Friday, September 14, 2018

Pinkfresh Challenge and Stamptember

I needed a day to just craft and not worry about what is/was not getting done around my house. Found this challenge via Shelly at Sweet Greetings (hi Shelly!!!), and since I have some Pinkfresh stamps and dies which needed a good inking up, I thought, "Why not?!" The September Challenge there would like participants to create a card (in my case) inspired by a member of the Design Team. I found a card by Natasha Valkovskaya, that I fell madly in love with. This is the link to that card; it can be found at her IG account. And for some reason unbeknownst to me, I can't seem to copy the photograph and show you here...But trust me, it's well worth a look!!

My card looks like this:

All the stamps are from Pinkfresh Studio. I crooked stamped the vase on a scrap of striped paper. Thought it had a more whimsical look that way. The flowers are watercolored with my Ziggies but rather than the more blush color, the pinks are pretty close to the light pink stripe in the vase. *sigh* I just added a few clear sequins for a smidgen of sparkle and done! 

Last week I quickly whipped up a birthday card for my granddaughter. She's now a senior in high school and likes purple. I photographed it just because I liked this card, and that was fortuitous, as over at Simon Says Stamp, it's Stamptember. One of their challenges for the month is to use a Neat & Tangled product, and this card so happens to be solely N&T!

STAMPtember Neat and Tangled

And my card:

This is a NBUS set called Floral Frames. I did a little Copic coloring on several leaves, but used Zigs for the rest, as well as the flowers. I really, really like this set! 

And I'm off. Need to get at least a few things done today! Have a good one, and as always...

Monday, September 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #9

Before I get to the heart of this post, I wanted to offer my sincere thanks for all your thoughts, prayers, and the lovely cards you've sent. I'm happy to report that my cardiac ablation went well, and that the doctors were able to take care of those parts of my heart which were triggering a very deadly rapid heartbeat. The tiredness from the anesthesia has gradually worn off, the puncture sites have healed, and the after effects of the procedure (mostly shortness of breath and a teensy bit of chest pain) are all but gone! So all is good with me! Thanks be to God!!

Now. The reason you're here... It's Twofer Challenge time again, and Darnell and the rest of the DT has some pretty spectacular cards to show you for this month's prompt, which is:

While this challenge runs, it will officially become Fall in this part of the world. Such a pretty time of year, and I'm so blessed to live in an area with four very different seasons. Fall has become one of my favorite times. Maybe it's the crisp air. Maybe it's the color or the crunch of the leaves. I'm not sure why, but it is such a special season. ( I suppose it could be the pumpkin pie too, lol!!) Anyway, I've got some leafy cards to show you:

Here they are together

And here they are individually

Don't ask me why my brain went all salmon-colored polka dotty for that first just did. I'll admit I do like the way it turned out though. It makes a really nice anniversary card - chock full of love! My second card will be sent to family members who can't make it to our Thanksgiving feast. 

Both cards use the same stamp and die set from The Stamp Market. I used just the die on the first card, and the matching stamp for the second, along with other sized leaves from the same set. 

The salmon-colored polka dotted paper is from LF, and the center panel is from an unknown 12x12 sheet. I added a black 'frame,' a tiny punched out heart, and a snippet of black twine to the leaf. The sentiment on the Thanksgiving card is from SSS, and I used all my Fall colored inks to create a giant leaf pile. Looks fun enough to jump in, doesn't it?!!

Be sure to check out the sweet cards created by our Guest Designers Susan and Linda, as well as the rest of the Design Team over at the Twofer Challenge. And play along with us! There are soooo many possibilities for this prompt! See you in the gallery, and as always...

Friday, August 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #8

Well here it is August already, and we're all set for this month's Twofer Challenge, are you?!! The Design Team has come up with awesome cards, as have our Guest Designers Cheryl and Brenda. I can't wait to see where this month's prompt takes you! I had so many ideas, both conventional and unconventional, but chose to go with the ping that popped into my brain (or in this case, a double ping!!). You're going to love this prompt, I promise!!

I know, right...!!! Tons of ways to go with this one! Here's where my pings took me:

Did you know that triangles are the strongest shape found in nature? Yep. It's because any added force is evenly spread to all three sides. Little bit of trivia for you today...
As you can see, I went 'conventional' with my cards.  

For my birthday card, I used various scraps of papers to cut my triangles with MFT dies, as well as some MFT striped paper, a ME rectangle die, and a HA sentiment. Using the same size triangle as the blue one at the top, I cut four more from more scraps, added a 'hooray' from W&W for my second (congratulatory) card, all on an AE rectangle popped up on some fun foam to give it a bit of  dimension. Two different cards for two different occasions using the same die on both cards. I wish you could see these in real life; they look pretty darn good if I do say so myself.

