I've had a couple of stressful days lately - due to the hailstorm and flash flooding - the conservatory which is our dining room etc was flooded, so too the porch hallway and the garage. So its been smelly, dirty, and a mess.
Yesterday I took myself off to see my friend Paula Whittaker I had so been looking forward to it.
We converse via email and the telephone - but don't get together as often as we would like - so I was not going to miss seeing her for a flood!
We had a great day - talking for England as usual - and I got to see 'in the flesh' her beautiful cards that have appeared in magazines and on her blog.
The camera never does justice does it?
We have a famine of craft shops in Norfolk - so went to the better of the two - and had a good look around. No bargains to be had - but it is so much nicer seeing things in real life than on the web - well it is for me.
We managed to buy some goodies though and had a great time.
The course I am on finishes next week - so we hope to get together more often to actually do some crafting!
This afternoon I 'left' the mess, and broken patio door glass (felt much happier now that it has been made safe), and headed off down the garden determined to make a card - and I did.
I had to lean over a lamp to take this photo - so the collage image of the lady and butterfly on the cream background looks not quite 'square' but it is - its the angle I have taken the photo.
I mounted the picture on thick textured cream card, inked the border with a toning colour to match the butterfly, then I distressed all the edges.
The backing papers I chose to compliment each other - trying to emulate Paula - she's great at that - but I haven't got the 'knack' yet - but I think this is a good attempt.
Across the middle join is ribbon, and I had a go at making one of the 'modern' flowers that seem to be the 'in' thing at the moment.
After cutting out, scrunching up, and distressing, I offset each layer slightly (thanks for the tip Paula) and added one of the gems, that Paula found in the shop. It picks up the colours beautifully.
Purple, butterflies, and rain on the roof of my wooden studio while I worked - the perfect 'fix' for stress