My shining star

My shining star

Friday, 26 September 2014

Tracy's card and an update on Shaun

Hello all - thanks so much for your comments and visits - it means a lot to me at this very difficult time. Shaun is increasingly wakeful but that has the downside that we can see his suffering so much more and that isn't easy. He's fully aware of what you say to him which is brilliant and I watched his physio session today and was so pleased to see him moving his arms and legs independently and also being able to do deep breaths. On the down side he's having trouble with bleeding in his gut - due to the drugs he's on to keep him stable - they think they have found the source of the last bleed but we'll see. So there are great positives and set backs - but he's fighting and I couldn't be more proud of him - Shaun really is the best and I love him so much.

I have managed to put a card together this week! Its for my sister in law's birthday - not really sure its her thing but I enjoyed the time I spent making it.

This is the front....

and this is the whole thing. I used the karen burniston accordion flip album die and a set of autumn blueprint stamps from Tim Holtz. The whole thing is done on kraft card. I have used alcohol inks to do the colouring of the tops and bottom strips and also the front of the card. 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Big hugs to you and thanks for visiting.

Rachel xx


  1. Great news, hope he keeps improving. Fab card, love the style x

  2. So glad Shaun seems to be improving. Love your

  3. Thanks for the update Rachel, hopefully the medics will sort out the bleeding soon. good though that Shaun is responding to physio and that he is managing to be awake. Keeping you all in my thoughts.
    Wonderful card, of ourse my fav colours and theme, love the design, pleased your are having a bit of time to yourself to create, helps you keep sane, take care of yourself, hugs Kate x

  4. Brilliant news hun, still going to keep all of your lovely family in my thoughts and prayers. I have no idea how you are managing so well and keeping everything going.
    I fell apart when Steve had his first blood clot as I was terrified it was a heart attack and I can remember the panic and fear so clearly.
    If you ever need to talk to someone outside of the family let me know and I'll email you my phone number Rachel. Please, please take care of you too - we're all here and praying for a positive outcome for you. Well done of getting a little time to craft too - it feeds our souls and I know you know what I mean. Take care sweetie Karen xx

    1. I meant to say congrats on your Top 3 at CB too - very proud of you huni Karen xx

  5. So glad to read of Shaun's improvement but heartbreaking for you to witness his suffering.
    Rachel, the card is beautiful and it is so important for you to have this time to yourself where you can, is at all possible, for at least a short while, not be as focused on Shaun because you need to keep your body and soul intact and creating will go some way to helping in that.
    Take good care.
    Keeping you in my thoughts.

  6. Rachel. It's good to read that Shaun is awake, but sorry he is suffering with those bleeds. Here's hoping they have got to the bottom of it. Glad you are able to loss yourself in a bit of crafting, it must be hard to just keep things together at this stressful time a few deep breaths I bet. Hazel xx

  7. Glad to hear that Shaun is improving Rachel, and hopefully the Drs will get to the bottom of the problem and be able to help him more. Sending prayers and hugs to you and your girls.
    Fabulous card too, looks like a very tricky design, beautiful colours, Cathy x

  8. Hi Rachel....its great news to hear that Shaun is making progress, but will be difficult for you to see him in pain and I hope they find the source of the bleed soon. I am glad that crafting is giving you an outlet and your accordion card is those blueprint stamps too.

    You are all in my thoughts and I am sending huge hugs your way

    Best Wishes
    Annie xx

  9. Great news! I hope he keeps improving! Best wishes!
    Gorgeous card, interesting and beautiful, I'm sure it will be adored! Xx

  10. This is great news Rachel, It is lovely to hear Shaun is improving, I hope they get the bleeding sorted soon. I am sure your sister in law with love her card. It is gorgeous xxx
    Linda xxx

  11. Good morning Rachel,
    Glad to read Shaun is making progress. Hope they find the source of the bleed and get that sorted out. Keeping you all in my thoughts.
    Your SIL will love her card, I am sure the thought of you doing it for her at this time will make it more special.
    Have a good weekend
    (((((Hugs))))) for ALL of you

    Patricia x

  12. I am so pleased to hear such positive news about Shaun but I can understand how difficult it must be to see him in so much pain. I hope he continues to make a improvements.
    Your card is stunning. Such a wonderful design, I love the leaves and gorgeous colours.
    Take care of yourself, sending you big hugs
    Sue xx

  13. Great news about Shaun, hope they manage to stop the problem with the drugs though. I'll be looking out for more good news in the not to distant future. A great card, I love the stamps - it's one of the sets that is still on my wishlist at the moment.
    Hugs Sue. xx

  14. I'm so pleased to hear that Shaun is making progress Rachel, it all sounds very positive, but I'm sorry to hear the downside - I hope they manage to control the bleeding soon and that Shaun continues to improve day by day.
    Your card is wonderful, such a fabulous design.
    You are all in my thoughts, take care.

  15. Brilliant card lots of beauty and colours. Just like the beauty, love and colour that shines in your words of Shaun, I do hope he continues to improve and all will be good
    aNNie The Journey is the Start

  16. That is such good news about Shaun's amazing progress, I do hope they quickly find and deal with the bleed. Sending you big hugs.

    You already know how much I love accordion cards and this one is a real beauty Rachel. Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  17. Great news about Shaun, hope things continue on this note. Love the fab folded card, very suitable for the weather we are having.

  18. your card is so very elegance very colorful so pretty beautiful craft work . your gallery is lovely .graphics are very nice . your website it so pretty. best of luck . do come visit me some time. . WE.HOBBIESANDCRAFTS.NET. ( thank you very much) do look around the website you may find some thing that can help you out or help some one you know with something... love a beautiful thing. do send your friends.

  19. Good to hear of Shaun's progress Rachel, hope it continues and they find the source of the bleeding. Love your accordion card. Carol x

  20. Such good news about Shaun's progress Rachel:) your card is fantastic lots and lots of huggles to you and your family Sue xxxxxxxxx

  21. Glad to hear that Shaun is improving Rachel, it must be such an emotional rollercoaster for you. I'm pleased you've managed to have some crafting time too, you've created a gorgeous card. take care, and love and hugs to you all
    Claire xx

  22. So glad Shaun's making good progress... I know just how hard it is to watch though. Sending hugs xxx

    Love your card, such a fab design and gorgeous colours too. Lisa x

  23. Wonderful card and I'm sure your sister in law will love it. Glad to hear your husband is continuing to make improvements.

  24. Good news on Shauns progress -he has you all so something to fight for-it may be a small progress but at least it is progress -you take care too-love the Autumn card and images
    Carol x

  25. Dear Rachel,
    I am a colleague of Shaun's in the US. There are so many of us who have had Shaun and you in our thoughts and prayers over this terrible time. Now that Shaun is awake, please tell him that Gary misses him and his cogent insights in the Monday collaboration Skype calls, and is sending all good physics and physical vibs his way. Keep strong for all of us. Very best wishes, Gary Ihas

  26. Oh Rachel so glad you found the time to make this beautiful card, it is stunning and expresses all the beauty of Autumn so well! Love it and thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey! To me it sounds as if Shaun is definitely making progress, and going by the comment above mine, obviously good thoughts are coming towards him from all over the world...


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