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Thursday, 19 May 2011

LOTV DT Card & Challenges & Very Sad News - update

Morning again, another week has passed us by and this week we have a new theme over at the LOTV Challenge Blog. Nice and easy and although I cant compare it to the weather at the moment, this weeks theme is "HERE COMES SUMMER".

Well there are so many new paper pads out there and I probably own a large majority of them. This is BG's Hello Luscious. The image is a die cut from the LOTV Shop. I have punched the corners with an X Cut Punch, added Stickles to the image, Liquid Pearls to the mushroom and backed onto Bazzil. Sentiment is also LOTV punched with an EK Success Punch. Dies, Ribbon and Wild Orchid Flowers. Doily and metal Butterfly from stash draw. The gorgeous Marianne Leaf Die has been covered in Tattered Angel Glimmer Mists but not shown up in the piccie. I can blame the weather for that!

Heres my usual list of challenges;
Paperplay - Sparkle Galore
Crafty Creations - May Flowers
Paper Sundaes - Birthday Creations
Little Claires - Sparkle
Truly Scrumptious - Anything Goes
Flutterby wednesdays - Open Challenge
Stampavie and More - Summer
Papertake Weekly - Bloom and Grow
ASFOS - Anything Goes
Cupcake Crafts - In the Garden
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge - Birthdays
Scrappy Frogs - Anything Goes

 Looking forward to seeing your interpretation. The rest of the LOTV DT have as always made the most beautiful cards.

On a sadder note, some of you may remember my 97 yr old nan broke her hip back in february. She was in hospital for 3months and recently transferred to a home.
We've had a call this morning to say they don't think she will make it till the end of the day so apologies if I go quiet. Am going to the home some stage today to sit with her as I am the only family member who is close by.

I never made it to the home, was getting ready when I got the call.
I was really, really close to her and apart from being a bit shaky the news has not sunk in as yet. Not sure what my plans are over the next few days, maybe crafting will help take my mind off things or I may prefer time out. 
Whatever, life goes on.
Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for stopping by my blog today!




Christina said...

Woww that is another stunning creation Claire! Looks so superb!!
Hugs Kristel

Saskia said...


So sorry to read abou your sad news! You're in my mind!

Lovely card!

BIG hug, Saskia :)

Knerten said...

I am deeply sorry about your loss, Claire. Having in mind her respectable age of 93, I am sure you have loads of good memories to keep you going in the next hard days. Think about the good life she had, and how lucky you were to be a part of it !
All the best for you, sending you warm thoughts !
(PS, your card is absolutely adorable, btw).

Tara said...

It's hard to say the right words Claire but just to let you know I'm sending you a big cyber hug, take care sweet and remember all the lovely times with your Nan ;o)

Gorgeous card and that image is too adorable!

Hugs Tara xx

Dobra said...

Very beautiful card.
She is so sweet and so beautifully made

pinky said...

Ah Claire thats really sad news, no wonder you are badly shaken. Sending you a comforting hug:( I love your sweet creation today, lots of beautiful embellishments. Take care Claire and do what you need to do to help you through this.

Carissa said...

So sorry for your loss. I hope that sweet memories will bring you comfort.
Hugs, Carissa

Littlebearcrafts said...

My thoughts are with you Claire. Big hugs, Clare x

Your card is stunning and your colouring is fantastic.

Sarah said...

Oh I am so, so sorry to hear your sad news Claire. Thinking of you and sending huge cyber hugs to you and your family x

I love your card, gorgeous papers and details x

Riet said...

So wonderful card Claire,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers and the details.

Hugs Riet.xx

Faye said...

Claire, I am soooo osrry to hear this very sad news. I'm sending hugs for you and your family.

Your card is beautiful, I love all the little finishing details you have added to the image. Lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake this week. xxx

melsanford said...

I was so sorry to read your news this morning. My thoughts are with you.... Big hugs xx

Your card is beautiful.

Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Mau xx said...

A Stunning Card Claire, Fantastic bright colours, But such sad news, sorry you never got to see her one last time.Don't let that get you down though as it sounds like your nan knew you loved her dearly. What a wonderful age to get to 97 though, she must have seen so much of life, Bless Her xx
Sending you Massive Hugs and prayers for the days ahead. Mau xx

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear your news Claire. I was very very close to my Nan and I still miss her even after 17 years!
On a brighter note, I adore your card. Love all the embellies and the colours are fabulous.
Take care and treasure your memories.
Dawn xx

Ardilla said...

So sorry for the sad news... I hope you can get comfort very soon.
With deepest simpathy,


Karen said...

So very sorry to hear the news about your dear Nan. Will be thinking about you and your family.
Hugs Karen x

Unknown said...

Your card is beautiful!

So sorry to hear your news. You're in my thoughts.

