Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Hospital Update and thanks for your support and kind wishes

Thanks to all those who popped by to view my desk on the WOYWW feature this morning.  Also a big thanks to those who wished me luck at the hospital.

I saw the consultant who said that the tumour is fibrous as opposed to cancerous and is growing on the outer lining of my lung and attached to my ribs but haven't erroded the bones which makes them think its not malignant.  However, the pain and discomfort I am suffering seems to be because its growing on a nerve.

Next stop is an appointment with the surgeon who will arrange about 3 biopsies and discuss the possibility of surgical removal.  I still have to go to the lung function clinic for breathing tests.  Hopefully I've got plenty of crafting years in me yet and will now be able to make plans for my 40th Birthday celebration March 2011.  When I first heard that there was something on the lung, before I had my CT scan - my life flashed before me and I seriously didn't think i'd be here to celebrate - I share my Birthday with my son who will be 18 on my 40th - anyway, it has been one heck of a scary place over the past couple of weeks.

If you have read my previous blog posts, thank you so much for baring with me; I'm not a whinger or a hyperchondriac but I have been seriously scared and crafting and blogging has been a huge therapy - thank you all once again for your kind thoughts and wishes.  I'm hoping to get a decent nights sleep tonight (despite the discomfort) - I think my tidyness has to be put down to trying to use up my nervous energy.

Bye for now - my next post will be of nice projects and no mention of hospitals (hopefully).

I'm off to cuddle up to my supportive and somewhat relieved husband.

Paula x x x

WOYWW 27th January 2010

Morning All.  An early post for me for this feature - I was mega late in the day last week with this.  I have a few photos to share this morning - and big apologies in advance for the quality of these.  Despite being in a conservatory - full of light - they've come our relatively dark and murky as they've been taken on my phone (AGAIN)!!!  How can I lose my camera lead and still not have found it yet - I must have a camera lead ghost thief in the house....!

Here goes the first set of three photos - because I couldn't get a decent 'panoramic' type view in one go:

This pic shows a couple of (digi) stamped and coloured images i cut out with my nesties last night.  The hairspray is for fixing ink when printed out (happy accident/experiment) and the acrylic paints are for a project I need to start.

This shows work in progress i.e. the card stood up.  I posted the individual pages in an earlier post but I've still not completed it.
This view shows my cutter, some hair things which form part of said project and a pile of cards which I completed and posted last night.

This is the project I mentioned I will be doing... I'll be 'altering' this 'thing' with the actylic paints and hopefully some chipboard shapes I bought AGES ago from QVC.
These loveheart sweets are for another project I want to do for valentines gifts to my supportive friends and family - trouble is they read things like 'be mine' and 'page me'... what happened to the 'big boy' ones??? I bet some PC person had them banned!!!!  Not sure my friends would have appreciated them anyway, but i'm sure they'll 'get' the meaning of them (fingers crossed)!

Hop over to Stamping Ground for more WOYWW and have a nosey at what other crafting sisters have going on at the moment - such a great way to get to 'virtually know and visit' each other.

I have a hospital appointment with the consultant this afternoon (see earlier posts) - so I'm gonna try a bit of nosying around myself before then, then i'll catch up with the rest later.

Bye for now - hope you enjoyed your visit - please leave some 'lurve' and i'll come over and pay you a visit too.

Paula x x x

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Cute as a button

Well, I've been a busy bunny today completing something that I'd started in the early hours this morning before finally going to bed at nearly 4.30am.
These 6 cards are variations on a theme - all the LO's are the same/similar, they are all 6x6 square, they have all been stamped and coloured by ME!

The DP's are ones that I bought in from the garage yesterday and are a mix of K&Co or some 12x12's that I have cut up.  I have coloured them all with Promarkers, and had coloured the stamped images before I chose the DP's which I think may be the harder way of doing it.  Through blog hopping on to various challenges and learning from fellow crafters, I think I will chose the DP first in future.

All the sentiments are computer generated then cut with my nestabilities - seeing as I only currently have the choice of two - they are either scalloped circles or labels one.  I am still waiting for my POW from C&C where I bought the set of labels - bargain.

Here are the cards individually:

This is a lilli of the valley stamp which I love - this is the first time i'd coloured this image when I had limited collection of promarkers, it's still turned out OK though.  I will be sending this to a friends mum who will be undergoing an operation next week.
I love this image, it's so cheeky and girly. background paper is K&Co - you can't see it, but i've added anita's 3D clear gloss to the water bits, it looks great.  Buttons are from stash i've had for ages.

