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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Christmas Elf and My Poor Zoe!


Last week the local post office agreed to let me stock some of my cards in their village shop. So was planning a busy weekend of inserts and bagging up but when I picked Zoe up from school on Friday she was feeling unwell. By 5pm she was asleep on the sofa and later at night a temp of 38.4. I had a really bad night and by saturday her temp was up to 39.3. I would usually put this down to a kids virus, after 3 children you get a feel of how serious it is. But with Swine Flu around and her symptoms, of the high temp, mild cough, runny nose, headache and the amount of sleeping she has done, went on the Pandemic Website. It came up with a yes and we were given an authorisation code for Tamiflu which we have collected. She is still quite ill today but I have not given the Tamiflu as yet. Side effects are sickness but she's coping and fighting the virus herself so am holding off.

Anyway, back to this card. I watercoloured the image last week with Marvy Le Plume pens. I haven't used these in years but was looking for a different tecnique. The papers are Forever Friends (santa's on his way). Snowflakes are a punch and have coloured with Shimmerz and Glimmer Mists. MS Snowflake punch, Lace and scallop die cut out on my MM Slice. This card fits in with a few challenges today, Winter Wonderland, Forever Friends, Our Creative Corner (gone with the film ELF) & Crazy 4 Challenge.

Am hoping to find some time today to blog hop, but have a roast to cook and am backwards and forwards with Zoe. The Nurofen works well and keeps her temperature down but I still like to give her lots of TLC.
Thanks for looking!!
Clairex

My annual plea for Daniel. Daniel is 12 on the 7th November and is on the Autistic Spectrum. He doesn't socialize and loves recieving your handmade cards. As most will know, for the last 2 years I have asked if some of you could send a card for him to open and the response has been overwhelming. He recieving nearly 100 last year. I think he enjoys this more than the presents. Love watching his face light up. He started a boarding school for Autistic Children in Sept and although he misses home, is slowly settling in and we do get him back every weekend. So if you could help, I'd truly appreciate it.
(My email is on my profile at bottom of page)

76 comments:

gina g said...

Gorgeous card Claire love the papers and so beautifully coloured. Your poor Zoe i hope she is feeling better very soon my daughter and grandson had it a while back not very nice at all. luv gina xx

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Claire :-) I love the cute elf and the papers and embelies are just perfect :-) Good luck with your sales ,,, I am sure they will be snapped up !! ;-)

Hope Zoe feels better soon ,, poor girl she must be feeling dreadful :-( Yes lots of TLC needed there x x

Luv
Lols x x x

pinky said...

Poor little Zoe, hope she is improving by the minute. Agree with you not using the Tamiflu unless totally necessary. Love your card, beautiful colours and I love that image.
Pinky

Diana - Teacher Mom said...

Hi Claire,

Sorry to hear about Zoe. I agree with Pinky that it's good you held off on the Tamiflu unless it's absolutely necessary. Anyway, your card is lovely. Hope Zoe is back to her normal self very soon.

Diana

Rainmac said...

I love your card, it is beautiful. So sorry to hear about your daughter, my boys have had bad colds and tonsillitis, there seem to be loads of bugs about at the moment. Hope Zoe gets better quickly x

Rose Petal said...

Hello Claire. Your card is so beautiful. Hope Zoe is feeling much better soon, poor thing. Thinking of you,Sandra xx

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Claire, and I love your colouring.
I hope Zoe is feeling better soon. We didn't use the Tamiflu with Beth - too many side effects and we were told it can make them worse. Hopefully she'll be coming out of it in the next day or so.
Big hugs
to you all,
Cathy xx

Vanja said...

Beautiful card, Claire! Lovely, soft colours and papers. I love the image.
Hugs, Vanja

Teri said...

This is fabulous!
Thanks for sharing at Winter Wonderland this week!
Hugs,
Teri x

PS - hope little one gets better soon!!

Teri said...

This is fabulous!
Thanks for sharing at Winter Wonderland this week!
Hugs,
Teri x

PS - hope little one gets better soon!!

Nancy said...

OH I feel sorry for Zoe:O) Hope she gets better soon.
Your card is stunning, Sweetie. Love the blue shades, the papers are awesome, brilliant embellishment. Your Elf is so cute, and your colouring is fabulous. I LOVE the lace and border punch.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Nancy;O)

Nannieflash said...

Hi Carole fabulous card I love the colouring and the etails are gorgeous especially the lacy edges. Sorry to hear that your daughter isnt at all well, I do so hope she soon improves. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxxxx

Lil Sis said...

Oh I looove this card it is so cute.

Sorry to hear about Zoe, hopefully she will be on the mend soon and you wont need to give her the Tamiflu, which I'm sure made me feel worse.

