First, to everyone who has called, e-mailed, texted or otherwise contacted me to ask – Rachel is doing very well. The surgery went wonderfully, and she should be feeling much better once the surgery effects wear off. It was a long day for her and Jon, I know, but they were so grown up for such young adults. I’m so glad she got the tear fixed, though. It, a totaled car and a crushed vertebra were the results of a run-in with an intoxicated driver, which makes me furious. Rachel was on her way home, and a lady coming home from a party ran into her. Fortunately the lady was coming out of a driveway, so she wasn’t moving very fast, and Jon was following Rachel, so he could testify that she wasn’t speeding. It was obvious, though, that the lady had been drinking. Sadly, by the time the sheriff arrived, enough time had elapsed that it was out of her system enough to pass a breathalyzer test. It was several hours after the accident before the police showed up. Always – always have a designated driver if you’re going to drink. I love my friend, Liz. She always collects keys when her older kids have a party at her house, and no one gets them back until morning if they’ve been drinking. Smart woman!!
After the surgery was over and Rachel was recovering (i.e. – getting the feeling back in her legs so she could walk!), they decided my car would be easier for her to get into and out of for the trip home, so Jon came home to switch vehicles. I stayed in the recovery room with Rachel, and she gave me more color combinations and ideas. She’s a natural teacher. I made one card she suggested, and it’s ok, but I want to work on it a bit before I show it. Now that I have an idea of how much room the stamps will take up and the placement, the next will be better.
Here’s a card I found in an old stamping magazine while I was in the waiting room yesterday. I think it was a sketch challenge, and I totally copied the original idea by Ann Young. I loved the colors and the design, so I didn’t change much.
Stamp sets: Elements of Style, Herb Expressions; Ink: Basic Gray, Old Olive classic; Regal Rose, Rose Red, Old Olive stampin’ write markers; Paper: Blushing Bride, Confetti Cream card stock; Blushing Bride, Newsprint designer series paper; Other: Scallop edge border punch, full heart punch, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, basic pearls, sponge, stampin’ dimensionals, color spritzer tool
When I do this again, I think I’ll skip the designer paper in the background and use the Music Notes wheel with Early Espresso or Chocolate Chip ink instead. The black is a little bold and harsh, I think, and detracts from the sentiment.
I used the Blushing Bride designer paper in the hostess pack and stamped it with the roses from Elements of Style. I used markers to ink the stamp, so it gave it a softer look. Finally, I spritzed it with a Rose Red marker. Again, now that I know what dimensions I’m using, it will be easier to place the images on the paper exactly where I want them. I think I’ll make a whole set with different sentiments. When I do one with the wheel and brown ink, I’ll post it so you can see the difference.
This has been a fairly uneventful day. We ran to “Northern Virginia” (the metropolitan area) to do a little shopping today. I always want to kiss the ground when we cross back over the mountain coming home. The people “over there” are rude, and everything is so crowded. It’s always a treat to come back to our valley.
So – now I’m going to bask in the peace and quiet of our small town. Thanks for stopping by!