Thursday, 29 December 2016

A couple of Xmas cards made at my Langley Stampers Club

Wow...It seems so long since my last post.

After 3 weeks of Doctors appointments and yet still feeling a bit sick and run down,  DH finally made me go to hospital (on Dec 21st). I was admitted with a white count of 20 and a raging UTI.  I had been feeling poorly with infection since I sliced my finger open in November, so just kept telling myself it was from that.

Should have listened to my husband earlier!  Spent Christmas is hospital and finally got released this afternoon.  DH and my daughters visited as much as they could, but it is still a crummy time to be in hospital.

I had a few New Years resolutions planned but have instead decided to focus on good health for 2017.
I wish the same for all of you!

Here are a couple of Xmas cards I made at my Langley Stampers Club. It is always great fun to sit down and open up a package full of everything you need to create a card (or two) of the "teachers" choice. We rotate being teacher and it is always a lovely day out. Our November cards featured dies and embossing folders.

I think the white mat was embossed with Swiss Dots EF, but am not sure of the dies used here. I plan on bringing sticky notes with me in 2017 so I can jot down those details, affix them to the card, and be better prepared to blog them!

 This card features a greyish blue mat that was embossed with birch trees and snowflakes. We sanded lightly across the raised image and revealed the whitish core of the cardstock.

The deer was die cut twice from the center of some silver mirri card that we used to mat the grey embossed trees. We also punched the moon from the center part of that mat! Yes, I know it looks gold in my photo, but it is all cut from silver is just the glare of the light when I took the photo.
Our final mat was a crisp black, all layers then mounted on a white side fold card.

I am entering this leaping stag card over at Pixies Crafty Workshop, where you must use snippets.  I sliced out the center of the mirri mat, thereby creating my snippet to use for my dies and punches. The other ladies were showing me to just punch and die cut wherever, as it would not show...but I had an ulterior motive...a fun share for Di!


Carol L said...

So sorry you had to spend Christmas in the hospital :( I spent Thanksgiving there and had surgery 2 days before Christmas but I'm better now. Damned nasty kidney stones!! Pft! I hope you and I are BOTH on a path to good health in 2017! Love these pretty cards, especially that silver leaping deer! Wishing you a much better year in 2017!!

Mrs A. said...

I do wish for you a Happy and Healthy New Year. As someone who suffers regularly from cystitis your stay in hospital can't have been fun so I can sympathise with you. Hope you are on a course of strong antibiotics. hugs Mrs A.

Heidi Stamps said...

Oh Maureen, I am so sorry you were so ill. That is the pits that you had to be in the hospital on Christmas, BUT I am glad that you did seek the treatment you needed to be on the mend! Best of wishes for health and happiness in 2017.

Darnell said...

Good for you for being true to what being a Snippets Playmate is all about, Maureen! Your stag card and your poinsettia card are both gorgeous!! I am terribly sorry to hear that you spent a week in hospital over Christmas. That's dreadful, but I'm so glad you are out and doing better! I agree with your new year's resolution. Why is it so hard to remember that nothing is as important as our health?! You take care now! Sending happy new year hugs!! Darnell

LesleyG said...

Omg you poor thing, and all over Christmas too, what a nightmare. Glad you are on the mend, and here's to a happy healthy new year. Love both cards, and your club sounds fun xxx

Jane said...

Oh you poor thing...what a time to be in hospital. I hope you are now on the mend. Your cards are both delightful. I love the snowy tree background especially. Here's to a healthy 2017 indeed. Hugs xxx

Kath said...

Fabulous cards, especially the poinsettia card. I hope you make a speedy recovery and have a happy and healthy 2017.
Kath x

Marianne said...

Sorry to hear you had to spend Christmas in hospital, but I'm happy to know you are on the mend. And yes, health is a precious thing and not something we should take for granted. Love your pretty makes, especially the second one. Your stampers club sounds fun. Sending you crafty hugs for a happy, healthy and creative year!
Marianne x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Poor you having to spend Christmas in Hospital. I do hope that you are feeling better now you are at home. Both of your cards are beautiful, sounds like you all have fun at your club. Very best New Year Wishes to you and Al, keep well.

Sue xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh dear Mo, I had no idea..
I'm so sorry. Some years ago I spent Christmas etc in hospital as I was very ill in hospital over Christmas new year. In fact don't really remember Christmas 1984. However I recovered well too so I pray that for you too, dear Mo. wonderful cards the first one is my fav. But second one is great too.
Thanks for sharing,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Liz said...

So sorry to hear you've been in hospital, especially over Christmas. 😞
Beautiful cards, sounds like a fun Club to be part of! Wishing you a happy, healthy and crafty 2017. xx

Barb said...

