Monday, 20 February 2017

Vintage shabby, a winner and where I live

I’m back … I think!  Some of you know I’ve been poorly for a while, and a couple of weeks ago I got yet another diagnosis that threw me a bit.  See, now I’ve got Coeliac Disease and trying to get my head around things hasn’t been easy.  I’ve managed to “gluten” myself twice in a fortnight despite trying so hard not to corss contaminate and also to check and double check things before eating them.  On the up side, I hit my goal weight due to it dropping off with being so super careful what I’m eating.  Not the best way to lose weight but it got me to goal after 18 months of dieting, with a total weight loss of over 5 stone.  Hopefully now that I’m on a gluten free diet my body can start to heal itself and I’ll start feeling my age rather than 90 lol.  For those that have stuck by me through m y ups and downs, thank you ♥

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So, I need to announce a winner of the dies, and that’s you
karenc!  Please email me with your address so I can post the dies off to you.

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My card today is one that started off with the bird embellishment.  I bought a new mould set off eBay and had a play with making them using hot glue.  I’m really happy with the detail the glue gives, way better than clay.

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I also had to have a play with my new Marianne Design die, OMW it’s just gorgeous!  Cuts a dream too, with just a single run through the Platinum.

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I printed out one of the digital Vintage Sentiments that I designed for Whimsy Stamps and die cut with a label die.

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And finished off the inside to match the front.

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We were out and about at the coast whilst the weather has been so mild.  It’s about 7 minutes away from our house by car.  We really are so lucky where we live, 7 minutes from the coast, 10 minutes from the city centre, 2 minutes from the Nature Reserve and half an hour from Northumberland, such a magnificent place to visit.

This is Tynemouth, the walk along the coast is fabulous.

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We had a supervisor making sure we got a decent photo of him Smile

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And Tynemouth Priory, so atmospheric

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The Priory with the mouth of the River Tyne in the background

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That’s a little about how lucky I am with where I live Smile

36 comments:

  1. Hope that now your health will improve

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  2. Hope that now your health will improve

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  3. Glad to hear your getting your health back on track a good start to 2017 I hope :-) , the card is beautiful loving the marianne die and the papers are lovely like the colours , you most certainly do live in a beautiful place my husband has relatives up in County Durham and I always love it when we spend some time up north ! Take care xx

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  4. Glad to hear you found the issue with your health. Hope you will feel better soon.

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  5. Gorgeous photos of Tynemouth and the Priory Bev! Stunning. Love your card so much, so elegant and serene. Love the colour palette and the sweet wee bird. Beautiful blooms and stunning papers. Hugs, Wends xoxo

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  6. Beautiful cards!! & Beautiful photos xx

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  7. Fantastic card and the photos are wonderful. I hope you will soon be feeling better now you know what you are dealing with big hug from me. Ginny x
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  8. Your card design is fabulous with the beautiful flowers and the MD die. I love the flower arrangement and colors. Fantastic photos from the area where you live.

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  9. Beautiful Bev is your card and what gorgeous photos too! thanks for sharing them makes me feel like l'm there xx

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  10. Such a beautiful card Bev. Glad you are feeling better and well done on reaching your goal weight. Hugs Lori

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  11. I am so glad that you have found out what the issue is with your health. I'm sure that it is a struggle to watch the food ingredient labels and keep such a strict diet, but it will be worth it to feel much better! Thank you for sharing your photos of the beautiful place that you live! It seems that you are in the PERFECT location! To be close to the city, but also to the coastline must be a true treat! I wish you continued success with your health and will look forward to seeing your talent in your cards!

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  12. Wow that is some weight loss. Sorry to hear about your gluten intolerance but hopefully once you have that under control you will feel better. Gorgeous card and gorgeous pics. I lived in Newcastle when I was young for four years. Happy Birthday x

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  13. Wow, gorgeous area!! Your card is gorgeous too. Celiac disease is something that is hard to diagnose and causes a lot of agony for the patient. I hope you are on the mend and we are finding that all kinds of food items have fillers in them that have glutens, such as a lot of premade hamburger patties (McDonald's) and other foods also. Good luck and I hope you feel wonderful soon!!

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  14. Lovely card Bev and beautiful photos of your local area. Also glad you now have a diagnosis which will improve your future health now you know what you are dealing with. On the siubject of die cutting machines, do you find the SB platinum good, as my bigshot gave up the ghost last week and can't decide which one to replace it with?

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    1. Thanks Dee. I've not had the Platinum for very long but am impressed with it so far. I still prefer the Grand Calibur primarily because the plates are way more robust and last a lot longer than the clear plates of the Platinum. In fact, I never had to replace the cutting plates of my GC and I've had that since they first released them all those years ago. The Platinum .... those plates ain't gonna last very long I don't think. Mine are already deeply marked and warped already.

