Wednesday, 2 February 2011

LOVEly Tilda & an Award!

WARNING! - Long post alert!!

It isn't often, for me at least(!), a card turns out every bit as well as I'd hoped, but I'm really pleased with this one. It helps when the image is so adorable & I just know this Tilda, from the 'You are so special' collection, will turn out to be one of my all time faves!

She's coloured with Distress Inks & the papers are Basic Grey - Bittersweet. I fancied doing a bit of distressing on this one & added some brown lace to add to the vintage feel. The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, where the current challenge is 'Love is', so I am enterig this there. The swirls are from a Marianne Design Creatable that I cut up.

So there you go! There are several other chalenges i would like to enter her in.

At Papertake Weekly this week, 'Anything Goes'

'Love is in the Air' at Simon Says Stamp

The layout is based on the fab sketch at Friday Sketchers.

I also got a lovely surprise today. The super talented & very kind Tracie, from Tracie's Crafty Creations left me an award & a very nice comment. So big hugs to you & a big Thank You.

The only drawback is, I now have to give you 8 interesting facts about myself. OK, facts I can do, interesting I'm going to struggle with. Anyhow, judge for yourself!!

1. I've always been pretty tall, 5' 11 & a half to be precise now in my bare webs! At primary school I was the tallest pupil in the whole school!

2. Before I had my boys, I used to be pretty good at general knowledge & reached the final of a long obselete TV quiz show, Today's the Day, with my Dad back in the early 90's. I'm still pretty formidable at Trivial Pursuit. At least I think I am - nobody will play me anymore!

3. Despite having a backside the size of a bus, for the past three years I have run the Manchester 10K (Fun Run - there is a contradiction in terms if ever there was one!). I shall be running again in May.

4. In an effort to be the son my Dad never had, I developed a passion for football. For my sins I support Everton FC, where David Moyes is God!!

5. In my day job I am a civil servant. Try making that sound interesting!! I'm a lone parent adviser at the local job centre, which can be very rewarding when you help someone back into work.

6. Outside of work my main hobby is crafting. Nothing else gets look in really, not even housework! I also enjoy reading & going to the cinema, but I generally don't usually make much time for these. Cardmaking has taken over!

7. My husband, Paul is fantastic & pretty tolerant of my crafting addiction. But then I have to put up with his football fanaticism (he supports the Manchester team that play in red & are currently top of the Premiership, I can't bring myself to say their name!), & his avid gaming on the Playstation, X-Box, Wii, I-Pad...etc. Despite this, he is the love of my life & my best friend!

8. Finally, my two beautiful son's, Jack & Ben, are my pride & joy. They are chalk & cheese, but absolutely wonderful. Despite the grey hairs they've given me, they make my heart swell with love & pride everytime I think of them.

Blimey, I can't tell you how long it took me to think of 8 things! Now I have to pass this on to another 8 people. So I'm going to nominate the other 5 terrific ladies on the Crafts 4 Eternity DT, 2 ladies I met at the NEC & were wonderful company & lovely Sandra, who always makes time to leave me lovely comments. There are a ton of other people I could also have chosen, of whom I also think most highly & of whose talent I am in awe.

Blimey, this post has taken me forever. Another fact about me, is I'm an incredibly slow typist!! Anyway, hope I haven't bored anyone too rigid, & everyone who made it this far still has the will to live!

Thanks so much for looking.

Big Hugs,
Andie xx


Sandra said...

aawww, that's so sweet of you ... here I was busy reading and enjoying learning more about you .. and then up pops my name LOL. Ok, not wanting to sound too silly ... but what am I meant to do?

But now on something else ... I'm just LOVING that card - I can't believe you coloured it in with just distress inks, it's amazing :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

A beautiful card, Andie. I can easily see why you like it too! Perfect matting and layering - I know this sounds like a naff comment but actually I think that matting and layering can really make or break a card. Love the gently distressed edges too. Great colour combo, papers & lace and your flowers are (like Goldilocks may have said) "just right"! As for Tilda she is beautifully coloured. Fabulous hair (I ALWAYS struggle with hair) and I love the folds in her dress too.
Penultimately, thank you for my award. It is genuinely very much appreciated although I have to confess that I have a couple of them stored up, yet to post. I don't have trouble thinking of things to say about me (when required) but I really struggle with the nominations!
And finally, two things, I didn't notice an oversized derrière when we met I think you are imagining it AND when I have to play Trivial Pursuit it is always in teams so you can be on my team any day. I'm pants at general knowledge! Big Hugs, and thanks again for the award! Lesley

BTW - this is the third time I have tried to post this comment so if there are three of them, please delete the other two!

Unknown said...

Wonderful! Your coloring is awesome!

Heather said...

Hi Andie, that was a great read - it's great to raad a little personal informations about you!! I didn't notice the bus-sized backside when we met - but I have been told I should have 'Gone to Specsavers' a few times recently, so guess what I'll be looking at next time we meet??
Gorgeous card, you've interpreted the sketch perfectly with the beautifully coloured Tilda.
Your distressing is fantastic and your details so beautiful.
hugs Heather xx
(Glad you shared this with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge)

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous and adorable card Andie.

pinky said...

Well no wonder you were pleased with your card Andie, its absolutely stunning:) Thanks for the award, nice of you to think of me:) I wish I could write as interestingly as you Andie, I really enjoyed reading those lovely things about you and am totally jealous of your height!! I will try to fulfil the award this week. Hugs

lil-paper-pixie said...

Hey Andie, your card is just perfect, I love the papers and sweet Tilda is coloured perfectly. I had to laugh at your bum being as big as a bus comment....He He and you being so tall, I am under 5ft, little & large we could be!!! I went through the Tomboy thing too, I am a past car mechanic and still work in the trade despite having a degree in Physiotherapy.....not sure why I am drawn back but hey ho it comes in handy sometimes!! Hope you are OK, you planning on going the NEC in March?



Nikki said...

Hey Andie,

Congrats on your award- I enjoyed reading about you & have discovered we have the jobcentre in common - I am a new claims adviser!

Your card is FAB!! The design & details are just perfect xxx

{hugs} Nikki x

Julie said...

Hey there matey!! Your card is awesome, what fabulous colouring and embellies!! Thanks so much for the award, my dear - I'm delighted that you thought of me!! Loved reading all about you, can't say I noticed your behind at the NEC - I think it was obscured by mine!! Hope we can do it again some time!! Juliexx

Helen said...

Beautiful card!
Thanks for entering the DT call at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - good luck!
Helen x

TracieB xx said...

This is why I don't go to the NEC, my backside don't fit throught the doors hahaha. Beautiful again, I agree one of my favourites too. I must start practicing with Distress Inks, i'm not that good at watercolouring lol

T xx

Sharon Caudle said...

Beautiful card! Fabulous colors and wonderful image! Thanks so much for joining us at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again!
hugs, Sharon

Christine said...

Wowzers!! Your work is stunning!!! I love your coloring style!! The card is embellished perfectly too!! (Love those flowers!!) Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog. I hope to see your beautiful cards again soon.
xoxo, Christine