Monday, November 28, 2011

Good Monday (evening)

Ron had a good time this past weekend with his friend. Tiring, but enjoyable. He walked more than he has recently so he's in quite a bit of pain today. Plus, he fell last night and landed hard on his right shoulder. Ouch... his leg came right out of the socket. But, he rested up today so I think he's back on the mend.

I see the orthopedic specialist tomorrow about my left shoulder. He's the same doctor who did Ron's total knee replacement and we think he's really good. I had rotator cuff repair in July 2004 and it was a rough recovery, but my shoulder felt so much better afterwards. I had bone spurs and the rough edges had begun damaging the muscle. I was told then that I "could" have a recurrence of the condition so I won't be surprised if that is the issue. My only thing is I need anything he's going to do taken care of in December so I don't have a big deductible beginning January. Plus, effective 1/1/12, I'll have a larger co-pay.

This past weekend (while Ron was out playing), I played in my craft room. I'm NOT an artist, but I have ideas in my head of things I'd like to see. I just don't know how to get the things out of my head and onto the paper. Thankfully, Provo Craft has lots of artists who are able to create images of things that I can get out of my head.

I had decided (last year) that I wanted to do a panorama card but didn't know exactly what I wanted. I started working Saturday and worked off and on all weekend on this. My first card will be going to WA to my grandkids up there.

The inside left panel has a cat on a red pillow in a chair; the stockings on the mantle have Alexander, Katy, and Zachary on them. And, there's an oil lamp on the mantle. The middle panel has cookies and milk on the table and presents under the tree, some with name tags. I drew the table and cut it out freehand (but it was an easy thing to do). The right panel has Santa with a bag full of gifts and one in his hand. The whole card is 12 x 6 and folds up to 6 x 6. The "body" of the card is made with two complete sheets of 12 x 12 paper.


If you look closely, you can see Rudolph's red nose...



I'm going to make one for Isaiah and Anna, one for Amy's nephew's Dalton and Hayden, and then some for some other little family kids (my nephew has two kids, and two of my nieces each have two kids). So, I need to get busy. But.... I wrote down what sizes worked and what cartridges I used so I can more easily recreate these. They are still time-consuming and not a cheap undertaking, but I love it and I know the kids will love seeing their names on the stockings. I'll make the cuts and then put them together in assembly-line style. Once I get the images cut out and put together, it'll move pretty quickly. The card bases will all be different. I don't know exactly what "wall paper" each one will have, but I think they'll be nice. If I have time, I actually have some other people I want to make one for but I'm not holding my breath. I still have regular Christmas cards to do.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

10 comments:

Mynx said...

You are definitely an artist. The cards are gorgeous. I would love to be able to do things like that but I don't have the patience.
Glad Ron didn't hurt himself badly when he fell and I hope everything goes well for you with your shoulder

Rae said...

Cute ideas. The kids will really like them.

Bouncin' Barb said...

Keep us posted on your shoulder. Hope Ron is up and about again. This card is beautiful. Like Mynx said, I have no patience. I only have scrapbooked when I was in the mood which wasn't too often. You are gifted! I'm sure your family will adore these keepsake cards.

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colenic said...

Love them....I am so craving something creative right now...I might have to take my camera out and start taking some pictures....i am jealous...
I hope that your consult goes well with the orthopedic....and that Ron is doing better this morning!! Hugs and love to you both

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a cute card!

Thisisme. said...

Hi Teresa - sorry to hear that Ron had a fall again. What a bummer! Especially as he has such a lovely weekend. It could have been because he was tired after all that extra walking. Hope you get on okay about your shoulder. There's always something to worry about, isn't there?! I agree with the others, you ARE an artist, because these cards are delightful and must take an awful lot of patience. I just know that all the little ones are going to love them. Good for you! Hugs my friend.

Kristen said...

Very cute! I really hope your holidays are as wonderful as you are!

kneesandpaws said...

Teresa I agree with Mynx and Diane, you are an artist! The cards are magical. They give you the feeling that if you were miniature, you could walk right into the scene. I'm going to send you an email asking your advice on paper cutting, because I'm trying to make cutout lanterns for gifts for my family. It was a challenge to work with an exacto knife! I'm sorry to hear about Ron's fall and your shoulder. I hope you both are feeling better and will be able to really enjoy this holiday season.