~kurlygirl Kurly-Q

amanda stokes said...

Hi Claire,
Gorgeous card,love all the details.
So sorry to hear about your Nan, you are in my thoughts
Big Hugs :) xx

Pamela said...

So sorry to hear your sad news, thinking of you.

Pam x

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is amazing. Your design and coloring is superb. A gorgeous creation, Claire!

Dragonlady said...

Hi Claire

So sorry to hear this news, I am thinking of you. Sending you bog hugs hun.

Gorgeous card.

Hugs Ali x

Tineke's hobby said...

so sorry to read the sad news you are in my minds
Your card is beautiful lovely image and great colours i like the corners you have punched
Hugs Tineke

chrissy xx said...

So Sorry. Such sad news. Your in my thoughts.

Jak Heath said...

Thats so sweet, it makes you want to give her a cuddle.
So sorry for your sadness.

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Claire, so sorry for your loss.

Your card is so beautiful, love the pretty embellies.

Take care & big hugs.

Donna x

Unknown said...

Such a gorgeous card. I'm so sorry for your loss!

Imke said...

Very beautiful card. Thanks for playing along @ The Corrosive Challenge this week.

Nikbee said...

I'm so sorry to hear your news. My thoughts are with you.
Your card is gorgeous. I love the papers.

Nikki x

Louise said...

Sorry to hear your sad news she certainly was a good age and you must have many good memories to treasure. Sending big hugs
Louise xx
Your card is gorgeous as always

Tracey T said...

Oh my love, I'm so sorry - I do hope that you're OK. What a year you've had. Thinking of you and sending love and a big hug. Tracey xx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card Claire, so sorry to hear about your nan. Take the time you need Claire, lots of loving thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hugs, Barbara xx

stampingmarianne said...

Such a beautiful card!
Love papers, they are so beautiful!!
All fits perfect!
Thanks for joining us at OSAAT!


Hi Claire
Sorry to hear your sad news you are in my thoughts and your card is gorgeous as always,
Take care
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Jo Nevill said...

So sorry to hear your news Claire. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

Your card is just gorgeous, I adore the image you have used and your yummy papers.

Thank you for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly and PaperPlay Challenges this week.


Jo x

Anne H. said...

WOW - your card is wonderful!
An adorable image, so beautiful colors and lovely details.
Thanks for joining us this week at Stampavie and More.

Take care xx
Big hugs, Anne

Anne said...

So very sorry to hear your sad new. You are in my thoughts. Hugs x

coops said...

so sorry to hear your sad new claire.
thinking of you.

xx coops xx

Julie said...

Hi Claire, so sad to read about your Nan- I'm sure she knew how much she was loved by her family. Sending you hugs at this sad time, Juliexx

BTW, your card is gorgeous - beautiful image and layout - maybe crafting will be theraputic for you. (Also, the jiffy bags I use are from Rymans and they're CD mailing bags that come in a pack of 5 for about 1.40!)xxx

sallysbitz2 said...

I am so sorry to hear your bad news. It is sooo hard no matter what the age. My thoughts are with you at this sad time xx

Your card is just stunning x

hugs sally x

Angie said...

Sorry to here your sad news.

Your card is lovely, great colours and image. Thanks for joining us at papertake weekly
Angie x

Sharon said...

So sorry to hear about your nan Claire. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Wishcraft said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Claire, sending you hugs xx

Your card is beautiful as always. Lisa x

Dena said...

Claire! I am soooo sorry to hear about your Nan! Gosh sweetie, I am thinking of you and will keep you in my prayers!
Your card is simply adorable! LOVE the gorgeous summer colors and the awesome image!
Take card Claire!

Danni said...

So sorry for your loss.

This is a beautiful card! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

having a {me} day said...

WOW! Amazing papers and colours. Love how you've put it all together and the detail on the toadstool. keeleyxx

Katarina said...

So sorry for your loss Claire, you are in my thoughts. hugs..

Sally Morgan said...

So sorry to hear about your loss Claire, you're in my thoughts and prayers. Take care hunni x

love and big hugs Sal x

ps your card is as beautiful as ever x

Jules said...

Hi Claire

Sorry to read your sad news.

Whatever you decide to do everyone will still be here when you return.

Take comfort in the fact that your Nan had a lovely long life.

Love Jules xx

Nicki said...

You're in my thoughts Claire, take care.

Hugs, Nicki

debby4000 said...

Adorable gorgeous card Claire

Shelly said...

Sorry to hear about your Nan Claire, hope she gets comfort in your being there with her. Such a beautiful project, I love all the details! Perfect for our theme at Cupcake this week! Shelly x

Kay Carley said...

Such a beautiful creation.

