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Thursday, 30 October 2014



Oops, I'm really late tonight with my post.  School is back now and I'm trying to get back into a routine but I'm still finding it difficult to get myself to bed, at least when I get there I'm out like a light!  Also, as you might know I've been off work with stress for the last ten weeks or so.  I feel in a better place now so I'm going back to work the week after next and will gradually build my hours back up to full time over the next 6 weeks after that.  I'm starting cognitive behavioural therapy tomorrow and will have another 4 sessions after that to help provide me with coping mechanisms for stressful situations.  I'm a bit nervous about this but I'm sure I'll be fine once I'm there and if it helps it will be worth it.  If I'm honest it wasn't just work that was the problem it was just the straw that broke the camel's back.  I've been under a fair bit of stress for the last couple of years since my elderly aunt that we share a house with took a stroke.  We have always been very close especially since my mum passed away.  She's made a reasonably good recovery but she is now much more dependant on us.  I think all the emotions around that brought back memories of my mum as she died of a stroke when I was in my early teens.  Between that and problems at work things just got too much for me to cope with.  Sorry for waffling on tonight but I feel the time is right to get it off my chest.  Onwards and upwards!

So, eventually on to my card...

I fell in love with this LOTV Halloween stamp as soon as I saw it and I'm so glad I bought it as I see it is now out of stock.  

I've coloured the image with Promarkers.  I think this is the first time I've coloured an image so there's no white background.  I've mounted the image on to some purple glitter card cut with an X-cut die.  The star die is also from X-cut and the cobwebs are cut with a die from La-La Land.  The papers are all quite old ones from Graphic 45 and the round sentiment is one I've cut from the reverse side of one of the papers.  I've added foam letters, ribbon and gems to finish my card.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I really appreciate all the comments you leave.

Shona xx

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  1. Oooooooh, wonderfully spooky, Shona! I love that adorable image and your scrummy papers! That clock sentiment is a fab touch! Good luck with your therapy sessions, fingers crossed that they help you! Hugs xx

  2. Fab card, Shona! Love that sweet LOTV image, great paper choices and spooky spider's web die cuts! Thanks for joining us this week at Passion for Promarkers!
    Hope the therapy sessions help you to feel better in yourself! Hugs, Lisa x

  3. Fabulous card, such a cute image and love the purple glitter mount, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week. Jac x

  4. What a lovely card Shona, far too cute to spook though!! Love the purple sparkle. I am sorry to hear that you have had a troubled time but glad that you are coming through the other side. We offer CBT and various other therapies at our practice and the feedback is always favourable, so go for it girl!! xx

  5. Just popped over from docrafts site! Love your card. Hope the therapies work well for you- I've heard good things about those particular therapies. Enjoyed having a nosey! x

  6. Thank you for sharing your project & creativity with us at Aud Sentiments Shona! You are right, that is a cute image indeed! I love the layering you did behind the image! The purple sparkly paper & the die cut webs are really good choices for your design. Fun card!
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  7. Hi Shona, I'm so glad to hear that you are in that better place, and that your therapy sessions are going ahead, they are very useful in helping to learn to turn negative thoughts around and I believe you will greatly benifit from them.
    Thanks for sharing your difficulties of over the last wee while, but you are on the up and that's fantastic.
    Love your card, fab colouring and design, love it.
    How about a catch up soon, give me an email or something , Hugs to you, Kate x

  8. A gorgeous Halloween card. Love the image you have used and coloured beautifully. The sparkly frame really sets it off so well. Great used of die cuts. Sorry to read you have been going through a rough time, but it does sound as if better times are ahead.
    Thanks for joining in with our 'Add Some Sparkle' challenge at Passion for Promarkers this week, and good luck
    Eileen x

  9. Super Halloween card. I like this image, too and your coloring. So cute! :D I also like the web die cuts too, along with the purple glitter paper you used. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Challenge. :D
    Deborah GDT

  10. Beautiful card!

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty I hope we see you again soon!