Sunday, 16 August 2020

Sending Feel-Good Wishes

Is anyone else having trouble with the new Blogger format?  This is the third time I've written this post.  For some reason all the contents of the post disappear before I press 'Publish'. So frustrating!

It's now three weeks since my daughter's emergency operation.  I feel like I have aged 20 years in the last three weeks!  After a little blip when she was readmitted to hospital for a few days to sort out a couple of problems, she is now back on track with her recovery.  This is the card I made for her a few days ago.  As she's recovering from open heart surgery, I wanted to incorporate a heart into the design.

I used an MFT 'Cross-stitch Tag Die' with thick white card and I chopped off the top of the tag to make a rectangle. I found a free cross-stitch design on the internet and used crochet cotton for the stitching.  The pink background was embossed with a heart and daisy lattice embossing folder - I think it is an Embossalicious one.  I added tiny, white pearls to the centres of some of the flowers.  The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up 'Positive Thoughts' set of stamps and stamped in silver.  The layered sentiment is attached with foam pads.

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Last week we were in our caravan to be near our daughter.  We brought her to the caravan for a few hours, together with our ten year old great nephew and eleven year old great niece.  Our daughter is recuperating with our great nephew and his family where she is getting lots of TLC.  While our daughter was having a nap in the fresh air the children asked to make a card each for an upcoming birthday.  With the limited supplies I had in the caravan, this is what they made.  I promised them that I would put photos of their amazing cards on my blog.

Gilby's card for his uncle, with a hand drawn hammer and saw.

The front of Emmie's card for her Dad.....

..... which opened up to reveal a pop-up camping scene, as the family enjoy camping together.

 The last three weeks have reminded me to .....


  1. So sorry for your daughter health issues and I am glad she is on the mend now.God bless her and you and give strength in this difficult moment...That wonderful pink card caught my eye!Big hug.

  2. A beautiful card for your daughter Liz so pleased to read she is on the mend,love the cards the children made

  3. I pray your daughter recovers fully. The children't cards are great. They did a good job. [Bunny]

  4. Fabulous cards Liz, love the gorgeous images you used on them all and the embossing folder on your first card is a stunner. I have reverted back to old blogger, it all worked fine initially but now it's all over the place, even in old blogger at times the size of the words are all not correct. xx

  5. Sending hugs Liz, I hope your daughter has a full recovery

  6. Glad to hear your daughter is recovering, I'm sure she will cherish this beautiful card. The children's cards are great - love the camping pop up scene!

  7. Hi Liz, a special card for your daughter after her heart surgery, glad that you have been able to spend time with her with all that covid brings. Your great nephew is fantastic at drawing and love the surprise pop-up elements in your great nieces card. I've also been having issues with new blogger, my post today looks vaguely like I'd planned, not exactly the same as with old blogger type, save, post... Have a wonderful week... Megan

  8. Beautiful heart card pleased to hear your daughter feeling better...the cards the children made a Lovely they’ve done a great job


  9. Sorry to hear about your Daughter, wishing her a speedy recovery. A beautiful card, love the heart. Fabulous cards by your great nephew and niece too.
    Having trouble with the new blogger format too, hopefully it’s just a glitch and will sort itself out! x

  10. Loving the heart card - pleased to hear your daughter is making good progress. The children made a grand job of their cards.

  11. Such a beautiful card made for your daughter. May she continue to recover back to good health. Gosh the children made some super cards, and wow the tools are wonderfully drawn so much so I thought they were stamped until I read Gilby had hand drawn them. Definitely cards to treasure x

  12. So glad to read that your daughter is recouperating! Hope she will go on and get better slowly but surely!
    Your card is beautiful CAS and the cards of the children look so good! Have a good week!

  13. A gorgeous card for your daughter Liz. I'm glad to see that she is getting better. Fantastic cards that the children made.

    Sue xx

  14. What a time you and the family have had, so very worrying for you all, I hope your daughter is now on the road to recovery.
    I Love your card for her and the childrens cards are just amazing, what wonderful ideas from them.
    Faith x

  15. Oh Liz, I'm sure you have felt like you have aged after all the issues your daughter has went through! I am so happy to read that she is finally on the road to recovery. We are not promised tomorrow I have learned too so you Pooh picture and sentiment at the end is spot on! Your card for your daughter is just beautiful! I love the cross stitched heart on it, fitting for sure. That embossing folder is so beautiful! My goodness, I see talent runs in the family!!! I love the hand drawn hammer and saw-Gilby's card for his uncle turned out amazing. I can't believe Emmie's pop up card for her dad, that is so fun and very detailed. Both of these kiddo's have great talent. Please let them know how talented they are and thank you to you Liz for letting them make these cards. I love that you carry some crafty supplies in your Caravan, love that you have a Caravan! As I've always wanted one too, but never got one. Maybe one day....Hugs, Brenda

  16. Glad your daughter's recovery is going well Liz and what a beautiful card which she will adore with the message of thinking positive. The children's cards are great too and both super designs. I think we should all value time spent with family and friends and enjoy every day. Take care. x

  17. Your card is just perfect for your daughter. Love the crocheted piece - so sweet! Hope she continues to recover - what a scare that must have been. The kids cards are awesome and so creative. Nicely drawn hammer and saw.

