Sunday, 2 August 2015

Missing in Action

We ended up at A+E with Meg again at 1 am on Wednesday morning, she was admitted straight away and has been there since, because of her disabilities she needs lots of care, so Eric and I have been going in every morning at 7.30 and coming home around 10 each evening.

She has been really poorly, and in a lot of pain with her stomach, it was really swollen and rock hard. When none of the painkillers, including morphine were having any effect on the pain, and she started vomiting up dark green bile, they decided to do another CT scan and found she had a problem with her bowel.
They put a nasal gastro tube up her nose and down into her stomach to drain away the bile, hoping that she would improve without surgery, as they said the problem was in an awkward place and because of Meg's other problems too, surgery would be long, difficult and dangerous and was only a last resort.

Unfortunately Meg just got worse and worse, her pulse got really fast, she struggled to breathe and they had to give her oxygen, her temp was getting higher and higher, and she was still in lots of pain. Anyway, yesterday evening (Saturday) they decided she needed an emergency operation.
She finally went down to theatre at midnight, they told Eric and I to go home for a few hours and get some rest and they would phone us as soon as the surgery was over. They rang about an hour ago (3am) to say that surgery went well, Meg was in recovery and would be transferred to the High Dependency Unit, where they plan on keeping her asleep until sometime tomorrow, they also have a machine breathing for her, as her lungs were so squashed up because her tummy was very swollen, that the surgeon said they need a bit of time to get working again properly.

The surgeon also said that Meg's likely to be in hospital for at least the next week, maybe longer, as it will take a while for her bowels to start working again properly, and they won't let her come home until they do, and then obviously she will need a lot of looking after for a few weeks after that, so I don't think I will be getting much time for crafting.

I will pop on and do a bit of commenting when I get the chance, and see what everyone else is up to, but apart from a post I have scheduled for Monday there probably won't be much on my blog for a few weeks.

Right, going to try and get a couple of hours sleep now (it's 4.30am)  before we are up and back at the hospital.

Take care,
Colette xx

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Christmas birds rocker

It's the first of the month, so that can only mean one thing, it's time to start a new challenge over at The Paper Creator, and this time around our theme is

You don't have to use Paper Creator products to play along and be in with the chance of winning a £10 voucher to spend in store, but if you do, you get two entries into the random draw.

For my card I used one of the fabulous kits from the Rocker card Mega bundle, there are cards for every occasion in this kit, but I decided to get a head start on my Christmas stash and use the Xmas Birds Kit.

I die-cut a scalloped circle and added the rocker section of the kit to it, to make the card base, I also decoupaged the owls onto the topper using the layers that came in the kit.

Xmas birds Rocker card kit - Paper Creator Rocker card Mega bundle
Go Kreate - XL Scalloped Circles
Martha Stewart Pine Branch Punch
Gems and ribbon - Meiflower

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for dropping in and taking a look,
Colette xx

Friday, 31 July 2015

All Mad Here and Super Duper with digital papers freebie

The Papercraft Essentials magazine, issue 123, came out yesterday and I have 7 cards in the Cut Out and Keep section using two fabulous Kate Hadfield kits - All Mad Here (Alice in Wonderland themed) and SuperDuper (Superhero themed), I am going to try and show you them all over the next week or so.
Both kits are full of pre-coloured images and elements, but for those who like to colour their own, there is also digi-stamp version of the kits or you can buy both sets as a bundle, unfortunately they don't contain any papers, so I made a set of my own for each kit, if you like the look of the papers you can download them for free from the Papercraft Essentials website.

All Mad Here bundle - Kate Hadfield
Freebie Papers
Tonic Layering dies- circle and scallop circle
Glossy accents (middle of biscuits)
Paper Doily - stash
Sentiment - computer generated

Super Duper bundle - Kate Hadfield
Freebie Papers
Black cardstock
I coloured up one of the digi stamps for this card

Thanks for stopping by
Colette xx

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Dare to be Fabulous! 2

Haha, I am an idiot!
I have just realised I used the title of this card for another blog post, I think I meant to add this card to the other post, then got all confusaduddled and added a different card, luckily I added the correct details to go with the card posted, and not the details to go with the title, and that was probably more by good luck than judgement LOL!

Right, here is the card that I meant to post a fortnight ago

All papers and images came from Nitwits Dress Shoppe collection,
the gems and scotty dog diamanté charm are from Meiflower, and
I used Tonic Layering dies Scalloped squares for the matting and layering.
The shoes and bag are decoupaged, although you can't tell from the photo.

I'll be back on Friday with a couple of the cards I made for the latest edition of Papercraft Essentials magazine

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Anything goes at the Paper Shelter

It's the start of a new challenge over at the Paper Shelter, both teams are taking part and the challenge will last for two weeks, we won't be leaving any comments as we will be on our summer break, but there are still the same fabulous prizes up for grabs, so if you make a card, then be sure to enter, after all you have to be in it, to win it! and for the next fortnight we have the super easy theme of -

 If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate to spend in store, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice from the store.

I chose to colour up one of the more recent releases, a gorgeous image called Moon Goddess.

Image - Moon Goddess - The Paper Shelter
Papers - Nighty night digital scrapbook kit - Just So Scrappy
Flower - Die-namics Upsey Daisy die
Dangling stars - Memory Box Precious Stars
Leaf strips - Britannia dies
Tonic layering dies - Plain and Scalloped Circles
X-cut punches - Stars - Large and Medium
Ribbon - Meiflower
Large Gem Brad - stash

Make sure to pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous DT inspiration, don't forget you get double the amount this week.

thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


The latest team B challenge over at The Paper Shelter starts today and this time around our theme is

(pearls, buttons, flowers, gemstones etc., will not count as circles)

There are great prizes up for grabs! If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice.

Now I have to be honest, I had almost finished making my card before I remembered that it needed to contain circles, oops! so I had to quickly change my design.

I used one of my very favourite Paper Shelter images for this card, I love this little angel, but it has taken me nearly two years to finally get around to colouring her, mainly because there are so many fab images, it is always hard to decide which one to use, and the newer releases are always fresher in my mind than some of the older ones in my collection.

Papers - Sunshine and Laughter - Nitwit Collections
Tattered Lace - Studley die
Lifestyle Nesting frame 2
X-cut punch - Petals, large and medium
Cheery Lynn  - B147 Olive branches
Crispy Lace - Turquoise - Cuddly Buddly

Don't forget to pop over to the Paper Shelter challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies (who probably all remembered to use some circles LOL!)

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Sunday, 12 July 2015

On the bench stepper card

Today I have a boy card to show you using the On the Bench Ultimate Kit from Paper Creator, This is my go to kit when I have to make cards for young boys, so you will have seen cards made with it before. This time around I used the kit to make a stepper card. I changed the wording on the sentiment and added some polka dot grosgrain ribbon and a football shirt charm, but everything else came from the kit.

On the Bench Ultimate kit - Paper Creator
Grosgrain ribbon and charm - Meiflower

This afternoon I'm off to an Afternoon Tea party in aid of Breast Cancer, the party has been organised by my friend Anita, who has battled with the condition and happily beat it into submission. Last years event was brilliant so this year's has a lot to live up to, although I'm sure it will. 

Whatever you are doing with your Sunday, I hope you're having a good one,
Colette xx