Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm Back.........somewhat :)

It feels good to be home again. I'm sure many of you weren't aware that I had hip replacement surgery on the 7th of November, so I'm gradually getting back into the swing of things while I recover. It's still difficult to make cards because I can't lean forward in the chair to reach for things like the phone, punches, stamps, etc. so the stamping will be a sporadic thing for a few weeks to come. I hope you'll all be patient with me while I go through the process.
It took me nearly 2 days to make this card for a friend who's celebrating her birthday next week, but I did it! I snipped random pieces of autumn dp and adhered them to a scrap of cardstock randomly, after running it through the Xyron. I left spaces in between them almost like cobblestone, and then added gold embossing powder and heat embossed it. For the final touch I embossed the whole piece using a snowcap ef. It's unusual, but I really like how it turned out. I used a border die from SNSS to make the crumb cake border and wove a piece of early espresso satin ribbon through, then added a sentiment using the Sincere Salutations set. This friend buys a lot of cards from me, so I wanted to make something she's never seen before. I think this one will surprise her because it's unique and also has the colors of autumn......which is the time of year she was born.
Thanks for all the well wishes and cards while I was away. I've missed everyone and really missed stamping, but in time I'll get back in the swing of things again.
Did anyone catch the NASCAR championship race on Sunday night? My favorite driver (Tony Stewart) won the race and the Sprint cup championship! I was in a state of euphoria and still don't think my feet have touched the floor yet! LOL What an exciting way to end the season! I think it might have been the best race I've ever seen.........but then I must admit - I'm one of Tony's biggest fans :)
Have a great week and for those who celebrate, have a fantastic Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for!

Carol

20 comments:

Donna Hanley said...

Carol this card is both unique and beautiful. I did this technique once and it did not come out anywhere as nice as this. I love that ef. It's quite different. The SNSS die with the ribbon is so special looking and brings the whole card together. I watched Tony's press conference; very humble. It was the best race and championship I've seen in years. Now don't go trying to do too much too soon. I think I can speak for all of your friends and followers when I say as much as we all love to see your cards and creations, we will wait as long as it takes for you to heal completely. We certainly don't want you overdoing it. Take care. Hugs & Kisses

Benzi said...

Oh my, Carol, I had no idea you had surgery. It sounds painful, but I'm sure with time, you'll be up and crafting like crazy again.

Your card is so unique and fabulous. Your friend is sure to love it. I sure do.

Nascar? No, I was football-ing. Ha
My team won and is still #2 in the nation right now....looking for #1.
Hope it happens.

Take care and don't overdo.

jimlynn said...

Very unique like you said and also very beautiful! Love how you did this and it made such a gorgeous card. Know she'll love it too.
Glad you're getting into the swing of things somewhat again.....guess it's just going to take some time. Take care of yourself first by all means.
Lynn

Marie Gamber said...

So glad to have you back! Take good care of yourself! Your card is fabulous, you have not lost your touch!
Hugs,
Marie

mudmaven said...

Carol this is absolutely lovely!!!! I'm sure she will totally love it. Please take care and don't push yourself too hard. ~chris

Wendy said...

Beautiful card, Carol!!! I love the border die with the ribbon thru it! I'm sure your friend will love it!!
I seen the tail end of the race Sunday night and thought of you when I seen Tony won the race & the cup! I was so happy for him!! :)
I had no idea you were having surgery on your hip! My friend had hers done last year and then again this year because the one she had last year was recalled. She is slowly getting back to her normal self and I wish the same for you! I'm looking forward to seeing all your beautiful creations when your feeling up to stamping again!
Have a happy & blessed Thanksgiving, Carol!! Take care!!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

Welcome back....I knew you were going to be offline for a bit, but did not know the reason why....so glad your healing process is progressing well enough for you to bless our lives with your beautiful creations....however, be sure to take card and relax...this card is simply gorgeous...love how you achieved that fab lower panel...very cool

StampTramps said...

I've missed you! It's great to have you back. I hope your recuperation goes well and that you're back in your regular form in no time.

Denise Marzec said...

Hey girlie! I knew you needed the surgery, but I didn't know you had it scheduled. Take it easy and let yourself heal and you'll be back to 100% in no time. {{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}}

Beautiful card, too!!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

See how well I kept my big mouth shut! Hee Hee! I am happy to see you when you are up to creating! Sending gentle hugs. Gorgeous card, my friend!

Mary J said...

Oh Carol, I hope things will just keep getting better for you.

I just adore your original card - that embossing and use of die is AMAZING!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Beautiful!! Love the colors and the embossing Carol!!! Simply elegant!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!
hugs,
Chris

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I forgot...I hope you recover quickly from your surgery. Please take it easy.
hugs,
Chris

Marlene said...

Welcome back! Your card is very elegant...and I'm glad to hear you're recovering! Take it easy....your fans will be waiting until you're well healed. :)

redwasher1 said...

Carol, I didn't know you had surgery either. I'm glad it is over for you and that you are recovering!! I will pray for your continued healing!!! Have a happy Thanksgiving!!!!

redwasher1 said...

Opps, I forgot to tell you how beautiful your card is!!

Makiko Jones said...

Your card is beautiful Carol! Glad to hear you are recovering well enough to sit and stamp again.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Shannon White said...

Wow! So Beautiful Miss Carol! love how you put all those pieces together and the gold EP and embossed pattern are So Lovely! And I am really loving the SNSS die cut border too! Definitely going to have to get that for sure! Just a Wonderful creation my friend! I just know your friend is going to love this! So glad you are back and on the mend! Sending all my healing thoughts and prayers your way!

Hugs
Shannon

Susan (rainy) said...

{{{Carol}}} Goodness girl!! Sorry to be so late in wishing you a fast recovery and sending you hugs (gentle ones).
Oh and the card is just fabulous.. unique and beautiful.

Elise said...

Lovely and SPIRITED one - I'm so sorry you had to go through this. I wish we lived close and I could just come over and be your stamping assistant! {LOL!} I know from your more recent cards that you are much better, but a friend still worries... Much love to you! I sure hope the lucky friend who recieved this TREASURES it! What a keepsake! xoxo