Sunday, 2 August 2015


Before I tell you about our new challenges I must add a few words to my previously scheduled post and again thank you all so much for your kind words, e.mails and understanding in response to my previous post, I have drawn great comfort from them.

When this pops up we should be on our way to Barcelona for a few days ahead of sailing to Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and a couple of days in Venice and I am hoping it will be the tonic my body needs to get me back on track.

Our monthly challenges at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations have nice and easy themes of Summer Flowers and Anything Goes, as always lots of lovely prizes to be won including a mega £50 store voucher from Tattered Lace.

So needless to say it's looking all rather floral here this month, I didn't set out with that intention and it was only when I came to write up my post that it occurred to me as both cards were made some weeks ago, but c'est la vie and you all know I love my florals and need little persuasion to use them on my work.

Another Tattered Lace centre stepper card for my Penny Black make at the top, these dies sets with all the matting and layering dies included in the set make them a breeze to make. The image is the gorgeous............and wood mounted............Penny Black Hollyhock stamp, stamped and coloured with Spectrum pencils three times to give the focal image and some decoupaged flowers on the side panels. The leaves are TL Sophie Trio set and I added some ribbon and sparkly slide across the bottom section.

And for my Stamping Sensations DT piece it's one of the new TL essential book cards along with lots of TL dies and a Penny Black floral stamp and sentiment. The DP's are all G45 with a real summery feel and I inked the focal stamp with coordinating DI colours. A rather OTT organza bow made on the EA bow maker and another gemstone ribbon slide.

Happy Sunday all and hope you will join in our challenges. See you all when we come home.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Pearls and gems

This post was scheduled, but I felt I had to add a few words after receiving so many touching e.mails following my post yesterday saying I had switched off the comment option on my blog. I did that because I felt rather ashamed that in recent weeks I have been struggling to visit your blogs yet you continue to visit me. 

As many of you know I have been suffering ongoing infections which the medics have been unable to get under control and although they started as dental problems created by my general health and medications, being immune compromised it has led to other problems. 

I have now had quite a few teeth removed but the knock on affect of the infections is that my diabetes and MS took a downturn and this week I was referred back to the pain clinic for more dorsal root ganglion spinal injections. The timing of all of this is not ideal as we are due to go on holiday this weekend, but with the infections now under control I am hoping I can go with pain relatively stable again, albeit my face looks like I've done a few rounds with Tyson following the extractions ! 

So in answer to so many requests to do so, I am switching the comment option back on and pray when I return from holiday I will be up to visiting you all again. Thank you all for your kindness and also my fellow DT members for their understanding.

Today sees the start of our new challenge at Allsorts and Wendy would like us to use Pearls and/or gems on our work this week. Our sponsors are DigiStamp Boutique and our very own Jo of Lets Create.

Since Tattered Lace released the center and side stepper cards I have made quite a few of them, both as DT pieces for TL and for other occasions as it's such a quick and easy process with all the matting and layering dies included in the sets.

The focal flower is from Chocolate Baroque coloured in with Spectrum pencils, the papers from stash and the decoupaged flowers are made from TL Trio sets, as you may have gathered I use these quite a lot. I dotted some pearls here and there and in the center of the flowers on the side panels.

Happy weekend and I will see you all when we return.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Summer Butterflies and recycling winners

Good morning Peeps, time for our new challenge at Allsorts where Tracy Mouse would like to see 'Butterflies'. Our sponsors are PPR Papercrafts and Deedeeds Digis.

My favourite Penny Black quote is making another appearance here along with some Tattered Lace Butterflies. I created the background with a stencil and distress inks, stamped the quote with black archival and cut the Butterflies from purple vellum. Some organza ribbon, pearls slider, more pearls and liquid pearls and finito, not much more to add really !

I have packaged six parcels and done the draw for the crafty goodies a couple of days early as I'm not sure how I will be feeling next week after the teeth extractions and I know if I leave it I may well forget with that and our holiday looming as well. So here are the names out of the hat...............

Pearl claimed

Helletlittle claimed

Scrapamondo claimed

Tracy claimed

Kitty claimed

Ruby claimed

Well done to you all, please mail me a.s.a.p with your full postal details so I can get them in the post. Should any remained unclaimed by 28th July I will re-draw them.

Have a good weekend all.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tattered Lace DT cards Bunnies and Bears

Good afternoon all you lovely Peeps, again I must thank you for all your kind words and encouragement, it means so much and has cheered my mood no end.

I's going to keep this short so forgive me for not going into lots of detail about my cards which are all for tomorrows new Pick of the Week on Create and Craft and also the new 4 day deal.

