Wednesday, March 5, 2008

...Technique Lovers Challenge #158, Sketch Challenge #166, and an Update on Christian


This is my submission for Monday's Technique Lovers Challenge and today's Sketch Challenge. The technique for this week was to deboss and color an image to place on your card. Linda Black has a tutorial on her blog, and it can be found HERE. I started with a card base of Kraft cardstock that measures 11 X 4-1/4, and when folded to open at the right measures 5-1/2 X 4-1/4. The floral panel is made up of Really Rust cardstock (5-1/2 X 2-3/4), Old Olive cardstock (5-1/2 X 2-1/2), and Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper (5-1/2 X 2-1/4). The panel was attached to the card base using SNAIL Adhesive. The next layer up is Really Rust cardstock (4-1/4 X 2-1/2), Kraft cardstock (4-1/4 X 2-1/4), and Old Olive Designer Series Paper (4-1/4 X 2). This panel was attached to the card base using Dimensionals.

The focal was made up of Really Rust cardstock (3-3/4 X 2), Groovy Guava cardstock (3-5/8 X 1-7/8), and Whisper White cardstock (3-1/2 X 1-3/4). The sentiment, from the set "All Holidays", was stamped in Old Olive Classic Ink (using a Stamp-a-ma-jig and Image Sheet for proper placement) onto the white cardstock. The leaf outline and solid leaf image, from the set "Bud Basics", were also stamped in olive ink onto the white cardstock. The large flower outlined image, also from "Bud Basics", was stamped in Black Staz-On Ink onto a piece of Vellum cardstock. Wax Paper was rubbed over the back of the image and the tip of my Embossing Stylus....this helps the stylus to move easily over the vellum without causing it to tear. The vellum flower was placed on a Mouse Pad, stamped side down, and the sylus was used to trace inside the image. This creates bright white highlights wherever the stylus is used. I continued to add highlights to the center and loops in the middle of the flower. A Really Rust Stampin' Write Marker was used to color the petals. The image was flipped right-side-up, cut out using CutterBee Scissors, and placed onto the white focal panel using half of a Dimensional. The completed panel was attached to the card base using SNAIL Adhesive on the left side and Dimensionals on the right side.

That's it for the card, but I do have an update to share with you about my son, Christian . We just received a phone call from the doctor's office regarding the Holter Monitor results. As it turns out, Christian is having frequent PVC's (premature ventricular contractions), which is exactly what the doctor was afraid was happening. He is scheduled for a tread mill stress test Friday morning at 10:30 at the cardiologist's office. It makes us nervous not knowing what the next step will be, but we are prayerful and hopeful that everything can be corrected easily if the stress test doesn't go well. We haven't told him about the results or the upcoming test, but we know that he will be very upset and angry. It has been so hard on him, and he misses his basketball teammates, practices, and tournaments. But we would much rather have a healthy child than a basketball superstar! However, to a fourteen year-old this seems like the end of the world. Going to the hospital is bad enough; but the waiting, and not knowing all the answers are simply maddening! Please continue to mention us in your prayers as we await yet another round of tests. We appreciate all of your prayers and all are (and have been) wonderful cyber-buddies!

That's it for today! Until next time.......Hugs ~ Mercy


Stamps: All Holidays, Bud Basics

Paper: Really Rust, Kraft, Old Olive, Whisper White, Groovy Guava, Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper, Old Olive Designer Series Paper

Ink: Old Olive, Black Staz-On

Accessories: adhesive, dimensionals, scissors, rust marker, stamp-a-ma-jig, image sheet, mouse pad, embossing stylus, wax paper


Nancy Riley said...

Mercy, I will certainly keep Christian and your entire family in my prayers. I understand what a difficult thing that is for a 14 year old to go through. Stay strong, Mom!

Love your card! Awesome stamp and dp choices! Beautiful!


Anonymous said...

I will definitely keep your family in my prayers. Poor guy. :(

BTW, your card is beautiful. I really need to stop hoarding that Fall Flowers paper. lol


Shannan Teubner said...

Mercy this is gorgeous! Will be praying for your family and for Christian, as well as wisdom for his doctors. Love ya!

Kim said...

beautiful! love the vellum!

Sandra Smart said...

Oh Mercy, I will definitely pray for your son and for God to give you strength during this time. Just remember the scripture Philippians 4:6 and 4:7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Sharon in NE said...

Yes, I will certainly lift Christian and you and your family up in prayer. I will pray for wisdom for the medical staff, patience and peace for Christian and your family and a positive outcome in the end. God is so good and we know He is using this to mold Christian into a fine man. -But don't we all dislike the molding process. ;)

Pat S. said...

gosh, I agree, the waiting and not knowing is the worst. It looks like you have a loving, supportive blogging community around you :)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Love that flower, and great layout!

Bethany Paull said...

Such a lovely card. I really like the look you got on the flower with the debossing and coloring.