Monday, 13 June 2011

Getting back into the swing of things slowly... with a Tutti Fruiti challenge at My Partner in Crafting Crime :)

Hello lovely bloggers!! :)

Wow- it’s been so long since I posted on here that I feel like I’ve almost forgotten what to do... or that could just be the fogginess in my head... Anyway, regular visitors to my little blog will probably have figured out from my rather long absence that my unreliable health has been behaving even worse than usual lately, and I’ve had a few rotten weeks of being barely able to do anything but lie still in bed watching TV- how I got through three years like that before improving enough to discover the addiction we call craft is really beyond me... although, that was before the addiction so I suppose I can't really compare!! :S - but I’m now starting to feel a wee bit better and attempting to get back into things... and so here I am with a card for this fortnight’s challenge at over at My Partner in Crafting Crime!! :)

After last fortnight’s fun but quite definitely ‘out of the comfort-zone’ Un-coloured Image challenge- really sad to have missed taking part in that one, the rest of the DT’s cards and the entries were really stunning and so different to the norm!! -  we have something just as fun and a bit easier to get your head around... Tutti Fruiti- so you just need to include fruit somewhere on your creation!! :) We're sponsored as usual this time by the fab Bows & Berries Digital Stamp Shop - pop over and have a look, there are some gorgeous digis to choose from!! :)

Now, saying it’s easy, I actually didn’t have any fruit-related stash at all :S I decided to get out my pencil and sketch some...

I needed to keep the whole thing really simple as I’m still not up to doing too much and can’t manage to be out of bed at my desk just yet (so all the fun-but-messy inking etc. is out for now :( lol) and so there’s really not much needs saying about it- my image, mat layers and ribbon were all coloured with PMs (Cardinal Red, Ruby, Berry Red, Forest Green, Lime Green, Walnut and Henna) and the greeting is from LOTV :) oh, and I added a couple of layers of Sakura Clear Glaze pen to the cherries for highlights :)

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges: The PoodlesParlour – Anything Goes :) ; Crafts 4 Eternity – Photo Inspiration/Colour Recipe :) ; Totally Papercrafts – Summer :) ; Crafter’s Companion Monthly Challenge – Here Comes Summer :) ; Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes :)

So, I hope you like my very CAS little offering for today? Sometimes a card grows on you the more you look at it but, tbh, this one's doing the opposite... the more I look, the more I think it's just a bit too plain? I did toy with adding some gems to the top right of the image panel but they looked wrong and I was so tired I decided to call it a day, but now I'm not sure!! Decisions and M.E. brainfog are not a good mix at the best of times- it's a wonder I ever finish anything!!lol Anyway, please do pop over to the PCC blog to see the rest of the DT’s gorgeous work for some better inspiration!! :)

I’m still not feeling great but getting there slowly (I hope!) and trying to ease my way back into things, but I need to try to do that slowly and not get too carried away and make myself worse again- not easy as I’ve missed crafting/blogging and especially all you lovely bloggers sooo much I was beginning to go slightly crazy and I’m sooo glad to be back!! :S :) But I may not be around that often for a while... at least not where you can see me- I'm sure I won't be able to resist hopping around a bit even if I can't leave comments or post much!!lol I do want to say thank you vv much to the lovely people who’ve left messages/comments while I’ve been AOWL, too- my friends and their kind thoughts really have been keeping me going!! :) My lovely friend Elaine even texted me to let me know I’d come in Crafty Cardmakers’ Top 5 with my Wedding Candle Set while I wasn’t able to get online which made me smile more than I had in days!!! :) Anyway, I hope you’re all well and have a great week whatever you’re doing- and thanks for popping by!! :)



Carole of Brum said...

Awww Rachel, I'm so pleased to see you back online and crafting! Well done, petal, making this and blogging when you are still stuck in bed is brilliant....ya can't keep a good crafter down, eh? lol.

I'm really impressed with your resourcefulness - sketching an image when you didn't have something suitable, not many of us would try that! And it came out really well. I don't think it's too plain, my personal view is that gems on the image panel would have made that side a bit too weighty compared with the sentiment side, so I'm glad you didn't put them on. The CAS look is lovely.

I hope that taking it steady will make you stronger and feeling better each day. Take care, CoB

Vicky said...

Gorgeous hun...and welcome back too...!

hugs Vicky xx

pinky said...

Glad you are feeling better. Your card is absolutely perfect!!Thanks for playing along at C4E this week.

Jacq said...

Hi Rachel,
This is just Scrumptious!! Love the cute little cherry image, the CAS style, the colour scheme is just perfect. Love the layout and the embellishments. Coloured beautifully. Thanks for joining us at The Poodles Parlour and Good Luck. Hope to see you joining us again.
Hugs Jacqui xxx

Anonymous said...

Wow!! Cant believe you have drawn that! As you know I cant draw for toffee lol and am mega impressed with this.
Love the frame and dont think its too plain at all.
Very very glad to see you back and hope to see more soon! Take care.
Rach :) xx

Sandra said...


happyglitzygirl said...

I love CAs cards, this is lovely, great colouring, and the ribbon matches perfectly, thanks for playing with us at the Poodles Parlour, blessings Hilde

Lisa aka Myran said...

This CAS card is absolutely stunning Rachel! I love the little cherries. Thanks for joining the Anything goes challenge at Papertake Weekly :)

coops said...

stunning card rachel.i love the cas design and the cherries are scrummy.
you take it easy hun :D

xx coops xx

michele said...

Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week hugs x

nancie said...

Love the juicy berries. Great! Thanks for joining Teh Poodles Parlour Challenge. Hugs


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