Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Hugs and birthdays...and a waffle!

This is probably the quickest card I have ever made and I'm actually quite embarrassed about the fact as its for someone very special. The papers are by Crafty Individuals and the butterfly stamp has been done on acetate with a StazOn opaque. I've attached the acetate at the back of the card as I wanted it to be free on the front. Its also on an A6 card and its been at least a year since I made a card of this size.

NOT MORE CD'S...I hear you shout! Actually I've done quite a lot of these lately and am having great fun seeing what can be done with them! This one is for my friend Gill who is now back in the UK. The poem is actually stamped onto shrink plastic and...shrunk! Papers are BG and the stamp is Hobby Art.

Well its been a funny old fortnight...not side splittingly funny but emotionally funny. A year ago this month my hubby was doing his tour in Iraq and I had just received my diagnoses. Its been a tough year for lots of reasons, not just because of these two things, but a few things have happened over the past fortnight that have made me have a good old think about life.

Firstly a wonderful friend of mine has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is the same age as myself and has two gorgeous young children. Struggling to write this so please forgive me if I make no sense, but its been caught late. You can all imagine the anger and frustration that her and her lovely hubby are feeling and my heart is breaking for them both.

Secondly my Mum heard last week that Stuart, who she had fostered as a child, has passed away from cancer. He was 41. What age is that?

I know that this should not be about me...and I feel so selfish for even writing this, but for the past year I have sat and grieved for the life that I can never have back...for the life that I had enjoyed so much and would do anything to have 5 minutes of again.

But...I'm not going to lose my life...I will watch my kids grow up...I will torment my hubby for quite a few more years. There is nothing for me to grieve for and its time to start enjoying what I have got...and boy what I have got is bloody fantastic.


NATALIE said...

Fantastic creations as always.
Im so sorry to hear about your friend please give her my love, and I hope your Mum is okay after her news.
Also I am so glad you are being strong, it's the best way to be even when its hard.


Loving these 2 projects you've been working on. Clever you. I found your blogging very moving. I have heard of so many people lately with cancer, one critical. It does make you stop and think, and treasure those most important things in life. It is however, I think, perfectly normal, to get down sometimes about our own health, troubles etc, that's pure human nature. Of course life itself is the most valuable thing we have, but it isn't always so easy to keep that in sight. I am glad you feel blessed with what you have, you deserve the best, you are very special. Hugs and warm wishes, Linda x

Heather (Craftling) said...

Waaaaaaahhhhh!!! What a deeply moving, sad, wonderful post. Can't begin to express my sorrow for your friend and her family, but it's still not necessarily a death sentence.

Uplifting, though, to hear you express your gratitude in the end for what you have.

Where did I leave the kleenex? (sniff)

Sending you a big cuddle,
Heather xx

Heather (Craftling) said...

Oh! And the cards were good, too!! lol ;o)

H xx

dddeeebbbzzz said...

Sorry to hear about the sad things in your life at the moment, but pleased to hear that fighting talk! Things might not be the same now but you have a lot of life to live! Go girl!

Ultramum said...

That card is fabulous! Love it!

Maya said...

Thank you for entering my blog candy :)
Good luck to you!

And wow you`re butterfly card is stunning!! Love it!

Hugs from Maya

Becky said...

Gorgeous cards Emma, sending you big hugs
Love becky xx said...

hi emma
Just nipped on to tell you yopur stunning tag has been picked as one of our favorite 15 entries. Love the beautiful items on this post too. The beauterflies are stunning

Jessica Smith said...

It's been awhile since I visited you blog . I love your card it's so gorgeous love the acetate. So sorry to here about your friend sending hugs your way.

Chrissy said...

Em, I tried to write earlier but was on my way dashing out and would have not been right.
Lovely, lovely creations both of them but I just sooo love that card, it is one of those that I would put on my mantle for months :)
Sorry to hear the news about your friend, lets hope that treatment makes the difference because of course it does in so many cases.
Sadly not the case for Stuart and you are right, he was no age :( My bruv was just a few days past his 39th birthday. It changed my outlook no end and this is perhaps a good thing if you stop worrying about silly stuff! However, when you are ill and feeling the pain and a little down, well I think thats is pretty ok too :)..Big hugs

nessy said...

gorgeous card ~amazing! ~love it!!
had to read your post 3 times to take it all in ~ oooh how sad ,all your news ~ oh emma it has not been a good year for you has it!!
sending you lots of hugs
vanessa xx

Sarah C said...

What a fantastic card and some of the best cards don't take long to make. CD is fabaroonie too. I might just have a go at doing one of these some time.

Sending (((HUGS))) to your friend and her family. This must be so hard for them all to take in.

(((HUGS))) also to your mum and everyone on your sad news. He's only 2 years older than I am!

We all moan about our lives and look back at what we once had for whatever reason. It's only natural, but what we also have to do is what you're doing at the moment and be thankful for the good things we do have.

((((((HUGS)))))) to you and everyone else

Supermum said...

Emma, I'm really sorry to hear about your friend, life is not fair! I have a friend who had breast cancer, and has recently been diagnosed with secondary cancer - she is 37, at the top of her career and all she can hope is that she makes it to 40! But I tell you something - her last fews years with us ARE gonna be the best!!!
Kepp your chin up chick!

Pauline C said...

hi Emma
Your projects are stunning - the first card certainly doesn't look like a quick make at all.

So sorry to hear your news and glad you are being strong ... my mum is ver ill and it's hard sometimes, but crafting can be a great release.
Pauline x.

ScrappyPam said...

I'm sorry to hear about your sad news. It's so easy to get caught up in the negative, we tend to pay more attention to that than the positive. But life is made up of lots of small blessings; if only we allow ourselves to see them.

Macpurp said...

Life is short , beautiful and sad!
live each day with meaning.
I am glad to have you in my life. and your craft work is pretty good too!


hey do you fancy a voddie or two with the fella's one weekend?


Dawny P said...

Oh Em, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend hun. How bloody awful for her - and you as well chicken. It kind of puts it all into perspective really doesn't it. Just TRY and stay positive (that's what someone told me when my mum was diagnosed with cancer).

Re your mum, I know exactly how she feels cos I used to do home from home (like a respite service for dinkies with special needs) and one of the lads I used to have died aged 10. I will never ever forget seeing his parents walking up my path and I just knew what they had come to tell me cos he wasn't with them. But your mum can look back and remember what she did for him and know that SHE made a difference to his life. Aint life crap sometimes babes!!!

This sounds really sort of bland now but I do so love your card hunny - it is so pretty. I just had to tell you that, I hope you are ok and I am sending you lots of pink piggy hugs and to your mum and friend as well xxxxxx

kraftykizzy said...

Thank you so much Emma for your kind comments you left me on my blog. I'm sure i'll be feeling up to some more blogging and will visit you again soon. I know I dont know you well but I wanted to say how much it has meant to me knowing I have people like you who care as much as you do.
love and hugs
karen xxx

Robyn said...

Those cards are gorgeous!! Great job!

Sammi said...

Oh wow!! A quick card?? I love it!!
And I love your CD - don't stop - they are great!!!

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend - will be praying for her!!

* very big HUG*

Donna said...

Ah Emma, you have had a lot to deal with and i don't think its selfish at all feeling down, you must be so concerned for your friend and so much has been happening in your life in such a short time its bound to get you down at times, it's put me in my place reading your post and i'm moaning about the weather and stomach ache lol. Take care and stay strong. xx