Friday, November 30, 2012

Jellypark GDT Final Installment - Stars Are Brightly Shining

Yes, this is my third and final GDT appearance for Jellypark Friends. I have been invited to join them as a DT member in January, and I am really looking forward to that--thank you!! This great group of gals are a tight-knit bunch, supporting each other through their ups and downs. I am honored to have guest-designed with them this past month, and to design with them starting in the New Year. And a big "Hi" to Jennifer--hope you are doing better each day!

I want to mention a couple of things before I get to my card for today. One is that I am writing this on Thursday, so I have no idea how Gary will be today. Does that make sense? Of course not, but I seldom do. Back-story: Gary had shoulder surgery today, which is actually Thursday, to repair some issues in his left knee shoulder. (I had to put in "knee", as the instructions they sent home with him referred to his knee surgery. He's not supposed to put much weight on it, which is ludicrous because he doesn't walk on his shoulder. Well, at least, not unless he's had too much to drink, which rarely ever happens. But when it does, it is rather hilarious to watch. Sorry. Couldn't resist.) Where was I? Lost in thought. And it's really dark in here.

Oh, yeah, Gary's surgery. Well, they gave him a nerve block, which, as I write this, is working splendidly. He has no sensation in his shoulder, arm, or hand, and barely any in his fingers. Which is a very good thing as he is still pain-free. Which was last night as you read this. But I have no idea how he is doing today, because today hasn't happened yet. Except in an alternate universe. Which, btw, is a really crazy place. Be glad you are here. Unless you have an evil twin like I do, that keeps making you write weird crap in your blog. Then, not so much.

I hope today is a pleasant one, and that Gary's pain meds are keeping up with his pain. So that his pain level is low. You know what I mean, Jellybean? It's no fun to be around a hubby who is in pain. 'Cuz then they are a pain in the you-know-what.

You know how I was so tired the other day because I stayed up all night? Well, Wednesday night I went to bed at 11:15 p.m., (I know, I couldn't believe it either!), so that I could get up at 3:50 a.m. to shower and dress and take Gary for his early morning surgery. Well, I was still awake at 12:50 a.m., which meant that I got under 3 hours of sleep Wednesday night, which was last night, or two nights ago as you read this. So I am slap-happy again this evening, although I did have a short nap this afternoon. Until the dog, Donovan Ding-Dong, started barking and scared the patooty out of me. I was really deep in slumber and was shocked awake. And you know why that dingbat barked? Because Gary was walking down the hallway. Clever dog. Why wouldn't you bark at your master in that case? I think he was dropped on his head when he was a baby. Donovan, not Gary, although that is a possibility, too. Shhhh....don't tell him I said that. Gary, not Donovan. Donovan could care less. Unless someone walks down his hallway.

I went on so long about Gary that I forgot the other thing I was going to mention. But I do want to say thank-you to my sisters, for coming to the surgical center today (yesterday) to sit with me during Gary's surgery. They were with me for 4 hours, and it was so sweet of both Barbara and Merrilyn to take the time to do that. What are sisters for, huh? And don't you just know we gossiped non-stop. And it could have been about YOU!  (Insert evil grin here.)

I am now a day behind in another DT, due to Gary's surgery--thanks a lot, Gar--but will have it done today, (Friday), I promise! I am going to do my best to get ahead this next month, so I can enjoy that trip to Hawaii. And, no, Kathi R, you are not going in my place. No way, no how. Nice try, though.

So, back to the stars. We were to add stars to our project. I didn't need to add them, though, as my image already had stars in it. I love this darling little birdy image, called Jellypark Robin and Bird House. Now I know I didn't color it with authentic robin colors, but I had to keep to the color scheme for several challenges, so I eliminated the reddish breast. (That somehow sounds odd to me.) You know, non-traditional Christmas colors. So, no red anywhere. In fact, I chose a blue, Kraft & white color scheme to meet a particular challenge--Digital Tuesday--only to realize that I was a week late and a dollar short. Sigh...

I used another sketch to create this card. It's from the Papertake Weekly challenge:

Of course, I modified it slightly. I can't help myself. It's a condition I have, which shall remain nameless. But starts with the letter "lunatic".

My image was printed on Make It Colour Blending Card. I used another Create with TLC sentiment, (there are so many fab ones), and printed that on MICBC as well. I chose DP from the Carta Bella Winter Fun collection and paired it with Stampin' Up CS.

I colored the birdy with my Copics: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, B000, B00, B52. I added a bit of Copic Spica to the beak, legs, & feet, and some Stickles to the snow and the stars.

I cut the image out with a Spellbinders Labels 1 die and framed it with CS cut with a Spellbinders Decorative Labels 1 die; then I stamped a BG mini flourish, (from several years ago, thank you, Angela), around the edges of the image with Memories Baby Blue ink. The sentiment was cut out with a Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die. Other dies used:  Cheery Lynn Pine Needles & Victorian Picket Fence, and La-La Land Crafts Corner. Stickles were added to the pine needle die-cuts for some extra sparkle.

Both the image and sentiment were popped up on the card. I added a Maya Road Little Birdies Vintage Trinket and a star button from my stash to a white bow, which I made using my Bow-Easy. And there you have it.

