Such a neat day

On Saturday my group of SU demonstrators – WOW PaperKrafters – had their Xmas party and fun day.  And it was fun!!  6 of us did swaps from the new upcoming Summer mini – roll on December 1st – so first of all check these out:

Karen’s card:                                                              Sally’s card:









Sarah’s Pouch card:







Debbie’s card:                                                       Claire’s card:











My card:


We then started on our six projects – plenty of time and room to do them after watching the individual demonstrations.  In between projects we then got to eat – everyone had brought something for the shared lunch/afternoon tea AND IT WAS ALL SO YUMMY!  Then back to our projects – here are the ones I made:

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Well this isn’t exactly the one that I made – this was the example card as the photo I took of mine didn’t turn out very well.


Sorry to have made you all envious :) but it was a really great day so thanks to everyone who came and thanks to Debbie, Karen, Lesley, Sarah and Sally for the lovely projects we made.

PS:  Getting a bit edgy and nervous as the appointment for my op hasn’t come yet so looks like it will be right on Christmas at this rate!

Just to confuse you

Another health update … what a confusing week it has been.  Firstly they line me up with three appointments for my thyroid operation (total thyroidectomy) – 23 Nov my pre-op appointment, 26 Nov an appointment with the voice clinic and 29 Nov for the actual operation.

That was on Tuesday, then on Friday the doctor from Oncology rang to say that they had been having meetings reviewing my case which they describe as ‘complex’ and have now decided that perhaps they should be operating on the rib first, not the thyroid.  Note:  Just to refresh everyone’s memory, they found that I have two areas where there are lesions, the thyroid and one of my ribs.  At first they thought the rib lesion had metastasised from the thyroid but now from what I can gather, think that perhaps it is from my ovarian cancer.

They have set up an urgent appointment for me tomorrow morning to see a cardiothoracic surgeon at Auckland Hospital to discuss with me.  They admitted they are confused as to what is going on with me – geez if they are confused what do they think I am!!!

As soon as I know more I will report back.



Also last week we went down country to my daughters and stayed Wednesday night so that we could go to my grandson Michael’s senior prizegiving.  He achieved a certificate for Outstanding Effort AND  ….  First place for Automotive Engineering.

Way to go Mikey!!  (Also thanks for grudgingly letting me take your photo).

La Luminaria

These are so easy to make yet so effective.  Just remember though don’t use a real tealight candle as you could end up with a major fire.  I have used a battery operated tealight candle which changes colour and only costs $2 (naturally) from the Two Dollar shop.


*  Take one A4 sheet of cardstock and cut in half vertically (lengthwise) then trim about 3/8” off the length of each piece.

*   Score at 2-3/4”   5-1/2”   8-1/4” and 11”

*   Decorate as required

*   Use the ornament punch to punch out the shapes on each side.

*   I then used my Big Shot and embossing folder and embossed on to a clear window sheet.  Sand the raised part of the embossing slightly to give it an opaque look.  On the top of the ornament shape I have used silver paper glittered to make it look like a light fitting and then placed the embossed piece behind.

*   Finish decorating your luminaria then adhere the narrow strip to form a 4-sided open ended box.

*   Turn on your battery operated tealight and place your luminaria over it .

Voila – a pretty decoration for the mantlepiece or table.  Make a few of these to place around.  You can also use different shapes other than the ornament if required.

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial (my first!).  Have fun.

Another Extravaganza

I’m a bad blogger!!!  Too much other stuff on my mind lately – mainly to do with hospitals and the lack of follow up!  Anyway to cheer myself up on Saturday I went along to the Creative Inkers’ Auckland Christmas Extravaganza.

A lovely afternoon with some gorgeous projects:



Barbara Bicknell’s Embossed Ornament Card

The Ornament punch and matching Delightful Decorations stamp set are fabulous and make it so simple to put together a lovely card.

Oops I forgot to take a photo of the ornament tree decoration that went with this card.


Bundle of Gift Tags from Kelly Slattery & Sara Falconer

A great gift idea.  So cute. I adore the Dasher stamp.



Bron Heslop & Kate Tobeck demonstrated these adorable little Christmas Milk Holders in a Carton.

A great idea for the Christmas table filled with little sweets or as a stocking filler.





This classy Christmas Cracker filled with sweets came from Jacque Pedersen and Dianne Millar.  Won’t these impress the guests at your Christmas table.

And last, but definitely not least, this cute Christmas Owl Punch Art card demonstrated by Rachael Knight & Mandy Hunter.  Just gorgeous!!!


How are all your Christmas preparations going?

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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