Saturday, 13 August 2016


Good morning.  Well the sun has returned to Oxfordshire, which will please lots of people I'm sure.  However I found yesterday quite difficult.  I was helping John to cut the leylandii hedge and boy was that hot!  I can't cope with the the heat at the best of times so having to work outside in it .....  but I was brave and soldiered on but I kept going inside for breaks and drank lots of water.

Well we have had a bad couple of weeks unfortunately. They do say that bad news comes in threes and it has certainly proved true.  It started with our very close call when we were hit by a lorry on the motorway.  A couple of days later a dear friend of mine died very suddenly of a heart attack so we are off to Cardiff for his funeral very early on Monday morning. And to top it off John's oldest and dearest  friend died a couple of days ago and this has knocked him for six. This funeral will be in Congleton, Cheshire so we are certainly having to travel around. Hopefully that is the end of it all!

This is the card I made for my friend's wife and I will show the other one in a couple of days.

My Card

5" x 7" base card - made from Linen card stock from Hobbycraft
grey pearlescent card stock - Jelly Bean 
Prim Poppy die - Memory Box
Sentiment - computer generated

I wanted something fairly subdued and simple and this is what I came up with. I thought it would be too stark using black font so I used grey.  Otherwise it is a very simple card.

Well that's it from me.  Unfortunately more hedge cutting today I'm afraid!

Take care.


  1. This is a beautiful card Christine. Life deals out some harsh blows sometimes, chin up. xxx

  2. Morning Christine,
    Sorry to hear you have had more sadness, these cards are always so difficult to make. Lovely card.

  3. A beautiful card for a difficult time ...they say that things come in threes so you have had your quota.....lets hope for happier sister in law has now lapsed into a coma so not much time left with take care and don't over do it with that hedge cutting! Hugs xxxxx

  4. Beautiful Christine his wife will certainly appreciate the thought and love in this lovely card. I hope things brighten up after the funerals for you both. Its so sad to loose close friends. I know how you are both feeling we lost two of our closest friends within two months last year its hits it home that you need to enjoy every day. Travel safely Love and hugs Carole x

  5. oh hun these are always difficult cards to make and you really have made a beautiful one here,his wife will really appreciate this,with the thought and love. Hope things get better for your sweetie life is really hard sometimeS HUGS cHERYLXXX

  6. hello Christine, sorry to hear that both you and John have lost close friends, and it sounds like a pretty lucky escape on the motorway. Hope that's all the bad things over.
    Your card is perfect for the sad occasion, very elegant, take care, Kate x

  7. Hi Christine
    Sorry to hear all your very sad news...
    Love your card...
    Hugs Sylvie x

  8. Beautiful and very classy card Christine.

  9. Always difficult cards yo make but I think this one is just right. I agree that black would have been too harsh. Sorry to hear of your sad news. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Christine I am so sorry to hear of more bad news you've certainly not had a good couple of weeks....your card is beautiful...Your doing a great job with the hedge but like you I dont like the hot weather...I used to when I was younger but not any more
    sending you a big HUG..


  11. Nicely done Christine. The heat and humidity are oppressive here as well. Right now I am not handling it well either.

    Sorry about the bad news. Will keep you both in my prayers during this trying time.

    Hugs and Blessings,

  12. This is just gorgeous,love the

  13. Simply beautiful and hugs to you .xxxx

  14. Hi Christine,
    what a very super design, and just right for a sympathy card.
    I love the large sympathy it looks really lovely.
    I do struggle with these types of cards so if you don't mind I will bear this one in mind.
    I haven't got the poppy die but I have a tulip one which is similar.
    Can I ask how you did the large sympathy was it stamp.
    So sorry to hear about your sad losses, as I was saying to a friend recently at our age it seems to happen more often now.
    I mentioned on my blog about our keyboard player, and sadly he was the 3rd person I had known that had passed lately.
    Love and big hugs from my house to yours, and safe journey to the funeral on Monday.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  15. Simple and beautiful but it says it all and is the perfect Sympathy card I think Christine. I do hope things get better for you soon.

  16. Hi Christine
    So sorry to hear you have both lost dear friends. Not good at any time but not what you needed after your lorry scare.
    You have created a beautifully elegant card which I'm sure will bring comfort to your friend's wife.
    Hope all went well today in Cardiff.
    Ang x

  17. I am so sorry about the deaths of people you cherished.
    Thank goodness you were not hurt in the accident.
    Christine you Sympathy card is so elegant. Perfect for the sad occasion.
    Sandy xx

  18. Christine, it's a lovely card for a sad occasion. So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friends, and doubly sorry to hear about your accident. Thankful that you didn't get hurt though. You take care...and big hugs coming your way. TFS


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