Sunday, 23 August 2009

Did you miss me?

Well what a week I have had. I was just recovering nicely from my surgery, when a insect bite on my calf, which had been done some two weeks before, suddenly started causing problems, my leg swelled like a balloon and turned a nasty shade of maroon. Vast quantities of antibiotics later, and here I am again, a bit battered, a bit bruised, but able to wear a shoe again on my foot which is now a fetching shade of pink................... I thought you might all think I had been abducted by aliens/swept off my feet by George Clooney/got tired of the UK summer weather and emigrated to a remote island on the South Pacific.............
Here's the card I had just finished before the woman-eating monster bug laid me low. The boy was cut with A Child's Year. I wanted to put him against a sky background, so I made this myself................
by sponging around some nestabilities scallop ovals with a sponge and various shades of blue ink

I am really pleased with the way the sky turned out
We went to a wedding yesterday, the daughter of friends, it was lovely, the bride was beautiful, the sun shone, and I managed to get a shoe on my foot. They had a very clever artist wandering around, cutting silhouettes of the guests, he just snipped and cut, and like magic it turned into the person
Here's Mike and me............................

and here's my silhouette. Isn't it good? Love the way he did the feathers on my hat

So there we are folks, it's nice to be back.


Jules said...

Hi En

What a brilliant post.

Firstly sorry to hear about your swollen leg - sounds very nasty.

Secondly what a brilliant card - love how you have done the sky. Thank you for sharing how you did this.

Thirdly how fantastic you look in your wedding guest gear. The silhouette cutting artist sounds a brilliant and very different idea and it has left you with a lovely keepsake.

Can't imagine how he has managed to do all those feathers. Just brilliant.

Hope you have a better week this week.

Love Jules xx

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

well the jealousy was really flowing here as i was positive you ran off with george clooney. now that the jealousy has abated (LOL) i am sooooo sorry to hear you were ill and not with george at all! but i'm sure glad you are feeling better and that your foot is getting back to normal! how awful that must have been!

i just love the hat you wore to the wedding. seems like ages since i've seen a gorgeous hat on a lady! and that silhouette is awsome - as is this card. and you're right about your sky.... it's fabulous. i almost want to touch those clouds!

so glad you're back!


jem said...

poor en, good to see you back, your card is wonderful, they always are,you look lovely in your hat. Nasty insect, and how ironic when you've called your blog going buggy, you'll have to change it to going to squash buggy. keep on the mend. janex

Teri said...

Hey welcome back!
Liking those clouds too!
Teri x

Kim Piggott said...

So glad to have you back sweetie!
How awful having that nasty insect bite just what you needed!
You look so beautiful and how lovely that the day was stunning! How clever is that artist!
Love your sweet card!
Such a great design and your sky is wonderful!
kim x

Brenda said...

wow you poor dear sorry to hear about your bite...was it a spider bite? Glad you are feeling better!
Your picture is sooo beautiful...I am lovin' your hat!
Love what yu did with the clouds beautiful!
take care!

Michelle said...

Wow!! you look absolutly stunning at the wedding.I love the card the clouds are fab. Hope you are much better now xx

eiyiyi said...

I'm so glad you're back. Sooooo sorry about the bug attack. You are just having one ratty month! Glad to know you're feeling better. Your card looks magnificent and so do you and Mike! hugs, eileen

scotspanda said...

fab sky, I love it, very effective hun. great pic of you at the wedding and as for the artist...what an unusual person to have there!!

soprry to hear you've been unwell again, glad to hear you are on the mend now tho


Amanda xx

~JulieH~ said...

Oh En you poor thing! Bad enough the surgery without the bite. I do hope you're starting to feel better. Sending big hugs!
Fabulous card I love love love how you did the sky perfect for the gorgeous silhouette cuts.
Well you and hubby look stunning and what a fab silhouette of you maybe you could ask him if he could design another silhouette cart fo Provo!

It's Jenn! said...

Glad to see you're back and feeling better. That's got to be a scary experience. Don't know if you guys get MRSA over there, but same kinda deal with the bug bites. I got it over my eyebrow TWO WEEKS before my husband was scheduled to come back from a 7 month deployment! Helllloooo sexy! LOL, not! Swelled up my entire left side of my face.

Anyways, I love the card, it gives off such a peaceful vibe. And the sky turned out great! How innovative you are!

