Card Inspiration

Monday, February 19, 2018

Magical Monday

Good morning and it is a good start to the new week, despite the rain.

We have had a lovely weekend, Paul took us out for the day on Saturday so it was a lovely break away from it all.  Yesterday was a pottering day and so the weekend was over, in a flash.

It was carnival time in Cyprus over the weekend and here is a sneaky little photo of Sophia (on the right).  She was dressed up to go to the night club, amazing.
So here we are, starting the week and Pippa will be joining us within the hour.  She is here for a few days and Christiana is so looking forward to it.  Speaking of Christiana, she is slowing feeling more herself and having a little more energy.  We are using a wheelchair for her at the moment when we go out but I am hoping that in time, she will be able to walk further and further as she gets stronger.

Here is a card that was made last month with a lovely group of friends

This has been made using the wonderful Petal Palette bundle, Petal Passion papers and lots more.  To colour the papers we used the foam roller and ink which means that you can colour any paper you want to match the project you are creating.  If you would like to know more about this, why not call round for a cuppa and I can show you.  The flowers and leaves have been coloured with the new Stampin' Up! blends and wow, they are lovely.  Really, I cant recommend them enough.  I know I said I wasnt going to get any, I know I said that I didnt need them but wow, they just match everything that I create.

Right, enough from me, it is time to do a little pottering.  Thanks for having a read and if you are free for either a crafty night on Friday or a Party on Saturday, or maybe both, please get in touch. Have a Magical Monday Tracey x

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentines Day postponed

Good morning on this very cold start to the day.  It is brrrr out there so I shall stay in the house a little longer.

Unfortunately Christiana was back in hospital on Monday night.  We sat in A&E on hard seats all night long waiting to have tests and have results and again, the staff were fantastic.  The biggest fear was a blood clot in her lungs.  We discovered at 8pm last night that there wasnt one (17 hours later)  but the poor thing does have pleurisy and her Scleroderma condition has worsened.  She is now getting plenty of sleep to catch up on what we missed and needs a little bit more TLC.  So Paul and I decided to postpone our Valentines Day until Saturday when we have caught up on sleep and there is no panic.  We shall all have a lovely meal together and swap gifts and cards (which I need to make).

There is no crafty get together this week either I am afraid.  I need to spend a little more time with Christiana to make sure she is feeling better and on the road to getting as well as she can so this has also been postponed. 

Thank you Jayne for the lovely flowers you gave us both, they are so pretty and colourful

and a thank you to Helen for your card. 

Thank you for having a read today and I hope you have a very happy valentines day.  Tracey x

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Friendships Sweetest Thoughts

Good morning and wow, the temperature really has dropped here in Derby.  It was -2.8 when I got up and now it is -1.4.  Far too cold for Christiana to go out too far.  She had a good nights sleep last night so hopefully today will be a little easier for her.

Well I went to start my new treatment and got sent away after 2 hours boo hoo.  The chest x-ray that I had a few months ago is showing something, possibly dormant TB.  I have to go and get that all checked out.  Then I need to have another test and only then can I start the new treatment.  A good old MOT for this lady, never mind.  I have been promised yet another steroid injection as when I need it so I shouldnt suffer too much.

Here is a card that was made last month with lots and lots of friends

It is a new stamp set, Friendships Sweetest Thoughts with some new SU ribbon, coloured in with the watercolour pencils and it has contrasting Rich Razzelberry card against the white.  The little die for the sentiment is new too. And here is the insert, all from the same stamp set.

If you would like to find out more or even make one or two yourself, please get in touch as I will be happy to show you how this has been done.

Well I have received a couple of boxes of crafting goodies so I shall be off to sort those out and then a few light chores.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday.  Tracey x

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning and it is a bit of a white morning outside.  We had snow.  Not a lot but it did paint a pretty picture this morning.

After a very hectic, worrying and stressful weekend I am hoping the rest of the week runs smoothly.  Christiana was rushed into hospital, again, on Saturday morning and I think I have more or less camped out there until yesterday.  I am pleased to say she is home again.

No crafting done for a while, not even been in the craft room, yikes.

Today is the day that I start some new treatment. I am very apprehensive about it but full of hope that it well help me.

Here is a card made using some of Stampin' Up! pretty papers.   They may not be in the current catalogues now but they are still lovely.

A friend has had a knee op recently and I sent her this to let her know that I was thinking of her. 

Fancy coming along to a Stampin' Up! party?

