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Friday, 25 March 2016

Winter Wonderland Challenge For A Child

It's the Snowflakes DT challenge this week at Winter Wonderland.

I am quite excited, as I looove these Digis!!!!

They are super cute and a joy to colour.
Distress Inks of course.

Nearly forgot, the theme this week is...
For A Child
Christmas cards only please.

I had to put Glossy Accents on the reindeer hat's nose! 

The gorgeous Digi is from our Sponsor this week...

Dah! Dah! 

You must take time out and visit their shop. 
'Cos if you win, you will spend hours trawling through the
fabby images and then you will want them all!!

You get 2 Free Digis for being the winner.
Wish I could enter as there are loads I would want!!

Don't forget you can enter up to 3 times. 
ONLY Christmas cards are valid to enter the challenge.

There are some little stunners from the Snowflake DT, on the 
Winter Wonderland blog. We are here to inspire your mojo!!

Oh, and we have some new members on the teams. 
So please stop by their blogs too please.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by.
Love reading your messages and leaving comments on your blogs too.



Wednesday, 23 March 2016

A Special Day

My health problem got a lot worse over the weekend. 
Saturday morning was spent mostly in bed. I felt nauseous and couldn't eat 
and even struggled drinking. The pain was really bad too.

I managed to get up Sunday but still felt much as the same as Saturday.
I lost 5lbs in those two days. 
I must apologise for not visiting your blogs over the last few days.
I know my plan was to lose a stone this year, but not this way.
Another visit to the Docs on Monday.
He now thinks that I have a stone stuck in my Kidney.
He even called the hospital, spoke to a consultant, who agreed with him.
He also wanted to see if I could get a scan that evening!
No luck with that though.
He said he was going to keep an eye on me!

The hospital called me this morning. They had a cancellation, 
so I have had it done. Now the wait for the results.
I must welcome my 2 new followers, Lia and Ameera.
Thank you for taking the time to join me.
Would love a message when you visit, so I can return the same to you.

This card I made over the last week. It was a stop and start card!
It's an 8" x 8" card blank and the backing card is a pack I bought at Ally Pally.
It is a beautiful card and I have it in 3 designs and also in gold.
The silver corners are the waste from the mirror board Die Cut.

The stamps are both from Lili Of The Valley, the sentiment and image.
The image was coloured with Distress Inks.  
The sentiment was heat embossed with Silver Detail Embossing Powder,
onto a piece of the backing card.
You can see the shiny design a bit on this photo.

The flowers are a Sue Wilson Die set Delicate Daisies.

The image was stamped onto Langton Water Colour 300gsm paper.
The image and backing are cut with a Craft-Too set of dies.

I used the same die for the sentiment inside.

The table that the card is sitting on was an old garden table that 
nearly ended up at the tip.
Instead, I painted it and then decorated it with Sheena Douglas style painting!
It then ended up on Create and Craft, on Sheena's Show!
Her husband had emailed me, as the table had been seen on my blog
and Sheena wanted to show it on her shows over the next 2 days. So it did.
I have got a couple of the programmes saved on my Sky box!! How sad!!
That was at least 6-7 years ago!!

I won't tell you how long it has taken me to get all this waffle on here!!
I can't sit for too long in one place, as it gets rather uncomfortable.

I promise I will try to start getting around to you all, over the next few days.

Thank you for visiting and leaving you lovely messages.

Big hugs to all,


Monday, 14 March 2016

My Bestist Friend Retires!!

I must first thank you all for your lovely 'Get Well' messages.
You are such lovely people and it really means a lot to me.

A heath update. I collected yet another Script for Antibiotics this morning, Monday.
We are going to give it another week and if the pain has not gone by
 the end of this week, or the beginning of next week, he wants to see me.
He then has to figure out what it is!

One of my best, special friends retires today.
She was a Senior Nurse in day surgery, at the famous burns hospital,
The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.

We have been friends for over 25 years and she is more like a sister to me.

She is coming up to stay with us for 4 days, at the end of March. 
I am so looking forward to seeing her again. 
We are going to meet up with another ex-nurse, from the same hospital.
She used to live in East Grinstead and moved up here in Suffolk 11 years ago.
She is now only half an hour away.

