Thursday, 23 October 2014

Lavinia challenge October

Hello Lovelies! How are you today? I am good and well although feeling a bit weary. Shaun has had a not so good couple of days - his breathing has been difficult but I'm hoping that things will improve. I'm sure they will soon. Its hard to see him having such a tough time.....

I had to make two birthday cards this week for girls in Penny and Lucy's classes. I decided to use the opportunity to play with my aquatints and also make something for the Lavinia challenge which this month is autumn colours. The colours are lovely but my backgrounds needed more time - I painted these in such a rush - rushing up and down the ladder to my attic to sort things out with the girls in their bedroom. Anyway - once they were overstamped I thought they didn't look too bad so decided to go with them.

All stamps are from Lavinia. Here's some close ups. I used archival black to stamp all the images.

I'd like to enter these into the laviniastamps-challenge-10-autumn-colours. Have you seen the wonderful new dies they have? They look beautiful!!!

Big hugs to you and hope to see you again soon! Thankyou so much for your continued support and comments - I really do appreciate it.

Rachel x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

CC3 Challenge: worn covers.

Hello lovelies. How are you? We're all good - Shaun admitted to being bored a little now so I think he's definitely getting better! He's having proper solid food now and starting to enjoy it - so thats all good.

Today I have my entry to the CC3 challenge this fortnight which is worn covers. Here's what I have done:

I'm using my make to home my Tims tag 2013. They've been hanging around looking for a home and this is perfect. Thanks to Kath Stewart for the idea!

The compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-13 is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium who are sponsoring the challenge to a massive $50 prize. There's also a goodie bag to be had to the winner chosen by the curiosity crew. 

I decorated the inside too!

I used the apothecary papers, the chemist stamp, distress sprays and inks, layering stencils and of course a worn cover. 

I'd like to enter this into the compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-13

Big hugs to you!


Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Transplant list and Christmas card club - finally!

Hello lovely blog friends - thankyou so much for your kind words on my last post - I have more news today - Shaun went on the urgent transplant list yesterday - we had a meeting with the transplant coordinator and she explained the procedure and the likely timings too. It seems that the average wait on the urgent list is about 6 weeks but it could be anytime from now. Shaun is apparently in a good strong position from his blood type and tissue type. We now have to sit and wait - and meanwhile Shaun can get stronger. The immunosuppressant  drugs that he will be on after the transplant sound pretty awful but its the price to be paid for a chance at life. The average heart transplant patient lives 13 years - but there are people who have had transplants up to 30 years ago so we just have to wait and see what the future holds for us. Its very scary and I think there's an emotional rollercoaster ahead - but we'll ride it.

Onto card stuff - there's a new theme for the Christmas card club today - I'm hoping its a christmas deer because thats what I did! Its CAS and my first attempt with my spectrum noir pencils - I think I have a lot to learn!

Big hugs all!

(first use of spectrum noir pencils)

Rachel xx

Friday, 17 October 2014

water and yoghurt

Hello lovelies! Well it was such a good day with Shaun yesterday - the last two days he had been struggling to breathe but weds night they did an x-ray and found he had pulmonary edema - water on the lungs - they gave him some frusimide (a diuretic) and he had a fabulous sleep and was bright eyed when I got there. He stood again for his physio then the speech and swallowing lady came along - she thought he was ready to try a drink so took his cuff down and he tried swallowing some water - it went really well - then he had some yoghurt - again it was easy! His face was a picture - it was so wonderful to see. Long may it last! His kidneys appear to be working well too! woohoo!!!

Here's a card I made for him using some of sheenas new stamps and the fabulous aquatints -

I think he liked the sentiment!

Big hugs to you and thanks for dropping by!

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

a sketch at Indigo Blu

Hello lovelies!

I hope you are well and happy - thanks so much for your comments on my last post - you're very kind. Today I have a card for you from Indigo Blu. I was lucky enough to get top 3 last month and was asked to GDT for the challenge blog using the current challenge which has about a week left to run - there is a sketch to follow and you have to use Indigo Blu stamps. Here's what I did:

In the making of this card I have used distress inks (milled lavendar, dusty concorde, iced spruce) archival black ink and the following Indigo Blu stamps - Large snowflake (LS), Here comes Santa (HCI) and stag cliffhanger (SC).

Shaun is doing well - he actually stood yesterday for the first time which is amazing. It really tired him out though - he's not spoken any words since Monday - he has to go onto a different sort of ventilator to enable this to work and have the cuff taken down on his trachaeostomy. He's been struggling with this so had a day off yesterday. The kidneys are now working partially but not fully and until that happens he won't be able to go on the transplant list. Little steps - he's doing so well - and I'm beginning to feel that things may finally get back to a semblance of normal one day! 

Thanks for dropping by today!

Big hugs to you!

Rachel xx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Craft a scene week 2

Hello lovelies! How are you? I'm good and more importantly so is Shaun - no decision was made yet about the transplant situation - the meeting is now this Tuesday so I'll put anything I know in my next blog post. This said he is getting stronger by the day and his kidneys even did a bit of work today - thats fingers crossed they'll kick in properly soon.

today I have a reminder for you of the current challenge over at Craft a scene - this month its by the silvery moon - create a scene using this as your theme. Here's my make:

Sorry the photo is not the best - the diecut is by Tim Holtz - I attempted to get some crackle on it - it does look better in reality - honest - the background is done using distress inks and the tree stamp is from Clarity.

Big Hugs to you!

Rachel xx

Thursday, 9 October 2014

more me time

Hello Lovelies! Well I have another card to blog today - its for a good friends partners' birthday. Before I show you though just to let you know that Shaun is continuing to do well - 5 hours in his chair today and writing well to communicate - he may even get his cuff down on his tracheostomy tomorrow and then he can have a valve fitted so he'll be able to speak! Brilliant!

Here's my card for Graham - I made it in response to the Chocolate Baroque Challenge - Its a colour challenge: 

Here's what I did using the steampunk birds set and also one of the texture fragments. I also used the accordion die from Karen Burniston and distress inks (vintage photo, rusty hinge, mustard seed and frayed burlap).

I started by producing the background by inking on card and stamping then cutting with the die. I affixed the panels together then cut the squares. Next I stamped the birds and the words and added them. Then finally I added the extras.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thanks for popping by - off to have a look around your blogs now!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx