Even though this was a relatively simple and very enjoyable card to make, for the very first time since I have started this crafting, I really ran into my dyspraxia wall.

Having chosen the elements, stuck, dusted and cut the butterflies, and prepared the base card, to go ahead and stick the butterflies on, I then wanted to go and embellish. I had dark blue stars and sequins, and brightish blue roses, and I wanted to stick them on with glue gel. It's always difficult to use this, as there is no cap to put on the end of the tube, so the glue dries up into it. So far though, I have always overcome it with some fiddling and sheer force. 

This time I was beaten by a tube of glue! The thing with dyspraxia is the emotional response that goes with it. The more I read about it, now that our boy has been diagnosed with it, the more I realise I am not alone with this and never should have been. Anyway, the card went flying across the room, and all the embellishments followed behind it.

This morning, as I gathered my courage to get back to it, they seemed to have disappeared. The card was there, but all the fancy bits are missing. Time for a reshuffle. It has turned out more simple, but possibly also more effective.

As I told Emma, one of my dear facebook friends, a great craft talent always ready to support, advise and care, I very much liked this theme of her very first ever challenge: shades of blue. I like the look of monochrome cards anyway, and blue has always been one of my favourite colours. So this one is for Emma's challenge, with which I wish her every success!

Challenge up your Life  happen to have monochrome as their new theme as well. So obviously this card will be entered in theirs too.

Because of the embellishments, and particularly how they came to be there as they are, I am also entering this card in the stamp man's embellishment challenge.

The stamping sisters in christ  are all about Love. When I designed this card it just so happened I had in mind exactly what is described in that challenge as well. That is why I added 'With Love' to a blue card, rather than being focussed on red. When feeling blue, just that little word can work wonders. So that fits nicely into their challenge too.

That closely resembles the thought behind crafty ann's challenge Love is in the Air. There is also this realisation that love is about more than Valentine's alone. So that's another one I am taking part in with this card.

So, a lot of challenges for just one card. Let's hope it is successful.



jane stillman
05/02/2012 10:57am

lovely card Anneke, good luck with the challenges x

05/02/2012 11:46am

Like blue With Love card. I admire your persistence. Thought I'd let you know that the link from your entry in Stampin Sisters in Christ takes me back to their blog and not yours so I clicked on your comment entry to find your blog & let you know so you can get that corrected. I was making a Baby Girl Stroller card and 1st attempt there were couple of tears in the stroller wheel spokes and while making the 2nd attempt I lost one of my gem
embellishments or so I thought but it had been turned upside down & when I placed the 2nd card attempt on the table the gem stuck to the back of my card and I found it when I turned the card over to stamp my 'Created by' & my name on back of card. Funny how that happened. Have a nice day.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

05/02/2012 12:22pm

Thank you so much for letting me know! That goes for the link trouble, as much as for your perseverance story. ;-)


05/02/2012 1:21pm

Hi Anneke... I've deleted your first entry (#4) Thanks for letting me know and I'm so glad you were able to re-enter with the correct link! THANK YOU *Ü*

05/02/2012 1:26pm

This is lovely! I am loving the shiny accents on this card. Thanks so much for playing at <a href=http://stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com>Stampin' Sisters in Christ</a>challenges this week!! *Ü*

06/02/2012 1:20am

Hello Anneke - this is lovely - I love the blue and am glad you perservered! Love it - thank you for joining us for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - it is always lovely to see you! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

06/02/2012 2:21am

This is a lovely card Anneke thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's and for sharing your thoughts about your reasons for entering each challenge.
Ann x

06/02/2012 2:53pm

A lovely card thanks for sharing at The Stamp Man challenge x

07/02/2012 1:28am

A beautiful card, a great design and wonderful colors....thanks for joining us this week at Challenge up your life….
Hugs Michaela

07/02/2012 8:28am

Very nice card! I like the colours and the cute butterflies!
Thanks for joining us at <a href="http://challengeupyourlife.blogspot.com">Challenge up your life!</a>

07/02/2012 10:44am

What a beautiful card and perfect for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's and good luck
Claire xx

16/02/2012 6:14am

Perfect card and thanks for sharing. Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Crafty Ann's Design Team xxx

Nicola Jayne
23/02/2012 11:47am

Gorgeous card, love it, thanks for joining Emma's Crafty Challenge this month, NJ X


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