Monday 26 December 2011

Hope you all had a wonderful day...

Just wanted to say Hi Girls.... hope you all had a wonderful day with your nearest and dearest yesterday.....  and......... 

RESULT!!!  The hinting worked....  !!!

We've been for a nice walk today, and a lovely pub lunch (just soup and a roll - honest), and are now set for doing a bit of exercise on the Wii dance game!  Wish me luck!

Big hugs to all my best blogging buddies.....
Christine xx

Friday 23 December 2011

Happy Christmas to all my blogging friends...

Hi Girls

I just wanted to drop by to show this card that I made for my wonderful man.....  I gave it to him last night, so I can show it now.  I'm one very lucky lady to have him by my side, especially this past week when I've not been too good.......  he - along with my daughter Emma - have been there for me every minute when I've felt so scared.  But hopefully things are on the up now (after another root canal treatment yesterday) - I am not going to tempt fate, merely say that I haven't had to take any painkillers today....

My card is using a DigiStamp Boutique image, I think it's called Cute Reindeers..  it's a lovely image.... and I've done the wording after being inspired by Kerry (Pickle) who makes such fantastic cards.  The DP is from The Clipart Fairy... it's called Let it Snow.  Colouring and glitter etc as always - and a touch of Glossy Accents on their hooves made them come alive.  This is my first easel card....  and was so easy I couldn't believe it!

So there you go....  HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL - I'll still be around commenting...  but probably no more posts.  Thank you all for following me this year and for my listening to my moans and groans.... and my ups too!!

I've got lots of good friends via blogland...... and I feel so lucky!

Big Hugs
Christine xxx

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Hi Girls - just a quick update..

No card today I'm afraid.... Just to let you know that I've not been too well so not been commenting - though this morning, cos I was up at 5 am in pain, I've been having a gander through all your blogs of the last few days, and am not going to attempt to comment on all - so will say to one and all.......  WHAT A TALENTED LOT you are!

I had to go back to the hospital yesterday to the opthalmologist, who have decided not to do a biopsy of an artery (at least for yet - don't want to tempt fate).  They don't think it's the temporal ateritis that the GP first thought.  Phewwww...  but it still leaves me with the pain, and because the consultant yesterday told me to stop taking the steroids the GP had put me on, I think the pain has flared up over night.  I'm still thinking it's what the dentist said last week, this myofacial pain dysfunction syndrome and am treating it with heat, massage etc.... though resting my jaw from eating at this time of year is a TAD difficult!

So there you go....  latest update on my saga!!  'Thanks for all your lovely messages and good wishes after my last post.... you can't imagine how much it helps when you're in pain to read from my lovely blogging friends..  and I hope you're all nearly ready for the big man at the weekend.......
Big Hugs
Christine x

Thursday 15 December 2011

At last... I've finished (I think..)

Hi Girls

Well at last, I've finished my Christmas cards and got them all posted!  It seems like it's been a mammoth task this year, don't know why, but now they're done I can relax.

My card today uses one of the Digi Stamp Boutique's Cute Robin Collection which was nice and easy to do.... some colouring and shading, then some glittering and layering!  I had to make eight of these, so they needed to be easy!  Just looking at the photo now, it looks like I've got it uneven on the red glitter paper, but honest - all sides are even on the real thing!  I think it's the angle the pic was taken.... at least I hope so!

To catch you up on things in Christine world (for those interested) - I've been to the dentist yet again today as I keep having pain in my mouth and terrible pains up the side of my head..... and saw a different guy today as my normal dentist was off.  I've not slept properly for a few nights again now and am getting p*****d off to put it mildly!  ANYWAY, the upshot is that this guy thinks I have ..... now wait for it......  myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome...... which apparently is not toothache - but mimics it as it's muscular at the top of the jaw... and i have to put heat on it, rest it (some hope as it resting means not eating!), take painkillers and massage it.  It's something to do with the lactic acid in the muscle causing a lot of pain.  SOOOOO I'm a bit fed up to say the least.  The other thing he said was not to worry about it (soooo easy said...) as the emotional stress makes it worse!  Then later today I went to the docs as I had to have a routine blood test cos my iron is low - and the nurse there told me my blood pressure had shot up........  Well, I've been in tears most of the rest of the day so now my mouth hurts HORRIBLY!

Sooo I'll just shut up now and go get my lavender bag and stick it in the microwave - then strangle myself with it!!  Anyone know a good field and a guy with a shotgun???  Think I need it!! LOL

Big Hugs to you all....
Christine xx

Thursday 8 December 2011

Don't you just love Santa???

