Monday, 7 January 2013

Back to normal

Hello mi lovlies, and welcome to my new followers, so pleased you've joined me.
Well things should be getting back to normal now the holidays are behind us (if there ever was a normal in my case)
The house always looks bare once the tree and the cards are taken down and why does it never fit back in the box from which it came.!
I always feel a little sad as a new year begins cos I miss my lovely mum and I suppose it's another year we move forward without her. We always go and take flowers for Christmas but with so much going on we were late. The flowers were in the garage waiting to go and on New Years Day I was in the bathroom when I noticed a white feather on the floor, now I suppose it depends how you think of things but we always say it's 'an angel keeping watch'
It brought a tear to my eye and as I put it in my hand I said out loud 'I know mum, I havem't been with your flowers yet, but I promise tomorrow'
My daughter came upstairs to ask what was taking me so long and when I told her we just sat and hugged then went downstairs.
A little while later my other daughter said to my youngest 'why have you got a white feather on your leg' OMG we just looked at each other in amazment. Cos I aint got feather pillows, duvets or birds etc and two white feathers in one morning and it being that day too, well she sure got her flowers I can tell you!!!
Well today sees the start of a new challenge over at Songbird.  You were all amazing last month with over 100 fantastic entries.
The challenge for the next two weeks is
'Paint It Black'
so we want to see your cards with black and one other colour.
Our fab sponsor is Kenny K
They are offering 5 digis to the lucky winner picked at random.
Here is mine. I'm not really happy with the colouring of this one, I really need a better base card to watercolour onto and invest in a better water brush too. Have to use some of my elastic Christmas money AGAIN hee hee!!!

Kenny K image coloured with distress inks and cut out using Spellbinders Majestic Elements.
Papers are Papermania stack - The big one.
Cheery Lynn-Victorian romance flourish(Christmas pressie from my daughter, I love it!)
Marianne heart-lr0159, frond lr0228 and flowerslr0163
WOC-flowers and seam binding
Magnolia-lace doily
Gems from stash.
 Have a fab day whatever you're doing.
Catch ya laters.
Hugs Sue X



  1. I think it looks brilliant Sue! Love her blue hair very edgy! Your new flourish is exquisite!! x

  2. Stunning card love the layout and the colours you have used will have to see what I can make just using two colours. Alison xxx

  3. Gorgeous card Sue. Fab image and I love the striking colour combo.
    Caz x

  4. JUst GORgeous! FABulous image. FABulous colours too...LOve it.
    Brought a tear to my eye reading your blog this morning Sue...How Wonderful for you all x

  5. This is wonderful Sue, I love that trendy image and the colour scheme is fabulous.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  6. Oh Sue I know exactly how you are feeling about your Mum darlin. I find it excruciating as lost Mum on 17th Dec and her funeral was on Christmas Eve. I try and make the best of it as Mum loved Christmas time. I am so glad that you get your feather's from your Mum too!!! so do I. I say that Mum is sending me one of her feathers from her angel wings. I too have no feathers to explain them turning up. I have asked Mum for feathers and they usually turn up where I have asked her for them. I keep all of the feathers that she sends to me so I have quite a collection now lol!!!. You take care my lovely friend and keep all of those wonderful memories in your heart. Big hugs Clare xxxx

  7. Oh sweetie you brought tears to my eyes about the white feathers and your Mum. She is there looking over you sweetie.

    Your card is amazing, I love the colours and your layout is awesome as per usual.


  8. Love your card Sue, the colours look fab.
    I get angel feathers from my father when he knows they're needed and no we don't have any feathers in the house either! Carol x

  9. Hi, fab card, love your design and the color and you have coloured the image just perfect:)
    Hugs Charlotte

  10. Wow - you have used the most gorgeous shades of blues - this card is fabulous, Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pile it On Challenge.

  11. Absolutely stunning. Your colour combo is so effective. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

  12. Fabulous card...beautiful coloring and design...hope you win one of those challenges :)


  13. Love this card! The colors are fabulous and I love all of the attention you put into embellishing it! Thank you for joining us at For Fun Challenges!

  14. What a touching account of the white feathers, Sue! I can imagine that finding that second one was more than you could handle in a day. I have never received a sign like that from either of my parents so I'm not sure how I would react. Love your card! Thanks for playing along with Kenny K's Krafy Krew this week and good luck!

    Annie xx

  15. Hi Sue, I myself am a spiritual person and believe white feathers are a sign from loved ones. So touching to read your post and comforting for you and your family that your mum is around you all. Your card is beautiful I love the image, colours and embellishments it looks fantastic and funky.
    Thank you for joining us at Cards Galore Anything goes challenge, good luck.
    Hugs Rachael :) xx

  16. so stunning sue.really gorgeous image and i love your black and blue combo and that corner die is fabulous.

    xx coops xx

  17. It's amazing card. Thanks for playing with us on Kenny K's Krafty Krew. Good luck. Dawid

  18. This is gorgeous Sue. Yeah, back to normal now, and isn't it lovely! Judy x

  19. Hi Sue!!
    Love your card sooooo much, black and turquoise. Hope all the holidays was perfect!!!

    Hugs Sophie

  20. oh gosh,what a story about the white feather,hun bless your heart this is one really gorgeous and as always your detail is just first class,hugs Cherylxxx

  21. Happy New Year Sue. I was so emotional when I read your story about the white feathers. This card is so beautiful and striking, the colours, image and design look amazing
    lorraine x

  22. Oh gosh what a stunning card, this colour combo really stands out and I just love all your embelishments and the fab image, not coloured this one before myself but after seeing yours might just have to print her out :)

    Thank you for joining in this week with Kenny K :)

  23. Oh my god this is stunning.Love the black and blue colour combo and the design with the layers, flowers, bling and colouring. Thanks for playing at
    Inky Impressions and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

  24. Awesome card! LOVED your feathers story!!! Rainbows remind me of my dad! Thanks for participating in the QKR STAMPEDE Challenge blog! Hope to see you again!!

  25. Thanks for playing our ribbon and bows challenge, great job!

  26. WOW FACTOR! Stunning colors and layout!!! Thanks for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks. Wonderful inspiration.

  27. Stunning card. I just love the blue and black together. Such a sweet story too. Thanks for posting about that. Thanks for joining us for Perfect Sentiments this week. Good luck. Hope to see you again.

  28. Wow, what a gorgeous black and blue card, stunning design.

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  29. Cute card! Great coloring! Thanks for playing with us this week at HIMCR!

  30. I love the colours. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Stampin for the Weekend and good luck in the challenge.

  31. Hi Sue. I came to look at your card and ended up reading your lovely blog. Really sorry to hear about your mum, I lost my dad just over ten years ago and I think about him every single day and I miss him more now than ever, he was such a dominant force in my life and you never forget them when they mean so much to you. I have never heard the feather thing before but I will be on the lookout now, of course it won't be easy to tell where it has come from in our house as we have three cats and two of them are on a mission to kill as many birds as they possibly can, so feathers regularly appear all over the living room during the warmer months!!
    On to your card, I LOVE the colour scheme and I am really impressed with your colouring and how you have made a card that should be cold with all that blue and yet it comes across very warm, nicely done. Thank you so much for joining us this week over at the Kenny K Krafty Krew Challenge, hope we see a lot more of you in the future. Good luck and fingers crossed for the Candy too,
    Take Care

  32. so much detail on the card love it
    thanks for joining us at pile it on - hope to see you again this week. Kimberly