Friday, 17 October 2014

DSC # 110 Your Hero

It's time for a new challenge at

 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 

Your Hero


sponsored by  Bugaboo Digi Stamps


My Hero, of course it is my Mum, a stylish, elegant, lovely lady who worked hard throughout her life, she was still working in her early 70's.  A fit, beautiful woman, who lived through hardship and still maintained her lovely smile.  

Due to what I call negligence, after a knee replacement, she had to have an amputation above the knee when she was 83.  The hours after the operation, one of my brother's and I entered her room imagining she would be very ill, in fact we didn't think she would survive the operation, but, we should have known better, with the temerity of this remarkable woman, she asked us "What have I missed today?".

Within 24 hours she was travelling around the ward in a wheelchair and never looked back.  She didn't take to a prosthetic limb so lived the next 8 years doing everything in her "little flat" (as she called it) in her wheelchair, on her own. She had carers come in, but they only went there for a chat as she had already done what they were supposed to do.  I was working full time and did what I could but, she insisted that I had enough to do than look after her!  She loved going out in the car each Sunday when she would tell hubby - "follow your nose" when asked where she would like to go. It didn't matter where, she just loved the countryside and the sea.

There is one story I have to recount, which I think shows how she loved to be centre of attention too.

 When she was 89, she told everyone she was 90 - just in case she didn't reach 90!  as she wanted to have a celebration, she certainly did, with at least a hundred cards, she was thrilled and couldn't stop smiling. One of her friends said to me "she doesn't look 90 does she?" I had to agree, what else could I do?  I didn't lie though, as she certainly didn't look 90! We, the family, had to laugh though.  

When her real 90th birthday came around, my youngest brother planned her 90th birthday celebration, which took place at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, (NATO have been there recently) he arranged surprises all night, with over 100 family and friends invited from all over the UK and family from the USA, a Welsh Male Voice Choir from her home village singing for her, amongst other things, and fireworks  to finish the most memorable evening.  The evening is still talked about within the extended and close family.

She saw her 90th birthday and her 91st.  The Minister at her funeral also regaled the story of her twice over 90th birthday, which had people nodding and smiling in recognition, this was my MUM.

After sending the layout to the family, one of her granddaughters sent this reply which I thought I had to add.
"I miss her so desperately, and as I get older I miss her even more !  She was such a "Force" in my life, and maybe, some of her style did rub off on me ! haha
One thing Nana did,  which we all took for granted, was that she loved her children and family so much, it was at an exclusion of everybody else, we WERE HER LIFE !  A very selfless act, that we all took for granted, as she was always there for us, and especially for me!"

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Baby Boy

Hi Everyone, my 3rd offering for Deedee's Digis is this baby card for my son's Community Psychiatric Nurse, who has just had a baby boy, well his wife has LOL.

I printed the image on printable acetate, so it hopefully looks like the stork is flying to the house, I then coloured the image from behind with marker pens to make it a stronger colour for the acetate.  The house is made from the blue paper from the same kit "Special Delivery" (it also has pink for a girl and different skin tones for the baby).

The house was prepared in PS, by adding the door and windows on top of the main background. I printed out another layer for the door. I added the included sentiment to the corner of the card.  The inside was also done in PS with the another sentiment included in the kit and of course the smashing stork again.

The roof is a cut file, so is the flower border to which I added red Stickles.

I know I use PS. but I'm sure this can be done in any program including Word, by you clever people but, which would baffle me LOL.



Inside - Baby delivered and hanging on door knob LOL

roof border by  Heather M 
flower border by SheryKDesigns

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Gardener card

Hi Everyone, my offering to you today is a card I was asked to make for a friend's Dad.  I was asked to make a "funny garden card and he is a Scarlets supporter" the Scarlets are the Llanelli Rugby Team.  I incorporated their logo on the T shirt. I added the Leek in the corner as it is the emblem of Wales.

The layout was a case of this card, that I thought lovely. I added a gradient to the sentiment and shaped the logo across his big tum! I have to say I love the digi kit, it is so bright and cheery. I coloured Gus in PS, I think I may be getting the jist of it now LOL. The sentiment circle, leek and Gus are 3D layered.



This is the inside, I collected the veg images and placed them into the box included in the kit the sentiment is from Create with TLC.

Image Dr Digi - Gardening Gus
DP's from Pixel Scrapper by Marisa Lerin and Melo Vrijhof from the kit The Veggie Patch

http://fitztownchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/ch-57-AG.html  Anything Goes using digital elements - Yep!

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/lawnscaping-challenge-patterned-paper.html  Patterned paper - Yep!

http://stampsfun-creativity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/sfc-220.html  Something for a boy or Man - Yep!

Just a couple of photos of the amazing sunset we had on 12th October at 5.45pm, they are untouched photos, these were the actual colours of the sky.



Monday, 13 October 2014

Snowman Tag

Hi Everyone, another Deedee image, isn't he the cutest little snowman.  This and the sentiment are from the Snowman Tags kit. I didn't use the ready coloured version on this I coloured him in PS to match the DP I used, printed and added Glamour Dust. I added the DP to each side of the bottom part and the top of the box.


The sides of the box

Top of the box
Snowman by Deedee's Digis
Cut file from Lettering Delights - Holiday box
The DP is by Ziggle Designs

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Teddy bear

Hi Everyone, a little hurried post today.

Another GDT post and fab image from Deedee's digis.  Teddy's corner, isn't he cute? I printed out the image and another nose layer, cut around the shape, I copied the shape into my cut program on the Cricut and made different size layers of the same shape. Then embossed with the Die'sire Button Box folder on the white layers, added glitter, well I have to don't I? I also added 3D gloss to his eyes and layered nose, tied the blue ribbon, added a couple of buttons et voilà! done.


http://paperprettiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/paper-pretties-weekly-challenge-pwc331.html  Clean and simple - Yep!

Friday, 10 October 2014

DSC # 109 Sports

It's time for a new challenge at

 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 

Sports


sponsored by  Stitchy Bear


I made this with most of the DP's and the image kindly supplied by Stitchy Bear for the DT to use.  I think this image is just amazing and such fun.  I kept it quite simple so the image was centre stage.  Hope you like it.
The image is Trophy Bowler 3, the DP's are pbd king of couch.


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Pumpkin mouse

Hi Everyone, my second offering as October GD for Deedees Digis is from the October Digi of the Month, (you receive a freebie if you enter the monthly challenge) this is another great kit.  I decided as my it is my SIL's birthday I would make her a card with one of the the images. (if you have started reading this Anne, log out now! LOL)

Anyhow, I used the mouse on the pumpkin, there are super sentiments in the kit, so chose the "thinking of you" as we live a few hundred miles from each other, it's what I do on her birthday, as well as phoning of course.

I always take HOURS over my cards, and that is just deciding what to do and what to include. I look through my files usually putting a "search" through them with some sort of word, I go mad sometimes and just search with a number, it's surprising what comes up LOL. On this occasion a calender tag came up amongst other things, a gem of an idea sprang up and so this card was born.

Colouring in Photoshop then adding overlays, shadows and highlights. I fussy cut it all out and layered as you can see in the close up. I hope SIL appreciates the amount of work I did for her, I know she will, as she and I are still learning PS and talk about card making a lot.



Image Deedee's Digis
Overlays by TA Miller, Marisa Lerin, Sheila Reid
DP plain papers, Calender tag, and marker on calender by Creative Bloom Designs
SVG file Bubble border by Heather M