Saturday, November 22, 2014

Art Journal - Psalm 16:11

I've spent the last few months visiting a whole bunch of doctors trying to figure out why I've been feeling so lousy. I had just about given up on life for a while. The headaches, dizziness and blackouts were terrifying and debilitating. Add to that the horrendous pain in my neck and down my back with numbness in my arms and hands and doing anything just seemed so impossible.

There hasn't been one definitive answer other than to rule out really bad neurological stuff for which I am so grateful. Turns out I've been experiencing a storm of unrelated conditions! The neck and back pain is the acute result of way too much repetitive motion. I've been going to physical therapy for a few weeks and the pain relief is such a blessing. I'm also strengthening my weakened muscles so I don't find myself in the same state again.

As for the other distressing symptoms, the consensus is that the headaches and dizziness are partly the result of my allergies getting worse and partly from the mess in my neck. The blackouts appear to be unrelated to the other conditions and have not returned since I started to reduce my dosage of estrogen. Looks like I will be facing life without that little crutch because the very real risk of stroke. Yikes!

While I have been convalescing I decided to get out the art journal that hasn't seen any love for a couple years and just do some doodling. It was good to force my hand to hold a pen. Even though the result is pretty wobbly and imperfect I'm so happy to finally create something again. 

Psalm 16:11 is a favorite Bible verse. I love how it makes our relationship with God clear. He will give us guidance and fill us with joy as we seek Him in our daily lives. And that prepares us to enjoy eternity living in the light of His love.

I did the initial doodling with a pencil then drew over that with Copic Multi Liner pens. I colored and shaded with Copic Sketch markers then added some color in the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. I left room on the bottom of the right page to add some journaling later.

My journal is the large Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Journal.

I want to thank everyone for your prayers and kind comments. ♥

blessings,
nancy

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Spurious Falls

My wonderful and talented daughter-in-love, Kellie has been super busy this past year writing and producing a full-length movie called The Curious Story of Spurious Falls. I couldn't be more proud of her! It was produced for the Beach Cities Community Church summer KidsGames.


The movie will have a premier on November 13 at the historic Lido Theater in Newport Beach. It's a benefit for the McKenna Claire Foundation supporting research for Pediatric Brain Cancer. If you are in the Southern California area I would encourage you attend the premier! Please visit the Spurious Falls website for all the details and to watch the trailer!

My grandson, Uriah and Kellie even appear as extras!

I hope you will check out the link and join us for the premier!
blessings,
nancy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beep Boop Birthday Card

I was really inspired by this card by Kelly using negative die cuts with Finley's ABCs. And since I just happened to need a birthday card for a 5 year-old boy I thought I'd make a robot themed card!





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Thanks so much for your prayers!
blessings,
nancy


Monday, October 13, 2014

Quilted Sweater Weather Card

Happy Monday everyone!

I recently made a card for a sweet friend who was recovering from surgery. I wanted to make something really cheery, something to put a smile a her face, so I reached for my Lawn Fawn stamps, dies and papers! I'm so happy to have it featured on the Lawn Fawn blog today!

I had the idea to use the Stitched Rectangle Stackables die sets to create a quilted-look card. I used the Sweater Weather 6x6 paper because those primary colors just look so awesome together! It took some fiddling and trimming but the pieces all eventually fit together and the stitched detail is so fun!


I stamped, colored and die cut the cute little birds from Chit Chat and the coordinating dies, then I customized the Sweater Weather tree  to serve as a branch for the pair. The sentiment is also from Chit Chat.

Got some good news and not so good news to share. First the good - my grandson has booked his first job! He will be doing a 3 day shoot for a major retailer, yay! They booked him straight from his photos, no audition. He's such a cute little poser, how could they not. Also my DIL has written and produced a movie that will be shown at a local theater! I'll have more info on that soon.

I would appreciate your prayers for my health, I'm still dealing with some scary stuff and feeling like I'm the physician pass-around pack being referred to one after the other. Hoping for some answers soon. The good news so far is I don't need any more spine surgery; just PT and injections to control the pain.

Have a lovely day!
blessings,
nancy



Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Smiles

It's National Coffee Day so I thought I would make a quick card for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.




Lawn Fawn, as one of the sponsors, is giving away a Love You a Latte stamp set so I used the cute little cups and smileys from the set for my card.

I'm a 3-cup every morning coffee lover so I featured 3 smiling cups on my card!

I die cut the journal card from Sweater Weather "blustery" with a Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die. Then I die cut a row of hearts using the die from Stitched Journaling Card and backed it with a scrap of Sweater Weather 6x6 paper


The coffee cups are colored with Copic markers and the fun smile sentiment is stamped with Hero Arts Cup o' Joe ink (I thought that was appropriate!). The simple finishing detail is a length of Orchid Lawn Trimmings tied in a sweet bow.

There are a bunch of great companies sponsoring the Coffee Lovers Bloghop with great prizes so you might want to join the fun today at Cuts, Crops & Creativity


Hope you are enjoying a lovely Fall day (or Spring day for my friends in the Southern Hemisphere) and a nice cup of coffee. Happy National Coffee Day and Happy Hopping!

Blessings,
nancy


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Uriah is Three!

Oh my  goodness, it seems like just yesterday that Andy and Kellie were letting us know we would be grandparents and now our little boy is THREE! AND he started pre-school this week! Where does the time go? No really, where does it go?

Uriah is very much into monster trucks and Monsters, Inc so when Lawn Fawn came out with Monster Mash stamps and coordinating dies it was a no-brainer that I would use them for his birthday card. I colored those cute little monsters with colored pencils and Gamsol.

I also used Lawn Fawn's Finley's ABCs Lawn Cuts dies, Harold's ABCs and Violet's ABCs along with Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripes for the background.



inside I used Year Two, Harold's ABCs and Louie's 123s Lawn Cuts


This kid has my heart! I love his little pre-school cubby ♥

Thanks for visiting!
blessings,
nancy



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Fall

My little corner of the world gets very crowded around Labor Day Weekend! We have our annual International Street Fair and of course the jump in population with all the students moving into the dorms at Chapman University. It's also when I embrace FALL! The weather is pretty hot still but I'm looking forward to that wonderful subtle change in the air.

To celebrate the new Lawn Fawn Fall/Winter release I have a Sweater Weather card to share today!



Now I'm off to Lawn Fawn HQ where we will be busy today packing up your orders and sending them on their way to you!

Hope you have a happy holiday weekend!
blessings,
nancy