Hi there...
It's a bit late for me to be on the computer, but I wanted to upload this before my bedtime.  It's been a windy day here in Yorkshire today, and I'll be quite happy to get all cosy and snuggly in bed and close all the nasty gusts out!  I hope no one has suffered any damage....especially in Scotland!

Onto my card....  This is a lovely Sugar Nellie stamp called Old St Nick - and I may be a bit odd, but I do love colouring red!  From what I read on others' blogs, I'm in the minority.  Anyway, I've coloured him in using my promarkers... then obviously (!) used my glitter for his fur trimming (which isn't showing too well - photoshop has let me down...), and glossy accents for his shoes and belt, and a little bit on the bells on his brimming sack of toys.  I've used a large oval nestie for the shape, and drew round it and cut for the extra red frame.  I've used a sentiment from Whimsy Stamps called Holiday Ticket Sentiments, and added a red (bright red, not as photo shows sort of orange!) ribbon and bow... then a Marthat Stewart Holly punch with a few red gems for berries.  The DP is from Kaisercraft from their 25 December collection.

I still have Christmas cards to make and am still enjoying making them.... think that will wear off soon though... LOL!  Hope you're all doing well with your Christmas preparations - we're going to have a lovely weekend putting up the decorations and wrapping presents....  also going into Harrogate to see the lights and hopefully hear a brass band playing carols.... then I'll know it's the season proper!! LOL

Big Hugs to you all
Christine x

Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Try it on Tuesday: The Big Guy
Addicted to Stamps: Christmas Card
Cupcake Inspirations: Challenge 139 Photo Inspiration
Creative Card Crew: Tis the Season
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: Traditional Christmas Colours
Colour Create: Red White and Green
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers: Mega Christmas Challenge - Celebrations

Monday 5 December 2011

Die Cut Dreams - Challenge #104 - Calendar

Hi Girls...

Well here we are again, time for another challenge at Die Cut Dreams..... this time the challenge is to make a calendar page for January 2012..

Now I'm not known for making things other than cards, so I did scratch my head.... but then just decided to 'have a go'!

I used one of my beautiful Gorjuss Girls, this one is called Waiting (bought from Samuel Taylors at Embsay... ), coloured her with my copics and promarkers... then cut her out and 3D'd her with foam pads onto an oval nestie (classic ovals large). I used a 'Delicate Vine' Memory Box die and some silver mirri card for the decorations.... and made my own calendar for January on the computer using an old fashioned typewriter font. All this was put onto some matching bazzil - then onto more mirri card.... well I had to make up for the lack of glitter, didn't I???

Hope you like my calendar.... Why don't you pop on over to the Die Cut Dreams Challenge Blog and check out my lovely teamies creations.... they're sure to inspire you to have a go at entering! And it's a lovely way to think about the New Year, and this time the challenge is open for four weeks so you have plenty of time to come up with a fab creation!

This challenge is Sponsored by Die cut Dreams

This week it´s Susie Sugar's turn to sponsor this challenge and the Prize is 30 sheets of 5.5" x 5.5" fancy edged designer papers.

Perfect for your 6" x 6" Tilda cards !!!

( Please Note; Colours and designs may vary slightly from the photo)

Big Hugs
Christine x

Sunday 4 December 2011

Just had to show you this...

Well this is why I wasn't around yesterday........ just had to show you this pic....

We went off to Stratford on Friday night to meet up with Barry's daughters and families who live in Bournemouth.... we all stayed overnight in a Travelodge, then had a FAB day out yesterday.... This was in front of a lovely warm log fire where we had our lunch.  Doesn't he just look so proud of his family.......?  And those little boys call me Nanny Christine........  awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.......

Big Hugs, and will try to get back to commenting properly today..
Christine xx

Friday 2 December 2011

OK, so I got distracted....

Just thought you may like to see what's been distracting me....  after being inspired by Viv from Daisy-Mae Blog, I decided to make a few bookmarks for some special people... and here are a couple of them!

Those of you who know me well, know I love jewellery making also...  so I decided to give it a go.  Beads, findings and metal bookmarks - all from Ebay and my stash.  They look fab hanging over the end of your favourite book, and they don't just look pretty... they are practical too!  I feel an addiction coming on....

We're off today to meet up with Barry's daughters and their families.... including his two lovely grandsons (can't wait).... so I won't be commenting till Sunday.

Bye for now
Christine x