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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Penguin Pals

Hi everyone. Sorry I've been missing again but my pesky MS has been making my double vision worse again. It 's still not quite as good as it gets so please put up with me for a bit if I don't comment as much as I'd like. It was also a year, on the 13th November, since I lost my lovely mum and I've been feeling quite low about it.
   
I wrote some of this post before my vision got really bad and this is what I had to say then.

 I hope you're all well into making your Christmas cards now. I went to the craft show at Doncaster and, of course, came back with a few goodies......ok, a lot of goodies. I bought some stamps from Card-io to make faster and flatter cards for posting. Well I'm not actually that quick with them yet but I should have some to show you next time but for now I've got another LOTV stamped card to show you using Penguin Pals. 
 
 
 
 

Here's a close up shot.
 
 
 
I made this card before I got the snow advice from Lou but I don't think it looks too bad apart from me going a bit mad with Old Paper Distress Ink on the paper! I used a 6" square card, some Core'dination Cardstock, sanded, and two papers from LOTV Winter Wishes paper pad. I used Spellbinders Adorning Squares for the image. The Frosted Spruce Tree is from Memory Box, the Snowflake is from Joy Crafts 6002/2020. The edges of the paper was distressed with a Tim Holtz tool then the distress ink was used on the paper, die cuts and sentiments which are from LOTV Christmas Grungy Messages set 33 and Grunge Christmas Postmarks set 17. The snow was WOW Twinkle Puff Embossing powder and DecoArt Glamour Dust has been added to the tree.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:-
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes and GDT Spot
Lili of the Valley Challenge- Merry Christmas

I had some lovely news though while unable to blog and because of one of you fantastic blog friends!! It was a good job Lucy left a comment congratulating my top three win at Crafty Little Fairies as I would have missed it completely as I've tried to avoid my tablet except to check emails. I was so excited to see this on their blog as it's my first top anything win and I've so wanted someone to choose my card instead of a random draw win (not that I don't like these as well, lol!) and have a badge for my blog. So I'm a very happy bunny and my hubby says I'm easily pleased that is until he sees my Christmas list, hehe!

So that was where I had stopped writing the post. I'll be back properly when my vision settles down and I'm feeling a bit more cheerful. I think the last 12 months have just taken their toll on me with my mum, 2 operations and a relapse of my MS. Hopefully next year will bring better times.
 
Thanks for your visit and I hope you like the card. I'm sending you all a huge hug and one especially for you, Lucy!
 Debra x

 

 

20 comments:

  1. Hi Debra, your card is stunning. The image is gorgeous and perfectly coloured and your backing papers are really lovely,especially with the distressed edges. Your sentiment and embellishment finish the card perfectly. I hope you feel better soon and congratulations on your much deserved top three win. Sally D.x.

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  2. This is so cute, Debra, lovely and bright!

    Thanks for joining our Lili of the Valley 'Merry Christmas!' challenge!

    Good Luck!

    Hugs

    Erica x

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  3. What a cute scene! Love your card... :)

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  4. Hi Debra so glad you've posted I was getting worried about you so its great to hear from you today So glad the double vision is improving and I hope it continues. This card is fabulous I love the LOTV stamp and your great design. Take care of yourself thinking about you. Love and big hugs Carole x

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  5. Debra...so good to see you posting such a cutie gorgeous card. Love the flying baby penguin and the snow is super cool And yes I too love those top winner Challenges...they are so special. Congratulations my friend and Thank you so much for dropping by my blog...your visits mean so much to me!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  6. I love this pretty card, so cute, thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz challenge and hope to see you again
    Tilly

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  7. Just adorable Debra, love the details, layers and fun design.

    Hugs Diane

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  8. What an adorable image ... and your colouring is amazing! Great job adding the wintery effects too
    I wish you all the best and sending lovely greetings
    Regina

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  9. Fab papers and love this image... gorgeous card! Hope your vision keeps improving, must be so frustrating for you. Re the puppies - luckily she has potential owners for all the puppies, we all just have to pick the one we want... otherwise I'd probably end up wanting more than one lol :o) Hugs, Lisa x

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  10. Aww thank you Debra you sweetheart! Always have time for lovely friends like you! I'm extremely poorly myself at the mo hardly been able look on here last couple weeks!
    Great to see a post from you! Fab card your colouring is stunning and live the snow!
    Oh you should be very proud of your top 3! Just seen today I got top 5 on there this month! It's a real achievement when someone actually picks your card out of so many entries isn't it!
    Hope you're doing ok! Written too much need lie down now! big hugs!
    Lucy xx

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  11. Brilliantly designed, lovely colour combo and gorgeous added beauties.xx
    aNNie
    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

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  12. Hi Debra, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to comment - I'm really behind with blogging this week but I've really appreciated your lovely comments! I'm so sorry to hear that you've been having a tough time lately. It must be difficult enough to deal with your MS without feeling low as well. It's great to see you back with this gorgeous card though! I love the cute image and your gorgeous details - the postage mark looks so brilliant! Huge congratulations on your top 3 - you absolutely deserve it! Sending you love and positive thoughts and hoping some better days are around the corner for you. x
    Rebecca.
    x

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  13. What a beautiful card! Love the papers combo and the colours, LOTV stamp is fabulous and the distressed diecuts look great!

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  14. Debra this visit is my daughter....she says" Cutie!!"
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  15. Debra dropping by to Wish you and family a Happy and Fantastic New Year 2015
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  16. Hi Debra, You find the most darling stamps! Penguins and snowmen are two of my favorite things! Your coloring is beautiful and the snowflake and tree embellishments are perfect as are the colors you chose. This is a great card! I've really enjoyed looking at it! Sorry to hear about your vision problems, I hope they are resolved soon, double vision is not a good thing for an artist to have :( Fabulous news about winning the contest!! CONGRATULATIONS...how exciting! Husbands just don't understand! Wishing you all the best in 2015 my friend!!

    Love,
    Janet

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  17. Hi Debra, I just wanted to stop by and wish you Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and that 2015 has some better things in store for you. Look forward to seeing your gorgeous creations :)
    Rebecca.
    x

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  19. Just found your blog, so enjoyed looking around, you make some really lovely cards. I have become a follower so I shall be calling in to see your lovely creations regularly, hope you'll come and visit me too.
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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Thank you so much for visiting and leaving me a comment. I really appreciate you taking the time.

Debra x