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Birthday girl....

Hello everyone!
I celebrated my birthday last Monday and I can honestly tell  you that I'm spoilt rotten.....
Surrounded by family and friends. But also cards from friends from far away and  breathtaking gifts. I already gave thanks to them personally ( some of them by email)  but I wanted to show you all the beauty that is now surrounding me....
Yes; a picture overload. I just want to warn you.....
Giséle sent me this gorgeous plaque:

Tante Käthe sent me this card whicih is also a wonderful puuzzle; brilliant!

She also sent me this banner:

Ira is a very dear friend and sent me a stunning card, a GORGEOUS  pincushion and a bracelet that took my breath away....

And then a package came from Ros. She has become a very dear and close friend. And she spoilt me rotten... An amazing card that I love. I have a place in my heart for banners and she knows that :)

A notebook; precious. Love it!

Sorry for the blurry picture; IRL this tag is so so gorgeous:

Such a clever girl :) to use one of…

Wow Cathy!

Hello everyone,
How are you? Gosh; it has been a week since my last post....... It has been a busy week. My FIL is now on the mend. Last Sunday he went back to the ICU;  his bloodpressure was still too low and his blood wasn't good either. They discovered an infection and now he's also getting anti-biotics. He came back to the ward yesterday and started eating yesterday. Very carefully and in small steps. He started with applesauce... :)  I celebrated my 47th birthday last Monday and we're also busy packing because Michiel is having his own apartment and moving on Monday. August 1st. No I am not bored :)
There is also a birthday post coming up soon and I hope to have some time for crafting this weekend. I missed a few of my very favorite challenges; argh!
Last week I really missed my mojo but I think it's back. I have lots of ideas; it's now a matter of finding the time to make something...
But first of all I want to show you something that made my jaw drop about 1 1/2 we…

Sending you sunshine..... CCCB #65

Hello everyone!
Monday again and things are going so much better here since last Monday! My FIL left the ICU and is now taken care of at the ward of abdominal surgery. That's a wonderful step forward; he called us this afternoon; I haven't heard him on the phone in three weeks...
We had friends over fo dinner. They left early because of a business appointment and now it's time for a challenge. After all the hustle and bustle here I missed a few challenges but I really wanted to participate in this weeks' challenge at CCCB. (I hardly miss a challenge over there) You have to use an image of the SUN or the word SUN on your project.
I don't have a stamp of the sun and looking for something appropriate took me almost 6 days...
But I found something; I hope it's good enough for this weeks' theme. I am still not very pleased with the result, I think it's not perfect. (I am still learning you know :)....)
A card to send to someone who can use a bit of sunshine: Tiny alpha…

Step by step

Hello everyone,
Before visiting all of you ( my oh my it seems ages.....) I want to tell you that my FIL is still on the ICU. But step by step things are slightly going better. He's off the ventilator and awake. But still; morphine for pain and only drinking a bit of water. ( Although he said to Marcel this afternoon that he would love to have a milkshake :).... His blood pressure is still very low but he's able to talk again; even if it is only for 2 minutes. Technically spoken the surgery went well but we still have to wait for the final results of the anatomical pathologist. And if his body is strong anough to make the steps for a full recovery. But for now wearehappy withthe factthathehascome this far looking at where hecame from.
Till soon! Stella


Hello everyone,
Just popping in for an update about my FIL.
The surgery went well. The surgeons removed his right kidney, a part of his intestines (and the malignant tumor) and placed/made a stoma. Technically speaking it all went well but my father-in-law really had a difficult time during the surgerey. He also received two units of blood and is now in the ICU. Visits are very limited and my MIL is now with him
There is a long way to go and the first few days will be very important.. We are hoping that he will find the strength to fight his way back.
Till soon; Stella

All we can do is wait and hope.....

Hello everyone,
I hope you all are doing fine, I have a few things to share. I made a few cards and I got the package of a swap but for now I just want to post an update about my father-in-law and after that I'll post a card that I made for two challenges.
The last few days have been tough; my FIL is very very ill and goes into surgery tomorrow.

We visited him today; he's weak and only a shadow of the man he once was.... He lost another 11 kilo's in the last 14 days. Due to an infection in his intestines and kidney dialysis ( His kidneys fail to work) I am so so worried. The surgery will be very tough and complicated.... They are removing his right kidney; there is a malignant tumor in. There is another malignant tumor in his intestines that also needs to be removed... And a stoma created.. 3 different interventions in a single operation, very heavy and complicated. The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon and it will take about 6 hours. All we can do is wait and hope.... I…

Laugh and a bright card for a baby boy

The weekend is almost over and I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did. This morning I stumbled upon a quote on Pinterest and this one made me laugh!
photo credits

I also made another baby card. And again with a banner; but this time in bright colors. I prefer to work with soft colors but sometimes it's good to worl outside my comfort zone and stretch my limits :)
I made this card for my nephew and his wife; they became the parents of a beautiful, healthy baby boy.
The inside of my card;

Welcome to the world beautiful boy:

His name? Levi....

And this is my card:

Have a great Sunday (evening) Till soon! Stella

Waltzingmouse # 54

How are you? It's Friday and that means that the weekend is just around the corner....such a wonderful thought...:) It also means that there are only a few hours left to submit a card for this weeks'challenge at the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge
This week it's about this sketch :

I decided to make a card without a piece of patterned paper or a stamped background.
My interpretation of the sketch; The two lines are the edges of a border. I immediately thought of the Victorian Frippey border. That set is my absolute favorite and the border...I will never ever get tired of that beauty. I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder The circles became handmade flowers. I cut circles out of satin lining and melted the edges above a candle. Glued them together and added a pearl. The leafs are cut out of soft yellow felt:

The sentiment is from another favorite set; Rescue Remedies Additions. It's also stamped with Versamark and heat embossed…

CCCB # 64 "Birds of a feather"

How are you? Summer is back here and the last few days we had lovely weather. The days go by in the blink of an eye and I LOVE this season :)
I have quite a few challenges on my to-do list and this weeks' challenge at the City Crafter Challenge Blog it's all about birds and birdcages. And I stumbled upon an image on the internet ( Graphics Fairy) that took my breath away. A bird with blue feathers; getting the picture already? :)

I choose papers with a classic and a bit of an old look. These are papers from Prima "Botanical"". And a few buttons from my stash. A bit of twine and a lovely little stamp of the Victorian Frippery set of Waltzingmouse stamps. I will never ever get tired of that set; it's definitely my favorite:

A small handmade pin (made by me) and a flower from Magnolia (I added a pearl in the center). And a little bow made of cream ribbon with white polka dots. They go so well well with my birdie....

I placed that small stamp in three corners and in t…

City Crafter Challenge # 63

Hello everyone,
To all of you who are living in the USA; happy 4th of July! A new week and I hope that we will find out what's going on with my FIL. He is very sick and all I can say that there we're very worried about his health. I'll keep you posted...
We had a quiet weekend at home and I also had some time to create a card. The last week I prefer neutrals and soft colors (cream, white, pastels) and I also wanted to use these colors for this weeks'challenge at the City Crafter Challenge of this week. This week it's all about this sketch:

(I flipped the sketch) Some buttons from my stash and an image that Heather sent me:

A little tag from June and papers from the Girls Paperie:

I used one of my MS border punches and added some trim from Maya Road. I thought about using my sewing machine but I decied not to...The patterned papers and the sketch brought enough dept and texture to this card. Well; that's my opinion :) I inked the edges with Antique Linen but it turned out …