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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Simply Less is More # 205

Hello there,
I`m back on my poor neglected blogwith my entry for this weeks Simply Less is More Challenge
which is a colour challenge.                BLACK, METALIC + ONE

I`ve gone for Black, gold and red,

I used a black base card and a white panel. I tried other combinations, white on white and plain black but prefer this one.
The tag is made using a Die-namics die and a Pink Petticoat Chevrons download printed onto card.
The heart is cut from red glitter card using a sizzix die and the small hearts are punched out.
The `love` die is from Memory Box cut from gold card.

Well I hope you all had a super Christmas and new year. Ours was...well... different. Ruby has been in LGI for 3 weeks now and has been extremely ill. The infection in her portacath was a lot more serious than first thought and even after an operation to remove it she didn`t improve at all. After a scan to investigate it was discovered that she had a `pocket` of infection, simiar to an abcess I think, quite deep seated in her chest. The doctor was hoping to take her to theatre to clean the infection site in the hope that the antibiotics would start to take effect but Rubys platelette count was extremely low and it was thought that she may not be strong enough to cope with another operation. Ruby had not eaten since being admitted so that was a major worry. She had a feed tube fitted to give her some nutrients with the hope of building her up enough to help the fight. She also developed a rash which was a worry, especially when they tested her for meningitis but that came back negative. The biggest concern was that the infection had spread throughout her body and that she had developed septicaemia. Ruby was seriously ill and quite unresponsive, sleeping most of the time. On sunday the decision was made to clean out the infected area. Almost as soon as she was back on the ward Ruby was showing signs of being more alert but by monday she was sleepy and a bit poorly again.
On tuesday morning she woke up wanting snuggles with her daddy and during the afternoon she was given a CT scan and the infection site was still clear. By late afternoon, a small miracle occured and Ruby ate for the first time in 17 days. You cannot imagine the relief we all felt, I can`t find the words to describe it. She sat in bed chattering away to the play worker and the nurses were queueing up outside the door to speak to her.
The rash is thought to be a reaction to the antibiotics so thats a huge relief. There is still along way to go, Ruby had some fluid around her lungs and her heart rate was quite high but she`s been back to theatre this afternoon to have her lungs flushed out and she`s breathing better already so fingers crossed. I know how worried I was but really can`t imagine what my daughter and son in law must have been going through. They have both shown such strength and they have supported each other which is  wonderful.
We can`t wait to get all the family home now so we can celebrate christmas together, a bit late but it will be special.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx


  1. Your card is so beautiful! If I had to pick a winner, I wouldn't look any further!
    Hugs to you

  2. Love this classy card Lynne xx Jan

  3. One word for your card - awesome!

    So glad to hear Ruby is on the up - she's a little super-star!

  4. Lynne, this is stunning!! WOW!
    I just want you to know that I think of your family SO often wishing you all strength to support amazing Ruby and wishing her well! Thanks for the update and so pleased to read there is some reason for optimism!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  5. Such a striking card! The black and white paper contrasts so well with the glittery red and gold!

  6. Beautiful card lynne, love it. . . more importantly though, so very pleased Ruby is showing signs of improvement, you all must have been so worried. I have been thinking of you when visiting your blog to see that nothing published. Keep strong all and much love to Ruby x

  7. Wow and Oh My Goodness Lynne ...
    First of all your card is AMAZING and perfectly CAS and stunning
    Secondly I can't put into words how much sympathy I have for what your family is going through. Thanks for your updates although sad sometimes it just shows what a tough little cookie your Ruby is and I hope she is back home very soon. Rooting for you all here.
    Thanks as always for finding the time to enter our challenges
    Less is More

  8. I am feeling for you all Lynne.. hoping that Ruby grows a little stronger each day so you can all have your very special Christmas.
    really like this card too - Love says it all. x

  9. Poor Ruby has been through so much lately, and all of you of course too.I am glad she seems to be responding at last now. Fingers and everything crossed she goes from strength to strength now.Thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers. Lovely card too btw.,so striking with the black, white and red ;) hugs Viv xx

  10. Love your striking design, Lynne - it really popped out of the gallery! So sorry to hear of Ruby's health problems over Christmas but glad to hear that she is getting stronger. Thinking of you and your lovely family.

  11. Oh, Lynne...I'm hoping that Ruby continues to improve...what a tough time for all of you! And in the midst of all this, you've created the most stunning card! Love the chevrons and sparkly heart...just beautiful!

  12. It definitely is a CAS card but that glittery heart POPS with so much color it is fabulous. Love it paired with the black and white.

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