Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Sleigh bells ring...

Hi. Hope you're all enjoying your week. We're a bit stunned really in the Honey Boo household. Mum saw the oncologist on Monday and he has ceased all her chemotherapy! We were originally told she would have 6-8 cycles of chemo but the consultant told us yesterday (we only saw his registrar last time) that he'd only ever had her down for 4 cycles (as usual we were fed misinformation!!). Because she'd had 3 infusions, he said it was too risky for Mum to have a fourth cycle because they think it was the chemo that had caused the mini stroke she had. Also because the chemo is "belt and braces" and she will be monitored closely with scans, he felt the benefits of having a fourth would definately not be great enough because the surgery she had should be curative. It's a very strange feeling to be presented with. We all feel a bit numb really. Obviously this is fantastic news but it's weird cos we'd all psyched ourselves up for another 3-4 months of stress but now it's finally over. We've had 2 and a half years of hell what with my Dad and then my Mum getting sick so quickly afterwards and now we're at the end of it. We can try to get some normality into our lives. We all feel a bit strange...

Anyway, onto a card! Yay- I've now made 9 Christmas cards!!! Am v pleased with myself!!

I used this gorgeous PSX image and coloured with copics. I added some Stickles to the flowers and Glossy Accents to the bell. Papers are by Basic Grey- I love this pad alot!! I'm so getting use out of my Magnolia poinsettia die too. The other swirl is a Boss-Kut die I got off Ebay.

I'd like to enter this into:
Winter Wonderland- P is for....poinsettia! (on paper, image and diecut)
My time to craft- use a die cut
Pollycraft- embellie bingo (used lace, buttons, flowers)
Die Cut Dreams- sketch (I flipped it upside down)
Spoonful of Sugar- something with wings (birdies)

Usual close- up. Such a great image to colour!

Crafty stash used: Stamps (PSX, Waltzing Mouse); Papers (Basic Grey); Assorted cardstock; Copics; Stickles; Glossy Accents; Buttons; Paper lace; Boss Kut die; Poinsettia die (Magnolia); Gold beads (Art Institute)


Cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is one stunning card just love love this the detail is just brilliant,sorry to hear about your mum hun hope things continue to improve for you hugs cheryl xxxxxxxxx

Rosietoes said...

That is a stunning card Steph. It really has the Wow! factor.

I hope things work out for your Mum, she has certainly been through the mill. Here's to a more settled time ahead.

Edna x

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous creation and love the P choice, thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at the Winter Wonderland, hope you will be joining us for our celebrations on Friday
hugs Kate xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

your card is gorgeous.
what a great coloring and image.

greetings karin

Crafty Cath said...

My word - Steph this is fabulous! Santa's always tug at my heart and this one is no exception. Your card is a masterpiece! Hope you continue to get good news regarding your Mum.

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Hi Steph, thinking of you and your family,its a stressful time. Love your card so very vintage!

Debs said...

woohoo! what a fabulous image, love the swirl and your colors, thanks so much for sharing with us at Die Cut Dreams

Karen said...

Ooooh this is stunning, I love this image, think I need to get it, thanks for joining us at DCD.

Lynsey said...

Hi this is such a pretty card! Thanks for joining in our embellishment bingo challenge at Pollycraft this week!
Hugs Lynsey x

Uhooi said...

waw,, This card is good, beautiful and creative,,


Crafty Chris said...

Fantastic card love all the details, Thanks for following the sketch at DCD.
Chris x

debby4000 said...

Beautiful, gorgeous card.

Pat said...

Gorgeous card, love the image, great die cuts. Thanks for sharing with us at MTTC this week.

Pat xx

Lesley said...

Beautiful card, I love the image! Thanks for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

Lynne said...

Ooh what a fab card - great christmas image too - love it!! thanks for joining us at DCD :)

misteejay said...

What a beautiful card. The image is super and those PPs are just right - lovely.

Toni :o)

Kathryn said...

Stunning card for Christmas,(I awlways end up leaving it too late and make rush jobs), that Santa stamp is gorgeous! Great to hear some good news about your mum, and looking forward to seeing photos of your revamped craft room, with some envy as well, lol K x

Karen W said...

Wow this is gorgeous, I love it!!! Thanks for joining us at Creative Belli, beautiful work!