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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:


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
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
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
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
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

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