My 2014 Christmas Card Tally

5 July 2014

Any Animals @ A Gem Of A Challenge

Good morning crafty friends.  I hope you are all keeping well?

It's time for another challenge at A Gem of A Challenge and it's the PINKS turn this fortnight and it's the lovely Marianne's turn to host with the theme:

"ANY ANIMALS"

The prize is 2 individual digi images (NO SETS, PERSONALISED WATERMARK'S OR SENTIMENT SETS) of the winner's choice from Pink Gem Designs and don't forget that all of the images and some of the products used are available to buy HERE

Here's my card:


Card Ingredients:

Pink Gem Designs Ozzie With Gift Digital Stamp
Promarkers
Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas Papers
Stardust Stickles
Card, Pearls & Ribbon from Stash
Craftwork Cards Greeting

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

CSAYL 18 Anything Goes With Favourite Colours
Simply Create Too 65 Christmas in July
Sweet Stamps 176 Snow
Christmas Card Challenge 31 Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Lots Of Sparkle
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes

Hop on over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

15 June 2014

A Message For You

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.

I have decided to write this post as some of you already know and others do not.  My darling Husband Mark had Melanoma cancer in 2006 and it recurred this time last year to stage 3 - after what we thought was a dislocated collar bone, actually turned out to be the return of the melanoma and we are now at Stage 4 which is incurable.

He has a tumour in his clavicle bone and several spot points the other side and around his neck, there are also some findings of something going on with his liver.  Mark has a full body PET scan first thing on Wednesday morning where they will look at his organs, I already know part of another scan has showed up spots on his lungs - we found this out yesterday.

Luckily for Mark he is BRAF+ which means he has a mutant gene that only 5% of patients have which means he can have a form of chemotherapy by tablet - this has an 80% success rate and starts to work within a week, shrinking down the cells and moving around the blood stream blocking.  We know that with each individual this will work for only a limited time - could be 6 months, could be over a year - but there are other drugs he can take.  He will also be having radio therapy on the pinpointed areas.  If he had not had this gene the outlook was quite dismal.

There has been a lot to take in and life is like being on an emotional roller coaster, my emotions vary from being upset, angry, frustrated, helpless and most of all scared, but I am being very strong in front of Mark and the girls to get them through this horrible illness.

So this is why I haven't been around or visiting any of your lovely blogs - time and tiredness do not allow right now, I am hoping to be able to get into my crafty haven when he is back home from hospital to be able to relax and take my mind off things - work is being a distraction at the moment.

I want to thank those of you who have already sent best wishes and support - this means so much and helps us through as it is one day at a time.

I will of course keep you updated - people can react to you in very different ways, please don't be a stranger.

Claire x

7 June 2014

Gingham Papers and/or Ribbon @ A Gem of A Challenge

Happy Saturday peeps!

It's time for another challenge at A Gem of A Challenge and it's the PINKS turn this fortnight and it's the lovely Shirley's turn to host with the theme:

"USE GINGHAM PAPERS AND/OR GINGHAM RIBBON"

The prize is 2 individual digi images (NO SETS, PERSONALISED WATERMARK'S OR SENTIMENT SETS) of the winner's choice from Pink Gem Designs and don't forget that all of the images and some of the products used are available to buy HERE

Here's my card:


Card Ingredients:

Pink Gem Designs Bathtime Emma Digi Stamp
Promarkers
Create & Craft Card
WRS Gorgeous Ginghams Papers
LOTV Tag Greeting Stamps
Pearls from Stash
Crafty Ribbons Ribbons & Flower Button
Frosted Lace Stickles
Liquid Pearls

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper June
I Love Promarkers 222 Digi Does It
Scrapper's Delights 24 Anything Goes - Layer It Up
Cute Card Thursday 324 Perfectly Pink
Sweet Stamps 172 Ribbons, Buttons and Bows
Without Words June Femme Fatale
Suzy Bee's 31 Layer It Up

Hop on over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

6 June 2014

An Uplifting Occasion

Afternoon crafters, hope you are enjoying your day and preparing for the weekend.

I have been to the hospital with Mark this morning where he has had an MRI scan a CT scan and a load of blood tests and a visit to see our MacMillan Nurse - we are back at the fracture clinic on Wednesday morning to find out what will happen next!

so here I am with today's make:


Card Ingredients:

Penny Black Uplifting Occasion Stamp
Promarkers
LOTV Set 58 Grungy Greeting
WRS Butterfly Garden
Card & Wooden Butterfly, Pearls & Ribbon from Stash
Stampin' Up Old Olive Ink

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Love To Create 118 Happy Birthday 118
Penny Black & More June Use Your Favourite Stamp
Natalie & Amy 21 Four Legged Friends
Crafty Ribbons 92 Butterflies & Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

3 June 2014

In The Country

Good morning - I'm back to work today so this is a scheduled post.