Following on from the Charisma flower CD Rom's and matching dies, the lovely Stephanie had designs some rather cute Bunnies, Bears and Fairies following the same system. Today I am sharing the Bunnies along with some of the new dies from the Nursery Rhyme range.

Thank you for popping in today, I hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Poppies and thanks

Morning Peeps, hope you are having a good week and the sun is shining in your parts.

Thanks so much for all your kind comments and wishes, they mean so much especially when I am feeling so under par. I saw the Endodontist specialist last Friday but sadly he was unable to offer me any hope of saving my teeth, he was very honest as he could have just taken my money, done the treatment and in a few weeks said oh well it didn't work. 

The bottom line is that my health issues and associated medications have had a severe affect on my teeth which are literally crumbling and in turn creating ongoing infections and pain. Plus the specialist told me I also have a hairline fracture in my bottom jaw bone probably due to what turned out to be a traumatic extraction a couple of weeks ago, so that is further attributing to the pain.

He referred me back to the hospital and over the weekend they put me on another type of antibiotic, that's three sorts in as many weeks but these latest ones do seem to be working as the pain is easing but of course playing havoc with my stomach and diabetes, but you can't have it all can you. 

The plan is that they will remove the most affected teeth next week, but so long as the pain eases I am at a point I don't really care what they do. And most of all I want to be pain free when we go on holiday at the end of this month although it might be a liquid diet, but we do have an all inclusive drinks package thrown in so would hate for that to go to waste !

My apologies my blogging is so intermittent, but I'm not really feeling up to spending time at the computer right now plus I promised the family I would try and rest up to help my body cope with the infections and get my diabetes back under control.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Banners at Allsorts

Good morning, it's a scheduled post here, but it should be Saturday when it pops up which means time for a new challenge at Allsorts and this week Susan would like to see Banner or Flags on our work. Our sponsor is Nicecrane Designs.

My card at the top uses the new Wizard of Oz designs from Nicecrane which you will find here. I used the pre colured sheet and used three of the images, Dorothy in the middle in her lovely flowing dress and the Tin Woodman either side of my center stepper card which is of course Tattered Lace. The sentiment across the bottom is computer generated and I added some ribbons, a button and some banners cut from a Penny Black die. I think these new images are absolutely perfect for children's cards and even those of us a little older !

My second card is fairly simple one with an embossed sentiment using Tattered Lace Butterfly Interchangeable folder, the folders have three different sentiments which fit into the folder itself, on this occasion I embossed the base panel without any sentiment, then embossed a second small piece of the same card with the sentiment to use as the focal element. The banner is cut from G45 DP, some roses lightly inked with DI and ivy cut from TL Large Ivy.

And here is my mid month Penny Black and More share, still plenty of time to join in our 'Anything Goes With A Sentiment' theme to be in with a chance of winning one of the great prizes on offer. An inked, glittered and stenciled background and a Penny Black focal sentiment.

Hope your weekend is a good one.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Tattered Lace DT cards Through the arch window

Hello Peeps, apols I'm still very much MIA, my body's not coping with the infections very well, the more antibiotics you have the less effective they become which is not good when you are already immune compromised.

I've had six extractions in the last few weeks, hence they are keen to try this laser removal of nerves to try and save the ones where normal root canal treatment has failed - I now have only six teeth without root canals........I dare not count the hours spent in the dentist chair recently. So I think I need to take a bit of a blog break for a week or so until I feel more on top of things, my mojo is in a creative slumber it seems, so thank goodness I tend to work ahead and have several posts scheduled.

A few shares of some of my makes for tomorrows Tattered Lace Pick of the Day launching at 9pm on Ideal Word. As I mentioned at the weekend I didn't get too many made this time round due to feeling under the weather with the latest round if meds.

My top card uses the new Essential Window Die, it's quite a biggie at approx 21cm x 15cm.

The tunnel card is made from TL Large Panorama dies inner plates and concertina sides die sets, they came out way back in about February and sold out mega fast. The sentiment is also TL and Charisma Poinsettia, another very recent release.

Another using the window die along the same lines as the top card............I know we are looking from outside at the outside, put it down to me feeling so dopey this week, hubby suggested it's artistic licence.

Just the one more, again using the Panorama dies, TL border and Bird Tapestry from the Panorama range.

This all rather reminds me of playschool, whose children used to watch that...................through the square window, then there was the arch window and round window, were there any more ? That half hour or so was a blessing when they were small as it always kept them entertained and allowed me to get dinner on the go.

Have a good week all and many thanks for popping in.

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