10 Dec 2012


Hi all, I don't know why but I feel rather nervous writing this post, I suppose it is because I have been off for a little while.
Before I start my post I would like to thank each and everyone of my blogging friends for the wonderful e-mails, cards and comments on the post that my son wrote.  I did not know that he had posted that I was not well, he has been so good reading all my e-mails for me.
It really has meant so much to me to know that you have missed me and the kindness that you have shown me is awesome, so I thank you with all my heart.
I am finding it very difficult to adjust to my life without my beloved Polo, I know that I was very upset when I lost him but it seemed to hit me all of a sudden that he was not coming back to me and I was just a broken mess.  I am feeling a little like my normal self today and actually made a card that my mum requested.
I do have a few apologies to make to my DT's as I have not been joining in the challenges and I am so very sorry for that.
I have made a deep shadow box card in the colours of red and white, I have used mainly Kanban Christmas items that I ordered from Create and Craft.
I used two A4 card stock cut at 51/2" across the width, the plain red card is pearlescent, the foiled red and white card is Kanban
I measured each end of the widths at 1/2" and 1.1/2" I used my Spellbinder Scalloped Circle Die cut for the aperture at the front, I used the Kanban Die Cut Glittered Poinsettias for for the inside and some small ones on the outside all have been 3'd with silicone glue, I used extra tacky tape for securing the two cards together, I added some die cut snowflakes red gems, die cut flourish and sentiment.
A Side View 
View from the top 
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
I have also entered this into the Christmas Card Challenge at 
Money Supermarket there are some awesome prizes for the top 3 winners.
I think I surprised myself by making this shadow box card as I have not been in the most crafty of moods, I do hope that you like it, I will begin doing some commenting over the next few days so until then have a lovely day.
There is a new challenge over at both 
I hope you will be able to join them 


Caroline said...

A big hello hun so glad you are OK it's hard losing a pet they become part of the family but it will get easier. I love the Deep shadow box card its gorgeous the colours and design is beautiful. A big thank you to your son you must be very proud of him Hugs Caroline xxxx

NancyD said...

It really is lovely! So bright and cheerful - just what we need! NancyD

karen said...

Lorraine I am sorry I seem to have missed the post that James did, I am so sorry that you are feeling this way. I really understand how difficult it is to lose a pet but I hope things become easier for you soon, you know Polo would not want you to be this unhappy?? Anyway onto your card which is stunning, wow beautiful work! lots of hugs, Karenxxx

Eileen said...

Welcome back Lorraine you have been missed.
Such a beautiful project to return with. What a gorgeous card. Love the depth you have created with your beautiful poinsettias. A perfect Christmas card !!!
Eileen x

Michaela said...

Hi Lorraine
I am glad you are feeling much better now. I hope the spell of this feeling is going to last from now on.
Your card is absolutely stunning! Love the striking look with the red colour, the dimension you have achieved with this and also the focal point is gorgeous too.
Michaela xx

Dora said...

Lorraine its so good to have you back and reading this today :) Im so happy you are better and crafting again woo hoo :) and your card is stunning. I love the style and the layers of the flower. So beautiful xxx

Marie said...

Stunning card my friend. Good to "see" that you are feeling a little better today. I know how hard it is to lose a friend you have had for so long, doesn't matter if it has two or four legs. Let it take time and it will heal. Sending you love and hugs.
And don't think about the Design teams, you first, then crafting.
Love n hugs

MagsB said...

This is beautiful, my lovely, such bright, Christmassy colours - love the poinsettia!

*hugs* Your son is so kind and thoughtful, a credit to you. *more hugs* I hope you're beginning to feel a bit better. Take care, hun!

much love, Mags B x

Sue - bearhouse said...

It's so lovely to hear from Lorraine, I was really worried about you.
I do hope that you will continue to feel better with each new day.

Your card is stunning. I love the design with those wonderful poinsettias and gorgeous colours.

Take care
Hugs Sue

Crafty Chris said...

Glad to see you back with this beautiful card.
Chris x

Anonymous said...

This is very pretty, I love the red and white so bright and cheery, so happy to see you creating again, wishing you brighter days ahead my friend
Hugs julie P

Jac said...

Welcome back Lorraine, so nice to 'see' you. Beautiful shadow box, very elegant in red & white xx

Danni said...

Grieving takes time..don't be so hard on yourself. Hugest hugs! Gorgeous project!

Pat said...

Your card is really beautiful Lorraine. The poinsettias are gorgeous as are the colours and all the elements. I do hope you are soon feeling better. Take care of yourself.

Pat xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW This is stunning, I love it. Im happy to see you back in blogland, Sending Big Hugs Hazelxox

Daniele said...

HI Lorraine glad to see you back hun, gorgeous card, so sorry to hear that you are so down, my heart goes out to you

Doreen said...

So glad to see you back Lorraine..This is a beautiful card,lovely design and colours.xxx

Vicky said...

hi sweetie I'm so sorry I missed the post what your son put on I'm so behind on everything hun. I'm sorry you have been feeling that way shug, if ever you need to chat email me anytime hun.
as for your creation sweetie it is absolutely beautiful I love the red, it really is stunning.

take care hun
lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

sue w. said...

Hiya hun, sooo pleased to see you posting, you'll get there.
How fab is this card, just love the bright red and the flower is wonderful.
Hugs Sue W.

Julie said...

Hi Lorraine! It is nice to see you back online. Your card is gorgeous. I love the dimension!