Same image - obviously a very different look.  Again, K&Co papers - ribbon from stash.

Again, same image - another completely different look.  Sorry for the quality of the pic, again its taken with my mobile.  I managed to chop the bottom of the card off.

I LOVE this image - another one from Lily of the Valley. I really love this card.  The little brass charm is one i've had for ages.

Another one of the hippo cards.  I really love this image and wouldn't be surprised if everyone receives this type of card for ages....

Some of my new stash arrived in the post today - but not the stuff i've ordered from C&C. I've had some more promarkers - grey set and contempory Christmas colours, a momento ink pad in tuxedo black - i've been using the wrong ink for stamping and its been smudging when I colour in.

Thats it for today - i'm totally shattered and intend to try and go to bed early tonight.

Hope you enjoyed my cards.

I'm looking forward to participating in WOYWW over at Julia's blog 'Stamping Ground' tomorrow (stands for 'What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday')- see link in my right hand bar - its such a great and fun feature where people pop in to see each others workspace, Julia inspects and we all nosey at each others' latest purchases and look to see what projects we have on our desk - why don't you join in?

Bye for now
x x x

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

Friday, 22 January 2010

More stash on the way - EEK!!!!

I have a confession - I have spent rather a large sum of money at create and craft this morning - but not without checking that it was infact a real bargain first;

Sheena Douglas has got the pick of the week slot this week and if you hop over to her blog - she actually gave us a sneeky peek at what would be on the show. Nestabilities.

As a newby cuttlebug user, and having only got 2 sets of nesties so far - labels one and scalloped cirles - I have been after additional nesties.  Yesterday while on a rare excursion into town since I've been unwell (I had to take my son to the Orthadontist) I visited the craft shop near the car park.  I asked if they had any nestabilities in stock - guess what - he DIDN'T KNOW what I was talking about.  They didn't have any promarkers either - infact, I only came back with a fraction of what was on my mental (i'd fogotten the real one) crafty shopping list.  I was more than put out.  Anyway - watching the pick of the week this morning was like an omen - most of the stuff I wanted could be bought on flexi pay - so guess what - I went for it and spent just under (only just mind you) £130 - happy bunny or what?

I've got a set of 4 labels coming which have worked out to the equivalent of £12.50 ish per set, some Tim Holts distressing ink pads and dry cut foam, Crafters Companion rocker blocks (I'm RUBBISH at stamping and thought they'd help), some pinflair glue, and some inks that I cant pronounce the name of very well...  I'm all excited now at my pending delivery :O) - I'm sure there was something else but I can't remember what...

Gonna print out that card for my OH birthday now which I can 'exclusively reveal' here:

Its an idea i've 'borrowed' off Helen at 'It's all Fiddle Fart'... she did a Beatles card as a commission which gave me the idea. Click here for a look at the 'original'.

The pic is a jpeg of the front of the card, I have yet to assemble and print out etc but this was simply generated on microsoft word using a table format.

Bye for now.

Paula xxx

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

WOYWW - 20th January 2010 (just...)!


firstly I would like to apologise for the lateness of my post - I didn't get up until late today, bloghopped (well, tried to), had a couple of visitors, looked for the camera lead to post my before and after shots of my worskspace plus some projects i've been working on too - I still haven't found the camera lead which is really frustrating as the craft space project has been quite a transformation; not in the league of some workspaces we've seen today but for me it is - due to the fact that I now have a dedicated space and not feeling guilty for leaving stuff all over the place and taking over the kitchen table etc etc.

Anyway, I took a couple of pics yesterday on my phone so I could show my friend the results while we were waiting around in the hospital - we were there over 6 hours with one thing and another...

Anyway, without further ado, here is my new space, which still needs a few things - I really wish I could have shared the photos from my camera though - i'll keep searching... thing is, its a new camera I only had the day I started this blog (17 days or so ago) - my mind is not very focused though so i'll blame it on that (or just the fact that I lose everything)...

here goes:

this pic was taken before I put pretty wording and flowers on the white boxes

This is before I put the wording on the wall above the desk

Took this pic before I went to hospital yesterday.

this one is a bit dark - I've left it a bit late really - I only just took this one - you should see the shot before the transformation :o(

This is the card I was working on for my friend - the ingredients are: Basic black and pink cardstock from the Papermill shop, the pattern print is a free download from Crafters Kitchen's Jak Heath, the sentiments computer generated - I'd done quite a few the other day and had taken pics on the camera to upload as a project! The ribbon and slider are from a pack of ribbon bought recently from tesco. Gems are from a sheet I bought ages ago - I think they are papermania but wouldn't swear to that.

This is a better view of the card showing that it is an easel card (my very first). 

You'll just be able to spy a can of hair spray behind the card.  This was already downstairs but is something I rarely use - however, TOP TIP: I sprayed it on the printed image and it stopped it from smudging - great fixing spray which I will now not be buying at £7 odd quid a can!!!
It did take me a couple of attempts to 'get' the easel effect - I don't know why 'cos they're easy - but anything is once you know how, I suppose.

Here's a side view shot

Here is something I was working on the other night when I couldn't sleep.  I wanted to put a CD together of photos and videos (for the same friend as the above birthday card is for) of our times together last year - to cut a long story short, we met them on a campsite in Wales where they pitched their tourer for the season - we went purely by chance to the same campsite and became friends.  We went back 3 times last year and have now come good friends.  Anyhow, I wanted to make the CD more of a gift so I thought I would make the CD cover myself.

Firstly I prized open a cardboard sleeve to another feebie CD I already had and drew round it on a thickish cardboard then cut out and scored as necessary.  Perfect, I now had my CD sleeve.  However, what if i wanted a smaller version? Then I thought - hold on - I have a silhouette machine which will do the work for me - so I went on-line in search of a GSD file.  It was going to cost $1.99 to buy something that looked really simple (and I'd rather save my credits for a more complex design).  I then set about making one myself.  I tried but couldn't figure it out on the robocraft software, so had a brainwave and thought I'd draw it in word then save through 'paint' as a j.peg, which I could import into the robocraft software and get the outline to.  It worked - a bit of trial and error and cutting up my cheaper paper to perfect it, but I did it.

I cut it out earlier on silver Miri board, then put it through the cuttlebug using the d'vine swirls folder.  I then added three pink buttons from my stash (keeping with her requested silver, black and pink theme.  I went the whole hog then and covered the CD itself.  I did this in word too using the autoshapes and filling with the pattern used on the card and cut out by hand - I think I'll buy some adhesive CD labels - a lot less trouble and perfectly round.  I stuck mine on with a thin layer of PVA glue (not before I knocked the bottle over and got glue everywhere)!!!

Anyway, here's the finished CD sleeve which is better than the plain white ones I had in a box already:

I then did a smaller version on the silhouette (just by resizing).  I've popped a little fridge magnet in for my friend as a thankyou for her support over the last week or so and for staying with me for over 6 hours at the hospital yesterday.  The wording on the fridge magnet is:
"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget".

Here it is with a little nestie tag I made the other day and a bow also cut using silhouette:

I hope you like my project and workspace - I'm really sorry that I couldn't get you the better shots but promise I will next week - I WILL find that bloody camera lead (story of my life)!...

Bye for now

Paula xxxx

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The Day Ahead...

It's quite late (well early Tuesday monring actually) and I find myself bloghopping - I've been crafting and medling today - tweeking my new craft space and trying to be uber tidy!

I've been making a card for my friend in Wales which I hope she'll like - she told me what colours she wanted - which is very typical of her and what I find really funny - pink, black and silver was the 'commission'!!!  I've been playing with my nesties again - Labels one - i'll post a photo of the card soon - i'm sure she won't see it on here as she's a technophobe!!

I've been playing with my silhouette today and also the CD which I received on Saturday morning from Funky Hand (I had it on pre-order and received it while it was being previewed on Create & Craft).  There are some great background papers on this latest CD which also includes some digi stamps e.g. owls, birds, tea cups, branches, more word books - all of which are very 'on trend'...

I've printed some dotty paper out and cut 'Paula's Paper Playground' on the silhouette then sprayed with stick and stay and 'posted' the wording on my wall right above my new craft table.  Once I have reloacted the camera lead - I will post photos on here - I need it by Wednesday so that I can take part in this weeks WOYWW - I can't wait to show everybody the transformation made since last week - I'm well chuffed with the results.  I've got loads more ideas though so the transformation is not quite complete.

