Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge

Why not visit the new, still to be published blog http://www.thesecretcraftersaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/ and be one of the first to take part. The first challenge will be set on 4 October and is a sketch. Have a look. Looks fun.

Blog Candy

Anyone For Candy? This is from Alison at http://www.craftingupastorm.blogspot.com/ for reaching 10,000 hits. Please visit her fab blog. The candy is beautiful. All you have to do is make a post on your blog telling everyone about her candy and link back. You have until 9pm on 1st October to leave a comment. The random winner will be drawn and announced on 2nd October.


Sorry I've not created much recently. I've had a chest infection which made me feel awful and I couldn't be bothered with anything, let alone crafting. Am feeling better now though so will get cracking. Thanks for looking. :-)

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Funky Fairys Challenge

"This weeks challenge is a SKETCH challenge. This sketch has been designed by our very own Valerie (Please remember to include something from 'funky fairys' in your creation to be in with a chance on winning :) Most of all enjoy the sketch and have fun in creating your entry :)"

This is my entry for the Funky Fairys Challenge but unfortunately it didn't get finished in time as I've been ill all weekend. Just missed the deadline. Oh well, look on their fab blogspot for some great ideas http://funkyfairychallenge.blogspot.com/ and to view all the entries. Better luck next time maybe. Thanks for looking anyway.

My Inspiration - Hubby & Kids

My son Tim is my inspiration. He is amazing. He was diagnosed with cancer aged 7 only 2 days before his 8th birthday. He started his chemotherapy on his 8th birthday and we think it was his best birthday present. He missed most of year 3 and the first term of year 4 at school but he caught up when he returned after treatment was finished. He's 14 now, starting year 10. That shows how determined he is.

I cannot believe how brave he was during that awful time. He fought so well and smiled most of the time even when feeling ill from the treatment. I would not have been able to keep going while Tim was ill if it hadn't been for his positive outlook and my wonderful husband David. They were both so strong. Even when, as parents, we felt as though we had no control over anything David was there.

He visited us every day in hospital after work (once he returned after the initial time off to get things at home in order). His company were very supportive allowing him time off whenever necessary. My company were also very good, since I'd only been there 4 months. They kept my job open for the whole time I was looking after Tim in hospital.

While Tim was being treated we promised him a baby sister or brother when he was better. That positive thought helped us all get through it. Our family and friends were brilliant. Support is absolutely vital and we received it in bucketloads.

That was 6 years ago. Emily arrived very quickly (under an hour at home with dad as midwife) and is 4 now and is so beautiful. They love each other dearly. I keep going every day for all 3 of them. Even when I feel low.

Please help all cancer patients in the UK and give them a greater chance at survival. Visit 2 great websites. The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton is where Tim was treated, staff were fantastic -http://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/ and Cancer Research UK for their never-ending work to find a cure http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

Thank you for reading my story. I hope it gives you a positive boost.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Sarah Kay Challenge

Week 11 Trio of Papers. This week we would love to see what you can come up with the use of your Sarah Kay Stamps, and 3 Patterned/Designer Papers. Remember you must use THREE Designer/Patterned Papers. No more or no Less. Please remember your work must include at least one Sarah Kay image. http://sarahkaychallenges.blogspot.com/

This is my entry, hope you like it.

Christmas tree

I made this topper myself using various outline stickers and shimmery paper from stash. Hope you like.

Xmas tree 2

Another slightly wonky xmas tree card, but still I am quite pleased with the results.

Xmas tree 1

I made this tree shaped card myself, hence it's a little wonky, but I like it. Trimcraft Christmas Wishes papers and Papermania Elements and other embellishments from stash.

Christmas Reindeer

Christmas reindeer card using Papermania elements and DCWV Trimcraft Christmas Wishes papers.

Bosham Holiday Scrapbook

This is my first attempt at scrapbooking using a lovely biscuit board book. I am quite pleased with the results but don't know how to cover the edges where the spiral bindings are. Any ideas would be a great help, thanks for looking. Would appreciate any helpful comments. Thanks.
We had a nice time in our cottage we rented, in Bosham, right by the marsh where the sea comes up to the door at high Spring tide. The local pub has a submarine door complete with wheel at the sea facing wall.
Some unwary (is that the right word?) people who park their cars on the hard to launch their boats don't realise how quickly the sea comes in and get very wet feet and submerged cars!!

Purple Fairy

These papers are beautiful and make it easy to create lovely cards, hope you like.

Purple Butterfly

Made from lovely papers and cutouts from stash.

Nans birthday

I made this card for my nan's birthday tomorrow from stash. Hope you like it.

Monday, 8 September 2008

School folder for Emily

Here's a folder I decorated for my daughter now she's started big school. I used Dovecraft papers and flowers from stash. Hope you like it.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Going to Big School

I made this card for my daughter Emily who started at "big school" today. I used Basic Grey Mellow papers and a Dottie stamped image. Hope you like it....