A big thank-you to my SBS sister Anne

I know my birthday was back in February, and I now know that it was a mistake to have used my daughter's post office box for a mailing address as she has only just remembered to bring me this lovely birthday surprise from my SBS#25 sister Anne in England.

Check this out:



Isn't this such a lovely card and just look at those goodies.


Thank you so much Anne for your kindness.


Home and Beach

Yes my op is all over, I'm home again and it's now just a matter of being patient and not doing anything stupid while I am healing. Certainly don't want to end up in hospital again! Still in a bit of pain but nothing too bad and it is getting better all the time. Look forward to being able to drive again in about a month's time and to getting my independence back.

We have been having some beautiful weather since I've been home and I was feeling sad that this was the end of the summer and yet I haven't had a summer holiday so my daughter Nicky came over and took me for a car ride to Piha Beach (for non-NZers this is pronounced pee-ha - a Maori place name). Piha is a popular New Zealand surf beach though as it was a weekday there were not too many surfers in evidence. We sat in the sun and ate our picnic lunch enjoying the scenery and peaceful surroundings. Here are some photos I took at Piha (I call these my holiday snaps, although we were there for only a couple of hours)!


The rock is famously known as Lion Rock, though I have to be honest and say that from this viewpoint I can't see much resemblance to a lion whatsoever. I think you have to be at the other end of Piha looking back to see the likeness.

The head at the bottom of the photo is my daughter Nicky.

The tide was out and the surf not as big and wild as it usually is.



Thanks Nicky for a lovely outing.

Just a quick note ...

... to let everyone know that I will be going into hospital this Thursday (19th) and having my ileostomy closure operation - at last!!  More worried about them getting a line into me for administering the anaesthetic plus doing blood tests, than I am about the operation itself, particularly after the performance when I had my scan a couple of weeks ago.  I think they can use my portacath for the IV drip though.

Anyway, I won't be posting (or creating) for a short while.  All be good (right!!), take care and have fun in the meantime.

Colours of the Rainbow

This is interesting.  Just go to the link - spacefem.com and do a quick questionnaire which will then be used to tell you which colors are in your rainbow.  This is mine:

Your rainbow is strongly shaded pink and blue.


What is says about you: You are a grateful person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You are a good listener and your friends are glad to have you around in difficult times. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Fun isn't it and yes, these are my favourite colors.

Some exciting news ...

Just a quick post to let you know that I now have the results of my scan last week and ..... good news, there was no sign of any residual cancer.  I am so relieved and now to the next step, waiting for a date to have my ileostomy reversal op.  There's no reason now for them to delay it any more.

Thanks to all of you out there who have sent me such warm and loving messages.  I know that I am still at risk of another recurrence but for now at least, I am in remission.  Such a great feeling.

Two challenges - one card

kwerner design - Color Inspiration #44 and Corrosive Challenge #1

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Thought I would try these two challenges (if I'm not too late!!) and have sneakily managed to make one card that fits both challenges - one gave me the colors to use and the other, the layout.

Here is my entry:IMG_0448

Materials used:

Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa and Whisper White.

Ink:  Close to Cocoa

Stamps:  SU Embrace Life

Other:  Ribbon, Brads


Love the delicate flowers in this stamp set.

Next wave of Birthdays ...

Just had another lot of birthdays this week.  The first was my (now) 15 year old grandson, Sam.  But ... I forgot to take a photo of his card.

The next birthday was a shared one - hubby Neville and my dear friend Anne have their birthdays on the same day so we normally meet up for lunch and this year was no exception.  That's the nice thing about being retired, you can do whatever you like (within reason, of course) whenever you like!



I made Anne's card a couple of months ago and actually posted a photo of it then.  I really liked this card and as I wanted something special for Anne decided this was the ideal card.  I then covered a little jotter pad to match but as with Sam's card, I forgot to take a photo.




IMG_0449 For hubby's card I decided to use up some supplies I had before I was introduced to Stampin' Up and developed my love of stamping.  To be honest I still have a load of supplies to be used up  ...  one day perhaps.  I used my Cuttlebug birthday folder to emboss the centre of this card.

Again a very happy birthday to all who have had a birthday this week.

Scan update

Thanks everyone for your messages of good cheer but I'm sorry to have to tell you that it didn't go as well as I had hoped.  I mentioned how I was worried about them getting a line in my veins for the dye - well it took them over 2 hours to find a vein that didn't collapse.  In the end I had two very nice men - the anaesthetist and his assistant attempting to get the line in.  The poor nurse by this time was nearly in tears.  At least they were injecting a local anaesthetic in first as by then it had become very painful.  My arms, hands and wrists are black and blue though it is fading now.

Not a very pleasant experience and I'm certainly not in a hurry to repeat it anytime soon.  If anyone knows of a way to strengthen and replenish veins I'd love to hear from you.

Haven't had any results as yet, hopefully next week.

I forgot ...

I had good intentions when I put up my post entitled Birthdays to include the following photos.  I forgot  ...  not unusual these days so here goes.IMG_0432


This is the fabulous birthday card that my lovely friend Karen gave me.  So-o-o clever!

She has promised to do a class showing how to make these.  Can't wait!!



Isn't this a sweet little box.  It was made by my daughter, Nicky.

I will have to find out from her where she got the template then I can let you all know.

Have to go and have a scan tomorrow.  They are going to have the anaesthetist there to assist in finding a vein in which to insert the line for the contrast infusion.

What fun ... lately there doesn't seem to be any veins left that are still usable!  Anyway it has to be done to make certain that there is no residual cancer lurking (don't you love the word "lurking") before I can get the all clear to have my ileostomy reversal.  What a long, drawn-out procedure this is!

Have just been looking at Stampin' Up's list of retired stamps, papers etc.  So many going, particularly old favourites such as Bodacious Bouquet.  Never mind, as I'm not a demonstrator I am still able to play and use all my retired stamps that I just couldn't bear to part with.

I am getting very excited though at the thought of all those goodies in the new catalogue that will be coming our way soon!  Can't wait.

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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