Monday, 13 May 2013

Bright Monday!

Hello friends
I feel blessed by all your messages of congratulations on my last blog post - you are 
all truly lovely people! 
I do hope you had a good weekend - mine was superb and I can tell you why...
I got to go on the Sugar and Spice Retreat in Buckinghamshire. 
It was all a bit up in the air whether I would be able to go due to hospital etc and I felt nervous at leaving Elliott but he was in good hands staying with his grandparents and to be honest
he told me to go!  I think he is getting a little bit fed up of my mollycoddling! 
I got to spend time crafting with amazing women and it was a perfect tonic. 
The venue was Latimer House and it was stunning - the food was top notch too.
I will post some photos of the projects we made soon, the organisation was perfect and so much 
thought had gone into everything.  One of the projects was a huge journal - I want to add some extra bits and bobs before I share a photo....
possibly butterflies!

Talking of projects - this month I have three cards featured in Cardmaking and Papercraft 
magazine using their bonus papers.  Let's just say the papers are BRIGHT! 
I decided to use white cardstock to create a frame - Twisted Metal Tags and Accents -
this managed to tone the paper down a little!
The sentiment stamp is from a set designed by Marion at Sugar and Spice - 
it can be found here.
Have a wonderful day - let's hope the weather is as bright as this card!
Take care friends.


Janice said...

Hi Christine
What a lovely weekend you've had, just the tonic you needed, and the venue looks stunning! I'm so pleased Elliot insisted on you going. I've just been watching Marion's WOW embossing powders tip on's so funny! You can see how all the ladies were having a great time together!
Lovely, bright card today, if only the weather matched it! Congratulations on appearing in the magazine, you are becoming very famous!
Look forward to seeing photos of your weekend projects.
Janice x

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Glad to hear you had a relaxing weekend. Remember, you need to look after yourself to be able to look after Elliot! The papers are bright aren't they!!! Take care.

melanie said...

So glad you had a fantastic weekend can`t wait to see pic`s . the papers are bright but you toned them down just right .\melanie

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
We all deserve a little brightness, especially you, but I agree the papers are extremely bright. Glad Elliott made you go, he's sounds like a lovely boy, I bet he enjoyed being with his grandparents too. Have a good week.
Chris X

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Really pleased you had a good weekend.
Your card is bright just what we need on this dull day.
Take care. x.

Nicola Crowe said...

Good to hear you had such a good weekend love the colours in your card must look out for a copy of the magazine :)

Rita said...

Looks like you have enjoyed your Day Christine. I think we all need some Me time. I bet Elliot enjoyed his time too. Beautiful card and very colourful. Have a good day. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Good morning, sounds like a great weekend. I love the papers, sometimes you just need a bit of zing in your day! Juliat x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, so pleased you had a lovely time and expect it will have recharged the batteries a bit. On the photo is that you at the back 3rd one from the left?
Look forward to seeing the pics anyway.
I did have a quick flick through the magazine but didn't realise that those were your projects - probably it was the "brightness" of the papers.
Have a lovely day.
Elizabeth x

Sandra said...

Good morning, well it is fantastic to hear you sounding so 'up beat' what a difference a retreat can make! It probably did you the world of good to just immerse yourself in something so creative and personal, I am sure Elliott had a fan time too with his lovely grandparents! You both have lots of new things to talk about today.
I have everything crossed that this week brings you the news you need.
Your projects are beautiful Christine, I am sure you will sail through the next round of Spellbinders auditions.
You are amazing xxx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Hi Christine

Your weekend retreat sounds wonderful and I am so pleased that you managed to get there. It will have done you a power of good and I am sure Elliott will have enjoyed his weekend with his grandparents

Todays card is very bright, you are so clever to come up with the ideas for these papers

Sue xx

Wendy L said...

Glad you had a good weekend, i t sounds great.
Your card brings sunshine, very bright.xxxxxxxxxxx

Carole Z said...

So pleased you had a fab weekend - just what you needed I the card, nice and bright for a Monday morning, hugs Carole Z X

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Sounds like you had a great weekend, probably just what you needed. Good on Elliot for insisting you go.
I have the magazine and yes the papers are very bright, I think my granddaughter will maybe use them, but your creations are great.
Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

Valerie said...

Good Morning Christine,
You had a wonderful week-end from your account. You deserved that treat. Hope you share your creations soon. Keep smiling Valerie

hazel young said...

Morning Christine glad you had a lovely weekend, love the card and papers bright I like xx hazel

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, WOW, Latimer House looks absolutely stunning, what a fantastic venue for your craft extravaganza, so glad you had a lovely time, and well done Elliott for insisting your Mum went. Can't wait to see your piccies of your creations.
Lovely card, the papers are bright but can always be toned down, as you have done.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, im glad to got a change of scene and enjoyed the weekend crafting. Gorgeous cheerful card today. Emma

Anonymous said...

Good morning Christine, I am so glad you had a great weekend, it probably did you a power of good at this awfully stressful time. I can't wait to see what you have created.
Hoping your week is a good one too.
Love Carole N x

Ella's Design said...

Hi, Christine! So glad you enjoyed your crafty weekend and what a venue...just stunning!
Fab card, the white really does tone down the papers and I love that frame die too! Lisa x

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine

Elliott knows you deserve to have some me time, and that he would be ok with his lovely grandparents , im so pleased you enjoyed your fab day .

Yes the papers are bright ,i always shy away from them however you have managed to calm them down , well done

Elaine H X

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine , so glad you had time for yourself i know how tiring it gets when you are looking after a loved one. You deserve time for yourself and you have to share Elliot with family and i am sure it was a change for him.The card is a bit bright for me but you toned it down ok. with love Jean Z xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
That weekend sounds just like what you and Elliott needed. I know you only want the best for him but you also need give Elliott space to breathe. (I also know that it's extremely hard to do.)
Hope it' recharged your batteries a little bit and you got chocolate treats on your pillow!
Have a good day.

loftylass said...

How lovely for you Christine. I've never been on a retreat but I'm sure it would be rewarding... (someday maybe!!)
Looking forward to seeing your pics.
Take care.

Janice said...

Glad to hear you had a good weekend Chris, you deserve a little me time. Love the card, I like bright, bold colours. Simple design but effective. Janice x

Ita said...

Hi Christine I am so happy for you and glade you enjoyed it looking for ward to seeing photos
love the art work.

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine, I'm so pleased you managed to have some "me " time this weekend :) It just recharges the batteries to carry on with the normal everyday things.Can't wait to see the pics. xxxx

Craftychris said...

I am so glad you had such a lovely time, you deserve it! Looking forward to seeing the pictures of what you made. Your card today is gorgeous! I love the bright colours xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine - So pleased you had a lovely crafty weekend doing exactly what you enjoy. Elliott gave you the thumbs up so he could have some 'Elliott time' with his grandparents. Sorry, but card too bright for me.
Val C xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

A lovely bright and cheery card Christine. And I am so pleased you went away you need some tlc too as well as Elliot! Hugs Susan x

Carolyn H. said...

Hi Christine, Firstly, congratulations to you, re yesterdays post. Busy weekend myself and I've only just caught up with the blog.
So pleased to hear that you have had a lovely break yourself this weekend.Bet Elliott was happy for you too.
Crafty best wishes, Carolyn x

Linda said...

What a great weekend you have had. The card is gorgeous
hugs Linda

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine
Am glad you were able to spoil yourself with a weekend of crafting, great therapy.
I am sure Elliott had a great time too with his grandparents. Anne x

Carol J said...

I love the bright papers. You may have noticed I don't do subtle.
Will be thinking of you next week,
Love Carol xx

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