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Thursday, April 29, 2010


Hey All!  I know it is Thursday, but before I could finish my post to publish it last night, I had an allergic reaction to something I ate for dinner, and welted up like a blowfish!  My face was so welted that I looked like a space alien!  I had to go to the store to get some Benadryl, and walked into the store with my head down so no one would see me.  It was awful!  And of course the Benadryl knocked me completely out and I didn't wake up until 10:00 this morning!  So, sorry for the delay.  I swear, I think I'm under a curse!

I do have stuff to share with you today.  In all of the chaos that has ensued over the last couple of weeks, I forced myself to get upstairs and have a little "me" time.  As most of you know, my sister is going through a rough time and I've been so proud of her for the strength she has exhibited through it all.  So I made her this card:

Here is the side view for the 3-D dimension:

I loved this card idea when I saw it on Dawn's Stampin' Studio.  She has a great video tutorial you can see HERE.  This is really quite a simple card to make.  On the inside I used the sentiment "When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade."  I used liquid diamonds to make the water drops on the front of the glass, and used diamond glitter on the rim of the glass for a "sugar" effect.  I used the Stampendous stamp set to make the lemon background and colored them with my colored pencils and oms.  The vellum was inked with yellow ink.

I also made her a note card set as a pick-me-up gift for her.  Here it is:

Here it is opened:

Here are the components:  Gift cards with envelopes

                                                       Gift Tags

                                    Note cards, 2 each of each design:

The note cards were made using the DIY Topiary stamp set from Flourishes.  I colored each with colored pencils and oms.  The gift enclosure cards were made from various stamp sets that had butterflies included.  The gift tags are from a SU set.  I love this box and have used the design many times.  I love how you pull up the box top and the whole thing falls open to reveal all that is inside.  You can find a great video tutorial HERE.  

Just a quick update on what's been going on. . .Jay had complications with his surgery and had to stay in the hospital longer than expected.  Once brought home, he became dehydrated (in less than 24 hours-hospital's fault) and I had to take him to the emergency room because he was delirious.  That hospital kept him for another 3 days.  Just crazy. . . .But things are better now and we are getting back into a routine again.  Gunther is doing better as well.  His little claw is healing nicely, but now I'm in search of a new groomer.  It's never ending. . .

But thanks to all of you for the sweet emails and comments you have left me.  I do read each and everyone of them.  I would be so depressed and worn out, but then I would check my email and find such sweet and awesome comments from you all and literally would feel so much better.  Thank you so much for that!  You all really helped me through it.  Don't know what I would do without you all!

Well, that's it.  I'll be by in the next few days to catch up with all that you've been creating.  Can't wait to see!  Don't forget the "Pic of the Week" below!

Love you guys!



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."  


Mandi said...

Oh curt that stationery set is AMAZING!!

So glad jay is now on the mend, Gunther too
so big hugs al round me thinks!

Loves mandi xx

Danni said...

My goodness, you've had so much going on!!
Love all your creations and I know they will be enjoyed!

Sue said...

Hi Curt
wow as ever your creations are fantastic, i luv the card, will have to check it out, and the card box is gorgeous what a lovely gift to treasure, last time i saw yours i was going to try and make one, i will get round to it.

You are having a tough time of it at the mo, hope your swelling has gone down, and do hope Jay is soon feeling better, glad Gunter is ok.

Take care Curt, hugs to you all, i so luv comming here you really make me want to go and create, thank you.xx

Danielle said...

Oh, you poor thing Curt! That allergic reaction sounds awful - my youngest son has severe allergies so know how you must have felt! Your creations, however, are as gorgeous as ever! Love your lemonade card and the gift set is so beautifully done! Your sister will be so pleased to receive those! I do hope things with Jay are now improving and that your normal routine is coming back! Take care and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers - sending you hugs & smiles!
Hugs, Danielle

craft_princess said...

What a great card and I LOVE the stationary set!! WOW!! The picture of the week is HILARIOUS!!! Seriously perfect timing!!

