Friday, May 21, 2010

Explosion box and not such good news

Hi all,

Just to let you know what's happening in my corner of the world. Some of you would know that my hubby Doug has gone through cancer recently having a year of chemo, once every week and five weeks of radiation everyday. His last scan has shown that he nows has Liver metastisis which means it's a cancer that spreads to other organs. He will be having an operation to remove half his liver on the 1st of next month. It's very serious and a very dangerous operation because of where the cancer is. If he gets through this operation it will mean that he has an excellent chance of  a longer life. It has been a rather hectic week with Hospital appointments etc. Soon I will need to have a break while I look after Doug but hopefully I will still be able to get some projects done.
This is my explosion box. I think I am just in time with it. I really enjoyed making it.
I hope you like it. I don't normally use pre-made flowers choosing to make my own. These are ones I have made myself. I have colored all my Tilda's with distress inks keeping the outside of the box very plain.

Box top

Tilda's on the sides

Sorry for all the pictures.


Crystal said...

Marion..I am soooo sorry to hear this news, I want you to know you and your husband is in my prayers sweetie..Big Hugs to you..

Your box explosion is GORGEOUS, what a fun idea and your coloring and design is amazing!!!

**ScrapcoLLector** said...

I am really sorry to hear about your husband..hopefully he will get well soon..
I do adore your explosion box! so sweet.
may i know where did you get the template..
many thanks

hugs from singapore

ultraroyale said...

This is a very well done explosion box. A lot of coloring, but well worth while. Thanks for sharing.
Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Bob L.

Anonymous said...

A really lovely explosion everything....Well Done
Prayers and well wishes for you,hubby and family...

Bengelmama said...

wowww ist das eine super schöne Box. Sehr schön coloriert.


A Passion for Stamping said...

Wonderful Wonderful! Marion your work is beautiful. I will keep your husband in my prayers and you too!



Dena said...

Marion! You are going through soooo much! I will keep you and your hubby in my prayers.
Your card is toooooo cute! Wow, your coloring is amazing and I LOVE how you did the inside with the flowers popping up!!! Gorgeous work!
Thinking of you! Dena

Angelwood said...

Marion, I pray everything works out for the best. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

This box is so beautiful! Well done! Love this image and the flowers exploding out of the box. Gorgeous! hugs, Angela

Corinne's Place said...

Marion, I am so sorry to hear about your husband's battle with cancer. You and your husband will be in our prayers.

Your explosion box is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors. What did you use to prop the flower and butterflies up.


ShirleyTACS said...

What a gorgeous card/box. I have to show it to my sister who has such fond memories of her dance classes and recitals as a child. Mother made all her costumes and she has pictures she has lovingly scrapbooked.

I will add you and your husband to my prayer list. I have a dear friend just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer who is showing me how to be courageous and planful. Love in Christ, Shirley

Jean said...

Oh Marion,... I love your box... The dancing Tilda in the middle with all her sweet things around are so beautiful and love the audience she has all around her.. with all the other Tilda's watching.. Great job... love the paper you chose and all the embellishments. now the outside is also awesome... a pretty butterfly to tell us of awesome things to come inside.. lovely colors again... Beautiful box...
Hugs, Jean

Anonymous said...

You make gorgeous flowers Marion! So glad you used your own with your beautiful designed and colored Tildas!
lovely creation!
Pam Going Postal

Patti Jo said...

It turned out just gorgeous! Your coloring is so beautiful and of course the flowers are perfection! This Tilda is so adorable in this setting. Fantastic work Marion!!!

Keep the faith dear Marion and my best to Doug!

Regina said...

Marion!! I know you´re very strong !!! God gives us a blanket we can afford ! I´m very sure He´ll be with you and the whole family!!
I love your explosion box !!! It is absolutely wonderful!!!

Angie said...

Marion, What an absolutely phenomenal box! You obviously put a ton of time and work into it and it was worth it. It's gorgeous!

I read your story and I truly hope for the best for your husband and you. I'm sorry that you have to go through it.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear the news about your husband. I will keep you both in my prayers.

