Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings — five feet apart — and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow — and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows — so I thought: maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us — as soft as feathers — that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes, not without amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as through the translucence of mica, to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow, that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light — in which we are washed and washed out of our bones. Author

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Happy New Year from the Gruffies

How excited am I? I have been twitching for a while now...waiting to bring you a card for my next new design team..Gruffies and friends. As most of you know by now I am a great fan of the artwork of Ellen Jareckie (House Mouse) and also love anything brought to us by Joanna Sheen. So to be a part of this design team really is a dream come true. This is my first card for the 'Anything Goes' challenge. One of my other loves is rabbits so I had to choose one of the happy hoppers for the card. It is from the wonderful Gruffies and friends cdrom by Joanna Sheen. On the cd there are some wonderful images and as with all Joanna cds, there are fabulous backing papers that you could use with any of your other cardmaking. I decided to turn the card into a new year card and had great fun planning how I would do it. The challenge blog has a different theme every month and gives you a great chance to play with all your gruffies and house mouse images, alongside of course the happy hoppers. I do hope that you will come and have a go. And for an added bonus there is a prize from our wonderful sponsers over at Crafty Ribbons.

Today here in the mountains, the rain is hammering down me the perfect excuse to craft away. I don't mind the rain as I don't go out but the damp can play havoc with the old I feel today as if I can only sit on one side ..I have a really big pain in one hip and so I feel as if I should sit on a slant..which would not help...but hey ho..these things are sent to try us. When I first became ill it was crafting that saved my sanity..I could lose myself in creating a card and for a small time at least..focus on that and not the pain. So crafting has become one of my blessings to count.
Well the coffee is calling and I have a set of orders to I had better get my working head on. I do hope that you will consider popping over to the Gruffies and friends challenge blog and have a go. There is a link on the right hand side that will take you there. Come over and see the work of the other ladies on the design team. They are all very talented crafters and are a wonderful source of inspiration. So until tomorrow..take care and happy crafting.


  1. That's a fab card Genny. I love the colours and that die cut banner is very pretty. XX

  2. Fabulous card and post, lovely to have you on the team xx

  3. Great card Genny, Love the bunny and colour theme. I had to buy that bunting die off Joanna's site, love it xx

  4. I just love this card Genny! Sweet image and design. A huge fan of that bunting die too!

    Amy~DT Sis

  5. Genny, Happy New Year. What a stunning card. It's so cute. Love that banner. It's had to go on my wish list along with the Gruffies CD. I shall look forward to working with you on the Gruffies and Guests Design Team, best wishes, Kym xxx

  6. Hi Genny, I'm a bit late getting round, but I love your card, lovely soft colours and cute Hopper! xx