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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Hello there from One Happy Mum!

Good Morning, and thank you so much for visiting today.....hope the sun is shining, where you are and you are having a lovely weekend so far! So I've been back to work this week, its been busy but not so bad, and its nice to spend time with my lovely work friends.  Hubby hasn't had too bad a week, and is recovering slowly, but well. My very good news for you is that my wonderful daughter, Megan, got her GCSE results on Thursday and I am delighted to share that she got 8A's (to go with the 2A's that she got last year) and 2B's....to say we are incredibly proud of her is an understatement! We had already treated her to a new laptop as a "Well Done for working so hard" treat, but I have the feeling that a few more congratulations-type gifts will be popping up too, lol....we will wait until the old chap is feeling better, then have a nice meal out to celebrate, both!
 
So, I do have a card to share....and once again I went for the eau du nil papers, I just adore them! At the moment The Glitter Pot have free p&p, so after weeks of longing for them, I treated myself to the Wild Rose set of these papers......oooh they are yummy and you'll be seeing them here a lot, methinks.
The sentiment is one of my own creations, using Zitpy-do and Dancing script fonts, for the embellies I used a few oldies here....the flowers are cut with a woodware punch that I've had almost as long as I've been doing this stuff, the wee white and teal brads I've had for ages too, and the same with the lace. Its always nice to have a root around in your older stash, you're going to look at some of it and wonder what on earth you were thinking of when you bought it....but sometime you find some real treats!

Thanks for visiting me today......enjoy the weekend!

Hugs from me xx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Buttons, Bows and a whole lotta cuteness!

Ok, so here's a question - is there anything worse in the world than the first day back at work after a couple weeks off - nope, thought not! But that's what my day holds for me...even though the last two weeks has been all about running around looking after the old fella, washing out his commode pot in the mornings, trying to avoid pot holes if I've taken him out in the wheelchair, and generally lots of pillow plumping.....but at least I've been able to fall out of bed at a more sociable hour than 5am, but hey-ho!
Anyway, Monday it is and its time for a new
and this time its all about
 BUTTONS & BOWS
We are lucky enough this time to be sponsored by our lovely friends at
http://www.craftyribbons.com/
who are offering a fab prize, so its well worth clicking the link, joining in the fun and checking out the other wonderful DT cards for inspiration!

For my own DT card I plumped for another  of the stamps that my lovely hubby got for my birthday...this time its Albie the Cotton Rabbit from Sugar Nellie. Isn't he a sweetie, I do have a fondness for animals in knitwear! He is coloured with promarkers, and image is mounted on a Nellie snellen die cut.  The paper is from a brambly hedge stack. Also used: Ribbon, Rik Rak, twine and buttons.

I would like to enter this into:

thank you so much for visiting today.....



Monday, 11 August 2014

Happy Monday!

Hi there to you all, hope you've had a lovely weekend....and managed to keep dry with the awful rain that we had yesterday....I did venture out with the dogs in the afternoon and got caught in a downpour (but actually it was great excuse to throw my Jim-Jams back on when we got home!)
 
I have the next week off from work, and usually this time of year we would be visiting my hubby's family and staying in Lossiemouth in the North of Scotland, however, looking at the weather there at the moment its maybe just as well that hubby went into hospital instead (every cloud and all that!), speaking of the old chap, he has had a restful weekend - emphasis on the "he has" - for me, its kind of like having a new baby at home! When he was napping yesterday I did manage to get a little bit of me and my craft desk time....and this was the outcome:
This stamp is from Sugar Nellie and was part of a birthday pressie bundle that my hubby bought me when he went and visited his family in Scotland, prior to his op, and paid a wee visit to The Papercraft Boutique in Elgin (which is the retail store of Funky Kits). The image is coloured with the promarkers and a dollop of glossy accents on the balloons. I think the paper was a download from Raspberry Road, but I'm not certain, I used a cuttlebug embossing folder to create the border and them added gingham ribbon. The die is from Memory Box, and button and pearls from stash.
 
I needed a little something to give my mojo a prod and I found this fab sketch to follow:
from the current sketch and stash challenge, which I would like to enter.
 
I also based the Lavender and Ivory colour scheme on this photo inspiration from:
sweet stampin challenge (please feel free to disregard my entry if it isn't close enough to the brief)
 
thank you for visiting me today....have a great week xx
 
 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Picnic Time wth The Cuties......and a further hubby update!

Hello blogland....if any of you are still with me! The last month has been such a chaotic time for me, and the only time I've been getting to blog is either spent doing DT stuff or challenge posts, I do apologise that I've not done any blog visiting, I will try to catch up with you all in the fullness of time! Anyway, the main reason for this post is to tell you all about the Cutie Pie challenge, that started on Monday.....we have a fab theme this time that is:
Teddy Bears Picnic
so why not grab a bear, a nice tartan blanket and some sandwiches and join us.......or you could just click the above link, check out the wonderful cards our DT have made this time and join in the fun,
 
For my own DT card, I have used this adorable LOTV stamp
Image coloured with promarkers.
The sentiment created using Zipty-do font.
Marianne Creatables die used for flower.
Button from The Range
Paper is an oldie from stash (soooo pretty!!!)
Ribbon from Asda.
 
 
 
Our challenge is sponsored by:
who are offering a fab prize to our chosen winner, and we are lucky enough to have a second sponsor this time:

who are offering some amazing digi stamp prizes to our randomly chosen winner.....so lots to play for!
 
I just haven't had the time to think about entering challenges for a few weeks, but I thought I'd give a couple a go...
sweet stampin - bingo straight down the middle
 
 
 
Finally, Just wanted to let you know that my hubby was discharged from hospital last Wednesday, since my last post he had had a bit of a rough time of it as his wound became infected and had to be partially reopened, the anti-b's disagreed with him and he suffered chronic diaorrhea for five days, which in turn caused his potassium levels to hit the floor causing him to become very confused and suffer hallucinations.....but these wobbles got sorted and the agreed to let him come home. We have a nurse in to him every other day to change his wound dressing, we had to have the Dr out to him on Monday as he had picked up a water infection that we making him feel even more poorly, so its slow progress, but every day he is feeling a little bit better........we would both like to say Thank you so much for the kind and supportive message, they have been really encouraging to read on the "down" days, and its so nice to be able to share a bit of happier news now.

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

CUTIES AND DIGI'S!

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.......
USE A DIGI
I have been a huge digi stamps fan for such a long time, so this was right up my street!

http://www.2cuteink.com/
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