Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A last minute post for Crafty Individuals

Hello Lovelies - well what is that saying - what a difference a day makes? Shaun was great today - his infection indicators were coming down so the antibiotics must be working - and his whole being was so much more positive. He's been sitting out in his chair today with his tracheaostomy cuff down chatting away - when I just phoned in Shaun was doing his emails - so I think the fight is back on! Thankyou all for your kind words of support - it really does help me to read what you have got to say! Nothing is better than seeing him positive though!

Today I have a card to show you I made for the Crafty Individuals challenge which is Halloween or Christmas. Well I have loads of stamps for Christmas and none for Halloween - so I decided to do Halloween of course and improvise!

I think the girls must be making me excited! They went to a halloween party last week then today  went on a ghost hunt and also learned how to ride their broomsticks! On Friday they're off to a Halloween dress up day at our local nursery out of school club. Followed by trick or treating - as long as I get back from the hospital!

Anyway - my card - the background was painted using aquatints which was then stamped with archival black and silver distress paint. Then I stamped the Crafty Individuals penguins, painted the yellow parts with squeezed lemonade distress ink then fussy cut. I stamped and cut the hat and pumpkins then put the whole thing together using TH letters to finish off the card.

Big hugs to you - hope you have a great Halloween and I'll be back on Saturday hopefully with more positive news!


Rachel x

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

An infection and a card for Shaun

Hello lovelies - well its not been a good day for us today  - the consultant painted a very bleak picture again - Shaun now has an infection that they're trying to get on top of - but its the reason behind the watery lungs from the weekend - the infection has stopped his kidneys working again (probably) and this is what caused the watery build up. That's two reasons why Shaun has been suspended from the transplant list - but Shaun is fighting and seemed very well today - despite the news from the consultant - I am full of admiration for my strong husband - he is wonderful. I made a new card for him tonight in the attic - I've used the grunge palette of aquatints and one of sheenas' new stencils plus a sheena stamp.

I also used some distress inks and a clarity mask to help achieve the clouds. I hope he likes it!

Big Hugs to you!

Rachel xx

Saturday, 25 October 2014

A set back and autumn at Clarity

Hello Lovelies. Not good news on the Shaun front - he has pulmonary edema again which explains his breathing issues over the past few days. He's currently sedated and on the filter to try to remove as much fluid as possible. It feels very raw to me at the moment - his place on the transplant list has been suspended until his lungs are working better again. I know this is sensible - I'm just trying to keep positive!  Hopefully better news soon.

I have my entry for the Clarity challenge this month which is Seasons. I have decided to do the season of autumn and have used 2 clarity stamps and a clarity stencil.

I made the background using distress inks and then used more through the stencil. The verse is stamped on card coloured with distress using sepia archival and mounted on brown card. I then stamped the partridge and painted it using distress, fussy cut it then added it to the card. 

I'd like to enter this into the claritystampchallenge - the seasons.

Thanks for dropping by.

Big hugs

Rachel x 

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