Your explosion box is amazing. I love the butterflies and the flowers around Tilda. So pretty.

Big hugs,

Nancy said...

Marion I pray that everything will be ok for your husband.
Your box is gorgeous! Your coloring is gorgeous as well you have done an awesome job!

Kim Piggott said...

Marion this is absolutely beautiful stunning!
Such an amazing creation!
I am so sorry that you husband is having to go through such a serious operation. My thoughts are with you both and I wish him a speedy recovery.
kim x

Barb Hardeman said...

Marion, I'm so sorry to learn that your husbands health is not good! It must be very difficult for the both of you. Prayers going you way that the surgery will be successful!

Your explosion box is fantastic! Oh, I love what you did on the inside. Your flowers Tilda and all your embellishments are beautifully done and beautifully colored! Awesome job...

Cordine said...

Sorry to hear about your husband. Prayers for your family.

Your box is absolutely beautiful!

Peggie said...

Just beautiful!

Christine Riley said...

Gorgeous! I love this box, truly gorgeous! Your hubby will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs, Christine

Leonie said...

First please know that our thoughts and prayers and with you and Doug at this time. hoping for a successful operation and a good outcome.
Second, your box is just gorgeous. Loving the flutterbys and the flowers and how they spring up. And all your Tildas are just beautiful
Big Hugs

Jennibee's Cardspot said...

We were so sorry to hear the news about Doug, when is the luck going to change for you two, please give him our love.......we will be thinking about him and sending positive vibes. I am sure he will get thru this in the same positive way he has faced all the challenges that have been presented to him......

Your box is terrific, love all the Tilda's you have coloured them beautifully, I am hoping to have a go at one of those explosion boxes when I have time
Love to the both of you (from Gordy as well(
Love Jenni

megline said...

Your box is beautiful. I`m sorry for your husband, take care of yourself,
Hugs, Line

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

*gentle hugs* marion, I'm so sorry to hear the news about your husband. I will certainly pray for a successful surgery for him. Thankyou for letting us know. What an absolutely perfect project you've created here. It's so wonderful!! I love everything about it. Take it easy my friend and know that you and hubby are thought of and loved.

charlene aka scrappygma said...

Marion I am so sorry to hear about your hubby my heart is very sad for you. I will keep you both in my prayers.
Your explosion box is beautiful and your coloring is just amazing !
Gentle hugs to you

RubyM:) said...

First of all i'm sorry to hear such bad news.Were all thinking of you and praying for the operation to be a sucess.Keep strong for him.

Your box is magical and certainly gorgeous! EVERYTHING IS AMAZING.The colouring and the lay out.Very beautiful box!!!! RubyM:)

LINDA said...

Marion....Your Husband and you are in my prayers.I love your box it is beautiful.
Hugs Linda W.

paola said...

So sad to hear of what you and your husband are going through, i have been through something very similar, i wish you strength and lots of faith. Your box is positively delightful!

Charlotte said...

A very pretty well done box. My prayers are with you and your husband during this trying time. May God be with you.
I would like to know if the butterfly is a punch or did you buy them?

Eulanda said...

So sorry to hear about the bad news Marion. Sometimes that word just doesn't seem to mean enough. I'm more then sorry for you guys but there isn't a word out there for that.

So your card "OH MA GOODNESS!" [jaw on ground] this is just simply gorgeous! And oh so delicate! I just love it!! The detail is amazing!!

And I'm not sure when you changed your picture but I'm really likin' the new do! You hot mamma you! LOL!!

Take care of yourselves! Happy stamping!

Mary Lou said...

Marion Came upon your blog and Oh my I am so very sorry to read about your DH.. My thoughts and prayers are with you both~~as well as with the docs working with you.

Your explosion box is beautiful~~enjoyed looking at it over and over :)
Blessings and Prayers

Olinda said...

Hi Marion,

Your explosion box is fantastic! I just love it!

I will add you and your husband to my prayers list.

Love in Christ,

Olinda - From Brazil

StampinJo said...

