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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

WOYWW #311

Well, we're back, and one week away from our 6th anniversary.I'm sure many of you have seen the photos on some of the blogs from Saturdays Crop, what a lovely day it was too, even though far too short for us.
 I came away with a fabulous selection of ATC's, which I'll show you in a minute, but first pic is a lovely pressie for me from our lovely Debbie Rock (Tattered Rocks).
Just how 'me' is that? It's awesome, and I rather think there may be skull patterned biscuits going to the next crop!

First bunch of glorious ATC's- from top left, Twiglet, Eliza ,Chris & Helen, 2nd row, LLJ, Marg( silvercrafter) Debbie and Cindy. 3rd Row: Head Desker Julia,Zoe,Sam & Kyla.
Second batch, and an amazing paper construction from Mary Anne (I'll show you more in a moment), Annie RosA and Elizabeth & Bleubeard.
Mary Annes contained a fabulous little box, that opens out, to look like this.

 Just awesome.

 I ordered a Stampin Up stamp from Fiona ( Staring at the Sea), and bought a stamp from Julia- what a cute little owl.

Just a few pics of the morning- Julia, Fiona and Lisa Jane.

Marg, Debbie and Julias friend Fiona, with Beloved Hubby in the background attempting to get out of shot.

The Queen of Catering herself, LLJ, who we stayed with on Friday night, and as always, along with her menfolk, made us feel so welcome in their home.

From the front, Zoe, Me,and Sam at the back, then LLJ, and I can't remember the name of who is beside her! Over in the background is Chris.

Final pic, Me, Chris & Zoe- Zoe wanted a 'red, white & blue' photo, lol. Although I could manage two of those on my own, :).

So thats my 'desk' this week. I'll be around later, probably while you are reading this I'm down at the hospital for a second go at being scanned, this time with a lot of Diazepam in my system!It may be much later, as it makes you drowsy, so I'll probably be asleep on the new recliner sofa for a while when we get back.
 Had my MRI, thanks to the magic of Diazepam, and being able to have Doug there, all went ok. Now walking round in my own Happy Bubble, lol.

Last pics, from the Wedding. Pic on the left, Doug, his 'little' brother, Rob, and their Mom.2nd pic, Doug, Ellie, Wendy ( another sister)  and Rob.

 Post below has the Wedding card in, and a pic of the Bride & Groom.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

A Black & White Wedding card

So, this did get a mention a couple of weeks ago on the WOYWW post, and I promised a photo step by step guide, along with a How-to, after the card had been given. Well, the Wedding was yesterday, so here is the card.
 The base is an A4 sheet of White Stardream card, scored and folded in half.
 A sheet of black card was cut to fit the front of the card, then another piece of Stardream white was cut to fit onto the black, just leaving a very narrow border.

The white sheet was embossed with the Couture Creations folder, Tied Together, then the shaped edge was cut using one of the Spellbinders Borderabilities, Curved Borders 2.

I've enlarged that image here, you can see you get 3 fancy borders, then two which have a sort of 'stitched' line of embossing, one has a dotted line, and one is plain.They also have notches on them, so you can line up to cut a longer piece. I used the scalloped one to cut the top half of the card.
 I wanted a different embossing on the bottom half, and had a metal stencil I wanted to use for this. So for this one we are going 'old school'! I could no doubt of looked up online, or figured out myself what plates/shims etc I needed to do it with my BS Pro, but in the time that took, I could have done it by hand. So out came the old lightbox.
Two tips for these, if you still have one. First, DON'T use it directly on top of a craft mat- the heat from the bulb will warp it. Yes, been there, done that, got the ruined mat to prove it.
Second, if the light is not as bright as you'd like, put a small mirror, or mirror tile, underneath it.

This was the stencil, and it was only the lines at the bottom I wanted, so it was an easy thing to emboss by hand.

