Wednesday, May 09, 2012

apologies, explanations and some news...

Good morning everyone I hope your all well and happy...I have a few things to tell you today, firstly I have huge apologies to make to all my followers and commenters for my serious lack of commenting, but this will all be fixed this week, I have been stretched to the limit commenting on DT's and have come to a massive decision because of it, I really want to keep my commenting for the followers and lovely people who take the time to comment every day, you deserve me to take my time and enjoy commenting on all your stunning work and I wasn't doing that...all is about to change though yesterday I left three of my DT's to concentrate on my own blog and you blogger's who comment...when you are stretched that much something has to give as all you girls who have had loose knickers know I have left Just Magnolia, Colour Create and The Pretty Little Ribbon shop DT' was so hard to decide but decide I had too and I know I will be able to be a much better blogger because of it...phew soap box moment over...onto my card for today and I have SO missed colouring my Mo's Digital Pencil images since my printer broke, but the new one is fab, so fast and works a treat with my waterproofing method and so clear and crisp too, a bargain price of £30 including ink cartridges too...omg don't you just love a bargain...yeah me too lol...anyway I went way off point there, you will be seeing loads of Mo's as I has a bit of a print fest , this stunning beauty is from the new Tea for Three set, this is a great set as it can be split up or used together...I coloured her with distress ink and used more of the stunning Echo Park-This and That Charming 6x6 paper pad I bought from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...I finished with a ribbon and bow, how beautiful is this organza ribbon (one of the ones for my candy this Sunday, now who can resist ribbon candy), I finished with a rub on sentiment from my stash and a few roses...I'm entering this for the Card Makin Mamas challenge, Lollipop Crafts challenge and Crafty Catz challenge too...I'm off out with my lovely Dad today and you know what that means don't you...putting the world to rights lol and I'm so looking forward to a huge massive blogging fest tonight so watch out I'm coming to visit lol...whatever your up to today have a gorgeously sunny one
Mina xxx
distress ink colours used
skin - antique linen, frayed burlap, tattered rose
hair - antique linen
dress - Iced Spruce, peeled paint
apron - pumcie stone, iced spruce, peeled paint
shoes and hairband - iced spruce
flowers and cup, saucer - scattered straw


alethea said...

This card is gorgeous Mina!!! Love the papers and as always love your colouring!!! Sorry to hear that you have stepped down from a couple of DT's but sometimes these are sacrifices we have to make!! There are loads of Dt's I'd love to be on and I apply for quite a few but recently just decided that the three I am on is enough!! Looking forward to seeing you stopping by when you have time!! HUgsxx

Christine L said...

Fabulous card Mina... with such a gorgeous Mo image... and your colouring is superb as always!

Know what you mean about the pressure of commenting... so it ends up meaning little, and that's not the way it should be.

Glad you have a nice new printer - it does sound like a fab bargain! Enjoy your Dad day today.... would love to join in one of your natters!

Christine x

cheryl said...

oh Hun ,sorry you have left some DT's but know were you are coming,from Hun,and will be great too see more of your work,and you,too as for this image its,gorgeous,the colours are so beautiful,and always love the papers,you use,glad you got a new printer,what a bargain too hugs Cherylxxxxx

Doreen said...

What a gorgeous card,love the beautifully coloured

debby4000 said...

Adorable, gorgeous card Mina.

Jacqueline (Sjakkie) said...

Beautiful card Mina, the image is so cute!
Hugs Jacqueline

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous card Mina..such a little lady, beautiful colouring, so soft and feminine...and I know exactly what you mean with DT commenting, is does get very hard at times...


Wendy said...

Fab card Hun love it think I need that image now sooo cute
I know what it's like trying get it all in dt work does take up a lot of time and you miss those just because cards
And blogging

Hugs Wendy

Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely stunning the way you have coloured her - truly talented you are. Loved your soap box moment - yes I agree DT's can really munch up one's precious time, although it is a lot of fun at the same time.

Tine said...

Hi Mina. I can appreciate your difficulties in commenting. I am just amazed that you can post new cards (therefore making them & writing the blog post up) as much as you do! It all takes me forever!!!!
Another gorgeous card using a fab Mo image. Love it.
Tine :)

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Mina. Your card is beautiful as always. Lovely design, beautiful papers and colours. Your image is delightful.
I am sure that your decision to step down from some DTs will help you to enjoy your crafting again, and I look forward to seeing more of your stunning creations.
Love Sandra xxx

Catherine said...

Cute card, love the fab Mo image....

Jackie said...

It's always a shame when we have to call it a day on things we love doing, but sometimes we have no choice.
This card is so delightful, quite CAS for you :o)
Jackie xx

My'scardcorner said...

Lovely card Mina the backingpaper and the ribbon go just perfectly together.Yes sometimes we can just take on too much and loose the pleasure so glad youre sorted.Enjoy your shop with your Dad.

susiestacey said...

