Thursday, 13 November 2014

Hi friends! Have you missed me? 


I'm so sorry, but I've been AWOL due to acute, bordering on chronic, tooth pain!!
I was booked to have two teeth extracted a while ago, but couldn't have it done as I was booked for an ultrasound needle biopsy on the same day for a lump in my neck!
 (Wouldn't recommend that procedure too often, it HURT!!)
Arghh! I thought the biopsy more important, so delayed having the teeth out. 
Anyway, the results came back inconclusive for more Lymphoma, so I had to go into hospital for a surgical biopsy. (They removed the whole node). 

GUESS WHAT!!! THAT was the date I'd re-arranged for the dentist! *sob*.
The dentist couldn't do my teeth as I had a brand new 6" scar across my neck and I couldn't open my mouth very wide and there was a risk of infection. Ugh!
Took 2 weeks for the swelling etc  to go down and I still can't smile properly as the nerves have taken a bit of a battering.
I FINALLY Had my teeth out on Wednesday 5th November and I was ecstatic.
FINALLY I would be without this awful pain....errr NOT!!
I had to go back yesterday, seven days later as the pain a nightmare and I couldn't control it.
It seems I have a 'dry socket'. No wonder I was in agony. The whole gum was infected.

I'm now on antibiotics AGAIN and this time they are working! I can function again at last!
Oh, the results came back as positive for lymphoma in the node.
It's still low grade, so need for chemo yet! YEAH!

Right! Are you still awake?
I have some Christmas cards I made on better days to show you.
I also made a Christmas cake for the first time in my life!
(I forgot to photograph that before I sealed it up)!
I'll take one when I open it to 'feed' it it's brandy and take a picture then.

This card features my favourite little robin stamp from Purple Onion.
I coloured them with Copics as per usual.
Sponged the frame and added a poinsettia 'coz I love 'em.

   This is my wonderful 'Three trees' also from Purple Onion.
Using a Sizzix diagonal stripe EF and Spellbinders Fancy frame.
Coloured with Copics and dressed up with some sprigs punched out and some felt 'berries'.

 This is so simple.The same frame as the one above and the same EF with the sentiment from Waltzing mouse Stamps ''Tis the Season' as the focal point.

This is my lovely Sugar Nellie rubber stamp, 'Snowman and Gift', done in blue.
Copic coloured, of course. 

 Lastly for now, here's an experiment that didn't quite go as I'd planned. 
I was aiming for vintage Christmas, but it didn't work out too well.
LOVE that stamp by Gillian Roberts called 'Bear and Robin'.
Another stamp I've had for years!
The paper is from an 8"x8" pad I cut down.

Well, I hope you haven't all deserted me, although I would deserve it for being missing in action for so long.

I'll be back soon with more Christmas cards 
and I hope that one or two will inspire you in some small way.


Friday, 10 October 2014

Happy birthday son!

It's my second son's 42nd  birthday today.
OMG!!! I'm OLD!! (I'm only 15 in my head)! LOL

He's been decorating the flat he shares with his fiancé and making a real hash of it.
Nearly each piece of wallpaper he put up, peeled off again! Ha Ha!
(His painting was OK though).

I saw this digi on Dr Digi's house of Stamps.
(The only resemblance to Paul is his bald head)! LOL

I coloured Derek Dunderton with my trusty Copics.
The splats were cut on the Cameo and I wrote 'SON' on the paint tin with a Copic fine liner.
The blue and the brown is very similar to the colours he painted the flat with.

I hope he finds it as funny as I do. I'm sure he will be tickled pink with it.

Thanks for dropping by!


Thursday, 9 October 2014

It's the most wonderful time...of the year! Tra-La!

Well I think it is anyway.
I love Christmas card making season and can't wait to get cracking on more.
Here's another one or two .....

 These two are made with a Purple Onion Stamp 'Snowy Trio'

I cheated and scanned the coloured image before mounting it onto the first card.
Serves me right, 'coz my scanner part of my printer has died! Poo!

This one uses a sledge die, the Merry Christmas die and some scraps of SU DP and a little gold mirri card. 
Simple, but effective I think.
 (I'd tell you who's dies they are if I could only remember)! LOL

Thanks for visiting, it's always a pleasure to 'see' you.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

An amazing blog hop to celebrate All Dressed Up meets Sugar Nellie!

Hi there Dressies


If you've arrived from Valou's fabulous blog, you're on the right track.

We've just passed our birthday and we have some very exciting news.
Wendy, the owner and designer of All Dressed Up will now be selling her gorgeous images as both rubber and digital stamps with none other than

whooop whoop whoop!!!
Please pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and a slice of cake as you'll be here a while.
We're having a mahoosive blog hop with us Dressy Girls and some of the Sugar Nellie Design team too.
AND an extra challenge for all you Dressy fans. Oh and better than that we have a this gorgeous freebie and numbers (just in case you want to change it) designed especially for the celebration.