Beccy x

Willy said...

Beautiful and lovely Christmas card!

Hermine said...

Its lovely.

Lol said...

Hope your daughter feels better soon, my hubby's got man flu but I think he'll be fine, you know what men are like when they're poorly??!!

Love the card a cutie for Christmas, Good luck with the sales in the local shop

Hugs Lol xx

Lil Daffodil said...

Hi Claire,
I love this Tilda image and your colouring fits in so well with the colour combo on the card. It is a gorgeous card.
Hugs,
Fiona x

Aloesaloes said...

Such a beautiful card, with the lace and and the stars! Your colouring again is amazing! I'm not familiar with the Le Plume pens, but it looks very nice though.

I hope Zoe feels better soon!

xx Loes

Tara said...

Your card is really pretty Claire and I so love that image, cute!
Sending get well hugs to Zoe and I've made Daniel's card now - could you email me your address please, my email addy is on my profile ;o)
Hugs Tara xx

~ Ali ~ said...

I already commented on the seperate post that you had earlier lol, will send a card no probs honey. Fabby card too, love it.

Wishcraft said...

Oh this is such a lovely card - so pretty!

Also, I'd love to make a card for Daniel - my husband has younger twin brothers who are severely autistic and it's lovely to find things that make them smile :o) I'll be back to email you later when the littlies are in bed! Lisa x

Paula said...

Your card is beautiful and lovely colors.
I hope Zoe feels better soon.
Hugs also for your kids Paula.

Sharon said...

Lovely card Claire, this little elf is adorable. I hope Zoe is feeling better soon.

Kim Piggott said...

Wow!
Love your gorgeous card!
So sorry Zoe is unwell hope she recovers soon!
hugs
kim x

Beryl said...

This is a gorgeous card. Sorry to hear Zoe's unwell. Hope she gets better soon.
Beryl xx

Andy said...

This elf is so sweet, I like the colors very much. LG Andy

Jules said...

Hi Claire

A lovely card. Great layout and colour choices.

I hope Zoe feels a lot better soon.

Love Jules xx

Jacqueline's Weblog said...

Your card is beautiful , great colours and details!
I hope Zoe feels better soon.
Hugs Jacqueline

Jill said...

gorgeous card Claire I love love the magnolia image, I hope Zoe is feeling better soon hun, my 2 had this at the end of July and I was out of my mind with worry but at the end the 7 days they were back to normal take care and hugs Jill xx

Jo said...

A beautiful card Claire, and I hope Zoe gets well soon! Jo x

Donna said...

Beautiful card Claire, gorgeous papers and I love the punched borders! So sorry to hear Zoe is poorly...I decided not to give James the Tamiflu when he was poorly the other week as I didn't think he was strong enough to cope with S&D on top of the flu...I hope she improves over the next couple of days :) Donna x

Tasha said...

Gosh Claire i really hop Zoe pulls through it soon.
I love the card the image is super cute and love the stars!
love tasha xx

stampinfrog said...

Oh Claire I hope Zoe gets better soon! I will be keeping her in my thoughts and prayers!
Your card is beautiful love the blue color and the image is so cute and beautifully colored!
Hugs,Connie

Natalie said...

Gorgeous card Claire. I hope Zoe is feeling better soon. x

Lynda said...

Fabulous card Claire and I really hope Zoe is feeling better very soon.

Lynda xxx

Martine said...

this is a beautiful card hunni, and so sorry to hear that Zoe is ill, sending her lots of cuddles and i hope she makes a speedy recovery


xx

Martine

Susie Sugar said...

This is so pretty Claire I didnt buy any of these magnolia pixie stamps but now you have made me want them !! lol great card
Love Susie xx

Cindy Haffner said...

So pretty, fabulous job!!

Danni said...

Sure hope your Zoe feels all better soon!! Hugs!!
Very cute card!

Tammy said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.
Your card is so super cute.
Hope Zoe is feeling better very soon.

Maria Matter said...

Gorgeous Claire!
love your borders!

Blessings, Maria

the funkie junkie said...

Terrific card. Love the blue and all the details. Such a cute image and great coloring. So happy you could play along with the OCC for this week's challenge. Hope to see you back again next week!

Hope your little one will soon be back to normal!

6 wacky women said...

So pretty, Claire
I just love you design, beautiful colours.

Karen x

Becky said...

Beautiful card Claire and love your colouring with the pens, haven't used mine for ages either!!
Poor Zoe, I do hope she's feeling better soon!
Love Becky xx

Michele said...

Gorgeous card Claire. Love the image you've used and the colours also. I hope that your daughter gets over the swine flu very quickly. Hugs Michele x

Janny said...

oooh wooow love this card Claire!

alina said...

lovely card, Claire!
I'm so sorry to read that your daughter is sick, I hope she will better soon! many, many hugs for her! and for you a big one!

