Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year

Happy 2013 everyone.  I hope you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas.  I've had a lovely time and am feeling so chilled, I am almost comatose!  Mark and I have really enjoyed spending a lot of time just doing nothing, catching up on programmes that we have recorded and not had time to watch (like The Killing and Homeland) and just generally recharging.  Poor Emily was full of cold again on Boxing Day and has been feeling pretty grotty since.  She was really poorly before Christmas, so she is not terribly happy.  Having said that, she soldiered on admirably.  Edward is a typical teenager and has spent a lot of time on his Xbox, apart from when family obligations were enforced!
Between Christmas and New Year I managed to grab a few hours to make some cards.  I'm trying to get organised so that I don't have the normal panic of not having birthday cards for people when I need them.
The card I am sharing with you today was made with the fabulous Betsy's Blossoms set (Stampin' Up) and some of the new In-Colour ink pads - Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals.  This is a replica of the card that I made for my mum (see here ).  I love this card so much and really wanted to make another version.

I've had a go at taking the photos myself rather than getting Mark to scan them.  I've realised that scanning the cards doesn't show some of the dimension that I add.

During my tour of blogland today, I was very interested in people's round-ups of the year. Having looked through all my blog photos from 2012, it became apparent that I didn't actually do a lot last year!  I know that sounds dramatic, but looking through last year's calendar gave me the same impression.  So I'm going to try a little bit harder.  It really bothered me that I hardly made any Christmas cards, and I was quite sad that it was the first year in a really long time that I sent so few.  I also have a deadline for Emily's Scrapbook - 6 months until her 18th.  It's very scary because I've still got so much to do - so I've tried to make myself an action plan.  I'll keep you posted on how it's going (expect tears!).

Enjoy the rest of the day, and thanks again for dropping by.

Michelle x


  1. Hi Michelle. What a lovely card, such beautiful colours and a simply striking design.
    Yes, it's great being off work isn't it? We have also been catching up on TV - watched an entire series of Peep Show in one night. The party's over for me tomorrow though as back to work - really don't want to go!! Happy New Year!

  2. So sorry to hear that you had illness to contend with before Christmas Michelle and poor Emily soldiering on too. I've come to realise that making a batch of Christmas cards each month is the only way to be on top of things at Christmas as Nov and Dec are always mega-busy and that is definitely when illness strikes too. It's good that you've been able to recharge your batteries though. I love this card - I didn't get Betsy's Blossoms but looking at your beautiful design, I wish I had! These colours are gorgeous together too. I love your photos and they do make your cards look more detailed somehow - I feel as if I could reach out and touch them now! Take care, Vicky x