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Monday, 20 November 2017

Hurt and Confused

 I have two older siblings, a brother and a sister.
I had a (brief) phone call from my brother last night, to tell me my sister had just died and I wasn't allowed to go to the funeral.
I'm trying to come to terms with it, feeling hurt and confused.
My brother achieved what he wanted to, and that was to hurt me.  Well done.
I have had a few set backs health wise recently and am not yet able to do any craft work.  Given the wrong dose of medication has left me feeling like my brain is full of fluff, well, more fluff than usual!  I hope to be able to have something crafty to post soon, but I'm not really sure how long it will be.
Just needed to get this off my chest!  Sorry!
Have a SUNSHINE day:-)  {HUGS} from me to YOU:-)

Friday, 10 November 2017

House Fire

 I am home from hospital and slowly getting my mobility back again!  I'm on crutches or a walker, but can walk a few steps on my own.  I don't have any cards to post, but I did capture these photos of a house nearby that caught fire on Wednesday.  No-one was injured but sadly the house is extensively damaged. I managed to walk on my walker (with my cousin who was staying with me) and take some photos.  The road is a narrow two lane road and was totally blocked with Fire trucks, Ambulance and Police. 
The house above is NOT the house that caught fire, that house is in behind the one above. Because the road was blocked off you could only get so far.
And the house in this  photo is also NOT the house on fire.  It is behind the one above.

A "cheeky" photo of one of the firemen getting into his fire gear!  Naughty me!  Well you've got to give it a 'crack' don't you?!
Here is the house that caught fire.  It's about four houses from where I live.
Some of the bushes close to the house also caught fire.

I'm just glad no-one was injured because the firemen weren't sure if anyone was inside the house to begin with.  So it was a huge relief to know the house was empty.
 This is the balcony of the house.
And here are some of the firemen and women packing up the fire hoses after the fire.
 They all did such a great job and I know the whole community will support these people who lost their house. 
 Emptying the fire hoses and folding them back up to put back in the firetruck.
They did an amazing job and were so quick at getting to the fire.
And to end on a more pleasant note, as I turned around to come home, I saw these gorjuss purple Cinneraria growing under a hedge!  I just had to take a shot of these happy flowers!
 Thanks for dropping by, and thanks to Andrea B for your gorjuss card you sent me!  I have had a rough time after the surgery because of only being able to take Paracetamol for the pain - not recommended as it is no where near strong enough, but I had no option.  I am sooooooooooo exhausted and tired, and have not slept properly for the last 10 days, but I hope that improves soon!  I'm now able to do things for myself, and so I hope to be back making cards and things again soon!  I have a new "ebay" die I have to show you!
BTW, the nurses loved the thank you card I made them and it ended up being shown to the entire ward!
Have a SUNSHINE day!  {HUGS} from me to YOU:-)

Sunday, 29 October 2017

"Thank You" Card, Water Droplets, Cats, and A Witch!

 This is the "thank You" card I made today, to give to the nurses once I have had my hip replacement operation on Tuesday.  Whenever I have been in hospital, I always send them a Thank You card for helping me.  This time I have made the card to take with me so I don't have to snail-mail it.  And it is a big cad with lumpy-bumpy flowers on, so it wouldn't have gone through the post easily.
I used my new Vintage Lace dies I got a few days ago.  LOOOOVE those dies:-)
 Below is one of the flowers off my Sugar Snap Pea plant.  It had been raining and it had all these pretty water droplets on it.  There are a lot of peas on it which I keep nibbling on ever time I go past it!
And below is one of my first Asters flowering!  I now have 2 purple flowers and one white one.  There are more about to open but as yet I am not sure what colours they are.  It will be a surprise!
 Below are some raindrops on a leaf.  Isn't it amazing how they form the beautiful round/oval shapes without sliding off the leaf!

 More raindrops!
Bella-Rosa was outside with me and he was watching some birds.  I got int he way of the birds and scared them off, much to Miss BR's disgust!  She wasn't happy with me!
Here's another raindrop, this one is on a Dandelion leaf.  Each one is so perfectly formed.  They look like big fat glass beads to me!
Romeo-Valentino is a totally indoor cat and he was watching Bella and I in the garden.  He is behind the screen door in this photo.

And here is (above) looking very cheeky and innocent!  Below is Bella-Rosa watching some birds.
Above is Romeo-Valentino behind the screen door, watching Bella!  Ok that's all for now, I don't think I will be blogging for a short time, as I am having my hip replacement done on Tuesday.  I will be in hospital for three nights and back home on Friday afternoon...on crutches for SIX weeks!
Have a SUNSHINE day, and thanks for dropping by!
{HUGS} from me to YOU:-) 
Oops!  I forgot to post my "Witch" last night!  This is a brooch I made a few years back for Halloween.  She is about 3 inches in height.  I made her from Fimo modelling clay and baked her in the oven!
Thanks for dropping by!  Have a great day:-) 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

The Sky Is On Fire, and Vintage Lace Dies!

