Monday, December 7, 2009

2 Cards, 2 Challenges and 1 Update

Sorry to throw all of this stuff into one post! To be honest... I have been a little nervous the last couple of days thinking about jumping back into blogworld! :)

These two cards are ones that I made right before I found out my 'news' and I never felt like I could or should share them before now. Luckily, the challenge lasted long enough that I could get this posted.

This first card is my card for Cath's latest Moxie Fab Christmas in the Old Country challenge! I have had these Basic Grey stamps for a while. I was drawn to them as soon as I saw them but had never had an occasion to ink them up! Thanks Cath for the challenge and Thanks for just being great! :)

Speaking of... Thank all of you for just being great! I am tearing up just thinking of how blessed I am to know all of you either in real life or in blogworld! I can't tell you how much love I have felt these past few weeks. I have always known that I was loved but ... Wow!! I have had more people praying for me these past few weeks... it is just overwhelming and all of the prayers have been felt and SEEN!!

I am doing well! I came home Thursday night. Not so good on Friday because I took a pain pill! No more of those... Kelley and pills don't mix well! Sat... better! Sunday and today... lots better! I feel more like myself today (physically and mentally) than I have felt in a while! I am having some emotional ups and downs but mostly ups! I know my God loves me and has taken care of me so I know He will get me through the other trials I will go through as a result of all of this! It is just hard coming to terms with what my body can and cannot do anymore!

Anyway!! :)

My mom is here now watching and playing with Carver! I have been able to get up and wash some clothes and straighten up a little. Of course... just for a few minutes and then I have to sit down and rest. I am not going to over do it ... like my family insists I am trying to do! It just helps me to feel better to just get up and do... my body is healing and getting stronger! My parents... man... I can't even get into that now! I will hurt my stitches from sobbing if I do! Let me just say that I have the best parents in the world! I have the best family and friends in the world! I am just blessed!!!

So.... sorry to get into all of that! I just thought you would like to know where I am physically, etc! I hope to get some time tonight where I will feel like getting back on the computer and getting caught up with you guys! I have missed you all!!

This next card is for the current Everything But The Kitchen Sink Challenge! This was my first time to host the challenge and I hate that I didn't get to follow through on that. Thanks Courtney for taking over for me and hosting this challenge! I had a ton of fun with some toothpicks! I just checked and there are not a lot of participants so far. I think if you guys would grab you some toothpicks and some Copics .... you would find out how much fun it is!! I think if all of this health stuff hadn't come up... I would have found my newest addiction.... using toothpicks! I made two cards... I will share the other one at a later date! You still have until the 9th at Midnight CST to participate!! :)

Well.... that is all for me! I wanted to get this post in and get my feet back in the water! :) I will be back again soon! I hope to actually try to craft tomorrow for a while. Carver will be at school and I am doing so well that I don't need anyone here when Carver is not here so... maybe!?!?! :) I think if I got my craft on again... it would help so much to feel 'normal' again! Whatever normal is! :)

I love you all!!

Peace and Love!!

Supplies: Joy to the World
Stamps - Basic Grey, Signature Christmas (PTI)
Paper - Rustic Cream (PTI)
Ink - Scarlet Jewel, Enchanted Evening, Ripe Avocado and True Black (PTI)
Other - Rustic Jute Twine (PTI)

Supplies: Smooches
Stamps - Handwritten Notes (PTI)
Paper - Kraft (PTI), Nutmeg (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink - True Black and Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other - Dark Chocolate ribbon and Melon Berry Buttons (PTI), Nutmeg Chipboard (CC), toothpicks, copic markers, Corner Rounder (SU)


Nancy L. said...

Kelley, so glad that you're feeling better!!! Take it easy and get a lot of rest!

Winter said...

Hey Kelley! I have missed you so much! I am so glad you are felling better, we will continue to pray for the 'downs'!
I love the cards! I hope you get to craft tomorrow! Love ya! :)

Carly said...

It's so great to have you back Kelley and I am happy to hear you're feeling better! Be sure to get lots of rest. Your cards are wonderful as usual! Take care and big hugs!

Lynnette said...

