13 May 2012

A FAMILY IS A GIFT THAT LASTS FOREVER

This week was a recovery week for me after completing a 25km mini marathon road race last Saturday in Pretoria.  I only had four 30 minute sessions on the treadmill and five sessions of 30 minute stretches/weights this week on my training schedule, but really struggled through them as the body was still in recovery mode.  Only started feeling rested yesterday.  Also had two hourly sessions of physio to ease out some aches and pains - the years are definitely taking its toll.  I also celebrated another year in my life on Monday and was truly spoilt by all my family and friends.  Thanks for making me feel so special. 

So enough yakking and onto my card. I just fell in love with this digi stamp from Free Vintage Downloads and could not wait to create something with it.  The chappie in the middle seems like he is sulking a bit, probably been mischievous.  Once again its an easel card and I used H2O's and dry chalks to colour the image.  The flowers were stamped with Making Memories Acrylic stamps and also coloured with dry chalks.  The buttons were thread with white raffia.  The design papers are from FabScraps and Art from the Heart.  The striped design paper is from my scraps file and I can't remember the paper house.  Hope you like.


The sentiment was a free digi from the very generous and talented Desert Diva. Please visit her as she has loads of free digi sentiments to download. Just right click and save to your computer.

I have used the Fancy Squares template to create the shape around the image.  This template is available online from {Doing Life} Online Scrapbooking Shoppe.


Once again I would love to enter the following challenges with this Family creation:


Thank you for popping in here, your visit is always treasured.  Happy Mother's Day tomorrow - may your celebration be an extra special one.

72 comments:

  1. Belated Happy Birthday Desire and well done on your race achievement and the dedication I know which goes into every one.

    And a super card as well, adore the image.

    Hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

    B x

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  2. Wow, Happy Birthday. I love this Die Cut, I have never seen them before. I am on the hunt now lol. You are Amazing Designer. I would love to have your talent.

    Thanks for Entering the Challenge
    At Tammy's Scrapin Corner.
    I hope to see you enter next week!!
    Hugs Owner Tammy Ortiz

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  3. Pragtige aandag aan detail... n wenner vir seker!

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  4. what a wonderful creation with these little cute cats! ♥♥
    Alessandra

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  5. Well done on your magnificent achievement (the marathon, not the birthday - lol)

    Thats wonderful, and I am so glad you were spoiled on your birthday too.

    Your card is so pretty, love all the extra details you add!

    hugs

    xxalisonxx

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  6. Awww...those three naughty kittens! What a sweet card! Thank you so much for linking up at MIM!
    Rene :D

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  7. Wow big huge congratulations on your marathon. My gosh your so inspiring I can't even run to the mail box. And happy belated Birthday I'm so happy you were spoiled you totally deserve it!!!!
    I love your card it's so stinking cute. The cat tucking her kitties in to bed is so adorable.
    Hugs Bonnie

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  8. Super CUTE card!!! I love your colors and the details- WOW!!!
    tfs:)
    Belated Happy Birhday !!!!
    hope you got everything you wish for and more!!!!

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  9. Cute card! Love your layout. And well done for completing your mini marathon!

    Thanks for joining us for our flower power challenge at Sweet Stampin this week! Wedgie xxx

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  10. So adorable Desire!! Just the sweetest image too! Happy Belated Birthday!!!

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  11. Hi Desire love your blog! and gorgeous card!!

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  12. Such a cute card! I love the image--makes me think of "The Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens". Thanks for the link to Desert Diva.

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  13. Fantastic card, it's gorgeous
    BIG HUGZ Fleur xXx

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  14. Great card Desire, I saw that digi and had no idea it could be this gorgeous all done up! Happy Mothers day dear.

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  15. What a stunning card Desire a fabulous creation , well done . Enjoy the rest of your weekend Hugs Elaine

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  16. Incredible card, Desire! Love the blue color palette. Beautifully done. So glad you joined us at Tuesday Throwdown this week. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie TT DT

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  17. Such a wonderful card Desire. I really love the way you have added all the embellishing.

