Monday 3 June 2013

A bit of Ouch, Sadness, frustration and a card, so not all bad!!!

Good Evening friends.

I would first like to apologise for being a bad blogger this week. As this title suggests it has been a week of  emotional  ups and downs and though I have been looking at your wonderful blogs I have not been commenting. My arm is no better - still got that trapped nerve which is making my fingers numb and making it difficult to make cards so I am relying on cards I have under my belt but not posted yet.

Secondly, my very dear friend Denise,  lost her husband of only 17 months to cancer. They had been together for many years but got married just 17 months ago. The cancer was only diagnosed 12 weeks ago but he sadly lost his brave fight last Monday. Steph was a wonderful man and would put a smile on anyone's face. They were so happy and Denise just doesn't know how she will ever be happy again. Denise lost her mum last year and then her faithful Labrador only weeks later. How much sadness does someone have to bear. I can feel myself welling up just writing this - a lot of waterproof mascara going to be needed on Wednesday. 

Thirdly and I could use some very choice words here, my computer was hacked. Luckily I was prompted  by Bev Rochester who was in my contact list and I got on the phone to Microsoft.  They very quickly sorted the problem and deleted any malicious programmes or whatever they put on. My computer is now hopefully secure enough for them to not cause problems. If anyone in my contact list had problems due to this I am truly sorry. Like I said I could use some choice words. 

Any way, on a very much lighter note - a card. I have use the adorable Roses are Red, Violets are Blue from Saturated Canary. 

The image has been coloured using Copic Markers ( I have been very Brave here and attempted black hair - could be better but it could also be worse)!!! The papers are from Nitwit Collections.

The sentiment is a free download from Scrap-a-liscious. She has some fabulous sentiments and well worth a visit. 

The flowers are from The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop and WOC as are the hat pins. The ribbon is also from The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop which unfortunately closing. 
The image has Aged Silver and Shabby White Frantage surrounding her. 
The butterfly is from Memory Box  and is called Darla and Vivienne.

I would love to enter this card into the following challenges

Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge - Open
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Anything Goes - Add Texture (Frantage)
Sister Act - Anything Goes
The Rubber Buggy Challenge - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge - For the Girls
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Girls
Allsorts Challenge - Here Come The Girls
The Hobby House - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - Anything Goes

I would like to say hello to my new followers. It is lovely to see you here as it is my older followers.
I am going to have a blogging evening tonight so I will catch up with you all.


Gretha said...

This is so lovely Saron, beautiful soft colors
X Gretha

Desire Fourie said...

This is so pretty and I love all the girly touches.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

KarinsArtScrap said...

sorry about your friends husband Sharon that is very sad news.

But your card is gorgeous and beautiful made.
hope your hand goes better.

greetings karin

Debs said...

So sorry to read your very sad post Sharon - your friend must be devastated.
Your card however, is stunning as always.
Hope your arm improves soon hun.
Take care
Debs xx

Wishcraft said...

Your poor friend, that's so sad xx

Your card is lovely, such pretty colours and details. Hope your arm is better soon. Hugs, Lisa x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Beautiful card Sharon.
Sorry to hear all your sad news.
Take care.
Sue x

thecraftycavalier said...

Oh Sharon, I am so sorry to read your post. I am sending you a big hug and hope that the arm gets better soon - I struggled for years with a trapped nerve and it's so frustrating. I'm sending love and a big hug to your friend and hope that she finds a way through this devastating loss. Big hugs hun, will be keeping you in my thoughts. Jayne xx

Jill said...

Oh sweetie, what a week you have had. Sending you a BIG cyber hug ♥
Your card Sharon is wonderful, both the colours, colouring (love her black hair!) and the way you have embellished everything. LOVE the frantage, can't wait to try it!
Take care sweetie, be careful with your arm and thank you for the wonderful comments you write me. It makes me so happy ♥
You're a star hun
Hugs, Jill

Kim said...

gorgeous card Sharon, love the colour combo - and the black hair! do hope your arm improves for you soon.
Kim x

Janine said...

