Friday, October 31, 2008
Twisted Chick Creations Flaxychick: Chocolate Covered Snowflakes#links#links
Twisted Chick Creations Flaxychick: Chocolate Covered Snowflakes#links#links
Stamping Fun with a Friend!
The Rubber Cafe DT cards
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Stamp Simply Challenge #59
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Color Throwdown Challenge #17
SCS Sketch Challenge #200
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Crafty Secrets Challenge #40
Monday, October 27, 2008
A simple Sympathy
Dancing In Detroit
The "girls" were out for a night on the town in Detroit and what a time we had!! (L-R: Jennifer, Nancy, Me, Sara). Sara got the tickets, did the driving and kept us all in stitches all night!!! (Sara is Nancy's daughter). It was so great that Mark felt up to coming along and hung out with Nancy's husband (Mark) for an evening of football/baseball on the TV and there was plenty of half-time food for the "boys" to eat ... Nancy made sure of that!!
If you like dancing and have never seen this show, you should really check it out ... these kids are amazing!! We had pretty good seats but bringing the binoculars along was a great idea for those "close up" views!! These kids danced "continually" and the show was so well put together! I can't wait until next season!! Being an x-dancer, I can "feel their pain" and know how exhausted they were at the end of the night!! What a GREAT time ...
Thanks for stopping by ... just had to share the fun time with you all and hope your weekend was as much fun as mine was!!!
Friday, October 24, 2008
SCS Sketch Challenge #199
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Stamp Simple Challenge #58
Yippee ... new rubber!!!
It's been a long day but I JUST had to ink up these stamps and see what I could come up with. I'm sure when I have more time and not quite so tired I'll have great fun with these images.
I know it's early for Valentine's Day but I'd like to try and submit a few things for publication and that is what they are looking for right now. Hope you like it ... please feel free to comment and give me some suggestions. Thanks for stopping by ...
Cleveland Clinic Visit
We MIGHT actually have some GOOD news for a change!!! The stem cell transplant surgeon at Cleveland Clinic isn't convinced that Mark still has lymphoma!! Seems that Pet Scans done too in proximity to chemo have a history of sending false positives!!! And, Mark's last two pet scans were done the weeks in between his chemo. All the other areas of cancer concern are CLEAR and he doesn't see how this one area has not been affected by the amount of chemo he has had! SO, with that being said, his recommendation is to wait 4-6 weeks AFTER his last chemo (which was Oct. 1) and then do a pet scan and see what it reads. He recommends doing this even before doing the biopsy which would probably be scheduled within the next week. He said "why put you through any more surgery if it's not needed". We are PRAYING he is correct in this and that we won't have to got through all of that other UGLY stuff and I mean by what they explained to us today ... it would be UGLY. The stem cell transplant would have Mark in the hospital (Cleveland) for at least 3-4 weeks not to speak of the in patient chemo treatments needed prior to the transplant. Doesn't sound like something we want to do over the holidays!!!! So ... if you would please remain praying for him, we would really appreciate it!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Crafty Secrets Challenge - Orange/Black
The background was made using dark orange paper from the Basic Grey Amrosia paper pack ... stamped using a gauze bg stamp and the "little monsters" is from the Crafty Secrets Halloween Fun set. The main image is from the Crafty Secrets Seasonal booklet, the sentiment is from Crafty Secrets Halloween Cuts and the witches shoes are from the Halloween Fun set and I cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals to work as photo corners. Hope you like it ...
This is my second card and was influenced by my DH. While waiting at the eye surgeons office yesterday, I was telling him about the challenge and how were were to use these two colors but not necessarily on a Halloween card! His suggestion was to make a card with Northern Orioles on it ... so after some playing around, here is what I came up with!!
The birds are from two different CS sets ... Bird Lovers and Bird Notes. The sky was done using a stamp by Ala Art and soft sky ink. It was difficult to color the bird in flight because I didn't have a photo of an oriole with it's wings spread ... so I did my best. Haven't gotten approval from "the boss" yet ... but I think it looks okey, dokey!!! What do you think??
Thanks so much for stopping by ... sorry I've bee a little slow on updates ... DH is having health difficulty and my attention has been on him ... but I'll be here as I can!! Love hearing from all of you ... thanks for helping to keep my spirits up during this difficult time!!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A "little" playtime ...
