1 Aug 2016


Hi all, today is the start of the new fortnightly challenge at
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Here is my DT card using Tilda with Surf Board, I coloured Tilda with markers then cut her out.  I decided to make a Shadow Box but with an additional inner acetate layer, this enabled me to create a tropical vacation scene for surfer Tilda, the Palm trees is a stamp that I received some years ago from a blogging buddy, I stamped two trees then cut them out, the papers are from the Miss Daisy Stamps WR3 paper range, I used a shaped die to cut out the aperture, the flowers are stamps and dies from Heartfelt Tropical Hibiscus range, I also used the shells stamps and die cuts, I added lace, beads in a bottle and topped the lace with some WOC roses.  I have taken many pics from different angles so you could see more of the inside.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my followers, friends and visitors for your support, kindness and encouragement that I receive on a regular basis, but due to my continued personal and health issues I have decided to step down from all my DT commitments with the exception of Magnolia Forever.
I have talked it over with my son and have agreed not to totally end my days in blogland but to see how things progress.

I seem to have lost so much of the love and joy that I have found for so many years in my craft, it has always been a big help to me over the years which is why I am not making this a final farewell.  
Lorraine x


Chrissy said...

Clever girl Lorraine..this is brilliant..fabulous colouring and just love the wonderful scene you have created..I love it.


cotnob said...

A beautiful card Lorraine, you have created a wonderful scene and your flowers are stunning.
I do hope you decide to continue with your crafting, perhaps creating just for fun will make it more pleasurable again.
Take care.

Andree said...

A gorgeous card. I love the pretty colours, sweet image and the way you've created the depth.
Thank-you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore August Challenge “Use a Digi or Stamp”. Good luck x

Aileen Ryan said...

Lorraine, amazing colours on this card. Love that tilda with surfboard, amazing surfboard. And the flowers around her and the colours all so beautiful. Love this card,

Aileen Ryan said...

This will teach me to look and comment then read, now Im commenting twice. Thank goodness your not stepping down all together. I so enjoy coming to visit your blog and seing your wonderful creations. I hope your health is ok and that stepping back to just start enjoying making for the fun of it may make a big difference. I think (not that I know as I have not done what you do) but I do think we all start because of the love we have of making and sharing what we make. I hope this comes back to you cause that would then put the pleasure back into your life. Take care and know you Aileen very very appreciated, hugs Aileen

aussie aNNie said...

Stunningly beautiful I have this stamp too of the flowers and must ink it up as it looks fabulous.xx

Bernadet said...

Ooooh Lorraine, how very cute is this!
Love the scene, aaaai and then the flowers....so beautiful!!

Margreet said...

What an awesome Shadow Box, Lorraine...great coloring and lovely details!
So sorry to read about your decision to step down from nearly all your DT teams, but I understand you have to choose for yourself....and your hobby must give fun and joy! So glad you not decided a final farewell. Hope we will stay blogfriends for a long time.
Love from
xxx Margreet

julie_woolston said...

Hi Lorraine stunning card as always hun, beautiful detail and textures love it,
I am so sorry to read you you are having personal/health problems hun, I will miss not seeing your amazing cards, you have to do what is right for you though hun, lots of love and hugs Julie xxxxx

Veerle said...

Oh my lorraine this is such a fun card. I just love all the gorgeous details.
Such a lovely holiday scene. Ace card my friend.
Hugs Veerle xxx

Jane Savage said...

What an amazing scene you've created, Lorraine! Another incredible make to inspire me!
So glad to hear that you are not leaving blogland completely but to step down from some DT commitments might be just what you need to restore your love of creating. I do understand how the joy of crafting can sometimes up and leave you, I've been there myself several times. I wish you much improved health and happiness. Love and hugs to you! xxx

KraftyKoolKat said...

So beautiful Lorraine. I have lost all my enthusiasm for crafting at the moment, I didn't think it would happen to me as it has always been crafting that has got me through things.


Stef H said...

absolutely gorgeous card. how do you get the shapes on the flowers? do you bend it around something? i can't seem to get that "puffed" shape?

i pray that your health issues improve.
i hear ya on taking a break in blogland and i blame in on FB. we can all keep in touch thru FB and blogging becomes few and far between. even i'm down to posting maybe once a week.

do stay in touch with me and keep me posted on how you're feeling. you are very important to me and you are in my prayers.