So sorry to read of all your sad news.
Your card is gorgeous and I love everything about it!.
Hope your arm is on the mend soon and try and stay strong on Wednesday. Your friend must be devastated.
Loving the new look blog.
Big Hugs, Janine xx

Lorraine said...

So sorry to hear your friends sad news.

Your card is gorgeous. The image looks fab and I love her black hair. hope your arm is better soon.
Lorraine x

Heather said...

Oh Sharon, I'm so sorry to hear all about your awful news - my heart goes out to the sad loss of your friend's husband's friends and family. I hope your problems have been sorted out and your arm is feeling better.
Your card is gorgeous - beautifully coloured and such stunning details!!

Heather xx

Sue said...

Oh Sharon. I am so sorry to hear about your friend's husband, my heart goes out to hear having to deal with so much sadness.
I hope your arm improves soon.
Your card is stunning. I love the image, wonderful colouring and such gorgeous detailing too.
Take care
hugs Sue xx

karalschuknecht said...

So Sorry to hear about your friend and wishing you well. Your card is fabulous so many beautiful details. Thanks for joining us this week for Extra Texture.
Karal DT for Tammy's Scrapin Corner

Anneke said...

hello Sharon.
i found your blog and see here beautiful cards.
so i became a folower now from your blog.

So sorry to hear your friends sad news.
regards from Ann.

Marianne said...

GReat card Sharon, love the colours.
Hugs, Marianne

debby4000 said...

Adorable, gorgeous card, what pretty colours and fab flowers.
Sorry to hear you've been having a rough time of late, hoping things get better for you soon.

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp challenge.


Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

So sorry to hear about your friend Sharon. There seems to be a lot of hacking going on at the moment both my daughter and husband were hacked last week!

Your card is gorgeous love her hair! Beautifully embellished and the frantage looks smashing! Sending hugs Susan x

Anonymous said...

how lovely, thank you so much for joining us at the Hobby House Challenge
Hugs Kate

sue w. said...

Hi Sharon, sorry to hear about your friends Husband, so sad.
Hope it's not long before your arm improves. Hope your computer is ok too.
Week from hell! Things have to get better hun.
Hugs Sue W.

catherine said...

Such a beautiful card Sharon and thanks for joining us over at Allsorts this week
x catherine

Christina - Pieces of Dreams said...

Oh Sharon, what a week. Im giving a hug through the keyboard. xxx
Beautiful card and Fantastic design too.
Chris x

fiction book reviews said...

Very pretty

Thank you for joining this week at Fab'n'Funky

Zoe x
Handmade with lots of Love

Jules said...

Oh Sharon

What a week!!!

Your poor, poor friend. My heart goes out to her.

Thank goodness she has such a good friend in you.

Another gorgeous card .. .. hope your arm is sorted soon and your computer is happy now.

Love Jules xx

Lozzy said...

Stunning card Sharon, really pretty and you have coloured her hair beautifully.
You have had a bad week, so up setting. Sending big hugs to you and Denise. Take Care, hugs Lozzy xx

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie...

I love today's creation so much...

Fabulous colours too....

Huggles Pops x x x

Nikki Craft said...

This is gorgeous:) Thanks for joining us at The Hobby House x
Hugs Nikki x

Shazza said...

oh dear how sad for your friend, what a tragedy. As for you and your trapped nerve I sypmathise, my neck and shoulder are not much better and it does interfere with the crafting doesn't it?
Glad you got the puter sorted out, bad people out there!! The card is gorgeous my luv

Penny said...

Well, you have certainly had your share lately, haven't you? So sorry to hear of your loss. Your friend must be devastated. And really sorry to hear about your pinched nerve--I hope it improves ASAP!
You did create a fabulous card; such a wonderful design! Love the image, your fantastic coloring, and the beautiful embellies you chose! :^)
Hugs, Penny

cotnob said...

It sounds like you have had an awful week, how sad for your friend - my heart goes out to her. I hope your arm soon gets better, a trapped nerve is no fun at all and I speak from experience.
Your card is beautiful, such a gorgeous image and fabulous design.
Take care.

Margaret said...

Sorry to hear about your arm and the death of your friend's husband. Here's to a better week! Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for playing with us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner for this challenge.
Margaret, DT

Craftnut said...

