Saturday, 27 August 2011

I'm finally back!!!

This is going to be a long post, so you should maybe get a cuppa and get yourself comfy before attempting to read this lol.

It's been over a month since I last posted and this last month has been a nightmare!
I'm not going to write a whole novel about what has happened over the last few months, but I feel that I owe an explanation to all my basically what has happened is, we went on holiday for a week and then ended up staying longer to look after my MIL's house while she was on holiday and while we were away, my house was flooded.
We were wanting move house anyway as I hated where we lived but what happened made the decision for us, so we have moved house and am about 30 miles away from where I used to live.
I don't know anyone here but it's a nice village and the kids love their new schools so things are looking up :)
I lost a lot of my stuff including most of my craft stash :(  so I haven't been able to craft for the last few weeks, but some of the dt members from my challenge blog By The Cute and Girly very kindly sent me some crafty bits so I could get crafting again (thank you girls, you are the best!! :)), so I spent yesterday crafting all day :)
I still need a lot of things but I'm getting there.

I took a few supplies with me on holiday so I could make a couple of cards for design team work, so I have those to show today......a month late, but better late than never lol, and also I made some cards yesterday, so I have lots to show!

First up is a card I made for Inky Impressions with Rock 'N' Roll Donnie from the last release. This was for one of the challenges over at the Inky challenge blog.

 I won't go into huge detail and give marker colours etc since I have a lot to show, but the papers are My Minds Eye (Lost and Found collection), image is coloured with Promarkers, the chipboard embellie which I thought was just perfect for this image is by Making Memories and everything else from my stash.

And here's 2 more dt cards that  I made yesterday for Inky Impressions using the new Summer release images.
First is one using Lili's Sweet Treat and matching sentiment.

I don't have much Promarkers now as I lost a lot when I moved, but I managed to colour up a few images without having to use loads of different shades.
I'm not sure who makes the papers as they were a gift from one of my dt girls/friends, but I thought they went well with the sweet image. 
I'm entering a couple of challenges with this one- I used the sketch from Cute Card Thursday, Papertake Weekly's challenge is Dies To Die For and I used 2 Marianne dies for the flourishes, Pile It On is looking for Sweet Treats and the Corrosive Challenge is looking for Girly.

The cute crotchet flower is from Little Snippets Etsy store which I am a dt member for. The owner Ger has some gorgeous embellies and all at reasonable prices too :)

Next is a card made with one of the new Inky Impressions boys. 
I didn't get a chance to make anything for the release as I was away, but I couldn't wait to ink them up when I got back.

 This stamp is Christophers Catch and I coloured him with Promarkers and added some Glossy Accents to the water which unfortunately you can't see in this pic.
The papers are K&Co and I used some Card Candy which I got from my lovely blogging buddy.

I do love girly cards but this little boys are so cute and I really enjoyed colouring them. I have more coloured that still need to be made into cards, so I will be showing them soon.

Finally, a card that I made with some of the lovely goodies that Carol sent me (thanks again hunny, you are soooo kind :))

 I thought I would enter the Crafters Companion Challenge which is Glitter and Glitz, and this cute image just seemed perfect for it.
The image is a LOTV topper which I just added some dazzling diamonds glitter to her shoes and the bow in her hair. You can't really see the glitter here, but I promise it is there. I did try to get a close up of the pic, but for some reason it just kept going all blurry.
The papers are from one of my all time fave paper pads by K&Co. I just rounded all the corners and added some pretty flowers and ribbon that Carol also sent me and some pearls from the Inky Impressions store.

I do have a few more cards to show but I will post them later. I think any more might send you to sleep.....that's if your not already sleeping after this novel! lol

Thanks for all the messages I was sent while I was MIA. Sorry I couldn't reply to them all, I had no internet access while I was away and I when I finally got it on, I had over 8000 emails to read through, so I'm afraid most of them got deleted. So if you had sent me an email and I didn't reply, please send it again and I promise I will get back to you this time :)

Thanks for stopping by


Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

i am glad you are safe & sound. so sorry about your loss but now you can move on with a new life! wishing you all the very best.

as always, your cards are fabulous and it's great to see you again.

it's been a lousy month for me. hubby passed away and things are hectic. i am moving along and will be back on track by the middle of sept. all is good, really and i'm a peace.

will catch up soon.

hugs :)

Carole RB said...

Hi Lora

Nice to see you back and well. I wish you and your family good luck with your new home and hope you'll be happy over there.

You've been working a lot. Nice cards.

Have a nice weekend

nnalorac said...

Gorgeous cards Lora, so pleased you are able to make good use of everything. Welcome back. Take care. Carolxx

Kate said...

Great selection of cards, looks like you enjoyed your day of craft.

** Kate **

Helen said...

Fabulous cards!
Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
Helen x

Rufus said...

My you have had month of it, haven't you?! Glad that all of you are OK, even if some of your stuff isn't. You can always get more stuff. Enjoy your new life!

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Oh my, these are all so fab! Thanks very much for playing along with Corrosive Challenges this week, we'd love to see you again soon :D

coldwaters2 said...

Oh Lora it is absolutely terrific to have you back with us again, I am so sorry to hear the problems you had but it has obviously worked out for the best. You have been busy and your selection of cards look awesome I love them all.
Lorraine x

Sharon Caudle said...

So sorry you've had such a tough month! I can't even imagine losing all my craft supply, along with everything else! Hope things get much better for you very quickly! Your cards are adorable! Love them all! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us at Papertake Weekly and hope you enjoy us again soon!
hugs, Sharon

BethieJ said...

WOW sounds like you had a long crazy month.. glad your settling into your new home!
ALL your cards are DARLING!
Thanks for joining us last week at PIO! Have a GREAT Day!

Deb said...

Beautiful cards!Sorry to hear about the flooding! Hope you are happier in your new home!
Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week, Debxx