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Monday, 24 January 2011

Thank You

Would just like to say a huge "Thank You" for all the lovely Get Well messages I have received via telephone, e-mail, Facebook, my blog and even on Bah! Humbug!  They are all very much appreciated.  
I had surgery on my arm last Thursday but a rather horrid experience meant I couldn't come home until my blood pressure stabilised and they got the pain under control, which was Saturday.    Am still very sore, but hopefully over the worst now - will just have to behave, do as I'm told by the doctor, keep taking the tartan tablets and all should be fine.  Will keep you updated with any progress but in the meantime, I will do my best to come and visit you over the next couple of weeks to drool over your creative projects lol!  Take care everyone and thanks again for your concern.

Luv'n'Stuff
Max
xx

Friday, 14 January 2011

Bah! Humbug! #2

Today is Bah! Humbug! Challenge day and I'm running even later than usual with my DT card after having a wee fight with black ice on Wednesday, whilst in Edinburgh.  Unfortunately, I lost.  
YESSIRREE - I broke my wrist ... *cue violins* ... LOOK!
Amazingly, although I was obviously in agony, not one single person offered to help me up or collect my belongings, (which were strewn across the pavement).  NOT ONE!  Maybe they thought I was practicing some strange dance moves or something while writhing around in agony on the wet pavement, desperately trying not to cry, scream or swear - but they didn't applaud my performance so it can't have been that.  It's a classic example of people not wanting to get involved I suppose.  Anyway ... I eventually managed to gather everything together myself and got a taxi back to the dealership garage where our car was being serviced and they called an ambulance to take me to A+E.
Apparently it was quite a nasty break - wrists aren't supposed to be 'S-shaped' - and although it's still quite painful, I did manage to make a card for this week's Stencil Challenge thanks to a steady supply of painkillers.
I used the Fiskars Shapeboss, kindly given to me by my fellow Humbugger Ann when we were in York last February.    
As the design I wanted to use was on one of the small miniboss stencils,  I could only use the orange pegs to hold it in place on one side. The other side was taped firmly to the board and the linen card was sandwiched between the 2 stencil sections.   I then embossed around the design with the stylus.  Easy Peasy ... Lemon Squeezy!  Even one-handed!
Then I flipped the card and stencil over and inked over the embossed areas with Dew Drop Pearl Sky Blue inkpad.  The final touch was going over the design with stickles to add some sparkle.  When this dried I cut around the design with decorative scissors and matted it onto blue and then silver card, leaving a narrow border, before adhering the panel slightly to the left of centre, on the card front.  
A sparkly peel off greeting fills the bottom corner and a trio of matching snowflakes fill the bare space ... and also cover a couple of inky finger marks but don't tell anyone ... tee hee.
There are some fabulous stencil projects being shared over at Bah! Humbug, so you should treat yourself to a look ... and if you'd like to join in with us this week, then we'd be more than pleased to see how creative you are with stencils.  
Now I have to go for a wee lie down as all this one handed typing is quite tiring.

Friday, 7 January 2011

2011 Bah! Humbug! # 1

The Bah! Humbug! Christmas Challenges are back! WHOO HOO!
The theme for our first challenge for 2011 is  
Holly and/or Fairies
... and there is a fabulous prize on offer for one lucky random entry so it's got to be worth having a go hasn't it?    We also have a brand new Guest designer who has 2 beautiful cards to share and although I know you're just dying to know who it is, I'm not telling you ... you'll have to go and see!  
Our fellow Humbugger Irene is unwell at the moment so she's sadly unable to join in this time,  but Ann and I hope she will be back with us very soon 'cos it's just not the same without her work up there too.
Anyway ... getting back to challenge #1
I chose the Holly theme and created this card using some gorgeous gold foiled card from Kanban which was layered with some rich green textured card matted onto gold mirri card for a classy look.
 The Holly, berries and wreath shape were cut using a Marianne Creatables die set and some pretty green and gold ribbon adds a little more luxury to the inside back panel of gold mirri card.  If you'd like a closer look at the fabulous foiling, then just click the images.
If you fancy the idea of having a ready stash of Christmas cards in 2011 without any last minute running around like a headless chicken, then join in with our Bah! Humbug! Challenges every week and you'll see just how easily that can be achieved.  
Look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

** HAPPY NEW YEAR DEAR FRIENDS **

Would Just Like To Wish All Who Visit My Wee Corner of Blogland Good Health and Happiness For 2011