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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Life's Gremlins And A Bunny

So, I've not been around that much since October, and for a variety of reasons.  The start of the decline was losing our precious Vince, that really knocked me for six and I miss him so much every day.  Then mum was really unwell.  Then it was the laptop playing silly beggars, that still hasn't been fixed because of the next reason - we are trailing all over the place looking for someone to do our kitchen (complete rebuild), and then the bathroom leaked which meant three visits from a plumber.  We are only one week into February and I am exhausted already!

The really worrying thing is that the longer I have been away from blogging, the less I am missing it.  I really need to get my act together and attempt to blog more often, even if it does take me an hour to get the laptop running.  I notice I have lost a couple of followers recently, and I am not surprised.  What does surprise me is that more of you haven't given me up as a lost cause, so a huge thank you to those who are sticking with it.

Not blogging does not equate to not crafting though.  I am still beavering away happily, and I would like to share with you a card I made last weekend for someone special.

 So, what we have here is
Scrapberry "Cherry" stamp from Funky Kits
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment by Clearly Besotted
Papers are Dovecraft Back To Basics
Border punch by Martha Stewart

and I do love my fabulous friends
Plenty of pretty hearts on this one
I challenge you to say this is not cute!

So, that's me, a whole post!  And I have a special one lined up for Thursday too.

Hugs to you all
Squirrel xx


Sarah said...

You most certainly have had a crap time Squirrel so it's hardly surprising that you've not had the inclination to blog. However, it's fabulous to see you and what a darling card, I just love this bunny. I am looking forward to Thursday too!! ;0) xx


A gorgeous card Squirrel and have missed you but life get's in the way sometimes and other things come first have a lovely weekend
Dianne xx :)

Julie said...

Such a cute card, loving the sugar sweet colours! X

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,fab image and colours.xxx

Alison59 said...

Aw squirrel I hope things improve really quickly for you xx
Now if followers leave you then they're not true followers!
You don't have to blog all the time; I only blog once a week or so.
The main thing is you are still making your most beautiful cards.
Sending a pussycat comforting hug >^-^< xxxx

KT Fit Kitty said...

So sorry to hear what you've been going through. As a cat lover I know you must miss your kitty very much. I hope things start looking up for you soon. Your card is so beautiful and your bunny colouring is fabulous! Sending you big hugs!

Sue said...

Absolutely stunning card! thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week huggles Sue DT xx

thecraftycavalier said...

Awww! This one is stunning! I have missed you soooo much from blogland. You and your cards brighten my day - you are soooo not allowed to leave. The image is a real cutie and the colouring is stunning. Love those yummy papers too. Frankly, your lost followers are missing out! Biggest of hugs, Jayne xx

Sue said...

It sounds like you have had a really difficult time lately Squirrel and I have really missed seeing your gorgeous cards.
This is so beautiful, I love the sweet image, stunning colouring and pretty design.
Take care, sending hugs, Sue xx

Chrissy said...

Nice to see you Squirrel and with the most adorable little bunny..perfectly coloured as always..I loose followers for a few days and then they pop back up again so wouldn't stress about that.I still luv ya!..


Faith A said...

So VERY gorgeous. love the the border too.

Hey! those lost visitors are the ones missing out, not you. As for missing blogging! well it can take up a lot of valuable time sometime.

tilly said...

a super card and lovely to see you back again

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card Squirrel, I like the adorable image, I do hope things get better for you
Kevin xx

Donna Mosley said...

Gorgeous card Squirrel, love the very sweet image. Hope things improve soon hun.

Donna x

Helen in the UK said...

Beautifully done, as always. Sounds like life is crashing in on you of late, but chin up and keep plugging away and things WILL get better :)

Chris said...

Sweet image, fabulous design! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

jacque4u2c said...

Adorable card.

Julye said...

Hi Squirrel know what you mean about blogging and not missing the longer you are away, life does have a habit of doing that. So sorry to hear about Vince ,it was so obvious how much you loved him but our 4 leged friends do have a habit of burrowing deep into our hearts, think its all the love they give unconditionally. My son got a cat last april and as he works all day she comes to play at my house during the day and goes home when he gets in so she thinks both houses are hers, and although she isn't my cat supposedly I keep telling her she is getting too deep into my heart and I do love her to bits with all the antics she gets up to so I can understand how you feel.
Love your card as always and hope to pop back soon.

Jackie said...

What a a lot of bother you had had Squirrel...hugs.
Friends don't desert in times of trouble, of course most of us are still here...more hugs.
I love your gorgeous card, and of course your colouring is excellent :o)
Jackie xx

debby4000 said...

Absolutely gorgeous card and adorable too.

Annette said...

I'm really sorry that you've had so much rubbish to deal with in the last few months, and I wish I could take it all away from your shoulders, but it's so lovely to see you back here. Reading all the lovely comments left above hopefully reminds you just how much your true friends and followers really do value you.

Your bunny card is absolutely adorable. My favourite colour and gorgeous colouring. I also love the offset fold and border punching. It's perfect honey, and Cherry is so pretty. Please don't stop sharing your stunning creations to those of us who find them truly inspiring.


Mandy said...

Hello lovely lady :)
I often think about you knowing how much you will be missing your beautiful baby boy. It's 11 years today I lost my giant fur baby and my heart still breaks over losing him, he was my baby as Vince was yours, & it's sill early days for you hunny, Vince was such a huge part of your life & always will be. Treasure those memories & photos of your handsome boy & who knows maybe one day another little fur baby in need of love & care will worm his or her way into your heart & bring you some comfort & joy again.
Before I begin the blub thinking of you & Vince let's talk cards!
You most definitely haven't lost your touch with your colouring Squirrel, it's so perfect and beautiful and the image is adorable.
Take care hunny, hope to "see you" again soon
big hugs xxxx

Lorraine said...

Definitely a cute little bunny and beautifully coloured. Love it.
Lorraine x

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting Musketeers.

ginny c said...

Lovely card your colouring is amazing we lost one of our dogs last year I miss her so much animals give you unconditional love Take care x

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

Big, bg hugs to you Squizz. Super pretty card, but big hugs xx

coops said...

so gorgeous S, i love your sweet bunny and beautiful colouring as always.hopefully your year can only get better.lots of hugs.

xx coops xx

Kat W said...

You have certainly had a lot on your plate recently and I'm not surprised that blogging has taken a back seat.

I miss seeing so many of your gorgeous creations but blogging shouldn't feel like a chore and isn't the reason we all make cards so you just keep on creating and share whenever you feel like it!

I'm so happy you shared this pretty card design though, not least because it is gorgeously PINK! The cut-away front section is lovely, the image is adorable, the DP is fab and I think I might *need* those sentiments!

Big hugs, Kat xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Awwww... pretty in pink! Such a sweet card. Even if you don't blog it is good to hear that you are still creating. That stuff is good for the soul.

Debs said...

Oh Squirrel what a horrible time you have had lately - I hope that life is much kinder to you soon.
Your card is adorable as ever - such a cute image coloured to perfection and fabulous border die.
Thanks for playing along at In The Pink and Sweet Stampin' this time.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Pami said...

I am sorry to read about your bad time, I hope things get better very soon. Your card is gorgeous, love the layout and gorgeous colours! Thank you for sharing with us at the Sugar Bowl this week, good luck! Pami x

Cass said...

Really pretty card.Thanks for joining us at the Sugar Bowl
Cass xx

raven said...

What a great card. Thankyou for joining us at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge...Good Luck..Genny DT

The Stamp Basket said...

So sweet, Squirrel! Love the image and creative use of the die...such a great effect! Hope you are keeping well!

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