Long time no see….

It’s been soooo long since my last post..
and it really has been a case of the longer I left it, the harder it was to pick up the blogging thread again..
but after thousands of kicks up the backside, [you know who you are!!]
encouraging emails and pep talks I should hopefully be back to normal real soon!!! lol

First things first..
a very happy belated New Year to you all..
I hope you’ve had a fabulous festive season!

As you know we were away for both Christmas & New Years,
living it up in sunny Dominican Republic and it was just fantastic!

I won’t bog my blog down with all 860 [!] photo’s,
but have uploaded a load on my facebook site where my friends can see them all πŸ™‚
If you are nosey and want to see them just look me up on FB by my name πŸ˜‰


The resort was amazing..
Food excellent and we were really spoilt for choice.
We’ve enjoyed lots of activities like Paragliding, Banana boat ride, Horse riding on the beach
and ofcourse sunbathing and having our cocktails at the swim-up bar!

The weather was awesome both weeks with the occasional tropical storm..
but in some ways that was a nice change as temperatures did hit 40C,
what a shock to the system it was to come back to all that snow and freezing temperatures!!
One good thing about the snow was that the kids had snowdays as soon as we came back
so they had all the time to recover from any Jetlag and wouldn’t suffer at school.

Then I had to catch up at work with a backlog and Laurelle’s 9th Birthday to organise..
Finally yesterday I managed to open my craftroom door and actually create…. all day!!!! Yay!



I’ve had the gorgeous January kit to play with from STAMPEEZEE,
these kits are jam packed with coordinating craft supplies and perfect for scrapbooking/cardmaking.

Below are two cards I’ve made with the kit and I’ve also got 2 scrapcards to show..
but in fear of you all getting very bored with my long post I’ll show you them tomorrow.

Gatefold card:

This gatefold card features the cute Helz Cuppleditch doggie
[also from Stampeezee]
and looks like this when opening the organza bow:


I’ve also had the fab Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps from SILLY MONKEY CRAFTS on my desk for some time
and these MME papers go with JOSEPHINE a treat!

She is coloured with Copics and Bryony sells a huge range of these pens in her online shop.

The sketch I have used for the Josephine card is from the
Creative Inspirations Challenge blog
I loved working with it.. thanks for sharing


I hope you are still with me by this point.. lol Like I said I will show some more tomorrow!

Next week my blog is celebrating it’s 2nd Blogoversary
and I also still have to celebrate all those hits that have surpassed the 515000 mark!!

Sooooo… there are going to be some surprises, give aways and major changes!!!

I will leave you all to ponder…….

Hugs, Marlene xxx


54 responses to “Long time no see….

  • Erika

    Great to have you back Marlene beautiful work as always and I love the pic of you all on the beach…a stunning family. I missed you. xxx

  • Artyjen

    Glad you had a fab holiday…..nice to see you back!

  • Jo Nevill

    So fantastic to have you back with us Marlene, I’ve missed you and your creativity heaps !

    Fantastic photo and as I’ve been one of the nosey peeps on FB, your holiday looks amazing !

    Gorgeous cards too, love the images you have used especially the Kraftin Kimmie one, loving her images at the mo.

    Take care and come back soon – I want to hear all that goss for a start ! hehehe


    Jo xxxx

  • daisy

    hope you have had a fab holliday and you’r charged enough to get trou a nother year! love the colurfull cards you’ve showed us and antissepaiting for more hihi


  • Diane W

    Awww,missed ya millions!!! xxx
    Luv your creations & that kit looks fab :o)x

  • Tiets

    pff eindelijk terug…Ik heb je prachtige kaarten en geweldige verhalen gemist zeg! Fijn je weer in blog land terug te zien enne ook voor jou nog een heel gelukkig maar ook kreatief nieuwjaar!
    Liefs Tiets xx

  • Janneke

    Wat ontzettend fijn dat je er weer bent!
    Ik heb je gemist en je kaarten ook πŸ˜‰
    Wat een mooie foto van jullie πŸ˜‰ Gaaf πŸ˜€
    Je kaartjes zijn superrrr

    Liefs, Janneke

  • Annie

    glad to see you back with us Marlene – I’ve missed your stunning creations. Looks like you had a fabulous holiday and shame you didn’t bring back some of that sunshine and warmth!
    hugs, annie x

  • Sue Lumber

    Hi sweetie so good to see you back and I can see there is no lack of mo-jo the cards are fab… I adore these papers. have already been drooling over your holiday pic on FB must be so difficult to get back into the swing after a fabulous holiday. Me I have no excuses just a distinct lack of mo-jo!!!! Hugs Sue :o)

  • Jan McConnell

    Hey Marlene, it is exciting that you have returned. Glad to hear you had a wonderful vacation!! I love Josephine, she is a hoot and you did a fantastic job showing her off.

