Sunday, 20 April 2014

Clean and Simple

Good morning and hope you are all enjoying your Easter weekend.

We have a new challenge at Hobbycutz this week and the theme is Clean and Simple. I have made a card but it was a very rushed card and I am afraid its not very good at all but I didn't want to let the team down.


An awful picture too as I only took it this morning!  The sentiment is Pink Petticoat and the stamp is Hero Arts - don't look too closely as it hasn't even stamped properly but I didn't notice it until I tried to edit the photo!  For some lovely example please go over to Hobbycutz Challenge and see what the rest of the DT have done.

I am mega excited because today my daughter and her partner are bringing Rowan over for Easter lunch!! My sister is coming too and will bring her little dogs.  Can hardly wait but better get a move on as I am cooking a ham and I really need to get started!! Thank you so much for taking the time to look! Take care xx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Earth Friendly

Good morning and hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend.  We have a new challenge at Card Makin' Mamas and the theme this fortnight is Earth Friendly. We want to see you recycle or reuse something and it does not have to be  a card.  Here is what I did:

I took this


and made this


Before you say yummy the box was empty! The papers are some really really old ones from a scrapbooking set and the butterfly and tag were part of the set.  I used lots of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and a Magnolia Doohickey doily die.

Our sponsor is Zap Pow Designs with a prize of three of their images. Please go over to Card Makin' Mamas and see what the rest of the DT have made.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Wild Orchid Crafts - Three Different Flowers

A quick update on Rowan he put 1 oz on!! They are coming over for Easter Sunday dinner tomorrow so I can't wait!  Hope you have something lovely planned for the weekend sending big hugs to all of you. Take care xx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Egg-stra Special

Good morning to you all, a bit dull here today oh well we had two days of sunshine!  Today is Delightful Thursday at the Digital Delights Blog when the DT get to showcase some of Wendy's fabulous images.  I decided to make an Easter Card:


How cute is she?? She is the adorable little Easter Kiddles available here and has been coloured with my Copics.  The papers are from the Pastel Perfect Paper set which is available here.  I printed the sentiment directly onto the paper and the sentiment comes from the Flower Pot Faces set which is available here.  I have used Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders One, Ovals and Scalloped Ovals with Dienamics Photo Corners.  The ribbon and heart are from my stash.  Here is another view:


This week over at Delightful Challenges the new challenge is Bloom - Include a Flower which is sponsored by Crafty Ribbons.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Hobbybook - Easter
Inky Impressions - Easter
Penny's Challenge - Ice Cream Colours (Strawberry, Vanilla, Pistachio and Blueberry)
Cuttin and Stampin - Easter
Cuttlebug Mania - Easter Eggs
Papertake Weekly - Happy Easter
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Use Some Pastel Colours

I had some gorgeous cuddles with Rowan yesterday, bathed him and also took him for a walk! Unfortunately he has lost too much weight and is now down to 6lb 9oz the midwife is coming today to weigh him again and if he has lost more or not stabilised he will have to go back into hospital for feeding.  So fingers crossed he has managed to put some weight on.  Thank you so much for looking and your kind comments, take care xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mid-way at ALBC

Good morning hope you are having a good week. We are enjoying lovely sunshine here and doesn't it make you feel good?

I am a day late with my mid-way reminder for the challenge at A Little Bit Crafty where the theme this month is The Birds and The Bees.  Here is my card:


I used a little stamp I got from Little Claire at the NEC and stamped it twice.  Lightly coloured with Copics and chalk.  The papers are Nitwits Petal Fresh and Papermill cardstock.  I used Lil Inker Stitched Pennant die and Dienamics Fishtail Stax for the sentiment.  The flower is Dienamics Plentiful Petals and Memory Box Fresh Foilage for the leaves.  The little scalloped border is also Dienamics.  Here is a side view:


We have three fab sponsors and three wonderful prizes this month, for further details go over to A Little Bit Craft Blog and have a look.

That's it for me today - short and sweet. I am going over to Bolton today to get some cuddles from my newest grandson! Hope you have a wonderful day whatever you are up to and a big thank you for coming around to see me! Take care xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

White on White

Good morning its so sunny and lovely up here in the Northwest hope you have got some too wherever you are!  Today is a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments and the theme for this challenge is:

WHITE ON WHITE

so we want to see just white on your creation apart from your image which may be coloured. Remember if you use a Crafty Sentiment image your entry counts 3 times just add 3 after it, if you are a follower of the Inspirations Blog your entry will count 3 times so just add 3 after it and if you do both then your entry will count 6 times so add 6 after it! Here is my card:


I decided to go with a mono look for this one.  The image is Springtime Delight available here from Crafty Sentiments and I have coloured her with my Copics and some Stickles.  She has been cut out using Dienamics Stitched Oval Stax.  I used Centura Pearl and embossed it with two embossing folders and then cut it using Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One.  The flower is a Magnolia Doohickey die, Cheery Lynn Butterfly die and MB Precious Hearts. The pleated ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl.  

Here is another view:


We have a wonderful prize for the lucky winner:


There is also a Blog Hop:


You have until Monday 21st to join in so hop over to the challenge to see all the details!

I am so pleased to see that Rowan went home yesterday afternoon! Thank you so much for all your kind comments its heartwarming to know there are such lovely people around in Blogland! Take care xx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Focus on the Sentiment

Firstly a billion thank yous for all your kind wishes its so heart warming to read them all.  Rowan is coming on now in leaps and bounds. He has had all his lines and tubes removed and is now back on the ward with Mummy!  Everything seems to be sorted and they are just keeping an eye on him but he seems to be feeding well now and the new parents are hoping they will be able to take him home today.  Aren't they resilient?  They deteriorate so quickly but on the up side they bounce back really fast with the right treatment.  A big thank you to everyone concerned at Bolton Hospital!

I am now getting back to normality the boys have left so it has been a somewhat chaotic but lovely weekend I have put a couple of pictures on the end of my blog! I will catch up with you all now and see what I have missed.

Today is the start of a new challenge at Lexis Creations and the theme for this challenge is Focus on the Sentiment.  Here is my card:


I am not really happy with how this turned out but I had to get all my DT cards done ahead of time and didn't really have time to change it.  The focus is one from Fairy Dust Crafts available here. I used my dienamics Fishtail Stax with some First Edition papers.

The sponsor this challenge is Fairy Dust Crafts.  Please go over to the challenge here to see the rest of the DT makes for some more inspiration.

Here are a couple of pictures of my grandsons from the weekend:


this was taken in Granddad's shed playing on the train set.


painting his Easter decorations!!

Thank you so much for looking today and all your support over the last few days. Take care xx

Friday, 11 April 2014

Rowan Update

A huge thank you for all your heartwarming wishes it really helps ease the anxiety when I read all your beautiful comments - thank you one and all.

A quick update on the little chap.  He has responded to the tube feeding and antibiotics.  His blood sugars have now stabilised and he is improving with the antibiotics which have been changed today. We are still waiting for the results of the blood cultures which should be tomorrow. The tremors and jerking seem to be just about gone too.  He has actually taken two feeds as well!  He has now been transferred from ITU to SCBU so we have had a much better day!  Here is a picture of one tired but happier grandma:


My son and two little grandsons are on their way up so it will be all systems go for the weekend!  Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart for all your kind wishes, big hugs Susan xxx

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thanks for all your good wishes for my grandson. Unfortunately he has been taken to ICU today. The poor little darling has an infection, low blood sugars and failure to feed very well. Hopefully he will respond to antibiotics and tube feeding. I am praying tomorrow he will turn the corner hugs Susan x