Friday, August 24, 2012

Slowly but Surely!

I have a little update for you today!  Yesterday I went to get my incision checked and the stitches out.  Turns out my stitches are dissolvable, so they clipped the ends super close to my skin and the rest inside will dissolve in the next month or so.  My doc said because of the kind of stitch used that the way it was done by the surgeon, I will have a "pretty scar"!  It's still pretty sore and swollen, but it's healing nicely.  I still have 4 more weeks of taking it easy with my left wrist, so slowly but surely I will get use of that wrist back.  And, hopefully by the end of those 4 weeks, I will have feeling in my thumb!

There was a little spot where the stitches didn't hold and the incision split, so I have to keep that part covered for a bit, but other than that it's looking good!

Because of the complications which resulted in a longer recovery time, I've had to push my August plans to September and beyond!  *sigh*...My stamp room is calling me!!!  I did keep my one club scheduled this month and had them to a super easy project which required very little prep for me (like just making a sample and pulling paper out of my drawer for them to cut!).

My good friend Connie (you can find her blog here) gave me permission to use her idea for quick and simple cards.  And, they were a hit!  As my club girls were finishing their cards I heard quite a few of them comment how easy it was to make 4 fun cards and that they would be doing this again!  I've gotta say, it about killed me not to sponge the edges (because I can't hold my paper or sponge to do that yet) or make a box or something to put them in!!!!  Baby steps, right?!?!?

Well, that's all for today.  I've been making swap cards for 2 weeks now (with the help of my kiddos...they love bog shotting for me!!!) because I can only do a little at a time and I need to get them finished and mailed off.  I don't think it's ever taken me this long to make swap cards, but I'm happy with the result and my kids have been happy to help me make them!

Have an inspired day!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Hi everyone!  This will be my last post for a little while.  In my recent videos, you may have noticed a lump on my left wrist.  Well, today I had surgery to have it removed and can't use my left hand very much for a while until it heals a bit.

I didn't realize how much I used my left hand on a daily basis until the lump grew and even more now that I can't use it.  In any case, it's putting a damper on my stamping...I can't even open my container of pain medication by myself, or cut my own meat and typing is a very slow one handed process!!!!  On the plus side, I'm not allowed to do dishes until my stitches come out!!!

So, bear with me for a while so I can heal and get back to creating and making videos for you!!!

Have an inspired day!

Have an inspired day

Friday, August 3, 2012

Embossing crazy!

Remember how I said I did a Stampin' Bridal Shower a few weeks ago?  Well, one of the projects the guests did was a card.  I came up with a super fun card based on a swap card I received on the Disney trip.

This card has both heat embossing and embossing with the Big Shot!  We started out by stamping the flower image with Versamark ink on Whisper White cardstock and embossing with the Clear Embossing powder.  Then we took sponges and ink and rubbed it over the embossed part and like magic, the flowers appear!  It really is a fun technique.

The Big Shot embossing was done on the Gumball Green layer.  It was embossed with the new fancy fan embossing folder.  Love this folder!

The card was finished off with some ribbon and a fun tag!

Have an inspired day!

Thursday, August 2, 2012


I have yet another Christmas card to share with you this week!  On the weekend I did a shoebox swap with my downline members.  This is a fun event that we do whenever a new catalog comes out.  Each of us participating chooses 2 stamp sets and designs a project for each of the sets.  Then we prep the projects enough that they can be completed in 10-15 minutes, make up a package of supplies for each person participating and meet on a day to make up all the projects.  It is so fun!

Here is one of my projects...

I used a few fun new products from the Holiday snowman stamp set, snowflake die, cotton ribbon and snowflake wheel.

One of my favorite parts is the ribbon...I stamped on it!!!!  I also love the circle that I embossed with the new Chevron embossing folder.  And, of course, the icicles!  Here's a closer look.

And, I have a little surprise for you...another video!  Today my video will show you how to make some frosty and sparkly icicles to accent your winter and Christmas projects.

No go forth and make some icicles!!!!

Have an inspired day!