Anyway - the reason I am still awake is because later (technically later as it is now Tuesday), I have my CT scan and bronchoscopy.  I must say that I have been really anxious today (Monday - which is technically now yesterday?!?!?) - I was ok the last couple of days but I suppose transforming the conservatory had taken my mind of it.  Before that, I have been beside myself, fearing the worst.  Oh well, I can't change what it is - I just need to get on and deal with whatever the results are.

I'm just going to make a quick 'Thinking about you' card before I go to bed for a friend.

Bye for now

Paula x x x

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Look out WOYWW...

Well - it's late on Saturday night and i'm just catching up with my blogging...

This afternoon me and OH went to IKEA to purchase new furniture and storage stuff to turn conservatory into a CRAFT ROOM....  Instead of me making a mess of it and feeling guilty because it is not a dedicated space (I don't have one - I just make everywhere a mess) - we are going to make the bright and airy conservatory into a place where I won't feel guilty about gradually bringing everything in from the garage...

I can't wait until it is complete - we didn't make a start today because we went round to a friends - to take my mind off stuff - but hopefully we will make some headway tomorrow.

Watch this space for before and after shots...

Bye for now


Thursday, 14 January 2010

More New Stash and Playing with my Nestibilities

Well the postman has brought some more stuff this morning - an order I had placed with Joanna Sheen for some promarkers, a role of organza ribbon which was on offer, and a pack of angels wings in gold.  The other pack was from Lili of the Valley for some of their cute stamps I ordered - I can't wait to play with both.

Well I've been playing with my nestibilities this morning - the scalloped circles and labels 1 (seeing as that's all I've got).  I've been making some sentiments so I have them read to use for any project coming up. Here's how I did it:

Firstly, I created very feint circles on a word document and added text (various sentiments):

Secondly, I cut the sheet up with my craft cutter into smaller managable squares:

I then cut each individually with my 3 smallest scalloped circle making sure that it fit adequately round the sentiment.

Next, I put the following sandwhich together following the instructions from my nestabilities pack:
A plate, C plate, Die, Cardstock, B plate:

Et voila:

I did all the sentiments on white linen effect card stock and ivory hammered effect cardstock - using the various sizes of die from both the scalloped circles and the labels one dies.   I did a few plain ones too for matting - in the larger sizes including pink.  You can also see that I did a few circles in the dotty paper I was playing with yesterday - this is because I'm going to make some flowers for embelishments later.


I heard from a colleague this morning who had passed all three of some accountancy exams she took just before Christmas - I made her a quick card, which my husband has dropped off:

For this I just used a ready folded card, embossed a piece of plain pink card with the paisley cuttlebug embossing folder.  Tied some white grossgrain ribbon around and popped one of my new sentiment toppers on top - just a single layer here.  Just a quick and simple card - that says exactly what it needs to!!!
I might repeat the process later increasing the size of the font - it's all trial and error...

I might share some finished projects off later but need to do my friend a birthday card and finish one for my husband which I started earlier.

Hope you enjoyed my project.

Bye for now

Paula. xx

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Hospital and WOYWW Update

Hi All - Thanks for the comments on my workspace - I have a confession - the kitchen table isn't an official workspace (how naughty am I?) - it accidentally happened like that over the last couple of weeks - and, as I've hardly made anything to shout about really, there is no excuse for it getting OR remaining like that apart from I've not been up to cleaning it up - and no one else has offered.  Therefore, in the meantime, I've inadvertantly forced my poor poor family in to eating their meals in front of the 'big telly' - I'm a bad, bad wife and mother - yeh right!  AS IF they're bothered!!!  I have discussed this very serious issue with the OH this afternoon (he's open to anything following my hospital visit) and we are to set about officially turning the conservatory into a study/office/craft room as - I pointed out, a HOME is for living in, not looking at.  There.  IKEA - here we come...

