Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Good Morning my Friends

Well thank you Bridgit for the comment on my mum, I must admit our relationship wasnt as close as I would like to have been as she was more orientated to my brother and Ive a feeling I was more like being the eldest was expected to show a good example, I must admit I was always scared of her as she had terrible PMT and would act just like a hell cat when she was due and it was best not to get in her way if you could help it.
But she was my mum and I did love her and in the last few years she did try to become closer but I always felt it was a bit strained but I forgave her as Ive a feeling she just couldnt help the way she was and she suffered terribly to and was in constant pain so when she died I think for her it was a happy release and the end of loneliness as my dad died at least 30 years before she did.
Anyway this week is another sad one for me as its my sons birthday on the 17th and he would have been 54 and it would have been such a joy to see him grown up with a family, but its not to have been and all I can remember is the 6 month old baby who suffered with Lymphatic Leukaemia in the last 2 months of his life, but at least I did go on to have 2 more daughters who have given me 5 grandsons between them and 3 great grandsons, so I have been rewarded in another way for my loss.

Here he is with his big sister at 19 days old

And now to cheer ourselves up here is this weeks card.

This has been created using the Woodware stamps, lots of different embossing powders and enamel accents, and the embossing folder is a Embossalious one. Hope you like the result.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Where does time go to

Today 8 years ago I lost my mum leaving me a orphan, yes I know at nearly 75 it was expected but I do miss her and our Sunday morning talks, plus which she has missed out on seeing her family get even larger.
She could have met her great great grandsons also a brand new one due in the New Year, and she would have been delighted, mum was very much a boy person and she could also have seen her other great great granddaughters from my sisters families.
Sleep peacefully mum we miss you, I hope you and dad are now enjoying your freedom from pain. Love you both Shirley and the family.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

A Card for this week

Do you ever feel that things are never going to go right, well guess what Ive had a stinker one it all started last Sunday morning.
I logged onto my bank account to discover a message and after I read it I had to make my mind up whether I would ring up the number they displayed to ask if they would carry on sending me replacement credit cards, I thought it through and decided yes I would as although I dont use it very often as I have a couple of others I like to feel that I have it in case I do need it, also I know if you cancel it with the bank it can take longer to start one again and even as Im a pensioner they may feel it wasnt worth issuing one for me.
Anyway thats when the fun started, the phone number was a 0300 number and of course its one of those premium ones, anyway the first time I rang it in the morning I was supposed to put in a number or I should say parts of it, well I couldnt remember what number I had originally chosen mainly because I use online banking and not phone banking and of course they transferred me to a operator only no one came on, so after 15 mins I put the phone down. Then during the day I rethought it through and couldnt make my mind up whether to bother, and I thought oh blow I will give it one more time, and this time I got through to a operator and you can guess I had to go through a load of things to try to sort it out, well eventually I managed to get it sorted although I must admit I had to go through the whole thing twice before getting onto a voice recognition part, and even that you have to repeat a phrase 3 to 8 times before you get the ok. I just hope I don't have to go through that again, also I will make sure I use the card before its due to be renewed.
The next problem I will tell you after a break.

Todays card was created using Creative Expressions stamps by cutting 3 mounts and using my stamp mount (Crafts too) and keeping them rigid and attaching the stamps to the lid in one corner then turning the card around to fill each of the corners, then adding the sentiment in the middle.
I then put mounting foam behind each mount and then layering them up as shown.
Now for my next problem, Ive been waiting since my original appt in May to have my second cataract done, and of course because of my bowel operation it had to be put on hold, anyway at the end of August I rang a number I had been given to ask for my operation to be put back on the waiting list.
Well on Monday as I had not heard from the hospital, I know that they had a waiting list but when I had my first op done I dont think I waiting longer than 8 weeks and it was now 10 weeks, anyway it turned out that the person I rang in August HAD NOT PUT MY NAME BACK ON THE LIST, and you can guess what I felt, anyway I asked them if it was at all possible I would be happy to accept a cancellation to get it done as the cataract has grown so fast all I can see out of the eye is a fuzzy outline but no details so you can guess what its like when I colour anything.
Well in the afternoon I had another call from the hospital and a more with it person rang and I told her what had happened in the morning and that I had rung to see why I had not heard and she reassured me my name was back on the list, I also told her the reason I rung was I have started to suffer with more migraine aura's and with one duff eye and when they start my other is finding it difficult to see, plus which if Im not careful I can miss the start and so if I dont take my tablet it can develop into a full aura which can take anything up to a hour to clear. I dont drive at the moment mainly because of this and the cataract.
Guess what on Wednesday a letter arrives with a date I was so relieved but I still have to wait till the 21st December but at least its going to be done, thank goodness.
Well now you know my tail of woe, lets hope things improve, but I dont hold much hope I went to the dentist on Friday as I have been suffering with a gum infection, and she put a temporary filler on my plate and that cost £68. and all it was was a plastic filler shot with a gun. I have to go back at the end of the month to see if a more permanent solution can be sorted, I hate to think what thats going to cost.
Oh well see you next week. Hugs to all.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

