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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sue Wilson Easel Card

Hello dear followers...

Yes.. it's me!  The slackest blogger you know .  I've been quiet because my health has deteriorated even more.  Without going into a long story...  My sister suggested to me earlier this year that I should ask my Pain Specialist to refer me to have an MRI.   In the 20 years I've had this back problem one has never been done.  Oh yes, I've had 2 or 3 CT Scans but not an MRI.  She said that at least this would show exactly what is wrong with my back.  I almost begged my pain doctor to order it and had it been the doctor I normally see, HE would have said no but I saw a woman the last time I went and SHE sat there for half an hour giving me so many reasons why I shouldn't have one but in the end... she ordered the MRI to be done.   Again, I'm not going into it all however, it did show quite a few problems with my lower back and the recommendation was....  "CT-guided steroid epidural injection recommended at L5-S1"   I go back next week to see the pain doctor (it was my GP who told me the results) and if she doesn't organise this injection then my GP said he will.  So I am hoping to have some relief from this crippling pain.

Ok..  enough about my health... here is an easel card I made using ALL Sue Wilson Dies.  I watched a video whee she was making a similar but it didn't have much colour and I do like to things MY WAY.  Sue used a different die for the top and the bottom part that makes it an easel.. I didn't have that die so I used VELA instead.  The dies I've used are...
Creative Expression - Mini Gemini - Vela
Creative Expressions - Expressions - Ornate Oval - Just for You
Creative Expressions Striplet - Butterflies in Flight (Butterflies only)
Creative Expressions -  Finishing Touches - Camelia - Open Petals
Creative Expressions - Finishing Touches - Laurel Leaves 

I have become rather addicted to the Creative Expressions Dies designed by Sue Wilson.  I love the versatility of each one.  Dare I say?  I have at last count 44 however!! I have more Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn & Marianne Creatables... and others.  So really... it's not too many   Can there ever be TOO many?
Here is my card in it's presentation box.  I cut the aperture in the box using the following...
Creative Expressions - Noble Dies - Double Pierced Rectangles.

That's it from me for now.  I know in my last post I promised something special for you all and again I have let you down.  I don't know what to say except lately my health dictates to me what I can or cannot do.  The promise is still strong... but I am not going to ask for your patience, instead I shall do it when I can and I am aiming to get back to a few things as soon as I have the injection mentioned above which will hopefully give me some relief.

much love and many hugs... Angie

Monday, September 14, 2015


Hello friends...

Here are a few PURSE cards I've made.  The flap of the purse is made from a Marianne Creatables die, Anja's Vintage Decoration. 

The embossed card I used on the purses is from the range of CRISTINA RE papers.  On the top card I have used two different dies to make the roses.  1. Die-namics Royal Roses  2. Impression Obsession - Spiral Flowers.  On the bottom card I have used my own ULTIMATE ROSE.

Also, here are two sample purses I made...  this Vintage Decoration die can be used in so many ways.. these purses are just one.

 The black purse was made from an embossed paper I had.  I cannot remember the brand or name.  The white purse was embossed using the Couture Creations Embossing Folder - Tied Together.

Another purse I made using a similar die was this one using a Memory Box die - Delicate Butterfly Arch.  This die was much more delicate to work with but still looked good.
I've added the beading for a handle thus making it more like a handbag. The corners are from Joy Crafts - Frame & 3 Corners.  The background paper is one I've picked up on my travels.
I always have my eyes open for pretty papers... you should see my collection Yes indeed, I'm a sucker for my papers... oh and also pretty pastel cardstock.  

I promised a surprise and I apologise it's late... but trust me, it's coming.  Without telling you what it is, it does involve a video and my problem has been that the lighting in my house isn't good.  This is due to the fact that we have two enormous windows with make it too light... so I have put a dark blind on one of the windows... maybe I'll need to get another one.  We'll see, I shall be trying it out tomorrow.  Please be patient with me, I know I can get slack but I do live with constant pain and it more often than not dictates my life and how my days are.  However, I do try and I'm determined to start doing videos for you all.

Love... Angie

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Two more cards

Hi everyone...
My goodness, I sent a link to one of my Pinterest Boards and all of a sudden I get so many starting to follow me there as well as here.  THANK YOU!  For those of you don't know, I do have some other boards there.  Here is the link to all of them.
Here are two more cards...   


These two are a bit like playing "Spot the difference"    They are different but the flowers are almost the same.  These flowers were make out of these two dies.
The dies are from MEMORY BOX and are the DOGWOOD and DOGWOOD outline.  I made these some time ago and have been asked a few times how I made them.  Well, I am going to do a tutorial on these in the coming couple of weeks and post that HERE.  Just for you all.  There is another flower I made after these that I will do also but I shall keep that one a surprise for now.  Oh by the way... I call these my DOGWOOD BLOSSOMS.