 I took these photos of the sky just as the sun was about to set one evening.  I happened to glance at the sky while I was putting away some dishes.  It looked as if the sky was on fire!
IRL the sky is a lot brighter than what you can see here.  The neighbours tree made a great silhouette against the sky!
I took these three photos in very quick succession, and literally milli-seconds later, the sky had turned  a dark grey and all the firey orange was gone!  You gotta be quick!  (And have your camera handy  and ready to GO!)
The 2 dies I used on this card are called "Vintage Lace" dies.  Yes, more ebay buys!  These were the most expensive so far...$3.96 NZD!!  I absolutely LOVE this set of (two) dies!  I have used the same die on the top and bottom of this card.  I used the second die to make the pink bit in the middle of the card.  It matches the bottom of the big die with all the vertical lines on.  SO much fun!!
 Here's a closeup of the bottom of the Vintage Lace die.  I added pearls and sparkly gems on top.
 And below is a closeup of the flowers and bow I added.  I also added a few bits of Arnold Grummer sparkly flake things.
Ok, that's all for awhile.  I have my hip replacement done on the 31st...three days, but whose counting?!   I am not sure how long afterwards before I feel up to crafting, but rest assured...I will be back!!  Knowing me I will have stashed something crafty to do in my bag, to take to hospital with me!
Thanks for dropping by, have a SUNSHINE day!  {HUGS} from me to YOU:-) 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

"Thank You Card."

I just made this "Thank You" card this morning, using one of my $3 ebay buys!  The die is around 2 3/4's of an inch in width and height.  As you can see, it cuts and embosses.  
The "Thank You" stamp is one I have had for many years and is from a company called "Hooks Lines and Inkers" (DJ Inkers.)  I used a Birthstone Kaleidacolor stamp pad to stamp it.  That too is an old stamp pad and I am surprised it still works!
Here's a closeup of the corner with half pearls on it.  Below is the actual die I used.
White is a hard colour to photograph - too much light and it is just too white, and too dark and it looks weird.  If you double click on any of my photos, this will enlarge them so you can see the details better.

And below is my "Supervisor"..asleep on the job, again!  He loves his climbing tree but he needs much bigger platforms as he is a big bloke and not all of him fits on the platform!  He usually wraps himself around the pole and goes to sleep like that!  I didn't dare tell him his bum looks big on there!

Thanks for dropping by, have a SUNSHINE day!  {HUGS} from me to YOU!

Monday, 16 October 2017

New Cards and a Hip Replacement Operation for ME!

First of all, some good news...on the 31st of this month, October, I will be having my hip replacement operation!!  Yay! No more more disturbed sleep at having to take pain killers every four hours!!  Yay!  I have only been on the waiting list for the op since July, so that isn't too long:-) 
Ok, so on with the CRAFT stuff now!  The card at the bottom of this post is another Christmas one I made over the weekend.  I have started off by showing you how I make it step by step.  So below is the first step.  I lay the die face down on the card one cm away from the edge and the top and bottom of the red card.  It will also measure one cm on the other side when I put the die on the right hand side of the card.  You'll see in the 3rd photo what I mean.

Below is what it looks like when I have die cut the card once.
Below is where I have placed the die on the right, measuring it so it is one cm from the top and sides of the red card.
Below is what it looks like after running it through my Big Shot Plus.
In the photo below I have cut the center piece of the red card out. I measure it with a ruler on the bottom so I get it straight...or TRY to get it straight!
In the photo below I have glued it to a piece of gold foil card..a slow job because of all the tiny lacy bits from the die!  I use "Glossy Accents" with a very fine tip to glue things like this.  It's easier and less messy than my usual glue.
 In the photo below I have glued the red and gold card to a folded red card.
 And finally, below is the finished card!  I have used some gold corner stickers as well as some gold lines around the edges of the card.  I love red white and gold together for Christmas!
 I added a white Poinsettia flower made from some vellum, and die cut some gold leaves as well as a hessian star.  I stuck this to the card using some 3d foam tape.  No, I didn't make the vellum flower, those were some I bought from a local store.  I actually spent about four days running round trying to buy white flowers and couldn't find anything that was the right size and shape.  Then I was out with a friend and saw these flowers so I bought 2 sheets of them!
Below guessed it...another $3 die I bought from ebay!  And yes, all the dies I have bought from ebay are brand new, just un-branded.  This is such a pretty die and I had so much fun watching this card come together!
 I was lucky to have some sticky half pearls that were all connected in a long string.  By using these I was able to "curve" them as I wanted to, to follow the curve of the die.  A tad tricky and I (somehow) ended up with some pearls stuck in my hair!  #Note to self:  Tie your hair up next time so you don't get 'things' stuck in it!!  I also added some gold corner stickers and some sticky gold lines around the card.  The pink card inside also has four gold corner stickers as well as some sticky gold lines.  BTW, these sticky lines also stick well in my hair...don't even ask!!
Above is a closeup of the flower in the center, and some of the pearls.  I used the die on a diagonal angle for this card.
Above is the die I used and what it looks like when it is cut out. The die cuts and embosses at the same time.  I have to say, I find using these cut and emboss dies A LOT easier now I have the Big Shot Plus.  I always had trouble when I had my Cuttlebug.  The embossing never came out so well.
And above is "the Supervisor", (who only woke up for the photo!) the bloke who 'assisted' me with all my cards...he slept the whole time, in a box that was definitely too small for his bum, but he wedged himself in and had a darn good sleep while I slaved over my cards!!  ON my art desk, of course!  I know we both had a great time!
Thanks for dropping by, have a SUNSHINE day!
{HUGS} from me to YOU:-)