Stampsnob. said...

She is having a great time on this vacation among all this pretty Lis

Chris said...

Your card is fabulous Lorraine, such a clever and intricate design, love the added depth the shadow box gives, beautiful image and flowers.
So sorry that things are not good with you at present, I will miss your beautiful creations but you have to do what's best for you...as others have said, hopefully you will enjoy your creativity again when there are no pressures to 'perform' and you can create what you like, when you choose!
I do hope that your health and happiness soon improve.

MagsB said...

Wow, Lorraine, this is an awesome creation!

I'm glad you're not making a 'final farewell' and I hope that things improve for you, hun. Sometimes we just need a rest, don't we?! Take care, sweetie, and hopefully I'll see you on Facebook.

Love and hugs, Maggie xxx

Davi said...

This is one awesome card Lorraine, All the elements and wonderful dimension make for one amazing creation!! My sweet friend your talented creations would be sorely missed if you were to quit blogging totally! I think after doing so much for years we tend to get a bit weary and lose some of the zeal even more so with health issues. I know I have struggled with this for the past year. I hope that cutting back on your responsibilities will help you and we will still be able to hear from you. Big hugs my friend, you have been such an encourager to me over the years, I always appreciate you so much!!

Michelle said...

This saddens me that you are going to step down. I am glad that you will be with one so I can see your wonderful creations. I do understand why you are doing it.
This is a beautiful shadow box. I love the little girl. She is so adorable. Love, Love, Love this


Lorraine said...

What a gorgeous scenic project. Love the image and all the details.
Lorraine x

Kirsty-Anne Duckworth said...

Hi Wow what an amazing scene you have created so many awesome techniques just love this !! Thank you for inspiring us in The Midweek Magnolia's Challenge ;0)

Annette Stapylton said...

Wow what a super fantastic creation here. Just incredible work here. Love it.
Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Doreen said...

A gorgeous design Lorraine and fab image.xxx

Pamellia Johnson said...

WOW WOW WOW Lorraine, this is so beautiful!! I am loving this 3d scene you have created inside your card, I feel like I could walk right inside and have a nap under one of those palm trees! Just amazing! Love all the added flowers, and your colour palette is so cool and refreshing!! Hope you've been keeping well, I am just playing catch up from my holiday. hugs :)

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is absolutely stunning!! I love the gorgeous scene you've created!! The flowers look amazing!! And Tilda is so beautiful!!

I hope you do continue to create my friend because you are truly an inspiration!! I understand the need to scale back and I hope that you will still post when you can. Thinking of you!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Gina Knott said...

This is just beautiful! I love the design and your perfect colouring. Thank you for sharing with us at Marvelous Magnolia, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
Gina xx

Donna Ellis said...

Oh MY, Lorraine! This is one of the prettiest, cutest Tilda cards EVER! I love the design and depth of your diorama, and all the serene beachy colors and details! Gorgeous! (and so beautifully colored, as always). Now for my other hat:

Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge "Anything Goes with a Stamp or Digi". I hope you have enjoyed playing along as much as we have enjoyed seeing your talent. Please check back to see if you are a winner!
crafty hugs,

*Vicki* said...

Wow wow wow Lorraine!! This is absolutely amazing my friend!! I love the gorgeous dimension and your diorama style design here!! Brilliant done and so beautifully colored with lots of fabulous details to look at!! I love it! :) HUGS

Diane Louise J said...

Thanks for joining our challenge with your lovely card. Good luck and hope you can join us again.
[Diane Louise DT for World Wide Open DT Challenge]

cheryl said...

Oh wow this is a masterpiece hun gosh the depth detail and beauty is just lushes hugs cheryl xxx

Lynne in NI said...

Wow what a stunner Lorraine! This must have taken ages to make, there such a lot of work in it.
I hope you don't leave blog land, I'd miss seeing your fab creations :( Maybe stepping down from your DTs will take the pressure off and make it fun again xx

pinky said...

Ah Lorraine, I have picked a sad time to visit your blog but totally understand where you are coming from. We all need to take stock of our lives now and then and see what's working and what isn't. Hopefully a little break will help you settle. It would be such a shame not to see more of this loveliness because this card is totally amazing. I love all the layers and how you have the perfect balance with all your embellishments. Come back soon xxx

Carol said...

