Monday, 28 December 2009

OSA Year of the Tiger theme challenge

I still have another week before chemo starts again and my arms are not too bad to stamp with, although I'm having a little trouble applying pressure to stamp, and I can type okay now, so had some play time with the OSA Year of the Tiger theme challenge - it's the last challenge for the year. I love tigers so had to do this one! My twin daughters were born in the Year of the Tiger, one of them gets married next year in the Year of the Tiger, and my Aussie Rules football team are the Tigers and they are the only cats that I like LOL!

I had some backgrounds already done so I only had to stamp the tiger onto them and just used a really simple design for these two cards. My stamps are both from the Year of the Tiger plate by Art Neko stamps.

The background for the top card is a polished stone on glossy cardstock, the bottom card is a watercolour distress ink background.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, 25 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick post to wish you all a 'Merry Christmas'! Hope everyone has a wonderful day spent with your loved ones.

Here's my last Christmas card for the year, I made this one a bit more special as it's for my grand daughter, Annika. This will be her 2nd Christmas so it will be a fun time for her, she's just learnt to say 'Santa' so I thought a Santa image was appropriate for her card. The image is an old stamp by Hero Arts, the papers are from Kaisercraft. I stamped a 2nd image, coloured it with Prismacolor pencils, cut it out and popped it onto dimensional dots.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Stamped Christmas cards.

Yes, I did actually manage a few stamped Christmas cards after all! The first one is an image that I had stamped and coloured a while ago, but I decided to add some stickles and a star to it and make it a bit more Christmassy! The tree is a Stampin' Up stamp and I think the greeting is by Stampa Rosa.

The ornaments on the card below are die-cuts, the pine bough is a Hero Arts stamp and the greeting is by Stampin' Up.

I used the same Hero Arts pine bough on this last card, but only stamped it once (I think I should've used a bit darker ink than this!), the greeting is by Stampin' Up and the ornament is by Firecracker stamps by Pamela.

I don't think these cards are my best work, but time was running out and they are the best I could do at the moment. Thanks for stopping by today, these are all that I have to show for now, but hopefully when I can use my arm again I will make a few more Christmas cards to share with you.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Non stamping Christmas cards.

Here are some more easy-peasy cards. The first 2 cards use Cuttlebug embossing folders and some Christina Re shimmery green paper. Used red Kaiser rhinestones for the holly card, the embellishment at the top of the tree card is by Yazzii, they look a lot like the Prima ones but much cheaper in price! I added some crystalline Stickles to the embossed tree.

The patterned paper on this card is by Alison Ellis Designs (AED), I cut the tree from a sheet of the PP and layered it on some cardstock for more stability. The snowflake is made from a Carl punch, I added some glitter to it.

Thanks for stopping by again!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Quickie Christmas cards

Here are a few of the Christmas cards that I've made recently. As I said in my previous post they are just quick cards, the main focal images are from a sheet of glitter stickers that I got at an end of year sale after last Christmas....not sure if the glitter shows up on the photos very well, just click for a larger image for a better look. Other than that I've just used Nestability dies, border punches, rub-on words and patterned papers. The only stamping is on the 1st card, some stars in the background of the yellow card.

I've made this a scheduled post and hopefully some others will follow over the next few days....if I've done this right! Thanks for looking.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Still here!

The last month has just flown by for me! I'll give you a bit of an update at the end of this post, but first here are some more lovely DAK's from some OSA and blogging friends from around the world.

First up is this lovely Asian card from Margo S, I love the rainbow background colours!

This one is from Cindy C, it's just sooo cute!

This beauty is from Lynn E., using one of my fave images and the background is gorgeous!

This faboulous creation is from Shirley R, I just love those beautiful violets!

Last, but not least is this beautiful dragonfly card from Beth U, the lattice border at the top is just perfect!

Thank you all my friends for your lovely cards and heartfelt messages, I do appreciate it very much right now.

Now for my update! I've had 2 Chemo treatments (cycles) so far, the side effects haven't been too bad but it's makes me very tired for 4 or 5 days afterwards. As I only have chemo every fortnight, I feel pretty good for the 2nd week.

I've had a bit of a set back however, the incision where they inserted my porta cath still hadn't healed over and I got an infection in it....I did tell the oncology nurses when I went for the 2nd treatment that I thought it was infected, but they looked at it and said it was just the way it was healing. A few days later it was red and swollen and painful so I went to my GP and he agreed with me that it looked infected and put me on antibiotics...and took a swab! Anyways, to cut a long story short the oncology doctor decided the porta cath had to come out, which they did later that day and tomorrow I have to have another one inserted in my left arm.......not happy about that as that's my dominant arm and I'll barely be able to dress myself let alone anything else for a few days. There is some good news though, my oncologist wants it to heal properly this time so I won't be having any more chemo until after the New Year! At least I can spend some quality time with my family over Christmas, thank goodness!

I have been plodding along making a few Christmas cards here and there, nothing special just quick and easy ones. I'll try and post them later on today, while I can still type!

If you managed to read all that, thanks again for continuing to leave such supportive comments on my blog, it means such a lot to have such wonderful friends in blogland! :)

Edit to add: You would not believe what happened this morning when I went to the hospital to get the new porta cath inserted! I had to go to the Day Oncology Unit first, then Radiology send someone across to take you to them for the procedure. So they take my obs, get me to change into a gown, check the wound from the other arm to see if it's healing OK.........then they tell me that the procedure has been cancelled because the idiots in Radiology didn't have a Porta Cath for me!!! It was re-booked for Thursday while I was there.......then I get a phone call from Radiology when I get home to say they've changed it again to Friday!! Pfft, I wish they'd get their act together....I was planning to go and visit my Dad on Friday, can't do that now and my arm will still be really sore if I go on the weekend. Can you guess that I'm really over having to wait around hospitals lately?