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Monday, 21 July 2014

Love, Marriage and an update on my hubby!

Hi there, hope you've had a lovely weekend, this is just a really quick post to let you know that it's time for a new challenge with the The Cutie Pies, our theme this time is all about LOVE & MARRIAGE, we would love to have you joining us for this, so click the link and check out the other amazing DT cards and details of our fabby prize. 

Kept it fairly simple for my own effort, using a super cute image from Birdie Brown.

Apologies for the short post here, but as you can imagine my blogging time is somewhat limited at the moment......anyway, my hubby went in on Monday for his op, he was terrified so it was quite an emotional morning (and just to add to my stress our flipping car broke down as I was driving home from the hospital, but that's a whole other story) but the op itself went well despite a couple of blips (it took two hours just to cut him open due to previous scar tissue and adhesions) and he had a major bleed too, but hubby had continued to make steady progress in his recovery,  and over the week moved from ICU down to high dependancy ward and then on Friday to a regular ward. They've had him up and walking about and most of his wound is drying well, the lower areas have been oozing, so they've been using various dressings and equipment to help it along. I've been a bit concerned since he moved to the ward as it is extremely warm and stuffy and he seems to be feeling more hot and bothered, when I was in last night his temperature was raised so they were going to take some bloods to check for infection, but to me he just looks dehydrated.....apparently he lost 11 litres of fluid during the op, and although he's had a couple of blood transfusions and had fluid on an IV drip for a couple of days I think maybe that's what he needs, anyway, I'll be back there this afternoon and hopefully he'll be a bit brighter.

Monday, 7 July 2014


Hello there, and thank you so much for stopping by here today, hope you've had a great weekend. Thank you also for the kind and supportive comments on yesterdays post too xx
Soooo, its Monday and time for a new challenge with
Our theme this time is.......
I have been a huge digi stamps fan for such a long time, so this was right up my street!
are sponsoring this challenge, and very kindly gave our DT some gorgeous images to play with, however thanks to my son and his love of world cup wall chart's (don't ask!!) I was left inkless, so I rummaged through my box and this adorable Wee Stamps image was an easy choice!

Image coloured with promarkers
Papers: stack from The Works
Embellishments: lace from The Works. Ribbon and Pearls from stash.
dies: Nellie Snellen die used from corners.

We would love to have you joining in with this challenge, so click the link at the top!

I would also like to enter this into:
crafty little fairies - Summer Fun
chocolate, coffee and cards - Summer Days
dis digi designs - Summer fun


Sunday, 6 July 2014

a little hedgie and a bit of news

Hello there.....thank you so much for visiting me today! Hope you've been having a lovely weekend. Enjoying a fairly quite weekend, just a bit of food shopping and putting the mower around the garden yesterday, tidied my craft desk a little....then decided to make a card and promptly untidied it, hehehe
This gorgeous PB Hedgie is, without a doubt, one of my fave stamps, and one that I always have a supply of all ready to colour.
Image coloured with promarkers
Papers: from a stack from The Works
Dies: Memory Box Fremont Crest and Joycraft flowers
Sentiment: fabby freebie from the even fabber Netty, that you can find here
General Stash: buttons.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
aud sentiments - anything goes
i love promarkers - anything goes
a gem of a challenge - animals

Will be back tomorrow with a new Cutie Pie challenge, but for the couple of weeks things may be a little quiet from my end. On Monday week (14th) my hubby is going into hospital for major surgery, I think I shared this on here a while ago, anyway he has an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. We were hoping that it could be repaired with keyhole surgery, but that wasn't deemed possible, so they're going in! We are expecting him to be in hospital for approx. 7-10 days, with the first 24-48hrs after the op, in ICU. As you can imagine, he has been extremely fearful about the whole thing, I have tried to remain more positive and supportive to do, but I guess that's easier to do when you're not the one going through it. A lot of his fears come from the fact that his father died from an AAA, with additional complications, but that was in an emergency situation and not a planned op. Anyway, I will update as and when I can xx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Completely Quackers!