It's your turn now. I'd love to see what you make with 'geometric' shapes! Go forth and create!! I'm scheduled to have a cardiac procedure in a few days, but hope that it's just a quickie and that I can get to commenting on all your cards soon afterwards. Take care, and as always...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

So This Thing Happened...

If you read my last post, you'll know that DH has been having health issues. I'm happy to report that he's greatly improved, much stronger, and will be home Saturday. While he's been in the Rehab Unit regaining strength, this has been what my day has looked like:

    1. Wake up at 4:00AM, and try to go back to sleep until at least 5:00AM. Fail miserably, and get up anyway.
    2. Clear the cobwebs out of my brain with some coffee, and get cleaned up.
    3. Start a load of laundry, wash any dishes, and get the easy tasks out of the way.
    4. Finish up, or continue to work on those deep cleaning projects that have been let go. You know, washing walls, cleaning out closets, wiping down shelves, cleaning cupboards, tossing the stuff that he won't miss and we don't need, cleaning light fixtures, vacuuming and cleaning drapes and curtains, well, you know what I mean...
    5. Shower, make a lunch, and head out to the rehab center to hang with DH, talk to Social Workers, Physical and Occupational Therapists, and nursing staff. Spend hours cheerleading and being supportive, and nagging when necessary (tee-hee).
    6. Come home, work on those deep cleaning projects some more, eat a little supper, and fall asleep while trying to catch 15 minutes of a Cubs game in my comfy chair. Give up, go to bed and then start the process all over again.
    7. And let's not forget the grocery shopping, the oil changes, the banking, and all those other errandy things we all have to do.
    Well.....All that caught up with me. Or maybe it was just my body's timing. I don't know why what happened when it happened; it just did. A week ago. Before I tell you, you need to know that I'm home and fine. But it could have been otherwise.

    Standing in the shower, I went into Ventricular Tachycardia. Rapid heartbeat. Really rapid. Like 235 bpm. I won't go into too many details, but suffice it to say that my BFF Jennifer whom I called, saved my life. She came over, called 911, and off I went with a whole squad load of really cute EMT's. If I were only 35 years younger, lol!! A stop in the ER, then up to ICU for two days. My son (the family practice doctor) dropped everything and drove over from Madison, stayed with me the whole time, and translated the medicalese when I needed it. We have told DH some of this, but not all until he's home and can see that I'm fine and fully functioning. Had a million IV's, endless lab work, scans, x-rays, medications, and a heart cath. NO blockages, narrowing, or plaque buildup. I've been diagnosed with SVT, and will have another heart cath next month with ablations and the possibility of a defibrillator implanted. I'm in no danger. And other than being tired from the medications I have to take, I really am alright. I'm also learning to say "just stop." Stop cleaning so much. Stop thinking I'm super woman (though with a diagnosis of SVT, I pretty much am, lol). Just stop. Wow! Is that hard or what?!! I have an amazing daughter and sil, plus adult grandkids here in town who have been blessings. And my friends and neighbors are kind and helpful as well. So I'm covered. God is good, and watches over fools like me. I wanted you to know a bit of what has happened. It might be a few more days, or until the next Twofer Challenge before I post again, but now you'll understand why. With DH coming home, and multiple tests, dr.'s appointments, and getting into a new routine for both of us, that has to be my priority. But I'm here. I'm fine. And by God's Grace, I'm alive and well.

    Card, you say? Haven't had much time, but here's a little one I made as a thank you note for my neighbor. Rather appropriate for my situation, don't you think? Playing along at CASology.

    And we did "Zoom" right along to the hospital, lol!

    That's an old PS ambulance stamp, a LF dotted line, and MFT dies. A bit of Copic coloring and some GA on the window and red light. I'm off now. Take care and blessings to you all.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Twofer Challenge #7

    While I've been mostly absent, I took a few minutes throughout the last Twofer Challenge to peek at all those wonderful tree cards. You all have such amazing talents!! Congratulations to the winners and the Honorable Mentions! Hope to see you in the gallery for this challenge, where the prompt is, "Beverage." Oh so many choices! I almost went with a beer bottle stamp, but instead chose coffee for my cards (big surprise there, right?!).

    Here they are photographed together:

    And separately:

    The card with the chevron panel is actually a birthday card for a dear friend, while the second card is for my friend and hairdresser who came to my house to give me a haircut when I couldn't leave DH for an hour to go to her salon. I've used a vast variety of stamps and dies on these cards, and the list is as follows starting with the top card:
    Doodlebug chevron paper, MFT wonky frame die, PTI cups, Verve sentiment, MFT hearts.
    And the bottom card:
    Hero Arts green cardstock, unknown gingham paper, Verve sentiment, PTI cup, Poppystamps leaf die, Mama Elephant scalloped border die, MFT scalloped circle, and a WPlus9 circle die.

