14 July 2012

Frustrated ramblings of a mad woman

Gggrrrrrr!!!!! It's been that kind of a week! No time, too many commitments, another migraine (surprise that!) and then my laptop got infected by a virus while I was 'doing the rounds' in Blogland. Hmph. So that's gone in to be mended and I'm sharing the PC with OH & offspring (we need a booking list methinks). Then the battery died on the camera, and finally BT went all slow and wobbly on me!!!!!!!!!! Do you ever get the feeling life is conspiring against you? I started last Saturday with so many good intentions too!

Right, enough being a miserable baggins. On the upside my orders from Frilly & Funkie (part winnings, part B'day pressie) and Crafty-Embelies arrived :¬D Oh happy days! And my intentions last weekend were spurred on by having 2 whole hours to myself :¬0 to watch the video tutorial Ania Dabrowska did for Prima. My word, what she can do with paper and ink is astounding, and if you haven't watched it yet I highly recommend it. Believe it or not I must be the only person on the planet who doesn't have any T!m Holtz tags! (gotta do something about that v. soon) so replicating her tags was beyond me. (Stop waffling and show 'em what you've done woman!!)


And this is? my entry to Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers challenge - Dreamer (late, I know but, well you've already heard my tale of woe). It is also going into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge - Layers which is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. And as if that weren't enough! it is also a birthday card for my middle son (it's a way off yet but it seems a bit of forward planning is needed at the moment!)


Bless him! When Hels' challenge title came up it immediately put me in mind of him - an absent-minded genius who often lives in a world of his own, has dreams of being an author and loves books/strategy games/moles in equal measure :¬))


The stamps were all from Dimension Fourth sets (they are ones I find myself returning to so often) and the puzzle piece and domino were from Crafty-Embelies (link above).


The papers were K&Co Life's Tapestry (trying desparately to use up the stash) and the buttons came in that two-stone bag that came from my Mum (Happy Birthday tomorrow Mum! you're a star xx)


I made the background paper by spritzing Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain on the craft mat and slushing the card around in it. The three playing cards (oooh yes, I have a batch of blank ones courtesy of one of my eldest's GCSE art projects) got a similar, if somewhat more intense treatment. The feather came free from a duck on our local canal - the irridesence took my fancy and in part inspired the colour choices. The OH, bless him, is now picking up all sorts of random plummage whilst exercising the dog and doesn't get why I'm not esctatic when he presents me with something brown and battered!!!  

OK, time to stop going on. Who knows what other catastrophies may befall if I don't get this posted...
Welcome and thank you to all my followers, new and old who leave such wonderful comments. They are treasured, each and every one of them. Apologies in advance if I don't get round to you all this week but my alloted time is up and my precious laptop won't be back until Monday pm. Now I must away to finish some Apple Crumble cupcakes, yum. Hugs, Buttons x

19 comments:

  1. Wow, gorgeous card Buttons ! Even though you've not had a good week your creativity hasn't deserted you. Apple Crumble cupcakes sound delicious too ! Sue C x

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  2. Fabulous card, love all the layers of interest and great images too. Hope you manage to get the virus off your computer and your migraine has eased. You may have had a bad week but you would never know from your creativity. The ks so much for joining in the Simin Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  3. aw that ickle mole is just TOOO cute! Sounds like you have a lovly son there hun... and what a fab card too... thanks for joining in with the Sunday sTamper... hoping next week is better for you x

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  4. Hi Buttons, I really feel for you! So sorry you have such such a bad week - onwards and upwards.....I have not seen the latest video but she does do stunning work, I agree. However, your piece is amazing, love that mole, love your distressing, the elements, the colours - wow, it is fabulous. At least your mojo hasn't deserted you.......A x

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  5. ...gosh when it rains it rains, next week has to be better :) at least crafting calms the soul and our troubles are gone for a while...a super card with so much loVeliness to see, very cute buttons...Mel :)

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  6. What a mad week! I hope next week settles down for you and that you get stuff a bit more sorted. This is one stunning card! So much to look at without it being overpowering. Some of my favourite touches are: the feather, the fountain pen stamp, the domino and the mole!

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  7. Crumbs - poor you! I suppose it's good to think that next week will be better than the last!! (I had wondered where you were as you're very good at catching up with the latest posts!). I love what you've done here because there's so much to see - the mole is very cute. I'm going to check out your link to Ania too. Lucky you with the crafty embellies and the other stuff! Enjoy your weekend.
    Juliaxx

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  8. I think I'm going mad too!! Just clicked on your tutorial link and realised that I've already seen it but know her as Finnabair - my brain needs some serious surgery I fear!!
    Juliax

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  9. Bad week but my oh my what a fabulous piece of artwork. See, every cloud has a silver lining and your mojo certainly stayed with you. Absolutely gorgeous.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  10. Might as well get everything that goes wrong over with in one week Buttons!! Hope next week is better for you. Hurrah for the 2 hours you got to yourself, wonderful creation and lucky son xxxx

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  11. Hey there thank you for sharing your fabby layered project with the dt form SSS and S, love the colors and the beautifull layers you have used. Thank you for sharing, hugs terry xxxx

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  12. There is so much to see and so much texture on your card Buttons it is fabulous!
    Why does so much URKY stuff happen all at once??? But take a deep breath and know repeat slowly - "It too will pass!"
    BTW don't look for catastrophies don't even say the word for surely they will come seeking you out!
    Have a fabulous week.
    Aren't ducks just lovely how they share their beautiful feathers?

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  13. One would never guess that you were having a bad week! This is fabulous and I love all the layers! So happy that you at least received a goodie package to make the week a little sweeter!

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  14. Don't you just hate it when life seems to throw you nothing but frustrations. What with losing internet connection twice last week I seem to be getting well behind schedule too. This is absolutely gorgeous with such lovely detail - love it. I'm sure you deserve an apple crumble cupcake they sound great.

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  15. What a frustrating week Buttons but good to hear you're still smiling. I love this collage and love that it's all very personal to your son. Hope the coming week is less challenging! Vicky x

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  16. Sorry to hear the techno side of life went all wrong Grrrrrrrrr , Glad your getting back on track... What a fabulous creation.. Brillant design & colours... love the detail its quite AmAzing... love it!!! Hugs May x x x

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  17. Hi Buttons.......I hate it when you have a bad day, never mind a week !! As mentioned it has not impacted on your creativity. This is a gorgeous piece. I love all your layers and the stamped images are great. Clever use of the feather.......FABULOUS x good luck in the challenges :-)

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  18. Awww, this is one cure card Buttons! Great interpretation of Hels's theme and I love the grungy, distressed look :). Hope things brighten up for you soon! :))) xx

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  19. Sorry about the bad week...hope it gets better!!! This is fabulous luscious layers!!!

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