The Week that Was …

My life seems to be a mixed bag at the moment.  Last Wednesday it was my oncology appointment at the hospital.  I was feeling very apprehensive and nervous as to what they found when I had the PET scan in Wellington.  Instead of finding another secondary tumour in the abdominal area where it was last time, and where this type of cancer normally appears but instead two hot spots were found – one in a rib bone and one in my thyroid.  Won’t dwell anymore on this though until they knowsad_face1 for sure what is happening.  Now waiting for a biopsy on the rib and an ultra sound of my thyroid and perhaps even a biopsy there as well if they suspect it is needed. My CA125 levels meantime continue to rise – now 136.  

Neighbourly lunch 2010-07-231


Friday was a much nicer day.  We met with some neighbours and ex-neighbours (we still all keep in touch) for lunch which also extended into afternoon tea!!  Lots of talk and laughter.


Then Saturday night it was out for dinner (Nicky’s birthday).  Really nice Indian restaurant (Chapati’s in Lincoln Road).

Sunday was my turn to help Sally man our table at the Craft Out West show.  So, so busy but very successful.  There were times when they were lining up to have a go with our makes and takes.  These were mine here:IMG_1365      IMG_1370

Mmm why is the second picture blurry?  Couldn’t possibly be the photographer could it? lol

Go here to see Sally’s gorgeous butterfly make & takes -

Finding that I haven’t got the same energy levels as I had and by today was really tired so wasn’t impressed that I had to get up early to go and pick up some tubes from Labtests then be at the hospital by 9 am for them to take bloods via my portacath …  and that didn’t go smoothly either!  Then drop the 4 tubes back to the lab so that they can get the results to oncology.

Gee I’m glad I’m retired – don’t think I would have had the time to be ill if I was still working!

Anyway that’s my ‘week that was’.  As I say a real mixture but yes, the good did outweigh the bad.  Tomorrow I’m going to indulge in a well-earned sleep in.

Two daughters, two birthdays

Both my daughters were born (2 years apart) in the same month with just 9 days between their birthdays.  Kim’s was nine days ago and Nicky’s was today – so Happy Birthday to you both – love you.

Kim’s card was a slight variation on one I did last weekend for a class -

IMG_1323and for Nicky’s card I attempted to do something a bit shabby & chic -

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Oh where did all those years go and what happened to my two sweet little girls!!  (They’ll kill me for saying that)   ……..

Embossed Hearts and Paper Bags

I should have posted this yesterday but was a bit slow hence my friend Karen beat me to it!  On Saturday I held an embossing class at my home.  These are the projects we did.


Embossed Hearts card:
Supplies used: (all Stampin’ Up)
Stamp sets: Whimsical Words and
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink & Ruby Red
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Big Shot machine
Top Note die
White embossing powder
Black embossing powder
Versamark Ink
Corner rounder punch

Embossed Paper bag gift holder: (based on a project by Paula Dobson)
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Supplies used: (all Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated)
Cardstock: Soft Suede, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Stamps:  Upsy Daisy
Other:  Kraft Paper Bag #3, Sticky Strip, Large Oval Punch, Suede Ribbon, Flower brad, Clear embossing powder (could also use clear embossing powder & Sparkling Diamonds mixed together).

If you want a class making these projects please get in touch and I will be happy to arrange one for you.

Scallop circle thanks

Yesterday we had our Regional Training Conference here in Auckland.  A really great day full of interesting and useful demonstrations, make and takes, lunch and lots of chatting with friends and acquaintances.  Must say Stampin’ Up definitely know how to organise a well-run event.  Thanks SU too for the stamp set we were all given – will share this with you nearer the release of the new 2010/2011 catalogue – can’t wait!!

I didn’t do swaps this time though I did make about 5 of this card using the new scallop circle die that came in my order last Thursday and gave these away.  IMG_1348       IMG_1349 Really love this die and know I am going to find lots of uses for it.  Also thought it was about time I gave my Fun & Fast Notes stamp set a christening.  This set was part of my Demonstrator starter kit that I got when I signed up last February and up to now haven’t had the opportunity to use it but now that I have know that these cute 8 stamps are going to get a lot of use.

