Sunday, May 26, 2019

Fiona's Birthday and Farewell Rocky

I have a "mixed emotion" post today.  First I have the card I made for my sister's birthday last year 
My sister is a quilter, she makes clothes and costumes too, but her passion is quilting.  She also has a treadle machine (along with the super-duper modern job she uses all the time) which she LOVES so as soon as I saw this image "Vintage Seamstress" from the Paper Shelter, I knew exactly what Fiona was having on her birthday card, lol.
I coloured the image with Copic markers, adding some detail and extra shading with Prismacolor pencils, purple was always going to figure heavily as Fiona also looooves purple :-) 
The patterned paper is the very last of a sheet from Kaisercraft's Magic Happens pad, I've had it for years and it has been so versatile.  It has a bit of silver foil in it so I cut a border with a stitched scalloped die I can't remember the origin of  and the sentiment is also silver, it came pre-cut, from Craftworks.
I finished the inside of the card much the same as the outside.  The sentiment is a combination of the musical notes digital stamp and computer generated words... as Fiona turned 64 I added a line from the Beatles' hit "When I'm 64".  
I thought the musical reference tied in with the vintage radio in the image on the front
That's it for my card today, I'd let to enter in the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter: Birthday Girl
As You Like It: His or Hers and Why (I don't generally make very embellished cards and there are far more "hims" than "hers" in my life so "his" cards often feature... but it is nice to use feminine colours and images so I've gone for "Hers" in this case)
Catch The Bug: Colour Challenge, using this pic

Now for the second and much sadder part of my post.
We had to make the agonising decision to put my darling little friend Rocky the Dog, featured in my sidebar, to sleep last Monday.  
He has been declining for some time, going blind because of Lupus disease three years ago reduced his quality of life but he did adjust.  Unfortunately, he went deaf a few weeks ago, coupled with his other health problems and just being old (he was 12 and a half) he was truly miserable.  We kept him going as long as we could, in the end, the only thing we could do for him was let him cross the Rainbow Bridge to join his bestest mate Kruza (my son's dog) who went to wait for him in October 2017.  I hope you don't mind, I have included a few pics of "healthy Rocky" to commemorate his all too short life, and that of his little mate too

Two really great dogs, how sad I am that they have both left us... but Rocky will be more than missed; he sat by my chair every day, while I worked and while I crafted.  Knowing you've done the right thing isn't really enough sometimes, certainly not yet in this case.
I have had a lot going on, between bone grafts and a dog bite (yes Rocky, two days before he died,accidental but significant... especially with a fresh bone graft) and ailing parents (hubby's and mine) I am emotionally exhausted, I hope to find the energy to craft and blog very soon
I will be back whenever I can.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna x

Friday, April 26, 2019

90th Birthday Wishes

Well, I finally made it back to Blogland... lots going on - like my 60th birthday (eeeek!) and a little holiday with all my family - which was not eek, lol.  The card I have today is the one I made for my Mother-in-Law's 90th last July.  It, as is usual with the difficult-to-photograph (courtesy, in this case, of the iridescence) nicer in real life.  I've added loads of pics in an effort to show the effect
I saw some of these iridescent finished cards on Pinterest, and worked out you need to use a very detailed embossing folder to get full effect.... so, despite REALLY not needing another embossing folder to add to my collection I bought this beauty from Crafters Companion "Ornate Lace"... of course now I've seen how delicious they are... suffice to say I've added some to my Wish List
I used a pearl finished cream coloured card for the base, it took the deep embossing very well.  I used mica powders I bought in a set from Ali Express, they're pretty good... but as I've never used them before it was a bit of a learning curve to get them to stick; I found that mixing them with aloe vera gel worked really well (bit pricy) and hair gel worked pretty well too... and not as pricy :-)
There are about 12 different colours on the card, I'll be more efficient next time, lol
I cut the butterfly using a die that was in a set of three I bought from ebay.  I added some purple iridescent to it - though that was using Jo Sonja's Violet iridescent paint, it is transparent so not "heavy" but gives a bit more coverage... I added some to the edges of the mulberry cherry blossoms I added to the corner.  I got those, and the small rose leaves, and "filler" flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts... a while ago.  I added a few spirals of green wire cut from the stems
I used some Swarowski crystals to the body of the butterfly, and a smattering to the flower arrangement.  They throw different colours and are beautiful in real life
The numbers are big dies (Ali Express), I cut them using glitter card bit of a nightmare... next time I'll add the glitter later!  Then popped them up on foam dots
I finished the inside of the card very simply, adding another iridescent butterfly and a computer generated sentiment
I really liked the effect and I've made a couple more cards using it, black card looks really nice... it's a stronger look so I think it works for masculine cards
I also made the cake for the occasion,  but that's a set of pics for another day ;-)
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges
As You Like It Flowers or Ribbon (and why) ... I don't use a lot of embellies on my cards, when I do a "special" card, like this one for my MIL, I like to add flowers because they are not found on commercial cards very often.  If the card is being handed to the recipient you don't have to worry about making it "post friendly" 