Another piece of Stardream card, and two different embossing tools used- a wider one for the wide lines and a narrow one for the thinner ones. I also needed to make the piece slightly bigger than the lines on the stencil, to allow for cutting it at an angle, so I just moved the cardstock down, and lengthened them. Tip here, don't go all the way to the end of the stencil lines if you are doing this- you tend to get a harsh line that its hard to emboss out. If you go half or two thirds of the way, you can then carry on easily.

 To cut the curve on this one, I used the plain curve in the Borderabilities set. You do need to check your curve against the top one you've already cut, to get a balanced gap between them, and position your edge cutting die accordingly. You will probably also need to extend it a little too, but that's easy to do with the lining up notches.
This was the embossed sheet, which now needed to be cut to fit with the top piece.

Laid out on the black card to make sure they fit, and match.
 Then foam tape added to the back, so they would have dimension against the black card.
And then stuck in place.

Next step was to cut the hearts for the front, and originally I had been going to use the X-Cut set of hearts I have.
Then I realised I didn't like how big the gap was from one size to the next, so instead I used a Nellie Snellen set I have, which has a lot more dies, with a narrower graduation of sizes.

I used the central two dies in the top batch for my topper. The larger one cut from some scrap black, and the smaller from a piece of the Stardream white. The white heart was run through the Cuttlebug in the Swiss Dots embossing folder.
 I matted them together, and mounted them on the card with more foam tape.
 Once that was in place, I used white and black half pearls to decorate the joins in the Tied Together embossed piece, attaching them with Pinflair Glue Gel.

Last but one touch was wrapping black and white ribbon around the card front, and tying in a bow. Final bit was cutting a small piece of card, using the plain border again, and adding the couples names with some small silver peel off letters. Again, foam dots used to add this to the bottom right of the card.
Final pic: the Happy Couple.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

WOYWW #310

I know we all keep asking the same question, but where exactly do all these weeks go? They are positively flying past- someone posted on Facebook last week that its only 33 weeks to Christmas- how's that for a depressing thought? Anyway, here we are, all meeting up at Julia's place, The Stamping Ground, for more web  snooping surfing, so show us what you got!
 And here is my pic this week, my ATC's. OK, so its the backs, but did you really think you were going to see them yet?
Finally managed to get them finished, which considering the crops this weekend, was not a moment too soon.
 Also had to do a birthday card, as my sons fiancĂ©e (almost put girlfriend, but they got engaged a while ago) has her birthday on Friday. Will post after its been given out.
 I'll bring my dies again on Saturday, so bring your card and paper.
 I have updated my page with the results from the surgeon last week- it's a bit involved, so won't repeat it all here, but we are waiting to get some things clarified. And I have to have another MRI scan tomorrow, to help clear something up. Honestly, I swear I'll glow in the dark soon! So for once, its short and sweet. Looking forward to Saturday, will see all of you who are going then.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

WOYWW #309

Bit of a boring desk this week-just a mass of alcohol inked card, ready to become ATC's. Yes, I know the crop is next weekend, and yes, I do know I'm cutting it  a bit fine.

Quite an assortment of colours, and I do enjoy playing with alcohol inks. Generally, you have no real idea of what you'll end up with, and quite often something that looks particularly awful will come to life with the right image stamped on it. Many is the piece which was destined for the bin has been saved by the perfect image. Actually, this post is the result of a sudden panic- I'd spent all day thinking Tuesday was Monday!
 All this activity, of course is for our regular Wednesday meetup at Julia's place, The Stamping Ground. 

The other thing on my desk this week is two of the new colours from Tim for the Distress inks line, Mermaid Lagoon and Fossilized Amber. I do think that blue is glorious, almost better than Salty Ocean.