Hi Mina, gorgeous card and so beautifully coloured. Sometimes it is hard to make decisions like you have but we all need a break sometimes and it will be lovely to see the real you again. Take care x Susan x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

I know where your coming from Mina, I ran a challenge once and felt it ran my life. Our card making and blogging should be fun,God knows we don't make money from it so it should be!
Do what you want to ,no guilt and just keep making your wonderful cards like this gorgeous one,and inspire and delight us. I was down once and you sent me kind words.
Thanks and take care.janex

Squirrel x said...

Oh hun, I totally understand what you are saying - DTs are great, but leave you so little time for anything else. Glad to hear that you will be back in the land of blog with us! Gorgeous card sweetie, as always. Sxxx

Unknown said...

stunning Mina
Chris x

Jo said...

Aww, that's such a shame, Mina, but will be great to see more of you!Another gorgeous card, awesome colouring as usual and what a bargain printer!Enjoy your shopping day with your Dad!
Hugs Jo x

Anonymous said...

Hi Mina

Love the card, reminds me of my niece. Question for you, and I know others are do u colour with the inks??????. Could you possibily answer and give demo please ????please?? pretty please xxxx

Liz Hardman

Irene said...

Tough decission Mina and the DT's will miss you but that's just the reason why I just don't want to join them even though it's very tempting. It absorbs soo much time and having a blog is already extremely time consuming but soooooo much fun!!!!
Your card is precious as always, love the colours and details and of course your stunning colouring skills!!

Hugs, take care, Irene

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Mina, I really love the colours with this card, everything seems to draw my eye straight towards the beautiful image!
Tough decision you have had to make, but it is hard to have fun and grow when you have skates on all the time. Closing one door just leaves a clear path for another door to maybe you have exciting days ahead.
Dot x

kbrandy4 said...

Aww!! Gorgeous card Mina, know what you mean about having too much pressure, i had to cut down on my DTs also, still sorry to see you leave the DTs though!!
Hazel xx

coops said...

beautiful card mina.gorgeous sweet image and i love your pretty colours.
such a hard decision to step down from some of your DT`s but you need to enjoy crafting and not for it to be a chore.

xx coops xx

Shazza said...

gorgeous card Mina, hard decision but it will give you more time and less stress so worth it x

Tammy said...

I'll bet the DT's you've left are sad to see you go, because your cards bring such beauty and inspiration! But it is easy to understand your decision and you also have more time to spend with hubby!

Your card today is just full of sweetness! Love how you off-put the stripes on the sentiment to the background, really makes it standout!

tilly said...

stunning new image from Mo, I love her (and the ribbon) It's hard to find time to fit life in lol, and now with having to cook for Phil! printer sounds great, I hate my Kodak!

Anonymous said...

Hello Mina,

You're card is very beautiful!

Very sorry that you have to left some DT's.
It takes a lot of time.
But you have to do what is best for you.

Have a nice day with your father.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Hi Mina what a lovely card and the image is such a cutie, love the papers with it too. Sorry you felt you needed to step down from some of your DTs but I am sure you will enjoy having more time to do what you want to do - enjoy xx

Aunty Sue said...

Hi Mina shame you had to leave but I understand where you are coming from and guess there loss is our gain. Fab card and thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz

Lisa Jane said...

I totally understand what you are saying Mina . At one point last year blogging was taking over my life. I have more of a balance now..don't blo everyday now and i don't beat myself up if i don't comment .
Its a hobby not a chore .. we should be doing it for fun.
LOve this sweet little card .. so pretty
Lisa x

christi said...

cute card. i hope you and dad get the world straigtened out, if not i have a cuppa tea here for you anytime you want. it's only a few thousand miles away. just a hop skip and jump. sad you had to leave some dt's but your sanity is worth the sacrifice. go girl!

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Mina! You've colored the sweet image so wonderfully! Will miss your lovely creations for those DTs, but will of course, still be visiting here every day to see you stunning designs!

Renee B. said...

I'm not sure how you managed to keep up with all those commitments & still write the wonderful, newsy blog you do! I love reading your posts everyday! I have trouble making a couple of cards a week never mind one a day! Like Jo, I am wondering about coloring with inks. Your cards are all stunning & this one is no exception. Have a wonderful visit with your Dad.

Lau W said...

Your card is a beauty again, so sweet.
The decision to leave more DT's must be hard, but i think that it takes so many times (wow not sure of my english, oups. You will have more time for your Phil (my husband is Phil too lol : Philippe is his name).
Have a nice day dear Mina !

Renkata said...

Such a cute card Mina.
I do know what are you talking about, I am the same. Best of luck dear.

mags said...

Hi Mina. Gorgeous card. Lovely image beautifully coloured and gorgeous papers. Sorry to hear about you leaving some of your DT's but see where you are coming from. I do not get to comment as much as I would like.

Riet said...

So beautiful card Mina,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Hugs Riet.xx

Vivi Casale said...

fabulous card Mina!!

Liz's creative corner said...

Aw Mina just as I was looking forward to working with you again, lol

lovely card hun, gorgeous image and colouring again, hugs Liz xx

June Nelson said...

