Saturday, 10 September 2011

Dad - update

Dad  took a turn for the worse last weekend, and developed acute pneumonia - this was on top of the MRSA he had contracted, and the fact that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and his kidneys were failing.  We were told it was unlikely that he woud reach his 92nd birthday, although we still kept our hopes up.  Sadly Dad passed away on the morning of his birthday, September 6.

Daisy is still in the hospice and holding her own, and the last few days have been very good for her.

I will be back soon.


Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sentimental Sundays

Hi everybody

Hope you are having a great weekend - it almost fels like an Indian Summer .

At  Sentimental Sundays  this week we are asking for a card  that expresses Sympathy or Thinking of You.  Always very difficult subjects to tackle.

I have used a Stempelglede image from the Vintage Garden plate.  It is stamped with Stazon and colour with pencils.  I have brushed DI around the edges.  The sentiment is SU, and the papers are Memory Box Minuet.  Flowers and ribbon from stash.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Fussy and Fancy Friday - I followed the sketch
All Sorts - Green and Blue
Creations by Gilli - Anything that flies
Sweet Stampin - Anything but Birthday
Alphabet Challenge - P for pretty pastels
Fun with shapes and more - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Jellypark Challenge - Get punchy or die cuts
Charisma Cardz - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Use at leasst one punch

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Handmade flowers

A very short post from me today.  At  Moving Along with the Times,  and we want to see handmade flowers.

This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Lili of the Valley,  and the prize is a gift voucher

For my card I have used one of the new Christmas images - Christmas Dance -  from LOTV that I bought a few weeks ago, and this is the first inking.  There are some really love images, and more to come soon.

I have used some new Prima paper for this, and I have to confess I think the whole thing is far too busy and I should have gone for a much less complicated sketch.    It isn't helped by the fact that I photographed this after dark, and the creams in the background paper are now pinky colour!  I have coloured with copics, and added glamour dust to the fur around the jacket.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - I followed the sketch
PartyTime Tuesday - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Heart Songs - Favourite colour combo or anything goes
Incy Wincy - Diamonds and Pearls - I have used some pearls
Make It Monday - Always Anything goes
Stamps R Us - Anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - New - I have used a new stamp and papers
Woodware USA - 3-2-1 Challenge - 3 papers, 2 types of embellishment , 1 image

Thank you everybody for sticking with me during my long absences.  My step-mother is still very, very  poorly and is in the hospice attached to the hospital.  Unfortunately my father had a fall and has broken his hip, which because of his age and the fact that he has a chest infection and has contracted MRSA, he cannot be operated on, so  has a long haul with enforced bed rest and his leg in traction.  As you can imagine, this has taken quite a toll on all the family, and we are just taking things day by day.

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.



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