Monday, 25 January 2010

Funny Kinda Day...

I've been thinking today that I have far too many DP's in the garage to keep using my ink to print papers out from my CD's so thought I'd haul them in and start using them - after all - isn't this what I bought them for (I think I stroked them enough when I first bought them)???  They're mainly K & Co and is a set of 6 pads that I bought off QVC when I first started crafting.
I thought I'd bring them in and use them after I printed two more sheets out and its what actually what prompted me into bringing them all in to my new craft area - after all, I now have a place for them and one of my white boxes remains empty at the mo - new home for DP's (I have quite a few quote stacks too from DCWV); dogs, cats, boys....

Anyway, the first thing I made this morning was a get well card for my friend in Wales - he's been suffering with ENT problems (and heck, I know all about that), so I thought i'd just pop him a quick card together to let him know we're thinking about him.. He's waiting to see a micro surgeon about having a procedure on his problematic sinuses.  Anyway, I was posting some stuff to theirs already as it's my friend's (his wife) birthday on Thursday and she wanted her card to arrive BEFORE Thursday as when her post arrives her birthday is 'bleep bleep' half over by then - she's so funny, she kills me!!!!

Here is the quick get well card made with some free downloadable papers (which were in a Christmas set actually), a nested scalloped circle which I went round the edge with using my powder blue promarker, then added a silver peel off sentiment - what do you send a man as a get well card who's not into gardening or football/sport (although the peeloff is a bit footbally - but the others were flowers)?????:

I also made a bag of treats up for my friend - I borrowed the idea from Helen at Fiddle Fart - she's a real inspiration to me actually - I just love her ideas - note my bag is too big for the nesty label - i've since ordered some smaller ones - I'd used a C6 card cello bag for this project and stuffed it with roses and minature heros:

 Here's a card I made for a work colleague friend who has just moved house (and also expecting her first baby):

This was made with papers from the K&Co 
Classic K 6x6 pad.  The heart at the bottom right corner is one from a K&Co Grand Adhesions Wedding sticker set.  The card was a ready scored 6x6 white hammered card I bought a while ago which I rounded off with an EK corner punch. I lightly inked around the card edge with a pink pigmant ink pad (try and say that fast) - you may just see it if you click on the image to enlarge.  The band(s) across the card were made with other papers from the same stack.

This next card is one that is still work in progress and is for my friends 3 year old granddaughter.  I have made it by sticking two 6x6 cards together so there are 3 square panels.  I've gone with a pink and green theme.  I've included pictures of what i've done so far:
The bird is from My Craft Studio 'Wings and Things' CD and glazed with Anita's 3D clear gloss - I cut the legs off the original image (far too fiddly to cut round) so its legs are now wire spiralled around a ped and stuck on the back with double sided tape.  The sentiment is computer generated and cut and embossed with my nesty scalloped circle. 

All the backing papers on the card are from the new Funky Hand 'Dreams Come True' CD which I love.  I'd started this card before I made it my task to use some of my DP pads up!
This is the first inside panel - I printed the number three out from the CD (above) then covered in buttons, adhering them with PVA glue.  The colours are actually brighter than the pic shows but all the photos on tonight's blog have been taken by my mobile phone as I still cannot find the lead to my new camera :O(
This is the middle panel which I haven't finished off.  I want to bling the butterfly up a bit.  I hand write most of my messages as I think it adds the personal touch (like a home made card doesn't????).
I love this panel - the princess stamp is one i haven't used before so I inked up with versamark them heat embossed with silver powder and coloured with promarkers, then cut round.
The flowes are all punches out of various papers printed from the Funky Hand CD (as above) and layered.  I've dotted some 3d gloss in the middle of each then added 4 glass beads to each centre.  The leaves have been cut out on quickstripz (adhesive paper strips) using my silhouette, then coloured over with my leaf green promarker.
I've still bits to do to finish the card off yet but you get the idea.  As a three year old with almost everything - I'm going to make her an altered box in the next couple of days, which I will colour with acrylic paints.  It will be to house all her hair accessories - I've bought her some too that will go in the box when I've finished it.  I'm looking forward to that project so will post on here.

Anyhow, the reason for my productivity today is down to a few things really and despite me having only about 4 hours sleep (if that) last night.  I was watching TV and blogging until turned 4 this morning thinking about my pending hospital appointment this coming Wednesday - it's driving me stir crazy.  Anyway, despite the lack of sleep,I was still up at 8 so popped C&C on - the spellbinders pick of the week show was on with Sheena and Stephanie - the nestabilities in the show are selling really well so i'm pleased I got the labels set on Friday.  I am hoping that I'll get a delivery tomorrow - fingers crossed.

As my post title says, its been a funny kinda day.  I'm not well, i'm tired, in a bit of pain/discomfort and it would have been my Dad's 70th Birthday today.  He died on 1st August 08 with lung cancer.  If you've read my blog (which I only started about 3 weeks ago), I had said early on that I crafted while my Dad was going through his treatment - he had chemo and radiotherapy.  His last birthday with us (2 years ago today) was spent having his last session of chemotherapy and I spent all day with him at the regional cancer hospital; Weston Park.  I attended every chemo and all but two of 7 weeks worth of radio therapy sessions with him and EVERYTHING else inbetween (I even sat with him while he had 5 teeth pulled and his radiotherapy mask made.  That's how and when I started crafting (I was already off when my first project was my Brothers wedding 'Order of Service' cards).  Due to my anxiety and depression, I was off work ill throughout his illness/treatment and because of it.  Crafting was my therapy, my escape.  He wouldn't have wanted a fuss today, he would have just wanted his family around him.  I'll always remember his last birthday alive (his 68th) as it was mostly just me and him.  All he wanted for his birthday was a pork pie!!!! I bought him a great big one from the butchers - he loved it!!!
If you have also read my previous posts, you will be aware that i've been poorly since I started my blog.  I'm not a hypercondriac or anything, or not generally a sickly person, but I've had a speight of chest infections in the last 3-4 months - the rest is in my previous blogs, I don't feel like repeating it all.  Anyway, I have an appointment on Wednesday with the consultant, which i've mentioned previously, and have been somewhat anxious about that - the wait is the worse.... Then, I received a phone call this afternoon (of all afternoons) from my consultant, telling me that I have a tumour in my left lung.  I was rather hoping it would have been some scar tissue from a bout of something or other (although never been diagnosed as having anything such as TB, Whooping cough or pneumonia).  I'm told the tumour is benign (99%) but will find out more on Wednesday and discuss what my options are - one being leave it to see if it grows in next four months (which, if it did, would indicate not benign), or have surgery. Hmmmm. Choices hey?

Anyway, that's why today has been kinda funny... Dad's Birthday, the 2yr anniversary of his last chemo, and I find out I have a tumour.  Weird day...

Hope you enjoyed my cards and projects.  Funny what makes you productive isn't it?

Bye for now

Paula x x x

1 comment:

  1. Oh Paula. What can anyone say? Big hugs are winging their way to you as I type. Lets stay positive here and go with the advice they give you at the hopsital. They are the experts and I'm sure they will give you all the help they can in making such difficult decisions. Stay strong and feel free to shout if there is anything any of us can do to make things easier.
    A x


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