Jules said...

Hi Lorraine

So lovely to see you back in blogland .. .. and with such a beautiful creation too.

I am so pleased that James is looking out for you and helping you through this tough time.

Take care.

Love Jules xx

Riet said...

What a beautiful card.

Hugs Riet.xx

Chrissy said...

How wonderful to have you back Lorraine and with such a stunning card...the red and white are just gorgeous, beautiful work..


Nannieflash said...

Hi Sweetheart, oh wow that is one stunning and beautiful box card, never doubt your talent as this is just gorgeous.
Im so pleased to hear that you are feeling a lot better, and I hope that this is the turning point for you as I know its been a long climb. Just remember we love you and want you back so dont worry if you carnt be a actual working member of the Team, but dont forget to get that card done for next weeks Challenge though and that will be your last till January. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Dawn said...

Hi Lorraine, sorry I missed James post, I have not been around loads either. So glad you are feeling a little better, our pets are part of the family, so its only right you should miss Polo. Take good care & have a wonderful Christmas hon. Oh by the way, love the shadow box. Stunning work x

coops said...

wow this is fabulous lorriane.stunning striking colours and design and i love the poiinsetta.so pleased to see you posting on your blog again and that you are feeling a little better.sending you lots of hugs ((()))))

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

Nice to see and hear from you Lovely Lorraine!

Its devastating loosing a pet, you never really get over them, because they are essentially our children! I still miss my childhood dog and its been several years!

But our capacity to love is so much greater, and truly what makes us and this life worthwhile!

Thanks again for the awesome Christmas Card I received from you!

If you ever want to email me, feel free! Love and Hugs!

Love your poinsettia card, the shadow card rocks love the rich reds and sparkle, super pretty!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Oh sweetie it is so lovely to see you back in the fold with us. I have been so worried over you. I do hope you can continue to feel positive. Try to keep your chin up for Jessie's sake. Poor thing must think it has done wrong as they do pick up on our vibes.

Your card is so gorgeous and really stylish. I love the bright feel to this card.


Stamping in Pink said...

It's really gorgeous. Sending gentle hugs x

May said...

Hi Lorraine, So sorry I missed James's post had that wretched cough & cold... Glad to see you posting again we missed you! I do hope you are feeling a little better... sending Hugs May x x x

DebiJ said...

It is wonderful to see your creating again Lorraine, and this is so beautiful!
Hugs to you, and lovely to know your son cares so mucah about you xxx

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Christmas can be a happy time ,but I think it's often a time for missing loved ones and beloved pets too. I miss my Grandmothers so much and working at the church. You do have a loving son in James, treasure that. I argue with my son a lot but we are still close.
Your shadow box card is beautiful. I know it can be difficult to be creative when you in a low place.
Just know many people out there are thinking of you.
sending hugs. janex

Lynne in NI said...

Good to see you back Lorraine, and such a stunning creation too, your flowers are gorgeous!
It goes without saying that wee polo was much loved and sorely missed, and its not easy going through the grieving process. Hugs.

sari said...

What an amazing and beautiful card! Love the color!Thanks for joining my challenge over at Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine

Lorraine said...

Lorraine, it was lovely that James posted that for you. I really, really hope that you'll be OK soon and that the pain of losing Polo will lessen for you.

Your shadow box is beautiful. Well done for making something so gorgeous when you're not yourself.

Linda said...

It is always hard to come back and a nervousness isn't always a bad thing. Your card is so amazing! Wow I love all of the diminution. Really beautiful.
Sending hugs and a reminder to breath and enjoy the moment.

Betka said...

Aww this is beautiful shadow box Lorraine!! I love the white and red… it's a wonderful design!
hugs (:Betka:)

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

omg lorraine! this is gorgeous! absolutely gorgeous!!!

i am so sorry to hear you have not been well. i've been so busy and haven't been doing much blog visiting. i do hope you are back to your old self soon.

i got your absolutely gorgeous card today. thank you so much for thinking of me and sending one. i haven't begun to send cards out for me. i did 80 of them for the church - go figure - LOL.

anyway, i wish you and yours a truly blessed christmas and a new year filled with miracles. i will try my best to be a better blog friend in 2013.

big hugs, my friend.

RiNNE said...


I'm so sorry for your loss. I am a new visitor but I am glad you feel better enough to craft and post. Your creation is just stunning and I thank you for sharing it with us and even playing along at CCC! Just beautiful!!!

Ellen said...

Your card looks really great, it's a lovely flower in the middle! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

groetjes, Ellen

pat said...

WOW!! everything about your card is gorgeous!! thanks for shaing it with us and for playing along in the CCC.


Marjorie said...

Dearest Lorraine your son sounds like a very caring person and loves his Mum very much:).. didn't realize you were not feeling very well, and am so glad that you are feeling a little better now, the card you have created is stunning.. I have missed you and popped across to wish you a Happy Christmas as we are going to Germany to spend Christmas with Steven and his family..
Thinking of you:)
Big hugs,

Davi said...

Totally Fabulous card Lorraine..Im wowed by it!! You are in my prayers continually my friend :)

Merry said...

Oh wow Lorraine, this shadow box is just stunning. So glad to see you back online although I am a little slow catching up.

Sandy said...

Slow and easy Lorraine --be kind to yourself. I feel for you Sugar and you just have to believe that one day all will be well again - not forgotten but you will be more at peace.
Your card is so beautiful it is hard to come with the right words. Gorgeous creation!


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