Hospital update - well, I have to have further tests.  I have seen the 'shadow' on my lung and now have to have a CT scan and bronchoscopy next Tuesday, then a possible lungectomy (I need to research for spelling purposes only) and go to the breathing clinic and back to the lung clinic in a fortnight.  I've had loads of blood tests while there and suppose more tests may be needed in the meantime.  A week on Monday (following the scan etc next Tuesday, a team of consultants will hold their weekly meeting (known as a multi disciplinary team DMT) - where they will discuss my case and the results of the scan and bronchoscopy.  I've been appointed a lung nurse contact should I want to talk or ask questions etc??  Anyway, the consultant checked my breasts, armpits, hands, eyes, neck, ankles, bloodpressure, SATS, weight (tried not to look at this), he also wanted to know my drinking habits (I told him my average weekly alcohol consumption was difficult to report as I don't drink on a week to week basis), don't get me wrong, I'm not tee-total or anything - I just don't fancy it - i'm a celebration and special occassion drinker these days... like NYE, Weddings, BBQ's etc - so I told him I was a binge drinker - which he actually wrote down in my notes (how rude!!!), plus my smoking habits.  I was very smug to be able to report that I have NEVER smoked in my life :O)

I asked him to ignore the stubbly growth on my legs when he checked my ankles as it is "that time of year when we don't bother" and made sure that I had no stubble under my armpits when I stripped off for him to check them - thank god i'd done them this morning!!!

Therefore, at this moment in time I have no idea what the shadow is - all I do know is that its on the lining of my lung.  I've been signed off for 2 weeks while investigations take place and because I'm not feeling my best (understatement) and they don't want me being exposed to all the illnesses in the office (I pick them up easily) because colleagues go in with coughs and splutters and all sorts - its worse than the doctors surgery sometimes and added to that - its open plan.  Anyway, the plus side is that I can fit quite a few cards in while i'm off - subject to energy levels!!!

My nestability labels one arrived earlier so I would play if I weren't too cold to move!!

By for now.

Paula xxx

Just quickly...

Yey - my nestabilities lable one have arrived... playtime later??

WOYWW - 13th January 2010

Well, this is my first post for the WOYWW... you won't be impressed by the mess... - I've taken a couple of pics of my kitchen table and the 'camping' table currently plonked in my conservatory.  I know I need a good tidy up - remember (I'm sure I might have mentioned once or twice) that I've been in bed poorly...(did I say?? - hee hee???).

Here goes - i'm going to link to Julie's blog -Stamping Ground who runs this (I think 'tongue in cheek'?) feature - the icon is in my right hand bar for you to look at others' - I have yet to check out myself...

Conservatory - well, quite frankly - just a mess!!

My kitchen table with some of yesterdays painting projects

another of the kitchen table - and my new cuttlebug with my crafters companion ultimate pro underneath and some papers i've printed off the Funky Hand CD.  Just peeking in the picture is my Carl cutter.  Anyway - that's it for now - I might clean up later.  I have an appointment at the hospital shortly because the x-ray I had on Friday came back with 'something 2cmx4cms' on it so I'm off to see the lung Consultant. I may or may not therefore be in the mood to tidy up later?!?!?

Oooh - best go quick - postie just been - more goodies????

Bye for now

Paula xx

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Some stuff to share

Hi everyone and anyone who's looking or passing through...

I said earlier that I'd probably play with my new stamps - well I didn't - I thought I'd may as well finish off what I started the other day.  I used some new (bargain) watercolours I bought before Christmas - they're cute little tubes of scrummyness and I had a really good go at mixing them (like they do on the telly)...  I have a koi water brush which I find really useful but need to practice waterering down my watercolouring a little more.

Here's a pic I just took of the yummy colours:

I took some pics of my images I've been painting today ready to make into cards - remember - I'm a CD and decoupage gal so have excelled myself somewhat -but am recouperating from my chest infection.  I do find watercolouring theraputic though.


Next I thought I'd share with you some 'treasure' I cut out before and during Christmas with my Quickcutz Silhouette - I keep all the cut-outs in a box and look at them every-so-often - I might even use them soon!!!

Look - there are all sorts of shapes here - frames, scalloped squares, ovals, some flourishes, some chrysanthemum looking circles (in black) - these are spesh adornments!!

Here's a couple of pics of one of a number of pochets I made for christmas presents with matching tags on my silhouette- I wish I'd taken pics of all of them because I made them all different (but I didn't have a camera)- they were made for putting jewellery in.  Sorry for the date stamp in the corner - I took it off after this pic!