Its a beautiful card my freind, and I understand where you are cming from too, it does take up a lot of time and it has to be right for you hunnie, Ilove coming to visit my fellow geordie!! just a gorgeous creation xxxxxxxxxx

Crafty Loops said...

Glad you will get a bit more time to enjoying blogging Mina. Your card is really cute, very pretty. Lee x

heidy said...

Well I betthe DT'syour stepping down will surtenly mis you,but this is a hobby so it must be fun!
As always your card is gorgeous!!
XXX Heidy

Teresa said...

Hello Mina,
This is a beautiful card and such a cute image, love it.
I don't blame you one bit for cutting down on your Dt's looks like you had a lot on the go at once, so relax and enjoy your blog. Hope you had a lovely day with your Dad too. Hugs Teresa xx

Janette said...

Hi Mina, Gorgeous card, she is the sweetest, prettiest little thing, love those papers....

Think you did the right thing Mina, you can so easily get over stretched and end up missing out on your own blog, the whole point is to enjoy it, well it was for me anyway, have heard one or two say the very same thing..sure you'll be fine now.xx

Christine said...

Stunning sweet creation Mina as sad when you have to come to a decision like this you sounded heavy hearted but all good things have to end some defo need some me time..enjoy your free time..

smiles Christine x

Unknown said...

Hi Mina! I love your sweet card very much, yu coloured the little girl so beautiful as allways, I understand your decision to leave a few DTeams very well but hey! you will get so much more time now.
Hugs Ageeth xx

Colinda said...

Sorry that you had to step down from some off the DT spots. Love the little girl on your card. Beautiful soft colours! Enjoy your evening, Colinda

kelly said...

Oh Mina,i`m sorry you had to step down but i can totally understand.I wondered how you ever got the time to do it all really.
Your card is beautiful as ever and such a sweet image.
Take care Kelly.

Mau xx said...

Hi Mina, love the card! as always it is coloured so beautifully and love your papers and ribbon.
I know you will enjoy your blogging much more now you have made your decision. Not sure how you ever fit it all in but fit it you
I love your creations and your chat. xx You enjoy it girl, and make sure you and phil enjoy quality time too.
glad you got a bargain, my printer is only a epsom d68 with a CISS fitted, couldn't live without it now.
Huge Hugs Mau xx

Sonia said...

Hi Mina!
Lovely image, greaet colouring, great colors... You did an Super Fab creation! GREAT JOB!
Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts. Good Luck!
-Sony LC-DT

Grenouille Greetings said...

GORGEOUS colouring, Mina and lovely layout! Hugs, Lesley

Corrinne said...

Hi, Mina!

I completely understand about DTS & I hope that you enjoy your new found freedom to focus on your own blog - I know it will be fun!

This creation is very sweet. I adore the colors that you used, which I use quite a bit myself.

Lots of joy,

PS - I was thrilled to see that you stopped by Tuesday Alchemy & became a friend :)

Sherri said...

I can only imagine how much you will be missed on your DTs. But I'm glad you will still be sharing with us on your own blog! Your creations are always so gorgeous. Just like the one today.

Sandy said...

Oh Miss Mina - I do not see how you have been doing all that you have been doing. Your card making and design ability is second to none. I visit every time you post but I do not always comment. Time is precious in this life. I will continue to follow your work and you do not know how much I appreciative you posting the distress inks that you use. I am going to try this technique. Enjoy having a little more time to follow your bliss!

Nancy said...

That is such a gorgeous little image, cutest little apron :) Lovely card!
It must have been a hard decision, but it will be really nice for you to have more time :)

Anonymous said...

I love this card. the image is gorgeous and I really like your DP on this!
thanks for joining our challenge at Lollipop Crafts this week.

Rufus said...

Just adore all your Mo's. I try to stay out of her many things fall into my basket! While I'm sure you'll miss those DT's, I'm sure that "extra" time will come in handy, esp now that darling Phil is home full time. Hope you and your Dad got all the worlds problems fixed. Now to just get the solutions implemented! LOL

Nannieflash said...

Oh Mina, wow shes just stunning, and so cute, you always manage to colour your images so beautifully they look so real, and those papers go perfectly with her.
You really are one generous lady with your time, and yes we have missed you popping by as I do appreciate your comments, but realise you do have lots of committments so understand. hugs Shirleyxxxx

rosie said...

hello Mina. you are a superb crafter and so generous with your time leaving comments.
I'm not a designer and I find it hard enough to leave comments on followers of my blogs and blogs I love.
so I really don't envy anyone who is a DT member let alone on 3!!
I appreciate any comments on mine and I didn't realise how time consuming it actually is let alone doing designs for teams!
hugs to you x

Unknown said...

Mina the images you have been using lately are just amazing and your cards are fabulous , each one a stunner well done Hugs Elaine

Jude said...

Beautiful card Mina, love your colouring of the gorgeous image.


XxJULESxX said...

Oh Mina another gorgeous card and isn't she adorable?!

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