Wednesday 16 October 2013

A New Challenge over at Diva's by Design and a Russ update.

Good morning friends.
Before I tell you about the new challenge over at Diva's by Design I would like to thank you for your lovely comments and best wishes for Russ and myself. I told you that Russ had had  major heart surgery four years ago to graft a vein onto the side of his heart that had no veins or arteries, (yes, I know it sounds worrying stuff) and believe me I have been very worried. Well after an angiogram on Friday, it was discovered that the graft had disappeared!!! The consultant thinks that because the right side of his heart was working so well his body rejected the new vein. This means we are back to square one with only one side of his heart working and an artery that has a kink in it which could have terrible consequences. We have to wait now for an appointment for another MRI scan where the specialist can review what happens next. We have to try and live our lives as normal whilst we wait.
Now on to the challenge at Diva's by Design. We are being sponsored this week by Iva Nova Chest - a place for some gorgeous crafting goodies. The theme for this challenge is Autumn colours. I didn't think I would be able to make the deadline for this challenge with all that has gone on this week, but I locked myself in my craft room with some music and wine - had a good old sing song and a crafty few hours and am really pleased with the results.
I have used the gorgeous Drip Drop Tilda which I masked before stamping the Spring Fence.
The picture at the top I photographed by laying the card flat near a window and positioning my camera above the image whilst the second photo was taken with the card being placed in a light box.  I don't know if the above photo is a bit too blue but then again the second images' background is a bit too grey even though I used a daylight lamp. There is no pleasing some people eh!!! What I would prefer is a bright white background but I can't seem to achieve this. Any suggestions crafty buddies?
The ribbon is from my own stash.
I have added Frantage to the Butterflies and the Doily.
The leaves were stamped, cut out and coloured with Adirondack inks. I love these leaves but it is only the second time I have used them even though I have had the stamp about 4 years.
The gems on the butterflies are from my own stash.
I would like to welcome my new followers. I would love to visit you so would you kindly send me a message so that I can return the favour as I cannot get onto your blog from your followers picture.
I am sorry I have not been around for a while but I will hopefully get round to visiting you all this week. Enjoy your crafting.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenge.

Lady Annes Challenges - Autumn/Fall
Pennys Paper Crafty Challenge - Anything Goes
Cards Galore - Flowers
Heck of a Challenge - Autumn Colours
Everybody Art Challenge - Ribbon
Loves Rubber Stamps - Fall leave or pumpkins
Try it on Tuesday - Texture (frantage)
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Ribbon
Fashionista Challenge - Shabby Chic
Craft Your Passion - Embossing
Scrap-creations - Cut it out (leaves)
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
The Hobby House - Roses (Hobby House products Frantage)



Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Sharon! What pretty coloring and lovely layers on this darling Tilda card. My favorite part is the little sentiment - it's beautiful. Sharon, I hope Russ is feeling better, and that the doctors soon learn what the problem is so they can effectively take care of it. Prayers for your family. hugs, de

Olena said...

Very Beautiful card! Great job with coloring! Olena

Alexandra♥ said...

Hello Sharon! Your card is gorgeous as always! The frantaged butterflies and those die-cut leaves are so beautiful, the image is colored lovely and that fabulous wide ribbon surely adds a charming look to the whole piece. :)

Marianne said...

What a beauty is this.
Hugs, Marianne

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Oh wow Sharon obviously the music and wine did the trick this is gorgeous! How bizarre about your husband and so worrying for all of you, sending big hugs and hope things get sorted soon, Susan xx

Jo said...

Hi Sharon......a gorgeous card, as usual.....full of pretty embellies & love how you've coloured her & used the frantage!
Sorry to hear you're having such a rough time....hope hubby is soon feeling much better.
hugs Jo x

Sue said...

Your card is stunning Sharon. I love the image and such gorgeous detailing. The leaves look amazing!
Gosh, no wonder you are worried. I hope Russ doesn't have to wait too long until the doctors decide what happens next
Take care, sending you hugs
Sue xx

Helen said...

Your attention to detail never ceases to amaze me, Sharon. This is really lovely.
Bit of a scary time for you and Russ, hope the doctors work out the best plan for what needs to be done (and quickly). Helen

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Sharon. The image is so sweet and I love all the pretty embellies.
I hope Russ is OK and that the doctors decide what to do soon.
Lorraine x

Debs said...

Your card is stunning as always Sharon - I love all your amazing details so beautifully brought together.
It must be such a worry for you and the family - I hope that Russ doesn't have to wait too long until they decide what they can do.
In the meantime try to relax and look after yourself.
Take care
Debs xx

DesignerDiva said...

Beautiful card Sharon, with all thats going on I'm amazed you could concentrate! I'm sure the wine helped!! I adore those leaves and I'm off to investigate!!
Hugs to everyone Laurie xx

Penny said...

Wow, what crazy news about Russ! I know I would be going bonkers if Gary was in the same situation. Praying for a perfect solution and speedy recovery!
Beautiful card again, Sharon! Love your design, fab bow & embellies and wonderful coloring! As far as taking photos goes, I take mine in front of my window, then us Photoshop Elements to adjust any problems with lighting and/or color.
Hugs, Penny

Shazza said...

gorgeous card hunny, fingers crossed Russ gets treated asap x

Claire said...

