Wednesday 25 November 2015

Less is More Week 251 - 'Numbers!'

The current challenge over at Less is More is 'Numbers'. Bit of pondering here as we don't have any special Birthdays or Wedding Anniversaries on the radar where I'd usually use numbers.

Then I had a little thought, you know how someone can catch you out with a last minute and unexpected Christmas card when it's just too late to reciprocate in time? So I made a New Year card:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, tent style

- the stitching on the front of the card was die cut using the biggest die in the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set and then carefully trimmed to size

- stamped the festive cocktail onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink. The stamp is from SU's 'Making Spirits Bright' set (recently bought as a pre-loved set) and I used little pieces of a post-it note to mask off the Christmas sentiment before inking it up. Removed the post-it pieces and then stamped the cocktail glass with its contents

- coloured the image using Whispers markers and a gold gel pen for the ribbon bow

- added 'Happy New Year' using another stamp from the same SU set

- die cut the image using a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die and added the year 2016 to the top left hand corner using gold peel off stickers

- die cut a snippet of matt gold card using the next rectangle up in size and glued the image panel to it (using Collall All Purpose glue)

- glued the gold framed panel to the front of the card and called it a day

Had really wanted this SU stamp set for quite some time and was delighted to find it as pre-loved item over on a Facebook 'de-stashing' site. And even more delighted when I found out that it was being sold by one of our playmates, small world eh? You know who you are :)

After several protracted phone calls to the docs surgery yesterday (with the tenacity of a terrier!) finally found out that this 'ere big toe/trotter is showing up on the x-rays as not broken but with 'changes consistent with osteoarthritis' (which I already have elsewhere so no real surprise about that). Wahoo - a relief there's no pockets of infection or a fracture showing up though! So, for now, it's a case of  continuing with the painkillers and anti-inflammatories whilst things hopefully settle down again after what still seems to have been gRout. Appointments are still lined up for repeat blood tests, progress trips to the doc and also rheumatology at hospital (apparently it could be months for that appointment to come round!).

In fairness, the past couple of days have seen a very gradual improvement such as being able to get round the house without a walking stick most of the time and generally less pain than before - so I have to live in hope! Unless there's a massive change backover I won't keep doing 'trotter updates', much prefer to think of the glass as half full! :)



  1. Love the stitching details on this card Di, can't believe it's nearly the new year already! Cathy x

  2. A great card Di - lovely stamp too. Glad there is some good foot news - hope the improvement continues.
    Kath x

  3. Pre loved sets are a real blessing when a set of SU stamps retires... I know I've procured several sets that way!
    I agree... a lovely image. And it works so well.
    Take care. x

  4. A great card and I love the festive cocktail image. You're right, it's always useful to have cards ready, just in case you need them at the last minute. I'm pleased to hear that your foot's on the mend x

  5. That's the spirit Miss (glass half FULL attitude). Love it. Shame about the toe/foot still giving you gip . . . but sounds like it's decided to get better after all!

    LOVING your New Year card and great thinking outside the box with the numbers card. Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Oooh, I like this, a LOT!


  7. Very classy the faux stitching detail.

  8. A great idea to make a new year card which I'm sure will come in handy Di and which fits the challenge perfectly and I love that festive cocktail which looks great with the white and gold stitched mats. I hope the pain in your toe continues to ease too. x

  9. Very elegant card for the new year!! Beautiful work!
    The new year is coming quickly... I must hurry! :(

  10. What a great idea for using numbers! There's always that unexpected card which arrives on Christmas Eve. Fab CAS card. xx

    1. Glad that you have at least got the results from the doctor. Good news that you trotter is showing some signs of improvement. :-)

  11. Awesome card Di! I love the gold, so festive!

  12. Great thinking Batman!! Well at least you have an answer now so can treat accordingly. Hugs Mrs A.

  13. Glad to know Di there is some improvement but don't over do it as we do ...your card is gorgeous as always......sending lots of love x

  14. Just sheer perfection Di, great image, super CAS and fantastic take on the challenge! thanks so much for playing along this week!
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  15. A lovely card and clever thinking for the numbers. I love that image too. Glad it was good news from the doc and hope your foot continues to feel better. Barbxx

  16. Don't you just love it when you find a well-loved stamp set you've wanted? I love what you've done with this set, and what a clever idea to have New Year cards on hand! You're so far ahead of the game by doing this and the coloring is great on this cute little card! So happy the news is good and you're getting around better these days. Mr Arthur Itis already lives in my house, so I hear you loud and clear!

  17. Simple and super Di!
    Great card!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  18. Very stylish card Di and love your new stash!
    Take it easy on that tootsie
    Thank you for playing along at "Less is More" this week
    "Less is More"

  19. What a fab image for a new year card, so glad you got your hands on it. And I just love all the stitched frames layered like this. Gorgeously crisp and clean.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More


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