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Thursday 29 April 2021

Blog Along with Effy - Post Twenty Nine

I made this simple card just before writing this post - more details below...

If you have been reading some of my April posts you will know that when I saw
Effy's Blog Along I thought I would share some 'diary' posts, along with some of the crafty things I have been doing. 

About a year ago I made a series 4 cards featuring painter quotes and Clever Dexter - a Lizzy Love (from Oddball Art Co) Digital Stamp. He is the logo for the Clever Dexter Challenge  (By the way if you want to join in with the Clever Dexter Challenge, the current one #16 is Anything Goes and has just a couple of days to go...)

In January I decided to make an ATC using the same image and idea, having been given the Challenge to make a Gratitude ATC - what are you grateful for?

This is what I wrote on the original post:

The last months have been difficult for all of us what with Covid, restrictions, lockdowns...
On top of this I lost both my parents in the space of 3 months - in August and October. How often did I wish I could fly back to the UK in those months?
But I am in Australia and they were in the UK.
I am so grateful for the love and support of my family and friends during this tough time.
I am grateful for all the mail that I have received from them...
I have found that my craft room has been my lifeline - getting messy with paint.
I am so grateful that I have that outlet...

At the time, I remembered Maya Angelou's quote
'This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before.'

And decided this was the one to use!

Today I decided to make another set of Dexter plus Artist quote cards and this is the first:

I cut the easel on my Cricut, coloured Dexter with markers and cut him out. The 'painting' is part one of Carolyn Dube's Spark your Art images. The quote I just printed, scribbled around and cut out.

One of the things that all the lockdowns have caused, is that we are now out of the habit of just 'nipping out'. I have driven the car so seldom since we got it, almost a year ago, that every time I get into it I have to remind myself where the indicators are! It is an automatic and I have always been used to a manual - so I find myself wanting to change gear!

But I must start getting out and about - and on my own! So today I went for my hair cut - yes, this is a pretty big deal!

And tomorrow I am going to meet some friends for lunch...

See you then for Day 30!!

Happy Crafting!


  1. Your hair looks lovely, and that quote is perfect!

  2. I love your cards, and that cut is lovely!!

  3. These cards are so much fun, Susan! Loved my visit to your blog! Katrina

  4. So much fun with those cards!

  5. Your cards are great...love them! I also love your haircut--you suit it and what a gift to be able to get that. Also yay to lunch with friends. Enjoy yourself. I'm glad you've had your art through some very tough times last year. <3

  6. Lovely cards. How nice that you got to go out!

  7. Oh I love your Dexter cards. Your hair looks nice. Yes to lunch with friends. I loved reading your blog, thank you.


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