Saturday, March 19, 2011

Slowly Does It...

Hi all.  Some of you may have noticed that I closed my blog for nearly 2 weeks.  Without going into the boring details, life was getting me down in a big way.  I've been quite unwell and really uninspired - when I say that, I mean that I lost all joy in creating, and creating really has been the one thing that holds me together when life gets the better of me.  The catalyst for actually closing off my blog is quite an amusing story... perhaps I'll tell it soon.  :-)

I'd really like to say a big thank you to the people who emailed me and left messages on facebook.  It makes me feel so good to know that there are so many people who not only look at what I do, but care about what's happening in my little world.  Thank you.

But for now, I'm actually quite excited to say that a teeny tiny bit of inspiration has returned!  My daughter Olivia and I sat down to do some watercolouring this afternoon.  She's almost four and works at triple the speed I do...  Still, I got two images coloured.  After the past few weeks, I'm thrilled with that!  I'm posting them separately as I'm entering them in challenges.  So, here's the first one...

Isn't this image divine?  It's designed by the extraordinary Diane Duda for Sugar Nellie.

And here are the challenges I'm entering:

Stamp sets - Peace Angel - Sugar Nellie (by Diane Duda)
Cardstock - Watercolour paper, White Cambric Linen, Raspberry Tart DSP
Inks - Versamark, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, More Mustard, Blush Blossom
Accessories - Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, White Seam Binding, dimensionals

Thanks for visiting!  :-)



  1. Welcome back Danielle!!!!! I look forward to your regular blog updates and was sorry to see you had closed your blog down. Glad you have found some reserves to back on the horse, so to speak! One day at a time, my friend. Love both blog posts. Your colouring is awe inspiring ♥

  2. I'm sorry you have been feeling down. I pray that each day will bring a blessing and be a step back into the light. This was a wonderful step! Hugs.

  3. So glad to see you back Danielle! I am an avid follower,I just love your work. It is always so inspiring! I had been checking regulary and wondered what had happened to you!
    Hope the return of your creativity continues and life starts to look up for you! Take care xx

  4. HI there :) So pleased to hear that things are looking a little up - I can tell you enjoyed your colouring. They made beautiful cards!! Take care of yourself! Big hug.

  5. Like everyone else I'm so glad you're back :-) I missed you x Lovely watercolouring Lovely card x

  6. Great to see your back in the saddle Dan and that you have people who value you and your work. And make sure to tell that story. Love Dad.

  7. Such a wonderful job with the watercoloring! Love the textured background and the frilly angelic bow! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

  8. I second the Hooray and am also very glad to see you are feeling like creating (and lucky us even more - you feel like sharing).

  9. So sorry to hear you haven't been feeling very creative Danielle - but glad to see you've been back at it, colouring away! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe :)

  10. Hi,
    I'm really glad your blog is back as I only just dicovered it and was really enjoying your creations and then you disappeared. Well wishes for felling better soon :)


  11. Glad to see you are back, your cards & colouring are awesome

  12. Gorgeous card Danielle, so sweet.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp for our Happy Birthday challenge
    hugs Mandy xx

  13. Ever so pretty, Danielle! Just LOVE that you use watercolors! Plus, you always make such great use of your white space! Just perfect! Thanks so much for playing along with us, this week, in The Cafe!

  14. SOOOOOOO glad you are back and crafting/creating! I just looooooooooove this card---that image is super gorgeous! I love the little chick! I also loooooove love love your bow! Please PLEASE tell me how you did it! Do a tutorial! I LOVE IT! I want to create one just like it!!! LOVE:) Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the PDCC!!!