Just thought I'd add a few pics from my birthday celebrations (that spread over a week!)  We hired a stretch limo to take us to the revolving restaurant in town and took a pic of the kids dressed to the nines - how grown up they are!  and also a pic I took with my phone yesterday evening when we went for a walk down by the river - the restaurant we went to for my birthday is in one of the office towers in the pic, the view from there is  of the river and city... and when you have a lovely sunset it's really quite gorgeous
The black blobs on the water in the foreground are actually black swans... our State fauna emblem
Until next time, Happy Crafting Donna

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Lemon and Lime Birthday Time

I'm back today with a card I made for my lovely Daughter in Law's birthday
... I coloured it to match the birthday cake I made for her, which was lemon and lime flavour - her fave :-) and decorated with stripes.  I made an easel card - my fave (or one of them, lol)
The image is Stampin' Bella Brittany Birthday Girl.  I stamped on Linen card, using my stamping platform... so much better, but still room for improvement :-)
I had a little strip of stripey lemon-ish card that I thought was perfect for across the fold of the easel, I would have used that as the mat for the image but I didn't have enough, so I used some green stripy paper from my stash instead, could be Echo Park, but don't hold me to it!  
I die cut the edge with a tiny scalloped border die I got in a set from Ali Express.
I've coloured with Copics, adding shadows (and highlights, long story) with Prismacolor pencils.  There's a nice bit of glittery goodness on the image too, I used Stickles and Glitter Glue but I can't remember the flavours :-)  
The citrus paper is from DCWV, it's very glittery too.
I used the last scrap of the yellow paper with the scalloped edge on the top edge of the pocket inside the card, made to hold the gift card that was my DiL's gift and a little tag for the sentiment.  
The strip of rhinestone bling finishing the edge of the pocket helps make the "stopper" of the easel stronger, it is some of the (loads of, lol) such bling my lovely Mum bought me over the years... no doubt this came from one of their many trips to Malaysia, my DiL is very aware of such things and even commented on me "sharing" some with her, which I thought was very sweet indeed.  
The organza ribbon on the tag was from a present from my son (not my DiL's husband, t'other one) who loves to wrap gifts elaborately... and I love him doing so too as I get a lot of lovely ribbon and "bits" out of it, lol.
That's it for my card, oh here's a (iPhone, so not that great) pic of the cake that inspired the citrus them -it was YUM btw :-)
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers  For Someone Special (my DiL is Special to all of us)
As You Like It Favourite Colouring and Why I love Copics, they blend so well, have a good range of shades and are refillable (so cost effective)  I used Prismacolor pencils too, because I find them excellent for adding very small detail
Pixies Snippets Playground Snippets That yellow stripey bit :-)
I'll be back soon, I really do have to get through my Drafts folder :-)  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Kazi's All Grown Up

