgeous cards.

This beauty is from Jo

Look at the gorgeous warm colours and the lovely background inking on the base card and on the tag.

This wonderfully classy card is from Judith and had a boxelope to match.

Look at the beautiful chiffon flower she made.

And this stunner is from Elaine.

I can't believe the work she has put into this. It would take me months.

Finally this one is especially dear to my heart because it was made by my daughter Jenna. I'm really proud of it because she has hardly any crafting equipment and has had no tuition or experience with stamping at all. She was a bit annoyed because she hadn't got any smooth card so of course the image wasn't as clear as she would like but I think she has done brilliantly. What you can't see in the photos is the detail on the images. Because she didn't have any embossing powder or a heat gun (she has now I've given her my spare) she has used Glossy Accents to highlight some of the design and has also gone round other parts with a very fine black pen to highlight it. I thought it was a very effective idea and I can see I'm going to have some family competition when she's picked up a bit more expertise.

I love that Elusive Images sentiment.

It was so lovely to receive these handmade cards and they mean an awful lot to me so thankyou girls.

Hugs (virtual ones so you don't catch my cold, Lol)
Lesley Xx


Janet said...

Happy belated Birthday, Lesley! Your cards are beauties and your daughter's one is very accomplished. You will have to watch out when she gets bitten by the bug!!

Janet xx

Suzi B said...

These cards are all stunning. The CSQ (Crafty Stamping Quartet).in case you didn't guess lol,and your lovely daughter are sooo talented!
Belated Happy Birthday!! xxx

Hope your bug doesn't drag on.
Sue B xx

Sally H said...

You poor thing! There seem to be some nasty germs around at the moment. Your cards are stunning! I've had nine handmade ones this year (including one from Meg) thanks to being on two DTs. I don't think I'll ever want to take them down! Hope you had a wonderful Birthday. Didn't realise ours were quite so close together. Hope your throat feels better soon x

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

You poor thing - I hope that cuddly blanket did the trick.

What stunning birthday cards you received. So much love and artistic talent contained in each one.

I hope you feel a bit better tomorrow.

Love Jules xx

Lynne K said...

What wonderful cards, Lesley. No wonder you're thrilled with them. I hope you had a lovely birthday, and that your cold gets better very soon.

Jo said...

Wow! Jenna has inherited your impeccable taste in stamps. I think sometimes having lots of crafty products at our disposal makes us think along well defined tracks whereas Jenna has been more inventive. Her penwork has made the stamped images look really original. I am going to try that with some of mine now.

I'll be pinching the photos of my card, if you don't mind, Lesley. I'm glad I forgot to take some before I posted it as your photography is so much better than mine!

Elaine said...

Poor you Lesley, really sorry to hear you are still feeling so rotten - you need to get better very soon.

Thanks for sharing your cards. It's the first time I have seen Jo's and Jenna's and they are so lovely. Jo's is such a beautiful warm colour and brings together such lovely elements. Jenna's is great - she is going to give us all a run for our money, this is a lovely card and as you say being inventive by using glossy accents and a pen shows just how much of a natural eye she already has.

Take care Lesley and keep cuddled up.

Elaine xx

Aquarius said...

What lovely cards and what a shame some generous soul decided to give you a cold and cough as a present!! I do hope you feel better soon, at least well enough to craft (never mind the h****work).

judith@poppy cottage said...

How lovely to receive a handmade card from Jenna , Lesley. She is very inventive, and shows a lot of flair. I hope you are feeling better soon, these colds sometimes just drag on for ever. It truly was a pleasure to make a card for you, and I'm glad that you liked it, hugs, Judith xxx

PinksyDoodles said...

Hi Lesley,
So sorry to hear you are poorly. I hope you get better soon.
Your birthday cards are amazing!
Clare x

Heavens2Betsy said...

Oh Lesley you poor love! A cough and cold that can really lay you low is a horrible thing to have. I love your cards - they're beautiful. Happy recent Birthday to you. Thanks for calling by my blog. I'm always very pleased to have you come visit. Wrap up warm. Penny x

lisa said...

Oh poor you, Lesley. I hope you're feeling much better very soon. I'm sending you some TLC and a big hug!!
A very Happy Belated Birthday. What lovely cards you received. That blue one is spectacular and your daughter did a great job, she obviously takes after her crafty Mum.
Take care of yourself.

veronica said...

Happy belated birthday Lesley - hope you soon feel better. Those are gorgeous cards, and congratulations to Jenna - you have a very talented family there Lesley!

Anonymous said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Lesley.
Sorry to hear you're not well, hope you're feeling better soon.
Lovely cards, it's so nice to get handmade cards isn't it, they're very special.

Take care and get better soon.
Kate x

brenda said...

Morning Lesley

Some beautiful cards for your birthday, but can see why you are so thrilled with Jenna's because is is simply stunning.

The colours are lovely, but the design and stamping spot on.

Hope your cold is not the way out, had it as wll all week as well and seems to be hanging on forever. We all need the sun and some warmth.

B x

Moira said...

Belated Happy Birthday from me! You got some lovely cards Lesley.

Isabelle Norris said...

Those are beautiful Lesley! Sorry to hear you are not well. HOpe you are better soon.
isa x

Lavender Rose said...

Oh aren't they gorgeous!!!! It must have been such a thrill to receive stunning cards like those on your birthday. I hope you are felling better than you were last week too.

Val said...

Lucky you - such brilliant cards - and the thrill is so much more when they are made specially for you, I think ...

Sorry you are still feeling rotten - my OH is as well, and I just don't want to get it - I have had enough going on.

Love to you - get better soon.
Take care - have a lovely hot toddy!!

Sheila said...

Aw Lesley.......I hope you are feeling better now.
Belated birthday wishes....didn't you get some gorgeous cards. Your daughter did great with hers.

Suzanne C said...

Happy belated birthday!!!! Love your birthday cards. I hope you are feeling better. Hugs to you!

Debbie Dolphin said...

B E A U T I F U L!!!!

ISA said...

Nice work you do and.. wow the blue card is.. woooow !