Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Aww, you guys :-)

Thanks so much for all the kind wishes you've left me, I'm really touched :-) I am starting to feel a bit better; I managed some porridge for breakfast and soup for lunch, which is definite progress! I do feel weak and washed out and a bit pathetic though... The Doctor's doing a great job of looking after me (he may be an academic The Doctor but he's got a good bedside manner, bless him) but if I get any worse I'll be sure to send for McSherrif, Deb ;-)

I felt well enough today to push a few pieces of card and paper around, and as the deadline for Shimelle's latest challenge for the Something From Almost Nothing class is today, I decided to have a go - the idea was to choose a shape and use that shape repeated over in your layout. I'm trying to use up the photos I already have printed before printing any more and I didn't have any that 'fit' my first idea (I shall come back to it another time!) so I went with circles:


I die-cut a photo into a circle, then used punches to use up scraps of co-ordinating paper and card, stitching them into place with very rough circles! I added an embellishment to each circle: buttons, brads, a metal spiral, and a couple of punched scalloped circles with Prima flowers on top. I then added the journaling in white gel pen.


To be honest I don't love this layout, but maybe I shouldn't have tried scrapping while still feeling under the weather! At least I met the challenge deadline though, and got another photo onto a page...

I also had a look at the first of the prompts I missed while away; it was all about flowers. I do have a few flowers but not all that many, and none of my printed photos seemed to suit a layout with flowers - I do rather love several of the sample ideas though and will return to this prompt! For now I made this card:


I was really chuffed to find flowers that so perfectly matched the background paper :-)

I also came across another giant flower from some old kit or other, and realised that it perfectly matched an embellishment from the Journal Your Christmas kit I got from Shimelle - I never found quite the right page for the embellishment, but by stitching it to the large flower and adding a safety pin at the back, I now have a gorgeous new brooch!


I'm worn out after all that crafting though lol - need to have a rest before picking The Children up from school!

17 comments:

Deb said...

Hi Mel ~ So glad that you are feeling better! I love the look of the white stiched circles on the black cardstock! Your card and brooch are pretty too. :o)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh Mel, the brooch is fantastic! It looks like you used up quite a bit of stash on that layout, and the card will definitely be appreciated by its recipient!
Don't push yourself too hard, too fast!
Rinda

JO SOWERBY said...

i love the LO mel and that flower is awesome. glad ur feeling much better. get those children to look after u when u get home
Jo xxx

Sian said...

Beautiful brooch! And you really are rocking the machine-stitching-on-layouts thing: it looks great. I'm glad you are feeling a bit better x

Rhona said...

Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better today. You have been crafty and I'm impressed with the machine stitching too! I love the new brooch you made yourself; very pretty! :)

Anesha said...

Love the layout!! Great card as well and the flower is super. Thanks for the comment on my card, sorry I deleted it my mistake. Anesha :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Glad you are feeling better! Love the brooch and the clean look of the layout!

scrappyjacky said...

So glad you're on the mend....and love the brooch.

Lizzie said...

Well, I missed your "Poorly Sick" post, I'm afraid; still I'm sorry you've been ill and glad you are picking up now.
The circles layout is really rather fabby.. and the floral card is so colourful and cheerful! The big flower is fun too.
Take it easy now you're recovering - don't go mad and give yourself a relapse!

Elizabeth said...

You've done remarkably well for an ill person and the brooch will be lovely to wear. Makes me think of a particular series of My Family when the mother had a different flower most weeks. The layout will remind you of being ill as well as the actual event. What make of white gel pen do you use?

helena said...

great stash shopping there - love how you managed to find flowers to match the colours in the card. Impressed with all that creativity while you are still poorly - creativity probably the best medicine though.

Cheryl said...

Glad your getting back to you ol self and feeling slightly better love the broach so now and the colours are gorgeous what an idea x

Amy said...

Don't wear yourself out Mel!

I really like the sewn circles and the card turned out beautifully :-)

Karen said...

I do like the LO very much. The circles against the black and the photo with the journaling around it are very effective.

Rachel B said...

Glad you are feeling better Mel, I love the flower broach and the card. They are sooo cute!

Kristin said...

Beautiful Flower!

sharyncarlson said...

Wow! Wonderful projects and that brooch is STUNNING!