Up in the Air

Yes, I was “up in the air” when a dear friend gave me this lovely Hostess stamp set.  So cute!

I made two cards using one of the stamps but wasn’t quite sure which I liked the best. What do you think?

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Feeling a bit depressed at present.  Saw the haematology specialist yesterday after spending about 3 hours having an infusion of a bone strengthening drug.  Looks like the chemotherapy treatments are going to go on and on indefinitely and the thought of spending the rest of my life dealing with these treatments and their side effects is depressing.  Can’t seem to get my head around this myeloma cancer.  Oh well, guess I shall just have to pick myself up and carry on and stop my complaining.

Must admit it has been nice to see some summer weather (at last!) although it has been raining today but seems to be clearing up now so hopefully will be nice for the long weekend.

Have a nice one.

NZSU Colour Challenge

I’m glad this challenge was extended for a further week as I never got around to doing it last week.

The challenge was to use either River Rock, Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist or River Rock, Not Quite Navy and Tangerine Tango.  I chose the second choice mainly because it put me right out of my comfort level and sometimes we need to do that, don’t we.

Anyway, here’s the card I came up with:



You can’t tell from the photo but I ran a strip of the DSP (retired) down the right side of the inside of the card so that it would show through the punched border.

Felt quite happy with the overall result.


Asian Artistry – Takes 1 & 2

Had a vision for this card as I wanted to incorporate some beautiful patterned paper that was sent to me by Michelle a Stamping Sister who was at that time living and working in Japan.  I wanted this card to have an oriental feel to it but unfortunately my first attempt just didn’t live up to my expectations.




Just didn’t look right at all – was it because I had offset the right hand greeting past the edge of the card or was it the base cardstock in white.  I decided to change both and see what the outcome was.





Ah … that’s much better and more like what I envisaged though the photo doesn’t show the gold metallic cardstock up as well as it should.

To give you an idea of the beautiful paper, here is a close up picture.




Isn’t it gorgeous!!




Perfect Bliss in Concord Crush

Saw this beautiful card on the talented Dawn Aschefske’s blog and just had to case it.  Think hers is done in Elegant Eggplant but I chose to use Concord Crush and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  Really enjoyed making this card.


This card looks more blue than it should in the photo and looks even better IRL.  The card base is Concord Crush and I also used Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla cardstock.  The stamp set is Bliss from the 2011 Saleabration catalogue.  I felt really ashamed when I went to use it and found that I hadn’t even mounted the stamps and used this set at all in the past 12 months!  I am now determined to work my way through all my stamp sets and make a card using each of them regardless of whether the set is retired or not.  My next card will be using Asian Artistry so watch this space!

I am still undergoing chemotherapy though on a different regime which means that I now have to go to the hospital for treatment every 4 weeks out of 5.  On the 5th week I have to visit the specialist so that is my routine for the next few months.  I keep hoping that they will decide to end it sooner as it is very hard and tiring trying to overcome all the side effects of the drugs.  The week I had ‘off’ at Christmas was lovely and it felt great to feel normal again so it was really hard to have to go back to treatment again.  However on the up side, my results have been very promising and am hoping that when they send me for another MRI scan that this comes back with good results too.

I also have our cruise at the end of March to look forward to and the specialist is going to suspend my treatment for the time I will be away so that I should be able to enjoy it.  Can’t wait!!

Very windy here this afternoon so hope you are all safely indoors.

Pearls, pearls and more pearls

Firstly let me wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas.  I really enjoyed mine and it was a lovely family day.

Now on to the topic of pearls … you can see by these two cards I have just made that I am currently using a lot of pearls to finish off my cards.  I really must start using some of my other embellishments and give the pearls a well-deserved rest!

Anyway here are the latest creations – both fairly simple as my brain doesn’t seem to do elaborate or fussy these days.

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Hope this rotten weather isn’t spoiling all your holiday plans.  I certainly don’t envy all those campers trying to keep dry as well as coping with kids being cooped up in a caravan or tent.

Have fun.

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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