Well, it has been a rough week. Lots of depressing stuff -- but sometimes that really brings out the creativity, and so I've got three "Double Vanilla" technique cards to show off. We had a "4th of July Parade Watching/Breakfast Potluck" at our house yesterday morning. Our small town has a parade that runs right past our house, so we have a party every year and invite our friends to watch with us. Some of our closest friends live about an hour's drive from our house, so we always invite them to spend the night with us, otherwise they would have to leave their house by 6am to get here before the road is closed to our house for the parade. So, anyway, they stayed with us almost all day yesterday, and the woman of the family is a stamper like me, so we went up and played with my stamps while everyone else placed Settlers of Catan (fun game, BTW). She was trying out the Vanilla Double technique and made a really neat card with my "In the Spotlight" set (2007 Fall/Winter Catalog Hostess Level 2 set). I hadn't really tried Vanilla Double before, and I really liked it, so today I played with three of my new SU sets and made Vanilla Double cards with different attitudes!
First -- Elegant and Serene. This uses the "Baroque Motifs" set and the new In Color colors Blue Bayou and Soft Sky. This is the color combo my friend used, and we both thought it was just a very calming combination:
Second -- Fun, friendly. This is the "In the Spotlight" set that she used for her card, but I added an extra stamp in the background. She tore her lighter strip and bent up the spiral-punched bits, and used a different small accent stamp. She did think up the crisscrossing with the dotted line stamp, which I thought was a really cool idea. Colors are Taken With Teal and Cool Caribbean (retired now). These are difficult colors to properly scan:
And last, a "whimsical" card using "Pick a Petal", with the sentiment coming from "All About U". Colors are Elegant Eggplant and Barely Banana (again, hard to get right from the scan). I "cheated" and used a set of Cuttlebug dies for the flower (don't have my SU scallop punch yet):
If you’re interested in my personal life, read on. If you’re only interested in the cards, you’re done now, you can go on to other blogs.
This has just been a hard week. Had some difficult (possibly ongoing) Teenager Issues, Team New Zealand lost the America’s Cup in an absolute heartbreaker of a race – they lost by 1 second! I still love you, guys – there’s always next time! And then I had my MRI on Monday (because of all my headaches), and on Tuesday afternoon found out I have some spots on the white matter of my brain, so now I have to see a neurologist. I googled “spots white matter” and found basically two things that can cause this. One is just vascular damage from migraines. It’s apparently not anything very serious. The other is Multiple Sclerosis. I feel pretty confident that it’s not MS, but I hate having that “shadow” hanging over me. That party we gave yesterday wore me out, so today I’m just kinda feeling blue and maybe a bit angry at it all. But God and I are working through it all together. Like one of my stamps says, “Honey, God didn’t promise it would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it.” Some days that’s harder to see than others, but I’m definitely hanging on to that promise!
Tomorrow is grocery store day. I hope I’m not as down as I was today, because if I am I probably won’t feel up to it. Has to be done though. No “feel like” about it. Looking forward to the weekend when Bjorn will be home again and I won’t feel like I’m left holding everything all on my own. (Well, human-being-wise. God is always with me.)