Friday, August 16, 2013
I have been gone for a few days. I decided to take my daughter on a little "mini" vacation. She had reconstructive surgery one her left foot back in March then the same surgery on her right foot the beginning of July. This surgery required 7 incisions on her foot and one on her lower leg; some very long. Since that first surgery, she has not been able to walk and has had to keep at least one foot elevated above her heart most of the time. She has two more weeks before she will be able to walk again. She can get around on a medical scooter. But there is more bad news! She will be having surgery on her spine in a couple of weeks due to injuries received from the auto accident we were in back in January. The injury is very serious and must be done. It will be a very painful recovery and will take at least six months to recover, then she will have to go back for another back surgery, a little lower, as soon as she is healed enough from the first back surgery. This means another year of recovery for her. I wanted to get her out of the house for a little recreation before she starts another recovery, so I took her up to Flathead Lake in Montana; what beautiful country. We were limited as to what we could do because getting around on a scooter is not very easy sometimes, but she had a wonderful time. We saw tons of gorgeous scenery in Montana and even found some great restaurants. The area around the lake has many, many cherries tree farms and we even found fresh huckleberries, which we both love. We were amazed at all the beautiful hanging baskets in all the towns we visited. It made me want to come home and create lots of flowers!
So, creating flowers is what I did this afternoon. My card today was created using the Susan's Garden "Peony" and "Pansy/violet" dies. The background paper is from the Webster's Pages "Your Life Beautiful" pad. The Peony and Violets were made just like Susan's shows on her videos, which you can view at Joan's Gardens. Behind the Peony, I added the Memory Box "Trellis Border". The small foliage was die cut using the Impression Obsession " foliage" die. The two butterflies were die cut using the Memory Box "Peppi Butterfly", The "Kaleidoscope Butterfly", and the "Moonlight Butterfly".
To color both the center of the peony and the violets, I used Susan's Gardens Pan Pastels and in the center of the violets I used the green Viva Paper Pen from the Susan's Garden "Paper Pen Set". The flowers were shaped using the Susan's Garden "Flower Tool Kit". I couldn't resist creating some little lady bugs using the Susan's Garden "Lady Bug Kit".
I hope you like this card as much as I do, and I hope you are enjoying using your Susan's Garden flower dies to create beautiful flowers as much as I do!
Susan's Garden "Peony" dies, 658423
Susan's Garden "Pansy/Violet" dies, 658419
Susan's Garden "Paper Pen Set"
Susan's Garden "Flower Tool Kit"
Susan's Garden "Ladybug Kit"
Impression Obsession "foliage", DIE-055-N
Memory Box Peppi Butterfly, 98508
Memory Box, Kaleidoscope Butterfly, 98261
Memory Box, Moonlight Butterfly, 98260