Sunday, 10 July 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 11 - Summer! And some news......


Phew! What a couple of weeks I've been having.... so much going on! Where do I start? Well firstly, I'm an auntie again! My gorgeous step-sister Julia has had a scrumptious baby girl called Katie Lauren :-) I've only seen photos as yet but she's absolutely adorable!  Just as that news was sinking in, I heard that a friend of mine had also had her baby! Again, joyful news but this was a little different.... During the labour the poor little lad was starved of oxygen and had to be hooked up to all those tubes and wires and things to keep him going. Sadly, 5 days later he passed away.  I am so broken hearted for my friend.  I lost a baby during pregnancy a few years ago, not quite the same, I know, but I think I can understand some of what she must be feeling.  Thinking of you, Michelle xx

That being said, I have to say I feel a little guilty at sharing with you some very happy news of my own.....


How exciting! In fact this is a scheduled post because I'm actually somewhere in Brum trying on dresses for the big day :-) I get to pick up my sparkley little something on Tuesday so I will share a piccie with you then.  I've got all these ideas for invitations buzzing round in my head so you'll need to be prepared to give me some honest advice when I put some samples on here for you to look at :-)

Anyway, enough of all that. I know what you're here to see - my DT card for the latest Dream Valley challenge! All the entries we had for our ribbon challenge were fantastic. I love the opportunity to go through all the entries. I get so much inspiration!  This challenge has a SUMMER theme and is sponsored by our regular sponsor, One Stop Card Crafts.

It's my brother-in-law's birthday pretty soon and as he's always in charge of my sister's annual barbecue this image just had to be his! It's from Lili of the Valley and of course coloured with promarkers.

The sentiment is from Sentiments 4 You, the papers are Clare Curd's It's a Man's World, some nesties and a sizzix decorative swirl and then pearls from my stash... 

Ladybug Crafts Ink - Summer birthdays
Lili of the Valley - Fab sketch
Forever Friends - Stripes

For those of you interested in my allotment, I've been collecting potatoes and peas from my patch so if you want a nosey, please pop over! And don't forget to visit Dream Valley to see all the other summer creations from the rest of the DT.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Love 'n' hugs,


Wishcraft said...

So sorry to hear about your friend's baby Mel, so sad. Congrats on your fab news though hun, hope you enjoy all the shopping and planning!

Your card is gorgeous. Love this cute image and great layout :o) Lisa x

Sarpreet said...

Gorgeous card, beautiful colours

Melly said...

He he he congrats sweetie!

So so happy for you!! You need anything just ask and I'll help!
Love your wee card! the image is a perfect summer image and gorjuss summery colours!
Hugs M xxx

Lottie said...

What a mixed of emotions in one blog post. My heart goes out to your friend's so very sad loss.

Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding and you stepsister new baby

Off to check out your allotment blog

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Mel, so sorry to hear about your friends baby, life is just not fair.

Really amazing news for you and your other half, I hope you have loads of fun planning your big day.

Love your gorgeous card, fab colouing and design.

Donna x

coops said...

fantastic card mel.i love the image and gorgeous papers and design.
so sorry to hear of your friends loss :(
huge congrats on your happy news though hun, so exciting choosing the dress etc ;D

xx coops xx

Sally said...

Big congrats on your great news Mel & sorry to hear about your friends baby, so sad. A lovely card for the theme of summer.
Sally x

xxxtglxxx said...

Congrats on your news :)

Cute card and great layout!



Julye said...

Congrats on all your happy news and sorry for the sad too.

ahlers5 said...

Congrats on your upcoming wedding! Lovely card. So cute. Thanks for joining us at Wags 'n Whiskers.

Pops x said...

HI sweetie, this is gorgeous i love the colours that you have chosen, thank you for joining us at Lili of the Valley this week, hugs Pops x x

Lisa Jane said...

Sorry to hear about your friends Baby. So sad .
LOvely to hear your news too - Congratulations.
Fab card - really summery .. just wish we had enough sunshine for a BBQ lol. Thanks for joining us at LCI this month
Lisa x

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, what a lot of news! Congratulations on becoming an auntie again, and on your forthcoming wedding, bet it was fun trying on all those dresses!
That's just awful news about your friend's baby, so sad.

Sande said...

Fantastic news - you are getting married! Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you.

Your card is absolutely adorable! Great papers and this image is sooo cute!

Thanks for joining us on "Stripes" Monthly challenge at Forever Friends! Hope to see you soon again!

Hugs, Sande xxx

Daisychain said...

A great card and take on our sketch. Thanks for sharing it with us at LOTV.

So sorry to hear about your friends baby.

Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding and becoming an auntie. Hugs Christine x

Lin said...

Congratulations on your fabulous news!!! I bet you are gonna look amazing.

Great news about your Niece, but so sad for your friend. Such a shame that your happiness is tinged with sadness.

Great card btw!!

Lin xx

Jack said...

What a rollercoaster post this has been! Hugs to your friend Melly, congrats to your sister and HUGE CONGRATS on your wedding. Now you know I have to ask - are you growing your own bouquet? A nice cabbage perhaps, LOL. FAb card. xx

Jennifer said...

A mixed bag of emotions for you this week Mel. Life is bitter sweet. Sending hugs to you.

Gorgeous card btw. Have a fab weekend xx Jenny xx

Sally said...

Sorry for your friends loss. Congratulations though on your forth coming marriage. Great card. Love the image.
Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends and Co this month.
Hugs Sally xxx

Pami said...

Hi Mel, I am so sorry for your friend, how heartbreaking. And congratulations to you as well. Your card is very cute, such fun! Thanks so much for sharing with us at LCI this month, hope to see you again soon. Pami x

Carole of Brum said...

Sorry to hear of your friend's very sad news, Mel, but nice to hear some good news about becoming an auntie.

And then your own fab new! Big congrats, petal, and how exciting for you. Should we all buy hats? LOL. You'll have such fun making your plans now.

Oh nearly forgot, your card is lovely! Your BBQing bear is making me hungry, he he. CoB

Sarpreet said...

Gorgeous card, love the layout. Good luck with the dress trying

SusieLou said...

Wow, what a rollercoaster of emotions for you - my heart goes out to your friend.

You've made a fabulously cute card with one of my fave boy stamps, but.........CONGRATULATIONS! (Sorry I'm late in reading the news.) Have loads of fun making the arrangements and I'll look forward to seeing wee pics.
Susie x

bosenberries said...

Hope you had a blast trying on dresses!!! Love your card... really fun!! Thanks so much for playing with Bows and Berries!!! Robin

Julie said...

Life can seem so unfair at times,it's lovely to hear your great news though. I love the image you've used on this beauty, Thanks for joining LCI,hope to see you again,Julie.x