    Now...if you haven't popped over to the Twofer Challenge Blog yet, I'd encourage you to do just that! My teammates have once again really smashed it out of the park, and you'll be amazed at their creations. And be sure to check out our Guest Designers, Bonnie and Marianne, too! Once you've been inspired by all the lovely cards you find there, I hope you'll play along! Just make two different cards for two different occasions using the same stamps and/or dies. Don't forget to photograph them together when you're ready to pop them in the gallery.

    (You can skip this next part if you want...)
    In case you've been wondering, DH has been dealing with some health issues since the first of the year. At nearly 81 years old, these things happen sometimes. He'd been losing strength in his legs, and after three angioplasties in his lower legs, which helped his circulation, the strength continued to decline. About six weeks ago, he literally collapsed in a chair and couldn't get up. After a trip to the ER, and a four-day hospital stay, he's been in a rehab unit rebuilding his abilities. Our house was pretty well set up for his using the walker, but it needed to be tweaked a bit. So that's what I've been doing in between driving to and from the Rehab Center and spending time with him there. I finished all the big projects and he did well on a home visit with one of his Physical Therapists in attendance. She was pleased with our 'set-up,' and with his maneuvering around the house. He should be home in a few days, and once I get him into a good routine, I hope to be back much more in blogland. But for today, I need to go spend time with my sweetie pie. Take care, and ...

    Sunday, June 10, 2018

    Twofer Challenge #6

    Hi Everyone! This time, the Twofer Challenge, which runs from the 10th -24th, is all about "trees." I couldn't find a tree stamp in my collection, at least not one that I liked, so I did a little shopping and found a really fun die set from MFT. My twofer consists of a Father's Day card, which uses the dies in the traditional manner, and the second is an Easter card, which got my thinking not only outside the box, but possibly all the way into the next room. However, both cards follow the rules of the challenge. Now, just because my cards are vastly different from each other, doesn't mean you have to follow my example. Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team, and our lovely Guest Designers to see what they've made!

    These are my two cards, photographed together:

    And separately:

    You must be wondering where the tree is on the second card, right?! It's there, I promise. Let me show you the dies...

    Tree dies. Nice tree dies. Trees. Or eggs, or cookies, or carrots.... Now, I could have gone with something like this...

    ...but I didn't. You can, though. You can make two different tree cards; keeping them as trees. I saw the dies, and one of my famous pings went off. I saw an egg. For those of you who know me, you know that I have to follow my pings. So I went with it! I used the egg-shaped tree top to make Easter eggs for my bunny. They (pardon the pun) crack me up. (hahahahahahahaha) 

    All the papers on all the cards are from my scrap files (yay!) The grass dies on the Father's Day card are MFT dies. The 'cherries' are also from an MFT cover plate. Uniko, SC, and AE sentiments. And the funny bunny is from Inky Antics.

    So. Get busy. Pull out those tree stamps and dies. Make a couple of cards and join me and the rest of the Design Team in the gallery. You can do it! I'll see you there...And as always...

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Just Wanted to Wish You...

    A very happy Mother's Day! I know I'm a day early, but considering I'm not posting/commenting/doing anything (or so it seems) online, I wanted to 'strike while the iron was hot.' DH is having some (more) health issues following three medical procedures. So you can see where my heart and duty lies. When I have a few minutes between caregiving stuff, I stop and take a peek at your blogs, but don't have the time to comment very often. For that I apologize. It has taken me two days to make this rather CAS, and might I add, cute card. Plus one day to take the photo and write up a quick post. *sigh* And because we've got company here (they're in Madison at the moment, hence time to post) to help our granddaughter Jessica celebrate her graduation from Law School, there's more for me to do. We watched the ceremony live on YouTube. How nice to live in this age of technology! This is the "my so funny," granddaughter. When did she grow up???!!

    Our Jessica. Smart just like her grandma, lol!!

    Image may contain: Jessica Behling, smiling, standing and hat

    I made a card for CAS on Friday, where we're to use a cute stamp. Here's my cute little bunny:

    I know right?! It's a Clearly Whimsy stamp set, and I used two MFT wonky rectangle dies. A little Copic coloring and done. The polka dotted vellum is a scrap from Darnell that I snatched up at the Lake House. It added dimension without too much fuss. That image just makes me want to say, "Awww!!" 

    And don't forget to play along with me and the rest of my teamies at the current Twofer Challenge. You can find all the details here

    As always...