Morning, Glories! Long time know see. I could tell you everything that's been going on in my life over the past couple of weeks and why I've been ignoring both my stamping and my loyal, devoted, highly intelligent, incredibly attractive readers, but I don't want to relive the trauma. It's still too raw. Suffice it to say, life has treated me like a dishrag: drenching me in scalding hot water, scrubbing dried oatmeal and burnt bacon grease off several dozen pots and pans, and then wringing every last drop out of me until I'm shriveled and threadbare.
But enough about me! Let's talk about this week's My Favorite Things' Wednesday Stamp Club Challenge. It's the first of the month, so you know what that means: Sketch Challenge! This month, Frances has come up with a fun, versatile sketch sure to spark your creativity. Here's what I came up with...
Don't you love her? I used MFT's Candy Cane Kisses a la mode (illustrated by MY NEICE, Amanda Baird :) ) and colored her in mostly with Prismacolor pencils (all but her skin, which I fleshed out -- get it? 'fleshed out'... I still got it! -- using my trusty Copics). This little trio of stars embellishing the oval layers are some Making Memories chip-board buttons that I've had in my stash forever. They're tied off with Cherry Divine Twine from The Cat's Pajamas. For a little texture and winter flair, I embossed the Aqua Mist cardstock with my Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, then ran over the bumpy parts (that's a technical term) with a Vintage Cream ink pad. I gave the Candy Cane a coating of Glossy Accents to make it nice and shiny.
Take a look at her kicky boots. You like those? Me too. But I won't be wearing any like that for a while. Instead, I'm in something much more feminine and fashionable these days. Check it out...
Fancy, huh? Kinda puts a damper on my marathon training. Last week, my ankles were a bit sore, but I thought I was just getting used to running in my Vibram Five Fingers. On Saturday, I ran the Tulsa Run, a 15 K race. I could feel a twinge in my left foot from the get-go, but I kept going. About mid-way, through, something happened. But there I was -- stuck in the middle of a race with thousands of people all around me and only one way to find Sean (who was also running the race), which was to get to the finish line. It hurt just as much to walk as it did to run, and running got me there quicker, so I finished the race. Within a couple of minutes after finishing, I couldn't put any weight on my foot without excruciating pain. We went straight to Urgent Care and had X-rays taken, but they didn't reveal much. On Monday, I went to a sports med. orthopedist, and he thinks I probably have a stress fracture and maybe some tendon damage. I have MRIs scheduled for this Friday, and a follow-up appointment next week so I should learn definitively what's going on.
Between me, Carter, and Gretel (our basically three-legged German Shepherd), over half our household has serious mobility issues. At least I've gotten some flowers out of the deal -- can't remember the last time my hubby sent me flowers when I didn't have a birthday, anniversary, or wasn't giving birth. I used to always want to have crutches when I was a kid, and this has given me an opportunity to get that desire completely out of my system. So there are a couple of positives associated with the situation. Gotta look on the brightside...
Speaking of bright, there are few people in the world brighter than my dear friend Kim, also known as the MFT Lady. Why not hobble on over to her blog with me right now to see which of the other MFT Challenge and Creative Team designers have samples to share? It'll take our minds off our pain & suffering. Plus, if you play along in the challenge? You'll be eligible for our weekly Wednesday Stamp Club drawing for a $15 MFT voucher! All you have to do is upload your creation to your Splitcoast gallery using the keyword MFTWSC11032010. Piece o' cake!
Now, I must leave you. But here's a little more silver lining to my current predicament before I go: now that my two big papers for the semester are done and my marathon training is on hold, I have more time to stamp! I'll be back sooner than later.
Supplies Used -- Stamps: Candy Cane Kisses a la mode by My Favorite Things; Paper: Aqua Mist & Hawaiian Shores by PTI, Natural White by Neenah, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly 6" x 6" pad; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack Earthtones Red Pepper, PTI Vintage Cream; Accessories: Nestablities ovals, Prismacolor pencils, Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, Making Memories Chipboard buttons, Cherry Divine Twine from The Cat's Pajamas, gingham ribbon, red brads, SU! dimensionals.