Thanks for joining my challenge at Allsorts Tracy x

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, this is so beautiful, love the coloring and the fabulous design and details. Thoughts and prayers for you and your friend.

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sharon, her hair looks fab....Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky and Totally Papercrafts this week.
So sorry to hear about your friend and hope your arm feels better soon.
Wendy xx

Kelly said...

Sending you a big hug and strength for Wednesday!! Sorry that it has been a hard time for you. I hope you arm gets better soon!! Your card is beautiful and I love how you colored your image. The Frantage is great on your card too.
Big hugs to you,

Eemeli said...

Beautiful creation. Love the soft colors and all the pretty little details. Thanks for joining our "Add Extra Texture" challenge this week at Tammy's Scrapin Corner.

Hugs from Finland,
Eemeli (DT)

Little K Smith said...

Oh this beautiful hun, such a gorgeous image, the colours are so pretty and delish embellies too :)
So sorry to hear about your friend, life can be very cruel sometimes and I hope your arm gets better soon.

Elise said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry to hear of all the troubles and sadness going on in your life right now. :( I'm very sorry to hear of your friends' husbands cancer also. :(

Well, your card is just absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Love the colors and this little girl is just DARLING!

Big Hugs,

Emily Lauritzen said...

Absolutely stunning card! I love the sweet colors and all your fabulous embellishments! And what a cute image! Love the way you colored her up surrounded by the frantage. I'm so sorry you've had a rough week! I pray that things get better for you soon.
<3 Emily L.

Unknown said...

Sharon, This card is just adorable! I love that gorgeous bow and that sweet cluster of flowers!
On another note, I got a surprise in the mail the other was the clear stamp set that I sent to you so very long ago! It was returned with the message "addressee gone away"! I'll try to send you an email to make sure I had addressed it properly, and will give it another go to get it to you.

Alexandra♥ said...

Hi Sharon! So many comments you get on this card! I like your coloring and the choise of the embellishments!

Good luck and thanks for joining us at the Totally Papercrafts challenge!

~Alexandra (DT)

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Friends Challenges and good luck.

Inkypinkydelights said...

Oh WOW Sharon this is fabulous! Gorgeous image, great layout and lovely details. Judy x

June Nelson said...

This is absolutely beautiful darlin, your layout and colours are gorgeous big huggies June xxxxxxxxxxxx

Alina said...

very pretty card, Sharon! I hope your arm is much better now! and I'm so sorry for your friend's loss!

Ann-Marie said...

A very pretty card and beautiful colouring. Thank you for joining us over at The ABC Challenge this time and hope you join us again. Take care, Ann-Marie xxx

Ms Scrapmess said...

Fabulous is the word for your card :) Thank you for playing at The Rubber Buggy!

Rachel x said...

Hi Sharon :)

This is a lovely card- love the pretty, soft colours and the Frantage is a great touch!! And her hair is looking pretty good to me!! :)

Sorry to hear you've been having such a difficult time lately... I hope the trapped nerve is better at least so you can craft for distraction. Also hope you're gorgeous golden puppy is helping... labs are just the best dogs aren't they... we had a black lab when I was growing up and I still miss her, she was the most wonderful dog and great for cuddles and comfort as well as fun (we always said she'd have been a rubbish guard dog though- unless she'd licked a burglar to death... she was just too friendly!!lol)!! :)

Thanks v much, too, for all your comments on my blog recently!! :)

hugs, Rachel x

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful card... Love the image and all the beautiful, girly colours!
Sorry to hear about your arm. I have what seems like a lifetime of trapped nerve problems...the best relief I have had (other than surgery) is needle guided imagery nerve root block.
It is basically an injection through the spinal column, into the nerve root that is trapped (in your nek, spine, etc) It is painful as they have to make sure they have the right area so they try to "mimic" your pain to ensure it works. It is a few minutes of hell but can give weeks or months of pain relief.
Second best relief for me is deep tissue massage...painful when done...relief comes later...well worth that therapy pain.

I'll take my nurse hat off now and say once again...beautiful colouring and beautiful card.

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