Thursday, 3 June 2010

Birds and branches!

Hi everyone, I have a card for you today and I'll also give you a bit of a personal update on myself at the end of this post.

My card uses Annabelle's Bling Sketch at Annabelle Stamps Blog and I can also use it for this week's 'Say it with Ribbon' challenge, also at Annabelle Stamps Blog.

My main image is from Hero Arts Birds 'n' Butterflies stamp set. I used Impress Olive Green dye ink onto Stampin' Up Kraft cardstock, I'm not really happy with using dye ink with clear stamps as the ink tends to bead and not give a good has happened with this one! I should have stamped it in Versamark before the dye ink but forgot. I stamped the greeting (by Flourishes) using Dark Brown Colorbox chalk ink, but it turned out a bit light in colour too on the SU Old Olive cardstock. I also used Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip cardstock and ribbon, a Cuttlebug folder for the embossing and the bling is from Annabelle Stamps.

Now for my update! I had a CT scan 2 weeks ago, I was supposed to get the results last week, but for reasons I won't go into, the hospital was forced into lockdown and I was unable to keep that appointment or have my chemo which was scheduled that day! I had chemo the next day but had to wait another week to see my Oncologist. Anyway, it was good news of sorts, there is no sign of any tumours on the scan which we are all quite happy about. The not so good news is that I still have to continue with chemo as they think this will be better for me in the long run. It's not all bad though as I'm starting a new regime as of next Monday. I will have chemo every 3 weeks instead of every 2 weeks and it will be a much shorter infusion time as they have stopped one of the chemo drugs.....which is the one that causes the most nausea, so hopefully I will no longer be feeling nauseous after chemo. The best part is that I no longer have to go home wearing an infusion pump for the next 48hrs, I can have that drug in tablet form instead.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I won't get any adverse side effects from the new tablets as I have to take them twice a day for 2 weeks, then I get the 3rd week off them. I'm glad I don't have to have the chemo that causes nausea anymore as it has been making me feel pretty bad after the last few cycles, and I'm hoping I might have a bit more energy as I've been feeling pretty tired overall lately.

I think that about wraps it up! Thanks so much to everyone who is concerned about me, I really appreciate your caring. I hope you are all having a lovely day, it has taken most of the day for the sun to shine through here........but at last we have a lovely blue sky. I might even venture out for my daily walk now, it was way too cold earlier. Talk to you all soon.


Andrea said...

Wow Lyn, first I have to say this is a gorgeous card! I love the solid image on the Kraft cardstock, and the embossing...beautiful.

So sorry to hear about what you are going through, it's such a long road.

Take care and thanks for playing along with us again this week :)


Sue W said...

Hello Lyn,
Thanks for playing along with us again this week.
I love your card too! the embossed background is perfect with this solid stamp! I really like the layering too.
So glad to hear you good news and will be thinking about you whilst you continue with your two weekly treatments. Fingers crossed that there are no side effects and you get your energy back soon. Take care.x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Lyn!

Great news about your CT scan! Hopefully the new chemo will be a little bit easier on you.


Christine Riley said...

What a gorgeous, elegant card, Lyn, I love the embossing. I didn't realize you were ill, I'm so sorry, but I'm so glad that you don't have to take that nausea drug anymore. My thoughts and prayers are with you, please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Hugs, Christine

Belinda said...

So pretty! Love the image on kraft and the embossing is just perfect! I'll keep my fingers crossed with you!

Vicky said...

It's so great to hear from you Lyn, I'm so happy the treatment, rough as it is, is doing its work! Here's hoping all goes well with the new tablets, hugs to you, my friend. BTW, your card is very cool, great colour combo :)

Kylie said...

I'm a little late Lyn but congrats for winning the AnnaBelle Sketch challenge and I can understand why Andrea choose your card it's GORGEOUS! I love your image, colours and the embossing and it's awesome that you entered our two challenges with your one card, I love that you flipped the sketch too!
Best wishes for your new treatment and I hope things improve more and more for you!
Thanks for playing along with our challenges at AnnaBelle Stamps and hope to see more of your creations soon!

Take Care,
Kylie X

Sonya said...

Im reading your posts back to front!! Wow whoo about your CT scan results, thats such great news :-)

Shirley said...

Wow, Lyn, you are such a role model. I am glad your TX is shortened and that nauseous stuff maybe gone. You are going to lick this to pieces my fine friend! My broken arm was nothing compared to your TX. I didn't even go to the doctor for 3 weeks. He looked at me and said, "Well so much for the need of a cast. You are ready for physical therapy." That is how he got even with me. Hopefully next Mon. is my last. Hats off to you my friend. You are one fine leader.

Kathi said...

The card is truly lovely. The embossing looks very elegant. I also really love the card's design.

I'm so happy that you received good news.