Karen said...

Gorgeous card Claire and lovely colouors. Your design is beautiful, very lovely.

Hope your daughter is better soon. My daughter had swine flu before the summer holiday and got over it just fine. Perhaps what your daughter has is not swine flu? Main symptoms is very high fever (my daughters reached over 105) and sudden cough. Lets hope your daughter get over her illness quickly {hugs}

xxx

cats whiskers said...

Fabulous card dear love the blues, poor zoe I do hope she is feeling better this morning, will get on with my card for Daniel today, thanks for the reminder would of hated to miss it
Hugs Jacqui x

Judy's Crafty Moments said...

Gorgeous Claire! So pretty! Hope you daughter is on the mend and congrats on getting your cards into the POst Office. good luck with all that! Hugs Judy xx

Desire Fourie said...

Trust Zoe feels much better soon. Its always worrying when the young ones are sick. Make sure she gets lots of TLC
Love this card as well.
Hugs
Desire

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

OH wow hun!! This is just gorgeous!! I love all those snowflakes and the sweet blue tones with your coloring!! So fabby hun!! HUGS

Nicola said...

Awe poor Zoe, I do hope she is improving Claire.
Your card is super gorgeous, just love this image and your wonderful colouring and those snowflakes are so pretty.
Hugs,
Nicola -x-

Jodi said...

This is such a sweet image! Love the colors you used for her and your layout too!
Hugs
Jodi =)

Lynsey said...

Fantastic card Claire, sorry to hear about your daughter hope she gets better soon.
Hugs Lynsey:)

Lynn said...

Love your beautiful card, and hope your daughter get better real soon.

Teri said...

A beautiful card! Love the image!

Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland.

Teri xxx
p.s. Hope your little girl feels better real soon x

Risa said...

Your card is beautiful Claire! I love this Magnolia image so much! Your color combo and detailing are fab also!
I'm also wishing your daughter a speedy recovery! We are having the same problem in the states also...it seem everywhere you go, someone is sick now days.
Take care and I hope you have a great day!
hugs
Risa:)

Sharon Caudle said...

Beautiful card, Claire! Love the blues and that border punch with the lace! Beautiful coloring too! Hope Zoe is feeling much better very soon! hugs!

Scrapmumur said...

OH..Claire your card is just adorable!!!
Lovely design and colours.
Have a nice week.
Hugs, Mumur

Jannie said...

Your card is beautiful Claire!! Great colours and stunning details!

Hugs Jannie

She said...

Lovely card Claire. Hope Zoe is feeling better. S xxx

Randi said...

Beautiful card Claire! Adorable image and I love those blues!

Sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope she feels better soon! Take care of yourself, too!!

I will post a card to Daniel this week. :o)

Littleted62 said...

Love your card Claire, and hope Zoe is feeling better soon. Hugs, Nicki

iluvmybugs said...

Beautiful card Claire!!! Hope Zoe feels better real soon!!

Terry

Andrea, said...

Beautiful card Claire, gorgeous colours and image. I hope Zoe will be feeling better very soon

Marcea said...

I hope your little darling feels better soon hun, bless her.
Gorgeous card, I am just loving the blues and all the pretty details. Will certainly send a card off .... think I may still have your address from last year but not sure. Will email you if I need it babe
-x-

BA said...

hi claire
your card is so beautiful, love the sweet image and the wonderful colours and detaials
xoxo BA

Gurkiss Scrappande said...

What a wonderful christmas card you have made. I just love it.

Hugs Gurkiss

Thea said...

Wouw Claire, this is so beautiful.
Love the colors that you used.
And the image is super.

Greetings Thea

Thanks for the nice comments on my blog.

Silli said...

Claire, your card is so sweet! I love the image! Hugs Silke

Debbie said...

A fabulous card Claire, I love the cute image and the Icy colours.
I hope Zoe is feeling better really soon. Debbie x

Andrea M said...

Hope you daughter is feeling better! Absolutely gorgeous card! Way to nail the challenge!

Anne said...

Sounds like you and I have had a similar week Claire :o( Hope your little girl is feeling better now - my eldest just threw up all over the checkout at M&S!!!! Your card is absolutely divine - the image is perfectly coloured - I LOVE it!!! Hugs xx

Emma said...

I hope Zoe is feeling lots better. I love your card, such an adorable image and gorgeous colours.
Hugs Emma x

Pascale said...

This is a lovely card Claire and congrats on getting your local shop to sell your work. I hope Zoe is on the road to recovery now. Thanks for joining us this week hugs Pascale

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