 It would be great if you could come along for a couple of hours crafting, meet new friends and have a cuppa and some cake.

I am off for a potter and a bit of a catch up with some housework.  I think it will take me a month to do all the housework as there is just no time for it all (plus I am very slow these days).

Thank you for having a read and I hope you have a terrific Tuesday.

Friday, February 2, 2018

That Friday Feelig

Good morning.  So pleased it is Friday, the week soon flew past.  Fortunately it wasn't a hospital week this week but next Tuesday I shall go and start my treatment.  That means that there will be no crafting events until next Friday when it is Christmas Card Club.

My dad had his shoulder operation yesterday.  He was in hospital for the day but not overnight, which makes a difference as the hospital is so overfull at the moment.  Mum said he is doing well, no pain and he watched the whole thing, yikes. 

I shall be in the craft room later today, sorting out, putting away and generally giving it a once over, something I am really looking forward to.

Last Saturday 6 of us from Derby and a couple from Pebmarsh met up in Peterborough and had a wonderful day with Crafty Lou.

This is one of the cards we made and I would like to thank everyone for all the help in making this.  It was a great day out and I look forward to the next one.

A little pottering for me now whilst the craft room gets warm.  Thanks for having a read and have a wonderful weekend.  Tracey x

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Birthday Card

Good morning, just.  It will soon be lunch time and today I shall attempt to make a vegetable soup.

Christiana is making a slow recovery, lots of aches and pains today which we cant explain so she will sit comfortably.  Lots of TV for her to catch up on.  I am feeling better than I have been and a walk in the fresh air yesterday made me feel a lot better.  Hopefully I will get out again later today.

Here is a card that was made for a friend on her birthday.  Silly me wrote in it before I took the photo but I just loved the inside so I took a picture anyway.

I havent been in the craft room since last Thursday, I do hope to get chance to get in there today. 

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a lovely day.  Tracey x

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tuesdays Twitter

Good afternoon and I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend.

Christiana is now home, thankfully and she will be picking up, bit by bit, over the next few weeks.  No news on the 'thumb' as we wont know anything for the next 8 weeks or so, yikes.  After a weekend in bed for me (picked up a tummy bug) I am starting to feel better myself today but we are having a week of 'getting over it all'.

Here is a card that was made for the second ward that Christiana stayed in at the Derby Royal

This has been made using the Jar of Love stamp set and dies in Rich Razzleberry.  The label has been created with using the new set of dies in Petal Palette Suite, it is just lovely for everything.

If you need anything from Stampin' Up! there is a cheeky little order going in tomorrow lunchtime, just let me know what you would like.

Would you like to join the Stampin' Up! family?  It is easier than you think and at the moment, there is an offer of £99 for £130 worth of products that you choose, plus TWO free stamp sets, plus free delivery to your door.  If you would like to know more, please do give me a ring.

Thanks for having a read and wishing you a lovely afternoon and evening.  Tracey x

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Quick Update and Thank You

Good morning and just a very quick post today, on this chilly morning.

Christiana was due to come home last night but after I was at the hospital for 5 hours, the doc said she couldnt leave.  She was devastated as she has been in for 13 days, 5 of those in isolation. She cant face any more hospital food or staring at the 4 walls.  So I took her to Costa for a pot of tea, which was nice.  She then had fresh Salmon and mashed potato from the beefeater opposite the hotel.  I rang and told them our predicament and said she really would like fresh food.  They were amazing and her dad walked over and picked up the meal.  She ate quite a bit of it and felt a little more human.  Lets hope her temperature gets a little lower today and she can come home.

The Cards in a Tin get together tomorrow will be postponed.  I am shattered so I really cant give it my full attention so we shall do it at a later date.  I do hope you dont mind.

Here is a little card that was made to say Thank You to the hospital ward that she was in last week.

Clean and simple but I really liked this. 

Thank you for having a read and hope that you have a lovely Saturday.  Tracey x

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Catching Up

Good morning and what a wet and blustery one it is.  13.5 degrees at half past 5 this morning and the wind, yikes.  It really has been blowing a gale.  I do hope no one has been affected by this and I also hope that my 'wellknown' fence panels are staying in place.  Just another short while before we get them changed.

Christiana was in hospital all last week, having her infusion in the hopes that it saves her thumb.  The treatment went well and we will know in 2 months if it is successful or not.  She came home on Friday night extremely tired, hungry and wanting a shower and sleep. She did sleep Friday night but on Saturday she was in bed most of the day and not too well with a headache and feeling off.  Well Saturday evening she started coughing and couldnt stop for over 2 hours, then she felt she couldnt breath so it was a 999 call. 