  • Jane

    Oh I’m so glad you’re back in the world of blog Marlene!! I have missed your stunning creations. Wow!!! your cards are all stunning, absolutely LOVE the colours on your Krafting Kimmie one!! and WOW!! you’re holiday photo looks like it is from a magazine! hugs, Jane xxx

  • Elaine

    Gorgeous, as always, Marlene! Fantastic to have you back. πŸ™‚ x

  • Sandy

    Oh Marlene my friend. Welcome back.
    Wonderful cards and lovely papers and stamps. Gorgeous work. Hugs.

  • Jules

    Great to see you back Marlene, looking forward to seeing more cards !!! Jules x

  • chanelle

    Happy New Year Marlene xxx Glad you had a fabulous holiday!!! Love the card you have created at least you still have your mojo!! the papers are beautiful xx

  • ~ Ali ~

    Yeah great to have you back missed these stunnng creations. Your back with full steam ahead as these creations are stunning. Can’t bring myself to cut these up yet lol. Stunning photo of you and the family. You are such a tease Mrs…. now you’ve got us all in suspense lol. Enjoy your evening.

  • Renata

    Joehoe!!!!! Ze is terug en hoe! Gaaf papier (heb ik ook gekocht voor mijn volgende workshop :D) Je hebt het heel verschillend gebruikt, een soort lief en een soort sexy. Beide mooi layouts en vooral die met het hondje vind ik leuk met die striksluiting.

    Keep on going girl!

    Liefs, Renata

  • Tammi

    An absolutely fab picture, it’s always nice getting away! πŸ™‚ You & your amazing creations have been missed…your cards are beautiful, as always! ~Hugs

  • Jen

    Hi Marlene,
    Great to see you and your wonderful creations again. I’ve only just returned to blogger myself and it’s been such fun catching up with everyone.
    Jen x

  • Katy

    Your inspiration has been missed Marlene, tis good to have you back creating yummy cards again, hugs Katy x

  • Kim G.

    Marlene…WELCOME BACK to Blogland! YAY! I’m so excited to see more of your creations hun! Absolutely fantastic ones you have here!!! Your work is so amazing! Glad to hear you had a lovely holiday and vacation!!!! Your family is beautiful!
    Hugs~ Kim

  • sarah

    So glad you are back, have really missed you and your inspiration. You have such a gorgeous Family. Glad you enjoyed you hols, Take care sweetie, Hugs Sarah B X

  • Kim Piggott

    Welcome back!
    Loving your gorgeous cards Marlene! Such gorgeous images and your paper is scrummy!
    Fabulous photo no wonder it has been hard to leave all your time there behind!
    kim x

  • sue

    Hello stranger
    so lovely to see you, gorgeous cards as always hun, luv your holiday piccie its stuinning luv b/w, sounds like you had a fabby time, nice to see you back, sue,x

  • Joey

    YAY WHOOPIE Welcome Back Marlene hun :O)

    Your creative skill has not suffered at all in your time off! your cards are super gorgeous! love em.

    I am another nosey that had a peek at your stunning holiday pics! you have a beautiful family hun :O)


  • Bernie

    Hi hi hi….sooooooo nice to see you back!! Your family shot is stunning!! Glad you all had such a nice time away….and I understand what you mean about the longer you left it…I was the same too!

    But you are back in style with 2 yummy cards….love the papers and images….can’t wait to see more! bx

  • Lorraine

    Nice to see you back Marlene. Had been checking your blog everyday and thought maybe you had decided to stay in the Dominican Republic lol.

  • Anki

    Stunning, stunning and stunning again! Wonderful to have yo back sweetie! Those pics from your vacation trip is wow…. Kramis – Anki

  • linda

    Good evening Marlene, how lovely to see you back hunny, we have all missed you and your fabulous creations. Firstly i just adore your cards as always they are amazing, full of inspiration. Secondly lovely holiday photo, i will be sure to take a looky on facebook later, im glad you had a fabulous time. Happy new year to you too, hope this is as good as last year for you. Im sure we will see far more of you in the magazines this year!!! Looking forward to more of your wonderful creations hugs Linda x

  • Mel

    So glad to have you back Marlene. Glad you had a fab holiday. Gorgeous cards ~ Mel x

  • Jane

    What a lovely photo of you and your family……good to see you back……..I have missed your gorgeous cards!


