Wednesday, 24 September 2014

WOYWW 277 - yay, back again!

Thanks everyone on WOYWW and others for being so patient whilst I've been AWOL....!!!  I've had quite a few problems on dialysis and not much energy to catch up or the inclination to be honest. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but boy, this has totally knocked me for six.

So what cards have I made? Well I've done a few and will post them for you all to see. I can't show you my Workdesk, as it's my bed and I've put it all away before realising I'd not taken any photos. So for now, I will show you some of the cards I've made.

This one was a special request for a friend of mine. I made the little vegetables myself drawn freehand and then coloured with PM's and then used glossy accents on them. I used paper which looked like the skin of vegetables but you can't see it very well from the photo.
This one is a little blurred but it's used up some of my 'Sale Bargains' in my stash.  I've been trying to use up as much as I can to make space for new stash!!!
I made this from some of the leftovers from a kit I purchased for one item for someone special.  I'll be showing you what I made soon so you can see.  I had lots leftover, so decided to use it with an easel card and the last of my adhesive borders.
 I just love these embossing folders (free in a cardmaking magazine a while back).  I used Cor-dinations and distressed them with an old nail file someone gave me at a Cancer Conference I went to. I had some flowers in my stash so used them with co-ordinating gems too.  The Happy Birthday was from a Justrite set I had for Christmas last year I think. (Don't rely on my memory, but if you need to know I can check for you!).
Another little kit for someone special who loves cats. Underneath the topper it has a gorgeous poem. Sadly there's only a couple left.
Another kit from a magazine and used up some of the backing papers in it too. The lovely die cut is from my good friend Gill so I'm not sure of the make etc. I just added the gems to it!

I'm really pleased to let you all know that I've now raised over £100 for charity in the last few months with my cardmaking. I donate 100% to the charity and this time I'm sending it to the South West Thames Institute for Renal Research and St Helier and Surrey Kidney Patients Association (SHAK).

It's too late for me I think, but it might save others going through dialysis after having chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  Even if it helps just a couple of people it will be worth it.  To save someone else going through this is what the researchers are working hard for.

If you go past a collection box for Kidney Research, please donate generously! It all helps as they say!


Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Karen, gorgeous cards, and very worthy charities you are fund raising for.As I am about to start Chemo/radiotherapy, I'm hoping all will go well with it! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #25 xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wonderful work there Karen love them all.. :D
Those kits look really fab and love that you are using old stash to get new :D sorry you have been so unwell think dialysis must be incredibly draining. Hope you don't have to travel far for it like some folks here do. God bless you in your health and your fund raising too dear Karen, Shaz in Oz.x

Gill said...

Hi Karen What a lovely surprise to see you up and running on your blog today. Just loved the cards they all look lovely. Glad that the flowers got used up. Let me know if you want any more. Gill x

Bernice said...

Hope you feel a bit better soon. Lovely cards - I particularly like those pink flowery wellies!
Bernice #30

glitterandglue said...

Karen, your cards are so lovely. Well done on raising that money for charity - brilliant effort!! Keep taking one day at a time - it's the only way. John managed a whole evening out at our charity auction last Saturday - needless to say, he didn't make it church on Sunday!! Far too exhausted. However, we plod on, as I am sure you are doing.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #18

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Sorry to hear dialysis has been a pig.....I didn't realise it could be so horrible. But well done you for raising all that cash, that's making something positive out of a bad situation. Funnily enough, I am making a blanket for Crochet for Kidneys, a charity I found through the Uk Handknitting Charities site. So I'm contributing as well, but in a slightly different way :-)
Take care and look after yourself,
Hugs, LLJ 34 xx

Karen said...

Always see the positives huh! We all use blankets on dialysis, after 4 1/2 hours in one place you're freezing. Must check it out and help them too. Thanks. xx

Hazel said...

What gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are having a great day and have a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #69 x

Karen said...

Hi! I know lots of people on chemo who are doing great, so always think positive. If u ever wanna chat just email me. Thanks, Karen x

Ali H said...

Sorry to hear you are having such a tough time - well done you for working to raise funds even though you feel rubbish yourself. Sending a hug Ali #10

Chrysalis said...

What great cards, and fantastic use of freebies and stash. Look after yourself, Chris # 14

Angela Radford said...

Great collection of cards there. Well done with the charity collection.
Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 36

Annie said...

Thanks for calling by at mine yesterday. I'm really enjoying my catch up with my blogging friends today but really sorry to hear your dialysis is not so good for you. You seen to have a really positive attitude to it all and I'm certain that will help and we will all be sending you positive vibes and that will help too.....even if they are only virtual hugs. Well done you on raising so much money.
Annie x #12

Kelly said...

My mom always felt great right after her treatments then by the time we got home she would be wiped out for the next day or two. Dialysis is taxing on the system. Rest lots. Your cards are GORGEOUS. The one with the kitten... the kitten reminds me of an old Golden Book I have. Hugs and Creative Blessings! Kelly #66

tocovya said...

Congratulations on the cash raised, but your work deserves it.

SARN said...

Hi Karen . . . in answer to your question on my blog today . . . I make my own Candi by using a slightly larger than normal hole punch and then shaping it on a soft mat with a flower shaping tool.