  18. You've been through a really worrying time over the last few weeks Liz, hopefully you can relax a little now that your daughter is on the mend- I hope she makes a very quick recovery now.
    The card you made for her is beautiful, as is the encouraging sentiment.
    The children did so well with their cards, love to see children being creative, it is amazing what they can produce given a little encouragement.

  19. Sending healing hugs to your daughter and take care of yourself as well. The cards the children did are so beautiful! I know your daughter will love the heart one you made for her.

  20. Dearest Liz ny heart goes out to you.....It so was and still is a worrying time for you and the family x. The card you made for your daughter is absolutely beautiful, thoughtful and clearly made with love x.
    Gilby's card is amazing and I love the hand drawn tools. Emmie's card is wonderful and so much fun. I can clearly see where they get their artistic flair from Liz x.
    Stay positive and I loved Pooh bear and piglets sentiment at the end of your post Liz x.

  21. What a beautiful card for your daughter, Liz. Sending good thoughts for her continuing recovery.

  22. Gorgeous card Liz, just perfect for your daughter. I can’t begin to imagine what you’ve been going through, what a huge worry for you. I am so pleased to hear your daughter’s recovery is progressing well.
    Sending you a huge hug.
    Janice x
    PS - Fabulous cards made by the little ones!

  23. A gorgeous heart card Liz, and am glad that your daughter is continuing her recovery.
    What fab cards made by the little ones - great to see them using their hands to craft and not click on a keyboard/phone (says she - clicking on a keyboard!!)

  24. You surely have had a heavy time in those weeks. Such really difficult moments! I'm so glad to hear that your daughter now is going better!!!! Your card for her is delightful and the cross stitched heart is very appropriate! Amazing work of love!!
    Your great nephew are going to become fabulous papercfrafter! :)

  25. Glad to read your daughter is on the mend...Thanks for entering our Anything Goes challenge with your daughters lovely get well card. Good luck in the draw and we hope you will come back again soon.
    Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  26. First of all Liz, what a shock to read the reason for your worries over your daughter. I'm delighted to read that she's making good progress - your Pooh bear quote is so very true isn't it. And I hope you're getting over the shock as well. I love your snippets card - perfect! And the little ones certainly produced some lovely cards as well. Stay safe - sending special hugs to you.


    Di xx

  27. Great card, thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty Friends, we hope to see you back again.

  28. Hi Liz,
    So sorry to hear about your Daughter.
    So glad all is well now with her a very frightening time for you all.
    Love your card you made her it's so gorgeous and must have cheered her up brilliantly.
    Love the embossing and your Heart work is fantastic.
    My your family certainly take after you with their craftiness their cards are brilliantly created.
    That poem is so right one minute your loved ones are fine and the next they are gone as we all know from experience.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  29. Hi Liz. First, beautiful card you've made for your daughter. And how sweet was it to play with the young ones and make cards. I bet it was fun.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter's open heart surgery. I hope that she is doing better and getting a little stronger each day. I have dealt with this type of emergency with my hubby, so I know that recovery will be slow. There will be good and bad days, but in time, the good days are more frequent. It's so wonderful that you were able to take your caravan and be with her for a while. And how wonderful that her nephew and family are taking good care of her. Sending prayers to her and you. Love, Loll

  30. What a beautiful design to cheer up your Daughter. I do hope her recovery stays on track and she has many, many years of a happy life.

    Thank you for sharing in our Gems Or Pearls challenge.

    Dream Valley

  31. A beautiful card Liz. I do hope your daughter continues to make a good recovery. It doesn’t matter how old they are, they are still your children and you worry about them. The childrens cards are brilliant as well. Sending hugs. xx

  32. You've certainly had an horrendous shock with your daughter's health and it's continuing Liz. It doesn't matter how old they are as they'll always be our 'baby'. Your card captures everything for her

    The kiddies have done so well with their makes also, bless them and how fitting is the caption you added to the end of your blog

    Take care of yourself too!

    June x

  33. I know precisely how you feel, Liz! My son is at the 'blip' stage after a heart operation, too. It is such a worry. I'm so very glad your daughter is on the mend. Your news has encouraged me, too!

    Oh, and your card is so lovely! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley! Take care!

    love Mags B x

  34. Good news of your daaughter. I am certain she will love this adorable card with lots of pretty pearls. Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenges for our Jewels Challenge. Caz. DT.

  35. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing with us at Let’s Craft and Create Challenge, hope to see you again :)


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