The card I have today was made for a "girl" I have known all her life, in fact, I made her christening cake over thirty years ago, and I've known her dad for over 45 years! Kazi is indeed all grown up now and when she married her lovely husband Jon I couldn't wait to make them a card and wish them every happiness
My pics are a little dark again, I'm sorry... don't know why, I've undoubtedly fiddled with some settings on the camera, lol.  I've brightened them up with Photoshop but that has washed some of the detail out, never mind, sigh
I love this image, After the Vows, from Tiddly Inks.  
I coloured with Copics, adding some Prismacolor shading and Ice Stickles to the bride's dress... and a layer of Ice White Viva Pearls to the veil - hard to see in the pic I admit 
The patterned paper is from Kaisercraft, I cut the top with a Spellbinders Borderbilities die (A2 Scalloped Borders 1 I think - I've got three different sets and only labelled two of them)  The mat behind the patterned paper is actually a textured brown/black card, very nice IRL
Similar problem with the straight scalloped border on the bottom... I'm pretty sure it's a Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die :-)
The baker's twine at the top actually came on a gift I received a couple of years ago, I squirrel away everything like that, lol.  I cut the little tags with the happy couple's names printed on and tied them on - I love personalising cards :-)
The "Congratulations" is a Kaisercraft stamp, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, it's nice and straight... courtesy of my lovely stamping platform, what a difference that thing has made - I used to avoid stamping now? woohoo!!
I finished the inside of the card along the same lines as the outside.  Lovely straight stamping... you guessed it, don't know the name of the stamp set, lol
That's it for my card, I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
As You Like It Favourite: Dies or Stencils, and Why... I prefer dies, because they're a quick and easy way to add a bit of pizazz - as opposed to the messy fun-ness of stencils :-)
Daring Cardmakers Recycle It - the baker's twine came from a gift I received

It's my lovely grandtwins birthday on Thursday... they're 6, already!  I am busy making birthday cards for them and decorating their cakes, yup two cakes... no getting away with the shared cake any more, lol.  The party is not until Saturday so I have a few days yet, and they've both chosen pretty straightforward cakes... it's just having two, large, fresh cakes to be ready for the same day does involve a bit of logistic juggling so there's not much time to do much else. 
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Farewell to 'Poldo...and a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bone Graft

I have a card today that I made for my dear friend on the occasion of her lovely Dad Leopoldo's passing.  He was a really lovely man and is sadly missed
I tend to keep sympathy cards on the simple side, especially those for men.  This time around I used heavy linen card, stamped the trees from Stampin' Up's "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set (I LOVE this set, it was expensive but it stamps so well and I think the images great) with Stazon Timber Brown ink.  I used sponge daubers to colour the background, the linen texture really grabs the ink, looks nice IRL
The (computer generated) sentiment was done using my laser printer, deco foil and a laminator.  I matted the image and the sentiment panel on textured brown/black metallic card and added gold brads to the corners to finish them off.
I used the largest of the stamps to stamp a scene inside the card, masking off one end to extend the scene out to the edge of the card.  There are a couple of "ghost" trees in the background too, though I was nervous, so they are very light, lol
Obviously more colouring with the sponge daubers and Versacolour inks to complete the scene.  The advantage of this technique is that you can write over the top of it... so even though the sky was creeping up the page a bit it really didn't matter - there was plenty of room to write my message
That's it for just about the simplest card you can get!  It did look more impressive in real life... honest :-)  I would like to enter in the following challenges:
As You Like It Favourite: Layers, One or Many and Why... I like patterned paper and like to layer up my cards, but I also love One Layer cards... I just find them "hard", so this is the sort of compromise, lol
Simon Says Challenge Make a Scene
Pile It On Your Favourite Colour - I love "autumn colours", always have :-)

