18 Feb 2013


Hi all, if you have visited the Ooh La La Challenge blog you will already know that I am taking a break from the team.  I have been trying to pretend that everything is ok but in truth it isn't, I have reduced my DT commitments even further and stepped down from The Paper Shelter DT as well, the decisions have been very hard and sad but as many of you will understand depression is not a good friend to have at the best of times.
I will be rejoining OLLCB in a little while when I feel I can cope more.
I had made a DT card for the OLLCB and thought that you may like to see it, to see the rest of the teams awesome work and to participate in the challenge for the next two weeks then just go to
the theme is
I made this card fold after reading the Joanna Sheen's Newsletter, I saw the instructions and decided to have ago, if you would like to try it out then just visit the Joanna Sheen Shop where you will find a Tutorial section for this and many more excellent card designs
This particular one is called a 'caged' card, I have used Adorable scorable card the papers and bookmark are from the OLL Shoes in Bloom 2 CD, this one is called Lily.
I have used gold satin card to mount the papers on, I added lots of gold glitter, gems and butterflies.
the second picture shows the bookmark with tassel.
I do hope that you will join the challenge.


Michaela said...

Hi Lorraine
Love your beautiful card. What an interesting shape. Decorated gorgeously. Love the bookmark with tassel and all the butterflies too.
Hope your depression gets better soon but it is easier said than done,isn't it?
Michaela xx

Crafty Kitten said...

I love this card Lorraine, I must go have a look at the tutorial. It looks so impressive.
Sweetie, just take one day at a time and don't rush it - you will get there!
Thinking of you!!
love n hugs
Dawn xxxxx

Rita said...

What a fabulous card Lorraine. It looks so complicated. I have been on medication for depression for over 10 years now and I know how awful it can be. Hopefully the doctors will get you back to your old self again and then you will be able to cope. Lots of Comforting Hugs. Rita xx

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Lorraine.

Hugs Riet.xx

Lau W said...

Lorraine, your card is fabulous, so original shape, love all butterflies !
Take care of yourself my friend, hope you will be ok soon !

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is stunning Lorraine. Such a clever and beautiful design. The colours and details are gorgeous.
Take care, I hope you start to feel brighter soon. It must have been so hard for you to take a step back from your DT commitments but your health must come first and we all understand.
Big Hugs

coops said...

so stunning lorraine.your design is fantastic and i love the pretty butterflies.
i really hope you can get some meds to help with your depression, we are all here for you if you need us.
sending hugs.

xx coops xx

NancyD said...

Wow, looks complicated and wonderful all at the same time. Lorraine, do take care of your self first! NancyD

SUE said...

Stunning card Lorraine and my heart goes out to I suffered badly with depression and because its not something people 'see' they dont understand so lots and lots of hugs hun Sue J xxxx

karen said...

Ah Lorraine, one day at a time get all the support you can! Your card is beautiful a stunning design, hugs, Karenxx

Jac said...

Stunning card Lorraine, I haven't seen that before, definitely going to try it out. So sorry to hear you are struggling at the moment, I wish you well, take care xx

Chrissy said...

Oh! my goodness Lorraine, this is gorgeous,I love the design and colours,love the bookmark and butterflies, all so pretty.
We are all here for you hun!...dont forget that..


Chris x said...

Beautiful Lorraine, depression Im sure is a horrible illness, but at least you have your crafting keep going at it and dont stop, your creations are always gorgeous, thinking of you.
Big cyber hugs.
Chris x

Lorraine said...

This is gorgeous Lorraine. I love the shape and all the pretty butterflies.
I'm sending you a big hug from one Lorraine to another!
Lorraine x

*Vicki* said...

WOW!! What a stunning creation!! I love the butterflies and fun bookmark design as well!! So clever! :)

Julie P said...

Wow, this is awesome! So pretty and different, love the fold, nicely done
Hugs Julie P

Daniele said...

amazing card Lorraine, sorry to hear that you are suffering from depression, unless its something you have gone through no one understands how you feel and it drags you down, I hope you get some help and support and I wish you well
hugs and best wishes

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hiya, Oh this is stunning, what a wonderful creation, Love it. Im sending big hugs your way as know what you are feeling like just now (been there too).
Hope that you start to feel a bit better soon, Take baby steps and one day at a time, Love Hazelxox

Doreen said...

Love your gorgeous card Lorraine,fab design and papers.xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Great card Lorraine, and thanks for the tut link one I would love to try...have a good break honey and please take care...have you put your name down for my candy> only decoupage sheets But some like them...luv annie

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Lorraine, your card is gorgeous!! I adore the design with all the sparkly butterflies!! What a fun surprise with the gorgeous bookmark!!

I am praying that things improve for you and your depression subsides. I am so sorry for all you are going through. Your teams will certainly miss your sweet personality and your talent!!


scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous card!

You are a wise lady to choose your health over DT...DT will still be there when you are better...take this time for you.

