Actually, neither my husband nor (obviously) myself has ever met Gill... my Mother in Law gave her up for adoption at birth and after much research they were reunited... more than 50 years after the adoption... I can tell you it was VERY emotional. My in-laws came to Australia in 1963 and Norma (MIL) now goes back to England to see her "other" family every couple of years. It is three years since her last visit as she has decided to go to the Olympics while she's over... she travels alone and it's pretty impressive for an 84 year old, I think! Unfortunately Gill suffered an embolism two days before Norma was going, and the family didn't want to distress her, so they just let her proceed with her travel plans; it must have been a nasty shock to arrive to the news her daughter is in hospital... and she's in Newcastle where there has been some bad flooding - I seriously hope her trip improves, and that Gill (whose daughter and family we DID meet when they came over last year, lovely people!) gets better soon too.
Anyway, on to my card! I've followed the sketch from Papertake Weekly Sketch, love a good sketch :-) The cute image I've used is a digi from Karen's Doodles, Digital Tuesday has Amazing Animals as their challenge theme so I'm entering. I've coloured with Prismacolor pencils adding Gloss to the eyes, thermometer and cuppa. Oozak has Bright Colours as does Bizzy Becs, never a problem for me, lol, and Cupcake Craftroom wants us to use Layers, again never a problem, so I'm entering there too.
The papers are "Ouchies Too", digital, from Nitwit Collections. That Craft Place has It's All Green as their challenge, plenty of green here, lol especially on the inside.
The Paper Shelter wants us to use Punches and/or Dies; I've used Fiskars Apron Lace punch on the front and Nestabilities Scalloped and Standard Ovals on the inside, so I'm in, Sweet Stampin' wants us to Use Scallops, so I'm in there too.
The hydrangeas are from my stash (one of those $2 stems I hoard) as are the gold stamens, Allsorts Challenges wants us to Use Flowers as does Crafty Calendar so I'm in. Over at Waste Not Wednesdays Lisa just likes us to use up our Stash, so I'm entering there, and Bearly Mine Challenges, Charisma Cardz and Creatalicious Challenges all have Anything Goes challenges so there too. Cheryl likes to see what we're up to on her Sassy Cheryl Show Me Thursday challenge, and as I think a photo of me doing the end of financial year reports (I do bookkeeping from home) is guaranteed to put her to sleep, I'll send a photo of this instead and hope it doesn't have the same effect, lol.
Well, that's the end of the story for today. I'll be back in a day or so with the card I've made for my Mother In Law's birthday which I'll be sending with this one as her birthday is next weekend... and she's in the UK until September! Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna