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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Another week....

Hello there, this is a bit of a sad post I'm afraid as I'd like to say that the past week has been incredibly sad for me and my family as my dad lost his battle with cancer last Friday morning. Some people might say its weird that I've shared this with you all, but to be honest writing it on my blog helps me remember that this has really happened as it all seems a bit surreal at the moment. Dad first battled cancer 4 years ago when he was diagnoised with mouth cancer - he won that fight with the care of some amazing doctors and nurses. This March, exactly four years after the first diagnosis we found out that he had lung cancer and unfortunantly this time it spread very quickly.

Over the last week we've met some extremley caring people who helped us all through this difficult time. If you ever want to donate to a charity and don't know which one, I can tell you from personal experience that Marie Curie Nurses are very deserving of anything you donate.
Now, I know that Dad would want us all to be happy (he said he was always too busy to be sad), so today I've been crafting...catching up on some challenges.

My first card is for last week's challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday...Arlana has created a stonking sketch this week, which I thoroughly enjoyed using......isn't it cute?

Check out the SSW blog to see all the wonderful DT cards.I've opted for pink papers, along with that lovely flowery backing paper to highlight the image.

I've also created another card, using a digi image that I've created on my new graphics pad - this is a new toy for me and I'm not the world's greatest artist, so bear with me on this one!

The image is Wedgie (yes me!) in the garden and I created her for the challenge over at Cupcake Craft Challenge this week, which is "in the garden". Whenever I write a note to someone I sign my name and doddle this little lady, it always seems to make people smile so I thought I'd add her to one of my cards!
The cute layout for this card is a sketch from The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge, which I've flipped on it's side. Since making it I've realised that I've missed the sentiment out so the ladies might not include me in their draw, but it was still fun to use. I'm also entering this card in the "spots, stripes and sparkle" challenge over at Sweet Stampin this week - the spots and stripes are on the baking papers and I've added sparkle to the flowers and water using my trusty stickles!

I've also done a little baking today....yummy peanut butter muffins....see my baking blog for more photos and the recipe I used!
Thanks for popping by today and I hope to see you soon.
In loving memory of my Dad.

Wedgie xxx


Genevieve said...

Wedgie! I'm sending big hugs to you. I'm so sorry to read your news. My thought are with you & your family. I totally admire your bravery. Your cards are so very pretty. Thanks so much for joining us this week @ Sweet Sketch Wednesday :)

Genevieve SSW-DT

When your feeling up to it pop me an email to bob3000@btinternet for your candy but no hurry, I'll hang to it for you x

Sara I. said...

My heart goes out to you during this difficult time and I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers. Your card is adorable!! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake this week and good luck :)
Sara, Guest Cupcake

Faye said...

Oh Wedgie, I am so, so sorry. I knew something was amiss last week when there were no posts and nearly e-mailed you.
I am so pleased you've made some time for yourself to have a little play and you've created some fab cards too. Your digi defo looks like you. Thanks for playing at Cupcake. Take care my darling. xxx

Francesca said...

Wonderful Job with Jane's sketch

Thanks for joining us at Secret crafter saturday this week and good luck!


louise said...

So sorry for your loss and sending big hugs for you and your family, your card is gorgeous and you baking looks pretty yummy also, thankyou for joining us at Cupcake this week.
Louise xx

sari said...

Oh Wedgie...I'm so sorry for your loss!! I wish i could do or say something that would make it all easier!
Yummy looking cupcakes you have made!! Mmmm... And speaking of cupcakes, what a wonderful & cute card you have created for our challenge this week! Love your selfportrait and the sweet details! Thanks for joining us at The Cupcake craft Challenge this week sweetie! Good luck! Hugs & Sunshine!/Sari

Tracey T said...

Oh little lass, I'm so sorry. I do hope you're OK and am sending big hugs. Your cards are just lovely and your baking looks scrummy (love peanut butter muffins - took some into work last week!). Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Chin up and take care. Tracey xx

Delphine said...

Oh Wedgie, I am so sorry for your loss, I am sending lots of hugs and special thoughts your way... I am glad to see you with us, and with such a fab card, I love your Wedgie in the garden, your idea and digi are brilliant! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake again this week and good luck! BIG hugs Delphine xx

Liza said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, I'm sending hugs your way. I am glad you have joined us this week at CCC with your fab card and Wedgie image.

