Well, it is Friday. This week has gone fast and it has had a plethora of problems that have required my full attention.
Joe had another incident with the front bumper of his back truck,
Another torn bumper
high winds blew our new shingles to flapping in the breeze. Lifting up like they were in a stadium doing the “Wave”. That was the week before but this week it got even worse.
The contractor was back to have a good look at the job he had hired others to do and has diagnosed the shingles were old and their sticky patches were no longer sticky.
Our old pickup truck that was taken to Colorado for our daughter is acting up and leaving her stranded frequently enough that Tiffany has found the most direct route to where she needs to go but off the major traffic ways.
And if all this wasn’t nerve wracking enough we have our bank doing some investigating. Someone hacked into our accounts and totally emptied one of them. They suspect it was either from an online purchase one of us made or from one of those darn machines you have to sign at the check out when using a card.
Okay, enough of the troubles that will all be righted in the coming weeks. On to my card.
The card base is a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 Brocade Blue (or something like that from Stampin’ Up!
I rummaged through my scraps to find the rest of the pieces used on this card.
I chose the blue double sided printed paper from Stampin’ Up!. It was one of their pads I bought last year – 12 x 12 in the various color lines they had.
Blue DSP (Designer Series Paper)
These were used as the front pieces. The stripe is 1″ x 5-1/4″ and the other is about 3-1/2″ x 5-1/4″.
I used a Splitcoast Stamper sketch as my inspiration.
Splitcoast Stamper sketch
I also drew from the book I have from Becky Higgins on making your own embellishments for scrapbook layouts. I saw the Dragonfly paper pieced one and remember from my inventory work I had three of them I could use.
Becky Higgins inspiration
I used a small punch, a Sizzix green die, and a Spellbinders impression die.
Punch, Sizzix, and Spellbinders
More scraps pieces were used for these punch and dies.
The little guy from the punch I used the brown area of one of the scraps….the thin long strip of paper. The Spellbinders Dragonfly I used the green paper in the forefront. I used the polka dot vellum and the green mini polka dot paper for the medium size Dragonfly from the Sizzix green die.
I’m not over the moon with this creation but I’m pretty happy with how it came out. The stamp set is an old “Sale-A-Bration” set from Stampin’ Up! “Whimsical Words”. The Splitcoast sketch indicated a ribbon bow was to be put to the bottom left of the stamped image area. I wanted to use the Dragonflies instead.
I did get one thing totally accomplished this week. The card.
Life has a way of getting in and taking the stage from time to time in everyone’s life. I chose to deal with the problems we’ve been plagued with head on as much as possible. When the sun goes down I have found myself watching Makeup Tutorial videos or playing online games until past midnight.
Between telephone calls, running around town to talk to various people who are helping, and getting my mind otherwise occupied with Heather and her creativity blossoming which is so exciting, working on Tim’s things, and keeping Joe in the loop has kept my sanity in check.
Oh, ya. I forgot. Joe blew out both front tires on our pickup as he was traveling to his next load. He sat beside the road for over six hours waiting for the road service truck to come, then leave with the tire rims, then come back with the new tires mounted on our rims. Joe stopped the guy from tearing up our rims and damaging them while he was trying to take the rubber off, hence having to wait.
I have a website class today, Heather will be over for more fun. Do you remember my little friend Katy?
She and her family moved away during the summer while I was out on my “Day Job”. She stopped by, with her Mom and her sister, to sell Girl Scout cookies last week. Katy wanted to take part in the contest to tell her story of how she got into crafting but was unable to. She and her sister, Elora, will be spending time with me on Saturday.
In honor of Katy I will put up another challenge for next week. A “Coloring” challenge that will run through the month of February. Katy is very excited to show me her Fairy she will color for this challenge.
Life’s problems are just that. Bumps in the road. My life is totally blessed with the people who enter, stay a while, leave, then come back. Daily I am filled with gratitude for each and every one of you all, my friends who keep me focused on what is really important in this life. Being grateful for everything, even the problems that arise.