Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Special Birthday and some news

Good morning everyone. Sorry that I didn't get round to visiting many of you yesterday but I made a big decision which left me feeling both relieved and sad about something I have been thinking about for a while. After almost two years of designing for Crafter's Companion I have stepped down from the DT. I have really enjoyed my time with them and they are a fabulous team of people to work with. However making TV samples for them is extremely time consuming and as I want to do more work for myself and sell at craft fairs this year to I need to spend that time making cards to sell rather than to send off to CC.

So I felt very strange yesterday. I'm glad I have finally made what feels to be the right decision but sad also to be leaving such a lovely team. It also leaves me free to look at any other DT calls and opportunities that come up. Most DT work doesn't involve you sending the cards you have made so I look forward to future opportunities and challenges.

So onto my card, which was ordered by a friend. The image is LOTV of course, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The paper is Papermania Henbury Lane. I used my Marianne doily die, something I haven't used for ages. Butterflies are MS punch and Memory box die, flowers from Wild Orchid.
Allsorts Birthday for someone special
Kaboodle Doodle Anything Goes
Wild Orchid Bingo (lilac, flowers, wings)


Jo Davies said...

Morning Marianne, that was a huge decision to make but totally understand how you feel.....Sweet card for today, big hugs Jo xxxx

kbrandy4 said...

Gorgeous card Marianne!! I'm sure your friend will love it!! Sorry to hear you are leaving CC and i hope to see you on other DT's!!
Hugs Hazel xx

Karen said...

A beautiful card honey - and I'm sorry to read your news honey - your wonderful creations will be missed.. but I do understand your reasons fully.
Love n hugs,

Crafty Chris said...

Beautiful card Marianne a big decision and I am, sure the right one for you, where has 2 yrs gone.
Chris x

Jackie said...

A wonderful card and a hard decision to make, but I am sure you did the right thing for you...hugs
Jackie xx

sue - aka bearhouse said...

gorgeous card Marianne, the image is beautiful.
It sounds like it you had to make a hard decision but I'm sure it's the right one for you.
All the best

Tonya H said...

A difficult decision I am sure. Best of luck on your future adventures.
Your card is beautiful.

~ Ali ~ said...

Fabulous creation as always Marianne...not an easy decision however understandable.......wishing you every success in your future creation sales (although you won't need it as your card are fab :O))


Ali x

mags said...

Gorgeous card Marianne. I am sure your friend will love it. I am sure it was not an easy decision leaving CC but totally understandable. Good luck with your craft fairs.

Sandra H said...

So sorry Marianne to learn you have stepped down from CC and l can imagine it was hard to do this but like you say you want to do craft shows and could take up other Dt posts, love this creation you are showing here the image is so adorable with her lovely dog and as always coloured beautifully great layout and embellis, have a great day:)x

Jill said...

Absolutely gorgeous marianne! You have even included your favourite purple!! Jill x

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card Marianne....I can understand why you want more time to yourself and making cards for you..
I am sure they will miss you at CC

Lisa said...

Hi Marianne, Gorgeous card! Love this image and great layout (I always struggle with A5 cards).

Lisa x

Lisa Jane said...

Beautiful card - love the die cut doily.
I am sure you will be missed at CC
Lisa x

misteejay said...

Such a pretty card Marianne.

Wishing you all the best with the decision you have made - hopefully you will now get to do all those things that you have been wanting to do.

Toni xx

pinky said...

I am amazed at how long you have stayed on the team Marianne, you did incredible work for them and I am sure you will be missed. But it will be lovely for you to be able to concentrate more on your own business. I love this gorgeous card, such a sweet little image. Hugs

coops said...

so gorgeous marianne.fab colours and details and i love the sweet image :D

xx coops xx

Bee said...

Gorgeous card Marianne :0) x

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Such a lovely card Marianne.

Sorry to hear your news, but I understand your reason. Your cards will be missed as part of the DT, but I will look forward to seeing what you make for your craft fairs etc.

Wishing you all the very best wishes and success in the future selling your cards and creations.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

julie_woolston said...

Beautiful card Marianne, love the image and layout,so sorry to here you have had to step down from CC, your creations for them will be sadly missed.

Hugs Julie x

Vicky said...

Just so gorgeous Marianne...:o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Donna Mosley said...

A gorgeous card Marianne, love the scrummy details. What a difficult decision hun, you will definately be missed at CC.

Donna x

Rachel Brown said...

Hi Marianne what a hard decision that must have been for you as I know it must be such a honour to DT for such a wonderful company like Crafters's Companion!!!
Love your card as always and look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Marianne your card is beautiful, the colours, design and image are wonderful. I am sure you have felt a huge sense of relief as well as sadness at stepping down from CC, they will surely miss you.
Lorraine x

May said...

Gorgeous card Marianne..I'm sure CC, understand.. you need time for you also.. it must have been so time consuming sending in your creations.. good luck!! you have made the right decision for you!! Hugs May x x x

HappiExpressions-Carol said...

Beautiful card!

debby4000 said...

Oh what adorable, gorgeous card.
At the end of the day, you have to do whats right for you, but I bet it was a hard decision to make.

Nicola said...

Beautiful card Marianne with a sweet image, fab design and gorgeous details!
Thanks for entering our Special Birthday challenge over at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Cheryl said...

Sorry to hear your news. Your card is lovely and thanks for playing along with us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.

Cheryl said...

Sorry to hear your news. Your card is lovely and thanks for playing along with us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.

Arline said...

Sorry to hear that hun, I'm sure you will be missed greatly and I will miss seeing all your fab designs. You have to do what is right for you though hun. Beautiful card too xx