Giving it a Punch!

06:43 Karen 4 Comments

For the ATDML February DT I was sent some Simple Stories papers and embellishments.  I absolutely love anything from any of the Simple Stories ranges and this month had Say Cheese and The Daily Grind to work with.   

As I do every month, I ‘pinched’ several photos from Gracia’s Facebook page (this is always a constant source of photos) to use at my crop and really liked this one of her with two of her medic friends.  Unfortunately, the title is not quite right as one of the gang is missing, Marta had gone back to Portugal, earlier than planned, as she was unwell. 

I will tell you about poor Marta as it will make you keep an eye out for your loved ones.  On the Friday she felt unwell and went home from Uni.  On the Monday she fainted in a lecture and went home again, by the Wednesday she was in hospital, in intensive care with pneumonia, septicemia from the pneumonia and  on life support with organ failure from the septicemia!  She was in hospital for a week or so and then her mum took her back to Portugal - last Friday Gracia took her back to A&E as she didn't like the look of her and she has a re-occurrence of the pneumonia! 

Back to the page -  I loved that they all decided to go out for tea and cake before they returned to their respective homes for Christmas and that they all wore their Christmas jumpers.  


Now, I always take a bucket filled with punches to my crops and nearly always bring them home again unused, this month I was determined that I would use them! I knew I had the large snowflake cut outs and gingerbread men buttons to use on the page but was at a loss as to what else to do.  I then thought – ‘get those punches out’ so I did and made a swag of flowers for the bottom of the photo.  I didn’t feel that the page had come together very well as the large snowflakes seemed at odds with the flowers.  I took it home, still unsure what to do and the next morning as I was putting my punches back in their storage box realised that I had a snowflake one.  I punched out some smaller snowflakes from white paper, dotted them in the flower swag and was very happy with the result as the extra little ‘pops’ of white brought everything together.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. Marta is on the mend.

2. My girl is home for the weekend.

3. It's almost (well very nearly almost) the weekend.



Oh my gosh, that is so scary about Marta! Our niece's husband nearly died last month due to complications from the flu and pneumonia. So glad to know Marta is coming around.

And you know what made me really happy in this post? Being reminded of your bucket of punches! I remember that you had those when we cropped together at Deb's that day! Aw!!! Makes me want to be right back there!!! And I want cupcakes for pudding too!!!

I'm a big fan of punches too, and have myself quite a collection. Seems like the only ones I use anymore are hearts.

Enjoy a lovely weekend with your girl! xo

Sian said...

Wow, lucky she has a great friend like Gracia to keep an eye on her! I hope she gets better soon.

I love the flowers you have created for this page.

Ruth said...

The poor girl ~ lucky she had Gracia looking out for her.
A beautiful page and I really love the look of the swag.

Sandie said...

It's so scary how our life can be suddenly so fragile, so pleased that Marta was well looked after and on the mend.
Lovely page - love the swag!