Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Cinderella had the Right Idea!

Hello, and welcome!

I hope this wet and  windy Tuesday (in England, anyway) finds you happy and well, my friends.
Life just seems to get busier and busier for me, lately, so I cherish any time that I can filch to slip into my craft room...........aaahhhh.....peace!

Doesn't last long enough, though, so I'm usually scrabbling to catch up with DT cards and family birthdays, and this week was no exception......it's my Mam's birthday on Sunday (not made her card yet) and our grandson, Harrison's, 12th birthday today....and he's ill with the horrible Norovirus, poor thing.
I did, however (thankfully) manage to make a card for this week's challenge at

and the theme is a colour challenge. Our chosen colour is:

GREEN plus
a scripture, or uplifting verse, or positive words of healing, encouragement, or support.

We are so happy to have Bugaboo Stamps joining us with their sponsorship for you! Our random prize winner will receive their choice of SEVEN Bugaboo images!

My card was made using Cinderella Block Sentiment.......love it!

I used a scalloped card base from Craftwork Cards and layered a piece of green and pink paper (from my scrap stash) onto pink card..........

Love, love, love J.J......she has the best expressions...hahaa!  I coloured up the ever-so-droll image with Promarkers, including the ickle bitty-bits inside the letters, cut it out with pinking scissors leaving a white border which I then coloured, and edged the pointy bits with black marker.........Would love to know if you agree with the sentiment!

I pinched this lovely sentiment from another set.....follow the dots........

The second part of the sentiment is on the inside.....stay tuned for the story behind it.......

Many years ago, the only cutting tool that I owned was a Quikutz and the pretty shoe die is from one of the sets I bought at the time....works just as well in my Big Shot, now....yaaaaay!  After cutting, I popped the shoe into my SU embossing folder (Trellis), inked the edges with black marker,  and popped a couple of teeny pink pearls onto the strap.....the shoe is size 5 and fits me perfectly...hahaaa!

So, what's the story?  Well.......my DD #2 was my heaviest baby (by 2 ounces) when she was born.....10 pounds 2 ounces....but, I have to say, the easiest birth by far.  She was always much taller than her peers......oh, the stories I could tell!.....but she also had HUGE feet.....poor girlie.
It was a very much loathed task whenever it was time to buy her new shoes because she not only had long feet, but they were wide, too.
We always, always had to expect at least a week of trawling around the nearest towns, trying to find something that would fit.  My poor girl hardly ever got a choice of pretty shoes......nope......had to make do with whatever we could find to fit! 
Things came to a horrid head when she started at high school.......11 years old, size 7 feet, wide fitting.....and the school uniform called for  black lace-up shoes....aarrgghh!
We trawled the usual shops, and even went to stores 30 miles away, but couldn't find anything remotely suitable.....this was before the days of Internet searches or shopping......and we were both often in tears.
I had absolutely no other choice than to take my very feminine, tall and slender 11 year old girl to the men's department of Mark's and Spencer to buy a pair of black lace-up brogues!!!!
There's more to the story, but it could turn into a novel if I don't cut it short...heehee....soooooo.....ever after this awful experience, when it came time to buy her a new pair of shoes, my beautiful girl and I would kneel and pray, asking for a pretty pair of shoes that would fit perfectly.....and we would always find them.

That tall and slender 11 year old will turn 38 in February.  She is the tallest of my girls, very graceful, soft-spoken, slow to anger, and one of the gentlest people I know.  She is a treasure to me........and she has the prettiest shoes she could wish for.....a lot of 'em!
This card will be for her birthday.

Please take a look at all the other GREEN creations that my Teamies have made....lots of gorjusness goin' on, there!

This is my Gillian in Central  Park, New York, during our wonderful trip, last year....love this photo....love this girl!

Anne-Marie x



  1. You just popped up in my newsfeed... that was sneaky of you! Glad to see your lattice embossing folder being used!! :) That is a beautiful picture of your beautiful daughter and I can totally empathise with the shoe dilemma. I had the same issue - wide, size 7 feet by age 11 and I often used to end up getting boys' shoes too, which my ickle brother used to find hilarious! x

  2. Anne-Marie your card is fabulous. I can totally relate to your daughters story I was 5ft 7inch aged 11 with size 7 feet too!

  3. Beautiful card.,love the shoe and fab colours.xxx

  4. Wonderful and lovely card - and your daughter is lovely! Thanks for joining us at Can You Digi It!

  5. Such a real joy to read your post today Anne-Marie. Your poor daughter having size 7 feet at 11. I am glad she has made up for it now will lots of pretty shoes. It sounds like she is a lovely person and no wonder you are so proud of her.
    Anyway... your card is fabulous. I love the image and colours and the shoe you have made is so perfectly detailing.
    Hugs Sue

  6. Fantastic green card, Anne-Marie! And your post was so delightful. Thanks for playing along with us at Can You Digi It!

  7. Looks like you had a lot of fun in Central Park!! What a lovely story, thanks for sharing! I am the opposite - I have size 2.5 feet! And I still have massive problems buying shoes - they are usually only sold by the more expensive brands!

    Your card is perfect for Gillian - she will love it!

  8. Great card and I can sympathize with you and your daughter as we had the same problem with our daughter who is 6 feet tall! The next major shoe purchase will be her wedding shoes with a limit of a 1 1/2" heel, so she's not taller than hubby to be,although she does normally wear them with anything up to 3" heels.

    Thanks for joining us at the Creative Card Crew for our girly challenge

    Margaret xx

  9. I love this card!! I love this saying!! So cute!!

    I can relate a little to shoe woes! But our problem is that my DD is tall with long feet but very narrow feet!!

  10. This is so cute!! I love it!!

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award

    Keep up the great work!

  11. Your daughter will love this personalised beauty.

    Thank you for playing along with us at CYDI?

  12. This is just amazing! I adore the fact that you'd make a specialized card about shoes for your sweet girl! Thanks for joining us at CYDI?! :)

  13. Such a wonderful post and a fantastic card! I LOVE the sentiment!!