April 21, 2010

My beautiful dad.

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts, Family tagged , , at 9:44 pm by bejewelledcreations

My beautiful dad gave me the best news today – his cancer is in REMISSION! It’s gone. The chemo worked! He’s having his last cycle of chemo tomorrow – just as a ‘booster’ shot really, but he’s all clear.

Dad was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right on Christmas after struggling with various symptoms for months.  We all had a difficult time coming to terms with the news, but once that diagnosis was FINALLY made things moved along very quickly. From that first day with the confirmation of NHL in the doctor’s room at the Hospital there was always a lot of HOPE. We were all very optimistic and up-beat about it and knew it was just something we had to get through and that dad would do what had to be done.

In the beginning, dad was very weak and couldn’t even drive or walk without getting exhausted, so I became the transport for mum and dad – which I felt at that time was the only thing I could do – I couldn’t help in any other way, so this was my ‘bit’. I keep saying I  was fortunate to go along with mum and dad to each appointment and chemotherapy cycle because I was then able to see, feel and take in all the positives that the staff  gave out either deliberately or just by their beautiful natures. For every bit of hard news or side effect from medication there was always a positive piece of information or a suggestion about what to do to counter-act side effects – everything was balanced (perhaps even tipped towards the HOPEful) and there was ALWAYS so much support from the wonderful staff. I think that if I hadn’t been able to hear the ‘good’ news with the ‘bad’ news, I could easily have fallen into the depths of fear and hopelessness. So, yes, although no one wants to watch someone they love go through chemo, I feel blessed to have been able to share these moments with mum and dad.

I’m getting teary even now, which I know is just relief and joy at dad’s wonderful news but perhaps it’s also a release of the anxiety that I was holding in all this time. We’re so lucky that treatment worked – I have my beautiful dad and I’m the luckiest person in the world today.

Last month, I took this photo of dad and his three “girls” at the Lyell McEwin hospital – these nurses kept our spirits high and brightened each chemo day with their laughter, cheeky-ness and smiles. Oh the laughs we had! Most often it was at dad’s expense, but he was ‘hooked up’ and couldn’t really fight back. LOL.  They truly are angels of HOPE.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I can’t even say how relieved and happy I am. Thankyou to all my friends and customers who have kept me and my family in your thoughts, it has been truly appreciated.

Julia XX

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March 30, 2010

Another New stamp set from the mini.

Posted in Cards tagged , , , at 9:20 am by bejewelledcreations

Ooooh, it’s so exciting! The NEW Autum-Winter mini catalogue is almost here!!!

Here’s another card I made with a new stamp set that you’ll be able to order as from 1st April (and that’s no joke!!)

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

Ahhh, these colours are so beautiful to work with. I could play with them alll day long. The colours here are More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive.

This stamp set is called Vintage Vogue and would be perfect for all your shabby chic cards a scrapping. Here, I’ve teamed it with Baroque Motifs  to build up the vintage layers. I’ve heavily layered the sponging and stamping around the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock to increase the depth of colour to my satisfaction.

I also stamped on Twill ribbon – but I’m sure there must be a knack to making the ink stand out better – I’d better practice some more!

Enjoy. XX

March 24, 2010

A quick hello!

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 9:33 am by bejewelledcreations

Hello you lovelies! Just a quick post this morning – I have shopping to go and do! (Ah the joys of life – NOT!).

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

Here’s another card with one of my all-time-favourite stamp sets Baroque Motifs.  The colours are Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red – inspired by the collection of colours from the Flower Fusion felt flowers. Add a swirl of the glue pen and liberally sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter – Ah Joy!.

With any luck, I’ll be home after shopping with enough time to play with a NEW children’s stamp set from the upcoming Autumn-Winter mini catalogue before heading off to pick up the wee ones from school. The children have a birthday party for a 7 year old friend on the weekend… and I think the NEW stamp set “Pony Party” would be perfect! (No I’m not showing you the stamp set YET! – Stay tuned for a sneak peak!!!)

Enjoy. XX

January 22, 2009

Cherished.

Posted in Cards tagged , at 10:30 am by bejewelledcreations

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Using the same colours as my last card, here’s a card that was very enjoyable to make. I’ve used Mellow Moss C/S for the base card, Very Vanilla for the card front which I’ve stamped with the Weathered background stamp in Mellow Moss ink. I’ve used the large swirl stamp from Baroque Motifs in Bravo Burgandy just along the lkeft hand side and lower edge. I’ve smudged Mellow Moss ink along the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock. The satin ribbon is from the Theatre range of ribbons.  Jumbo eyelets and HodgePodge Hardware finish the card off nicely.

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I think next time I’d definitely swap the Mellow Moss c/s for a darker colour – perhaps Always Artichoke. I’ve just put this card against Always Artichoke and it ‘lifts’ it dramatically. Oh well – next time!

January 7, 2009

Hello 2009!

Posted in Cards tagged , at 4:59 pm by bejewelledcreations

Yes, it’s been a while since I updated my blog, but Christmas is always hectic and busy and I did leave almost everything to the last minute. BUT, having said that, I did make sure I made my Christmas cards early, so you can forgive me leaving everything else!

I hope that your Christmas was joyful and that you also had time to relax and enjoy yourselves with your families.

Onto some cards…

This one is practically a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) from the Idea Book & Catalogue, but I changed the colours and used a Hostess stamp for the saying as I needed a sympathy card.

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Stamp sets:  Garden Whimsy, For a Friend (Hostess set).

Cardstock: Lovely Lilac, Bashful Blue, Perfect Plum, River Rock, Whisper White

Inks: Perfect Plum, Bashful Blue

I loved this card – I simply adore Garden Whimsy… it’s useful for so many occasions and just sooo pretty.

Here is another of my favourite stamp sets; Baroque Motifs. This is a recent set that I’ve got and I’m loving using it. The scroll stamp is just lovely. I’ve used Not Quite Navy and Bordering Blue as the base cardstocks with Not Quite Navy for the main stamped image. I’ve used Ruby Red for the flowers and saying. I’ve used dimensionals to lift the larger ‘flowers’.

If you haven’t got a Stamp-a-ma-jig yet, I’d highly recommend one! I used it to get the placement of the saying just right. Usually, I’m  a bit of a wonky stamper (LOL) and in many cases it doesn’t matter as the cards I make tend to have a ‘haphazzard’ feel to them (and I like it that way!), but for this card, I needed the saying to be perfectly straight! Using the stamp-a-ma-jig was very easy and takes no time to use.

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This next card is one that I’ve made using Baroque Motifs and Garden Whimsy – so you can see how easy it is mix and match your stamp sets and get more out of them!

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The colours are Perfect Plum for the main card with a card front of Pale Plum. I’ve stamped the scroll from Baroque Motifs in Old Olive ink onto Whisper White cardstock. I’ve randomly stamped the smallest flower from Baroque Motifs in Perfect Plum in over the scroll image. Stamp the large butterfly stamp from Garden Whimsy in Pale Plum ink over the scroll image, and then re-ink and repeat on a seperate piece of Whisper White,. Trim around the butterfly (I cut off the antennae for this as you will see them on the base stamped image), and adhere to the card covering the first image. You can easily add glitter to the butterfly for some extra bling, but as this was a more sedate card I felt it wasn’t necessary.

You can see how similar the card designs are, but they have a different feel to each other. I love using simliar card designs with different stamp sets or colours as this often leads me to new designs along the way anyway.

Happy stamping!