Friday, February 19, 2010

Saturday Sketch Challenge 139

My blog in a way is a bit of a creative diary. Not only do I post my creative thoughts, tips and artwork, but I sometimes veer off on a personal note.

First off, the power of stamping friendships and girlfriends conquers all and I'm so happy and proud to call so many of you friends. These friendships build me up and keep me going on days when I need it. I honestly don't know what I'd do without all of you (and you certainly know who you are). So I'd just like to say thank you and let you know how grateful I am.

Today was a rough day. I've been sick for a few days and haven't really wanted to move. My husband got VERY sick, very quickly starting at about 7pm last night. I didn't get much sleep (poor guy coughed all night), and I'm really quite exhausted.

I took him to our doctor today, who sent him to the ER. His blood pressure was dangerously low and he was surprised Brian was even still walking! So we spent the day at the hospital.. It turns out that BK has a pneumonia in his right lung. He's in a lot of pain on his right side and I'm praying that now he's in the hospital, they'll fix him right up. If you can say a quick prayer for him, I'd certainly appreciate it.

My artwork almost always reflects what is going on in my life. Lately, my mojo hasn't really been in tact, but I haven't been feeling like myself and I'm sure it will pass. When I got home from spending the day in the hospital, I couldn't just go to bed. Maybe I'm too tired? So I made this card for my sweetheart (and the 411 challenge). I love doing sketch challenges, it's like a stretch to get the creative juices flowing.

In a moment's notice the team from the 411 is picking up my slack today, but I'm happy I took the half hour out to make this card for my honey. I think he will really like it. He's a simple guy and doesn't really like a lot of fluff. He may actually "think" that the hardware wasn't necessary, but I think really adds to the finished look (and it's functional ~ holding the paper banner on). I did put this together in only a half hour, so playing along doesn't take too much time.

I really look forward to seeing everyone's creations with the sketches from the 411. I'm always amazed with the level of artwork and craftsmanship.

My base: 11 x 4 1/4" scored in half at 5.5 inches
Layer 2: 5 x 3 3/4
Layer 3: 4 7/8" x 3 5/8" Note: this is just 1/8" smaller on two sides than layer 2 (still simple)

That's all I have for tonight ~ I hope you're all doing well.
(((Big Rubbah Hugs))) And Much Love,


Connie said... that is SO pretty! I never thought to stamp the background...duh! Great job, Selene!

Patti Chesky said...

Oh Selene! You've had quite the week. Sending my thoughts and prayers to both you and Brian. The hospital will take good care of him. You need your rest so you don't get pneumonia as well!!!!

Brian is going to LOVE his card!!! We had the same idea with the filigree brad!!! We are so much alike!!!

Sending lots of hugs!!!!

Hi, I'm Lee Conrey! said...

I can't believe you created this gorgeous card as tired as you are. I love it and Brian will too. He's going to be fine but you need to be fine too!! so go to bed and take care of you for a change!!!

Linda Callahan said...

Certainly hope your husband recovers quickly - take care of yourself and don't worry about your mojo - looks fine to me! :)

Kerin said...

This card is gorgeous! I love the layers of colors you used, and I think the hardware and silver cord adds the perfect touch. I'll be thinking of you & your hubby, and praying for a speedy recovery. Btw, I wish I could create cards like this when my mojo is gone!!!!

Stampinginbedford said...

Dear Selene, I am so sorry that you and BK have been sick but I hope that things are better now and you both are doing well. Love your sample card for this weeks 411 sketch.

Robin Merriman said...

Girl, I feel like your Mama! While I wish you had just gone to bed, I so understand why you couldn't!

Your card is a beauty - simple and gorgeous! I know BK will love it, but not as much as he loves you!

Get better soon my dear - that goes for both of you! You know I'm praying for you.

The Garden of Egan said...

That's such a beautiful card. I love the dainty detail.
Hope hubs is feeling better!

Tiffany Bauer said...

This card is super pretty!!! I love it and you girlfriend!! I do want you to know that I have tried to email you a couple of times to let you know I am thinking and praying for you guys but I have been getting my emails back??? Weird!! Anyway I hope you guys get better super fast and tell Brian to get some much needed rest while in the hospital and you too Selene!! Luv ya!!

Debbie Henderson said...

Selene, just letting you know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. You need to lay low for awhile and take care of you and your family. Blogging can wait. Sounds like you need a break. Great job with the card. Take care.

Corie said...

Oh my this is simple, but oh so beautiful!!!