Sunday, 25 October 2009

Back to Blogland!

OMG, what a couple of weeks I've had! I shan't bore you with the details but the long and short of it is that my computer went into a coma! Talk about panic! It's very scary (and very sad!!) how much our lives depend on the smooth running of our computer's! Not only could I not participate in the Winter Wonderland theme last week, I also couldn't upload my pic for the Creatalicious Challenge, nor take part in any other blog challenges. However, that didn't matter as much as the fact that all my planning for the Autumn term is stored on my computer (now backed up onto an external drive - let that be a lesson to you m'lady!!!!) and the hundreds of photo's that I took on holiday this year were still on there waiting to be copied onto an external drive, as well as the many, many digi images I've acquired just lately!! However, after researching lots of would-be fixers (who's general response was "I can't guarantee I can retrieve any of your files but I can take it back to the factory settings for you!"), my lovely friend's husband came forward and offered to take a look at it for me. A couple of days later, he returned to me a virtually brand-new computer, all cleaned up and with extra memory, new hard disk and best of all, he managed to retrieve ALL my files (which are all safely on an external drive now!!!), and charged me £20 for his time! What an absolute darling!!! Mwah!
So, without further ado, here we go again. First up is the offering I made for the Creatalicious DT challenge. The challenge is to use scraps of paper and make your own flowers. I made this matchbox advent calendar because I wanted to make something practical and I've always loved these whenever I've seen them out there, and they are unbelievably simple to make! The flowers were made by stamping out a free Paper Artsy heart stamp that I was given at the recent Artisan show near Leamington Spa.
Over at Winter Wonderland this week we're having an Open Theme. Our lovely team member and fantabulous graphic wizardess Teri is giving away 3 of her amazing digi images to one lucky person who plays along with us this week, so if you're one of those players, I wish you loads of luck because Teri's images are just so fabulous and easy to work with. Teri very kindly sent all the team a dove that she created especially for us for this week, and here are a couple of the cards that I made with the image - but you really must go over there and see what fantastic creations the other girls have made with it also!
And my final offering for today (so far!!) is my take on this week's Friday Sketcher's sketch. This gorgeous sketch was supplied by Claudia who's work I always adore! I coloured my image using Promarkers and the bg papers are by Papermania.

It feels great to be up and blogging again, and with a whole week of half-term ahead, I'm sure I'll be back before next Sunday! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by on your travels! :o) xx


  1. Anne .... your matchbox advent calendar is stunning! And your cards ..... absolutely gorgeous! Love them all xxxxx

  2. wow what a great cards and beautiful box, lovely detail and colours you have used

  3. WOW on all accounts some stunning projects Anne and so glad you are back online safely to share with us hugs Pascale

  4. WOWEEE!! You never fail to impress me hun!
    That Advent project is Fab! I had though of doing something similar myself, but decided it was too time consuming!!
    Your cards with my little Dove are Wonderful!!! Especially the embossed version - LOVE them ALL!!
    Teri xxx

  5. Hi Anne! Your advent calendar is superb, what a beautiful addition it'll be for the countdown to Christmas and I admire your patience in creating it. Love your cards, they're all so very elegant. Chris x

  6. oh oh oh Anneeeeeeeee I want your advent!!! stunning work hun love it love the colour choice too. Your cards are gorgeous, the embossed one is beautiful and so elegant.

  7. Beautiful cards Anne but the box is stunning!

  8. Welcome back!!! WOW everything is just gorgeous,what a treat for the eyes to see so many beautiful creations!! Love them all!!
    Hugs xx

  9. Love your cards but WOW on your advent! Would LOVE to know how you made it! :) Both of my daughters just moved out on their own and this would be a great way to start their first Christmas out of the home. Great job!

  10. Oh, these are absolutely gorgeous creations!! Fantastic!

    Tammy x


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