The ambulance people were wonderful and her vital signs were very naughty so the poor mite ended up back in hospital.  She has been told that she has caught pneumonia whilst in hospital last week.  I was with her all night Saturday night until 7.30am Sunday morning as she had a reaction to one of the medications she received in recuss, making her eyes, face and hands go numb.  By the time it got to 7.30am she was in the medical assessment unit and they were giving her different medication.  This morning she feels a lot brighter and we are hoping that they will let her come home later but we dont know for sure, phew.  Her dad has even come over to visit her for a few days in the hopes that it picks her up.

As usual, family come first so the blog posts have been put on hold, until this morning.  It was a friends birthday last week and continuing with the Petal Passions theme of cards, this is what was made.

Some new goodies as well as some firm favourites were used as well as making an envelope liner, to finish it all off.  If you would like to make something similar to this next month please do let me know.  We can have a crafty get together, any excuse.

Tomorrow night is crafty night and there has been a cancellation.  If you would like to come along please get in touch as soon as possible.

Onwards and upwards as they say.  Thank you for having a read, thank you for all your wonderful emails and messages.  Wishing you a lovely day.  Tracey x

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning. 

We have had a good weekend, lots of visitors so lots of news and catching up done.  It started with Friday night at Christmas card and chatter evening.  A lovely time was had although lots of folks took ill and couldnt make it.  Saturday saw me at a Scan n Cut meeting which was great.  I learnt quite a lot and cant wait to put it all into practise.  Paul came home too which was a great bonus and he finished installing the tv in the kitchen.  He is so clever.

Sunday was Pen Club in the morning, can you believe that 6 months have gone already?  The bits and pieces that were done at pen club need turning into cards and then I can share these with you.

Yesterday morning Christiana went off into hospital for the week.  We do hope that the treatment will help her with not just her internal organs but with her fingers too.  She is finding it extremely cold here so my heating is on all the time, yikes.  I dont think she will be continuing her break in the sun for a while as she needs a little looking after, bless her.  When she comes home we are going to try and get her a mobility scooter to enable her to go around supermarkets and large shops.  If you can recommend anywhere that sells/modifys mobility scooters , that would be great.

It was my sister in laws birthday last week and this is the card that was made.
I have used a 8 x 8 card, coloured in with SU crayons and lots of dazzling diamonds around too.  Here is a little close up

I shall be in the craft room from 11.00 until 3.00pm today if anyone would like to pop in for a visit?  Lots of lovely goodies waiting for collection.   Ooopps, I had best go and get ready for my day, I didnt realise it was so late.

Thanks for having a read.  Tracey x

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursdays post

Good morning.  Today is going to be a high of 7 degrees says mr. weatherman, which we can cope with.

Yesterday morning was spent catching up with Sandra and putting the world to rights, which was lovely. Another of my resolutions is to make more time for meeting up with friends each week and so far this year I have certainly done that.   The afternoon was spent helping Christiana so after a mad dash out this morning, I hope to be in the craft room all afternoon and evening.  Mr. UPS man arrived late afternoon with a few boxes.  I just love sorting out orders especially when I have friends to help with it.

Here is a card made with Petal Passion and Petal Pallette papers and stamps.  The bird and branch/leaves have been fussy cut although there are dies with the suite too.

This set will be used to make a card during our next get together on Friday 19th January.  Do you fancy an evening of card making, from 7pm for a couple of hours?  There will be refreshments and cake as well as plenty of crafty chatter and laughter.  If you do, please get in touch and I can give you more details.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a great day, whatever you are up to.  Tracey x

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy Birthday Grandaughter

Good morning and what a wet one it is.  Well we shall get wet later as we are off out in the afternoon.  I say 'we' as Tana is home

She arrived yesterday morning so it was an off day for her, well it was such a long one leaving with her sisters at 3.30am UK time and not getting to bed until 10pm.  After a goods night sleep she will be feeling a lot better.

Here is the card that I made Millie, our grandaughter who turned 14 yesterday.  Such a pleasure to make.
And a bit of a close up of the mice.

It is an 8 x 8 card, something I am quite liking to use these days, makes it a bit more special. The stamps are from the stash but all the colours are SU inks and watercolour pencils which I do love to use.

Thanks for having a read today and dont forget we are getting together this Friday night for our first 2018 Christmas Card and Chatter nights.  It would be lovely to see you if you are free.