I remember reading once that to help combat depression you should do one thing a day that brings you joy. Seek it out if you have the energy...It can be as small as playing a fab CD while you have your bath or as expensive as a lovely meal out...it just has to being you joy!

sallysbitz said...

WOW, just love this style of card Lorraine. I must say it looks quite complicated & may need a lot of patience!

I do hope your on the up soon. I have been there too. I ended up having 3 - 4 months off of work, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

If you want to talk please to email me x

hugs sally x

Alyce said...

oh hun hope you are ok... i am sending big love and hugs. just make sure to look after yourself. you have made such a gorgeous project...so well executed and i love the beautiful colours :) xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is an awesome shape sweetie. You are so good at trying different shape cards. I love the colours and embellies.

So sorry to hear you are still going through a bad time sweetie. I hope you feel better soon hun.


Asha said...

WOW!!! This is stunning, Lorraine. Love all the details...very elegant. I hope you feel better soon. It's wise to take it easy for a while and focus on your own health. Take care, my friend.
xxx Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

Sandy said...

Ohh La La is right - this is one fabulous creation Lorraine - Wow!
Depression is not a friend and can be very hard to find the right medication. My prayers and thoughts go with you Lorraine.

Betka said...

What a stunning card Lorraine. The butterflies and all details are fabulous.
Big hugs (:Betka:)

Linda said...

Really an amazing card. I love all the butterflies So pretty.

Nannieflash said...

Hi Sweetheart, Im so so going to miss you, I just wish you didnt feel you needed to step down from our DT, dont forget we will be calling on you to stand in as a GD.
Your card is just stunning love, if you feel upto it we have a challenge next week for the last time perhaps. Do take care and keep in touch. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

cotnob said...

Sorry I haven't been over before Lorraine, I'm going to miss you over at OLLCB - I hope you will be back with us very soon.
I love this card, such a fabulous design and pretty pastel colours.
Take care of yourself.

Rebekah said...

Lorraine my sweet I am in total awe of this amazing card it looks so complicated but is just spectacular!!!
But also I just wanted to say i know just how you are feeling right now (I know that it feels like no one does but I have been there)
I have suffered on and off with depression for years and know just how hard that can hit you. Please feel free to e mail me (rebekahlanewilliams@ymail.com) if ever you feel like it just to vent or just to say Hi, anything you need if you like.
I know it sometimes just takes someone to listen or point you in the right direction.
Yes medication is good for some and works wonders but others not. I am a HUGE advocate of counselling, it taught me to look inside myself, to not be drug dependant and helps equip me with the mental tools I require to see my life differently.
If you ever need me just know I am here
Hugs rebekah xx

Annmaree (Emu) said...

Love to you, lorraine! You're such a sweet friend, I so wish that I could wave a wand and take away such an awful thing like depression. I've been there and its awful to try and get through and see the otherside. but I promise its there!

Just take each day as it comes, don't be hard on yourself and try and do things you love each day, too!

Big Cyber HUGS to you, my friend xoxo

This is a very cool fold of card, love the Butterflies and lillies, great bookmark too.

Eileen said...

Lorraine this is a fabulous card and I have to admit I have never seen one before. Totally awesome design and layout. Love everything you have done with it.
So sorry to hear that you are stepping down from TPS DT, you will be sorely missed.
Depression is a terrible thing to live with, I do know this from experience. Believe me.. things will get better for you. Take each day as it comes, some up some down, and eventually the ups take over.
Sending you a HUGE HUG
Eileen x

Davi said...

Fabulous Amazing creation Lorraine. It is sooo beautiful with all the details.

cebelica said...

Awwww, I'm sorry you had to step down from some of your DT. But I understand why you did this.

I really like your card. It's such an unique shape and has all those butterflies and flowers. Beautiful! I also like the idea of hidden bookmark.

Hugs! xx

scrappymo! said...

Just looking again at your card...what a stunning creation. I am going to check out the site you mentioned and save the directions.
It really is an eyecatching card.

Glad to hear you are colouring again.
Sometimes when I am bored, I will just colour or sometimes make flowers. I find it relaxing...Making a card is a commitment to finish and there is sometimes pressure with that...If I chunck it down into enjoyable sections, I can just enjoy the beauty of the one task!

Take care

May said...

Wonderful card, WOW!!! Fabulous design.. Sorry to hear you have stepped down from some DT Commitments due to your health... Please take care Lorraine, Just take each day as it comes you will get there... Hugs May x x x

Pat said...

What a super card Lorraine, never seen one like it before, gorgeous butterflies and flowers. Sorry you are not feeling great at the moment, I do hope that your break will do you good. Take care of yourself.

Pat xx

Merry said...

Sorry to hear you have had to step down from some of the DT commitments. Although sometimes this is a good thing because you can then sit back and be inspired again. :-) I love the style of this card, so neatly cut and a fun way to add the tage. Iwill have to add this to my to do list.


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