Beautiful Cherry Blossoms

Just wanted to share these photos of our cherry blossom trees which are looking absolutely wonderful this year.  For once the wind hasn’t come along and blown all the flowers away!

Love these trees.

Butterfly Thanks

I needed some more ‘Thanks’ cards so made this little card (9.9 cm square).  You can get 3 of these cards out of one sheet of A4 cardstock.  I used the cute little Kindness Matters stamp set and for the middle butterfly stamped it out a second time on vellum then coloured it on the wrong side and mounted to give it a 3D look.IMG_2004

The ribbon is Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon – a lovely soft and pliable ribbon – which I have dyed using So Saffron ink refill.  As a hobby demonstrator I find that dying a neutral coloured ribbon is an economical way of having matching ribbons.  As much as I would like to have a full selection of all ribbons in all colours it would be impractical as one spool of ribbon lasts me for ages.

Well it’s Wednesday tomorrow – my weekly chemo day.  Would love to eliminate this day out of my week entirely!!  I’ve only just got over last week’s meds and started to feel a bit energetic again.  I still have another 15 weeks on this regime then will have to start on some different drugs for probably another 15-18 weeks.  Trying not to think that far ahead as it seems to stretch too far in the future.

Cancer stinks – have been following the blog of a sister stamper in the U.S., Katie, who was diagnosed with Grade 4 stomach cancer at the end of last year and who lost her fight this morning leaving a grieving husband and 3 little boys without their mother.  Her journey has been quite emotional for me as even though I have never met or spoken to her, I have been praying for her and her family but my prayers, and those of countless others, were in vain.  So terribly, terribly sad.  You can go to Katie’s blog if you so wish – My Paper Haven – and send up some silent prayers for her family.  Katie was a fighter, and her attitude to her illness and her willingness to share her journey so openly and honestly is a tribute to her memory.

Sorry if this post has become so gloomy but it does make me appreciate and be thankful for my still being here to keep fighting.  I still have a lot to look forward to.
I hope you and your family are all well and happy and enjoying life.

The WOW Christmas Event

Our WOW PaperKrafters team held a great Christmas event last Saturday.  Lovely projects and afternoon tea not to mention, the lovely ladies there.

Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have as was still feeling rotten after this week’s chemo.  Normally I have mostly recovered by Saturday but as is Murphy’s Law – this week was an exception.  Never mind, have had fun the last day or so completing all the projects I did not feel like doing there and for which I just brought all the kits and bits and bobs home.

Here’s the finished line up:

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Bottom left are made from the SU open ended envelopes with the top cut off and decorated.  By crimping the main envelope it narrows it slightly so that the top can just slide over.  Great for chocolate bars, sachets of tea, herbs or bath salts etc. The box on the bottom right contains 4 small cards and envelopes to match.  Really easy to make and a great pre-Xmas gift (so they can use the cards on Xmas presents).  I love them all – the cute punch-art snowman and I have always loved the Winter Post stamp set – so much so that I have now given in and ordered it!!

Thanks Karen, Debbie, Sally and Lesley for creating and demonstrating these for us.

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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