Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Childhood Memories

Hello everyone,  my hand  feels a little better now and I am hoping it will be okay, I think keeping it straped and trying to protect it for a few days has made the difference.

I hope everyone is enjoying our few days of sunshine.  I have managed to get quite a lot of washing done, nothing like be able to dry your washing outside. 

My latest card is featuring a Lili of the Valley image, all their images are just lovely.   I must buy myself at least one of the little boys playing with their toys, these remind me of my childhood when everything was different.  In those days you would be sent off for the day, no one worried about health and safety and I can never remember anyone getting hurt except for the odd skinned knee.  We would all dash off on our bikes which were frequently made up of old bikes put together, I remember mine was an old frame found on waste land near where I lived in Tilbury (local dumping ground for things people didn't want) and then we picked up various wheels etc, painted them in what ever colours we could find at home and the only expense was new tyres and brakes.  Mine was a drop handle bike and I would go tearing off with several of my siblings and friends.  I was one of eight children so there was always someone to go with.

We would take bottles of water and jam sandwiches and that was us set for the day.  We would often go to the moat which surrounds Tilbury Fort and swim in that, of course there were signs saying "No Swimming" but no one took any notice and the place was packed on warm days.  You could meet all your friends and have a lovely day out for nothing.  Now it is completely cut off and you can no longer go and sit by the water and eat sandwiches or jump in if you feel like it.   I suppose if you pay to go in you can have your sandwiches there, but as a child it was fun and I have some great pictures of people sitting there by the moat.  I remember the hand knitted swimsuit episode which was disastrous, once in the water and it would be down by your knees.

Anyway, back to the present.

For this card I have used:

Lili of the Valley image
Cherry Lynn corner die
Crafts Too square die
Orange card from stash from Papermill
Printed card from DCWV called "Pocket full of Posies"
Flowers from stash which I distressed slightly with Whispers "Straw Matt" ink pad
Glitz glitter glue

I'd like to enter this card in for the following challenge:


  1. Shirley this is gorgeous, love the layers and papers and such beautiful colours.Gorgeous wee fairy and lovely colouring.

    Thanks for joining in with us at ‘Fussy and Fancy’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. so stunning shirley.gorgeous colours and i love the image and fab design :D

    xx coops xx

  3. Shirley Rose, thank you for your lovely message on my “Monday,Blues post ” when I went to look after Mum and Dad . It was so kind of you and I was overwhelmed by your kindness.
    Dad is much better now, he has a recurring abscess , but a course of anti-biotics seems to do the trick. Sadly Mum had a massive stroke 4 years this May and will never be fine, she is unable to move or speak , but she can communicate by facial expressions, Dad is her carer , she has 4 x2 carers visits per day. So when Dad gets poorly I have to step to care for them both. Thank you again for your kindness. I am now back and on track . I made a card last night and posted it this morning before I went out.
    Hugs Elaine

  4. Im so glad your hand is better , this card is stunning I love that paper. The image is gorgeous I have not seen that one before and you are right they do bring memories of when we were kids they are cute but quite innocent . Well done great work

  5. What a wonderful trip down memory lane and such a super card as well :-)

    Thanks for joining our “fairies” challenge over at Fussy and Fancy and good luck.

    We currently have a design team call running, if you are interested why not pop over and have a look at the details.

    xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx


  6. Hi Shirley . Happy to read that your hand is on the improve ,hope it continues that way .
    This is a fabulous layout with pretty papers and a cute image .Love the corner embellishing on image piece and your awesome colouring .

  7. What a very pretty card.....I love LOTV stamps and images xx

  8. Thanks Barbara, been having a look at your blog, love the cards.
    Shirley xx