Saturday, 3 September 2016

New Beginnings and NBUS Bumble Bees



Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and Tracy has chosen the theme of 'New Beginnings'. Our sponsor is Digistamp Boutique.

Thanks to all of you for bearing with me and putting up with rather short or c&p comments, I find that way I can at least keep up with what you are all up to without stressing my body too much. I am back at hospital this coming week, not that I imagine for a moment they have discovered a miracle cure for MS and think more likely it will just be another juggle with my meds.

It's funny when I look back to when I was first diagnosed almost 30 years ago, when I asked why I got so much pain they said it was nothing to do with MS, how their thinking has changed because now it's an accepted and probably expected part of the condition. And over the course of time new drugs have become available that do go some way to alleviating the excruciating muscle spasms.

But what never seems to change is that each time I have a relapse, although symptoms improve in time, I never get quite back to where I was before a relapse and there has to be an acceptance of a slow deterioration................that acceptance is the hardest bit. But I count myself fortunate as there are so many far worse off than me.

Anyhow, onto my card which is a new baby one I made a few weeks back, it's not a theme I am ever comfortable with but I did rather like how this one turned out despite it having no stamping. I cut squares of coordinating Trimcraft DP's, fixed them to a white backing and machine stitched around the edges before matting onto the base card with some more of the DP on the bottom section and a strip of lace. A TL sentiment, some pearls and a bow. I am popping over to Miss DI's Snippets Playground with this one.

My teamies have some lovely inspiration to share as always so I hope you will pop over to take a look and of course join us this week.


And I also have a card to enter into Darnell's NBUS challenge - Never-Before-Used-Schtuff, I've had lots of nudges from some of you guys out there........yes, you know who you are ! I came across this cute little Tattered Lace Bumble Bee the other day, all nicely packaged from when I apparently forgot to use him for one of the TV releases earlier in the year.

So a very simple card........still has to be that way until I can get crafting properly again, I sponged a honeycomb background using DI's and a Timmy stencil, stamped an Inkylicious sentiment and cut our and coloured three bees. Finito, I did say simple.

53 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

Two beautiful designs Brenda, love those soft papers on the first card and wowzer, bumble bees are gorgeous...have a good weekend.xx

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous baby card Brenda and a great way of suing paper scraps too. Love the bumble bee too, xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oh Brenda, hope your pain lessens soon. Your cards are so pretty x

ellyscard creatief said...

Very lovely cards Brenda.
Blessings, Elly

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Two beautiful cards here Brenda. I love the crisp, clean look of your New Beginnings card and the patchwork looks great. I really like the honey colour of your Bee card and the honeycomb in the background looks fabulous. Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sandra x

Craftnut said...

Great make for my challenge this week Tracy xx

cheryl said...

oh sweetie hope all goes well for you its awful I know to be in pain all the time,so be thinking of you hun. As for your cards they are just exquisite,the first one is a really beautiful design with beautiful soft colors and the second one is just devine,love the bees hugs Cherylxxxxx

Valerija said...

Two beautiful cards. Love the light colours.
Valerija xx

Shylaa Shree said...

keep your spirits high dear, you will recover fast. btw lovely & pleasant cards

Stamping Bubbles said...

Hello Brenda
Two beautiful cards today. I like the simplicity of the deign of the new baby card which is perfect whatever the flavour of the newborn. I fell in love with this TL bee a while ago but they were always out of stock of it. I finally got hold of it last month and I love it. Your card has me buzzing (sorry) with ideas....
I hope things go as well as possible for you next week.
Take care
Lesley

ALI said...

Two lovely cards Brenda, great papers on the first and lovely inking on the second.

scrAPpamondo said...

Your talent always shines, Brenda, also with simple cards!!! These two are both fabulous, so delicate and lovely!!The first one is very sweet, and LOVE your sponged honeycomb background with the 3D bees in the second one!!
Hugs, have a nice weekend!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both cards are beautiful Brenda. Thanks for sharing your stuggles with MS, I think you are a strong woman. I hope new meds help and that you are not taking a step back. Sending positive thoughts, xxx

Pat said...

Beautiful baby card Brenda, love all the gorgeous pastel papers you used, and a fun card with all the bees on. Hope all goes well at your appointment next week and that you get some new pain relief. Have a good weekend.

Pat xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

I love the patch work card it's gorgeous and the bee card is very beautiful with a great background Brenda
Gr Karin

Gaby Dierx said...

I like both of them, well done!!!
Hugsss, Gaby

Ulrike Ewert said...

Hallo liebe Brenda,
wunderschöne Werke zeigst du uns wieder und ich bin jedesmal begeistert,besonders die Schneekugel Karte hat es mir besonders angetan,hab noch ein schönes WE,
liebe Grüße von Ulrike

Ellibelle said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda, such a nice mix of papers on the first one, and they go together so well, it's so pretty and delicate, reminds me of all the cute baby blankets my daughter had as a baby! Gorgeous bee card too, loving the sponging you did and of course perfect choice of colors too.
Wishing you all the best at your appointment this coming week!

Sarah said...

These are equally fabulous Brenda, love the delicate patchwork effect on the first and the die cut bees on the second are wonderful, such great detail. Hope your appointment goes well next week. Fingers crossed for further advances into Meds for this condition xx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my how beautiful these two creations are Brenda the first one is so clean and fresh the second is full of sweetness excellent work
hugs
lorraine x

rachel said...

two beauties Brenda - really love them both but those bees are my fave! Gorgeous! Hugs rachel x

Lorraine said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda, love the design and pretty papers on the first and the fab design and cute little bees on the second.
Lorraine x

Crafting Queen said...

Really lovely cards. Hope something positive comes out of the hospital visit.

