Friday, April 22, 2011

An update, a card, and Blog Candy

Dear friends,

Things are going pretty good and I'm again very happy to be able to skip a chemo treatment, but of course something has to occur right?  Nothing overwhelming, but this afternoon I noticed quite a bit of swelling in my ankles and hands.  My hands have been relatively stiff the last few days, but I attributed that to the extra stamping that I have done the past several days, but now who knows.  The swelling reminds me of when I was pregnant... you know where you could touch your ankles and it would leave an indentation.  I just hope it goes away soon.  I haven't ever noticed swelling like this before.  My Doctor said that one of the chemo drugs (Taxotere) is known for this type of side effect, but like I said, I haven't noticed it up until now.  Just add it to my list I guess.

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As I mentioned above, I've been crafting it up the last several days.  Most I can't show yet, but I did create a card for a challenge blog.  Today's card uses a couple of new release stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps.  I decided to follow a sketch and well, you know how it is... a link from a link to another link etc. landed me at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  This is my first time playing along with this Sketch Blog and we all know that a) it's fun to play and b) sketches are a wonderful way to wet those creative juices.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps (Lovely Women, Tulip Wreath)
Cardstock/Papers: Close to my Heart
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black)
Copic Markers: BG18, BG72, YR20, YR21
Accents/Tools: Offray Crochet, Clear Dollar Stamps (worn parchment), CTMH adhesive pearls, Spellbinders(circles and oval nestabilities, lacey ovals)

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Plus, here is some blog candy up for grabs.  I love ribbon, who doesn't right?  One of my favorite ribbon companies is May Arts, so here is what is up for grabs:

I've got 4 groups of ribbon so I will randomly draw 4 people.  Whoever contacts me first can choose from the 2 different groupings.

Group 1 (x2)  Assortment of 1 yard each silk ribbon


Group 2 (x2)  Assortment of  1 yard each variety ribbon


Rules are loose here... just leave me a comment and that is it!  I'll ship anywhere so make sure you put your hat in.  Now, I don't know when I'll do my random draw, but I will draw sooner than later!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Until next time...

-Katie

70 comments:

Cathy said...

Love your blog and your cards! You rock Katie!

Cindy said...

Glad things are going good for you right now! Have a wonderful Easter!

Sue from Oregon said...

Great cards Katie...hope your swelling goes away quickly!

Catherine said...

Happy to see the cards flowing...

Jan Scholl said...

Which is worse? Piles of ribbon or a jar of peanut butter? I love both but I have too much of each. So here is the deal....if you select me, I get to choose the winner. I will pick my fav number...it's never changed since I was a bitty kid in 1961. That number will be the comment winner. If I bring any more ribbon, stamps or paper into this house, I have to move out. So that's that.

Robyn said...

Hi Katie! Beautiful card! Thanks for a chance to win beautiful ribbon!

Jenn Zeeb said...

I am glad you are feeling better other than the swelling. I LOVE ribbon, so feel free to pick ME!!

Janine said...

Love your card and glad to hear you are feeling a bit happier even though you have another symptom to add to the list. Perhaps you can get a gentle massage of your legs and feet to ease the fluid retention.
I would love to have some nice ribbons so please put me in the draw. Thank you

Gina said...

Glad your feeling well :D How have you been sitting while your crafting. I'm shocking! I tend to sit with my legs tucked under the chair with my ankles crossed, which can cause puffiness in them? Especially if sitting for long periods. Maybe that's what is causing your sudden puffiness?
Gorgeous fresh colours on your card, and the ribbons are beautiful :D XXX

Jak Heath said...

Love the card it;s sooooo spring.
Swelling.... yep we all get it at some time in our lives, mine happens when I have a pain flair, ankles mostly but it is sooo attractive yes? bet Kevin is drooling lol!

Caroline said...

Glad you are much better and crafting lots! put your feet up and get hubby to rub the swollen bits lol xx love your card

cbuswell said...

Pretty card, love the papers. Glad you're feeling better and can skip the chemo. Have a great Easter!

Margreet said...

beautiful card, Katie...so glad you're feeling well enough to create again....you have lovely ribbons to be won!!!...wishing you a lovely easter weekend!
xxx Margreet

Mary said...

Such a pretty card! So glad to hear you are feeling better and able to take a break from the chemo. Happy Easter!

Barb said...

OOoooooh this is GORGEOUS Katie! Love that sketch! So glad to see you creating again! Still praying for you!

Big hugs, Barb

Christine from FL said...

Im glad to hear you are feeling better! Beautiful card! thanks for the chance to win. Have a Happy Easter!

Carla S. said...

Your card is beautiful, Katie! I love the pretty spring colors used! Glad to hear you are feeling better and I hope the swelling goes away soon. Have a nice Easter.

Bobbi-Lynn said...

Your card is lovely. Crafting is such wonderful therapy. I am glad you are feeling well other than the swelling.

~amy~ said...

Fabulous card...love seeing you being creative...hope that swelling goes away SOON.

mulberry station said...