.... and now to the "funny" thing that happened on the way to the bone graft
I was due to get the block bone graft done to my upper central RIGHT incisor on Wed last week.  
When I had the Cone Beam scan done that determined the extent of the bone loss, it picked up a small "bubble" at the top of my top LEFT eye tooth... nothing to worry about says the Maxofacilliary specialist, your dentist can resolve that with a root canal.... okay, not great but I'll get it done. When I had my hip replaced the surgeons were VERY keen to get any areas of inflammation removed if possible; I had my gallbladder out because I had gallstones (which were not pleasant), but I was dallying on getting it removed until it's potential to cause problems for the bone surgery were pointed out.  That it mind, I thought I'd get the root canal done on the Thursday BEFORE the bone graft so it was all done and dusted before going for the bone graft... about which I was (and now AM) very nervous about, after hearing some horror stories about facial swelling, pain etc
I had the root canal done, as soon as the anaesthetic wore off it didn't feel right.  I've had them before and this was WAY more painful.  The pain increased overnight, I got little sleep.  Went to the dentist on Friday got antibiotics, still in pain.  Went to the dentist Saturday morning as I was still in pain and my face had started swelling... she didn't see me but had left me Codalgin Forté - codeine based, didn't touch it.  Ibobrufen helped but not for long at a time, swelling continued.  I went to the after-hours GP clinic at the hospital on Saturday evening, he was a little concerned, thought the dentist had pierced the sinus cavity and infected that, said the next best thing to IV antibiotics is a needle in the bum, okay, he gave me Tramadol for the pain and a course of strong oral antibiotics - after the injection.  
Got no sleep again (third night in a row) with the pain
Sunday the swelling kept going up.  I was going to go back to the clinic but my sons both thought the time had come to go to Emergency.  I (reluctantly as I loathe waiting for hours anywhere!) went, they actually took me straight through even though they were very busy (Joondalup has the busiest Emergency Department in Australia, so when it's busy for them it's BUSY, lol)
They were not happy that the swelling and redness had started to go down my neck... I was worried about my eye closing and the proximity to my brain, they were not, lol.  It was facial cellulitis and there was "involvement of the lymph" no degree detailed just that term "involvement"... the worry apparently is sepsis, and not helped by my RA. 
They admitted me, I had three lots of two different IV antibiotics over a day and a half .... and had to ring my surgeon to cancel the bone graft.
I'm all good now, even the discolouration has gone... my dentist is jittery though :-))  She's never seen anything like this, I told her she's just too young to have!  She wanted me to go to an Endodontist to check it out, but I'm sick of shelling out for dental so just went back to her yesterday - she was amazed at how recovered I am... though I DID tell her that I have lots of practice at getting "unusual" things and heal pretty quick from most of them.
So, I thought I'd have time to "blog", but I haven't.  The couple of days I was completely out of the work loop (should have taken my laptop up, didn't think of it and hubby was pressed as it was) made three days extra work when I got home!  All caught up now :-)
Still, I hope to get back on here soon..I have so many cards to blog.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna x

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Fairy 5th Birthday

The card I have today was the one I made for my darling granddaughter Emily for her 5th birthday... I haven't blogged her 4th birthday card yet, but this one jumped out at me from my drafts so this is 'it" :-)  It is a combination shaker and hidden-sentiment card... a real "mover and shaker" lol.  The photos are a little dark, not much I can do about it now though!
Here is the "hidden" element NOT "hidden" :-)  and Here's a link to the tutorial I used to help make the Pull Tab for the sentiment, thanks to Jenny McGuire :-) I typed the sentiment using Fiolex Girls font... the little hearts were a hit with Miss Em :-)
The gorgeous image is a digi from (sadly now defunct) Anita Be Stampin', her name is Meadow.  She fit the bill perfectly for Emily, being a fairy, that I could add copious amounts of pink, purple and shiny stuff to :-))
Her wings are quite heavily "black" so I printed her using my laser printer and added some Gold Decofoil to them using my laminator... it looks REALLY good IRL
I coloured the image with Copics and added some detail with  Prismacolor pencils, then fussy cut itand popped it up on some foam dots.
I cut the shaker window with a set of heart shaped dies I've had for years, can't remember the brand... X something, lol.
I backed it with some glittery white card and filled the shaker with all sorts of glittery gemstones and heart and flower-shaped "bits".  I added some double sided ribbon around the base of the shaker, to cover all the foam used to build up the receptacle part  I added two strips of the same ribbon to the bottom of the card and a bow to the heart.
The paper is digital from Nitwit Collections (it's from the Fairytale Dreams FQB, or possibly "Fairytale Too" which are additional papers for the same set.  
The inside of the card has one of the borders from the set on as well
The number 5 on the front is wooden, coloured with Jo Sonja's acrylic paint then embossed with Bridal Tinsel EP.  I used foam letters to make the "Emily" on the inside, colouring them with a Copic marker before adding Ice Stickles for that essential sparkle.  I added a little pink acrylic butterfly... to cover a smudge actually :-)
That's it for Emily's 5th Birthday card.  I'd like to enter in the following challenges: 
Addicted to  Stamps Anything But a Square
As You Like It Favourite: "Birthday or Christmas and Why" - I like making Christmas cards because, well it's CHRISTMAS, but I like making birthday cards because you can personalise them.. and make them for the special little peeps in your life like in this case :-)
Sasayaki Glitter Hearts and Stars
The Paper Shelter Letters and/or Numbers
Fab'n'Funky Challenges With a Number
Little Red Wagon Move On ( have a moveable element)
Pile It On Pretty in Pink
I will be back soon... I have to have more surgery on my mouth next week (a block bone graft this time) and anticipate having to spend time home... I am SO nervous about the recovery from this one!  I don't "have" to go any further with the implant process, but the bone graft is necessary so I suppose I just have to suck it up this go round!
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna x