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Saturday 16 January 2016

Clarity Cumbria January

Hello Lovelies! How are you today? I hope you are fine and coping with the weather! Have you got snow? We have! I couldn't believe it this afternoon at Lindale when it started to snow! And its settled. I wonder if there will be anymore overnight?

Today was a lovely session at Clarity Cumbria. We started off by making a foam background - then went on to making a concertina style card - its a lovely design. Here's my version:

This is the front -- I decided to make this for my sister who is moving into a new house any day now.

This is a second flap that you open before the main focus in the middle.

This is the main feature and the open sides.

And a close up of the central picture.

After Lunch we stencilled and stamped onto our foam backgrounds.

Finally we used the wee trees and wee foliage stamps to create this last card - I had to finish it off once i got home - we all had to cut and run because of the snow.

So that was what I did today - when I got in the back door - this is what greeted me - the girls had been very busy with their nana putting this together.

Looks fabulous - can't wait to try a little bit. 

Finally an update on my dad. Firstly the good news. The oncologist thinks the tumour in his liver hasn't changed size in 4 weeks - its possible its benign. They offered him a biopsy but even if it is cancerous they doubt my dad would be strong enough for either surgery or chemo so we think the biopsy is a bad idea. He will return in three months to have another scan to check on the tumour size. 
However, his mobility is very limited. He had to go back into hospital on Thursday as he fell at home and couldn't move. He should be coming back out again on Monday with carers in place 4 times daily. we'll see how that goes.

Take care and I look forward to hearing what you make of todays post!

big hugs

Rachel x


  1. Beautiful cards Rachel and loving the gingerbread house. Fingers crossed for your dad and prayers too.
    Linda xxx

  2. Hi Rachel firstly so pleased to hear good news for the moment on your Dads health, secondly Mmmm! I can almost taste that gingerbread house from here and thirdly what beautiful cards, I especially like the concertina one. Hope you get chance to enjoy the snow with the girls. Mo x

  3. That gingerbread house looks fabby Rachel ... well done to the girls and Nana! Your cards look great too, all really pretty! Hope everything works out for your Dad and Mum - am keeping you all in my thoughts.
    Hugs, Helen x

  4. Hi Rachel, First of all I'm glad to hear the good news about your Dad. Sorry to hear about the fall though. Hope he's home soon.

    That concertina card is absolutely gorgeous. Your sister will love it. You certainly had a busy crafty day. Really good makes. The gingerbread house looks yummy. Barbxx

  5. Great news about your Dad, well part of it anyway. Sorry to hear that he had a fall, but once he get carer's thing should get a little better. I love all of your gorgeous cards, looks like you had a great day. Hope you enjoy the gingerbread.

    Hugs Sue xx

  6. Oh Rachel, so sorry to hear of your poor dad's fall, I hope he wasn't seriously hurt. Good news on the other front, I hope it all goes well. You are all having a time of it, so Big Hugs.
    Wonderful card, I love the first one, well it does have a cat,wonderful techniques, Kate x

  7. Gorgeous projects Rachel, I'm glad you enjoyed your session.
    What a lovely surprise for you when you got home, it looks fabulous.
    Sorry to hear about your Dad's fall, I hope he is OK.

  8. Gorgeous makes Rachel, especially love the 'Celebrate' card......beautiful! Your girlies did a fab job of their gingerbread housed......looks like they had lots of fun. Best wishes for your Dad, hope he's soon home.
    hugs Jo x

  9. Keeping everything crossed for your dad that all is well & he can get back home soon!
    I love all your brilliant makes! You Fisher girls are all so talented!
    Love & HUgs
    Dawn xx

  10. made some lovely card. I think they all look wonderful but think that one for your sister is really special. Such a neat card fold too.

  11. I hope all goes well with your Dad and that the tumour is benign.Gorgeous makes Rachel,the ginger bread house looks very good to eat. Big Hugs Marlene

  12. Gorgeous makes. I love way the first card card opens up with the scene in the centre. The girls have made a superb ginger bread house. Hugs to you all. Mrs A.

  13. So stunning, beautiful colour combos and added beauties. The gingerbread house looks so yummy x

  14. Oh dear Rachel, what a mixed post, I do hope for the best of outcomes as can be possible for your Dad. But on the positive side your Mum has kept herself bust with the girls making the fab gingerbread house and as for your Clarity makes well, how to choose a fav ? If I am pushed probably the one with the three little fairies.


  15. Wonderful cards Rachel, and the gingerbread house looks gorgeous

  16. Hi Rachel, stunning makes and I love ♥ the Gingerbread House. So sorry to hear that your dad has had a fall. Thinking of you all. xx

  17. Rachel, so sorry to hear about your Dad & this problem, but hopefully the size will remain stable, and it's benign. And prayers that he will get stronger over time. I'm glad you were able to get out for a bit of craft therapy. The stenciling on the foam background (I'm guessing this is the shaving foam?) looks wonderful. Like your color choices for the foam too. The concertina card looks quite complex and so very dimensional, but a perfect card for a new house warming. Your girls obviously have your craft abilities...what a complex undertaking to construct this yummy gingerbread house. TFS & hope that all will go well for your family. Hugs (and good luck with the weather too).

  18. Gorgeous projects Rachel. Looks like you had a great day. I bet that gingerbread house was delicious too.
    Fingers crossed for your Dad.

  19. Fabulous card for your sister and love the foam background( I had my first and last for a while try at this technique)love the gingerbread house and hope your dad is feeling better soon
    Carol x

  20. What wonderful creations from the Clarity sessions... love those tiny trees and plants especially - and the cookie house looks great. A creative day for all!

    Good news about the tumour - I don't think they'd say that unless they were pretty sure. I'm sorry to hear your dad took another fall, but hopefully with the support of the carers, you'll all feel more comfortable.
    Alison xx


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