Liza x

Kathie said...

Hi Wedgie, I'm so sorry to hear about your sad loss. My thoughts and love are to you and your family at this time, always remember the fun times you had together and you'll always be smiling. I lost my Dad when I was 20 and he has been gone now longer than I knew him for and it was very sudden so heart really does go out to you, be stong and remember we are always here to chat if you need someone.
I just love both of your cards this week great design paper in the yellow really pops your image and stands out. Great job and thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
Kathie SSW-DT

P.S Love your Peanut Butter muffin looks good enough to eat. I should send you my Chocolate Chip and Banana muffin recipe if you would like it.

Brodders said...

Wedgie so so sorry to hear about your dad x
Thank you for taking the time to join us at Cupcake craft challenges.Good luck and take care xxx

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Wedgie, I am so very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I'm sure he would be pleased that you are remembering him and sharing happy memories of him. I'm glad that your love of crafting is helping you at this difficult time and it is lovely to see you at cupcake craft again this week. Your digi is so much fun and looks just like you! You are in my thoughts, hugs, Denise x

mulberry station said...

Oh Wedgie, tears are actually rolling down my face right now. I know first hand how hard it is to loose someone you love. My love and prayers go out to you and your family. I would like to say that it gets easier as time goes by...I am not sure about that yet. Sometimes it seems like yesterday when I lost my DH from cancer too. It is still so hard at times. I focus on the good times that brought laughter and fond memories. Hold on to those special memories. It is truely what helps gets you though.
Your cards are darling Wedgie. I love them both. The one that you made the image for is so cute. I have a brown sugar muffin recipe that I got from Judi that is soooo good. Let me know if you would like it.
Lots of Hugs and prayers,
Nancy SSW-DT

sweetbloominscraps said...

Hello Wedgie, both of your cards are fabulous this week! I love your papers on your SSW card and I also love your Wedgie Image! Wow, you are so talented! You make cards, bake and create your own images! You go, girl!

I want to send my love and hugs as I know you have had a difficult week. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Sounds like he was a fighter through it all...being too busy to ever be sad! What a wonderful motto to live by! A few weeks ago I lost a dear friend of 30 years. I also admired her determination to fight the cancer for six long years! My love and prayers are with you and your family!

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Gorgeous cards

Thanks for joining our sketch challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE

Hugs Jane x

so sorry to hear of your loss

Donna said...

Hi Rach, I am so sorry to read your sad news sweetie, my sincere condolences go out to you and your family. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man and I think he would be very proud of you and he would have loved your Wedgie Gardening card...both cards are gorgeous hun and thank you so much for joining in at Cupcake this week...take care hun :) Donna x

Rachel Izakowicz said...

I'm so sorry to hear you sad news. Sending big, caring hugs to you during this difficult time. It sounds like you have been surrounded with a loving and caring family. Take care and best wishes. Thanks for joining in at Cupcake this week - keep on crafting! xx

Sharon Basel said...

Oh Wedgie I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. It makes me very sad to think of you bearing the pain of this loss. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers and sending you hugs across the miles. Hoping that the love of your online friends around the globe are of comfort to you right now.

Darling card hun and delicious looking PB muffin too.

Special hugs and love to you,
Sharon :)

Shelly said...

Wedgie I'm really saddened to hear your news, so so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. It's nice you've been able to do a little crafting and baking this week, I'm sure your Dad would have loved your 'Wedgie' card! Thanks ever so much for joining us at Cupcake, sending big cyber hugs! Shelly x

Carrie said...

Two fabby cards sweetie and what a yummy cupcake!! Thanks for playing at sweet stamping xx

downrightcrafty said...

hiya hun, my heart is with you at this sad time :)

thank you for taking the time to join us with this lovely creation at the SCSC

Hugs Kate xx

Fiona said...

Hi Rach...I am so sorry to hear about your dad, you keep your chin up. Your card is just so pretty...thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


Helen said...

So sorry for your loss Wedgie

Gorgeous cards - love your doodled self!
Thanks for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

Poppit said...

Really sorry to hear your sad news. Taking time for you in so important as you make sense of your loss. I love that you've drawn yourself on your card - fabulous!! Thanks for joining us for this week's Cupcake Challenge. x