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  18. Happy Belated Birthday Desire!!

    Your card is lovely, sweet little image and the papers are just gorgeous.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

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  19. Sjoe, jy's omtrent 'n aktiewe vrou!
    Geluk met jou verjaardag, al is dit bietjie laat! :)

    Your card is so sweet and lovely - gorgeous colours! That image is really so cute - I also saw it - and I think you did a great job with it!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Art with No Boundaries! Hope we will see more of your creations!
    Rene

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  20. So sweet! I love all of your flowers with the buttons :) Thanks for joining us for our"something for mom" challenge at Karens Doodles.
    Fiona x

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  21. Lovely card Desire - I like the pussy cat image and the sentiment is perfect. God on you for doing the mini marathon! Mary G x

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  22. Great card Desire - those cats are so cute. Saw it on MIM and glad I stopped by to check it out as the detail is amazing.
    Stamping Shanni

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  23. Stunning card Desire, such a beautiful image and a fab design, I love these little flowers! Thanks for joining in our very last challenge at CES :) Donna ♥ x

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  24. love the card & such a cute image. saw it on MIM challenge
    Kim x

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  25. What a lovely creation
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft this time
    Love Jan
    xx

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  26. A belated happy birthday Desire. It sounds as if you were wonderfully spoilt. May you be blessed with good health and lots of happiness. A stunning card. Love those kitties in the bed. Stunning papers too, hugs Sharon

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  27. I'm so sorry I missed your birthday ... hope it was as FABULOUS as YOU are!
    This creation is awesome and very creative! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘MAY FLOWERS’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  28. Beautiful!! love this sweet image! Thank you for joining us at Love to Create Challenge!

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  29. Simply fantastic card! I love the Free Vintage images so much and that sentiment too. Thank you for the link as well. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Make It Monday and for joining our challenge at Karen's Doodles. Best of luck to you!

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  30. All delightful. Been off line for a week. How do we know if we have won anything on the Blog hop do we have to go there???? xxxx

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  31. amazing card sweetie!!!
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!!
    hugs
    xMx

    you can visit http://whenthescraphitsthefun.blogspot.com/
    for my free digis!!

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  32. Fab card and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    Luv Jane XX

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  33. Lovely card. Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers this week x

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  34. Great card. Love your design and coloring.

    Thanks for entering in the Crafty Pad Challenge this week and hope to see more of your creations here.

    Hugs
    Joanie

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  35. You had a blast over there =D Wish you more happiness and good health all the way!
    Love your easel card {as always}. The flowers are so pretty and nice coloring! Your blending is neat!
    Hugs,
    Asmah

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  36. Thanks so much for joining in our 'Flower Power' challenge over at Sweet Stampin. Such a lovely card!

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  37. This is just so cute!! A gorgeous card & love your "tied" buttons! Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries!!

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  38. Lovely card you made! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Art With No boundaries "Anything goes" and "Fit to be tied"! =)
    Hugs, Elenor DT

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  39. What a gorgeous image, love the colours. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

    Pam x

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  40. Fab easel card, great layout & sentiment!

    Thank you for sharing with us for our last challenge at Crafty Emma's Store, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

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  41. oh gosh Hun,your work is amazing oh just adore this beautiful image,and adore the colours they are my favourite,love the papers.and all the embellishments,finished with that perfect sentiment,really beautiful Hun,bless you for taking the time to comment on my blog so much appreciate hugs Cheryl xxxx

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  42. Stunning card and I really like the sentiment - so true.

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  43. WTG with your race achievement! WOW! I am glad your family is taking care of you! LOOOOVE this SWEET card! That image and sentiment are PURR-FECT!

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  44. Happy Belated Birthday wishes Desíre! Hope you had a grand day. And well done on the mini marathon! Hope your body feels better now.

