My Family & Other Animals

Saturday, 4 May 2013

"Ballerina, You Must Have Seen Her, Dancing In The Sand..."

How cute is this little lady? I've had her forever and now I am no longer tied to any Design Teams I have a bit more freedom to catch up on all those wonderful stamps I can't stop myself from buying!
I have spent the last week working on another box. It is a lot larger than the teabag box I made a couple of weeks ago and it has ended up as a box for my stamps. I will of course be taking some pictures of it so show you real soon.
I don't have a massive amount to tell you about my week as it has been very, very quiet. I went to visit my sweetheart of a mother whose face lights up whenever Jo and I go to visit her. We didn't have the greatest relationship when I was growing up (see my last blog entry!) but I love the bones of her now. Time has tempered my opinion of her and although I can never forget what I went through as a child, I have managed to forgive and going forward, I know that my life will be poorer without her in it.
On a brighter note, I did receive a really wonderful surprise in the post this week. One of my aunts died just over a year ago; she left the UK to live in the USA some 40 odd years ago and I received a letter from her daughter (my cousin) Theresa. She sent me a copy of the Order of Service for my aunt and a lovely letter letting me know what has been happening with her family since my aunt's death. The best thing though was a couple of really magical photographs. One of the snaps is of me and my paternal Grandparents, all sat together and smiling; the other one is a picture of me and my birth father with my aunt, in it I am sat on my father's knee and he is holding on to me and I'm not ashamed to tell you, when I saw it I had a bit of a breakdown! Both photos are really special to me as I don't have any pictures of me with both of my Grandparents and 2. I have never been close to my real dad, I have kind of grown up thinking he never gave a damn about me, so to see this picture really showed me that he must have cared about me, even if it was only while that picture was being taken - he cared. I will treasure both of these pictures for the rest of my life and I will definitely be sending a Thank You card to my cousin, she has no idea how special those pictures are to me.
So, I hope you have had a great week and that you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend,
hope you like the card, I'm not going to give you a long list of things on it as I'm sure you can tell what's on it. It was coloured using my Copic's though, just in case you wanted to know!
Take Care,
Hugs 'n Stuff,
Entered Into: Catch The Bug Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Blooms and Blossoms (May Challenge)
One Stop Craft Challenge #227 - Flower Power
Our Creative Corner Challenge - Anything Goes
2 Sisters Challenge #142 - Bingo Bash (Diagonal - Embossing, Image, Flowers)
Annabelle Stamps Challenge #162 - Anything Goes
Card Crafter's Circle Challenge #73 - Buds, Blooms and Blossoms
Creative Corner Challenge #17 - Flowers and/or Mother's Day
Inspire Me Friday's challenge #101 - Anything Goes!
Sister Act Card Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Stampin' For The Weekend Challenge - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Tilda's Town Challenge #51 - Anything Goes...
Emerald Faerie Challenge #43 - Ribbons
Crafting Musketeers Challenge #1 - Anything Goes
Forever Friends and Co. Challenge #17 - Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge - Flowers
One Crazy Stamper Challenge - Flowers
Sandy's Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes (With A Twist)
The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge #11 - Spring Flowers
Sparkle 'n Sprinkle Creative Challenge #19 (SNSSC19) - Colour Swatch
Kenny K's Krafty Krew Challenge #142 - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers


  1. Fabulous card, Andy!
    Love the way you've coloured her. That layout is fantastic!


  2. Absolutely lovely! Thanks for joining at A & T Emerald Faeries: Flowers

  3. Sounds as if you have had a really emotional week. So glad to read that you have photographs to treasure as precious memories, special moments in time.
    On to your card... hmmmmmmm well it's a tilda:( but apart from that its gorgeous. Beautiful colouring, great design, layout and papers. Love how you have used the twine. Looks like a winner to me Andy
    Eileen x

  4. Great colouring on your fab flamenco dancer, and great embellishing... especially love the twirly twine! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

  5. What a darling card. Your coloring is wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Sparkle n Sprinkle Creative challenges this month. Hope to see you again.
    Barbara - SNSCC challenge coordin.

  6. What a beautiful card. Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog.

    Stella xx

    TCT DT

  7. Sounds like it's been quite a week for you........Hope your May day w/e was warm and sunny! Sweet card.......thanks for sharing with us down here in Aus.

  8. Very cute. Your coloring is fantastic! Thanks for playing in Bugaboo's Anything Goes Challenge.

  9. A lovely card. Thanks for joining us at One Crazy Stamper this month.

  10. Andy, I love the colors of this card, the adorable little dancer and the flowers! Thanks for joining in on my Flowers and More Flowers challenge at Sandy's Crafty Creations!
    visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

  11. lovely card and fabulous image! Love the bold colors.
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Corner challenges this week.
    Tammy DT

  12. Beautiful! Tilda sure is having a great time. Thanks for joining us this week at Sister Act Card Challenge!

  13. What a pretty Tilda card, great red shades and details too.

    goodluck and hope to see other cards soon,

    Hugs FF DT Blankina

  14. Gorgeous as usual Andy! And a really thoughtful post! thanks for sharing x

  15. gorgeous Andy!! your coloring is over-the-top stunning!
    thank you for sharing in your post about is life changing, isn't it?!

    all the best and
    thank you so much for sharing @ Inspire Me Fridays this week!

  16. That adorable girl gives your card some sass! So cute! Thank you for joining us this month at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenges.

    Kat (DT)

  17. Great card! Love the image and your design. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stampin' for the Weekend. Hope you have a fabulous day!

    - Jenn DT

  18. Wonderful!

    Thanks's so much for joining ou Tilda's Town Challenge! Hope to see you again!


  19. A beautiful creation.... thank you for sharing at Card Crafter's Circle! I hope we see you here again!

  20. YEAH! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Anything Goes Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
    Be sure to visit The Bug Blog today for the “3 Strikes & You’re Out Challenge!”
    Hugs & Happy Days!
    Kaymin Kreations

  21. Stunning card, love the colours too. Thanks for joining the Crafting Musketeers, Nicola X

  22. hey!
    thanks for showing us your stuff again over at KKKK!!!

  23. Beautiful card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Our Creative Corner Love from Laura xxx

  24. Great card! What a cute image and great coloring! Thanks for joining the SNS challenge!


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