Thursday, 18 October 2012

A commission

Good morning everybody from a dark and wet Northern Ireland.  This card is a commission.  I was asked for something  "special" - so there was no pressure there!!  On the few occasions that I have made up this card it has always been very well received.  I do try not to make it exactly the same every time and this is today's version.  My good friend Jeannie (who has every die known to man) gave me a loan of  the die for the pages and so the rest  made up very quickly.  As I knew the lady very well  who ordered the card and also the recipient I decorated the box a little more than normal.

The card is made of centura pearl as always but because the light is so poor this morning it does not really show up.   I have to say that I do read all of your comments and appreciate every one of them.  By the way if I have missed commenting on any of your blogs recently it is nothing to do with your cards it is because my husband is not well again - he had another stroke and I have been running back and forth to the hospital.  He is home now so I should  be able to keep up with you all.

Thank you for taking a look.



Jacqui's little piece of England said...

This is gorgeous Marie-Louise, Love the dies and of course that ribbon is the cherry on the top.

Glad Gerry is home will make it easier on you not running back and forth to the hospital

love as always
jacqui xxx

Olga said...

absolutley beautiful!!!

Doreen said...

I am so sorry to hear your husband has had a stroke and do hope he makes a full recovery.

Your card as always is

pam said...

hi Marie-louise, this is a beautiful book card,lovely keepsake
hope your husband makes a speedy recovery

Patricia said...

Good Afternoon Marie-Louise.
Best Wishes for a speedy recovery for you Husband.
Love your card and box, absolutely beautiful

Patricia x

Anne-Elise said...

Gorgeous card, Marie-Louise! Love the flowers, the pearls and the beautiful ribbon! Great work! So happy your husband is back at home! Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Hugs

Stamps and Paper said...

Absolutely stunning Marie-Louse..and just love the box you made...I am sure this will be treasured...


Christine Harrop said...

Absolutely beautiful card Marie-Louise! So sorry to her about your husbaand's illness and I do hope he is well on the path to recovery! Christine x

nnalorac said...

so gorgeous Marie-Louise, love the design. I'm sure your care will have him well soon. take care
crafty hugs

Bernie said...

Marie-Louise your card and box, absolutely stunning, so beautiful!
Sorry to hear about your husband, know what being a caregiver is like, take care of yourself as well.

Izzwizz said...

A beautiful card Marie-Louise - wow! I keep trying to do a white on white, but just can't resist adding some colour. Some day maybe I'll manage it. Hope your husband is recovering, I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. Maddy x

scottish crafter said...

Hi Marie-Louise, what a beautiful card, I love the bookatrix style, and that card is delicious. The box is just a dream too. Hope your husband recovers from his stroke soon.

Wilma x x

Crafty Moone Cards said...

This is so gorgeous Marie-Louise. x

Gerrie's kaarten said...

Hallo Marie-louise
Wat een prachtige kaart
Beterschap voor je man
Groetjes Gerrie xx

coops said...

wow this is so beautiful marie-lousie.gorgeous and classy :D

xx coops xx

Patricia St Martin said...

WOW!!!! Marie-Louise this is so beautiful my friend. Just love everything about the card. You are so talented.
Hugs, Patricia

Vic McGuckin said...

This card is amazing and gorgeous. Love the colour of the flowers.

Vic x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Marie-Louise, I've missed you and now I know why. So sorry to hear of your Husbands illness, I do hope he gets better soon. Your card is quite beautiful, really special, take care Kate x

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie, I love your stunning creation so wonderful, huggles Pops x x x

Irene said...

Hello Marie-Louise,

There is no need to apologise for non commenting. I hope your husband is feeling much better.
A stunning and beautiful card, with gorgeous flowers.

Jenny L said...

Hi Marie-Louise,
such a beautiful card and box. I love the ribbon technic, I have booked marked the u Tube instructions, but still can't get the hang of it.
I also love the strips of pearls you use.
It must be great to have a friend with lots of dies.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Hazel said...

Thank you for your lovely comments - especially when you have had problems of your own. I hope your husband goes from strength to strength, very best wishes to him. Take care. Hazel x

Sue said...

This is gorgeous I found your blog through a friend of mine ..hope your hubby gets well very soon mine is ill too so I know how it feels huggles hun xxxx

Sue said...

Aww thank you for your comments :) I've added you to my blog thanks for looking at my cards..huggles hun xxxx

Anonymous said...

What a stunning card, Marie-Louise! Everything is so perfect and stylish. Hope your husband is well soon and on the path to full recovery.
Amelia x

May said...

Stunning work Marie-Louise, Fabulous design & detail!! I love that pleated ribbon.... I do hope your husband is doing well... Hugs May x x x

Planetsusie said...