I am so glad that you found us over at SSW. Welcome, and I hope your return often. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. I love the creamy ribbon that you have used. It accents your your beautiful cream colored tulips. You choice of DP and colors scheme is wonderful. Gorgeous, gorgeous card. Wishing you the best to a speedy recovery and I hope the swelling goes away soon. Happy Easter and thanks for joining us.
Nancy SSW-DT

Curt in Carmel said...

Another gorgeous card Katie! I'm sure glad to see you creating so much. It is wonderful. Keep those feet up!!! Best, Curt

Whimcees said...

Hello Katie!

Beautiful card - the colors are so pretty and delicate! It is so nice to do to your site and see your creations again!

Wishing you a happy day today with your sweet family!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Pauline said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely card. Enjoy your freedom!!! Keep strong.
love Pauline

Michelle Adams said...

I so look forward to your posts Katie, especially to see how you're doing. I'm praying for you.
xoxo
Michelle

Anita said...

Stunning card! You are in my prayers daily. The ribbon is yummy. anitamocha at charter dot net

sodell said...

I love the card--from the striped background paper, to the circles you layered your image on, to the lace, it is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us! -Stacy

Genevieve said...

Fab card Katie! I love the beautiful ribbon & papers. Hope the swelling goes down soon, keep those feet up! Thanks so much for joining us this week @ Sweet Sketch Wednesday :)

Happy Easter
Genevieve SSW-DT

Nati Tristan said...

I'm happy it's a good day. And hopefully your swelling goes away quickly! God Bless and prayers continue. That card is just so elegant and sweet. Thank you for the opportunity of winning some ribbon!

Theresa said...

I have been following your blog for some time now and am uplifted by your honest and courageous posts. I have never had chemo, but cared for my Mom as she underwent treatments. Sometimes it is not pretty. Unlike your cards, which are always gorgeous.
Thanks for offering blog candy.

Susan said...

Glad you are feeling better, Love the card. Happy Easter Susan

Amanda R said...

Katie, glad you are feeling better, so nice especially with the holiday weekend. Keeps your legs elevated and stay away from processed foods to help with the swelling. Will continue to keep you in my prayers.

thestampinglady said...

Happy to read that you could skip a treatment. Always love your cards, so it is great to seeing you posting some beautiful artwork. Keeping you in my prayers. Thanks for the chance to win ribbon--my favorite embellishment.

Marsha said...

Always so happy for you when I read that you are having a good day. Keeping you on my mind and in my prayers.
Your card is so pretty. Love the layout, colors, lace. Just so put together.
Hope you have a good weekend. It is one of my favs.

Arlana said...

Wow I love your sweet card. The Wapers are amazing with the image. Love your added detail. Your colora are just the sweetest. Have a happy Easter Arlan@SSW!!!

Sillyfilly said...

I would to win some of that yummy ribbon but it's probably gone by now. That's ok it gives me an opportunity to tell you I am still praying for you and your family. May God bless you and keep you in his loving arms.
Sylvia

Brenda said...

Lovely looking card. Hope the swelling settles down. Thanks for the chance.
I think about you regularly...

Anonymous said...

Love the card. Your work is amazing! Love the ribbon too! :)

Heather
hkvalerio@yahoo.com

Linda said...

Hi Katie.. Hope this makes you smile.. ya know I love you, right? Well, Curt said to keep your feet up.. and I thought.. yeah, but its your hands too, then, just for a second,just one second, I had this picture of you trying to elevate hands and feet and still making your so darn amazing cards, and, well, ...
Did I just disqualify myself from your blog candy drawing????
(Seriously I hope this who would expect a new symptom when you are having your free month... guess I kind of thought it would be new side effect free too... well, I am praying it clears up quick, and that it does not interfere with your life too much!)

Becky Jo said...

Sorry to hear you are having swelling. I know all too well how inconvenient that is. Your card is beautiful! So glad you feel like stamping. Happy Easter! Hugs!!

Sheri said...

Oh Katie! I am so glad you are feeling better. I have been missing for awhile so this news is wonderful to hear. God is Great! Your card is amazing and I am sure whoever receives it will treasure it for a very long time.

I will continue to pray and you continue to feel better, deal?? LOL

The Stamper's Touch said...

Well hey there sweet thing!!! Love your card!!! Gorgeous tulips and papers!! I am thrilled to see you creating again and so happy you found our sketch challenge. Thanks for joining us at SSW Katie!!

Linda

Bonnie said...

I love these ribbons! They remind me of when I was a little girl and you could send away for free ribbons and lace. I would use them for Barbie doll clothes!

Bonnie
Stampn1n

LaurieJ said...

A beautiful springy card, Katie! Love the tulips.

You are in my thoughts today. I hope that you and your family have a blessed Easter and that you are enjoying a beautiful spring. And hopefully this swelling that you are experiencing will be a passing thing.