I'm here with the card I have made for my Father-in-Law for Father's Day.  I am managing to work through all my stamps that I have bought but not yet inked and this is another one:


Card Ingredients:

LOTV In The Country Stamp
Promarkers
Kaisercraft Greeting Stamp
Buttons, Papers & Card from Stash
Memento Bamboo Leaves Ink

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz 12 Father's Day
Polkadoodles 22 Men On Our Minds
Fussy & Fancy 115 Outdoors
Allsorts 261 For The Guys
Sweet Stampin' Father's Day
Bearly Mine June One For The Boys
LOTV June Male or Sporty

Thanks for stopping by today, your comments cheer me up no end!

Claire x

2 June 2014

Silver Anniversary Wishes

Hello lovely crafty friends.

Firstly I would like to welcome my new follower Jo - it's lovely to have you here.

So today's card is a recent commission for a friend:



Card Ingredients:

Kanban Romantic Couple Stamp
Promarkers
Kanban Rose Papers
Ribbons from Crafty Ribbons
Dienamics Number Dies
Joanna Sheen Britannia Word Dies
Mirri Card & Gems from Stash
Spellbinders Floral Oval Die
Brilliance Starlight Black Ink

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Southern Girls 91 Sparkle & Shine With A Bit of Bling

Lovely to see you here today.

Claire x

30 May 2014

Red & Green Must Not Be Seen @ Winter Wonderland

Good morning - I'm approaching the end of my week off work and I have to say it's not been one of the best!

It's time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland.

It's the ICICLES turn this week and the lovely Kelly is hosting this week's challenge with the theme:

"RED & GREEN MUST NOT BE SEEN"

We have two fabulous sponsors this week:


The prize is:

The prize is 3 digi images of the winner's choice.

Please remember, Christmas projects only.

Here's my card:


Card Ingredients:

LOTV & Nitwits Winter Wishes Papers
LOTV Pre Coloured Image
Kraft Cardstock
Pearls & Gems from Stash
Craftwork Cards Die Cut Greeting
Stardust Stickles

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Completely Christmas 13 Anything Goes
52 CCT May Recipe: Blue, Old & New
Christmas Card Challenges 26 Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky 218 It's Christmas
Crafty Creations 264 It Is All About "S" (Stars)
Cute Card Thursday 323 Blues & Hues
Daring Cardmakers Wish Upon A Star

Hop on over to the main challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

28 May 2014

Lounging Around

Good evening - it's been a very miserable day today and a frustrating one too!  We went to the fracture clinic today, they assessed Mark, put him in a support sling and referred us for an MRI and CT scan which should be through in 2 weeks (it may come quicker as he is a cancer patient) - they will then look in more depth at the severity of the dislocation.  So he is dosed up on painkillers and has been signed off work for 4 weeks!

Anyway I'm here with a card to share.  I have made this for my Dad for Father's Day:


Card Ingredients:

LOTV Stamp
Papers & Buttons from Stash
Promarkers
Kaisercraft Greeting Stamp
Stampin' Up Olive Green Ink
Kraft Card
Joanna Sheen Twine

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Fan-tastic Tuesday 37 Anything Goes
Simply Create Too 62 Father's Day
Creative Knockouts 38 Colouring Show Off
Totally Gorjuss 237 Buttons and/or Bows
Suzy Bees 30 One For The Guys


Thanks for popping in this evening, lovely to see you here.


Claire x

26 May 2014

On Your Special Day

Good afternoon everyone - hope you have enjoyed your Bank Holiday weekend even though in places the weather hasn't been great!?

I seem to have spent the majority of mine at the Hospital and Walk in Centre - today my morning was spent at A&E as Mark has been in severe pain with his neck and shoulder for some time, but over the weekend he was getting worse and he had a large swelling and couldn't lift his arm or move much, so off we went - 4 hours later after several x-rays and assessment he has a dislocated clavicle (collar bone) and we have an appointment on Wednesday with the Trauma Team Fracture Clinic to assess how they are going to treat it - it may be likely that he will need an operation!  We don't even know how he has done it and when - we are putting it down to his manual driving job.

There seems to be no let up at the moment, bless him, he is so fed up!

Anyway onto today's card which I made for a friend's anniversary at the beginning of May.


Card Ingredients:

LOTV & Raspberry Road Heartfelt Papers
LOTV Art Pad Set 2
Pearls, Ribbon, Button, Heart & Card from Stash
Kanban Die Cut Greeting

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly Oh So Cute
That Craft Place Ribbon/Lace

Thanks for popping in - your comments and well wishes make my day!

Claire x

23 May 2014

Anniversary Wishes

Good Afternoon - I'm here to share a card which I have made for my Mum and Dad's Anniversary which is on 1st June.  They are going on holiday next week to Cyprus for 2 weeks so I will have to let them have the card early.


Card Ingredients:

LOTV & Nitwit Always & Forever Papers
Kanban Romantic Couple Stamp
Promarkers
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Dees Distinctively Sprig Dies
Pearls and Raffia from Stash
Britannia Word Dies
Spellbinders Labels Dies
Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Thank you all for your good wishes for Mark today, the procedure went well and we have been given a diagnosis, but further tests are required to eliminate the cause.

Hope you all have a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend, and if like me you are enjoying a week off on holiday, have a good one!

Claire x
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