Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I saw this PSX stamp in a stamping about 5 years ago Autumnand really liked it.  But when I went to follow the directions they were a lot more complicated than I wanted to try so the stamp mostly sat unused.  Then today I decided to try and color the different sections with markers.  This is the third try.  CS is white, Pansy Purple, and Autumn TerraCotta.  Markers are Pansy Purple, New England Ivy, Outdoor Denim, Sunflower, Pepperwood and Autumn TerraCotta.  The sentiment is from For Every Occasion from CTMH.  Ribbon is from JoAnn's.  I thought it had a little too much white so I dabbed on a little Pansy  Purple.

Today was rainy ( we could get over an inch).  Thankgoodness some of the leaves are still on the trees to give some color.  Instead of doing household chores first then errands etc I did things backwards.  Made this card to send to a friend who just had hip replacement surgery, then the errands, then household chores.  Still need to mop the kitchen floor.  After supper I decided to bake some cookies (Pillsbury take them out of the package and put in oven).  I set the timer and went to have some computer time.  When the cookies were done I went to take them out of the oven only to discover I hadn't put them in the oven.  LOL

My thumb and hand were aching and swollen some last night perhaps because of the rain coming.  Before I had knee surgery I could forecast the change in weather. 

Thank you, Kathi for your very kind comment about my tree card I posted yesterday.  I think that I might use that for some of my Christmas cards.  On the inside I will put a Nativity scene or something that signifies the Reason for the Season.

This is long and I want to watch the end of Jeopardy.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Plain and Simple

Saw this stamp when we took our card class last Saturday.  It is really prettier in person because in the photo the glitter doesn't show.  Stamp is Penny Black Before the Snow.  It is a single tree that is stamped three times in Versa Magic Niagra Mistred bird. The glitter is Art Glitter Angel Dust.  The Versa Magic is wet enough that I just sprinkled the glitter directly on the trees and then heat set it a little with my heat gun.  The bird is from the Stampin' Up set Branch Out and stamped in Brillance Rocket Red.  Ribbon is from JoAnn's.  To put just a tiny dab of red stickles I put some on a scrap piece of paper and used a toothpick to put just a very tiny dab on the trees.  The stamped image is layered on Olive.

Did a little work outside today.  Other than that life is just the same. 

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Card Makeover

milk canI have had this image stamped and colored for a year but just didn't like what I had put the card on.  So it sat on my desk and I would look at it but nothing came to me.  Yesterday Kathi Carlson's  blog featured a stamped image with pumpkins, apples, grapes and pears.  It was quite colorful.  I stamped my stamp on white, layered it on autumn terracotta that I had run through the autumn cuttlebug folder and added some brads.  It really liked it.  And I was still looking at this card and laying next to it was a piece of olive cardstock.  I held it up to my card and thought this is it.  So I ran the olive through the cuttlebug pulled the stamped image off the card base I didn't like and put it on the olive.  The card itself is some cardstock I have  had for  years and it is just a shade darker than CTMH Bamboo.  The stamp is from Northwoods Rubber Stamp.  Gold brads.  Waxyflax is Sunflower from CTMH.

Not too much going on today.  Just the usual picking up after the weekend, laundry, etc.  I have used my hand a lot today and it hasn't bothered me.  Yesterday I didn't do any stamping and only a little time on the computer and it was bothering me.  Maybe the key is to use it a lot.  Time will tell.  Anxious to find out what my surgeon found out from his colleagues.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Did I Or Didn't I?

SunflowerCan't remember if I posted this card or not.  If I did it has been awhile.  The sentiment is from CTMH Treasure Life and so are the very small flower stamps.  The pot of sunflowers is from Stampin Up'.  Flowers are from my stash with a brad in the middle.

I wanted to jabber some and just couldn't on my previous post of Sgt. Griffin. 

Kathy, thanks for your thoughts of flying to Mich and giving me a hug.  It worked because I woke up with a smile on my face this morning and it has been a good day.  Gave my hand a good workout and I have only had a few twinges of discomfort and  that has been just in the last little while.  So hopefully this glove will work until we can find a solution.  Before I had my knee replacement surgery I wore knee braces and they worked quite well for a few months and then came the time I knew that I needed to have the surgery.  One thing about the thumb surgery is that it is outpatient. 

It was a nice sunny day today although a bit on the cool side.  Jim and I went to town about 4 and got a ton of groceries.  I needed to stock up.  I have been getting groceries but just enough for a meal or two. 

Tomorrow a friend and I are going to Petoskey to a card class.  We will be making a Christmas box and 4 coordinating small cards.  It is getting late so I better get to bed, have to be ready at 7:45 am. 

A Tribute to Sgt Christopher Griffin


Christopher Griffin was one of eight men killed Griffin in that ambush by Taliban forces in  Afghanistan Saturday Oct 3.  He was from here.  He graduated from Rudyard High School in 2004.  He and Sam had classes together.   His funeral was Wednesday Oct 14 at the high school gym.  It was very patriotic and military.  A street is being named after him and his name will be on the plaque in the memorial park at the township offices.   Also a scholarship fund started  in his name at the high school.  Christopher is the first soldier to die for our country from this area since WWII.  We were not able to attend because I had a doctor's appointment. 

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bright and Colorful

LEAF CARD I went to make a bright and colorful card today to cheer me up.  I tried making a flower card but couldn't come up with any color combination that suited me.  This card took about 5 minutes.  The rake stamp is Serendipity.  Leaf buttons are from JoAnn's.  I made the charm in the middle by stamping the saying "Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower" by stamping it on shrink plastic and heating it with my heat gun.  Cardstock colors are New England Ivy and Colonial White.

Now about the cheering up.  Yesterday I had an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon because another joint in my right thumb was bothering me and my hand was swelling up.  Well he pulled and pushed on my  thumb and you could hear grinding and snapping--not good.  X-rays revealed that the tendon replacement had dislocated and I now have bone on bone again.  Oh joy!  My surgeon has never had this happen to him before.  I would have to be the first.  LOL There are three options.  1. replace the tendon (but that didn't work the first time) 2. artificial joint (but that can cause cysts) 3. fuse the thumb (I would never be able to use my thumb again).  My surgeon doesn't want to do any of them.  He is going to talk to some of his colleagues and see what they suggest.  He has never had this type of surgery fail before.  In the meantime I am wearing a compression glove on my hand.   It does keep my hand from swelling.  Oh yes, if I do have surgery it is 8 weeks in a cast!

I watched a U-tube video of a young man with no arms or legs and he gives motivational speeches so I really have nothing to complain about. 

The leaves here are just a tad past their peak.  Jim and his golfing buddy are going to the golf course tomorrow to bring their golf cart home.