SBS#25 Wednesday Challenge #3

I would like to submit the card I made last Christmas which is in neither red nor green traditional colours.


I used my snowflake CB embossing folder on the Not Quite Navy cardstock then lightly rubbed my glue pad over it and covered with glitter.

Unfortunately this photo does not show up the glitter as it should.

I then mounted the word 'sparkle' and using my round punches attached the silver thread and ribbon around then mounted on the Whisper White cardstock.

Very easy to make and quite effective.

Chemo update

Went for my second chemo treatment yesterday and found it tough getting a line into my poor hand for the intravenous treatment. Have now been persuaded to put my name down for a portacath in my chest which will stay there until my treatment is finished. images2iv Still not too sure about getting this as it means having a small operation however guess anything should be an improvement on the difficulty they are having at present in finding suitable veins. My hand and arm are still quite painful today.

Also had two appointments at both Greenlane and Auckland hospitals the day before (Thursday) - the first for a CT scan (more needles and lines to go in to administer contrast dye) and the second appointment for my pre-treatment assessment. CT scan was good and showed no residual cancer so hope that will remain the case cos I'm not going through all this a third time round!

Just going to go into my craft room and do some playing so may have something nice to post to you later.

SBS#25 Challenge No. 2

This challenge was to use a technique that you haven't used before and make a card.

I have chosen the stained glass technique - see tutorial on Splitcoaststampers

I found this a lot easier than I thought to do and here is my entry:


The colours of the bird graphic are just so vivid using this method. I have used Bashful Blue and Very Vanilla cardstock which I embossed on the Cuttlebug using the Birds & Swirls embossing folder. I cut a square out of the VV cardstock and attached the vellum underneath so that the background was the BB.

Give this a go - it's so effective and easy.

Tagged again!

This time I have been tagged by Michelle from SBS#25.

The rules are:

1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Answer the five sets of five (these are easy)
3. Tag 5 people in the last section by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Things you love:

1. My family of course
2. My dog
3. Paper crafts, particular cardmaking and stamping
4. Sunny days
5. Musicals

Things you don't love:

1. Needles (blood tests & intravenous lines)
2. Supermarket shopping
3. Bad tempered people
4. Inconsiderate drivers
5. Overbearing politicians

Songs on your iPod/Playlist:

1. Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue
2. Album from Mama Mia
3. Neil Diamond: Home before Dark
4. Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion - The Prayer
5. Georgia on my Mind - Ray Charles

Favourite foods/drinks:

1. My cups of tea
2. Fresh fish
3. Chicken fettucine
4. Lemon Meringue Pie
5. Home made soup

People you are tagging:

1. Viv
2. Cheri
3. Vanja
4. Clara
5. Susanna

Hopefully I will NOT be tagged again - so time consuming!

First challenge for SBS#25 finally completed

Well I have finally finished the first challenge set for the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers Group #25 (phew, what a mouthful so will forever on refer to them as SBS#25). This challenge wasn't an easy one - 5 cards using the same colours and image but with a different layout and embellishments. Janet posted this challenge and what a challenge it was to come up with 5 different ideas. Very time consuming so - note to SBS#25 - please make future challenges no more than 2 cards, preferably 1.

So to move on ..... here is my offering:

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The stamp I have used is from Stampin' Up's Stem Silhouettes set and I have stamped it using the Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves Rainbow Dye Inkpad. Other colours used, both cardstock and inkpads are all from Stampin' Up - Really Rust, River Rock, Always Artichoke, and Chocolate Chip.

Have kept the concept of all cards fairly simple so as not to overshadow the simplicity of the leaf stem.


Well have just made this card with the vase of flowers stamped and watercolored on SU's watercolor paper. Oh how easily it colors and looks so great that I haven't even enhanced it with my usual dose of Dazzling Diamonds. The little bee has had Crystal Effects applied to 'pop' it up.

All in all, this card turned out just the way I envisaged so I am happy!!


Colours used - Purely Pomegranite, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss and River Rock.

By the way it is now 4.52 pm when all the poor workers will be starting to make their way home and the weather is absolutely attrocious - strong winds, sometimes galeforce, pouring rain - eek - glad I'm warm and comfy at home!

Gorgeous Bodacious Bouquet

Here are the couple of newly created and re-created cards (couldn't quite make up my mind) using my new Bodacious Bouquet stamp set and wheel.

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The card on the right has a background using the Stylized Flowers CB embossing folder which I think works in quite nicely with these stamps. I used my SU flower punch for the little popped up flowers.

Weather miserable here but good for papercrafting! Am just going to try out some watercoloring using the watercolor paper I have just bought from SU. Interested to see how much difference this makes.

All the medication is making me feel a bit 'yukky' in the stomach but slept much better last night so feeling more like doing things today.

Take care all.

Cardmaking and chemo

First of all here are a couple of cards I made and sent to all my creative friends as thank you's for all their caring. Other friends received a variety of lovely cards that I have made previously in classes etc.


As is often my style this card was cased and adapted. I did not have any patterned paper with dots to match so made my own by using the matching cardstock (SU Brocade Blue) and embossing with the Cuttlebug dots folder then used my white gel pen to fill in the dots on the indented side. Worked well.

The sentiment has been embossed.


The other card I made in Almost Amethyst.

Whoops, just noticed a blunder on the card on the right. I forgot to tie the Chocolate Chip ribbon bow around the stem of the flower on this card. Hope the ones I sent out were all correct!

The stamp used on both these cards is from the Bloomin with Beauty set in the new Spring catalogue.

This set has now joined my list of favourites.

This next card was a sympathy card I made last week for our good neighbours whose brother died of cancer. It was made in a bit of a hurry and didn't turn out as I had hoped - never mind, this time it was all my own creation!


Sorry about the terrible photo quality :-(

Have had a busy week having to make trips to the hospital three days in a row. Wednesday for an ultra sound, Thursday to Oncology for final assessment and to sign my life away agreeing to the chemo, then on Friday for the actual first dose of chemo. So far, so good and am not getting the terrible reactions I had last time. Worst part is getting the intravenous line into a vein as mine have never recovered from last time, and the only other thing is the medication I am on to counteract the side effects of the carboplatin (chemo) tends to make you hyper and very alert. A lot of people would say that as I am never particularly alert that this is a good thing but it does tend to keep you awake all night. Your body is tired, your eyes can't stay open, but your brain won't stop working!

I am trying to decide whether to let them put in a port-a-cath in my chest to make it easier to do blood tests and administer the chemo. The downside to this is the risk of infection and blood clots and it also means having it done under anaesthetic. Has anyone any feedback on this procedure that may help me to come to a decision?

Anyway back to my cardmaking. I am in the process of doing another couple of cards as I have just purchased (at long last) the lovely Bodacious Bouquet set and wheel. Once again not quite turning out how I want but will keep experimenting and will post these once finished.

Happy creating all.

Thanks for popping in to catch up on what is happening in my life. I enjoy sharing my love of stamping and cardmaking and invite you to have a look at the projects I have made. You are welcome to take my ideas and use them in your own creations.
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