Two really beautiful cards Mo.

I'm so sorry to hear that you have been so poorly and had to spend Christmas in hospital. You will have to take things easy and get yourself really well again. Sending you big gentle hugs and wishes for better health in 2017. Barbxx

KandA said...

What an awful christmas for you and your family but so glad to hear you're home now and on the mend. Here's wishing you a happy and healthy new year.
Love both of your fabulous cards xx

Donna said...

Maureen, so sorry to hear about your health issues. And how awful to spend Christmas in the hospital. I know you had other things to do over that time. Here's hoping that 2017 brings you good health and all the best. Your cards are lovely. Your outing sounds like such fun. Wish I had something like that around here. I don't know of many others who make cards around here. I love the pretty flowers and the deer card is especially elegant. Happy New Year and please take care of you!

Di said...

Beautiful cards Mo and it's wonderful to see you in the Playground! But what a Christmas - oh my friend, you really have been through the mill lately! Glad you're back home - half the battle I always think.

Sending love and hugs and wishes for health in 2017.

Di xxx

Gail said...

Get well soon - sorry you spent time in the hospital I wish above all else that you be in good health and prosper - blessings and Happy New Year

Pat said...

Oh dear, how awful for you Mo spending Christmas in hospital, you have had a lot to deal with in the last few months, but hope the new year will bring better times. I love these two cards, both so different and really pretty. Beautiful poinsettias and I love the beech trees ef and the way you have sanded it back, and with he cute deer in front too. I do hope you are much better now and want to wish you better health and lots of happy cardmaking in 2017. Take care. x

Sandy said...

So sorry to hear you are having health issues. Staying healthy in 2017 sounds like a fab resolution.
Both the cards are lovely.

AlisonC said...

Not a great way to spend Christmas but hopefully you are on the way back up now. I love your cards and the idea of the club. I particularly like the black one.
Make sure you look after yourself and always listen to your husband! x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh no, Maureen, I am so sorry to read about your hospital stay and poor health. Not a fun time to be in the hospital,a amd I can only imagine how rotten you must have felt. You have really suffered this past year. Please take care of yourself! Your cards are beautiful and I think your stamping group must be a lot of fun - I wish there was something like that around here! I love both cards, but the deer really stands out! Happy New Year and I wish you vibrant health in 2017!

April said...

Great cards! I especially like the deer!

Brenda said...

Oh my goodness Maureen, I'm so sorry to hear that you had to be in the hospital over Christmas! But I am glad DH made you go, you should have listened sooner. But we all do that don't we?!! I hope you are all well and ready to ring in the New Year nice and healthy! Love your cards, they are just beautiful! Now have a Happy, HEALTHY New Year! Hugs, Brenda

Diane said...

So sorry to hear you've been in hospital, glad you are home now. Christmas in the hospital is just too depressing. Both of your cards are just lovely and I really like the embossing and flowers.

Best of health for the New Year.


Sue - said...

Two lovely cards Mo. So sorry to hear about your Christmas - UTIs are miserable - I know as I had one over Christmas too but not as bad as yours. The trouble is the antibiotics they give me make me feel sick too - in fact more so than the UTI! Glad you're feeling better now and hope you have a healthier New Year.

cotnob said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you had to spend Christmas in Hospital Mo, I hope you are fully recovered now.
Your cards are beautiful, I love the elegant deer, such a fabulous background.
Wishing you happy and healthy New Year.

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous card, love the red and white wit the touch of lime green, and a fabulous scene on the second card.
So sorry to hear about your Christmas trauma glad it was sorted though.
Wishing you Health and Happiness in 2017.

Kath x

Sue said...

Gorgeous cards Mo and so sorry to hear about you spending Christmas in hospital:((( Paul was discharged just before Christmas but we had a very quiet one. I hope you are starting to feel a whole lot better my dear friend and all the best for a healthy 2017 xxxxxx Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

butterfly said...

Great cards, especially that leaping deer, magical in silver.

I'm so sorry to hear Christmas Day was spent in hospital - we do the full 12 days here, so I hope you'll be able to enjoy the remaining festive days through to 6th January. Here's wishing you and yours a healthy and peaceful 2017.
Alison x

SARN said...

Hi Mo . . . two lovely Christmas cards you're showing here.

Sooooo sorry to hear that your Christmas was spent in hospital feeling rough. I wish you a speedy recovery.

Best wishes for the New Year to you . . . may you have good health, peace and happiness all year.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Greta said...

Sounds like the right New Year's Resolution, Maureen! So sorry you had to spend Christmas in the hospital. I'm trying to catch up my blog reading--these are beautiful cards--especially the trees with the deer!