Laurie

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie, Happy Easter to you and your loving family. I love your new card...pure inspiration. I'm glad you are making cards and enjoying your break from chemo. Creative expression is the best thing for feeling self-gratification...and we all need that. Keep your sunny side up and your feet too for the swelling. God Bless. Elaine

Jeannie said...

What a beautiful springtime card - it's just lovely! Take care of yourself and thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Peace & Luv,
Jeannie

Annie said...

Gorgeous card Katie! and Happy Easter to you.

Grandma Nancy said...

Happy Easter to you and your family. Feel better soon and thanks for the opportunity to win fun stuff!!!

Tricia said...

Happy Easter, Katie, to you and your family! Lovely ribbon! I continue to pray for you!

Trish said...

Hi Katie,
A lovely fresh card- I really like the colours you chose. It's nice to see you creating again and enjoying your break from chemo.
Many thanks for the chance of winning some of these gorgeous ribbons- they are like a lot of things in crafting... you simply can never have too many!!!!
Keeping you and your family surrounded by prayer.
Big hugs,
Trish xx

AShu93 said...

Happy Easter! I love May Arts ribbon. Thanks for the chance to win some.

Angie Brown said...

Hi Katie,
Love your card, Teal look stunning! Thanks for the opportunity to win some silk ribbon too:)

My Angel said...

Glad you are feeling better!! Thanks for the chance to win some May Arts ribbon~ Love RIbbon!!

Your card is beautiful~
jmahugger at yahoo dot com

Kathie said...

Hi Katie, I do love your card, I just adore Tulips and this card is so so pretty. Keep the card making up it's your time to enjoy and just relax. Great job thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
Hope your enjoying your Easter
Kathie SSW-Design Team

~ Jo ~ said...

Katie your card is beautiful and I am so happy that you have been able to be crafty! I love ribbon and ironically I do not own any from May Arts so this would be a lovely addition if I was chosen! So thank you for the chance!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just learned about your cancer.
I hope you get stronger every day and win this battle.

All my best wishes to you.
PJ(Jessie Adams)

Sharon Basel said...

Katie I'm so happy that you found us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and I welcome you. I think your card is absolutely gorgeous. The papers you've chosen are very beautiful together and I love that wonderful tulip image. This is very elegant and I'm so glad you've shared this with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. I do hope you'll join us in future challenges too.
Sharon, SSW-DT

Suzi said...

Oh,yes, I do love ribbon! Praying for you regularly. When I read your birthday post, I was even more sure that God has had His hand on you for a purpose! Hugz!

Debzi333 said...

Beautiful ribbon, Katie! So glad you are feeling a bit better!

Hugs! Deborah

Kathy said...

Katie, how awesome that you are creating once again! I have not checked in for a while due to company and the Easter holidays but wow! You have been busy!! I love what you've made (sorry to hear you are losing your eyebrows, eyelashes & the other areas you mentioned) but what joy that you get to skip a treatment here and there. I hope you do get to walk around Disneyland as much as you can (I would not want to be wheeled around either) Hugs and prayers,
Kathy

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

This is a real beauty! I love the tiny sentiment on the flower - so pretty!!! Thanks so much for playing at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Deanne :)

Stephanie Gruss said...

Thanks for the offer Katie! I think of you all the time, and hope that you get to walk Disneyland. I believe in you!

Jean H. said...

I enjoy reading your blog -- keeping up on your health AND seeing the beautiful creations you make. Keep believing and being strong!

Donna said...

Beautiful card Katie, love the colours. Sorry to hear your swelling up, hope it disapears soon, it happens to me in the heat. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous ribbon, very kind of you hun. hugs Donna x

Vicki and Don said...

Beautiful card! Of course, I love all the cards you design! Glad that you were able to take a break from chemo. Enjoy yourself!

Love, love, love ribbon! I've been wanting to buy some May ribbon but haven't done it yet! Maybe I won't have to? :-) TFS!

Claire said...

I love that card, so elegant and the colours are wonderful.
It is great to see you making so many cards again, enjoy the break from chemo.
Lots of love
Claire xxxx

Laura Isham said...

Hi Katie! I haven't been by your blog in a few days, and I've missed it! Love your card! It is so spring-y. Love the flowers!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Katie - so glad to see you are stamping again! AND you were the Top 6 over at the sketch challenge! You Go Girl!!!

Carmen said...

Glad that the chemo break is finally here! Sorry to hear that the side effects are bothering you. Is bad enough that you have to go through the chemo without having to deal with all the added pains!

Hope things improve soon!

candyscorner said...

Katie,
I found your site through the Help Katie digi stamp promotion. I am very glad I found your blog site, just wish it had been under different circumstances. Your creations are beautiful and your spirit is inspiring!!!
Blessings,
Candy

Kathy Mc said...

April is just flying by and realized today I'm way behind in blogland. Catching up on your journey and praise you for your stamina. Thrilled to see you've been able to create some gorgeous cards. What a surprise to see you offering ribbon as blog candy ~ you deserve the candy! Don't comment like I should but know that I care.

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