One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

CAS Christmas ~ Bird

Hi friends, it is not too late to play along with us at CAS Christmas 
Susan is looking for a bird on your Christmas card!
I used a bird from Verve: Beyond Measure, I love this stamp set, it has so many awesome sentiments and the Holy family silhouette images along with the wise men.  The background was a piece I had in my stash from using brushos.  I thought it was a perfect sky background!
My die is from MFT: Peek a boo Square window.
The sentiment was embossed with HA silver Embossing powder.
 Won't you join us at CAS Christmas Card Challenge with a bird on your card?

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Seize the Birthday ~ NO TOPPING!

Hi friends, we do not have a topping this time at our Seize the Birthday Challenge, so you can make any kind of birthday card you want!
I have been playing with PTI:  Stemmed Sentiment images and thought this card was so bright and colorful, kind of fall colors with the oranges and yellow!
PTI: Stemmed Sentiments
WPlus 9 lattice frame
PTI:  Thank Big #12
PTI: Bold Borders: Flair ('happy')
I hope you will go over and check out all the inspiration from the design team and then play along with us at Seize the Birthday where "ANYTHING GOES" for a birthday card!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Just Us Girls #461 ~ Word Week ~ sympathy

Hi friends, I colored this flower image from SSS Beautiful Flowers 2 awhile ago and just now put it together.  It is a huge flower branch that I even had to cut off both ends after adhering at an angle.
I used a soft light pink ink with a PTI stencil from Garden Gate for the background.
I am always needing sympathy cards so this one just fit the bill.

Other than having my projects ready for design projects well ahead of time, I have not been in my craft room much at all.  I am going on 9 weeks since my Total Knee Replacement.  At 6 weeks I had a knee manipulation because I lost some flexion in my knee.  Since then I have had PT 3 X a week and working hard on getting the knee to bend.  It is depressing and I must say a little lot frustrating.  The positive way to look at it is that at least I am not going backwards, but slowly moving forward.  I think I was 94 degrees earlier this week.  So that is baby steps forward.  The knee is still swollen, so I can't really expect it to bend much, the skin feels so taut it hurts to bend it.  I am just waiting for the day I wake up and I can walk!  I spend a lot of time on the couch, with my knee raised on pillows and I still ice it with an ice machine.  I am not sleeping that great either as I wake up at least three times and need to go out to the living room and ice it so the knee is numb and I can try going back to sleep.  
Everyone says I will LOVE my knee after I get through more pain when I walk, well, I am waiting for that time, because right now I can't even imagine doing my other knee.
And I am NOT driving because I can't bend my knee...that is not a bad thing, I have wonderful chauffeurs with my daughters and husband...but still.
I am getting really tired of being on my backside a lot!
I do walk around the house, up to the mailbox and I get on my recumbent bike several times a day and I do the exercises given me by the therapist.  so I am moving, I am just not enjoying this whole process!  And I miss making cards!  But I just have no mojo to do anything!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

CAS Christmas Card October Challenge ~ Birds

Of course when I think of birds at Christmas I go to the fabulous red cardinals!
First I stamped my cardinal, then masked him off.
Next I stamped the branch from Sunny Studios: Holiday Style.
I masked off that also and added a strip of making tape to the left side and the bottom to keep it clean.
Next I sponged on my wintry background with some DO and then using a ruler I drew my lines on the left and bottom. I finished it off  with splatters from Mister Huey's shine.

I am looking forward to seeing the Christmas card you make with a bird.
See you in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Seize the Birthday ~ Travel

Won't you play along with us on this birthday journey?
My BFF gave me some unique stamps for my birthday and I used one of them to make this card:
Hero Arts:  Go on a Safari (luggage, sentiment, jeep)
Avery Elle:  Party Animal ('birthday')
Art Impression:  Pack Your Bags (sentiment) 
I hope to see you in the gallery with some travel birthday cards!
Remember if you choose to not use the topping, then just make a birthday card of your choice!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

MIM Faux Gilding

MY BFF, Linda: Lins Craft Corner surprised me with a visit.  She was suppose to come down for SAF in August, but because of my total Knee Joint Replacement we canceled it.
I thought it would be a nice distraction from laying on the couch most of the day with ice on my knee.  We both wanted to do the MIM, she was much quicker about getting hers done as I had to take a few breaks that resulted in me falling asleep on the couch with the ice machine!  LOL
I finally got 'er done!  I am playing with MIM where Laurie is showing us some faux gilding by using embossing powders.  You can watch the video HERE. I used gold, copper, and liquid platinum.
I actually used real gilding flakes for the edge of my PTI Pearced Feature Frame.  I decided to edge both the outside and the inside of the frame.  And I didn't worry about keeping the lines straight, I was going with more of a messy look I guess you could say!
The "blessing" sentiment was actually embossed with copper which in real life helps bring out more of the copper in the leaves.  Here in the picture with the lighting it looks gold, but it is NOT!
this was a very fun technique and I would like to try it on other images using different colors of embossing powders.

Friends I am still struggling with getting my knee to bend.  Last Friday I had it manipulated, (yes I was totally OUT for that procedure).  The doctor was able to bend it no problem, so there is no reason why it couldn't or shouldn't bend.  Yes there is still some swelling but not a huge amount.  The skin just feels so tight and taut, it hurts to bend.  Now I see PT 3 times a week and the doctor is thinking I should go into some contraption called a Dynasplint brace, and from the looks of the video looks very uncomfortable.  We shall see what my therapist things of that!  I think I would like to see him 5 days a week instead! (LOL).  I am very slow about getting things made and then posted, too many breaks for the couch!
Here is a look at Laurie's card:
Thanks for taking a look...have a great weekend!
Heart Hugs, friends!