Saturday, 30 December 2017

member showcase

Good morning everyone

Well it looks like yesterdays snow has gone, as it is raining quite hard now - well at least here it is.

This morning I opened an email from Rita of Mold II club with a phot of a card she has had published in a recent copy of Simply Cards & Papercrafts magazine;

Well done Rita

I guess given todays date this will be the last member showcase of 2017, although I am sure that a while back I said that I had seen some entries in recent magazines I had bought.  I will go through them later today & see.

'Bye for now.

Friday, 29 December 2017

How was your Christmas?

Good afternoon everyone.

I am just popping in to see how you all are after the Christmas festivities.  I hope you had a olvely time & received lots of nice presents - some nice crafting ones too.

We had the company of our 2 sons & their wives along with our little grandson.  Considering it was a long day for him he did remarkably well, especially as he is teething which is so unpleasant for babies to cope with.

Here he is in his little Christmas outfit, sitting on his uncle Russ's lap, watching me take a photo of him.  I did take rather a lot that day - he must have got fed up with me. Also since th start of my "troubles" - it was my first chance to have a hold.  Lovely!

I had just about the laziest Christmas I have ever had as Bob saw to the Christmas dinner along with the help of one of our daughters-in-law. Isn't it strange how much better you enjoy a meal, particularly special ones like Christmas day dinner, when you haven't cooked it yourself.  Very nice indeed.

I have been sorting through photos of cards that I made recently & haven't yet shown to you, so I will start doing that tomorrow & will try & get back into regular postings.

Keep warm & safe in this latest snowy weather.  It has just started raining here so perhaps the sow won't lay for long.

'Bye for now.

Merry Christmas everyone

Just popping in to add my Christmas greeting to you all.  The "card" will stay at the top of the blog until I remove it  So if you are popping in to see what else is going on just scroll down past this post.

A Merry Christmas to you all
& best wishes for
A Happy & Healthy New Year

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Birthday Greetings

Birthday Greetings

Today is 24 December
& a Mold II club member has a birthday

Happy Birthday Dot
Have a lovely day

Thursday, 21 December 2017

csnw photos

Good afternoon everyone.

This afternoon I have those long promised photos from the CSNW December meeting to show you.

It turned out the cable connecting my mobile phone & my laptop was not functioning properly - so borrowing Bob's lead it worked.

On their last evening the CSNW ladies decided to return to some previously tried card designs including the bookmark card & the faux envelope card.

Here are the photos;

Ruth has made a start on the bookmark card - you can see where the slit is for the bookmark to go.

Two cards from Joan
 Joan's first card is in the style of the card we learnt through one of Carolyn's designs
The other one looks like she has created decoupage.within an aperture.

Grace chose the faux envelope card design.
I have always liked this design & often use it myself - its great for masculine cards.

Gwen chose a gate-fold design for her card.
That lovely stripey ribbon picks up the colour in one of the baubles & the partial belly band (or wrap) is great.

Kate made 2 cards.
The top one is the faux envelope card design.
There are 2 photos of the second one the bookmark card.  After the photo had been taken Kate added the embellishment - so another photo was taken.

Two cards also from Elvena
The first one is the faux envelope card design
& then she had time to start the bookmark card as well.

Clare chose the gate-fold design.
I like the look of that focal dragon topper.
I don't have a photo of the closed card.

Ann also chose the gate-fold design
I love her monochrome design & there is that partial belly band again.

I must give a big thank you to Elvena for taking the photos & sending them to me.  Thank you Elvena, it is very much appreciated.

Well Christmas is fast approaching I hope you are well advanced in your preparations.

That is me for today ladies.  Take care & bye for now.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Member showcase

Good afternoon everyone.

I am desperately trying to catch up with photos that I have still to blog. 

A couple of days ago I received an email from Rita of  Mold II club with a photo of one of her cards that was featured recently in a magazine.  Creative Stamping I seem to remember.

So here it is for you to see;

I fell in love with those cute Santa gnomes when they were a free gift with one of the magazines.
Well done Rita - keep up the good work in 2018 too.

I must apologise to the CSNW ladies as I haven't yet put their December meeting photos here.  They are on my mobile phone & at the moment I am having a problem downloading them to my laptop. I am hoping Bob might be able to help me later today.  So please bear with me on this.

Hope to have some more things to show you tomorrow.
'Bye for now.

Birthday Greetings

Birthday Greetings

Today is 20 December 
& a Mold II member has a birthday

Happy Birthday Christine
Have a lovely day

Friday, 15 December 2017

A present from the NHS

Good afternoon ladies

I thought I would pop in with my latest health news.

Yesterday I had an appointment with the oncologist at Glan Clwyd who informed me that she was going to put me on Hormone Therapy & not Chemotherapy.  This is in the form of one tablet a day along with one injection a month.  The injection is to help stop the bones from deteriorating.

I will be on the tablets - I am not sure of the injection - permanently.  So no chemo therefore no hair loss no need for wigs.

She showed me the bone scans & it also showed a lot of wear & tear on my shoulder & knee joints - to be expected at my age I suppose.  But the cancer cells were all in my spine & quite a lot of them too although each one smallish.

