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Friday, 26 August 2016

A link to the past...

This weeks Prompt at Dezinaworld's Cheeky Challenge is
*photo of my great-great-grandmother Ann Hudson 1840-1917*

While the Prompt from A Dash of Sunny is

A Tangible link

Though we never met I see your face,
And know you must have lived life at a pretty full pace.
No one is left to voice your stories
yet the gleam in your eyes tells of long lost glories.
So I trawled through the records to link with your life
and found you weren't married...
just "common-law-wife".
That the one I descend from was purely your own
though your long term family was rapidly grown.
You had many more children named after their Dad,
but he wasn't the father to your first born lad.
I may never find who you loved so long ago,
though he must have been special to hold your heart so.
You stayed with "Mr Owen" to the end of his days
but kept your own name against all "proper" ways.
When in 1911 the Census came
 your listed
"Miss Ann Hudson"
You valiant old Dame!
*the image above was sent to me by a relative*

Enjoy :D XXX
*collage includes images from Dezinaworld and Daisy Trail*

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Friends....forever....

but I still love making things a bit creepy
mwahahahaha.....
 Using my X-cut Graveyard dies AGAIN,
but this time I used the outer  layer to cut an aperture in the main card.
 I grunged it up with distress inks, then cut the second layer 
from a piece of brown co-ordinations cardstock, which I glued to
the underside of the front.
 Next I gathered a collection of promarkers that co-ordinated,
 and shaded the "Graveyard" digital background image from
Delicious Doodles
 Kept it subtle as I was going for a "faded with age" look.
 This was then glued again to the underside of the front piece.
I love this collection of victorian/gothic images from
Simpy Betty Stamps, and Mina was just the perfect addition
to this scene...
 Her ghostly presence lifted by the hope of friendship :D
Finally, a few crunchy paper flowers and a subtle hint of glitter
for the Ladies at Tuesday Thowdown who have asked us to "Make it Sparkle" :D
Enjoy :D XX

I am entering this card for this weeks challenges at;
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Monday, 22 August 2016

One from the Grave...


Sharing this piece from many years ago for this weeks
Dash of Sunny Prompt night 
"Let's gather around for a ghost story"





ALONE


On cliff top waiting, the sea spray washing tears away.
A glimpse of sail is all I crave.
How many days have I spent, hoping, praying?
When, if ever, will this torment end?

He was only supposed to be away for a month. Just a short trip this time.
That was over a year ago now.

I know that men are notoriously bad timekeepers, but annoyance was replaced by fear many months back.

My first thought had been,"How could he be so casual about our forthcoming nuptials?"
My next had been, "What could have delayed him so?"
My third had been actions rather than words, and so, I raced to the cliff top, calling, shouting, sobbing. My cries answered only by those of the seabirds, circling above and below.

How cruel is life?

I promised to wait for him, but what of his promise to me?
He said he would be back. He told me to prepare for his return. So the dress hangs from my shoulders still.
They want me to give in to the obvious, but how can I?
The date twice come and gone, yet I wait, alone.

Others would have turned their backs months ago, but I am proud.
A promise is a promise, open ended. No "until"s or "unless"s were mentioned between us.

So I have waited, am waiting, will wait.
That's how it is taught in school. Past, Present, Future. He is all these things to me.

I hear people talking as I pass by. They think that I am loosing my mind....maybe I should change my dress? After all, it could do with a little repair work around the hem. It wouldn't do to turn up at the alter in rags now would it?
But it feels like a betrayal of trust. He told me to be ready!

I hear people calling,shouting, crying out!

"HE HAS RETURNED!!"

I race to the churchyard to meet him.
The flowers are just beautiful....and the words on our headstone are being altered...

"HERE LIES TRUE LOVE"
"NO LONGER ALONE"

Enjoy XXX
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

It takes Generations of Love to perfect a Garden.

I only went and get myself a place on the DT team at

I'm not really required to make a post for this new challenge 
as I haven't had time to receive my images from the Sponsor
so I called in on her blog and found she has several FREEBIES for people to enjoy :D

This gorgeous image is from her latest collection "KIDS"

I coloured my image using promarkers....
then cut a selection of flowers which I coloured to match the main image.
I had a piece of messy inked card stock from a previous playtime
and used this to cut a frame with iron railings( Graveyard by X-cut)
Now to mount the main piece onto mirror card and base...
but it looked a bit lost on the plain white,
so I stamped a leafy design in a suitable ink...
before adding :D
Then it was a simple matter of arranging the floral elements around the frame.
I think this turned out really sweet.
I coloured the girls hair grey so as to make it look like Grandma and Grandson
walking through the garden together.

Happy gardening :D
XXX
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges;

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