And you poor dear...sounds like you have been through the mud lately. I am sorry to hear Jay had to go back to the hospital...I hope that is all better now! The allergic reaction you had sounds aweful...thank goodness it wasn't anything more serious!! Scary! I'm so glad you are okay! Sending good thoughts your sisters way because I'm sure she needs as many people thinking about her as possible during this difficult time. Lastly, glad to hear Gunther is healing! :)

Take care!

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness you have had your share of "stuff" .I am sending you positive thoughts and just maybe some of the negative will go somewhere else for a little while.
So sorry to hear Jay had complications, he sure has had so many issues with his health, I feel so bad for him. Again, sending positive thoughts and keeping your whole family in my thoughts and prayers daily.
Hugz to you

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh darn it Curt! I am sorry your have been having so many "issues". Hope everyone, including you, feel better and life goes back to normal. Love the set you made for your Sissy. I am sure she feels your love everytime she uses one of your creations. Send her a hug from me!

Tina said...

what a beautiful gift for your sister. I really hope life gets easier for you Jay and Gunther soon.
life can be so trying sometimes can't it.
much love and hugs Tina xxx

Sara said...

OMG! i love that lemonade card!!!!!!!!! how amazing curt!
it looks delish :)

have a great day!


Sally Cicada's Designs said...

Hey Curt,
Beautiful cards & the boxed set is soooo nice!! Thanks so much for leaving links to the tutorials--I really appreciate them--I can always count on you for great ideas!!
:) Sarah

Jodi said...

Hi Curt!! It has been a while, and there seems to have been soooo many things going on. I hope that you are doing well even if life throws in a few curve balls here and there. I can see that you have been a busy bee, creating a very sweet card for your sister and that awesome gift set for her too!! Lucky girl! Your work is always amazing to me, I have never made one of these sets and hope to have a chance to try it. I just miss coming to visit, and will be stopping by to catch up with all of your happenings.
Take care and say hello to Jay and the boys!!
Biggest Hugs,
Jodi =)

Kimberly S said...

What an amazing card and fabulous gift box! Such talent, and I'm sure it all brought a big smile. :)

Hope the mending for Jay and Gunther both continue in a positive direction after the ordeals you've all been through. :)

Patti J said...

Bless your sounds like it's been terribly stressful for you. I'm relieved to hear that Jay is doing better, but sorry to hear about your allergic reaction. DD has reactions like that to shellfish. We have to get her to the hospital quickly, or she actually flatlines. Scary stuff. She carries an epi-pen. Hope you are much better today. Your card is so cute - dear sis will love it, and the boxed set as well. What a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing! You remain in my prayers!

mudmaven said...

Oh my goodness - you really have had the most stressful few weeks! I sure hope things will calm down for you a bit now. Glad to hear that you all seem to be doing better - you, Jay and Gunther! Your sister is going to absolutely flip over that wonderful work of art you created for her! WOWOWOWOWOWOW! So gorgeous and isn't it just like you to be so thoughtful! Hang in there sweetie - it will get better I'm certain of it. Love the red bridge! Very, very cool picture. All the best to Jay and give those boys a big hug from me too! ~chris

Diane said...

I don't know what to say except "WOW"! Wow to all the beautiful work yu have done, wow to all what you have endured!! The lemonade card is "sweet" (pun intended) will love it!! The card set is beyond beautiful.....I loved how you used all butterflys for the gift cards, it is so very gorgeous!!
Nice to hear that Jay and Gunther are both doing better and I wonder what the heck you ate that gave you that reaction!!! Come visit and go back far enough to see the Gruffles lilac card I did like the one you did...your package should arrive today or tomorrow...have fun and take care!!

Heide said...

What a cute lemonade card! I have made the cookies and milk card that Dawn had done on her video. I do like the extra that you did on your glass. Very cool! What a fantastic gift for your sister, she is going to love it!!

Jane Wetzel said...

Holy cow..this pic is amazing! I am definitely gonna have to try that stationary is soooo awesome! What a sweet brother u are! :)Try to have a good weekend! :)

Myrna said...