Hi Marion, I will keep your hubby in my prayers. this surly is an operation which needs all the prayers we can muster. Daily prayers will be added.
StampinJo from Ontario Canada

StampinJo said...

Hello again Marion. This is StampinJo again. I absolutely love the explosion box you made. Your work is just grand. It is even greater because you have enough Maggies to have a different one on each quadrant. How sweet it that. I will try to find the directions so I can make one. I am in and out of a wheelchair so explosion boxes would be a fun thing for me to make. Thanks for sharing your explosion box. StampinJo

Cassandra said...

First of all thank you so much for you lovely comments on my blog Marion :o)Secondly I am sending my prayers your way and positive thoughts to you and your husband. Stay strong. And as for your explosion box.... Golly gosh, it's absolutely beautiful. I am now inspired to make my first one ever so thank you for the inspiration. *hugz*

Baukje said...

Your colouring is outstanding Marion and so are your Oh! so gorgeous little flowers.

I am so sorry to hear about Doug's (and yours)not so good news, I will keep you both in my thoughts and hope that his operation is a successful one.

Gloria J. Dawson said...

Marion your explosion box is beautiful as is your distress ink coloring of your stunning Tildas!
Praying God will give you and your husband peace as you go thru this difficult time and total healing by His Grace!


Maureen said...

Oh Marion, I am so sorry to read about your hubby; I do hope everything turns out okay.

Your box is incredible! You make your own flowers?? They are amazing! I love your Tildas and all the butterflies and accessories are wonderful.

Take care.

Deb said...

Hi Marion ~ For you and Doug, please remember 'If God leads you to it, he will lead you through it.' Wishing you both well and praying for good surgery results. Your explosion box is fabulous!
Deb xoxo

Candy said...

Your husband Doug, will be kept in my prayers. You too :o)
Your box is wonderful. Excellent colouring and so very pretty.

ChrisaBella said...

Marion, your card is awesome! I'm sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Jodie from Oz said...

Marion, your box is amazing, so many adorable images and so wonderfully coloured, so much work but so beautiful.

I am so sorry to hear of your DH illness, my prayers are with you. Hugs Jodie from Oz

Fran Kennedy said...

Marion.....So sorry to hear about your husband's illness....I will pray that the liver surgery goes well. LOVE your work...just gorgeous
Fran from Alabama

susanmike said...

hello a lovely blog beautiful work
glad I found your inspiring work
kind regards Susan

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Marion, thank you for leaving such nice words, and joining my followers! the web makes wonders, me in Canada, you in Australia... I am so sorry to read your story, I wish you courage, & will send prayers for you and husband. Your work is beautiful, I love your explosion box with all your Tildas. take care. Hugs. xxx

cabio's craft corner said...

Gorgeous box creation Marion. Love the gorgeous design of the inside and the cute lil butterfly top :o)

Pauline said...

Hi Marion! Your Tilda explosion box is just beyond words... it is truly spellbinding! I am so sorry to hear of Doug's latest news. It's is something dreadfull to go through (Dad is still battling, and we all know that chemo can be just as bad), and my aunt has just been diagnosed with cancer in her spine. You are both in my daily prayers for healing and support.
God Bless,

Jennibee's Cardspot said...

Hi Marion, there is an award for you on my blog, hope the news is positive re Doug, give him our love!

Angela said...

All I can say Marion is WOW, WOW okay one more WOW!!! THis is beautiful and look at your beautiful coloring!!

Donna said...

Hi Marion, just wanted to let you know you're in my thoughts over your husband's health and hope all goes well for him.
Having had my husband just go through major surgery too, it's not an easy time, just make sure you make time for yourself as well, and don't worry too much about crafting.
This is one fabulous exploding box though, really love how you've done the interior.
Donna xx

raindropecho said...

Lovely explosion box! All the Tildas look wonderful. Glad to hear that your husband's recovery is doing well :)

- Ann

Susie Sugar said...

Wow this is so pretty
I love your Tilda work you are so talented
Hugs Susie Sugar