And I did manage to get the Wedding card finished- and it came out pretty much how I saw it in my head, which I always see as a bonus! After the card has been given, which is next weekend, I'll post the 'making of' pics and write-up.
 Finally, I got a phone call yesterday from my surgeons nurse, to say I had been discussed in this weeks MDT meeting, and that he's made an appointment for us to see him on Thursday afternoon. So tomorrow we will know if this chemo has been successful, and if its on to the next step, the surgery. I'm quietly hopeful that it has, as on Friday we already have an appointment to see the Oncologist, for a final check after the chemo,and I'm thinking that if more chemo was needed, I'd just be seeing him, the surgeon wouldn't have squeezed me into the clinic at short notice. So fingers crossed, not that I'm excited about the idea of the surgery, but I really want to get this done now, so I can start getting back as close to normal as I'm ever likely to be.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

WOYWW # 308

Well here we are again, sailing ever closer to the magic 6th Birthday edition, and of course, ever closer to the Birthday Crop. For those who've been living under a rock for the last few years, if you want to know what this is all about, head over to The Stamping Ground, where our Leader of the Desks, Julia, will fill you in. Politely, of course.
Stuff on this weeks desk then. And I have to admit, this is (slightly) staged, as the desk shot I took earlier benefited from the sun pouring through the window, which I admit was lovely, it just threw everything into shadow, so you couldn't actually see anything much. Not what you visit for.
What this will become, through the magic of getting my a$$ in gear, is a wedding card.
 I have a plan, I really do, and an image in my head. Darn, that's one brave image, its weird and scary in there, for a poor little idea out on its own.
 I've seen lots of cards on Pinterest that used the shaped Edgebilities- our own ShazinOz's being some of them- and was suitably enabled into buying some.There will be much embossing involved, along with fancy edges and die cut hearts, as you've probably already figured out.
 That will all start later today, as this morning I have to go for a CT scan. I'm guessing the MDT meeting went ahead yesterday with just the MRI results, as they are the most detailed of the two scans.The doc we saw a few weeks ago forgot to book the CT at the same time as the MRI, which is why it's a week later! So now we're waiting for an appointment to see the surgeon to find out the results of all the poisoning I've had over the last 12 weeks.
 Regarding the Birthday ATC's, I'm up for sharing, so anyone who would like to swap with me, just leave me a message in the comments, and e-mail me your snail mail addy. We will be going to the crop, so if you are too,we can swap there.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

WOYWW #307

So another Wednesday, and another week flashes before our bewildered eyes! Honestly, where do they all go so fast? Time to link up at Auntie Julia's at The Stamping Ground,again, for our regular browse around the worlds desk/tables/floors of crafting delight/mayhem/madness.
 Total lack of desk picture this week, as the weather has been so gorgeous,I've been out doing a little light gardening.Thursday was spent replanting some planters at the front of the house. This 'before' pic though, does actually demonstrate what a very mild winter we had this year- geraniums still growing happily away, despite being outside all the time. They did get pulled out though and replaced,as they had gone very tatty and leggy.
 Quite a selection of Pansies/Violas/Lobelias to go in them. As well as some new geraniums and a few Fuschias.

All planted up a few hours later.

As well as adding a few new plants to the brick built bed. The plant that looks like a lot of dead sticks on the extreme left is a Rue- Its been there for about 8 years now, gets cut down like this every year, and comes back bigger every time.