Your cards are lovely. The red Japanese bridge is spectacular.
Glad everyone is starting to mend. Your sis will love her card.
Take care and know that lots of people are keeping you and yours in their thoughts.

lisa808 said...

A blowfish! What a scary experience.

Glad you got to have some creative 'Curt' time. I have wanted to make one of those boxes for awhile now. Thanks for the push.

Hope Jay is finally on the mend without any further complications.

Gina Wrona said...

Oh Curt,

And, I thought I had it rough this week, you poor thang. I've been fortunate enough not to have any food allergies, knock on wood. But, Zorro isn't so lucky, in the past 3 days he's had 10 seizures. It feels like that week in February when he had 19 of them in 6 days. I'm waiting to hear from his neurologist to see if I should change his potasium bromide dosage.

Love your creations posted and is the pic of what's in your backyard? If so, I'm jealous!


Celeste said...

First of all, I'm glad you're okay. Good thing your throat didn't close up! Sorry to hear about Jay, hope he is doing better. Gunther too!
The card you made your sister is cute. I love the tags and the other cards too. Your photo is gorgeous. Take a deep breath and rejoice that the week is almost over. I hope next week is better for all of you.

Helen F. said...

Love this gift o'cards you made for your sister~what an thoughtful, loving brother you are! Best wishes for speedy recoveries all around your home, Curt! Never a dull moment, huh? Keep the faith and He will see your through these daily challenges {{{HUGS}}}

The Rubber Maid said...

wow! What a great note card is just fabulous. Love the box and the way it's done. Wonderful gift. Pat

Sharli said...

Hi Curt! I knew it must just be waves of issues - and was really praying for you ALL! I love your gift for your Sis - the card is just wonderful and the card set it amazing - absolutely chocked full of treasures!

Your photo of the week is like a post-card - the red bridge makes me feel happy - so I'll call the image "hope".


Sue W said...

Hey Curt, You are in the wars at the moment ah!! Poor thing - hope it's all cleared away and you're back on track!!!
Your lemonade card is fantastic - very inspiring! I love, love the stationary set though - totally beautiful! I hope it has the desired effect on your Sister, poor thing. Take care x

Bonnie Weiss said...

Sounds like life has been giving you lots of "lemons" lately, Curt. Just keep on making lemonade and things will get better! Hope the bad stuff is behind Jay now and Gunther's footer is on the mend. Bad groomer!

America said...

Oh Curt! These are amazing creations!!! WOW, youve been busy my LEMONY friend!! heehh. I love your work!!!!! Im also very glad to hear things are getting better and that Jay is recovering! Thank goodness! Im about to go make Limenade for Cinco De Mayo!!! I will think of you!!! :)

Heidi Lopez said...

Love the lemonade card. The note set it great also - I am sure your sister will love it!

Scossie Jane said...

Hi Curt, just dropped by to see how things are going - sounds like a bit of a rough patch all around - hope things are getting better my friend xx

Your sister will LOVE your lemonade card, it is so bright and cheerful - LOVE it...

Best wishes to Jay - hope he is keeping better now....

Ana as for your allergic reaction - how awful - they are no joking maatter, however, I did sneak a wee smile when I tried to picture your face and furtive activities trying to get to the chemist...

Hugs xx

Lorraine A said...

fantastic creations Curt :) I love the stationary box ,, absolutely gorgeous :-) and the lemon card is fabulous too !

hope everyone is on the mend now ,, you have been going through a rough time with one thing and another ,, I hope things have settled down and life isn't so fraught now ! xx

love the pic of the week ,,, spring is there ! ( we're almost in summer mode here :-))

Looking forward to joining you on the DT !!! yay ! :-)

Lols x x x

Lauri said...

Hi Curt! I have been behind in my blogging and stopped in to check on you and Oh my!! You have certainly hit a rough patch! Hope all is getting better!! Love the lemonade card! That stationery box is great too, I have made a few of them so I know how much work it is! She will love it! Looking forward to your next post and update!