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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

WOYWW #354

Good Morning all. I hope everyone is having a good start to the day. As usual, Wednesday means time for our Show & Tell, Meet & Greet over at Julias place, The Stamping Ground. Today finds me doing things with some of the pieces I stencilled on Sunday & Monday. I'd been punching out some butterflies, from glitter paper, to go on the butterfly tree stencil. Sunday  I went to a local craft store, Pink Tulip, along with Marg, Silvercrafter, to see a demo by Lucy Ellis of Sweet Poppy Stencils. It was a most enjoyable couple of hours, and much was spent, and much was learnt. I've done a post about it below this one, and if you have stencils, and get any problems, it's well worth you popping back when you get time, to read it, as I've included all the excellent tips and advice Lucy shared with us.
Something I forgot last week, was that the week previous to that, I'd had my first CT scan since my surgery. Last Thursday we had a meeting with the surgeon, Mr Patel, and the good news is that the scan was all clear. I get a scan every 6 months, for two years, then every 12 months for three years, before they declare me totally clear. But for now, all is good.
These are on another desk drying out. Some Holly Wreath stencils, and some Mistletoe Wreath ones. The Holly ones have had red acrylic gems added, the Mistletoe ones have half pearls. When I blog them, I will try to get better pictures! Well, that's me for this week, I'll see you all later.


Helen said...

Great news about the scan!! Glad you enjoyed a couple of hours at a show and managed to buy some goodies! will go and read the write up. Helen #?

Lynsey McGreavey said...

Hi Shaz, Brilliant news about the Scan, I'm glad you are on the mend. I love what you've done with the stencils, so pretty! thanks for sharing, happy WOYWW Lyns #17 xx

Sharon said...

Great news about the scan results. You have a hive of activity on your desk and it is great to see stencilling on dark card too.
Sharon xx #10

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Awesome news about the scan - happy dance - oh yeah, oh yeah :-)
I love that butterfly tree, ooh that's pretty - pleased that you enjoyed the workshop with Marg as well. Isn't it great when you get a lot out of something like that?
I really love the fact that you seem to be so productive with your crafting at the moment, you're getting so much done!
Hugs, LLJ 11 xx

Christine said...

Thanks for your visit last week, did appreciate it as I never managed to get going again. Smashing work you brought home, thanks for sharing the tips.
Always wanted to go to one of those workshops at Pink Tulip but haven't done anything about it as I thought I wouldn't know anyone there ..... maybe we could arrange something and then I'll have words with my chauffeur!!
Take care and have a good week
Bishopsmate #29

glitterandglue said...

Morning Shaz. Oh, John and I are so pleased for you - that's a great result. You went through so many struggles, ups and downs, and hard times. GREAT NEWS!!!!!
Those stencil images are lovely - I'm amazed at how many Christmas images you have already got - and it's only March! Well done you. Saves the rush later, doesn't it?!
Have read your previous post as well - lots of really good tips.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #16

Mrs.D said...

Morning Shaz, so pleased about the scan, hope you feel you can really get on with your life now. Thanks for sharing that.
Now, your desk, I love the butterfly tree, so pretty and those holly wreaths, gorgeous! Thanks for the post about stencilling, especially the tip about a magnetic sheet, haven't read the rest of the page yet but will when I have a bit more time.
Bless you
Chris #15

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Jumping up and down wiht joy here, Shaz been praying every day for you and Doug, and now Julia too... So many needing prayers.
Wow brilliant work on these stencils shall confess to having stencil envy here. Fab post below!!
Shaz in Oz.x #5

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, I love your wreath stencils - they are fabulous and look so gorgeous in the metallic glittery colours. The butterfly tree is beautiful too and I love the little glittery butterflies. I've also just visited your post below - thank you so much for sharing the tips on stencilling, I am a very messy stenciller and will definitely be looking out for stencil tape- probably in a few minutes from now! I'm also off to find a spreader as I currently use a palette knife and about 15 to 20 moves each time!
I am so pleased you had good news from your scan, that's fantastic. I hope you have a great week, although after last weeks news you can't really top that can you!
Diana #26

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Love the butterfly trees and the wreaths - so sparkly and glittery! Good news about the scan! Onwards and upwards! Wishing you a lovely week! zsuzsa #41

Caz said...

Good news about the scan!
Love the stencil pieces - and the previous post with all the tips was well worth the read - very useful thanks!

Diane Futrell said...

Great news on the scan! Love the butterfly tree!
Have a great day.
Diane - WOYWW #32

Vicky Fisher said...

I envy that butterflie tree, and thanks on all the tips for using stencils. Happy WOYWW, Vicky#9

Angela Radford said...

Loving the stencil tutorial from your earlier post. I have seen this technique before and I do think it works better than just laying the stencil down with a bit of tape and flopping the paste anywhere... so thanks for the reminder. Thank you so much for the visit to mine too. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 22

Angela Radford said...

Just to let you know I've joined your followers. I thought I already had but it seems not so I am now. Big hugs, Angela x

Anonymous said...