Your card is gorgeous Lorraine. Sometimes it's good to take a step back and just craft for ourselves. Hope to see you again soon. Carol x

Shuly said...

amazing work ! such a fantastic effect on the layers and on the flowers! bright and sunny colors and delicated lace on the side, how cool and cute !!!
thanks so much for playing with us at Marvelous Magnolia

Wendy said...

So gorgeous Lorraine...Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Wendy DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

scrappymo! said...

Hope you stay creating and blogging...you would be sorely missed if you were to retire from crafting completely.

Your cards are always so beautiful and uniquely you! That is waht makes them special. Having stepped back from design teams may be enough to change things up a bit for you. You will now be creating whatever you want to do. That may be freeing and fun!

I too suffer with poor health and totally understand how draining and debilitating that canbe. Good luck with your health...

Melanie said...

A gorgeous card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our " anything goes with optional at the sea / beach” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

brenda said...

Hi Lorraine, Just saw your comment on my blog and I realised I had not seen a post from you since we came home, all now makes sense having read this post.

I was going to mail you but guess what, it doesn't seem to be in my list which I know it was, so instead leaving this message for you. I know how you struggle with health issues and are always so brave to fight them and keep creating wonderful cards.

I can totally identify with needing space to step back and hope that in time you will feel like getting back into things, meantime sending you love and gentle hugs my friend.

B x

*Vicki* said...

Oh my dear friend Lorraine!!! I have to first apologize to you for my absence visiting your blog. As you may have seen on my a couple of my blog posts that I have been extremely "busy" behind the scenes creating things that I can't even post on my blog! (boo!)

You are such an AMAZING and talented lady!! Your creation here is absolutely gorgeous with so many many details and I can see with ALL of your creations that you are and expert in what you do my friend!! :) I've also loved those sweet Magnolia stamps and you work with them stunningly!!

Now onto the wording in your post which I've just caught up with here....sigh....I think I know EXACTLY where you are coming from here my friend and I've actually sadly seen this with several of my blog friends over the last few years. When something doesn't become as fun as it once used to be, I completely understand. This is why we started it in the first place, it's supposed to be FUN!! This is why I've had my "ups" and "downs" myself with it and have to step back once in a while so I completely understand. For me, the stepping away to access it all helped a bit. But I also found that by turning my attention to forms of art. As you know I used to make fussy and fancy cards, but turned my attention to the trendy CAS style. I have found that sometimes I also need a break from cards and tried something totally different and out of my comfort zone and have picked up new excitement with that as well. Whatever you decide to do, I will always support you!! Sending you comforting HUGS - P.S. Sorry for the long post!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I seem to have missed this post Lorraine, what a beautiful shadow box card with gorgeous handmade flowers and lots of pretty elements in the design. I do hope you continue to craft and visit blogland on a regular basis, I'm sure with the pressure of DT's taken away then crafting will become a pleasure again and you will find a renewed enthusiasm. I wish you well and hope that your health improves soon too.

Diane said...

Just fabulous Lorraine, love the shadow box effect and wonderful coloring.

Hugs diane

cheryl said...

oh hun know how hard you must have found this decision,and maybe stepping down,from all your DT work will help you, really hope you stay in touch as i for one will miss your creations,and your kind words,you work is simply stunning and I Hope this will not be your last post. Take care sweetie and hope your health improves lots love hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

Dr Sonia S V said...

YOur shadowbox looks absolutely stunning...so much of hard work and what a beauty with all the amazing layers...it transports me right into a holiday beach scene
Dr Sonia

Carole said...

Such a stunning shadow box card, Lorraine! Of course I love the Tilda image and she is beautifully coloured, but I think the palms and hibiscus make it extra special, especially with the 3D effect. Hope you feel better very soon. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore August Challenge, “Use a stamp or digi”. Good Luck!
Carole x DT

Diane said...

What a fabulous shadowbox design, the dimension is great and love all the details.

Hugs Diane

Lorraine said...

A brilliant card Lorraine, I love the scene you've created, gorgeous colours and design. Love it
Lorraine x


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