Wednesday 15 January 2014

Use Ribbon @ Diva's

Hello Peeps, this post was all scheduled from before Christmas as I was meant to be away on my holidays but circumstances changed so I thought I'd fill you all in on what's been happening and rewrite it.

I was taken ill on Friday 3rd of January and ended up being rushed into hospital with acute pancreatitis caused by a 'popped' gall stone, jaundice and an infected gall bladder, they decided on Thursday I was too high risk to wait to recover for the operation so they went ahead and removed my gall bladder, I am now home, after swapping 10 days on a sunbed for 10 days on a hospital bed!
Not quite the start to the new year I was planning!!

Good job I had made this card fort the new challenge at


and this week is nice and simple (just how I like it)

Use Ribbon

This is a card I made for my Niece for her birthday just before Christmas. I did actually start this card way back last summer as a DT project but I never got it finished with work taking over my summer!

It's very busy but I think I like it!! Hopefully Mackenzie did. The papers are a mix of Bo Bunny and Echo Park and the 'birthday' is a new PTI die that I love. The red letters are tiny wooden ones that I painted and I love a bit of gingham ribbon.

We have a fabulous sponsor this week

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some gorgeous inspiration from my teammies.

Thank you for sticking with me, I've been a dreadful blogger lately but I hope things will settle back down in the near future. I don'[t know how long it will take me to actually make a card now, I'm not up to trying yet!!
 I have a trip this weekend that I thought I might miss, but it's so important to me I'm going to risk it, my eldest son's PhD graduation ceremony. If all goes well I'll share some pictures next week.

Thanks for popping over
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges.
Deep Ocean - Birthday
Dilly Beans - Celebrations

Charisma Cards - Birthdays
That Craft Place - Charming
Sweet Stampin' - Girly but not Pink


Unknown said...

Just stunning hon. Love the rich colours. So glad you are getting better albeit slowly. Enjoy the graduation. Xx

Maroeska said...

Wow, fabulous card. Usually I'm not that fond of busy cards, but this one is really great. Lovely!

Judith said...

hope you're on the mend now Laurie what a start to the new year - the only way is up after that! I had a similar thing about 6 years ago now - I've never known pain like it so I can sympathise totally, lots of rest and gentle exercise (I walked every day - gradually building up) and you'll soon be able to keep the date with a sunbed. I love what you did with this image its just gorgeous - the colours are stunning. At least you've got lots of crafty time now in your convalescence! hugs Judith x

Sue said...

Oh no Laurie. I am so sorry to hear that you have been so unwell. How awful for you to have to spend time in hospital recovering instead of going on holiday. I hope you can rearrange it and have it to look forward too. Fingers crossed that you are making a good recovery now.
Your card is wonderful, I love the image and colours with such gorgeous detailing too.
Take care
hugs Sue xx

Sharon said...

I am sorry to hear of your Pancreatisis Laurie. My dad had this 18 months ago and was very poorly so look after yourself.
Your card is gorgeous. I love the image and the beautiful design.
So striking in black and red.
Hugs Sharon. x

Jane said...

Oh heavens, what a way to start 2014! I hope you are feeling better Laurie. Oh and this a fantastic card!
Jane xx

Berry said...

Well I am glad you are back home and on the mend now missus! what a shock and a terrible start to the new year for you but lets' hope it means that things will just get better for 2014! I adore your card the colours are so striking and perfect fabulous work lady! Hugs xx

Sue B said...

Oh I'm glad you are back home now Laurie… and glad the operation went well… you gave us all quite a scare… hope you can rest and get well real soon hun.
your card is SO beautiful… I love the scrummy papers and embellies… you've decorated this card to perfection!!
I love the PTI die - but couldn't work out what PTI was!!! lol… what am I like… Googled it and found out although at first I got the Press Trust of India!! ROFL
You get lots of rest and I really hope you are ok for your son's grad ceremony as it's a very special day indeed!!
Take Care Missus
Lots of Love and Hugs
Sue xx

Heidi Brawley said...

OMG so sorry to hear all that!!! Wish you well!!!!! LOVE your Beautiful creation!!!! Those red fabric roses are AWESOME!!!

Unknown said...

This is beautiful! Lovely coloring, great color combo and design. :)
Have a great day...

Claire said...

OMG Laurie, no wonder you have been quiet on here. You may have missed 10 days on the beach, but your health if far more important and when you feel better you can re-book that break. I hope you enjoy your Son's graduation, take it easy and don't do too much too soon Mrs. Sending you lots of love and hugs. Claire xxxx

Claire said...