...and what is a hop without prizes?
We'd like to thank everyone who donated a prize. 
 Lot's of lovely goodies are up for grabs girls but you must follow our two simple rules :)

1. You must complete the hop and leave a comment for every one of us Dressy Girls 
and of course the Sugar Nellies too.

2. You must create a card using the freebie and add it to Mr Linky back at All Dressed Up..  

All Dressed Up
Prize: the four new digital images

 Crafty Ribbons
Prize:  £10 voucher
crafty ribbons
Prize:  Petal Lu Lucky Dip, which will be a box of 50 blooms
Prize:  $30.00 gift certificate
Prize:  goody bag or gift voucher
Prize:  2 prizes, each one being a magazine subscription from the time it is entered to June  
Scrap n' Art Online Magazine

Prize - online voucher to a class

                                                                     Quixotic Paperie
                                                      Prize - Make It Crafty blending card

                                                                     That Craft Place
                                                                 Prize - £10 voucher

                          Now, I guess your all desperate to see these new images 'All Dressed Up'. 
So, let's hop!!!
If you've just happened along, you'll want to start the hop at the beginning with our lovely Dressy Girl Nancy,  run on over to see her gorgeous creation then follow her link to the next Dressy Girl:)

(In case you get lost along the way, here's a list of all the Dressy Girls in hop order).

The hop will run for two weeks.  So you have until 21st of October to get your card made and comment on all of the gorgeous cards :)

Here's a couple of cards I made for this hop...

This is your freebie!

This will be for my grand daughter's birthday on 5th October.
I coloured her with Copics and framed her with a Spellbinders Fancy Frame.

  This little cutie is Called 'feeding The Birds'.

I made the card shape with my Silhouette Cameo.
In fact, I made ALL the shapes with my Cameo. LOL
Coloured with Copics are per usual for me.
A couple of flowers in Autumn colours to add a little extra something.

OK, your next stop is the amazing Vicky! Boy are you in for a treat!

Lastly, a huge congratulations to our lovely designer Wendy.  
We are all thrilled to be a part of your new journey and wish you loads and loads of success :)

Don't forget to leave a comment on every blog girls. Looking forward to seeing your creations.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

An attempt at folds

They say no news is good news.... Not quite true I'm afraid.
It's not BAD news, just NO news.
Got the first biopsy results through today (Thursday), but they were inconclusive.
Hmmm, so now I have to go into hospital as a day patient for another biopsy.
Instead of the needle guided one, I have to have the lymph gland biopsy done surgically. Ho hum.
Whatever the results of this one, it's still all good.
If it IS benign, FINE! If it ISN'T benign, it's STILL fine, 'coz my Lymphoma is low grade.
Heads I win, tails I don't lose!

OK enough drama, let's see my latest attempt at colouring folds in clothes with me trusty Copics.
Waddya reckon?
Not a bad attempt on the whole eh?
Now, I found a load of stamps in a ring binder that hasn't seen the light of day for years.
This Tilda being one of 'em, so I have no idea what she's called.
The papers are a 6x6 Forever Friends pad  'Best of British'.

Now I have to work on the decoration side of things. *Sigh*.
One thing at a time Viv!

Please let me know what you think. Good, bad or indifferent is fine by me. LOL
See you again soon!


Sunday, 28 September 2014

An oldie but a goody!

Hi friends,
Sorry not been around much due to getting a couple of appointments this last week.
Firstly, I had an 'Ultrasound Guided aspiration' biopsy on an enlarged lymph node in my neck on Tuesday.
It was like having liposuction in miniature!!! Arghhh!
I get the results next  Friday. All being well, it will say the Lymphoma hasn't travelled upwards.
My neck is still sore! Boo!
THEN! I had a tooth out on on Thursday. I felt every single part of it!
The infection was so deep in my tooth, the anaesthetic didn't reach it! ARGHHH again!!
BUT!! No more tooth pain that has been driving me NUTS for 2 months.
Hence my absence. Am I forgiven?

Hope so my lovelies.
Here's a card to make you smile anyway.
I've had this Sugar Nellie rubber stamp for YEARS!
(Even the Stampin' Up DP is old)!
 'Snowman with gift'  I LOVE this stamp!
He's sold out at Funky Kits I'm afraid. I hope he goes digital along with his other snowmen friends.
I coloured him with Copics and framed him with two of the Tonic studio oval layering dies.

I will be entering him into these Challenges.
(Hope it counts 'coz it's a SN stamp not image).

I've got another couple of cards in the pipeline, so please call back soon.


Monday, 15 September 2014

A new week and a new challenge!

Hya friends. Well, here's another week about to start and to kick it off,
 it's time for a new challenge at All Dressed Up.

The theme this time is 'Favourite Colour(s)'
Now what could be easier than that!

MY favourite colours are Christmas ones and to prove it, here's a card I made using the adorable
(Click on the name and it will take you to Wendy's Etsy store).

He's so cute. He's so happy you can't help smiling can you!
I framed him with a Spellbinders Fancy Frame and some paper poinsettias from a hugs box of Christmas flowers that I won  a while ago on Facebook, courtesy of  Sweet Lilac Paper Flowers.
I LOVE poinsettias! 
The candy stripe paper is from SU!
The green patterned paper is from Simple Stories called 'Handmade Holiday'.
I coloured my happy snowman with Copics and added a touch of Stardust Stickles to the ground and the flowers.
I sponged the Spellbinder's frame with TH 'Broken china'.

Well my good buds, that's my favourite colours.
I do hope you join in with our challenge.
We love to see your amazing projects.

Please visit the All dressed Up Challenge Blog to see the fabulous inspirational projects by my mega talented DT buddies.

Also, why not pop on over to our All Dressed Up group on Facebook You will be made most welcome.

Bye for now and thanks for stopping by.