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous pastel colours and papers on the Allsorts card, looks very pretty, superb bow and love the lace.
Great NBUS card, can't say I am too thrilled with the image( I know they are Bee's) but at the moment we are having an invasion of wasps and I can get as many as 20 a day in my craft room, half dead but never the less, frightening and annoying. We have a nest in or around the troughing and some how they are finding their way to my room.
Hope the hospital visit is worth while and that they can make things a lot easier for you.


Kath x

Craftyfield said...

The bee is a lovely die-cut! Great card too, very clever design in yellow and black. Hope you're having a good weekend despite it all.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your cards are beautiful, Brenda! Even your "simple" cards are gorgeous! I especially love those bees! I read your blog post with interest. Thanks for sharing about MS. I do hope you can craft like you want to again soon, my friend. Best of luck with your hospital appointment next week.

Hugs,
Kitty

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous baby card and love the little patchwork of papers,I absolutely adore your Bee card(I love Bees lol)great stencilled background and of course those litle Bees
Carol x

crafty-stamper said...

Good luck with the hospital visit
Carol x

Mrs.B said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda, love the patchwork one, such pretty papers. Love the little bees and the lovely honeycomb background
Good luck with the hospital visit.
Avril xx

Lucy Woods said...

2 beautuful cards! The baby one is so gorgeous and I really love the cute bees too!
Hope all goes well for your hospital trip!
Lucy x

Gail said...

Both cards are great Brenda.
Hope your hospital visit is a medicine juggle!

Robin said...

Both beautiful cards! Hope all goes well with this upcoming visit to the hospital. Hugs, Robin

Greta said...

I actually left the first comment, but silly me--I switched to bookmark your PanPastels post before I hit the publish button! Anyway, I started my morning looking at your wonderful cards, Brenda! I, for one, like superbly crafted "simple" cards! That first card is so beautiful--just love the paper quilt & sweet lace! Hugs, Greta

Helen said...

I was out all day yesterday so missed this... gorgeous card! somewhat different to what I was doing but I love the simplicity of this card. Take care, Brenda, hope the hospital give you some good news.

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda I like both designs
Kevin xx

Sue - said...

Two lovely cards, I particularly like the patchwork one, so pretty!

Di said...

Hi Brenda! Wow, first into the Playground this week - and what a fabulous card too. So pretty and a perfect way to use up snippets of course. Love the bumble bee one too :) Clever girl!

Hope hospital is just 'medicine juggling' as someone put it! I do so appreciate you coming to play with your health issues B! Big hugs from Parsnip and also me!

Di xx

KandA said...

Two more wonderful cards. That patchwork card is such a great design and fabulous use of snippets, and I love the bee card you made with your super NBUS goodies xx

Bad Kitty said...

beautiful cards!
hugs
Fiki

Tracy said...

Hi Brenda,
I do love the papers and pastel colours of the first card, so pretty and a lovely design. Fab bumble bee card too.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Tinka's paper wonderlland said...

My dear Brenda, I am so sorry to hear what is happening to you, you are so talented and I am happy that I have find youre blog and can admire youre work.
I am sending you lots of hugs and realy hoping that you go better and that there will no longer be relapses for you.
♥Hugs Valentina♥

Donna Ellis said...

So soft and pretty, and just makes me feel happy and sweet, Brenda! Your fun second card STILL affords that happy feeling, and beautiful, clean colors! Both are beautiful.

I'm sorry about the ongoing pain, and worsening abilities, B. My husband and I have a very technical phrase to describe this: "another rung down on the ladder". The exacerbation occurs, and when it departs, I am one rung lower on the ladder. Wish it didn't happen to you. Yes, I agree, so many others have it far worse. I would not trade who my husband and I have become through this journey. Of course there is lots of room for improvement, but I am grateful for every lesson learned, every awareness for others, and the much needed personal growth. Thanks for sharing, B. It's hard to open up like that. Love and prayers, de

Mervi said...

So sweet first card with lovely papers and a fabulous honey bumble bee card.
Hope you'll have a better week coming with less pain;-))m

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda, I love the stitched New Beginnings card and the beautiful bubble bee card too. Sorry to hear that you are off to Hospital but hope that your stay is a short one.

Sue xx

SARN said...

Two fab cards Brenda - I particularly like your little bees on the honeycomb. Hope hospital trip proves fruitful and they can help you.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Well, Brenda, you know "simple" is my middle name (wait. what?), so I love your beautiful bees nestled in the golden honeycomb! All that matting is fabulous, too! I also love your sweet quilt card for the baby with the tender border of lace!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #7! I am sorry you have the hospital coming up and I pray the juggle of medicines lands them in the right configuration to stop this relapse. Huge hugs, Darnell

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards Brenda!! Love the first one!! So soft!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Berina RGA said...

Brenda, sorry to hear that you have to go to the hospital this week. Hope it is helpful to improve your health.
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Team Clark said...

I struggle with baby cards too, like the patchwork idea. Super easy and quite beautiful and effective. Hugs, Autumn

Gerrina said...

What a great way to use the DP; looks so fresh and warm! And the bee's may be beautiful, but my eyes kept on going to your beautiful BG for them! Hugs, Gerrina

butterfly said...

I love the baby patchwork - so pretty in pastels, and the airbrushed look of the honeycomb stencilling for the bees is great.
Alison x

Barb said...

I hope that they were able to help when you went for your hospital visit. Two very lovely cards. I love the freshness of the baby card and what a lovely way to use snippets of pretty papers. I particularly like your second card. The three bees have a special meaning for us. Barbxx

Merry said...

Wonderful card, I so glad you talk about your MS as I am sure it helps many other suffers. Glad you have card making as an outlet too.