DOH and I forgot to say I love your card it's fabulous colours!!!! xxxx

Dotty Jo said...

Poor you! I really hope that you are now well and truly on the road to recovery hun. Your card is stunning: great image, embellies, great colouring, Jo x

Janice said...

The lengths some people go to to avoid doing comments, really!!!

Glad your back with us Mrs and hopefully returning to full health. Don't overdo things going to your son's graduation, but obviously you want to go, it will be something to look forward to. Love this bright and bold card, bet your niece did too, just gorgeous.

Take it easy for now, Jx

Wendy said...

Oh Laurie, so sorry to hear you have been so unwell, not a good start to the new year things can only get better for you know.Take it easy and do hope you can make your son's graduation.
Love your card, it's absolutely fabulous.
Wendy xx

Mau xx said...

Hi Laurie, I have picked up along my travels that something was amiss :o(
So sorry you got 2014 off to a dreadful start. So glad they got you sorted though and you can now look forward to a better new year. Lots of hugs and love are coming your way for a good recovery xxxxxxxxx
If you manage your trip take care.
Huge Huge hugs Mau xx

Lori Turner said...

So sorry to hear you've been unwell! Here's hoping the rest of 2014 is awesome for you! This card is absolutely STUNNING, Laurie! Love it all :) Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week - take care!!

debby4000 said...

Love your stunning gorgeous card, sorry to hear how unwell you've been but glad to hear you're on the mend.

Debs said...

So pleased to hear you're home now Laurie and hope you are soon on the mend and back to full health.
Don't rush things - take it easy and let someone else look after you.
As always your card is amazing - fabulous colouring and gorgeous details.
Glad my card arrived and cheered you up a little :o)
Would be ab fab to see you in March at the NEC - look forward to it :o)
Take good care
Debs xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

Stunning card Laurie, Its amazing, I hope that you are starting to feel a bit better now, Im sending lots of hugs, Love Hazelxox

Marjorie said...

Hi Hun.. I don't know, did you step on a fairy or something!! What a year you are having and it's only the middle of January!! Wish I had a magic wand that would make all these things go away for you... get better soon, your in my thoughts...
Love and hugs,
Marjorie xx

Lisa T said...

Beautiful card! Glad to hear you are feeling better.
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Tammy said...

So happy to hear you are home Laurie and I hope you continue to feel better. Absolutely gorgeous card!! I love that image and your beautiful colors, fab embellishments too! Enjoy your son's graduation and take it easy.
Big Hugs, Tammy

cheryl said...

Oh hun this is stunning the colours are gorgeous.hope you feel better soon hun hugs cherys xx

maureenjscott said...

This card Is stunning! Saw it on the Dilly Beans challenge and loved it! Hope you're feeling better and well enough to get to your son's ceremony. Best wishes, mo x

Sammy said...

Gorgeous card and such striking colours. sorry to hear about your health problems... Hope you'll get better soon! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin'. Sammy-x

Christine L said...

How fabulous is this hon??!! LOVING everything about it... and you've been PTI shopping.... OMG I keep on trying to put that off!! Mind you, you deserved it methinks!

Big hugs
Christine x

mixamatoasties said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love your card.

Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin'.


Kim said...

Bold and beautiful! I love it. Glad you joined us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Janine said...

Hi Laurie, I've been such a bad blogger too that I had missed all about your storm damage until the beginning of the week, and then to read about your ill health too. I can't believe what a rotten time you've been having. Sending you lots of love and wishing you a speady recovery xx

Your card is absolutely stunning! Fell in love with it when I saw it on the DT blog.

Hugs, Janine xx

Kathleen said...

Just got my computer back today and was gutted when I read your comment, I thought you were on holiday, it was such a shock, no doubt it was for you too, hope that everything has gone really well and I am so very sorry that you didn't get the break and rest that you really needed.
Please my lovely Lady don't over do it, take the time to get yourself right.
Kath x

Kay Dalton said...

wow fab card hun,thanks for joining us at That Craft Place challenge x

Pat K said...

Fabulous card Laurie. Love your colour choices and great image. I'm so excited to have you join us and look forward to working with you. hugs, Pat K xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is gorgeous Laurie. Beautiful layout, love the black and red combo. Looking forward to working with you.

Sharon said...

Laurie, I would love to go on a colouring course. Could you give me some more details so that I can work out train times etc. Wouldn't want to drive there.
Hugs Sharon x

Louise said...

Hi Laurie, so sorry to hear you have been so ill and not good to have your holiday ruined. Your card is fabulous and I love the colours,the whole thing just pops.
Hugs louise xx