Hi Marie-Louise - this is such a beautiful card, something tells me it will be extremely well received!!!

I do hope your husband is on the mend soon and comes home asap.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Jules said...

Hi Marie-Louise

So sorry to read that your husband has been so poorly .. .. what a worry for you.

I hope he is much better now and you are able to catch your breath a little.

Your card and box are both beautiful.

Take care.

Love Jules xx

Craftyhugs said...

This is just absolutely stunning! I love how elegant it looks and is clean and simple but still beautiful. I'm sure your friend was very pleased. Hugs xx

Dora said...

This is gorgeous Marie Louise, very elegant xxx

Tracey said...

This is beautiful Marie-Louise, so elegant, I love the ribbon & pearls :)

Lisa M said...

You are precious Marie-Louise! The very reason I love blogging is meeting such wonderful people like you who despite what is happening in your own life, reach out to others and show such wonderful support and encouragement. I do certainly hope the very best for your husband and glad to hear that he is back home! Thank you so much for the always special visits to my blog AND more importantly for blowing my mind with your incredibly detailed masterpieces!! I would never have the skill nor the patience to do with ribbon and paper what you do!
Oh p.s...any chance I can become friends with your buddy who has every die known to man?? LOL!
Hope you have a relaxing weekend and big hugs to you,
Lisa xx

Sarah said...

Stunning card Marie Louise. Sometimes you see the book themed cards and they are too over-embellished for my taste. I like the simplicity of this.

Sarah x

Dortesjs said...

this is so beautiful marie-lousie you make lovely cards

June Nelson said...

Wowser this is astounding!! your cards always look so lovely and crisp, I love this one hun big huggies Juen xxxxxxxxxx

Inkyfingers said...

This is just gorgeous.

sharon kotchkowski said...

So sorry to hear about your husband... I hope he has a speedy recovery.. your family is in my prayers.

Elaine said...

Hi Marie Louise wow you have made a fantastic card its stunning .
I am so sorry to read about Gerry , what a dreadful time you have been having , both of you . I do hope things improve for him now he is home, am thinking of you sweetie, biggest hugs and one for Gerry too .

Sandy said...

Gorgeous creation!! Oh what an honor to get a commission! I have not visited you for a while so I thought I would pop in!

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful Marie Lousie.
Sorry to hear about your husband, wishing him a speedy recovery.
Wendy xx

I use Samuel Taylors ultimate super smooth white 250gsm card or Rymans Bright white coated card 200gsm...I always leave my digis at least a day before I colour them.

Sarah said...

Hi Marie-Louise, your card is just gorgeous - the flowers make a wonderful pop of colour!

I've wandered on over from Wendys' (commenter above) blog, after seeing your question about what paper to use when printing digis.

I do a lot of colouring in of digis and use Pro/Flexmarkers so need something that doesn't smudge.

I can see that Wendy has recommended Rymans, living in the wilds of Lincolnshire as I do!, we don't have a Rymans anywhere near and so I use Joanna Sheens Elegance Satin card. I find it perfect for colouring and you don't even need to leave it overnight for drying - just give half hour or so it's fine.

Hope this helps in addition to Wendy's advice.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your hubby as well.


Shirley-anne said...

Hello Marie-Louise.Oh I do understand about managing craft time when loved ones are so in need of our care .
Doug is also recovering from several strokes .
To your stunning card .How exquisite it is .
Love the diecut pages and your embellishing and the gold trim .
So thank you for spending some of your precious time visiting my blog .

Lisa M said...

Marie-Louise, I just wanted to pop over here and tell you thank you so much for your very sweet comment. I was wondering where you'd been and I am so sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. I'll be sending out a prayer for a speedy recovery for you. I'm happy the tofu card made you smile..LOL...
Big huge hugs to you and talk to you soon,
Lisa xx

Sue said...

Hi Marie-Louise asked about the splodgeaway masks on my blog and yes they emboss beautifully and you can use all kinds of mediums with them huggles hun xxx if you need any help or more questions just get in touch :)

Sue said...

Hi hun dont know if you saw what I said on my blog but you put your grey board down first, then the mask, then your card, the tan mat, then the pink board :))) xx

June Nelson said...

OOOh this is beautiful I always love your work , its gorgeous, big huggies June xxxxxx

Patricia said...

Good afternoon,
I always look in on your Blog. You have not has anything up for some time are you keeping ok??

Patricia xx

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Christina said...

What a beautiful card is the commisioned one and I am sure that the recipient will love it. It looks so fresh and the flowers are gorgeous.
I hope that your husband is feeling better and that he makes a full recovery. My prayers are with you both xxx

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