Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sweet Sketch & Inkspirational Challenges

Good morning!  So I've been talking to my dad and trying to decide if I should go back East for a few weeks.  My mom goes for a consultation tomorrow to figure out if they are going to do surgery on her elbow (she fell and broke her arm badly at the elbow Sunday morning).  She's in a lot of pain, but she tries not to let my dad know.  My dad is actually my step-dad, but he's been there since I was a young teenager and I consider him my father.  Anyway, his mom has been suffering from Alzheimer's for many years now and my parents received word over the weekend that she would probably be gone by Monday.  Today is Tuesday and she's still hanging on - the whole thing is incredibly sad and emotionally draining and I hate being so far away from my parents right now.  My brother is getting worse and is back to nodding off at the kitchen table and walking around shivering when it's 100 degrees out... it's just so stressful.  I try not to let him and his addictions bother or affect me in any way and moving 3000 miles away sure did help - but when I see my parents going through so much at once, it makes me want to just beat the shit out of him for being so selfish and stupid.  Anyway, please keep my parents in your thoughts or prayers if you are so inclined.  They can use all the positive energy coming their way that they can get.  And if I do end up going back to help, I may need to take a few weeks off from blogging and stuff (which gives me slight anxiety, I admit - this is kind of my therapy!).  I'll keep you posted.
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Today I have 2 cards to share.  Yesterday I told you about my daughter's best friend Jamie, and how her dad had cancer and passed away Sunday morning.  I wanted to make her a special sympathy card, so I made her this one that I am entering into the following challenges:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday (sketch below)



I used one of the new images from A Day for Daisies called Fairy Kitten, colored with Prismacolor pencils & mineral spirits and SU! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for the wings. My papers are digi papers from Pixel Scrapper (Marisa Lerin).  I added a feather, a piece of pink rick rack, some text stickers, and a few diamond brads.  I hate that I had to make this for a young girl who lost her dad, but I love the way it came out and I know she will too.  Jamie and Cass have always had a "thing" for kittens and cats, so I just knew I wanted to use this image for her.

My next card is for the: 

 


I used Dilly Beans 420: Sugar Skulls Stack, colored with Prismacolor markers and 3 different shades of purple Stickles (Lavender, Purple, and Starry Night).  I attached the panel of skulls with foam dimensional dots to a plain black card and then just added some purple gemstone stickers.  I wanted the image to really be the focal point, I love all the purple glitter and this is one of my favorite Dilly Beans images.
Have a great day everyone!  Peace.

27 comments:

  1. Jenn, sure sounds like you have a lot of things on your plate. I am glad crafting and blogging helps you and I am sending you all positive thoughts x
    Your card for Inkspirational is fabulous. All the purple and sparkle on skulls is a really funky idea and your colouring is fab. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational x

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  2. Sweet image Jenn and adore those feathers. Thanks for playing along at SSW this week. Holly x

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  3. Two fabulous cards!!! LOVE the glittery details and the fun images! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational! :)

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  4. Original use of our colour combo. You've coloured this beautifully and the glitter is fantastic. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next week! Marina

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  5. Super cute, Love the feathers and the darling iamge. Happy to have you join us.
    Hugs, Heide SSW-DT

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  6. Oh Jenn, that Kitty image is so very sweet!! I haven't seen that one yet, I LOVE how you've colored her up!! I'm sure the girl receiving this card will be Blessed by it.
    So glad you played along with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!!
    Blessings to you!!
    Sally SSW-DT

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  7. such an adorable card!
    thank you for joining in with the cutie pies xx

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  8. Your first card is just adorable! Love all the purple and sparkles on the skulls on your second card! Thanks for joking us at Inkspirational!

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  9. Love your sparkles on the your second card! Beautiful job... thanks for joining us at http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ Bling challenge this week.
    Carmen
    DT

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  10. Super sweet little kitty and the feathers are awesome too! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Peace & Luv,
    Jeannie

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  11. Your cards so sweet. Love your fun colors. Have a sweet day! Arlana@ssw!

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  12. Such a sweet card. I hope your mom is ok. I wish her the best. Thansk for joining us.
    Nancy SSW-DT

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  13. thinking of you and your family jenn
    amazing cards i just love the skulls and the little kitten is so precious

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  14. Hi Jenn, what a wonderful card, such a cute image and great added embellishments. Great card and thanks so much for sharing your card with us over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
    Hugs
    Kathie SSW-DT
    P.S Remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It does get easier and I hope your mums arm is feeling a bit better now.

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  15. Such a sweet card, Jenn. I'm sure it will bring smiles at this difficult time. LOVE your blingy skullies, too. You're in my thoughts, Sweetie. So sorry there's so much stress in your life right now. Sending positive vibes to all and pray your Dad's Mom can go peacefully. I know you're a caregiver, it's your nature, but be sure to take care of YOU, too. xxD

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  16. Hi Jenn, So sorry your going through so much stress hun,thinking of you and your family. Love this card sooo cute just love sugar skulls. Thank you for joining us at Artistic this week. Abbie xx

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  17. Quite a contrast between these two. :-) I think you picked the perfect image for your daughter's friend. That little kittie just screams hug. The second card is really interesting and different. Thanks so much for joining our animal challenge at TSG Jenn!

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  18. Fabulous creations.
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Fingers

    Huggsss,Angelique
    EngelDesignsScrap
    There's also a DT Call

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  19. You and your folks have lots of stress right now. I hope that it eases for you soon. Wishing a speedy recovery for your mom!
    Love your cards. They are both such cool designs! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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  20. wow what a lovely cards, goodluck in our challenge over on artistic inspirations xx

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  21. Lovely card, thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie's. Sue x

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  22. Both cards are wonderful! I especially love the Dilly Beans Skulls; one of my favorite images, and you've used my favorite color! Gorgeous. Best, CG

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  23. Lovely card.
    Thank you for joining the Cutie Pies Cute & Cuddly challenge and good luck x Susan x

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  24. The kitty card is very sweet and gentle. The feathers are a great idea. Regards, TokBobok

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  25. I love this card and fantastic sugar skulls image-congratulations on your win at Artistic Inspirations
    carol Dt x

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  26. You've certainly had more on your plate than anyone should have to handle. Hope that things are getting better for you soon. Your cards are lovely, I actually saw your Sugar Skulls card on a challenge blog as the winning entry and thought, I wanna check out her blog. Love your stuff! Take care!

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