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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bring on the sunshine....but you can have the heat! ;)

Coffee of the Day - Toasted Coconut

Yep, I admit it. I like the sunny part of summer, but not the heat. Probably because we don't have a/c in this old house.... and when the temps hit 100*, it is HOT! our ceiling & little box fans are running their motors off to keep air moving. Thankfully it's been a bit cooler these past few days, but now you know why I like the snowy season so much! :) it is far easier for me to warm up than cool down... my prayers go out to those parts of the country hit by drought and wildfires.

Today's challenge at Party Time Tuesdays is Die Cuts and Punches. We have some wonderful sponsors, so please check out the challenge blog for all of their info as well as inspiration from the DT!


I used this fun boy in a hammock image from The Paper Shelter and senti from Create with TLC. papers are from the Echo Park This & That Charming collection. main image was cut with a Spellbinders die, grass & clouds with MFT dies. sun was punched with star and scalloped circle punches, & senti with a SU! tag punch. trim comes from another sponsor, Creating is Fun. little touches were added with my white gel pen, including some faux stitching.

Tests at the hospital yesterday didn't go so well. I must be turning into a vampire... you know I much prefer zombies or werewolves, but alas, we don't seem to get a choice in the matter. they had a doozy of a time drawing blood and had to call in the head of the dept. finally to get it done. even then she had to draw an i.v. to get what was needed and wiggle that blasted needle all around before finding any blood in my body. yikes! it was a bit on the painful side! my poor arm is now covered in even more bruises than before. They were telling me that is all very typical for chemo patients. oh chemo, how you are so not my friend.... and I go back tomorrow for yet another treatment. yuck. do not want to go, Sam I am.....if I have to pass this way again, I don't think I will opt for the chemo. it has done so many horrible, permanent things to my body. I'm sure not everyone has the reactions to it that I have and for many it is very helpful. but anyway....still looking for the sunshine. just keep the heat! grins!

Challenges:
Incy Wincy - summertime
Creative Mondays - for men
Cupcake Craft - number cruncher (designer paper)
Stamps & Fun - summer
There She Goes - sewing and stitching
One Stitch at a Time - sun
Cardmad Fairy - summertime
Delicious Doodles - summer holidays
Simply Create Too - summer/vacation
Totally Papercrafts - here comes summer
Paper Crafting Journey - summer
Dude Time Doodles - fun in the sun for men
Fresh Brewed Design - summertime

32 comments:

Dawn said...

Chin up Buttercup! You'll get to the end of that yucky chemo one day! My poor Mum is in the midst of it too!
One day at a time is all you can do!
Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Dude Time Doodles this week!
Good Luck
Gentle Hugs
Dawn xx

Linda w said...

sorry to hear you had such an aweful time yesterday, and have more to come tomorrow. I hope you can continue to cope, and I hope you are one of the many it's been helpful for.
Your card is adorable, love the background with the cute spotty clouds. I'm with you and prefer the winter, when you can keep yourself warm - to the too hot summer that you can't escape from......not that's we've suffered from that (as yet) this year. So far it's cloud cover and rain for weeks and weeks and weeks. Take care sweetheart. Hugs lin

Penny said...

You sound like my sister--they always have a devil of a time drawing her blood, too! Not that she is on chemo, just that her veins are so deeply buried! So sorry that happened to you; I know that was painful! Sending you some healing love! And hang in there tomorrow! Will be thinking of you. XXXXXXXX
Now, as to your card--well, this is just too cute! I love the scene you created!! And the embellies you used are perfect on this card! Keep on creating, Jennifer!
Biggest of hugs,
Penny

Rhonda Miller said...

Jen, sorry to hear your visit didn't go very well. I hope tomorrow can go a little better for you.

Your card is so great. TFS.

ThePurplePlace said...

Hi Jenn - Love your card and the SUNSHINE makes me smile and feel happy. Just WISH you blood work had gone a bit easier.

Thanks for sharing your Chemo feelings too.....I often wonder if I found out I had cancer, if I would EVER want to try Chemo, based on how sick it seems to make so many. Both my Mom and friend Kim, who also both had breast cancer, did not have chemo, but had surgery and rediation. I think IF that was an option for me (God forbid, I have to make that one day)....I would do the same.

I can handle pain pretty well.....as I have to...but I'm just awful with Nausea...so I would not be good with that.

I sure HOPE that my Mammogram goes well tomorrow, so that I don't have to think about Chemo....it breaks my heart knowing what it does to you and so many others....and I know I would NOT want it and PRAY that I'll NEVER have to have it!!

Hugs and love to you!

Lisa

PS: Thanks again for posting about word verification. While I do not have as much difficult with it, as you do, I struggle with it myself and often will try to ask those bloggers who have it ON, to turn it off? However, I have now offended a blogger by doing so and I guess I used a bad choice of words, in my request...but it was NOT meant to be offensive either. I simply was trying to point out how annoying it can be and I guess my words were not right? Yikes!! Needless to say, now I feel awful...but still want people to know that it's SO hard.

I am just one who struggles with getting the words/letters right an find it more difficult then ever, since the last change that Blogger made! I HOPE you KIND post may help others see just how how it is for many reasons.

Thanks Hun!!

Mary J said...

A very sweet card Jennifer!

Hugs to you honey, I am thinking of you as always!

Mary xxx

Anne Temple said...

Keep up your positive attitude. Chemo does affect everyone differently. My husband has had all the negative effects from his last chemo treatment that only less than 5% get, so I understand how you feel.

