Friday, June 12, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring "Roses for Red Rose Day" Challenge

Howdy! I am sitting here with egg on my face. (Shouldn't it be in my stomach?) Guess I should tell you why. I have not mentioned anything over the past three weeks about my skin condition, which I thought was another outbreak of shingles on the back of my neck. So I used an anti-viral refill at the start and then just waited for the breakout to go away. Shingles can last from two to four weeks. Which is an awfully long time if you are suffering the pain that shingles cause. Well, my hubby kept pestering me to go to the doctor. But, no, I was just going to wait it out. 'Cuz I am enormously stubborn that way. I just despise having to go to the doctor. (The opposite of said husband, who visits his doctor at the first sign of a hangnail. Well, no, not quite, but he thinks of doctors the same way he thinks about restrooms. He never met one he didn't want to visit at every opportunity.) Do I sound a wee bit snarky? Chalk it up to him being right about my skin problem. (Which is why I have egg on my face. Scrambled or over-easy? Perhaps sunny-side up with a side of grits.)

Anyway, Tuesday morning I awakened to an entirely new break-out area on my neck, right below the one which still hadn't completely healed. Sigh. I called the doctor and got in to see him late in the afternoon. When I told Gary I was going, he high-fived me. Yes, he was terribly proud that he had won the battle of the wills. Gag me.

So my doctor comes into the examining room and asks me what seems to be the problem. And I tell him that I have shingles on the back of my neck and on my eyelids. (Yes, my eyelids are red, itchy, and raw, too. Hooray. Lucky me.) I turn around for him and show him my neck. Then I pull my glasses off so he can see my eyelids. And he says to me: "You do not have shingles." And I look bewildered and say, "I don't? What do I have?" And he says, "That's the worst case of cooties I have ever seen in my life. I can't believe my eyes." And I faint dead-away...

Snicker. Naw, he said I have an allergic dermatitis--a reaction to what we don't know. He suggested shrimp, but I have been eating them forever, and never had a problem. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what could have caused this problem. Unless it was something I ate early on during Restaurant Week, because that's when this skin thing started. Anyway, the doctor started me on prednisone, but warned me to wait until Wednesday morning to take the first dose. Because the meds can make you hyper and unable to sleep. Just ask my sister, Merrilyn. Who is on her second round of prednisone for her ear condition. She said she's been getting 2 hours of sleep a night. Oh, gosh. Help...

Anyway, I am not contagious, thank heavens. I am not going to die. Well, not from this anyway. And I am going to get well. Sing it: 'Girls, hit your hallelujah, whoo!' (Uptown Funk, doncha know. Can't get that song out of my head. Hope it doesn't get into yours, but if it does, just sing it. And dance. Like I am right now while I am sitting at the computer. 'Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh. Hah!')

Hey, we are going to Kai for a wine dinner Thursday night. Yippee! Which, at this posting, was last night. But at the time I wrote this, it hadn't happened yet. So I cannot tell you what wines we had, nor what we ate. But I will take photos and share it all with you on my Monday posting. So stay tuned for that, 'K? (Are you confused? Good, because so am I. I cannot even tell you how my meds are working, but I will do that on Monday, too.)

So. Back to the ranch. Or the story. Or the real reason for this blog post. Yes, yes, at The Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge we are celebrating roses for Red Rose Day, which is June 12. So timely, as that is today. We ask that you hand-color an image on your project, (with any medium you wish), and include something rosy. Like a rose image. Or rose embellishments. Okey dokey...

As I mentioned last week, our sponsor this month is Fairy Tangles Art, by Norma Burnell. She is giving away a prize of three of her fabulous digis, so be sure to play along with us throughout the month! And do check out her images on Etsy.

I used my Fairy Tangles image last week, so this week I am using a Sweet Pea Stamps image. She is called Mad Queen Alice, and was beautifully drawn by Enys Guerrero. I printed her, (Alice, not Enys), on X-Press It BC and colored her with my Copics:

Skin: YR000, YR00, YR01
Hair: T4, T8, T10
Leaves/Vine: G82, G85
Roses: R02, R05, R08, R81, R83, R85
Crown/Skull/Butterfly/Bandages: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27

My DP was taken from the Prima Anna Marie collection, and it was paired with Stampin' Up CS. I used die cuts made with Cheery Lynn Mini Butterfly and Memory Box Macarena Corner dies.

Update: I have entered this into the One Sweet Challenge for June, using die cuts or punches.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is that. Except for you going to our challenge page and checking out the wonderful inspiration by my very talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, Vannessa, and Karen. Be sure to join in the fun this week! We look forward to your creations!

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Penny, your card is soooooo beautiful. Love the vibrant colors. Perfect coloring.

  2. Beautiful image, colour and detail Penny. Hope you feel much better soon.

  3. Your card is gorgeous Penny, such a fabulous image and amazing colouring.
    Oh, you did make me smile! Seriously though, I hope your allergic dermatitis clears soon.
    hugs Sue xx

  4. absolutly fantastic !!!!

  5. Oh Penny , you do make me laugh...I, too have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the doctor's! Hope your allergy soon settles down and hope it wasn't triggered by anything you really love (...maybe Gary being right..!)
    Totally love your gorgeous card, you choose the most beautiful images and colour them so skilfully. This one is a real stunnedr!

  6. So glad your going to be okay. My girlfriend has shingles and she get it in her eyes and all over so I know that is not fun. I hope the meds are helping you and you feel better soon. Love your card it is just gorgeous the image is different but your coloring is just stunning. Love the die cuts. Have a super week end.
    Hugs, Pat♥

  7. Your coloring on this is marvelous and I love those delicate die cuts in the corners.
    I'm glad you don't have cooties and I hope you still get to eat shrimp because it is yummy.

  8. Hi Penny,
    I hope your allergy will get down soon with your egg on your face ;) sorry, but this makes me a little smile ;)
    Your card is fantastic! I always love your marvellous colouring!!

  9. Fabulous card Penny :o)

  10. Simply stunning sweetie amazing droolworthy colouring and shading sigh, thank you for the link but it will be at the bottom of my list while I save to complete some colours, :0) hugs Pops x


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