I spent the last week mostly by my brother’s hospital bed. He had a total kidney failure and double pneumonia. I was thankful that I was able to fly up and be with him and his family to help wherever and however I could. Thank heavens that he is now a bit better, out of the hospital, having beaten the pneumonia, and starting peritoneal dialysis at home.  There is a long road ahead with lots more doctor visits, registering at the kidney transplant registry and various family members being tested to see if one of us might be a match with him so that we can perhaps shorten the 2-5 year wait for a transplant. I am so thankful that he has survived this medical crisis, but I know what lies ahead will be difficult for him and for his family.

20150611_130520This card I made today was inspired by this wonderful quote by Robert H. Schuller, “Tough times never last but tough people do!” I printed this from my computer using a free font I downloaded called “Sketchy”.

I used some Studio Calico wood veneer potty people to represent my brother, his wife and their daughter. I painted them all with black acrylic paint, topped with Glossy Accents for high shine. Using E6000, I glued them onto a heart die cut, which I cut using the Diemond Dies Heart Nesting Die Set and added shimmer to with clear Wink of Stella.  For the cloudy sky, I used various patterned paper scraps from my scrap box and 3 Fiskars cloud punches (as well as drawing a larger cloud which I cut out by hand). To represent the temporary nature of the dark clouds (with the sun peeking through), I used some yellow watercolor paint just underneath the top and right side of the cloud cluster, watering it down for a softer edge. To create a more finished look, I inked the edges of all the clouds, the sentiment banner, and the edges of the whole card base with black Versafine ink.  I also scribbled some jagged lines around the card base (which is popped up on fun foam) to create a thin frame and reference a heart monitor.  Lastly, I added some paint splatters with watered down black acrylic paint and the yellow watercolor.

The following is a video share of this card:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
fern bainbridge’s So Thankful Challenge
One Sweet Challenge Die Cuts or Punches Challenge

The Pink Elephant Inspiration Challenge (with all the mix of patterns)

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Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and blessings. WOOF!




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