Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Stamping is my therapy!

Hello everyone! Hope you're all having a fun week. The last week has been fairly quiet again here so I've managed to make a whole host of cards- well 4 to be precise! My Mum is back in Basingstoke Hospital. She went in yesterday to have her stent in her liver replaced and we found out today that they will be taking her drain from her liver out tomorrow!!!!! This is HUGE news! Mum has had this drain in since November and has been painful and awkward for her. It has also prevented her from getting chemo. This is a really big step to hopefully things starting to move forward. One worry though is that last time she had the stent put in she developed pancreatitis so we are desperately hoping this won't happen again - last time it developed overnight so I hope she will be OK tonight.

Anyway, onto this week's cards...

My first card is for one of my blogging buddies and is using the cutest stamps from Elzybells. Don't you just love the sentiment?! I miss Elzybells!! I've coloured her with copics and used watercolour pencils on her hair. The papers are by MME. Do you see how she has the same designer papers as me??!! lol.

I'd like to enter this into:
Crazy 4 Challenges- use flowers
Crafty Catz- for a friend
Stamptacular Sunday- use a frame

A little close up! I love how she looks in a total crafting frenzy!!

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Elzybells); Copics; Watercolour pencils; Papers (MME); Assorted cardstock; Nesties; Flower (Poppicrafts); Button (Bunny Zoe's ?)

Next up is another card for my brother's birthday- from my Mum. I coloured Riley with copics and paper pieced the couch and cushion. Do you like the room I created? I used copics on the carpet and sponged brown ink for the walls. The sentiment is by Papertrey Ink. Papers are by Papermania.

I'd like to enter this into:
Sentimental Sunday- anything goes & sentiment
Alphabet Challenge- quote or saying

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Riley, Papertrey Ink); Copics; Papers (Papermania); Assorted cardstock

Next up is my first Christmas card of the year!!!!!! I've never made Christmas cards before October before but I was determined to start early this year. I'm dead chuffed with myself. So I used, who else, but Stamping Bella's Snowbunnybella which I got for Christmas. I've coloured her with watercolour pencils and paper pieced her coat and boots. I added Stickles to her and Faux Snow on the ground. The snowflake and stripey paper is by 3 Bugs in a Rug, I can't find where the pink is from. Sentiment is Elzybells.

I'd like to enter this into:
DieCutDreams Christmas club- sketch & pink & blue
Papertake Weekly- anything goes & something old/not used before
Cutie Sunday- your favourite stamp (anything by Stamping Bella!!)
Christmas cards all year round- 3 papers & 3 embellies

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Stamping Bella; Elzybells); Watercolour pencils; Papers (3 Bugs in a Rug); Assorted cardstock; Snowflake die (Sizzix); White snowflakes (The Works); Brads (Woodware); Pearls (Wild Orchid Crafts); Buttons (Walmart); Stickles; Faux snow (Art Institute)

Wooo! Four cards this week! I'm on a roll. I made this in a bit of a hurry today. I've made this for the new tenants in my Dad's shop. We finally have some tenants who have refitted my Dad's shop- it's now a wet fish shop!- and have their opening this week. We thought we'd send them a card to say good luck and congratulations. It will be bittersweet really. Obviously for business reasons, it's good to have tenants (!) and it's nice to have a new business in their instead of it lying empty and neglected but it will be a bit emotional seeing someone else in there with a new sign up. I think my Dad would be proud that we've kept the business running so I'm sure he'll be pleased.

So I've used this Forever Friends image I had and coloured with watercolour pencils. The papers are by My Mind's Eye. The sentiment is Papertrey Ink, the scalloped edge by Die-namics and I've rounded off with a corner punch.

I'd like to enter this into:
Mojo Monday- sketch
Pals Paper Arts- use scallops

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Papertrey Ink); Image (Forever Friends); Watercolour pencils; Papers (MME); Assorted cardstock; Corner punch; Nesties; Scalloped die (Die-namics- MFT); Button (Walmart); Stickles

Thanks for dropping by this week. Have fun! xx


Katina said...

What absolutely gorgeous cards Steph! I just love the first one and, yes, I really miss Elzybells too :( Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly this week and good luck. x

pickle said...

Hope everything goes well for your um in the hospital Steph..

Absolutely stunning card creations as always ..your colouring is awesome!
Kerry x

carol said...

wow love your cards, glad to here about your mum, thanks for playing along with Craftycatz, x carol

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

It's so cute! What a lovely colours you have used…………… Thanks for joining Cutie Sunday this week....


Rach said...

fantastic cards Steph, they are all fantastic. thank you for joining us @ friday sketchers. hugs rach.xx

HOpe all goes well for your Mum hun. xx

Karen said...

Fingers crossed for your Mum. I'm a cancer patient to so know what she's going through and send her my best wishes. Riley is so cute - I'm going to find him now and see if I can get one for my charity crafting stash! Thanks for sharing.

CraftyC said...

You have been busy Steph. Each and every card is just gorgeous.Thanks for joining us this week at the Sweet Stampin Challenge and hope all goes well for your mum!

Aunty Sue said...

lovely card and thanks for joining CC this week

Angel said...

Hi There.

STUNNING work, all full of inspiration.

Thanks for joining us at Alphabet challenge.

Huggies Angel

Karen said...

Great card Steph, love the image too, thanks for joining us at DCD Christmas Club.

Marushy said...

It's wonderful card and so cute image. Your colouring is perfect.

Thanks for joining Cutie Sunday this week.


Lorraine said...

these are all so beautiful thankyou for joining us at sweet stampin this week and good luck huni xx


Wow - what a great collection of beautiful cards. Thank you so much for joining in the fun this week at Sentimental Sundays.
Hugs, Sylvia x
PS: I do hope your Mum's treatment will be successful.

Lesley said...

Lovely cards! Thanks for taking part in the Alphabet Challenge xx

Jo said...

Wonderful cards Steph :)
Thank you for joining in this week at sketch saturday AND sweet stampin
Jo xx

Susie Sugar said...

Great cards all of them and I love the Bella one you made with our sketch
Thank your for joining us this week at the Die cut Dreams Christmas challenge
Hugs Susie Sugar and the Christmas Dream team xx

Pat said...

Great cards! Thanks for joining us at CCAYR this month!

Hugs :)

Sprytebyrd said...

What fun cards! Love the Elzybells one, that sentiment is perfect and I LOVE how you've "shared" your papers with her! :)
Thanks so much for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week!
Hugs!! Dee Sprytebyrd's Sentiments

Sarita said...

Wow you have been busy Steph, these are all fab. Hope your mum is doing OK Steph,
Love Sarita xx

Nadine said...


wow, wunderschön.
Da stimmt einfach alles.

Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Cutie Sunday.

Liebe Grüße Nadine

mudmaven said...

What a cute Snowbunnybella card! Great job on the coloring too. Doesn't it feel good to have a head start on your Christmas cards? Thanks so much for playing out Christmas Cards All Year challenge this month. ~chris

Jess's Crafty Things said...

Sweet card Steph, and hope is the first of many Christams cards for this year, and thanks for joining us at CCAYR