Saturday, August 15, 2015

Ribbon, Lace or Twine at Di's Digis

Yup, another fortnight has come and gone... it's time for a new challenge at  Di's Digis Challenge Blog; the theme we've got this time around is sure to prove popular -  we would like to see your creations with Ribbon, Lace or Twine, or all three if you want, lol, on.  I've used a fancy lacy ribbon
I know, I know... it's another one of Di's mice images... I just can't resist them; they're SO cute!!  This one is called Cocktail Mice and you can get it here.  I coloured with Copics... didn't get time to add the usual "detail" with Prismacolor pencils... I actually made another card for this challenge, one for my Mum's birthday, and it wasn't until after it was finished, photographed and given that I realised it didn't have any ribbon lace OR twine on it; so it was back to the drawing board - but don't worry you'll be seeing that one soon and YUP, it's more mice!!
The background paper is a flocked sheet from Kaisercraft's Chapter One collection.  I made the card 21cm wide (don't know the name of that size, but it fits an envelope that I bought a pack of some time ago so it must be a standard size!) I mounted the DP on silver board and just added the net type ribbon, which has embroidery and sequins on it, as a strip down the side.  I've taken a pic of the ribbon just to prove it IS ribbon, lol
It looks so much ni
cer IRL, as do most embellies I suppose - it's really quite elegant.
I cut the image panel with the largest Spellbinders Wonky Squares Nestabilities, then cut the mat by drawing around the edge of the die and cutting freehand.  I inked around the outside edge of the image mat before removing it from the die - it gives a nice clean edge.
I added loads of Glossy Accents to this one; the cherry, strawberries, olives and glass all got a good slathering, lol.  I added some Icicle Stickles to the umbrella for good measure!  
The sentiment is computer generated, I embossed some black card with home made glitter EP to use as a mat, which I then mounted on Silver card - of course you can hardly see the glitter on the photo, sigh.  I added black pearls from my stash, a silver strip to finish the join between the ribbon and the background paper and cut one of the flower motifs out of the ribbon and added that to the corner of the image panel.  
I followed the same layout for the inside of the card, only this time I used the cut out centre from some silver card as a start and cut a narrow frame that goes on TOP of the jotting panel that was cut freehand... not particularly well, it gets covered by the frame anyway so hey ho!!
That's it for today's card.  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge; like I said it should be a popular one, too easy!  Great prize on offer too, as always, and if you use one of Di's images (it doesn't HAVE to be one of her meeces, that's just ME, lol) you go into an extra draw with it's very own prize.
I'd like to enter the following challenges with my card:
Top Tip Tuesday  Ribbon & Pearls (Black, tiny, but pearls, lol)
The Paper Shelter Lace and/or ribbon (Lacy Ribbon)
Tuesday Throwdown Your Favourite Occasion (Birthdays... other people's!!)
Simon Says Challenge Food and/or Drink (Cocktails have both, lol)
Pile It On Summer or Winter (I actually prefer winter... well Aussie winter! but nothing says "Summer" like a Midori cocktail!)
Without Words Fruit and/or veg (Strawberries, Cherry and Olives... enough??)
As You Like It Favourite two embellishments and Why (Pearls and die cuts, pearls because they give a nice finish, and die cuts because they add interest and look professional)
Paper Creator Crafts Dies or Punches (Wonky Squares dies)
Papertake Weekly Spots and Stripes
Great Impressions Add a Sentiment
Seize the Birthday Birthday (I didn't use the "Anything That Flies" option... but after that interesting green concoction those meeces will probably BE flyin'!!)
OSAAT Anything Goes with Sweet Treats
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
Cute As A Button Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Anything Goes

I hope to be back soon -  definitely sooner than I've managed this time!  The thing is my life still is tumultuous, I desperately want it to calm down but it's contriving against me.  
The latest thing to rock our world is that my husband's nephew Brad (his sister's son) was found dead in his room yesterday.  He was not a child... 45 years old, and he has had issues with alcohol and substance abuse - it doesn't seem to be an overdose that has taken him... we think the lifestyle has caught up with him.  Thinking this was inevitable and it happening are proving to be completely different things, I can't believe how sad I feel.  His life has not been a happy one for some time, and it makes me so sad to compare where he ended up with my boys... we are lucky, and he was not
I've known him since he was 6 and he was such a sweet child... too sensitive for the family situation he found himself in.  My sister in law has worked hard to get her life on track, sadly it's too late for at least three of her four children... they are suffering still from a poor start, though none as badly as Brad.  
All I can think about is the last thing he said to me, which was when we saw him some months ago; after lunch with his mother and grandmother we gave him a lift back to the station, he thanked us as if we'd given him $1000 and said as he got out of the car "I love you Aunty Donna"... he was 45 years old and he sounded exactly like he did the first time he called me Aunty Donna in 1976, when I was 17 and had no nephews of my own - it made me feel very "next generation"... good when you're 17 :-)) 
We have to wait for a Post Mortem, which won't be until next week, then I suppose we'll be organizing his funeral; my Sister in Law has said she doesn't know how to do it and can't afford to pay for it.  He will have a funeral, his father has not said if he will help... he "washed his hands" of his kids YEARS ago; if we have to pay for the lot we will, sweet Brad deserves a decent funeral at least
Until next time, Donna


Tracey T said...

Bless you, Donna, my heart goes out to you. It's heartbreaking to see the effect that making the wrong choices can have on people close to you. Your card is fab (as ever) and I absolutely love the ribbon! Sending a hug xx

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fabulous card design and image
Sorry to hear of the loss
Ginny x

Jacee said...

Super design Donna, love the image and the ribbon
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

I am so sorry for your loss Donna. It is really sad when we lose someone dear to us; but even worse, it seems; when the death feels unnecessary; because they were using drugs or alcohol or avoiding life for other reasons. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Your card is fabulous! I love your coloring, the layout, the DP. Great job.

I am having a blog celebration; with lots of prizes. I would love for you to join as a follower (if you aren't already), comment and add your link. I am already a follower of your blog.

Thanks so much for joining our Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. We hope to see you again in the next challenge. Good luck in the challenge. Hugs, Gloria DT

Lin said...

Such sadness, Donna, my condolences to you and your family.

This image is too fun, and I love your glitzy umbrella! Thanks for sharing it with us for our food/drink challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Carla's Cards said...

I love the design of this card. what a cute image. Thanks for sharing at Cute as a Button!

Mynn xx said...

Firstly, Donna, sending prayers to you and your family. I am so sorry that you lost someone so close to you so young. I wish there was something I could say to make it better, but I know words don't usually help. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Now, this card! SO SO SO darling! I LOVE the beautiful image--your coloring super rocks! The shine is fabulous, as well! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Sharyn Polesel said...

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Love your sweet card. The mice are adorable! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

Kat W said...

Your card is so glitzy and glamorous, and the matching embellishment cut from the ribbon is so clever :-)
Thanks for joining in our last ever challenge at Top Tip Tuesday!
Hugs, Kat x

Unknown said...

So sorry for your family's loss, Donna....there are no words. (((hugs)))

Your card is sweet and fabulous and will make someone super HAPPY! Love the colors and Designer Papers you chose. The glitz and sparkle and the shine you added are wonderful accents! This is really beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Great Impressions!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of you loss.
Such a sweet image and love the sparkle and shine.The ribbon is a beautiful addition to this delightful card.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
Lisa x

Kelly Schelske said...

So sorry for your loss Donna. Thinking of your and your family.

What a super cute card, I love that fun ribbon!!

Taunya Butler said...

So super cute and I love the special touches you added to this - and I think you could enter it into the Food challenge over at DoubleClick - Here is a link for you!! Would love to see it in our gallery!!
Taunya Butler

Bernardine Cuttino said...

You are such a super great crafter. What a whimsically wonderful card. I love it.Thank you so much for taking time out your day to post your beautiful project with us this week .  
Berni, DT

nnalorac said...

Such a cute image on your lovely card, fab embellishing too. Thanks for sharing on AYLI. Carol xx

MaxiBelle Studio said...

Love that fun image & simple card layout. Thanks for joining us for our 'Anything Goes' challenge #38.
Alicia (Art by Miran DT)
MaxiBelle Studio

Lisa J said...

Hi Donna. I have just become a follower of your blog and am looking forward to seeing your monochrome creation! I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my sister through wrong choices a few years ago. Alcohol can be a dangerous thing, people don't realise. Hope you feel better soon x

Lisa J said...

Forgot to say what a fab card this is, sooo cute. Lisa x

Lisa Lynn said...

Your card is so adorable. Love that image so I had to come check it out. The ribbon is gorgeous. Sorry to hear of your loss.

Tracy Wray aka Trak said...

What A fabulous Creation Beautiful in every way...
Thank you for taking part in the Art By Miran Challenge ... Hugs Tracy

NanaConnie said...

Wonderfully sweet card, Donna, and I'm so sorry for your recent loss. Thanks for playing along at Pile It On last week.

Cara said...

Keep the Faith Donna ... this is a sad time for you and your husband, but this too shall pass right?
I love you card. Those mice are adorable! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door.
Warm Regards, Cara
Through The Craft Room Door Owner
TTCRD Challenge Blog
My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

Francesca Lopez said...

Fabulous! Love the image coloring. Thank you for joining us at Cute as A Button Stamps Challenge. I hope you join us again. - Cute as A Button, Francesca, Owner

Planetsusie said...

Your card is wonderful Donna - I adore that image and the ribbon is yummy - glad to have seen it in close up too! Thank you so much for entering the OSAAT (AG with Sweet Treats) Challenge this fortnight, lots of luck to you.

Hugs Sue Pxxx DT

PS Although I don't know you, I just wanted to pass on my sympathies to you and your extended family. Such a sad loss for you all.

Lynda said...

Just popping by to say Hi as I haven't done that since I joined this DT, I love your card, absolutely stunning. Thankyou for sharing your personal story xx

Hannelie said...

Such a sweet card! Love the polka dots!
Thanks for joining Seize the birthday!

Zw@@n said...

So sorry for your loss, Donna. Take care.
Thank you for sharing your gorgeous card at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

shirley-bee said...

I love your cute glossy cocktail scene! Thank you for playing along at Seize The Birthday, and my condolences on your loss.

Janice W. said...

I love your card! Those mice are so darn cute! Thanks for joining the LMMS challenge. I am so sorry for the loss of your nephew!

Lori Turner said...

My deepest condolences to you regarding your nephew....I have a sister with 2 kids who, this sounds a lot like. Sadly, it's a life that sometimes doesn't turn out with the happiest of endings. I am so very sorry.

Very cute card - Love that image!! Thanks for joining us at As You Like It xoxoxo

Squirrel x said...

So sad to read of your family loss hun, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for entering your amazing work at Without Words, as always your colourwork is superb, and those little meece are adorable. Biggest of hugs xx