Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Hello lovelies! Thanks for all of your comments and well wishes - Shaun has been making good progress this week with improvements in liver function - however last night his blood oxygen levels plummeted until his oxygen levels on the ventilator were significantly increased. He has been fine in himself throughout this episode but the team aren't very happy with this development and took him off for CT scans today - I do not know yet what they found - I'm hoping to meet them tomorrow to get an update - I get so scared at these points - fingers crossed its not too much of a setback.

Its the first of the month today and I have a GDT post to share with you for A Little Bit Crafty. The theme this month is Boo. I made a very quick card using a doobadoo stencil, distress ink (seedless preserves) and TH sizzix dies.

Hope you like this - its very simple but I think quite effective.

Big Hugs to you!

Rachel x

Friday, 26 September 2014

Tracy's card and an update on Shaun

Hello all - thanks so much for your comments and visits - it means a lot to me at this very difficult time. Shaun is increasingly wakeful but that has the downside that we can see his suffering so much more and that isn't easy. He's fully aware of what you say to him which is brilliant and I watched his physio session today and was so pleased to see him moving his arms and legs independently and also being able to do deep breaths. On the down side he's having trouble with bleeding in his gut - due to the drugs he's on to keep him stable - they think they have found the source of the last bleed but we'll see. So there are great positives and set backs - but he's fighting and I couldn't be more proud of him - Shaun really is the best and I love him so much.

I have managed to put a card together this week! Its for my sister in law's birthday - not really sure its her thing but I enjoyed the time I spent making it.

This is the front....

and this is the whole thing. I used the karen burniston accordion flip album die and a set of autumn blueprint stamps from Tim Holtz. The whole thing is done on kraft card. I have used alcohol inks to do the colouring of the tops and bottom strips and also the front of the card. 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Big hugs to you and thanks for visiting.

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

My Shaun is awake!

Hello all - I have had the most wonderful day - my Shaun has finally woken up - and to cap it all he knows who we are and although he can't speak can mouth 'I love you' - oh so wonderful! I know its going to take a lot to fix his body but his mind can surely help. Thankyou all for your support and prayers - its a small step but an important step and I thank you all for your help in making it.

Rachel x

Friday, 19 September 2014


Hello Lovelies - before I give you an update can I just thank you for all of your continued support - you are the most wonderful folk and I really do appreciate it. Shaun has had a good day today - he's been stable and we got some flicking of his eyelids today and his eyes are open. He's not focusing yet but I feel like this is progress. Long may it last!

I made my Tims tag for September the other night - I'm determined to try and do one new thing a week and I had a great feeling about what I wanted to do with this - I have this as Shaun's bookmark in the hospital - I read a few chapters to him every day of the last Stephen King Novel - his favourite - and I sit it on the bed when I'm reading to him - its very much to him - from me - I hope that he can recover from this heart attack and I hope that he can be happy again and enjoy our children grow up.

Here it is - I used the techniques from tims tag this month although I found the first step pretty tricky - anyway I improvised and I'm pleased with the result.

I just adore the butterfly die cut strip from Tim Holtz. All the colours are from alcohol inks and I used TH rub ons and TH braid. I chose three colours of the thread - one each for me Lucy and Penny. I plaited them and added them to the top of the tag. They represent our combined strength in our hope for a return to normal or something close to it.

I'd like to enter this into timholtz-12-tags-of-2014-september.

Thanks so much for dropping by today . It may be a while before my next post but I will try to keep you updated on progress.

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Happy Anniversary Mum and dad

Hello Lovelies. How are you today? I'm not so good - today was a step back with Shaun - his blood pressure was dropping and they had to sedate him again. That meant that we didn't get any response today. Then they took him away for scans - we've been told that there was nothing showing up in the scans so I think we can be grateful for that.

Anyway - onto a lighter note - its my lovely mum and dads 54th wedding anniversary today so Happy anniversary to them! Here's the card I sent - its a bit unusual for an anniversary card but I think my mum and dad will forgive me under the circumstances. Its the card I made for this months clarity challenge which is all about nature.

I used one of the seed pod masks and lettuce adirondack to create the first layer then stamped using some of the insect mini stamps from clarity plus the sentiment stamp the best things in life are free. Then I used the gingko stencil and some paperartsy grunge paste and after drying I used distress pine needles to colour it up and finally scraped the edges. I also used the pine needles distress to create the background.

I'd like to enter this into the claritystampchallenge.

Thanks so much for all your support - I hope to be back to the land of blog soon but I'm afraid that very much depends on what life decides to throw our way! 

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

a few signs and mid month at Imagination crafts

Hello lovelies. I just wanted to thankyou for all your kind comments and wishes. You cannot imagine what a comfort they are to me at this tricky time. Thankyou. Yesterday Shaun started to show signs of waking. His eyelids are half opening and he's trying to breathe for himself all of which is good and hopeful. They are, however, still very worried about his liver and we are looking for signs of that settling down and starting to function. Here's hoping.

I just wanted to remind you of the current challenge over at Imagination crafts. Its anything goes and this is what I made for my midmonth post.

Thanks for looking today and I wish you a wonderful Monday.

With big hugs

Rachel x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Sleeping Shaun and Guest Designer at Little Claire

Hello Lovelies - How are you? I am well but not happy without my Shaun. He's still in intensive care - he is not being sedated any more but unfortunately has not woken yet. I believe they said the fact that his kidneys and liver aren't functioning properly means that the sedation isn't being removed from his body which is part of the reason why he hasn't woken. He looks very peaceful but I will be much happier when he wakes.

I almost forgot to post this - its my card for the latest Little Claire challenge. The challenge this month is Birthdays and here's the card I made.

I made the background paper using distress inks then stamped the images in black archival and added some clear embossing powder before heat setting. I used the whisper-a-wish-stamp and the silhouette-gardening-stamp-set.

I hope you like my card and thanks so much for all your positive wishes both on here and on facebook.

Big Hugs 

Rachel x