Bob & I are happier with this outcome & feel that the year is ending on a slightly better note than was originally thought. But the disease is there & we will beat it or at least control it for the best results for my well being.

The drug even so, will leave me rather fatigued & tired. Therefore I am going to leave you all to continue looking after your individual clubs - deciding on what you will do each night.  Where possible I will attend to join in what you have arranged.

In the meantime - in the background - I will continue to try & find you another workshop day.  I still haven't heard back from Wendy of Card-io Stamps but will try her again after Christmas. Also if I get any ideas I will put them forward & see if there is anyone willing to take them on for an evening.

That is me for today.  I still have some photos to load up so I promise I will get that up to date over the weekend.

'Bye for now.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

club page updates

Hi everyone I do hope you are keeping safe & warm.

I have this afternoon updated the club pages & project photos page with information regarding the Mold II January meeting, plus a little info on their February meeting as well.

Over the weekend I received photos from Elvena of the CSNW club of their December meeting on the 6th.  When I have uploaded them from my phone I will put them on the blog.

Take care in this weather.
'Bye for now.

I hope you don't mind but I am going to put a little request here - could you all check you members names & address lists & make sure you have the up to date version. 
The reason for this request is that I have received a couple of cards addressed to Gloria Lumley (also Mr & Mrs Lumley). If that is what you have could you please change my surname to Jones
I don't get offended by the error but its a bit unfair on Bob. 
Whilst I am sitting around over the next few weeks - I will rewrite those lists for each of the clubs & make sure they are got to you all. 
Thank you very much - I hope you don't mind me mentioning this.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

updating pages

Good afternoon everyone.

I do hope you are all taking care in this snowy cold weather & keeping warm.

I am just popping in quickly to say that I am starting to update the projects & project photo pages for the meetings after Christmas.

This morning I added the photos & project details for the first Mold meeting on 18 January 2018. I have a copy of the sketch that Joanna chose for the show & tell & will photograph it later & add that as well.

Will be updating the Mold II pages a little later today also.

Take care everyone
'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

two recent cards

Good afternoon everyone - I thought it was about time I wrote another post.  So this time I decided to show you 2 recent cards I made, fortunately before being handicapped by my op.

They are both cards that needed to go out to the USA.

The first one is the birthday card for our son-in-law;

I had some great Kraft paper covered with old bicycle designs, which I layered onto some red & black striped paper & then mounted that onto a base white card.  The red sports car is decoupaged - not a thing I do that often - but this one went together very well.  I even put some acetate behind the windscreen aperture. He does actually have a red sporty car!

The second card was for our daughter & son-in-laws wedding anniversary;

This one was made using one of Crafters Companion 3-d embossing folders.  I really like this design & it is far more versatile to use than I have done here.  So I look forward to using it more.  I layered it onto a piece of blue card, then onto the white base card.  Before doing that I used a blue & pink stroke lavender gilding wax to highlight the scroll pattern, then just added a gold "Happy Anniversary" to a piece of  the pale blue card.

I hope you are all keeping well & busy making your Christmas cards, or hopefully you have completed them all & they are just awaiting the post.

\that is me for today & I hope to be back soon.

'Bye for now.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

mold II photos

Good afternoon & what a miserable afternoon it is too.  That is because of the weather & no other reason.

This afternoon I have the photos from the Mold II meeting last Tuesday & they are of the project shown to them by Dot & Carolyn.  A delightful little box that held notelet cards. Not everyone got around to making the box & notelets together so we have a mixture of photos.

The first set of photos are those sent to me by Dot - showing the sample she had made to show the ladies what they would be making;

It is such a lovely idea.
I am really sorry I missed it - bit Carolyn has sent me instructions on how to make one.

The first photo shows Annette's box closed & then the second photo shows the box open with the 3 little notelets she made to go inside.

Christine completed her box - it looks like it goes together really easily!

Elizabeth also completed her box.

As did Helen.
Love the idea of cutting the butterfly down the middle.

Rita's photos show the box fastened & then with it open & the notelets displayed around it.

Sue finished her box as well - fastened with a pretty pink ribbon.

Thank you Dot & Carolyn for showing this little project.  I hope perhaps that some of you will send in photos of them complete with their notelets & then I can show them here later.

Enjoy your weekend.
That is me for today.
'Bye for now.

Birthday Greetings

Birthday Greetings

Today is 2 December
& a Mold II club member has a birthday

Happy Birthday Elizabeth
Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

health update

Good morning everyone.
I thought I would write a post this morning bringing you all up to date with my health situation at this time.

On the 22nd November I had a meeting with my consultant for the result of the biopsy on the mass he had removed.  He informed me that the mass had been larger than they thought & I would need further surgery to remove more lymph nodes & that he recommended a mastectomy.  

As you can probably imagine this completely floored Bob & I. I was knocked for 6 & that night the tears flowed which I guess was bound to happen at some time as I had not given into them before.

The first thing he wanted was for me to have a full CT scan before having the surgery to check for the possibility of any further occurrences.
I had that scan on 23rd November (yes - that quick) & returned to see the consultant on the 28 November for the results of the CT scan.
It’s a bit of good & bad news depending on where you sit in the scheme of things.
The CT scan showed small amounts of cancer material in my bones – so that is now the priority.

On Monday I am having a Radioisotope scan (a process which takes hours!!).  This will then be followed fairly soon by a visit to the oncologist.  My consultant said that the oncologist was pretty certain that she could treat these cells given that it is small amounts. The further surgery mentioned earlier is now on hold & there is a very slight chance it, this session of chemo, could help with the problem still in the breast – but not definite. 

The chemo is to start as soon as possible after seeing the oncologist & could take up to 6 months depending on how well I respond.
Both Bob & I feel a little happier strangely – both of us for the same reason. We had both been worrying that the scan would show up something awful – so small amounts in the bones – sort of “good” news.  I am a little relieved that surgery is not the immediate option, although the fact that I might still have to have some is not good news.  I just really couldn’t face another op so soon.
So – now a new road to take & face whatever it brings.  

Being decidedly female – my big concern now – my hair & losing it.  The consultant said that most chemo treatments will cause hair loss – but that the oncologist will be able to guide me on this.  He also said not to go & get my hair all cut off until I had spoken to her.  As if.

But I have started looking at wigs on line .............. such lovely shopping sessions   😕

So there you have it.  It probably means that I won't make meetings in the New Year - but I will have a better idea when I know what days & how many & how they fit into the times & dates of your meetings.  I will be there when I can.  In the meantime I know that you will all pull together to keep the meetings going & probably come up with some great ideas too.

Don't forget to keep me informed so that I can keep in touch by blogging.

Thank you also for your continued good wishes they are much appreciated not only by me but Bob too.

That is me for today.  I will let you know how I get on with the oncologist.

Tomorrow I have photos from Tuesdays Mold II meeting to show you & still more members news - so it should keep me busy for a few days.

'Bye for now - take care of yourselves.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

mold photos - part 2

Good afternoon everyone

This afternoon I have the photos from the Mold club meeting of the 16th & they are of their project for the evening.  This project was shown by Mold club member Janet & she covered the grid technique with an added twist.

Here are the photos & it looks like two methods were shown;

Maureen's two cards show one of each method.

As do Joanna's cards also. I love the use of text on them.

 Both of Sheelagh's cards were created with the alternative technique

Rhiannon has also used the alternative technique - this time showing clean clear lines.

Joan has used the alternative technique & I rather like the informal outer edges on this one.

Mair has one of each technique on her card.  I do like the idea of just the central panel Mair.

Oh I do like those images on Rachel's card.  A really fun card.

One of each style from Yvonne & I like the impact of the white space in the centre of the right hand one.

Two cards from Clare also & the right hand is more in the style of the original technique.
Two great looking, different designs using the same images & colours.

Wow Lynn - it would almost look like stained glass if your lines had been black.
As it is it reminds me of marbled patchwork.

Finally - two examples from Janet which I think she probably did during the evening whilst demonstrating the technique.

Thank you Janet for showing the ladies this technique.
I think you can safely say - looking at their results - that they thoroughly enjoyed making these.

Well done ladies - now I need to have a go myself but it won't be for a while just yet.

Tonight is the last meeting of 2017, for the Mold II ladies - have a great evening ladies.

That is my post for today - back again as soon as I can.  Tomorrow I have an appointment with the consultant - will let you know how I get on.


Monday, 27 November 2017

Mold photos - part 1

Good evening everyone.

This evening I am trying to catch up on some club photos & have a couple for you in this post, both of them from the Mold club's Show & Tell  which was a card depicting fireworks.
Their meeting was on 16 November.

The first one was made by Lynn;

What a lovely burst of colour in this card & good use of shapes to depict the different effects that you see with fireworks.  Great card Lynn

The second card was made by Sheelagh & she used the U-fold card design shown to us by Carolyn;

Another great card Sheelagh - it is full of splashes of colour from the firework effects, & lots of atmosphere with the crowd around the bonfire.

So that is the first set - I may be back later with the second set - or - it could be during the day tomorrow.

'Bye for now.

Friday, 24 November 2017

csnw photos

Good afternoon everyone

This afternoon I am catching up on photos from CSNW ladies last meeting on 1st November.

It was a very small group that met up & for the Show & Tell part of the evening there was only one card.  The theme was a card depicting fireworks;

 Clare's card really showed the sparkle & fun of fireworks.
Great card.

I am also going to show you in this one post, the photos of the project for that evening which was that lovely U-fold card shown to us by Carolyn of Mold II club;

This is Elvena's card with that lovely silhouette topper of the girl with the balloons & a pretty heart background paper.

A lovely classic style to Ruth's card & I love that topper made with squares of card, a flower & a button with thread tie.

A delicate clean & simple style from Clare with a very pretty butterfly topper.

Grace chose to decorate her card with some silhouette stamps & I love that word stamp "Celebrate" where the letters are all different fonts.

Sorry it has taken me so long to put these here - but better late than never.  That card of Carolyn's was well received & I think that we will be seeing more of them during 2018.

That is me for today ladies - more as soon as I can.