You could buy this versatile (and yes it’s fun) set cheaply – how? - do you know that you only have until the end of this month to save yourself 20% on the Demonstrator Starter Kit?  Check out this fabulous opportunity out -

Starter Kit Special Offer:

All the supplies you need to get stamping at a fabulous price and no you don't have to become a demonstrator to partake in this fabulous offer!

From 21 May-31 July, get a 20 percent discount on the Starter Kit when you join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator!  Many demonstrators are hobby demonstrators who join up solely to get their product at a discounted price.

Description            Regular Price            Discount Price
Starter Kit                 $379.00                       $299.00

This Starter Kit is great value - bought individually there is over $655 worth of product - how great is that!!  Hopefully any questions you may have can be answered on this page HERE but I also love to chat so feel free to phone or email me for any questions you may have -  021-739 137 or

By joining the Stampin' Up! family you will get:

  • 20% discount on all your purchases
  • A selection of versatile stamp sets (4) (your choices)
  • Regular Stampin' Around wheel + an ink cartridge
  • Stampin' Pads (5)
  • Blender Pens
  • Stampin' Scrub + Stampin' Mist
  • Snail
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Stampin' Pastels

When is the best time to join Stampin' Up! Now that our catalogue release has been moved to September, July is probably the best month to join. Why?

  • It's the start of a quarter, so there are no sales quotas to meet until the end of December.
  • You will get your FREE Demonstrator copy of the catalogue mailed straight to you in August.
  • The Retirement List and New Catalogue make it easy to meet your first quota
  • Christmas is just around the corner,  which is the perfect time to hold classes and workshops for your friends
  • You'll get the new Summer Mini Catalogue mailed directly to you in October, and you'll be able to pre-order in November.
  • When it's time to meet your second quota, it will be Sale-a-Bration time!

REMEMBER - this offer is only open until the end of this month.

We have a winner …


The winner of my draw (orders placed from Apr 1 to Jun 30) for a free stamp set (and a couple of other goodies) is:

Heather McCrory  -  congratulations Heather and I hope you have lots of fun with this.

I will be giving away another stamp set to be drawn September 30th so make sure you have placed plenty of orders before then.  Each order placed goes in the draw, so the more orders, the more chances!!  Good luck.

Two quick & easy cards

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These cards were so quick and easy to make – ideal for when you’re busy and need a card in a hurry.

The first one features the Medallion stamp – ideal as a feature on a card or as a background stamp.  Here I have stamped it over some DSP (think this is a retired pattern).  The second utilises punches – the oval punches from the main IBC and the lovely bird punch that can be found in the Autumn/Winter mini catalogue.  Once again I have used the designer series paper for the background.

Come to my classes and learn how to make these for yourself.  Go to the link on the right to find out days and times.

2-step stamping special for July


The June weekly deals may be over but the fun goes on - look at all these lovely 2 step stamping sets that are 20% off in July even TWO from our latest mini - I'm not sure why Cheep Talk is on special as it's not a true 2 step stamping set but who cares!  I’m really sad to see A Rose is a Rose going – I love it.  So get in quick and buy this set before it goes. Also pleased to see Tiny Tags in this special offer – I’m definitely buying that and the punch that matches – Medium Jewellery Tag punch in the Autum/Winter mini.

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
116386 39
Loads of Love
$46.95 $37.56
116342 42
Big Bold Birthday**
$63.95 $51.16
115860 78
A Rose is a Rose**
$77.95 $62.36
116332 86
Playful Petals**
$62.95 $50.36
115770 98
Cheep Talk
$56.95 $45.56
115946 115
Wonderful Favourites
$46.95 $37.56
119187 14*
Tiny Tags (wood-mount)
$45.95 $36.76
118592 14*
Tiny Tags (clear-mount)
$36.95 $29.56
119163 31*
Cottage Garden (wood-mount)
$38.95 $31.16
120003 31*
Cottage Garden (clear-mount)
$30.95 $24.76
*From 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue

**Retiring stamp sets!

Remember you only have until the end of July to take advantage of these great prices. (Shipping costs apply $9.95 or 5% of order, whichever is the greater).

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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