Final job in the garden, which I did on Saturday,was a bit sad, as we wanted to place Ambrose's ashes in the back garden. He used to spend most of the summer sunning himself below the Yew tree, as it has a bank of soil in front of it, and gets full sun all day, as you can see.So that's where his final resting place had to be- lay in the sun all summer.
The wall is yet to be topped off, when we decide what we like- we have a long garden, about 150 foot of it, and Beloved Hubby is building a raised wall all down both sides, to give us low maintenance flower beds. No good having a ton of lawn to mow, when we both work full time, and have other hobbies too. So the path will be shale/gravel, and he's going to build some raised beds at the bottom as well to grow veg and salad stuff, and somewhere we can sit/have a barbecue. Back to the Yew tree, after we put Ambrose's ashes in the ground, I started planting herbs there- Thymes, Marjorams and Oregano's, all of which should thrive in the hot,dry poor soil! Adding stones as I find them around the garden, to recreate as far as possible how they like to grow in the wild. There is also a couple of Alpines which like the same conditions, and some Lemon Balm. That herb has the most amazingly lemony smelling leaves when crushed, they're gorgeous. It also grows quite happily if it has even the tiniest amount of soil anywhere near its roots! Seeds itself happily too- not too madly, just enough. So I have a few clumps around the garden- anyone going to the crop would like some, let me know in your comment, and I'll bring you some along.
 I had my fourth IV on Friday, all went well. I've updated my cancer page with how things are doing.Can't believe how much better I feel this week, after that infection & Hay Fever. Those planters I did out the front last week, after each one I had to have a sit down and rest. How ridiculous. Thats the sort of limiting thing driving me nuts. Last year I could have spent all day in the garden and not been tired. Now? A two foot planter can keel me over, lol. Anyhow, on Thursday I have my MRI, hopefully they will have an MDT meeting on Tuesday about it, and if things go as they have before, I'm hoping we'll be seeing the surgeon a week on Thursday, to find out how its gone. Fingers crossed this has done the job, really want to get this surgery done now. I'm bored with all this!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

WOYWW #306

Wednesday again, half way through April, and not long till the Crop! All of us being kept in order by Our Head Desker, Julia, over at The Stamping Ground.On to this weeks desk then, and not a lot to show, I'm afraid. I was missing last week, and hardly managed any visits the week before, thanks to a wonderful cold that blew up into a chest infection. Cue course of antibiotics, which did exactly squat- by last Tuesday I was literally dragging myself from chair to chair, I was so weak, and struggling to breathe. Back to docs for new course of antibiotics, and some anti histamines, as now I had hay fever on top! I do get it this time of year from the fruit blossom on trees, but really didn't need it on top of the chest infection. Anyway, I'm feeling much better now, we finally seem to have got on top of it. So precisely nothing has happened on my desk in the last two weeks.
The unmounted stamps I had have been coated with TIOO, and have lay on the mat ever since.I will put them away, one day soon.

I did manage one lucky purchase though. I'd been watching Stampscapes videos (again), and Kevin had been working with Stampbord, and the scraper tools. There is a sharp pointy one, a blunter spoon shaped one, which I have something similar to, and a sort of scratchy brush. So I had a look for them and found the set on Amazon (and elsewhere) for £28! I did find the toolkit on Chocolate Baroque for £19, but even that's a bit steep. No way was I paying that much, I'd manage without first. Then I had a quick look on E-bay, and amazingly, someone on there had one for sale, with an almost full pack of ATC sized Stampbord pieces, for a fiver. Put in a bid, and got it for £6.50, and she emailed me and asked if I wanted another pack of ATC sized pieces for an extra £4- total bargain. It even turned out they were the 16 piece sized packs, which are £12 on their own! I was actually expecting to get the 5 piece packs, so that was a real surprise.
In the actual kit: A bit of steel wool, a spoon shaped tool, a handle with two other interchangeable sharper pointed blades, a wire brush type scraper and a single domino sized piece of Stampbord. Way overpriced, if you ask me. Anyway, that's me for now. This Friday will be my fourth, and hopefully final IV treatment. That's actually gone past really fast. On the 23rd I have my MRI scan, and that will get looked at in the MDT meeting on the 28th. Fingers crossed this has shrunk it as much as it needs to be, and we'll be on to the surgery.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

WOYWW #304

Not a whole lot of exciting stuff this week for our regular Wednesday stroll around the worlds desks, thanks to out fabulous Hostess, Julia, over at The Stamping Ground.
Just a couple of stamp purchases off E-bay, this one an old Stampscapes set, called Butterflies. One of Kevins 'art' stamp sets, rather than a scenic one.