I used to do their hair for them and they hadn't known for a 
few years, that they had the same hairdresser!!

We are going out for lunch, so should be great fun!

I made this card for her as she very rarely spends time on herself.
I thought this might be a bit of a hint that she must now do so!

I made an easel card with one of my fave Stamping Bella stamps.
Coloured with Distress Inks.

I used Go Create Frilly 10 Square Die to cut out the image and mat.

The main backing paper is actually a Christmas paper pad from Trimcraft,
 called Silent Night. It has a shiny metallic effect to it but of course 
you can't see it!

You can't even see the Stickles on the bath or champagne bubbles.

Thanks to Carole, my new follower for taking the time to join my blog.
Of course I joined your amazing blog too.

Well off to finish cooking dinner, then back crafting later.

Shock....horror... I am going to post this card into 3...YES 3 Challenges!!!

The Ribbon Girls - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Lace or ribbon
Crafty Calendar - Special Lady

Carol xxxx

Saturday, 12 March 2016

DT Call at Winter Wonderland

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Just a quick post to let you know we are having a DT call

If you would like to join our very friendly team,
you have until Wednesday 16th March.

Click on the link HERE and it will take you to 
the Winter Wonderland blog.

Just scroll to the post just below the current challenge.

All the details of how you apply are there.

Good luck and hope you join our happy team,

Carol xx

Friday, 11 March 2016

Winter Wonderland - Charmed!

Well we are now off and running, getting those Christmas cards made.
Yes.....I did say Christmas cards.
This is the best way to get ahead and a chance to win prizes for doing it!!
How bad is that?!!

Our host at Winter Wonderland this week is Julie.
The theme this week is

Must Have A Charm

I have used a charm, purchased where everything is one price! (£1)
Six or eight charms in a pack!

My image I chose to use is a Tiddly Inks image.
It was a freebie on Crafts Beautiful Magazine last year.

I stamped her onto The Langton Water Colour 300gsm card.
I used Distress Inks to colour her and her friends with.
I really enjoyed colouring her.

The flower is from my stash from many years ago!
On her hat trim, coat trim and the penguins hat, I have used
American 3D white Glue and a mix I made of Flock and 
Iced White Glitter from Creative Expressions.
It gives a sparkly, fluffy appearance. 
Not that you can see it, as it was not very good light when I took the photo.

You can just see a bit of sparkle on the ribbons, that's Stickles.

The papers are from one of our sponsors this week, 
MR Designs.

The prize they are very generously giving the winner is
a E10 Gift voucher.

Our second Sponsor is Live and Love Crafts.
Another generous prize of a £10 voucher

What I suggest you do, is pop over and peruse the fab items in their shops. 
So if you win, you know exactly what you will spend the prize on!!

So now all you have to do is make up to 3 cards and pop them on 
the Winter Wonderland blog and sit back and wait.

While you are waiting, you can pop over to all the amazing Snowflakes 
team blogs. Great inspiration for you too.

Please leave them a message so they know you have been. 
We always leave a message for every entry you make.

Well that's me done.
I am now going to refill my glass........with WATER!!
I have a kidney infection and am drinking a few litres of water a day.
I have had it for 3 weeks now but only found out last week 
what the awful pain was.
The first pills the practice nurse gave me, I had an allergic reaction to.
It was terrible. I got up in the morning, having only taken 2 pills and 
my husband said I was very red faced.
In fact, I was all over and lumps (called hives I was told!) all over too.
It felt like something was crawling all over me and sticking pins in as well.

On my second visit to the surgery, I saw a Doctor I hadn't seen 
before and she gave me pills for the allergy and 
3 days supply of pills for the infection.

After 4 days I still had the pain. So another trip to the Docs 
and this time I saw my Doctor. He said I had been given the wrong
 amount of pills and gave me another weeks supply!!
Hopefully it will go this time!!
I need a good hand cream now, as going to the loo so much,
my hands are sore from all that washing!!!
Is that a side effect?!!

Thanks for popping by and I always love to read your messages.
Big hugs,