Wednesday 27 April 2011

A bunch of roses

It's been a worrying few days and I've not got much crafting done. All kinds of minor hassles were sent to try us, but worst was the worry about my Dad's health. He has had problems with his eyes for a while and last year had both cataracts removed. This seemed to 'cure the problem' but over the past couple of months he's been complaining of pain over one eye and the optician refered him to the hospital consultant .. .. he referred him to the neurologist as he thought Dad may have had a mini stroke. That was ruled out with blood tests but now over the past couple of weeks things have got much worse with Mum worrying he may be suffering from dementia. Finally, yesterday the doctor called and thinks that there is a combination of factors in play, not least being his eyesight, and is referring him back to the hospital for further tests. My mum has been worried and I was frantically cleaning house just in case I had to drop everything and go down to her - she doesn't drive so with Dad being incapable of driving they are reliant on neighbours to take them to doctors appointments and for shopping trips. We will try to visit more often, but of course the added stress is not good for my ME, but that can't be helped.

So, this is the first card I've managed to put together in days. I had the Bildmalarna little lad stamped and coloured for some time but can't remember the exact Copic colours I used, plus taking the picture by my craft room window in the bright morning light has washed out the colours a little anyway. The papers are from Kim's cottage collection in sapphire at Cuddly Buddly, matted with textured white cardstock and given a white line and pricking faux stitch edge. The flowers were a birthday present from my dear crafty friend Linda and I simply added a Marianne swirl, 3 punched leaves and a double bow organza ribbon that was originally white but I coloured with R81.

Having been away from the blogging world for a few days I'm not sure what the challenges are all about at the moment, but I did find out that the Stamptacular Sunday blog have a pile it on theme - they want at least 5 layers, so if you count my mats I've got that and more. My card layout is similar to the sketch on the Sweet Stop blog although my oval is vertical rather than horizontal and over on the i Copic Lover blog the challenge is for pastels - I'm making a guess but am pretty sure that I've used the E40 -E43 range for the little lad's shoes and hat, B90s for his trousers and BG0000 mixed with B91 for his top with RV000 and R81-85 for the pinks. His hair was most likely the pale E50s, or maybe pale E30s, and skin tones would be my usual E000, 00 & 21.

I have to get a move on now and try and make my next couple of cards for DT challenges in case I have to disappear again. I will try to catch up soon - promise!


  1. I'm sorry to hear that thing have not been to good with your Dads health, such a worry for you.Your card is lovely, I do like these cute images.
    I am totally off card making at the minute, can't get my images coloured to my liking so annoying :(
    Hugs Sonia xx

  2. Sorry to hear about your Dad's is a tough situation to be in and the not knowing is the worst. Hang in there...Your card is just lovely!

  3. Hi Annie, I'm so sorry to hear that your Father's health isn't very good, I hope it's sorted quickly for all of your sakes:0)
    I love the card you've made it's wonderful, pretty blue but a cute image too, great:0) xxx

  4. sorry to hear about yor dad Annie, it gets worrying when your parents health fails, sweet card

  5. whata gorgeous card ~love the muted colours....
    sending you lots of hugs annie!!
    vanessa xx

  6. This is just delightful Annie, that little chap is gorgeous and I love how your actual rose bouquet reflects the one in the image. So sorry to hear of your Dad's worrying symptoms and hope he recovers soon. Take care with all your rushing around. Just a few more days and I'll be home again !

  7. I'll be thinking of you & your family Annie - not easy in that situation & take care of yourself in those circumstances too. It's not easy when you have your own battles to fight & need to care for others at the same time.
    I think this is delightful - I do like these images & your floral spray is a lovely embellishment to complement the stamped & coloured bouquet.
    Take care & much love to you all.
    Paula (PEP)

  8. Hi Annie, what a beautiful card. Love the colours you've used. Lovely how the flowers in the image and the flowers on the card are so similar.

    You are having a worrying time just now. Of course your Mum is worried about your Dad and you're worried about them both. I hope you can manage to get a bit of rest yourself. Not easy when you're worried I know. And don't worry about visiting and commenting. I'm sure everyone understands and family comes first.

    Take care

    Kat xx

  9. Oh this is gorgeous and adorable too.
    Do hope they get to the bottom of your Dads problems.

  10. So wonderful card Annie,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  11. So sorry to read about the problems with your Dad's health Annie! The worries must be worsening your health issues as well....Praying for you!
    The card is beautiful, I hope making cards is a sort of therapie for you!
    Dutch Tulip

  12. Love this little man Annie. So Cute.
    I hope you dad will be ok. hugs Lindax

  13. These papers are the perfect backdrop for this sweet image. Thank you for sharing your amazing work with us this week over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

  14. Ohlala, so wonderful and sweet card ♥♥♥ Beautiful coloured motiv and I totally love the Marianne Dies you have used.

    Thank you for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge this week :)

  15. Such a sweet card!!I love the die cuts you added to the flowers, so pretty.

  16. So sweet image! And a lovely card!

    Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

    Hugs ~ Tine


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