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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Do you have the winter blues? - a post from the eternal optimist!

Good morning all

Well I finally made it - a proper post and my first card of 2015!
- do I have the winter blues? - no I'm actually feeling pretty good right now : )
My horrible cold is on its way out and I'm getting some good nights (cough free) sleep
I went to slimming world yesterday and was slimmer of the week- how's that for a good start to the year - I have even  lost 2lb over Christmas and New Year - I don't want to lose a huge amount but I need the motivation
I'm back out walking again and feeling good about that too - 1000 steps a day on my pedometer - works out at about 5 miles a day and the weather's been pretty good for walking too - and the dog's really happy that I'm feeling fit enough to walk again too!! 

So you see nothing's really happening  - but I definitely haven't got winter blues :))
The eternal optimist - that's me!

But well ... over at 

 The Paper Shelter 

we've got 

Winter Blues!!

and here's the card to prove it lol
I even like this card - something else to be happy about!

It's the gorgeous Hope - available here
I started off thinking this was going to be a fairly CAS card - but then when I'd coloured her I had the idea that I'd add a huge messy bow because I remembered that I had the perfect toning colours in my collection of vintage seam binding - well with a collection like mine it was hard not to - I just love ribbons!! - with the addition of some sparkly things from Creative Impressions and coloured Bazzill card, some glossy accents and pearls - it was done

I decided not to add a sentiment because I haven't decided what to do with this card yet - I think it could fit a few occasions - as well as Christmas - so is this my first Christmas card of the year!? -well it is a Christmas /winter image so yes, probably - unless it just turns out to be that perfect card for something else lol.

I coloured her with copics in blue and blue-green shades and then shaded with spectrum noire pencils in similar shades with a touch of grey - I really like how she turned out.  I was a very lucky girl when DH got me a full set of pencils - I usually use prismacolor - but I have to say I rather like the Spectrum Noirs - they blend very well and there's a great range of colours

Anyway back to the challenge 
as usual we have a great prize at TPS

The gift voucher

So let's see your winter blues (anything in shades of blue)
We'd love to see you at our first challenge of the year

Hope you all have a great crafty week and banish those winter blues

Challenges I'm entering with this card

ABC Christmas - A - optional antlers
house that stamps built- blue/silver/white
Tuesday throwdown - favourite embellishment (ribbon)
try it on Tuesday - favourite things (ribbon) 

Judith xx


Marianne's Craftroom said...

Well done on the slimming, losing weight over Christmas too, amazing. Your card is gorgeous, love the messy bow with that sweet image, stinning colours. We have a DT call at Crafty Ribbons, only one project a month, if you love ribbons you should apply x

Nannieflash said...

Hi Judith, Happy New Year to you, what a stunning job youve done of this image, I love her shes so pretty and youve coloured her so beautifully. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Judith, such a pretty image and stunning colouring.
Glad you are starting to feel better - Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year.
hugs Sue xx

Angela said...

Happy NewYear Judith!!
Your DT card is really gorgeous!!!
Have a nice day...

Janice said...

Glad to hear you are on top of things Judith and feeling good about the year ahead. well done on the slimming and exercise routine - so must start moving my lazy butt too!!!

Great card to kick off the PS NY, love your colours and gorgeous bow. Have a fun day, Jx

aussie aNNie said...

Judith happy new year my friend. You have used one of my favourite TPS images...Beautiful creation, all the gorgeous goodies and delightful this one....{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

Jackie Scott said...

She is so pretty in the colours you have used and that is such a lovely bow. Beautiful card!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Glad your cold is on its way out sweetie. This first card of yours is awesome. So sorry sweetie I am playing catch up as I have had so much on this week.

cotnob said...

It's nice to hear that you are feeling better and so very positive about everything Judith.
Your card is fabulous, such a beautiful image and gorgeous bow.

brenda said...

Yes I do Judith, I could happily de-camp to a warmer climate from November will about March, would suit me fine, are you up for it ? And well done on the weight, especially over Christmas.

Great card btw.

B x

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Judith. The image looks fab and i love the pretty gem snowflakes.
Lorraine x

Kat W said...

I'm glad the only thing feeling blue is your gorgeous card and I do love that beautiful big bow!

I think a little bit of exercise goes a long way to encouraging a positive attitude and combating the 'winter blues' so I'm glad you're feeling better and able to get out and about :-)

Big hugs, Kat xx

tilly said...

this is gorgeous in blue and love your big bow, pleased you are feeling better

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

A beautiful card Judith, lovely colouring and a wonderful design. Susan x

Pat K said...

Gorgeous card her with blue hair and the cas design. hugs, Pat K x

Gail said...

Wow, wow, wow. I am drooling over this card. Those pearl snowflakes..well, let me just say that they are the BEST snowflakes I've ever seen. And that ribbon and bow on the side...OMGosh that is gorgeous looking. And then this perfect is this image!!! This card is absolutely wonderful. Hugs, Gail

Nikki Stalker said...

Gorgeous card Judith. That image is so pretty and I love the colours you've used.

Nikki S

chrissie said...

Beautiful card

Thank you for sharing it at TIOT

love Chrissie x

Vannessa said...

Gorgeous card Judith! I love that huge bow and I too have a massive huge pile of ribbons. (Actually I could probably fill at least 50 shoe boxes if I put them all together but they are all over the place! LOL)

Hugs, Vannessa

Kim said...

This is gorgeous! The image is adorable and your colors are fantastic.
Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown. Hope to see you next challenge.

Kim - TT DT
Lily Patch Stamps

Pamellia said...

Very beautiful, you image is incredible!! Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday for our 'My Favourite Things' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Donna K said...

Hope is definitely a beauty. Wonderfully cool color combination with the white accents. I'm a ribbon fan as well. Thank you for sharing your design with us at Tuesday Throwdown! ~Donna K

Mrs.B said...

Hi Judith, such a lovely card and so beautifully coloured. Love that bow!
Well done to you on such a great start to the year with the diet are exercise- don't wear the dog out!
Avril xx
p.s. Thanks for sharing with us at TioT.

Helen said...

Awesome Christmas card!
Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge! We hope you'll join us throughout the year!
Helen x

Bad Kitty said...

Gorgeous card