Saturday, 31 August 2013

Summer Time

Today is the last day of summer, according to the meteorological office that is, and the sun is still shining here in Cornwall.  There is a distinct change in the air though, things slowing down, flowers going over, butterflies flitting lazily about .. .. a feeling I can certainly identify with too!  I hope we get a prolonged Indian Summer to enjoy before the autumnal winds and rain arrive.

Here is a card that I've had finished for quite a while but forgot to post.  I stamped the Serendipity image of Queen Anne's Lace with butterfly and coloured with my Copcis, added Stardust Stickles to the flower heads and glazed the butterfly.  My original intention was to enter the Serendipity Stamps blog challenge to have a butterfly on your creation .. .. but that theme was ages ago!  So instead I find that the Marianne Design Divas theme of Summer Sun might fit.

And, here is my card.  My base is a small tent fold created from old SU card that I have to use up, thankfully it's a soft colour that I like, and a pile of slightly smaller than C6 envies - oh yes, I am still on my economy stash drive but have told myself that it doesn't include stamps and dies!  I've run the top through the Swiss Dots CB embossing folder, cut out my stamped and coloured image with Marianne Design die LR0279 inking the embossed areas with a soft chalk ink (a better match to the base in real life).  The layer behind the image is from the same die set, pretty fancy this one!  To finish I simply cut the holly corners from CR1253 and again inked the raised areas.  It's a pretty little card for my stash that I can keep for those awkward occasions .. ..

Update on my personal health issues coming up now so skip past if you'd like.  I have had several medical appointments and my rash has been eczema, psoriasis and now back to eczema with possible patches of psoroasis.  I was prescribed Dovobet but it turns out I'm allergic to it and things got much worse!  I've had my name put forward for UVB light treatments but am not sure if they will help or not.  I got a good Aloe Vera lotion with soothing Calendula and other herbal extracts to help after the bad reaction to Dovobet - thankfully things are clearing up nicely so I am very reluctant to go back down the trial and error route of pharmacological remedies. I have been given an inhaler as I've developed a wheeze and possible allergic asthma, but allergic to what?  It's another indication that my immune system isn't functioning as it should.  I have lost two fillings, one from a tooth only filled a year ago (do you get a warranty with a filling), so will have to go to the emergency dental clinic again as I've not found a National Health dentist in this area with vacancies - needless to say I am not looking forward to yet more treatments from newly qualified dentists needing the practice!  What I need is a holiday .. .. a little crafty break would do nicely!


  1. Very pretty & I'm glad you won win your cupcake creation - I know your delight in the Marianne products. I love the colouring & glitter with the very elegant inking & layering of dies.
    Take care with yourself - it's a bit fiddly when things aren't straightforward..........I wonder what 'normal' is like???
    Much love
    Paula (PEP)

  2. Wow... this is beautiful! I love the colours, those fabulous dies and the little bits of sparkle. Very Pretty!

  3. Gorgeous card!!
    Take care of you!

  4. Hi Annie, super card hunnie. Love the flowers and the dies are wonderful.
    Hope things settle down for you and the dentist goes ok.
    Hugs Sue W.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous and beautiful card.
    Sorry to hear your health isn't so good at the moment do hope things pick up for you.

  6. Gorgeous card Annie and by the way it would fit the challenge at Totally Gorjuss which is texture this week.

    Sorry to hear that your health problems are still bothering you. I can understand your reluctance to try any more pharmacological remedies when the Aloe Vera lotion is working fine! I went to the doctor with swollen ankles and several weeks later and 2 visits to the nurse for blood tests and 3 visits to the doctor he says I have an underactive thyroid. Now I'm waiting for more results to decide whether my dose of thyroxine is enough or if I need a higher dose. I'm a bit miffed as I feel absolutely fine and apart from my 3 yearly MOT with the nurse I have no idea when I was ever at the doctor for me. Probably last time was with my father-in-law and that was more than six years ago.

    Take care and good luck with the dentist.

    Kat xx

  7. Hi Annie,
    This is simply stunning,
    love your colour combo,
    and the layout,
    simply divine,
    Heather & Bronwyn x x

  8. Wonderful card - fabulous colouring
    Love it !


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