The sketch is cool too, man, it looks like it should be a punch or something....can you tell I have scrapping on the brain?

Loopylou!! said...

wow en, that sky is so clever and i love the card too!!! i have missed you oodles hunny,look at you and mike all posh and isn't that silhouette clever!!! xxxx

pinky said...

Crikey thought I saw you flying off in that space craft the other night lol. Glad you are on the mend, goodness know where that bug came from that found you so tasty!!! Love the card and your right about the sky it really looks the part, must try that. As for the silhouette wow, excellent cutting, how did he do it!

Kris L said...

YEs, we missed you. So glad to hear you're on the mend. I love your sky on the boy-fishing card. I haven't done one of these inked skies in ages (super idea using the Nesties as a mask) - yours is beautiful. Looks like you had fun at the wedding - great silhouette - fabulous hat...Kris

Cris said...

Enfys you are having a rough summer! No more bugs for you, OK? Sick bugs or biting bugs. I hope you are feeling much better! You are in my thoughts.

Sandi said...

Missed you terribly and decided your surgery got the best of you .. but I forgot about George Clooney, heehee. Glad your better and yes, I love your card and the wonderful sky you created. Love it! How fab you look in your wedding guest attire and hat. I adore silhouettes. They are so much fun!

Lean said...

Wauww that´s one big ...story.Your card is very cute and thanks for showing how you did it.
Lovely picture and great shadow of you.I hope you feeling better now.
bye bye,Lean

Leah said...

I just wanted to come on and say how much I enjoy your cards! and also, your Grandbabies are SOOO precious! Glad you shared their sweet little faces with us!
Leah (beecherrylady)

Riet said...

Ohh Enfys,what a beautiful card,i love the image and colours.

So beautiful chique.

Hugs Riet.x

DonnaMundinger said...

My goodness En, you've had quite the time! What a horrible ordeal with the leg! Glad you're ALMOST back to your sweet healthy self. As far as the card, WOW, the first thing I noticed was the brilliant sky and to think you did that YOURSELF! It's just too fabulous for words. You two are really stylin' at the wedding and how fun to have a silhouette. (LOVE the hat!) I remember sitting with my mother for one of those at a department store (I was 5) and I still have them to this day. That's why I love ACY so much! xxD

Terrie B x said...

Oh Dear Enfys..sorry to hear you have had a bad week..Your card is fab..and `WoW` Hey you `` good looking ``you look fabulous and what a fab silohette he has done...
Hope you feel better this week:)x

Scrappymax said...

Glad to see you back again with us En, that insect has a lot to answer for, but you look stunning in your wedding outfit.
Love the card and it was certainly worth the wait, and what a clever way of making clouds, will have to remember this.
Max x

Linda said...

oh my goodness! You should be pleased. Your sky turned out awesome. Thanks for sharing your technique.


Sandy from Ukiah said...

I am so sad you went through such a horrible time and glad you are on the mend... love your hat. And the sky is absolutely beautiful. And I am so glad you weren't abducted by aliens


Oh Enfys, you look quite lovely! Did you have to end up wearing flip flops with your dress?
Glad to hear you are feeling much better!
Your card is just darling!
STay well, remember you said you never go to the doctor on that Gypsy thread!! It jinxed you!!

Crystal said...

bless your heart girl! i am soooo glad you are feeling better and wearing shoes in public is always a plus! LoL! all i can is that is one fab hat you are wedding and you both look gorgeous! and that sky background is wonderful! i love that technique! you did a beautiful job! hugs!

Cass said...

Sorry to hear about your leg Enfys.What a time you've been having.
Love the card,your clouds are amazing.
Love the wedding picture,you look lovely.I adore your hat with it's feathers.
Cass xxx

Hope Jacare said...

Glad you are on the mend - love the clouds! Great card aswell! Fabulous hat....Spotted you in Simply cards and Papercraft! xx

Milliesmarvels said...

Hi! Welcome back! I did miss you! Sorry to hear about your leg, glad you are on the mend. You looked very stylish at the wedding and am so impressed with the silhouette, what a clever and novel idea to have at a wedding, he must have been very busy and is clearly a true artist as your silhouette looks beautiful and very true to life. I love your card, the sky is amazing and a very clever idea, I may give it a try but am sure it will not turn out as good as yours...Hope your leg is fully better soon.

Cheryl said...

sorry to hear about your leg hun,what a truly fab card love the sky you are talented love cheryl xxxxxx

Carol said...