I am entering this card into several challenges:

Cheery Lynn Non-Traditional Christmas Colors Challenge
CMC Copic Non-Traditional Christmas Colors Challenge
Crafty Ann's Birds and/or Animals Challenge
Eclectic Ellapu Celebrations with Sparkle Challenge
Hooked on Craft Christmas Challenge
Inky Impressions Pastel or Vintage Christmas Challenge
Love to Create Non-Traditional Holiday Colors Challenge
Papertake Weekly Sketch Challenge #74
Pixie Dust Studio Winter Holidays Creation Challenge
Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Winter Friends Challenge
The Paper Shelter Christmas is Coming Challenge

Looking forward to your creations this week. Be sure to check out the talented DT's creations!

Last call for comments on the Blog Candy post! I will draw the winner tomorrow, which is Saturday as you read this! Be sure you have a comment on that post at the top of my blog by the end of today, and that you are a follower of mine!


  1. I love this card, your coloring is fantastic (a red breast wouldn't look good anyway)
    I hope Gary is doing well and that you get some well deserved rest.

  2. This is gorgeous Penny. I love the image, your colouring is beautiful and the detailing is fabulous too.
    I hope you have a good weekend

  3. Best oldest sister BarbaraNovember 30, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous card Penny! And thanks for the thanks but I considered it an honor to be able to help you with my "great" support! After all, I remember a time some 15 years ago now, when you gave me some much needed love and support and did it unconditionally. And you do it all the time too!
    Anyway getting back to the card, I love the colors and this one is one of my favorites!

  4. oh so cute! love so much the papers and image. great combo.

  5. Such a beautiful card Penny!!
    Hope Gary is pain-free, and that it stay's that way :)
    Now get some rest!!!

  6. I love this beautiful card Penny. Love the darling image and your gorgeous coloring. I want that image, so guess I'll go shopping!! Hope Gary is doing great and having NO pain. Get some sleep.

  7. Hope Gary is doing better. I love your card, its very pretty and love the your color choices. Congrats on the new DT!! Well deserved. Have a great day. Hugs, Kim

  8. Lovely creation, Penny. Hope Gary is up and around soon so Penny can keep up with her "Fun stuff". Please give details of the Hawaii trip as DH and I will be foregoing that getaway this year. Instead, we will be spending our Winter getaway with Family in AZ.

  9. Morning sweetie this is gorgeous hugs pops x

  10. Absolutely adorable!! what a sweet color combo! Thanks for joining in the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  11. What a cute card. Love the image, choice of colours and papers.
    Hope Gary is still pain free
    Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Shelter 'Christmas is Coming' challenge, and good luck
    Eileen x

  12. Penny, I have to thanks you for all the wonderful comments you leave me you are the sweetest person. Sorry you did not get any sleep, girlfriend, you have to much on your mind, you need to relax. I hope you are sleeping now? Sorry to here about Gary's surgery and I'm sure everything turned out just fine and has no pain.
    I love your card the colors you choose are awesome, love the image and the die cuts. You coloring is wonderful and love the extra birdie on your beautiful bow. Just stunning.
    Hugs, Patricia

  13. This is fabulous. Thank you for sharing over at Eclectic Ellapu this week and hope you join us again
    Elaine aka Ellapu

  14. Love your choice of colours and the image is gorgeous :)
    Hope your hubby makes a quick recovery so you can enjoy Christmas,
    Thanks for joining us at LTC
    Hugs Klair DT xx

  15. Penny, fab colors, and loving this spellbinder die, this is my newest kick right now. I have been working spellbinder warehouse sale for the past week. Fun image and beautiful coloring. Thanks for your visit and leaving those fantastic and loving comments. Hugs

  16. Sweet image and a fantastic card!!! Thanks for playing with us at The Paper Shelter.

  17. Stunning card Penny, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  18. Gorgeous card Penny :-) such a cute image and the papers and colours are lovely :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Papertake Weekly Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  19. Gorgeous card! Love the image, and the sparkly snowflakes in the background! Thank you for joining us this week over at Love to Create Challenge Blog.
    Ruza, LTC DT

  20. Hope Gary is recovering quickly :)
    Love this card - the colours are gorgeous together and the design works so well. The frame is the perfect touch :)

  21. "Unless you have an evil twin like I do, that keeps making you write weird crap in your blog. Then, not so much."

    Um. I do. Have one that writes weird, but usually truthful stuff on my blog. She also visits your blog and writes stuff here too. She can stay in NJ and the real (angelic) me will go to Hawaii with you and Gary because I know he'd love that.

    Talking, actually typing, about Gary, I hope he's feeling much better and isn't doesn't need to take as many pain killers, unless he wants to do so.

    You know that I always learn something on your blog. Today I learned that "lunatic" is a letter. It must fall somewhere between "l" and "mnop".

    Yeah. The card. I love the little birdy and it's okay if you didn't color him in his proper birdy colors. He's in winter plumage anyway so he can blend in with his surroundings.

  22. Oops. I forgot to congratulate you on your new dt gig. They are very lucky to have you. And I'm sure you like being had.

  23. Rally cute holiday card! Thanks for joining us at Love to Create. NancyD

  24. Thank you so much for having played with us last week at Love to Create for our Non-Traditional Holiday Challenge!! We really appreciate your support!! See you again soon!

    Many Blessings,

  25. Lovely design and beautiful colours. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Crafty Ann's.
    Jen x

  26. Super sweet image. Love the sparkle. Thanks for playing along with the Anything Goes Challenge over on the SImon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

  27. You have made a lovely card which fits our challenge well. Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Crafty Ann's Design Team xxx

  28. This is so cute! I love the colors you chose, and your coloring of that cute little bird. Very sweet!


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