Friday, 14 January 2022

A Sunrise, a Tag & and an Art Journal Page

 Hello there,

I bet you all thought I'd got lost!  I'm still here but life has been in the way as it sometimes does and my crafty mojo hasn't been what it should be.  Fortunately, I have managed to finish my next lot of Crafty Individuals samples for their next shows on the 4th of February which I'll post once the shows have aired.  

I do hope that you all had a good Christmas and New Year.  We spent both with our children and grandchildren, which is exactly as I wanted, so I've got no complaints.  We've also been able to to get out for a few walks as the weather has been good.  It's been really cold but dry with no wind, so just right.  We tend to walk very early on a morning, so we've seen some really beautiful sun rises.  I don't know what it is about seeing the sun rise but it always fills me with hope, which is just what we all need I think.  Here's one of our early morning photos:

The Covid situation seems to have no end to it and I'm whole heartedly sick of it.  It didn't help when pictures of the No. 10 Garden party were shown in the news.  It was held on the very same day of my Sister-In-Law's funeral.  Only 10 people were allowed at the service due to government restrictions, so I stood back and watched my poor brother and his heatbroken daughters, unable to hug them.... I thought I was doing the right thing at the time but now in retrospect, I'm not sure and it sickens me every time I think of that day.  I still feel that I never got to say goodbye to a very special person who had been in my life since the day I was born. I know that I'm not on my own here and many have gone through much worse than I have and my heart goes out to them all.  My SIL died on her own within 24 hours of being admitted and the only time my brother got to see her was after she had passed away.  My blood is boiling just thinking about it, so I'll move on.  Sorry and thank you for listening to my rant.

Onto the matter in hand and I'd like to share a couple of makes with you.  Isa, a lovely lady from our CI DT is running a FB challenge.  It will be run throughout the year and there are a few different challenges running each month.  One is a tag one and there's also a journal page challenge.  You are given a few prompts for the month, then it's up to you.  I find this to be challenging and it's been a good way of kick starting the old mojo.  I've also used lots of 'Snippets' on both, so I would like to add my tag into the latest challenge at the 'Snippets Playground'. The Snippets on the tage are the lady, the sentiment and the die cuts.  Have you seen their fabulous new blog page?  If not, then go take a look.  Di's doing a great job and Sarn is up to her usual mischief!

Here are my tag and journal page:

I think this page sums up how I'm feeling this year!

Take care of yourselves and stay safe.  If, I don't see you before, then I'll be back with you on the 25th for Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Day challenge xx


crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous tag and journal page love the backgrounds.

I agree wholeheartedly-during the first lockdown we never saw our grandchildren for three months-after that I thought stuff it-if something happened to any of us and I hadn't seen or hugged them due to stupid rules that only so many kept to it would be heartbreaking so after that visits and hugs were back on.One of our neighbours had BBQs and garden full of people all through the lockdowns too-begs the question who were the stupid ones!!!
Carol x

Mac Mable said...

Sandma, you are not alone with your thoughts, feelings and comments about what is going on at No10 etc. Thank you for sharing x. My heart goes out to you and I am sending love and hugs your way x.
So glad you celebrated Christmas with your children and grandchildren, hold onto those memories x. Quiet our end and that is exactly what we wanted.
Happy and uplifting tag and a fabulous journal page with a 'spot on' sentiment Sandma x.

Sarn said...

WOW - really lovely tag and journal page Sandra.

I think you may need a some light relief from the woes of the world . . . why not come and sit in the comfy chair up in the Playground Treehouse and have a glass of Vicky's Sherry and a bit of her leftover Christmas cake? It'll cheer you a little.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carole said...

Well have just described how I feel so I empathise wholeheartedly with you. It's tough trying to adjust to a new 'normal' without the people you love...but we have no control over it all other than the safe measures we a big hug to you (squeeze)...there ...we both feel better now. :) Your tag and journal page are very arty and appropriate so lets dance on the tables and then ride off into the sunrise (beautiful photo) problem there is though.... I cant ride a bike!! xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Sandra you are not alone it what you feel...I think its a disgrace and Boris should do the decent thing and resign...

Your card samples are beautiful


KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful tag and journal page Sandra
Gr Karin

Sarah said...

Rant away Sandra, you are not alone with your thoughts!! What a fabulous tag and journal page, looking forward to seeing more of your lovely samples xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Sandra, and I agree with your comments and my heart goes out to you and your family for what you've experienced, and you are quite right to rant. Now I'm not a Royalist by any manner of means, but I do think the photo of the Queen sitting in the church alone is just the epitome of what thousands of people went through, and I feel quite sad when I see it. BJ and his cabinet are a disgrace on so many levels, and as for the people who are still defending him is unbelievable, defending the indefensible.
Now as for your tag and card they are wonderful, super inking as always and fabulous colours.
Love the photo of your sunrise, take care, Kate x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

So sad for your broken heart, Sandra. You are not alone it what you feel. World's governments has been cruel with the people, we are only numbers for them.
Sending love and hugs on your way.
Such beautiful tag and page! Love all the textures and colours!

Pat said...

I know what you mean about being sick of the viruus and its ongoing effects, but I am hopeful that this year will be better and that life will settle down and improve for us all. I wish I was a morning person but I don't think I have ever been out for a walk and seen the sunrise but it is beautiful and I love your photo of it Sandra. I can empathise with you regarding not being at your SIL's funeral with all the restrictions, as my cousin died in October 2020 and we couldn't go and had to watch it online which was better than nothing but not the same as supporting her family. Anyway, now on to your beautiful tag and journal page which are both fabulous, and love the colours and the figures look great on both. x

Magic Maggie said...

Dear Sandra
Words don't seem enough.
Maggie (Bendy Yorkite)

Flo Langley said...

Wonderful creations Sandra. Challenges are always good to get the old mojo going. So pleased to hear you spent Christmas with family. Totally agree with you. It's just beyond words. Take care, hugs Flo xx

Sarn said...

Wahooo . . . so glad you skipped over to the Snippets Playground with your lovely homework! I KNEW you needed a bit of sustenance!

Big hugs,
Sarn xxx

Joan said...

Love both yur tag and your journal page Sandra, I need to have a look at Isa's challenges, maybe give me a bit of mojo encouragement too . As you know ,we were unable to attend our Son In Laws funeral and I do remember how upset you were when you couldn't attend your SIL funeral. My husband is 90 in three weeks time and we have reluctantly agreed we can't have a party for him, so many milestone occasions not celebrated in the last two years, Heartily tired on it all'

Sending hugs Joan x

cotnob said...

A beautiful photograph Sandra, it sounds like you had a lovely Christmas.
Your tag and journal page are fabulous, you have created lovely backgrounds for your super images.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Di said...

So pleased to see you in the Snippets Playground again Sandra! Love your tag as well as the journal page.

Most people share your anger at the 'party' news - me included. So many of us, including you, obeyed the 'rules' - whilst those who made them broke them!

Come back and play again soon, you can always use a snippet or two on your card for Mo's Rudolph Days challenge :) A new challenge will open here on Sunday 23rd January. However, a little word of advice, watch that Sarn - she thinks I don't know about the fancy bar she's running in the tree house! Grin.


Di xx

Brenda in IN said...

The sunrise is beautiful and how wonderful you get to see it on your walk. I'm sorry about your sister in law's passing and not being able to attend the service. No need to apologize for a rant, we all need to do that at the injustice of this. Great tag and I love the sentiment on the page.