An 'arty' shot of the adornment which was also cut out on the silhouette.
Here's a pic of me playing around with a backing paper to go with one of the mouse images:

I need to improve my watercolouring - I don't think i've applied enough water on the colours - I suppose the beauty of watercolouring though is that I can go back any rectify this with my koi waterbrush.  I like the colour of the spotty paper and think it will go well as some kind of matting with the image.  The paper is a print-off from the V.Funky CD from Funk Hand.  I've pre-ordered their latest CD which is released on 16th January) and have most of their CD's already - they also have a very talended design team too.

And finally tonight, a pic of my woolley baby - Dylan the Bedlington Terrier.  He was supposed to be trimmed this morning but the groomer had to cancel due to the weather.  I don't think he'll mind too much though as i'm sure his curls need to keep him warm a bit longer!  He was about to finish off his beloved scooby-doo teddy - which has hardly any stuffing left - nor does he have any eyes, ears or face for left that matter (poor scooby)!!!

Well, I hope you like what I've been up to this evening - and welcome any comments or feedback.

Night xx

New Stash...

Well, being off work ill does have some advantages - it means you can get the post before the OH realises you've had ANOTHER delivery of craft items!!!  I have gone an purchased my first Magnolia stamp - which is 'Tilda with Kitten' - (seeing as I like cats and have three of the species myself)... let's see if I can do it justice.  Also received some rather pretty flat backed pearls - in pink and pearl tones and another pack in aqua tones - they also have some pretty blingy flat backed crystals in the packs too (scrummy).  Oh, and I received another stamp - which is really cute - from Stampavie - Lelo Design - a very smiley hippo in a bath tub with a rubber duck on his belly - I'm going to play (well stamping isn't at all strenuous)...

Watch this space for outcomes...

Paula :O)

Monday, 11 January 2010

Should I, or not????

Right, let me get one thing straight... amongst my friends and family, I was happy creating greetings cards using CD's with backing papers and decoupage.  I had the use of my silhouette cutter (well, I still do), and I thought I produced some pretty OK cards; well, I work full time (some weeks 50 hours +) in the Public Sector as a Governance Officer - which involves a lot of work with a Board of 15 Directors of the Company (recruitment & selection, training and development, Board meetings, - oh and a lot of tongue biting and patience).  This is a pretty stressful job...  Anyway, I come home to two boys, my OH (when he's not on afternoon shift), 3 cats, a dog and all the usual household chores (I do NOT bake though) - I must add here that the OH is amazing - he'd make someone a great wifey...!

Here's the thing... using CD's has been really good for me - it's quick, it's easy, I'm PC literate and can manipulate stuff using graphics packages, it's convenient and it fits in rather well with my lifestyle... I also quite like cutting things out as I find it theraputic...

ANYHOW's - since I've been blogging - ooh, for all of a week now - I feel rather embarassed at my efforts - yes, I stick things on paper which takes time, patience and decisiveness (ooh - shall I put it here, here or - you know the kind of decisions that need to be made huh?

You guys out there are mega talented - you use your own real fingers and get them mega dirty - you blob bits of this and that onto a piece of cardstock and hey presto - some pretty amazing stuff is born.

Now I have to admit that I have been putting together greetings cards for a short while now (see earlier blog posts), I have even made a few book-a-trix in my time (without the aide of the PC), I've also made boxes, word books etc by hand and - they have been well received.  I might get them on here for you to look at when I can find the blinking lead for my mobile to PC (remember I lost my camera in Mallorca - again, see earlier posts), and had to resort to taking pics of my creations on my Nokia Music Express (not known for its picture taking qualities - but rather a good tune to be had though...)... Anyway, I did make a couple of cards after Christsmas and pre-Sunday 3rd January (the birthday of this blog) and I'd resorted to using my CD's.

I think that I WILL bite the bullet and show you what I have done and what I will be sending out in the next few days - I just hope all you stampers, altered artists etc will forgive me - but i'm on to being more creative - you've all inspired me - I promise...

So here goes - My friends grandson has his 3rd Birthday coming up, and while I don't know who his favourite character on TV is, I thought that the card I made would be pretty inoffensive for the little chap - (don't all boys like rockets and space??), so I made this for him using my Boys and Girls CD from Crafters Companion by printing out the decoupage sheet, an insert to match (personalised) and matting on mirri board - which, I hasten to add I did emboss using the swiss dots cuttlebug folder (yey)!  Hope you like it... but more important - I hope he likes...

Now here's the thing - shall I dare enter it into any challenges?  Well there are some out there where the challenge is based on the theme 'new'... my new cuttlebug, new cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder, new camera which took the picture...