So sorry to hear about your Nan - they are VERY special aren't they. xx

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

So sorry to hear about your Nan. I know it's hard but 97 was a good age so she had a long life.

Gorgeous card, loving these new die cuts. Marianne x

Scrappy Scatty said...

what a lovely card
thank you for playing along with us this week at OSAAT
Love Jan

Dawn♥ said...

Gorgeous card Claire. Thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations. Dawn♥

Unknown said...

So sorry to hear your sad news, although at this very sad time, I'm sure your wonderful memories of your Nan will see you through chum, take all the time you need.
Lots Hugs
Sarah x

Nannieflash said...

Oh Claire so sorry you didnt manage to get to the home to say goodbye, Im sure she is now at peace. My heart and thoughts are with you, take care with love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Donna said...

Hi Claire, I'm so sorry to hear your sad news and just wanted to send best wishes to you all...big hugz! Gorgeous card Claire and such a beautiful image :) Donna x

Delphine said...

Oh Claire, I am so sorry for your loss... I am thinking of you and sending you lots of hugs. Delphine xx

Kim. said...

Oh Claire I am so sorry to hear that of your nan, bless her she certainly lived a full life.
Great card, lovely image and beautifully embellished.
Kim xXx

xxxtglxxx said...

Hi Claire :) so sorry hun to hear your news.

I actually started blogging when I lost my mum suddenly, and I think it helped me such a lot. You must do only what you feel is right, and you should do whatever helps you get through the day and this difficult time.

We will all still be here even if you take a wee break :)

Now you card is just amazing - I adore that image, and when I saw your card on the LOTV blog I went in search of this little cutie. I hope one day she makes it to rubber :)

Beautiful DP and gorgeous details.

Take care and big hugs


Jacqueline (Sjakkie) said...

Beautiful! Your card is so sweet, wonderful!
Sorry to hear of the bad news, my thought are with you.
Hugs Jacqueline

Unknown said...

Hi this is awesome Claire, love that butterfly. So sad to hear your your loss. thinking about you xxx

Michele Roos said...

Such a gorgeous card Claire. Love the colours and the details. Thanks for joining us this week at Truly Scrumptious Challenge. Hugs Michele x

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Claire, what a beautiful card. I love the image and the colours are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x
p.s. I'm so sorry to read about your nan - sending big hugs your way.

Unknown said...

Wow this is beautiful! I love the sparkle!! Thanks for joining in at PaperPlay this week. I have a brand new "Flying Angel Tilda" as blog candy if you would like to enter.
Alicia xx
P.S I am so sorry to hear about your nan. I totally understand as mine has been unwell too. Keeping you in my prayers xx

~ Ali Robertson ~ said...

Sending you the biggest of hugs sweetie. I'm so sorry to hear your sad news.

Ali x

Crystal said...

So sorry for your loss :(
Cherish all the good memories you have of her!
You are right though crafting may keep your mind occupied for awhile.
Your card is gorgeous, love the colouring and the fabulous DP. Thanks for playing along with Paper Sundaes Birthday Challenge :)

Emilie said...

Wow, this card is very beautiful.
I really like the papers you have used and together with the flowers and the butterfly it makes a perfect little birthday card.

Greetings from FarfallaDK

Dawn B. said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your card is beautiful. I love this image.Take care.

Mona`s Bittelille Scrappekrok said...

WooooW! This looks totally amazing! Looove the rich colours. And the image is so sweet. Hugs...Mona

Rosietoes said...

Claire I have just been catching up and read your sad news.
I hope that in time the lovely memories of your Nan will be a great comfort to you.
Sending you hugs.

Edna x

Card is gorgeous btw.

♥Gemma♥ said...

Wow stunning card!!

Im ever so sorry to hear such sad news...you are in my thought's!!

Hugs and xxx

Muckyfingers said...

So sorry to hear about you Nan xx
Your card is lovely
Thanks for playing along with Paperplay this week :)
Love from Annette xXx

Mandy said...

Stunning card hun.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Play for our sparkle galore challenge.
I'm so sorry to learn of your sad loss Claire
big hugs Mandy xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your nan, Claire. May she rest in peace. My 90 year old FIL broke his hip 18 months ago and still has not recovered. The pain is apparently terrible and the loss of independence so hard to cope with.
Your card is beautiful by the way. Love the papers and the accents and the little pearls on the toadstool.
Big hugs, Lesley

Mrs Mac said...

I am really sorry you didn't get there in time ))hugs((

Kerryn said...

what a stunning card! I saw this on the LOTV blog and it's what brought me to your blog.
I just love that image!

I am sorry to hear about you losing your nan. :-(

Stamps and Paper said...

Claire so sorry to hear of your loss...
Beautiful card as usual and your colouring is fabulous. My new LOTV arrived today so I can play now...lOl

Hugs Anne


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