Beautiful card Sharon, love the image and gorgeous detailing. Hugs, Claire x

Janice said...

An amazing card Sharon. Very pretty indeed. Hope Russ gets his health issues sorted, a real worry for you, Jx

Crafty Moone Cards said...

So gorgeous Sharon.
Sue x

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous creation, love the image and fab embellies, I do hope you get some positive news soon!
Helen x

Jac’s Playground said...

Stunning card Sharon, so much beautiful detailing and such a darling image xx

susiestacey said...

I hope Russ gets an appointment through ASAP and the problems are quickly resolved - sounds very worrying.
Gorgeous card Sharon, pretty as always x Susan x

Doreen said...

This is fabulous,gorgeous image and coloured

Sonia said...

Sorry to hear you're going through that Sharon, I know very well how worried you must be and truly hope everything goes well... and talking about crafting with wine and music made me laugh, cause I can only craft in silence...complete silence, sometimes I even wear ear but I may have to try wine and music to see if it works on me as well as it does on you, cause your cards are always STUNNING! I am totally drulling over this one!!! ...HUGS...SK :)

coops said...

fabulous card sharon.really gorgeous design and details and fab sweet image.
i hope all goes well for your hubby and that his appointment is soon.

xx coops xx

Kelly said...

You made the most beautiful card while destressing! Wine helps alot. lol I am glad you had a moment to relax. I will continue to pray for your husband!! Take care of yourself, create and relax! if you can.
Bug Hugs

Wishcraft said...

Such a beautiful card Sharon! Love those leaves and super sweet image. Sorry to hear about Russ, you must be so worried hun xx Hugs, Lisa x

Miss Sophie scrappar said...

Fab card Sharon!! Love the colors and all the details! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Love Sophie

Louise said...

Wow stunning card Sharon and so many lovely details, sorry to hear about your husband it must be a very worrying time for you,I do hope and pray all goes well for you both.
Hugs Louise xx

MagsB said...

Oh, sweetie, what a worry! I hope and pray that Russ will have the best treatment and make a full recovery. It's so awful when our loved ones are ill, we feel so helpless. Sending you and Russ loads of love and good thoughts! x

Also, this is another stunning card, hun, you have such talent! X

love Mags B x

Ceal said...

very pretty! love the muted colors and the details. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps this week!

Charlotte said...

Gorgeous card Sharon, your colouring looks very good and I love the design and all the details on your beautiful card!
Hugs Charlotte

Meggymay said...

A stunning card, wonderful textures and details. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's.

MagsB said...

Would you like me to do your Dream Valley commenting for a while? Let me know either via Blogger or Facebook.

All good wishes to Russ and to you. Thinking of you!

much love, Mags B x

LilyPuss Cards said...

Amazing creation Sharon..lots of the colour...sorry to hear about your husband...hope all works out well very

Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog today..and yes the Pink pen is from the new TH DI pen bundle...
Have a great weekend..

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.

Unknown said...

This adorable card is a beauty in itself and I don't think anything you change would have made it any different, it's gorgeous. Gosh Sharon so sorry to hear about Russ, the mysteries of life are just that, a mystery and I pray for you both and things will get better, positive thoughts and prayer my sweet friend.xxxx

Anne said...

Amazing what a bit of music and wine can do for your mojo ...this is fabulous Sharon!
I see something new each time I look at it, and those leaves are fab
Sorry to hear about Russ :o(

Anne x

Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely stunning with awesome colouring and textures. Love the flowers with the autumn leaves.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh that is so cute, love the colors and the fabulous leaves and flowers are the perfect touch and design. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so adorable and gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Challenges 4 Everybody.

Cathy DT Member

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous card Sharon, I love the scene you have created and all of your wonderful embellishments.
I do hope Russ gets his appointment through nice and quickly so that you can move forward and hopefully get something sorted out soon - you will both be in my thoughts.

zandra said...

Love all the layering, great take on the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT. Hugz, Z

Inkypinkydelights said...

Oh dear Sharon what a worrying time for you. If there is anything I can do you know where to find me. But WOW you certainly work well under pressure. This is amazing! I like it just as it is, and I love those butterflies! Am thinking of you. Judy x

Céline said...

so pretty, love the design and colors
thanks for playing with us at fashionista

Anonymous said...

totally gorgeous thanks for joining us at the Hobby House challenge
Hugs Kate xx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous fall card!! :) :) Love it!!
Thanks for joining us @ Loves Rubberstamps this week for the Fall Leaves & Pumpkins challenge!! :) :)

Pami said...

What a stunning card, such beautiful attention to detail, I love the leaves! Thanks for sharing with us at the Hobby House this month, good luck with the challenge! Pami x

Pami said...

Sorry Sharon, I pressed the button too quickly, just to say am thinking of you through this worrying time, sending lots of hugs. Pami x

Im just me - Marleen said...

A beautiful project. Thank you joining us on Cards Galore xx

SusanLotus said...

Very beautiful Fall card!
I love the added leaves on the side.


sara said...

beautiful card thanks so much for joining us at Bunnyzoes this month
hugs sara x x

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