A Anniversary Card for Hubby

Good Morning Crafters, this year I have been following Chloe of  Chloe's Creative Cards as I really love her dies and stamps and for hubby this year I decided to give him a bit of bling but not to over the top.
Our Anniversary was in September but I pinched his card yesterday which is still on display to show you it, as Ive said before I have been making cards but Ive not always taken a photo of them, probably because I did'nt want the people who they were made for to see them but now it does'nt matter now for this one especially. I hope you like the result though the photo isnt the best I'm afraid.

For some unknown reason its gone rather yellow in the middle probably because a light is reflecting but I can assure you its completely white and silver embossing.
Ive used the butterfly heart die and stamp and the flower stamp which I cut out and layered up, also the greenery which has got slightly bent when in the envelope.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Well here is another blog post

Good Morning Crafters, thank you so much Brigit, Melodie, Marianne and Anne for leaving such wonderful comments I will try and keep the momentum going its stupid really I have had quite a few cards that I made and not bothered to post on  here and Ive got to say is just my laziness so maybe I can pull up my socks and start posting some of the cards I have already made ready to use and the following ones for Men are the latest ones I have made in the last couple of weeks.
And I so agree with you about people blog hoping I myself have been one of those that would religiously go around all my list and leave comments but as at times like posting on my No.1 blog I just haven't had the mojo to do so, the only ones I have found that I really needed to keep up with were my Paper Shelter DT blog members and my Pink Gem ones.
Anyway here are my latest cards to show you I hope you like them, its always difficult to create cards for men but I have a secret to give you I rather enjoy making them and Im always on the look out for images that will make simple cards that men I hope will enjoy receiving and to be honest most of the men I know are not those that enjoy Golf (my father in law was the only one), Boats, Scenery but anything to do with cars, machines, steam engines (hubby) that sort of thing so I hope these cards will go down well with those that are to receive them.

 Using Woodware Stamp, Pixie Powders and Chalk Clouds

Using Pixie Powders and Sue Wilson Dies

Using Heartfelt Stamp and Tim Holtz Oxide Inkpads

I have to say that I made six of each of the cards so that now I have a stash of men cards so hopefully for the next few months I shall be ready to send them out.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

I know its been along time

Good Morning Crafter's yes I know its been along time since I posted anything on this No.2 blog but as you are probably aware I have had a very painful and difficult few months since Christmas last year and its taking me longer to become motivated to start up this particular blog and even my No.1 blog has suffered to, Ive just been posting my Challenge Cards.
Its now almost 5 years since I started posting on this blog and 9 years since  I started my No.1 blog so I should offer some blog candy but Im going to give this year a miss if you dont mind as this is not the time to do so, I know I have lost my regular visitors on here and the same on my other blog I will make up for it hopefully by improving things by my 10th anniversary next year.
Now thats out of the way I must admit to having been making the odd card now and again all though the year and just in the last week I have created at least 7 new cards and Im going to post them here in a moment.
Firstly I want to tell you that Im gradually readjusting to having part of my large bowel removed and thank goodness Im now out of the terrible pain I have suffered Thank God. I wasnt aware how bad I was and again I Thank God for sparing me as my actual bowel had perforated and luckily because I had a lot of scar tissue from my Endemetriosis and Body Fat it had sealed it in and stopped it going into my body and causing Sepsis, so if you suffer with Diverticulitis please do make sure you keep your eye on your symphtoms.
And now to get of my Health and start a new term here, and I have had these Art Impressions fabulous stamps for quite along time and as I need to create several female cards I thought these were ideal for my friends and family, hope you do to.

I sincerely hope that they make you smile as much as they do me, the backgrounds on 6 of them is the new Distress Oxides which I absolutely love, and as I only had the six I used the background papers from one of the Sweetshoppe Papers on the last one.
Hopefully it wont be quite so long before I get back to you.

Friday, 17 March 2017

New Baby Cards using Sue Wilson Dies and Stamps

Just over the next few months I have several friends and family who are having babies and to start the year of at the beginning of this month my great niece gave birth to a beautiful little girl, and then another friend her son had a little boy, and then we have two more little boys due in the next few months so you can guess what I have been doing, I do hope you like the results of the two I am posting today which were created using Sue Wilson's New Arrivals Die and Stamps, also using Phil Martins paper pad.
These Cards are being entered in the following Challenges:-