Hi there, hope you're having a great week so far.....World Cup and Wimbledon Fever have gripped the HLC house of late, bit of a shame to see Andy Murray defeated today, but I suppose if its not your day, its not your day!
You will know that I do like to do a bit of CaS from time to time, and that is where I went with todays card........have had this adorable image saved on my pc for such a long time, I can't remember where he came from, but I do know his name is Harold!
The lovely Harold is coloured with promarkers. The frame and the sentiment where created on serif page plus, and added sticky pearls to finish.

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
passion for promakers - things with wings
bearlymine-challenges - lets go digital
clean and simple on sunday - birthday

thank you so much for visiting me today, enjoy your evening!


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

One for the Squirrel!

Good Morning to you, and thank you so much for visiting me!
So normally at this time of day (6:45am) I would be just arriving at work and sipping on a vanilla latte to try and get into gear....but not today, oh no....'cos its my birthday, woohoo and I'm treating myself to a much deserved day off!
There are four of  us at work, that have birthdays on consecutive days, and the card I am sharing here is for my lovely friend whose birthday falls tomorrow. She is very involved with the Scout movement and her "name" within that is Squirrel, so every year I try and make her a Squirrel themed birthday card (I made a flowery card last year and she was most disappointed!)
Went for a very simple paper piecing here, with an outline drawing printed onto my DP. The papers are Papermania capsule collection: Eau de Nil - this stack was an early birthday pressie from the hubby. I used a Nellie Snellen circular die and a Martha Stewart border punch, finished with ribbon and button.

I would like to enter this into:
crafting from the heart - anything goes
creatalicious challenges - happy birthday
natalie and amy - four legged friends
sweet stampin - paper pieced _ hope this counts as a digi stamp
chocolate, coffee and cards - black, white and one other colour

A small update from my previous post......went to the cinema last night and saw A Fault in their stars.....loved it, such an endearing story and bit of a tearjerker too!!! (Mrs Bearhouse, you must borrow your daughters copy of the book)

Have lovely day....whatever you get up to!


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Girls, Girls, Girls

Hello, there and thanks for stopping by to visit my little blog its time for a new Cutie Pie challenge and this time its all about,
Girls, Girls, Girls
Our challenge is sponsored by the wonderful
and one lucky winner will Three adorable digi stamps!
Heather was kind enough to give our DT some adorable images to play with, if you've never tried one...go take a look 'cos they are fab to colour.....and as you can see I have used one on my own DT card. This, or course, is coloured with promarkers. The DP is from Brambly Hedge stack, the sentiment is my own make using a font called "Where the stars shine the brightest". I have used a CheeryLynn border die together with ribbon and buttons to finish.
We would love for you to join in with us, so hop on over to the challenge page and also check out the other amazing DT work.
Off to the cinema this evening, with Megan, to see a film called "A Fault in their stars", I am also reading the book at the mo too, anyone else seen this??? Its a weepie for sure, but looking forward to a night out with the daughter to celebrate my imminent birthday and the end of her GCSE exams......we are leaving the boys at home with the footie!!!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

On a Sunny Sunday!

Hello there my lovelies! Hope you've had a great weekend.......its been another gorgeous sunny one here, which led to us having a BBQ on Saturday evening and getting up at silly o'clock this morning to do a boot fair. Happy to report that both went well...but by heck am I weary now. So its off for a shower and bedtime soon, but first I just wanted to share and card I've made for a work friends great niece.
My friend was quite specific about the sentiment she wanted, which I created using Zipty-do font and a bit of wordart...and the card evolved from there.
I have gone a bit Pink Gem-tastic, as the image, the papers and the circular sentiment are from PG and were a magazine freebies a wee while ago. I also added ribbon and buttons from stash and a dollop of stardust stickles to the fairy wings 'cos every fairy needs here stardust! Taking it into work tomorrow, so I hope she likes it.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
a gem of a challenge - suitable for a child/baby
crafty little fairies - spots and stripes
brown sugar - dots and/or stripes
a little bit crafty - childs play

thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today, I really do appreciate it. I will be back tomorrow with a new cutie pie challenge