Don't you look absolutely marvelous in your wedding picture! glad you got to go, i know you were looking forward to it. The silhouette is fab as are your clouds and good to know that you are feeling a bit better....damn bug, biting you like that!!

Carol x

Kristina said...

So glad you're back. And what a fabulous card you've brough with you! The cloud background is amazing and I'm happy to see you're using the Child's Year cartridge, I guess that means it arrived OK ;)
BTW, I do LOVE your wedding ensemble, what a lovely hat. It made for a darling silhouette!


kisatrtle said...

Sorry to hear about your bug bite from hell. That sounds quite painful. Glad you are back and feeling creative again.

your sky is beautiful

And your sillohett is amaazing. I'm impressed that he just snipped that out.

Kaye's Crafty Place said...

So good to have you back Enfys I was getting worried. I have to say I react really badly like that to any stings or bites every time so really have to avoid the mozzies in summer.

Your card is beautiful, fantastic job on the sky, clever you. And you look beautiful at the wedding. The silhouette is awesome what a great idea.

Kaye x

Denyze said...

Hi En,

The hat is gorgeous, it really suits you, and a perfect match with your dress suit. Mike looks very handsome too!

What a brilliant idea using scallops for the sky/clouds. Beautiful card.

Chat soon

Karen said...

I missed you ! Gorjus card Enfys. Love that sky.

Gorjus hat, what a lovely couple you are.

Love Karen x

- - Sheryl - - said...

Your card is darling - I really want that cart.
Sorry to hear about the ordeal! Glad you are back!

Mary said...

So sorry to hear about your detour on your recuperation - but glad to hear you can fit your shoe on again. What a handsome couple you two make! You looked especially lovely in your hat.
Your card is excellent. Those clouds are perfect. Looks lovely. What a wonderful idea to have someone cutting silhouettes at the wedding. wonder if there were duplicates made for the brides scrapbook!
thanks for sharing all your wonderful creations and your challenges. George will find you yet!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Enfys, welcome back, yes I did miss you, but love your comments on your blog, I know what its like what bites go nasty they are so itchy but also so painful. Im glad to hear that you are now back on two feet again, and that the wedding went well, you do look stunning. By the way the card is absolutely gorgeous, and love the way youve done the sky, very inventive and so effective.
Well done my love with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxxx

jandokan said...

Yes, I'm glad you're back ;)
What a bad luck you've had... glad you're feeling better now!

That card is amazing... love the fishing kid... my son would love to get a card like this :D

thanks for sharing!

Hugs from Anja (stil on vacation in Canada :))

Carol said...

Oh I am so glad you are feeling better Enfys ... and yes, you were missed!!! BTW, love the hat, and the silhouett is awesome ... feathers and all!


Lori in SC said...

I love the card and what a handsome couple!

Treva said...

Such a refreshing post, thanks for sharing. The card is beautiful and your clever cloud creation is awesome. I love your hat and the artist did an excellent job with the silhouette.

Cara said...

You look gorgeous, despite all you'd been through! Love the silhouette, what a fun idea!

Kreativmonster said...

Wonderfull card! The sky is absolutelly perfect!
I suffered from a similar infection from an ant-bite serveral years ago. My leg looked as if I had been bitten by a snake!

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh! This is exactly what happened to me? I'm going to the doc today to see how bad it is. I had to call him over the weekend. He called in some antibiotics, told me it was a skin infection and wanted to see me this week. So Off I got at 11:30 am.
Before the skin infection I had an illness like I've never had before! I was dilerious for two or three days!!! But I'm on the mend. I'm glad your back Enfys, and hope you're taking care of yourself. Love the card, as I always do!

AShu93 said...

Glad to hear you've recovered from the bug bite. That sounds horrible. Although George Clooney, islands, any of those sound like a great idea - lol!

Love that sky. I've seen that before & couldn't figure it out, but you showed it perfectly.

The pic of you & Mike is terrific. You make such a lovely couple. And the silhouette is perfect too. What a neat idea.

Tip Top said...

Wow - that hat is fab! And very talented silhouette artist!

Dianne said...

Love the hat. Must be an England thing. I haven't worn a hat for almost 35 years. But yours is beautiful.The feathers really make the hat. And the artist did a fantatic job of creating your portrait. Sorry to hear of your nasty bug bite, but glad you are doing better.Take care and our prayers are with you.

Dianne Bell -