Tag Archives: chronic illness

Craft #14 – Pregnancy Card

11 Feb

I made this card last year for a friend of mine, her baby shower was one of the only times I ‘socialised’ in 2014. I actually only remembered it when I made the other pregnancy card, and then had to track down a photo.

The image is manipulated from Google, and cut with my trusty Silhouette. I used plain coloured Kaisercraft paper, plus paper from their ‘Magic Happens’ collection. I hand drew the dandelion as I was pretty sure the Silhouette would struggle to cut such small, fine pieces.

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I’m pleased to say she now has a healthy baby boy.

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Craft #13 – You’re So Charming Card

8 Feb

If a real frog is in the vicinity, I am not nearly as happy as I am when I see this cute little frog. In fact, once when I walked out the front door, I nearly stepped on one AND nearly pooped my pants. Not a live frog fan.

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Craft #12 – Come Fly Away with Me Card

31 Jan

I decided to make a goal for the year- to try to make two cards each week.
I’m probably going to need to make a bunch of birthday cards so I guess that should be a future plan. But not today!

My sister’s boyfriend loves flying planes and has lessons. He’s been in the family for.. 7 or more years, so he’s basically a permanent member at this point.

I used my recent Lawn Fawn addiction to make this card, too. That might be happening for a while. It’s a serious addiction.

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For this card I used the images from ‘Bon Voyage’ and the text from ‘Hello Sunshine’ and of course, my trusty Silhouette.
I stuffed up by not cutting the plane wing to have a black gap under the cloud. Then I forgot to cut the window holes. Third cut lucky thankfully, because I was pretty agitated by that point. I used basic plain card stock with silver detail on the plane.

Craft #11 – Bun in the Oven Card

31 Jan

I’ve spent the last week withdrawing from Norspan pain patches as I was switched over to a different pain killer that I’m NOT allergic to. Before that I was already (extra) unwell so its been slow going.

Luckily I stumbled across the super adorable Lawn Fawn clear stamp collection.

I figure that if I buy a stamp, I own the design (not commercially but personally) and can therefore use it however I like.
And I like to scan it in to my computer so I can manipulate the image and cut coloured pieces.

So here’s my ‘Bun in the Oven’ card:

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I used the ‘Plus One’ stamp collection, my Silhouette, plain coloured card stock in 2 brands plus some gorgeous silver paper that my beautiful friend Ever the Crafter sent me as part of my Christmas gift. And that was about it! I didn’t make this with anyone in mind, just I thought it was super cute 🙂

Craft #10 – Ahoy, Pirate Card Ahead

21 Jan

I had a friend who loved pirates.

I say had, because she was saying a lot of nasty things about people behind their backs, which made me wonder what she said about me… We aren’t friends, anymore.

I actually made her the girl version of this card (with pigtails and pink shorts)


This was such early days with the Silhouette that I bought both the ship and the pirate figure from the Silhouette program.
I also learned the hard way that not all paper cuts well- the brown I used for the boat, and the skin colour paper were both horrifying to work with.

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For the inside I went very simple- I actually printed the images from Google, typed the sentiment and cut around them by hand (easier than trying to line them up and have the machine cut them), re outlined them (as I had lost some cutting) and added glitter glue to the gold in the treasure chest. Some ‘bubbly’ paper for the background completed the ‘under the sea’ look.

Craft #9 – Thinking of You Card

20 Jan

One of the most frustrating things about being chronically ill, is how much of your life is taken from you.
Growing up as the youngest of three girls in a single parent household, there wasn’t a whole lot of spoiling rotten going on. Not that our Christmas presents were clothes, but it was only because of my Mum’s excellent budgeting skills that we had the things we did.

On some of the school holidays and long weekends, I’d go alone to stay with my great aunt Dawn. And she DID spoil us.
Dinner was whatever you wanted to eat (Cheeseburgers OK! She ate her own healthier meals) and days were filled with craft and fun.
I was always so much closer to Dawn than any of my own grandparents, and she had never been able to have children, so I suppose she had more time for us.

As I got older and sicker, my visits to Dawn have declined rapidly. She lives an hour away, and that’s just too long of a commute for me. She’s also too ill to visit me.
These days, its all I can manage just to send a card to let her know that I love her.


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This is one of the earlier cards I made. The butterflies are made using a Martha Stewart punch, and the rest was cut with the Silhouette. Dawn loves purple, so I tried to make it very purple! I used a purple ink pad to stain the top layer of card.

Craft #8- Card Fails, and learning a new skill

19 Jan

Some of these are pretty embarrassing.. But it takes a while to learn how you like to style things! These were some of my first attempts at card making- with or without the Silhouette machine.


1: While waiting for my Silhouette machine to arrive, I made a few cards with the Kaisercraft range, ‘Butterfly Kisses’, and some randomly matching ribbon. The strip of butterflies was a pre cut sticker, as was the pink and white hearts just under it.
For the inside I used a Martha Stewart edge punch as it felt a bit boring. I didn’t hate this too much- there is worse ahead.

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2: One of the first ever cards I made using the Silhouette. Badly. I hated it right away. And still do

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3: My poor Mum really did get a few of the shoddy ones at the start. This was the first ‘pattern’ I had bought, and quite frankly I didn’t know what to do with it! Sorry, Mum. We shall call this, ‘the learning curve’ 
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4: This one was also a pattern, back when I was learning how to design my own. The card looked so plain with only the cupcake, I added a personal message (an abbreviation my friend and I use frequently) as well as the side of checked yellow. Still, I think I liked the inside better than the outside.
This was around the time I was realising I could do a better job if I designed the whole card myself.

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5: This is where I learned moderation. What a disaster! Very much not what I had had in mind. The lettering ended up far too dark, glitter glue spilled over the ‘lake’ edges, and just way too much going on.

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I’d love to see some of your attempts ‘gone badly’!