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Sunday 11 May 2014

Totally Tilda Challenge ~ 96. LOTV, Friends and Other stuff!

Good Morning my lovelies, it's going to be a long one today so you might want to make a cuppa and grab a sandwich.

I'll start with my card for the new challenge at Totally Tilda where the theme for the next fortnight is
"Princess Tilda".

I made my card for the Boss-lady who celebrated a BIG birthday last week (a VERY BIG birthday, poor old dear!)

Tilda was coloured with the usual DI markers.
The gorgeous papers are Maja Design Sofiero
Ribbon Girl  goodies used:

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Yesterday we went to the LOTV shop in Leeds for their 10th birthday celebrations.
I had the most fabulous day ever!! They have a beautiful shop, a lovely cafe area upstairs (they make a cracking cup of coffee!) and members of their DT were there doing demo's.
But the main reason for my visit to meet up with my gorgeous crafty buddy Dena and her lovely hubby Tom.
She's just the sweetest lady ever - as well as being amazingly talented.
(far too much talent contained in one tiny lady!) 

Dena on the right, me in the middle and Andie (lovely to meet up with you Andie) on the left.

I also got to meet lots of other no particular order and I hope I didn't forget anyone!
Christine and her lovely fella Barry.
Becky and her daughter Grace - who is the most adorable little girl! 
Linda I went to where Becky was doing her demo and asked if she'd seen Linda yet. Becky was giggling and looking at the person stood to the side of me...which of course was Linda! 
I hadn't even looked to see who was stood you know why I'm not allowed to go anywhere without a responsible adult to accompany me!
Marianne and Lynsey.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Mary and Andrea from The Ribbon Girl 

(photo courtesy of Mary and Andrea - I have no idea what I was doing with my hand! I really do have fingers!)

And last but certainly not least, was the fabulous Dawny P who kept my hubby occupied (thank you Dawny) for a while when he discovered they have a shared interest, birds of prey.

Meeting all these fabulous, talented, creative and amazing ladies was definitely the best part of the day for me...many thanks to you all

Last thing on the agenda:
I haven't been on blogger or left comments these past few weeks, for which I apologise.
Phil's mum hadn't been very well for some time but she started really struggling to cope at home on her own. 
She went into the local hospice for a couple of weeks respite care, but sadly she passed away just a few days later - last Monday.
Phil has 2 brothers living abroad, Jeff has flown over from South Africa, Neil (USA) is due to fly in later this week and of course Hal will catch the train back from London so everyone will be here for the funeral on Friday. I don't know how much time I'll have to try and catch up with everyone in Blogland over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for looking.
Love 'n' hugs


  1. Firstly, so sorry to hear your sad news. I am sure all your followers will be thinking of you and your family. Love your card. I have this Maja paper but cannot bring myself to cut into it! Great to see your pictures of the LOTV birthday do. Wish I could have been there but just a bit too far to go. Did order 7 of the fairy stamps though. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  2. Totally gorgeous card, I'd expect no less of course from you, your cards are always perfection. It was so lovely to meet you in person yesterday, even if you didn't initially notice me standing right next to you lol, and we did have a giggle, like me overhearing Dawny saying she was sending your hubbie photos of 4 birds and I wondered what I'd walked in on lmao.
    So sorry to hear about your MIL, we all have RL issues crop up now ans again which makes us absent bloggers for a while and I'm sure that everyone will understand. Once again it was great to meet up with you, we'll have to do it again sometime!
    Hugs, Linda :) xx

  3. Hi Elaine Great Pictures And Fab Card So Sorry To Read About Phils Mum But Hope Friday Wool Be A Comfort With His Brothers By His Side. xx

  4. Sorry to hear your sad news, big hugs to all. But very happy special memories where made this weekend which is what life is all about. As Micky once sung making memories and taking picture....

  5. Your card is amazing dear Elaine, i love the pink style and your coloring as always. Great Details also :)

    Big Hugs to you
    Dunja xoxo

  6. A beautiful card Elaine, nobody colours Tilda's like you hun! Jo x

  7. Hi Elaine, such a gorgeous card, beautiful papers, you never disappoint. Sorry to hear about Phil's mum, I'll be thinking about you all over the next few days. Xx

  8. Agreed Elaine.... it really was a very special day and so fabulous to meet so many of our lovely blogging pals... from all over!

