Sunday, February 21, 2016

Happy To Be Back

I am so glad to finally be back posting - the last week has been so frustrating!  What I thought was just an occasional pinched nerve in my hand has turned out to be Carpal Tunnel which I discovered when the pinch turned into agony and a swollen hand and wrist.  I had 3 days of steroids, anti-inflammatories and pain meds and have been wearing a wrist brace ever since.  I had to rest my arm as much as possible so no crafting or computer time.  The computer time was easy to avoid as our internet went down.  It's back now but sporadically and we're only getting a third of the mbps that we're paying for so only one of us can be online at a time.  Mom is on our service too so we've practically had to schedule time for each of us.  Staying out of the Craft Cave has been a lot harder especially as I have two big orders that I really should have delivered by Friday.  My wrist was feeling pretty good yesterday so I dove back into making those cards.  They're all birthday cards so I used some challenges to get myself going on them and I'm going to share 2 tonight.

First up (above) is a card using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colours from The Colour Throwdown.  I need a few masculine cards for the orders so I thought these colours worked perfectly for that.  The balloons are from Simon Says and the sentiment is CASual Fridays.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Basic Grey) Stamping' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Red grid from Snap Life Just the Basics, Red dots & red stripes from Snap Colour Vibe) Simple Stories
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Shenanigans) CAS-ual Fridays, (Balloon string from Admit One) Lawn Fawn
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, Smokey Slate) Stampin' Up
Die:  (Bslloon) Simon Says Stamp
Gems:  (Ladybug assortment) Doodlebug

My second card was inspired by Tracey's gorgeous Muse creation.  I pretty much CASEd it as I used the same colours and layout and of course, flowers.  Instead of stamping mine though I fussy cut them and popped them up on foam tape.  Probably shouldn't be fussy cutting with this wrist but I'm not going to quit that forever - I'll just take an Advil and get on with it!  :) 

That's it for tonight.  Have a good evening and hopefully I'll have some more to share tomorrow!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Coastal Cabana) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Flowers from Striped Florals, Sentiment from Birthday Greetings) Altenew
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana) Stamping' Up
Gems:  Recollections


Judy1223 said...

Ya, Jen! Welcome back! I hope the pain and swelling and soreness have subsided. I love both cards, such pretty colors and festive layouts!

Lisa said...

So sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel, hope it heals quickly for you. I had surgery on both wrists several years back. Both of your cards are fabulous. I love the patterned balloons and scarlet & gray combo on the first. Those flowers are too cool on the second! Take care, glad to have you back!

Karen B. said...

Get well soon! Your cards are fantastic. Always enjoy seeing your CAS creations.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, Jen, I'm so sorry to hear you have car pool tunnel and I hope you heal soon. It's so painful and I can only imagine your frustration! Your cards are amazing and spot on for the challenges! Now don't overdo it! I hope the computer issues are sorted soon, too! Hugs, Darnell

lostinpaper said...

Hope you are better real soon, I can't imagine what it would be like not to be able to craft... and Oh my, your internet must get sorted real soon, it sounds way too restrictive lol. Big hugs your way GF!

Michelle said...

Oh, painful, both the wrist and the super-slow internet! I hope both are better soon. I love your cards. :-)

Kim S said...

Ouch - carpal tunnel and crafting don't go well together.

I love the bold sentiment with the gray and red patterns on your birthday card. It's sophisticated but still so celebratory. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Ardyth said...

So glad you're back in the craft cave - but be careful and do what you're told to! Loving your paper pieced flowers - so glad you joined us at Muse this week!

Vickie Z said...

Wonderful cards!! Hope you're feeling better soon! Great use of the sketch and colors for CTD!! So glad you joined us!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your hand! Hugs!
Your cards are wonderful, Jen!

Tracey McNeely said...

Jen I am so sorry that you had such a stinky week, carpel tunnel is horrible. I hope that you are back to yourself soon but also glad you are back creating awesome cards! Love both of your birthday creations, those flowers are so cool. Thank you for sharing with us at Muse this week!

I Card Everyone said...

Jen my goodness!! I am so sorry about the wrist/hand! But happy you're feeling a bit better. Probably everyone you talk to tells you what to do, so I'll resist ... But! I was having huge trouble with an issue where my index finger would cramp right down to the palm of my hand, and I couldn't move it - excruciating pain in my forearm, too. I went to Staples and picked up one of the mouse pads with the wrist-rest, and that has helped quite a bit when I'm editing, and at the computer for any amount of time.
NOW then ... let me just say I LOVE this birthday card!!! What a fantastic design! OH MY gosh where has this grey been all my life? We need to talk... of course I love your Muse card, too ... but that GREY!!!
xx =]

Lindsey said...

Hope meds and rest do the trick and soon, Jen! Sounds horrible. And then there's — EEK — slow internet!!! Life is tough. Love the cards, your wrist doesn't seem to have interfered with your talent. ;)

Cindy Hall said...

What a gorgeous array of cards! Your card for FMS is simply stunning with the red, white and gray. It couldn't be any better than that. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Hannelie said...

I have inked this set (flowers altenew) up but they haven't made it to a card yet... you've used here in a beautiful way, and your fussy cutting, (in pain) is way better than mine without pain!
FAbulous take on the muse, fabulous take on the FMS & Color throwdown!

Bobby said...

Ouch. I'm sorry about your wrist, Jen. I sort of know how painful that can be. I don't have carpal tunnel but severe arthritis in my thumbs. A cortisone injection has helped and so I craft on. I can't imagine not being able to. And to add insult to injury, bad internet reception. I pray everything clears up soon. As for the cards, those red balloons are fabulous for a masculine card and I love the dots you place around the lovely flowers.

Lynn said...

Oh goodness Jen. I am so sorry that you've been in so much pain. I hope that your healing happens quickly. Love your beautiful cards.