Monday, 10 October 2011

Hello :)

Have you missed me?? Well I know some of you have and I've missed all of you!! I can't believe how long it's been since I last blogged and can only apologise and say that I have had a couple of very good reasons not least of which was major surgery which has to be honest knocked me for six and left me unable to sit and craft for very long. However, I'm feeling heaps better and am crafting as and when I can.

So, my first project back is sadly a With Sympathy card. I never enjoy making these cards (to be honest who does?) and find them really stressful. I'm never sure if the recipient finds comfort in the cards or if they just serve as a reminder of their loss and adds to their grief! Also, I worry about using inappropriate images or verses. To try and avoid this minefield, I've  kept the card relatively clean and simple.

I made a gate fold card and embossed the front panels before swiping over with gold ink. The sentiment has been heat embossed as have the die cut swirls, the oval die cut has been embossed and then highlighted with gold ink.

Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Purple Cows Guillotine
Big Shot
Heat Gun
Sizzix Decorative Labels
Sizzix Swirls Embossing Folder
Mini Dots Embossing Folder (freebie from DoCrafts)
Stamp - Anita's (currently on bogof for 99p in The Range)
Heat It Up Embossing Powder  - Gold
Gold Ink

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
OSAAT - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes
Marks Finest Papers - No Designer Papers


  1. oh hun wondered were you had been,oh its great to have you back,so glad the surgery went well and that you are okay,and feeling much better great to have you back,
    as for the card think you have done this to perfection hun as yes it is hard to do,but you have done this beautifully take care hun hugs cherylxxx

  2. Claire, hello stranger. What a lovely card. Yes I know what you mean about sympathy cards. I've had to make one this week as well and you are never sure whether it will be OK or not. Glad to see you back and posting. take one day at a time and you'll get there. Lovely to see you posting though. take care, Kym xxx

  3. Hiya hun! Glad to see you getting back into the swing of things! Don't you go overdoing it now, do you hear?? LOL
    Take care hun!
    Teri xx

  4. So sorry to hear what you've been going through Claire. Lovely to see you back though.

    I wouldn't even know where to begin with a sympathy card and would no doubt put my size 9's squarely in it if I tried. Yours however is beautiful.

  5. I've missed you Claire, sorry to hear you have had some health issues. Take it slow and listen to the doctor!
    Sympathy cards are hard but your card is lovely.

  6. Hello Claire,

    So lovely to see you back in blogland! All be it with a card that is beautiful but just not the occasion we want as you said!

    Lets hope you continue to feel better with each passing day!

    Keryn x

  7. Great card. Thanks for joining Speedy the Cats Friends.

  8. Wow, this is so elegant. The embossing looks awesome. Beautifully done. Thank you so much for playing along with Speedy the Cat's "No Designer Paper" Challenge this week. It is a delight to visit to see what you created for our viewing pleasure. Good luck in the drawing and hope you can join us again next week so we can see your latest creation!

    Bear Hugs,

  9. This is gorgeous :-) Following you from blog roll at crafty bloggers network :-) Elaine-xxx-

  10. What a great card, I like this a lot, Gorgeous, thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT, hope to see you again, Gaynor :)

  11. great to see you back hun - fab card - good luck with the recovery xxx

  12. Oh no Claire, hope you are ok, I for one have missed you and also missed you sharing your creativeness. Hope you are well on the way with your recovery xxx

  13. Hi Claire nice to see you back sorry to here you've not been well. Great card very elegant.
    Jenny x

  14. This is just gorgeous Claire,so nice to have you back with us,I have missed

  15. Welcome back! Hope you're on the road to recovery now. :) your card is beautiful.

  16. Hi Claire lovely to see you back!! Hope you are taking it easy and getting loads of rest!!
    Love the card such a hard one to do but this is beautiful! Chanelle xxx

  17. what a very elegant sympathy card, I'm sure the reciepient will be comforted. Get better. Thanks for playing in the challenge with Friends of Speedy the cat to not use designer paper. We appreciate you. Good luck.

  18. Hi Claire, A very warm welcome back and sorry to hear you had surgery. Sending lots of virtual healing vibes your way. That is a lovely card for a very difficult subject. Look after yourself, Nicky x

  19. Beautiful sympathy card. I sure wish we didn't need them! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge!

  20. A gorgeous card Claire .. Glad to see you back in blogland.
    Thanks for sharing with us at One Stitch At A Time for our, 'Anything Goes' challenge.
    Good Luck !!
    Hope to see you back next week :O)
    Choccy x

  21. Gorgeous card. Very elegant. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week. We hope to see you again next week. Check out our new design team at SpeedyTV

  22. your card is absolutely beautiful.


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