Much love to you all.   Angie

Monday, August 24, 2015

A link to my Pinterest

I was uploading the cards I recently showed you that I made using the Die'sire Creat-a-Card die, to my Pinterest when I thought... "Wouldn't it be easy to just send you the link so you can see more of the cards I've made over the past year?"  With this in mind I am going to post the link and would be most greatful if you could,  Tell me if this link leads you to my "Cards made using dies" part of my Pinterest.
From now on, I am going to post my new work here and then I will link it to my Pinterest.  I think that's the best way to do it.  This way all my lovely followers here get to see my work first.  Sounds good to me.

Cards - Using Dies. My Pinterest 

Love and hugs to you all... Angie

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Enchanted Die-sire Cards

Here are two cards I created using the ENCHANTED DIE'SIRE CREAT-A-CARD DIE. This makes up such a pretty card almost in one pass of the die.... mind you, you do have to add your own flair.

ihugs... Angie


Saturday, August 22, 2015

I promised to keep posting and here I am again.  Before I show you some more of my creations, please accept my heartfelt thanks for the messages of love and support.  I am so humbled by the beautiful comments sent to me.  THANK YOU!  I honestly don't believe I deserve it because I have neglected you all so much.  With this in mind, I promise to try and find the time to post more often.

For the next few weeks I am busy getting ready for the upcoming craft show here in Melbourne.  I will be teaching the classes there for Fatcats Card Corner.  If per chance any of you are attending this show on the Friday, please stop by and say hello.  I would be so honoured to meet you.  After I get over the craft show, I am going to post a surprise here... something I've never done before, so stay tuned!

Ok.. here are a few more of my recent cards.

much love to you all...  Angie

The cards are:
  1.  Cornflowers made using the Creative Expressions Cornflower die
  2.  Hydrangea card made using the Impression Obsession Hydrangea card
  3.  Hydrangea card made using above.. 
  4.  La Vie en Rose - "In the pink"  made using French Cat die by Marianne Creatables
  5.  My own flower creations with Marianne Creatables Elegant Square & MC Corners
  6.  Made using Wildflower corner by Memory Box & Paper Artist Doily


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It's been SO long

Hello everyone

I am so sorry it's been so long since I have posted on my blog.  Since my knee surgery I have been plagued with even more bad health.  My back problems seem to be getting worse but I just have to soldier on.  I learned from my Pain Management doctor that there is surgery that could relieve some of my pain but... Ohh there is always a BUT....  the public health systerm we have don't think I suffer enough and they wont do this surgery.  I cannot walk 25metres without being in terrible pain however, if I use my walking frame, it's not too bad.  It's so true... the rich get better and the poor don't.  PAH!  I am rich!  I have a wonderful husband, two great sons, their wives, who I consider my daughters, and four outstanding grandchildren.  Oh and lest I dare not mention, the Duchess, My Fergie.  I am so blessed.  I no longer have my parents but I have my Heavenly Father, without HIM how could I go on?

As well as my back problems I was having a problem with my blood sugar.  I am a Type 2 Diabetic and on two different Insulins which amounts to 5 needles a day.  My BGLs (Blood Glucose Levels) had been terrific but of late, because I cannot do the exercise I used to, my morning sugar levels were up a little.  I saw this Diabetic Educator who, in my humble opinion, was a FOOL!!  Oh I don't think I will go into this too much...  anyway, she started me on an Insulin Mix, which meant I would only have 2 needles a day... the two insulins are 'mixed' in one Insulin Pen... Those of you who take insulin will understand.   The FOOL, once she started me on this new regime left the clinic where I was seeing her and when I asked who and how I would be looked after and helped, adjusting to this MIX.. She said she would do so but.... oh yes... here comes the BUT... she would do so by text messaging!  Do you think I am kidding?  Oh no... Starting on this mix I had to start low and build up to the appropriate dose for me.  I didn't understand it much because it was different... so to have my only support done by text messaging was not something I could cope with.  I had to record my BGLs and then photograph the book, send it to this FOOL and when she could be bothered, and often it was near midnight, she would tell me what to increase my insulin to.  My sugar went up and I got scared. In the end I SACKED the silly woman and I'm happy to say, I am with a wonderful Educator now AND as of Saturday, just gone, I am back on the two insulins, which I prefer, and also with a few changes... now only 4 needles a day.  I'm a happy lady.  Ok.. enough of my health issues.  I just wanted to fill you in a little. 

Yes, I've been busy card making and I'm still working for Fatcats on their Design Team. Here is some work I've done since I posted last.
I've been using some of the Sue Wilson - Creative Expressions Dies so I will show you these and then over the next couple of weeks, I will show you other work I have done.

That's it for now.  I didn't realise just how many cards I have made since I posted last but never fear, I shall be back to post them.
I have one more thing to tell you and that is.... I've finally started making some You Tube/Videos. For now I have only made them available for my PENNY FLOWERS Group but very soon I shall post some links for you all to see.  Angelina Jolee I am NOT...  but I try.  
Can I just end by saying... THANK YOU to all of you who haven't given up on me.  Living with Chronic Pain makes my life so unpredictable... I don't know from one day to the next what I am doing... more often than not my pain dictates how my day will be.
Ok... that's enough from me.   Love you all.    Angie