Thursday, 1 January 2009

My Beautiful Poppy

Evening Peeps,

Well, what better way to start a brand new year than to make a scrapbook layout of the little cat that is the reason that I started crafting in the first place. I am sure I have bored you all with this story before, but for those of you who haven't heard this before.....this photo is of Poppy, my little cat who was my very first "furbaby" and my constant companion throughout my twenties and my "single years" as I call them.

Sadly, Poppy got very ill when she was just seven years old. She had renal failure and the kindest thing to do was to let her go. This completely broke my heart and I never thought that I would be able to smile again. As I was so upset, Grim decided that to buy me a cardmaking kit in the hope that my mind would not dwell on my loss. Little did he know that he opened up a whole new world and a whole new addiction for me.

I like to think that the reason I am a crafter is because of Poppy - and Grim of course - and she is, and always will be, my source of inspiration.

So, I have this photo of her, that was taken the year before she passed away. She loved sitting in the sunshine and as you can see, her black fluffy coat often caught the sun and turned brown. Poppy went deaf when she was three years old, so whenever she was out in the garden, I made her wear a collar with three bells on it - so I could hear her wherever she was!

For my layout, I have kept it simple and used a couple of pieces of the new Basic Grey range called BitterSweet. I edged all the papers with Warm Violet Chalk Ink and then stamped and cut out lots of my Stitchels flowers, which I then edged with the ink and layered up onto 3D foam. The title is made from some Alpha stamps - and I planned on a three word title as this layout is also my effort for the challenge from months ago that I kept saying I would do and never got the chance to......see Shaz....told you I would get there eventually :O)) LOL The little dots in the middle of the flowers are DewDropz ... I just love these little dome shaped gems, they just add that little extra something to a project.

Thanks for looking and I would love your comments as I have had a comment from Grim which I have taken on board - wonder if any of you will say the same thing though? LOL

I am planning....get make a Blog entry every day in you think I will be able to do it though? Well, here is hoping! Oh and I almost forgot to mention.....dear Jennie from The Artistic Stamper made this photo of Poppy into a rubberstamp for my birthday last year and it is available to buy if you are here and you will be taken straight there :O))

Happy New Year to you all...may 2009 bring you much health, wealth and happiness and above all, may you have the stength to cope with what life chucks at you.

Lotsa love Hels xx


crafty creations said...

beautiful layout for a very precious memory Hels

* Shaz * said...

It's a beautiful LO Hels and such s lovely story so glad you joined in with the challenge you set LoL xxx

Shazza said...

a beautiful LO Hels, love all the flowers you have done. Only comment I can think of is more of the same please :0)

Hels said...

Aw thanks peeps xx

Andrea said...

thats just a stunning page Hels and your stitchel flowers surrounding Poppy look great x

voodoo vixen said...

Lovely page Hels, and such a pretty cat!

Hels said...

Thanks Andrea and VV, bless you both for being so lovely about Poppy xx

Minx said...

It's a cracker of a page Hels and a great first project for 2009 xx
I love my poppy Stamp, and the real kitty was even cuter x

mrsspook said...

a beautiful page Hels and a wonderful way to remember a very special friend.
June x

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