Here's another card I did using the Glitter and Glitz CD from Debbie Moore Designs - I used one of the ladies from the Art Deco era, and made a short-fold card (I have no idea what the correct term for the type of fold is :P) but I made this for a friends daughter - to send to her Nan... There is a fair bit of black and white glitter on it but I'm struggling with this new camera - and seeing as I've been in bed for the last three days quite poorly - I haven't really been playing with it that much to figure it out...

I have a pic of the front and inside - i've used backing papers from the CD - printed on 120gsm white paper (actually - it's Tesco's Finest and way way cheaper than 120gsm from craft shops) - then put clear gems and peel off corners on.  A bit of mirri board for matting and that's job done (it still required time, patience and a keen eye to stick it on straight mind....):

what do you think???

Just watch this space when my stamps and promarkers get here...!!!

Hope you enjoyed my post - please leave a comment and i'll come by and pay you a visit!! Bye for now.

Paula xxx

yippee... My Nestabilities have arrived!!

Just wanted everyone to know that my large scalloped circle Spellbinders Nestabilities have arrived and I'm so excited - unlike my non-plussed OH who pretended to bend the 'DO NOT BEND' package that just arrived. Oh how I laughed!!!

I ordered them from Exquisite Crafts along with the required tan mats (see - I am learning already)...  What the OH doesn't know is that I have the Nestabilities label 1 on their way... :O) - a little pic for you in case you wonder what on earth I'm going on about!!!:

Anyway, should I feel a little fitter later, I will go and have a play and post my 'going's on' on here... all's fair in love and war - I shall post the disasters too - I'm a great believer in learning from mistakes - gosh, I've made that many I should be perfect (there's irony in that statement hee hee)!!!

Anyhows, I'm off to Ikki's Cuttlebug Cupboard to find out the recipe for the nestability sandwhich (yum yum!!!).

Sunday, 10 January 2010

A new challenge for me...

Well, I've been laid up in bed since Friday with a chest infection (a pretty bad one this time - i'm on an inhaler and antibiotics and had to have a chest x-ray) so i've been mostly sleeping.  During my waking moments, I've been bloghopping again and come across more wonderful blogs while I've been laid in bed. 

Actually, when i have been awake and laid in bed, I made a few purchases of things i NEED; - i've bought and downloaded some Digi Stamps and ordered some stamps from Lily of the Valley (LOTV).  I haven't really been big into stamping before - I usually prefer to decoupage and use CD's a lot but I did some stamping using a free Forever Friends stamp at Christmas which I enjoyed watercolouring so I thought I'd broaden this out a bit.

This morning on a very rare trip to the kitchen (I mean while i've been ill - I do actually go into my kitchen daily!), I managed to carry the laptop downstairs and connect to the printer in the conservatory and print a few pages of digi images out to colour in while in bed.  I bought some letraset Promarkers which arrived yesterday, so thought I would get something I could colour in (owing to my lack of physical stamps).  I made a start and realised quickly that I needed loads more colours so duly ordered some from Joanna Sheen's online store (free P&P, plus the sets of 5 pens were the cheapest I'd seen).  At the moment I have the waterbased aqua promarkers and not being experienced, don't know whether this was a good call or not - I suppose I'll soon find out.

I'm also waiting for some nestabilities i've ordered.  Since I started blogging - all that time ago (last Sunday actually), I've been following Eileen - the host of Ikki's Cuttlebug Cupboard blog - she posts loads of useful tutorials on her blog so i'll be going back there when my goodies arrive so recheck out the sandwhich recipes ) i'm also waiting for a tan mat and a magnetic sheet but the postie seems to have had difficulty in getting through all this snow!!!

As you can imagine, at the moment I feel like I'm bursting with ideas and things to create but just haven't got the energy to do anything- in the meantime, I'm going to keep on blogging and enjoy all the great craft blogs and musings out there.  I do need to make a couple of cards in the next week or so as its the OH's Birthday at the end of the month and a couple of days before that, my friendsbirthday.  I'll post my offerings on here when I've done them.  I really fancy doing one of those easel cards that seem to be so popular at the moment.

If you have any tips to share with me on the best use of promarkers - or anything else in fact - please leave me a link to your blog so that I can visit and get the most out of my new pens.
Thanks and happy crafting

Paula xx


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