  • Jacqueline

    Fijn dat je er weer bent, we hebben je wel gemist hoor!
    De foto van je familie is heel mooi!
    Je kaartjes zijn geweldig, zoals van ouds.
    Groetjes van Jacqueline

  • Rosette

    It’s os great to have you back Marlene πŸ™‚ Fantastic cards as always, and the photos are ALL great! I’ve seen them last week on FB πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing xx

  • Judy

    Missed you sweetie!! Great to have you back πŸ™‚ Gorgeous cards and you are back with the wonderful falir we all love. A bloggy break is good…leaves you refreshed and gives you time to prioritise other things.
    Looking forward to all you news over the next few days…oooo a bit of suspense !!

    Hugs Judy xx

  • Elaine

    Great to see you girl! Been missing you and all your fab creations. Looks like your back in full swing though. Can’t wait to see what tomorrows card will be.
    Glad to have you back.
    Take care
    Elaine xx

  • Kelly

    Your pictures are gorgeous Marlene, what a beautiful family! Lovely cards too…looks like you picked up right where you left off!

    Hugs, Kelly

  • Sammi

    Hi Marlene! So great to see you back again and what a lovely photo!
    LOVE the cards you shared too!!
    (hugs) Sammi

  • annemarie

    wauw fijn dat je er weer bent heb je mooi kaarten heel erg gemist hoor. En wat een super mooie foto van je gezin zeg,lijkt me heerlijk met het winterse weer op vakantie te zijn in een heerlijk warm land. Ik heb niks met de kou in ieder geval.
    Ik kijk weer uit naar je kaarten in ieder geval.

    liefs Annemarie

  • carole

    Absolutely wonderful to have you back Marlene…I’ve missed your beautiful cards. I’ve been checking your blog for updates!!! Gorgeous card you’ve made…and a wonderful family photograph. Glad you had a good holiday πŸ™‚ Look forward to finding about your surprises and changes!!!!!!!
    Carole πŸ˜€

  • Janiel

    Oh Marlene it’s so good to see you back sweetie!!!! I have missed seeing your beautiful work! :o)

    Your cards to BEAUTIFUL as always!!!!!
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week,
    hugs, Janiel


    So glad to see you back again hun, I have missed your cards! Lovely work here with my sketch hun, So glad you enjoyed using it πŸ™‚ Thanks for joining in at Creative Inspirations, Happy Crafting! xxx

  • Vina

    Welcome back Marlene! Happy to hear that you had a terrific vacation! I missed you & your beautiful creations! Have a wonderful New Year!!
    Take care, Vina

  • Sharon

    Great to see you back hun.
    Sharon x

  • sarah

    Welcome back hun, love that photo of you all it’s so natural. So glad you had a lovely time. Thanks for my slippers socks by the way, I love em.



  • Kate

    welcome back, you have been missed. holiday looks fantastic, great piccy too !

  • mycraftypatch

    GREAT to have you back !!!!!!!
    Missed you loads.
    Gorgeous cards as usual, Can’t wait to get my dies now.
    That holiday snap is definately one for the lounge wall.
    Hugs Sonia xxxxx

  • mandy

    YIPPEEEEEEEEEEE your back.At last we dont have to see that page anymore about you being stuck at airport. SSHHHLOVELLLLY cards and beautiful pics from hol hunn. It was sonia who told me to go on your blog.WELCOME BACK look forward to some ssshhhhlovellly cards love mandersxx

  • Kathy

    Well I just adore everything you have done with these pretty papers!!!! The new images are just adorable as well!!!!
    Love your gorgeous family photo as well!! Looks like you all had a fabulous time!

  • Marion

    Welcome back Marlene. So nice to see you blogging again. Lovely cards.

  • sarah

    I have kept checking your blog every couple of days. So glad you had a good holiday and that you are now back with us to inspire us once again
    Love Sarah XXX

  • sarah

    Oops I forgot. Lovely cards
    Love Sarah XXX

  • stephanie m

    Back with a vengeance, I’d say, these creations are gorgeous!!!! Josephine goes fabulously with those MME papers and you have used Nat’s sketch perfectly!! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations!!

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