Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Back in the Christmas Card swing!

Before I get to the card I have a NEWSFLASH!!!! Emily is up to her old tricks again and gave us an early Christmas prezzie, this was even a surprise to us babes!! Some sneak-it-in while the heat is on Christmas Lulu's....OH SO PRETTY! AND a sale! CHECK IT OUT HERE! (then come back and check out my card...okay!)

Now back to my regularly scheduled blog.....Okay....to be honest, I haven't really been out of the Christmas swing...the Diva from Monday was coloured a few weeks ago but have been saving it for Cathy's birthday. Now this past weekend I was one busy colouring Babe trying to get those Christmas images done! I RARELY do anything on Friday nights unless it involves dinner out and a few glasses of wine, but this past weekend I decided to make pizza (crust and all!) and spend the evening cooking, colouring (and drinking wine). So I got a couple done Friday night and worked my little arthritic arm to the bone and got FOUR more coloured on Saturday. Now don't all excited yet! They are NO WHERE near to being a finished card yet. You see, I LOVE to colour, but making cards out of them is where I struggle...I am TOTALLY layout challenged!

But being layout challenged is not so bad if you have 5 billion sheets of patterned paper to choose from and that is where I try to focus my energy. If the image is pretty, and the paper works with it, no one will EVEN notice the lack of creativity in the layout! Whether this is true or not, I'm gonna go with it, and believe in it, otherwise I'd have to give up this gig altogether cause fussy layouts will NEVER be my trademark.


Having said all that, I have a simple little card with a pretty image and paper that (I think) works well to show it off. This is envie full of cheer from Stamping Bella and is an older image that I have always loved, but just bought it this year! Now I wonder why I didn't get it sooner!

It was a snap to colour up and I am LOVING IT! The image was stamped on Bella's BESTEST paper and these are the copics I used (keep in mind, the shading around and below the image was done with prismacolor pencils and gamsol):
C00, 0, 1, G40, 82, 94
R22, 24, 59, E43, 44, Y26, 28

In the interest of time, there is NO stitching on this card...SHOCKING....but I'm okay with it. The glitter, glossy accents, and edging with a  krylon gold pen, not to mention the pretty image,  hopefully distract from the lack of sewing.

Now for the pillow update! Since the back flared up sleep has been difficult, and sometimes non-existent! I've spent several nights just sitting on the sofa and I dare say hubby probably hasn't missed me snoring next to him! But I'm tired of sleeping or just sitting on the couch all night with my heating pad so I decided to try a new pillow! I have a Tempur cervical pillow which I bought a few years ago, but with the latest back issue I just couldn't lay that flat. (hence, many nights sitting on the sofa!). Now that things have settled enough that I can sleep in the bed I have been putting the Tempur pillow on top of my down pillow and sleeping sitting slightly elevated. Not bad, but not perfect. So I decided to get a water pillow. It has a bladder which you fill with water to a soft, medium or firm pressure. OMG...if you are someone (like me) who would wake up several times a night to re-fluff your pillow...those days are GONE! This thing just rolls with you...you move...it moves with you...no more fussing to adjust the pillow to get comfortable because it is comfortable ALL THE TIME! I'm in LOVE with my new pillow!

Thanks for stopping in...don't forget our Bellarific Friday....it is a sketch and I know you all LOVE sketches so hoping for lots of contributions to induldge one of our newest babes Cath with her first sketch submission!

13 comments:

Beth Norman said...

I'm sorry you are having problems with your back. That's not fun. I took a peak at the new stamps and oh how I love them. It's too bad I placed an $80 order two weeks ago. Your card is gorgeous as always.

Gloria Westerman said...

Oh I love this.....and love..love..that stamp image.....so sorry to hear about your back...I suffer with back and neck pain for years....so glad you found something that works for you.....have a great day.....

Ebru - (April) said...

Another gorgeous card Linda !!!

Wendy said...

Stick with what works, a lot of my layouts are the same, you just can't tell cause I use mind tricks on you guys!! Love this one my friend!

yamamama said...

I have an issue with fussy layouts too. so yours are a breath of fresh air! I love your layout simplicity that showcases your wonderful talent.

Cindy H. said...

Love your beautiful card and your fabulous coloring!! tfs

Cindy H. said...

Love your beautiful card and your fabulous coloring!! tfs

Riet said...

So beautiful card,I love the image and your papers.

Hugs Riet.x

Priscilla said...

OMG, Linda...I thought I was the only one sleeping in a chair because of my back!! I can only sleep on my stomach in bed because my back issues effect my hips if I try to sleep on my side. In that position, I only last for about 4-5 hours, then it's up to sleep in the livingroom in a chair (with an ottoman) where I have a special back support inserted AND my heating pad. Just wanted you to know...you're not alone! I might have to try your pillow & see how I do with that.
LOVE your card and that image - stunning! Your coloring is so impeccable!
Hope you get some relief from that back pain soon. {{hugs}}

Linda Carson said...

Your beautiful coloring doesn't need a fu-fu layout....trust me!

CraftyViolet said...

Can't believe you think you are layout challenged. I love your layouts!

Sorry about your back. I sleep sitting up several nights a month too - because of two brain disorders I have. Some nights they don't like me laying prone.

sueincanada said...

Your card looks great. Sorry to hear about all your back problems.

Ann said...

I think your card is beautiful; the coloring, layout and paper!!!

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