Oh, Shaz, that's completely marvelous news about the scan -- so, so glad to hear it! Love your butterfly trees and gorgeous glittery wreaths and will definitely hop to the post below to read more.

Yes, regarding your comment on my post, I do have quite a big pile of "scraps" from the die cutting. Much of it will get tossed and I'm thinking I must get a Xyron machine to be able to use the lovely delicate bits I want to keep --- I'll just have to put them in a sandwich bag for now. Happy WOYWW!

Twiglet said...

Your little wreaths are so pretty Shaz! Great news on the scan too. x Jo

Sharon said...

Great news about the scan!
Sounds like you had fun at the demo. Beautiful work

Sharon K #45

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

That's great news Shaz. Those wreaths look lovely. I've been using some recently to make Spring/Easter cards. A wreath is not just for Christmas after all!

Fiona #58

Lynda Beazley said...

Hi Shaz Wonderful news about your scan. Gosh you'll be finished all of your Christmas cards by Easter! LOL
I'm just going to scroll down and read your post on stencils. I always enjoy watching demos and am always excited to try new techniques but they don't always turn out right. They make it look so easy. Cardio Cards stamps are my nemisis!
Have a happy week
Lynda B 7

Kim Collister said...

Congratulations on your good news!! and WOW! your Christmas card wreaths are gorgeous! Lucky are those who receive them!!
Happy Creative week to you!!!

Neet said...

Such good news from Mr Patel, you have made such a marvellous recovery and the all clear must be th cherry on top of the icing.
I only do a couple of shows these days and they are only really small ones Shaz. But who knows, I may venture further afield one of these days on a holiday or something and then ... who knows ...
Such a lot to be thankful for with Julia having this brainchild.
Hugs and thanks to you for visiting me earlier - Neet 18 (I think) xx

Sofie Vandersmissen said...

Great news on the scan results! I love the butterfly trees!
Greetings, Sofie #35

Tilly Tea Dance said...

That's brilliant news - so pleased for you! The wreaths are lovely - how incredibly organised of you! Thanks for sharing. Happy crafting, #49 :-)

Bernice said...

Great to hear about your scan results. Thanks for visiting earlier.

Sue said...

Hi Shaz, So glad your scan was clear.

Loving the butterfly tree and the wreaths.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #13

Anne said...

Really pleased for you re the scan. Sounds like you had a great time with Maggie - love what you've been doing. Off to investigate further. Anne x #50

Stacy Sheldon said...

YAY for some good news! Love what you have done with those wreath's so far too!
~Stacy #55

trisha too said...

Those butterfly trees are wonderful, I am liking those A LOT.

And "all is good" is good to hear, Miss Shaz!!! Yay, you!

#52 this week

Shoshi said...

Oh Shaz, I can't tell you how delighted I am to hear your scan results! Somehow it makes all the hardship and sufferings of the past 18 months+ worthwhile, to be declared cancer free at last! I'm not sure when my next one will be, but I'm seeing the oncologist in June.

I love what you've done with your stencils and the butterflies. I am amazed at your productivity. Mine seems to be on the back burner again at the moment, what with sorting the sitting room and music practice. I've got a lot of cooking to do too! I'm still quite behind with things after our recent busy time and get too tired to bother to do anything and have to crash out periodically.

Thank you for your lovely comment. I don't find my enthusiasm and joie de vivre ever depart for long and I only have to scratch the surface to get them back as a rule. Life is so full of things to be thankful for, and now I don't even have Mum in the house to drag me down at every opportunity lol!

Have a great week and I hope the 2 of you can celerbrate your cancer free status in style.

Hugs to you both,
Shoshi x

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. Xmas crafting??! I love the Butterfly Trees. Thank you for your visit earlier. Ali x #57

Lisca Meijer said...

Those holly wreath stencils are beautiful. And I love the card with the butterfly in the tree.
Congratulations on your health and the 'good' scan.
Happy WOYWW,
Thanks for visiting,
Have a good week,

Anne L said...

Good evening and happy WOYWW . That is great news to hear that your scan was clear and I so love the trees with the butterflies. Have a wonderful week Hugs Anne L #36

Aimeslee W. said...

I love those wreaths! So glad glad glad to hear of your test results. It's made my week! xoxo

Julia Dunnit said...

Just drop the big news into the conversation why don't yoU! Good news indeed, to go through all that and get such a good result is great, fabulous news. relief too. Now, that mistletoe stencil is my favourite and I feel that your post is merely enabling....again!

Kelly said...

Fab news on the scan, my dear! So thrilled for you. Love those metallic butterflies. Pretty colors against the black. Creative Blessings! Kelly #53

Cara said...

Wonderful news about your scan. Looks like you've been doing a great job with those stencils. I'll be back later to catch up on your post about stencilling. Cara x

SusanLotus said...

Beautiful work!
And good news that you are just fine due to the scan you´ve gone through.

And thank you for already visiting my desk,
I´m very late this time.

Have a good week!
Sussie, nr 28