Friday, November 14, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Thanks or Thanksgiving Challenge/Jon's Birthday Card

Is it me or does this Friday feel really special? Teehee. Hardeharharhar. It's me alrighty. We are getting our decorative rocks installed today, which will finish the backyard. Yup, you heard me. Finished! Now that is pretty darn good, considering they started the pool dig 4 weeks ago today. A.MAZ.ING!!! Right????

The pool interior was done on Saturday, with the acid wash on Sunday. Then we filled it Sunday and Monday; and they came back to start it up on Monday afternoon. The deck jets were installed on Wednesday. All we really want to do, besides putting in the rock, is add a gate to the pool equipment area. (My brainstorm, I will take a bow, thank you, thank you. Problem of ugly pool equipment solved.) And the gate people, (that sounds like somebody from a horror movie), will be here sometime today to measure for the gate. The rain gutters were installed yesterday, and we are still awaiting a date for the patio shade-screen. That is a minor detail in the big scope of things, though, and has nothing to do with the beauty of our backyard. Because it is stunning, if I do say so myself. And I most definitely do. Wait until you see the before/after photos! It is really an amazing transformation. (BTW, all of our plants were planted last Friday, and it was a wondrous thing, really. Guess I am over-the-moon about them!)

Oh, and did you hear about those Arizona Cardinals??? Still with the best record in the ENTIRE NFL!!! At least for this week, at 8-1. Of course, into each life a bit of rain must fall. And ours fell in a gully-washer last Sunday. Yes, we won the game. And, yes, it was pretty fantastic. BUT, we lost our starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, for the rest of the season. Sigh...only time will tell if our back-up can keep the offense chugging along. We can only hope.

Also pretty amazing is the fact that my alma-mater, Arizona State, has an 8-1 record right now as well. Don't know what's gotten into these AZ football teams, but it would be pretty fantastic if they could both keep it going.

On the Gary front. Well, his original back problem is much better. He says it hurts only at a 2 on a scale from 1-10. And he did see his urologist, who confirmed that he does not have any kidney stones right now. Nor does he have evidence of kidney cancer, which Gary apparently is concerned about, as his paternal grandfather died from kidney cancer when Gary was a little boy. Either I didn't know that, or I totally forgot it.

Anyway, even though his lower back is much better on the right side, he now has a backache on the left side. He said he caught his arm in the sheets in bed and somehow twisted his back getting his arm out. Ahem. So now he hardly sleeps because it hurts so much to lie down on his back. Gag me. I told him to go back to the family doctor and get a new prescription for muscle relaxers. That should take care of his new problem. Other than that, things are really hunky-dory around here.

OK, back to our regularly scheduled program...yes, this is Friday, so it is a new Outlawz challenge for the Friday Coloring group. You may use any medium you wish for coloring your image on your project. We are sponsored this month by The East Wind, and our lucky randomly-selected participant will win a prize of three digital images! Good luck to you all.

So, on to this week's card. I combined our SIL's birthday card with the theme for the week. I used the Jellypark image, Boy Leaning on Word Son. I printed this on X-Press It BC, colored it with my Copics and Twin Touch Brush markers, added my own sentiment and some lettering from Memory Box Typewriter Lower dies, and added a bit of baker's twine. My DP is from the Basic Grey Out of Print collection, and it was paired with Stampin' Up CS. Here are the colors I used:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: YR20, E31, E35
Shoes/Shirt: Y11, TTY49, TTY44
Jeans: B93, B95, B97
T-shirt: TTGY175, YG93, TTY42

Before I go, I want to mention that my talented teammates, (Carla, Dawn, Kathi, and Laine), have made some fabulous inspirational pieces. Do check them out. And then play along with us again this week, OK?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We will be back at the stadium to see the Cardinals beat the Lions!  (Right? Oh, I surely hope so!)


  1. This is gorgeous Penny, such a fabulous image and stunning colouring.
    I hope you have a fabulous weekend.
    hugs Sue xx

  2. Penny, love your card and I'm sure your SIL will too. Can't wait to see a picture of your new yard. Hope you enjoy it this weekend.

  3. Such a fun read Penny. Its so much fun to catch up with your week. Hope Gary feels better soon. Your card is lovely.

  4. Super card! Great CAS design, fabulous image and colouring!
    Can't wait to see the photos of your pool- although I'm going to be Soooo jealous!

  5. Absolutely stunning!!!! huggles Pops xxx

  6. I love the SON and the guy standing so relaxed by the letters, love it! Your coloring is perfect and he will enjoy his card, nice!! You are so busy and I love hearing about your weekly events. You have a gift of writing, nice that your pool and landscaping are done too!
    Hugs Kelly

  7. Sounds like you've had a packed week!! Better news for Gary - let's hope all the pain goes away very soon.
    Fab design/layout - very laid back dude and brilliantly coloured to boot :)

  8. You are a busy girl. I'm so happy for the Arizona Cardinals my Dad would be on cloud nine. You are getting good at those CAS cards. This one is wonderful, love the image. Glad the pool is going good cannot wait to see pictures. I a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Pat

  9. Loving this fun card- I like the fun image and the way you did the lettering. Cool that the pool is done- I will look forward to pictures and will have to plan a winter trip to come see you - hehehe and hope Gary's back is better soon- better take it easy on him!

  10. Another stunning masculine design. Love how you used the twine.
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  11. Reading backwards has its perks. I know that Gary is okay. Water therapy will help immeasurably too!

    Great CAS card with a fantastic image, which is colored beautifully.

    The twine is the perfect embellishment!


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