Monday, October 20, 2008
Whoo Hoo ... I won!!
Yep ... out of 482 comments, I was one of ten randomly selected a winner in this awesome blog candy. What great news ... and I could use some GOOD news today.
Thanks for stopping by ... I just had to share some GOOD news with all my blogger friends!!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Stampin' D'Amour Design Team Submission - Nov. 2008
Same Image - Four Different Cards
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Awesome Blog Candy at Websters
The Rubber Cafe DT Challenge
FALL is in the Air!!
Rusty Pickle Challenge
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
NOT what we wanted to hear!!!
We are in the process of setting up with our local surgeon (top notch surgeon) to have the affected lymph nodes removed and biopsied ... also we have a consultation scheduled with surgeons at Cleveland Clinic to discuss Stem Cell Transplant ... which might be required in the near future.
I appreciate all of those who have been sending out well wishes & prayers to my husband and myself ... I ask that you continue those prayers ... seems our "cancer journey" isn't quite over yet!!!
Hopefully tomorrow I'll have something a bit more Cheery & Bright to share with you!!!! Thanks everyone ... you will never know how much your friendships and kindness means to us!!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Crafty Secrets Challenge ... Homemade Designer Paper
Sunday, October 12, 2008
A Few EASY PEASY cards!
Featured Stamper - Anne Ryan
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Can you say CONVENTION??
Hope you all have a great day ... is there anything I can pick up for you?? TeeHee!
What a great time! I found a few new things at Convention and I'm so anxious to give them a try and share them with you! Tomorrow maybe?? I learned a few new techniques and was thrilled to run into a few local fellow stampers (Tammy [and daughter], Anita, Carol, Laurel, Crystal) and even one from Kentucky who was in town visiting friends/family. What a fun day ... I just wanted to "buy it all" ...
Thursday, October 9, 2008
ssnotime56 Exquisitely Elegant with Sharon Johnson
Guy Card for the Chemo Angels
A Mother's Pride ...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
What a Day!!!
From 8:30 until 2:30 today I sat in different hospital waiting rooms while my DH was having testing done to see where his cancer stands at this point in time ... please pray it's GONE!!! He had testing yesterday and also tomorrow ... then results will be back next Wednesday ... I'll be sitting on pins & needles until we get the results!!
Anyways, this really exhausted him so upon arriving home he went directly to bed and I went directly to my craftroom! Here are a few challenge cards I was able to get completed. Please let me know what you think of these! Both cards will also be donated to the Cards for a Cause challenge over on Splitcoaststampers - Chemo Angels. (how appropriate, huh!)
Card #1 was done for today's Sketch Challenge over on SCS. To keep the weight of this card to a minimum, I chose to border panels 2 & 3 using a Creative Memories round black marker vs cardstock matting. Panel #3 was handmade using a stipple brush first, then stamping the fern image then sponging over with Ranger vintage photo ink. This cute bird image is by Magenta and I stamped it on glossy white paper and colored it using SU inks and inking nibs.
Card #2 was done for the challenge over on the Color Throwdown Blog. I had to improvise a little since I don't have all the new SU IN-colors yet but I came close!! I just received my Stampin' D'Amour stamps and couldn't wait to ink one up! Aren't these three little girls adorable?? You'll be seeing more of these Stampin' D'Amour images coming soon!
Thanks for stopping by and please, leave a comment ... I love hearing what you have to say!!!
Also thanks to all of you who have expressed your thoughts & prayers for me and DH during this cancer journey we are on!!! Bless You!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
1 card ... 2 challenges
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Featured Stamper Challenge #87
After a "whirl-wind" stamping day yesterday, I am finally getting around to doing today's Featured Stamper challenge over on SCS.
Today's stamper is LOVE STAMPIN. What a great gallery of art ... take a peek when you get a chance, you won't be disappointed. HERE is her card I chose to case. I kept pretty true to her card ... using the same SU stamp set (Noble Deer) and layout ... only changing the background designer papers and theme. The deer was colored with SU watercolor pencils & a blending pen. I scored around the image using my Scor-Pal (don't have the square Nesties YET) and since I don't have any SQUARE Nesties, I cut around the image using Fiskar's scallop scissors. I thought this would be a great GUY card but I also know a lot of "outdoorsey" ladies that would enjoy this card too! Thanks for stopping by and PLEASE come back. All comments are greatly appreciated!!