 The second stamps are both by Jenny, The Artistic Stamper.
I wanted these two sets more for the 'empty' image, than the steampunk one, but no doubt those two will also make an appearance somewhere.
 In case anyone isn't yet aware, Shoshi did finally get her surgery on Friday, but apparently it was almost cancelled again, you can find all the info over on her blog, as she has a friend co-hosting it for her whilst she is in hospital.
 I also did get my treatment on Friday, so my cold germs didn't get in the way. Not feeling too bad, in fact, I think if it wasn't for the leftover cold, and me being a bit silly and overdoing things on Saturday, I'd actually feel better than I did after the second one. Saturday was entirely my own fault, I know it was only the day after my treatment, but we had a family wedding, and I didn't want us to miss going. Spent far too long on my feet, between the wedding in the afternoon, and the evening reception, so at the moment, I know 2 week old babies with more stamina than I've got.So, very short and sweet this week, I'm off to make myself a cup of Bournevita, and have a lounge on the sofa with a craft video or two before bed- me and that sofa are bosom buddies lately, lol.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

WOYWW #303

So, it's Wednesday again, and three parts of the way through March already! Soon be Crop time again, yay! A browse around the workdesks of the world, courtesy of our Head Desker, Julia, at The Stamping Ground. On my desk this week, a few purchases made at the NEC Hobbycrafts show last Thursday. I went along with Marg, Silvercrafter, and met up with Debbie, Tattered Rocks. Just as well I had such wonderful company, as the show itself was a huge disappointment. I've been to the March one before, and know its not as big as in November, but this one was tiny! Very few visitors on Thursday too- if you've been to the November one, you know how much of a crush it is, and how difficult it can be to get around.
This one felt almost deserted. Biggest complaint I heard from people walking around was that the organisers dare to charge the same for this show as the Christmas one, when it's only a fraction of the size. So that was definitely my last spring NEC show. Well, what did I get then? A Clarity stencil, of random sized boxes, a Sweet Poppy stencil for Christmas, and 3 sets of Clarity 'Wee Folk' stamps, which I think will go well with a lot of my scenic stamps.

Some Majestix stamps and some low tack masking tape. A set of heart dies, and one purchase I was really pleased about. For ages I'd been looking for a Diamond shape die set, and couldn't find one anywhere. Just happened to spot a single set hanging up on someones stand, so grabbed it.

Two random u/m tree stamps- I think the bottom one has a real 'spooky tree' look to it, and only £1 each.Some nice spotty ribbon, 3 new duster brushes and 3 new Stickles.Also some square card blanks- 5x5, 6x6 and 7x7.
 I usually fold my own card bases, but square leaves a lot of offcuts, and I end up with too many scrap pieces to try and use up. Which always turn out to be not quite big enough for what I want!

One new Inkylicious quote stamp, and a few new Lavinia stamps. Love that spiky mushroom!

Last purchases now, and I left this one till last, as I know that LLJ will be swooning over them!

New additions to the range, and launched at the NEC show- a pair of boxing hares, and a lovely 'looking upwards' hare.

One last picture to leave you with, as you know we lost the awesome writer Sir Terry Pratchett a couple of weeks ago.
This pic was taken at a BBC 'do' a couple of years ago, where my eldest, Ant, got to talk to the great man. Apparently, he looked across the room, spotted Ant, and made a beeline for him, due to the green beard! Ant said afterwards, that Sir Terry was one of the nicest people he had ever met, a very genuine and extremely interesting person. They had a chat about a sword Sir Terry had forged for himself from iron ore, and about childhood games in general.
 So, I'm done. Had a stinking cold this last week, which was not good! Just got me in the 7-14 day danger period, typically. Breathing got difficult enough I had to go to the Docs on Friday, and he's given me antibiotics to clear any infection, ahead of my 3rd IV chemo on Friday. Have to go for a blood test on Thursday, and if that's ok, then I get the treatment. So hopefully the antibiotics will have done their job, or I'll get put back for a week or so, I expect.


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