Hey Kelley, So glad you are doing as well as can be expected. Thanks for your witness during this trial. God is so good, and it's so encouraging to see you focused on that. Love you.

Margaret said...

Its great to see you posting to your must be feeling better. I have been keeping up with your progress through Michael's blog. Thanks for these updates....sometimes it is hard to stay in touch. I plan to come to see you later in the week...will call first. Rest and take care. Love ya.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you are feeling better! And I love your last card, too! I've had some ideas in my head for the challenge, but haven't gotten to it. So I better hurry up! Hope you continue to have a wonderful week! God bless!!

Rachel S.

salliesue said...

Hey, Kelley! So glad to see you back on the blog again - lets me know you're really doing better! Give me a call if you get lonesome - remember Lilli and me are at home most days!! PS I just love the bird card with the toothpicks - it's almost enough to get me into stamping!! Love ya!

Sarah Craig

Christina Smith said...

Yeah!!! I'm SO glad you are recovering and resting well!! I'm so thankful unto the LORD for all He has done! Praise the Lord!! I've really missed your posts! Take it easy! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Remember you have a lot of love flowing to you from around the world!

Randee E said...

Glad to read you are doing so well! I know I can't say "back to your old self" because well . . .you are forever changed. Embrace all of your recent changes, Kelley. We are who we are and who we will become because of our experiences :0) Hugs!!

Janelle said...

Glad to read a post from you, Kelley -- I was definitely needing a Kelley update! Sounds like you have a lot of support and help; that's good. Be sure you don't try to do too much too soon, though. (I know -- I can't help the mom in me coming out...) :)

Vanessa said...

Hi Kelley!!! So glad you are back, it made my day! I hope your pain will be gone soon! I love your cute cards! Looove ya!


Jane said...

Oh......I can't even believe you're blogging!!! You are sooo strong! It's sooo good to see! I pray for continued strength. As for you cards....they ROCK!!

Alanna said...

I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well Kelley. Please do rest though and don't try to do too much. I'm glad you've got such great parents and a support system. That is crucial.

Ok, now lets talk about your fabulous cards. The first one is so dang cute. Love it. And your second one is absolutely darling. Whoever would have thought to use toothpicks? But it totally works. And Dawn's sentiment sets on both are the perfect touch. I have got to get me those.

Blessings for a good day today and that you will find some time to craft.

Courtney Baker said...

So glad you are feeling better and so glad to see you back on blog land. It's not the same without you!

~amy~ said...

Wow girlie...can't believe you're back rock sista!!!! sweet sweet cards!!! take care of yourself!!

Shemaine Smith said...

Glad to see you back here and posting. Did you know blogging can very therapeutic! I'm sorry you are not feeling a 100 percent but if you're like me nothing can stop you from crafting so get on in there! I can't wait to see what you create next crafty girl!

Amy Heller said...

Kelley! Yay! So glad you feeling better - and feeling up to crafting?!!! That's major!! WOW - that's sensational! I saw you were on the PTI honors for November - great job!! And for your favorite card! That's the best! Take care of yourself!! :)

Daniela Hendea {PurpleD} said...

You are one tough cookie, you are beating this thing! :-)

I don't know why I left the EBTKS for the last day, but I'm still going to do it! :-)

Karen said...

Hi Kelley!! So glad to 'see' you!!! You are just rockin' and it sounds like you have a fantastic support system!!

Love those BG dolls! I've liked them every time I've seen them, but never picked them up because I just wasn't sure how to use them....well, you managed to and quite well! Your birdie's toothpick branch is adorable too. :>

Keep resting, taking the help, and look forward to 'seeing' you you feel up to it! (((HUGS))) :>

Amanda Winkelman said...

Kelley, such cute cards....I'm happy to know you made them before.....cuz if you were craftin and stampin already......sounds like you're doing well, so glad to hear that! Hope you can enjoy some of the required rest time!!!Take care!!!

Anonymous said...

Kelley... good to know that you are feeling better!. Take your time!!! Hugs! I love your card!!!!

Dana said...

Cute, cute cards, Kelley! Glad to hear everything went well and you're feeling better already! :)