    Your card is beautiful.. as you well know as it's pink.....I'd love it!

    Don't you worry about blogging this week... just get yourself through it and we'll all still be here... will be thinking of you though... at least before we go away, then maybe when we're sitting on our balcony sunning ourselves overlooking the beautiful blue sea......

    Big hugs
    Christine x

  9. Elaine love the card it really is stunning!
    I am so sorry about your mil too, thanks for sharing your pics looks like you had a great time!!

  10. Elaine....gorgoues card as ever!! I am so glad you had a good day yesterday, it's great meeting up with crafty friends....sending you and Phil and the rest of the family big hugs aswell.....xxxxx

  11. First of all, so sorry to hear Phils Mum has died, but better than having no quality of life.
    What a lovely day you had meeting so many lovely people yesterday,bet you did not have time to spend!! lol...........a super card for the current challenge.
    Hugs Tilly x

  12. WOW!!!! So many news, both happy and sad. First, your card is STUNNING!!!!!! I truly love your style Elaine and when I don't have inspiration, I come over to your blog and look at your wonderful cards. It looked like you had a great time at LOTV. I wish it was closer and I could come and meet you. I'm very sorry about the loss of your mother-in-law. I sending you and your family lots of warm hugs and prayers. Hugs, Brigitte

  13. Sounds like you have had a rough time the last week or's so nice that you were able to meet up with and enjoy time with crafty friends! Your card is so GORGEOUS...your colouring is AMAZING!! Take care Elaine!!

  14. So lovely to meet you and Phil yesterday. So sorry to hear about MIL, hugs xx

  15. so sorry to hear about MIL Elaine, my thoughts are with you family at this time.
    love your lotv day pics, it looks like everyone really enjoyed themselves and your card is stunning, adorable tilda and your details and design are beautiful :D

    xx coops xx

  16. Great post lovely, I was sorry to read about Phil's Mum.
    Looks like you had the most wonderful time at LOTV :) I wish I could have met you all, I'm loving your beautiful Tilda card, mega pretty!!!
    Love, Mel. xxx

  17. This is a beautiful card with such lovely details.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL, my thoughts are with you and your family. Take care of yourself xx

  18. Beauuuutiful card sweetie ♥♥♥

  19. Lovely photos've not just got a pretty face you have a lovely soul too xx
    I love your card and I love that is mine I'll treasure it
    Now enough about my very big birthday're only a month younger than me young lady ....and catching up fast !! Ha ha
    Love ya ...Susie xx

  20. Sorry to hear about your MIL - it's never easy, but so good when people are able to keep their independence as long as possible. I'm glad you've been able to have some fun time despite the sadness & great that you managed to meet up with Dena. The scalloped edge of your card looks so interesting with the scalloped lace detail & both echo Tilda's dress edge perfectly. Her little crown is just beautifully coloured & sparkly.
    Take care of yourselves in the coming week.
    Paula (PEP)

  21. Elaine it was an absolute pleasure to meet you and Phil - what an amazing photographer. And you and I have something else in common apart from our love of crafts because I'm also a cat person!!

    How awful re your MIL. I had no idea you'd gone through this so I'm really sorry for your loss and hope the funeral goes ok for you all.

    Take care and I'll be emailing over some pics just as soon as I've gotten sorted from the weekend (wasn't it a lovely day) x

  22. Gorgeous and beautiful card Elaine love the colour's and design and gald to hear you had a wonderful time at LOTV and just love the pics
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  23. Wow, what a post! Hugs and thoughts go to you, Phil and Hal and your extended family as you say your final goodbyes to Phil's mummy. Never an easy time to go through.
    Loved seeing your pics with the girls at the LOTV open day. How special to have met them all. I'm well jel! But so happy for you that you had such a happy day. Some powerhouse talent gathered together there!
    Love your card hun. My favourite papers! I still haven't cut into my sofiero's. Just can't bring myself to! Think they'll remain stroke only for a little longer! ;) Gorgeous layout and lace too hun.
    Love and hugs for the coming tough days, Wends xxxx

  24. so sorry to hear your news Elaine, sending hugs to you and your family. Your card is very beautiful by the way x

  25. gorgeous card Elaine.Looks like you had a fantastic day xx

  26. Ahhhh Elaine, I haven't been about much myself so missed this post. I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL. A very sad time for you. I'm glad you was able to get to LOTV for some therapy. Take care Hun x


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