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  15. Glad to hear that you are doing better with your food allergy. Tynemouth is gorgeous. I can see why you love living there. Love your card. It's so stunning with that MD die and all your embellishments added to it.

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  16. Lovely card and place to live. I know how hard it is to stay on a glutenfree diet and the perils of breaking it, I am coeliac 33yrs and at times granted, not often now I am so so ill and don't know why. It does get better sheila

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  17. Love your card it's beautiful. So pleased to hear you are on the mend. I am from Southampton, my daughter lives in Hexham, when we came up last for a visit we came to Tynemouth for the day and it was wonderful. We had a hot chocolate with cream and a flake in the beach cafe on a freezing cold Sunday afternoon. The first 'naughty' thing in 18 months, I've been dieting too. Boy was it sweet !!

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  18. Absolutely beautiful card AND place where you live! Hope you are feeling better very soon. Hang in there.

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  19. Beautiful Card... Love your Design.. And everything is placed so Perfect.. Love the little bird.. and the placement of it!!.. Beautiful.
    And your photos is Gorgeous!! What a scenery.. You live in a Beautiful place!!

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  20. Stunning card Bev, I have never throught to try hot glue in a mould. Could you tell me where you buy your moulds from?

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    1. Thanks Jackie. I picked that one up off eBay - from a Chinese seller. It was incredibly cheap and is of superb quality. I was so, so impressed.

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  21. Beautiful card Bev. love the moulds! You sure have had your fair share of bad health, hope you pick up soon on your gluten free diet. Well done with the weight loss, hope you feel like a new woman soon. hugs, Marjorie xxx

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  22. Lovely photo's and a beautiful card Bev, gorgeous embellishments. Hope you soon start to feel better on your gluten free diet and well done on the weight loss.

    Pat xx

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  23. Bev, an absolutely beautiful card! Which MD die did you use please? And also which label die is that, I just love it! I'm seeing why the foamarian is so awesome to work with! I haven't found a source for it here in the states though 😔 And the prettiest colors are always out of stock at WO. But I did get a few sheets of a few different colors that were in stick. I did try using some foam I got off of Amazon. Too thick really.....

    I didn't know you were having any health issues Bev, I'm so sorry to hear that, but your weight loss and gluten-free diet sounds like it'll help a lot. What I don't get is, if gluten has been in everything already, why are so many ppl just starting to be diagnosed with this issue? Either way, I'll pray for you and hope that you find the strength to stay away from the temptations of gluten!

    Deb

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    1. Thanks Deb. The Marianne die is LR0454. The label die was a cheap set I picked up on eBay, I'll see if I can find a link to it and will add it here if I can. As far as Foamiran goes, I would suggest you buy the larger and thinner sheets from Noor Design - it's MUCH better quality and the same price as what you've already bought and you get more for your buck! That other stuff is thicker, less malleable and quite clunky looking compared to the thinner stuff Noor and Scrap & Craft sell.

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  24. Bev, just a quick follow-up, what papers did you use too?

    Deb

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    1. The papers are from The Promise pad by First Editions. :)

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  25. CONGRATULATIONS on losing that weight, hun, what a fantastic achievement! A good friend has coeliac disease and recommends a cook book by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall called River Cottage Light and Easy.

    How lovely to see your fab photos of Tynemouth, The Priory is so beautiful - my family comes from the North East (though I've lived in exile in the south since I was 4) and Tynemouth is always one of the places we visit when we go north to see our relations, the coast is so beautiful!

    Your card is also beautiful, Bev, so elegant!

    love Mags B x

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  26. Gorgeous post your card is very special its beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos they took me back to before I was married and lived at South Shields I could see Tynemouth Priory from my bedroom window as we lived near Gypsies Green on the seafront. Sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease I have been diagnosed with it for 10 years now but likely had it for a long time before . The best advice I can give is to always ask in restaurants if you are not certain of food or sauces and dressing in particular I find I manage fine at home. When I was fist diagnosed my Doctor suggested joining the Coeliac Society it costs about £25 a year but well worth it when you are staring out the food is a mine field and as a member you get a small handbook it lists all the GF food from most of the popular supermarkets I found it invaluable when first shopping. Good Luck but if I can help with anything to get you on the right path just give me a email more than happy to help. I still crave a decent piece of bread !! Love and hugs Carole x

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  27. I'm just curious but in the U.S. We spell it Celiac disease, is it different for the U.K.?

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    1. Same disease, different spelling :) https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/28629-what-is-coeliac-vs-celiac/

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  28. a beautiful card , loving that die . What lovely photographs , you live in a great area . jane x

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Bev x

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