    The card is very beautiful, fab image and colours, you've got an eye for detail.

    Love
    Maarit

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  45. omg Desire just the thought of that makes me exhausted. well done you...Im not sure I would be able to walk again never mind aches and pains lol...wow the colour combo of your card is perfect with that sweet vintage image...love it
    Mina xxx

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  46. Desire, I hope you had a wonderful birthday!...and a big congrats on your mini marathon!
    Your card is sooo sweet! I love that image and your fabulous colors!
    Hugs, Tammy

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  47. A lovely sweet card, that image is delightful!
    Thanks for joining us at DYSU!

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  48. Desire, Oh I just love all your work and this card is no exception. I love all the blue, the kitties and the attention to detail, everything ties in so beautifully. Thank you for playing in our Anything Goes / Fit to be Tied challenge on Art With No Boundaries.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

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  49. Hi hun i love your card the image is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me this week. luv gina xx

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  50. 1st... happy belated birthday!
    next... i am delighted to meet you and look forward to working with you on DS4J.

    wow! i'll bet your nice and thin too and in great shape! i had a hip replacement 15 yrs ago and i still can't run, skip or jump, but i do love walking and promised myself to do more of it this yr. good thing i have a great neighbor how lights the fire under my butt - LOL.

    your card is beeeeeeeeee utiful! love the colors, the easel and the sentiment.

    hugs :)

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  51. oh, what a precious vintage image hun and the sentiment is just perfect for it!! this is beautiful Desire!!
    hugs & blessings

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  52. Oh just the cutest image! Lovely card Desire. Glad you had a good birthday too! Kim

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  53. AWESOME Desire! I love the monochromatic look!

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  54. beautiful card Desire, this is such a sweet image

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  55. Really beautiful, I love the the colours, the image is gorgeous and the sentiment is lovely
    Lindsay xx

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  56. A fantastic card! Thank you for joining us at Daring Cardmakers this week :)

    jo x

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  57. Gorgeous, Desire! Love that sweet image. Congrats on your mini-marathon and happy belated birthday!

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  58. Hi Desire, baie oulike kaartjie met die katte.
    Lekker week!
    Rachelle
    http://crafti.blogspot.com

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  59. Wow! Fantastic card! Love the colors and the LO and the image is a cutie! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Crafty Pad :)

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  60. Beautiful card! I love the design and monochrome color palette.

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  61. Hi Desire thank you for your lovely and sweet comment.
    I hope I'll do it alwright with my cards, but I know you guys will help me.

    your card is very beautiful with a sweet image.

    greetings karin

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  62. Thanks for sharing with the CMM challenge this week.

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  63. You post is so interesting. I appreciate you for making such a great post.

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  64. Such a beautiful card- those three little kitties look like they have been up to no good.

    Thanks for playing along with us a Craft Your Days Away for our "All Creatures Great and Small Challenge".

    Julie x

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  65. What a great card ;o)
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

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  66. Beautiful card! such a sweet image, love the colour!

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  67. Beautiful card, love the colours, the image is gorgeous and a lovely sentiment.

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  68. Hope you had a wonderful birthday Desire!
    This card is gorgeous with a stunning colour combo and beautiful image - love it!
    Hugs Nicola xxx

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  69. What an adorable little image and I just love all of the blues!

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  70. Gorgeous card! I love the flowers. Thank you for joining us at The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan.

    Happy Crafting!
    Jen (JLJ Designs)
    My Blog

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  71. hi Desire,

    this card is really lovely (as usual), I love all the details and the colours.

    It's great that you keep yourself fit, it must be an effort but I am sure you feel better for it. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday, hope you had a really nice day.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creation at Anything goes, Just keep on creating, I hope you will continue to play along. Sorry about the the delay in leaving my comment I have been overseas and then got sick, I will be announcing the winners and will have the next challenge up asap :):)

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Desire