Love your cheerful card and that cute image. Thanks for sharing it with us at Dude Time Doodles this week.

Tammy said...

Sorry to learn that you are undergoing treatment. My positive thoughts and prayers are with you.
On the bright side, I love, love your card! Such an adorable image and the background scene you created is perfect! Thanks for joining this week's Dude Time Doodles Challenge!

sari said...

What a gorgeous card! Love the sun and the pretty colors! So sad to read that you are not well, hang in there, you get a long way with a positive attitude! I know, i've been there!
Thank you so much for joining us over at Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good luck! Hugs and sunshine

Sharon said...

Hang in there Jenn with your treatment - have a friend who has just been through it!!
Love your summery card - thanks for joining us at Dude Time Doodles this week!!

Jennifer said...

Well Jen, you can imagine a day here in the Yukon. It's beautifully sunny with a monster wind and cool temps. I'm actually staying inside with my little boy who has a cold at the moment. Where he got it I've no idea!
Fantastic card! I love hammocks and have such fond memories of visiting my grandparents in New York State and swinging in the big wooden hammock under the walnut tree! I love how you added the layers of grass and the buttons and such a great sun to! Hugs!

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Sorry to hear you are going throught this terrible process! It's hard on the body for sure! I will keep you in my thoughts.

I really love the card that you have made. Such a pretty scenery.

Thanks for joining us as OSAAT this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Vicky

Colleen Holmes said...

Love your card sweetie with the adorable image and great designing!:) You know I am with you in thoughts and prayers. The expression in our family when anything is going haywire is "keep your chin up" which is pretty damn hard to do at times. I admire you..I want you to know that..Hugz

Louise said...

Super card and great design,thanks for joining us at Cupcake this week.
Hugs louise xx

Nadell said...

A very "relaxing" card. Great job. Thanks for joining us at stamps & fun = CREATIVITY .

Hugs Nadell

Josephine said...

Fabulous card - love the soft colours!

Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!

Tracy said...

I can't imagine not having an AC so since you don't even need one usually I'm sure the heat is really bad on those of you up north. I'm helplessly spoilt by mine. LOL I love the fun papers on this card and that little row of buttons. So cute! Speaking of cute, I REALLY like your new photo--snazzy and stylin! :-) Hope todays treatment went much better. Sending big hugs!

Tip Top said...

Such a sweet image and do like how you've made the sun!

Keep smiling - you know you are very special!

Thanks for entering the Dude Time Doodles Challenge - hope you can join us again next time! Dude Time Doodles

Manderly said...

Cute, cute care! He looks so comfy in his hammock. Love your layout. Thank you much for joining our challenge at OASST this week. We hope to see more of your talent!
Manderly
xxxooo

Manderly said...

ps Oh I am so sorry you have no A/C! And I love your crafter's prayer. Thank you for sharing the verse.
Manderly
xxxooo

Krafty Hugzz Kenzi x said...

Wow hun, another stunning creation, ur cards always amaze me, there so beautifully thought out and put together, Awesome..
Thanks for joining us at PCJ
Hugz
Kenzie xx

Faye said...

I love that row of buttons, what a cute touch. Thanks so much for joining Number Cruncher at Cupcake this week. Good Luck. x

Allison said...

good luck with your treatment
lovely summer card
thanks for joining us at Delicious Doodles this week
AllisonX

sparklingblackrose said...

I love this, the details are gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at OSAAT this week, hope to see you again soon! Elaine DT -xxx- p.s I have a new challenge and candy on offer if you would like to pop by and enter :-) http://sparklingblackrose-craftmylife.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/exciting-new-challenge-for-all-my.html

Choccy said...

Such a beautiful card !! Sorry to hear the tests were not good..
Thanks for sharing with us at One Stitch At A Time for our 'Sun' challenge.. Good Luck and hope to see you back next week ;O)

Choccy x

Christy Beans said...

I hate being told something "is typical for"... like I want to know I'm typical! LOL Happy, hopeful, healing thoughts! Love all the interesting details on your card! =) Thanks for joining us for the Summer challenge at PCJ!

If you're interested, I have some Christmas-in-July Cash Candy on my blog: I Never Went to Kindergarten Come join the fun! =)

Karen C said...

Love the paper choices, the buttons, the way you did the sunshine and the sentiment! This all goes together so well! So glad you joined us at Incy Wincy, One Stitch At A Time, and fun seeing a TLC sentiment! Best of luck in the draws!
Hugs,
Karen C (IW DT, OSAAT DT, and TLC DT)
www.busybusyhoneybee.wordpress.com

Theresa said...

Jennifer, you're my hero! I opted not to do chemo, I'm not that brave. Take care sweetie.

I love your card. How great would it be to live our days on that hammock. Thanks for joining us this week at There She Goes.

Wendy said...

Thank you for entering our summer challenge over at The Paper Crafting Journey

I have some BLOG CANDY
on my blog if you are interested!

Hugs,
Wendy

LORi said...

Hi Jennifer- I wanted to let you know I am praying for you and so sorry you are going through this! Love & Blessings - LORi

Jenni said...

I love your sunny card and thanks so much for playing along with our challenge especially when you are feeling horrible, hope there will soon be light at the end of your tunnel. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days, hope to see you again soon.
Jenni x

scrapclose2theheart said...

Sorry that you are having an awful time. I just came over to tell you that you stay on my mind. I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you. Miss you & Love ya.

Hugs~

Patti