Good Morning Fellow Stampers!
Wowza! Another week gone -- TGIF! as they say. However, before I jump into today's design inspiration, it won't be such a good one for me. Many of you have asked how I am doing in these past weeks, and I just want to give you a quick update. In short ~~ not well. I will be returning to the Oral Surgeon this afternoon and will be undergoing surgery to have the implant removed that was placed on May 27th. For those who do not know about my journey this summer, it has been a long one. One where infection began at the surgical site on June 7th, and moved into my sinus area. I have struggled for 4 months, and through 2 ENT doctors; to now determine that the doctor believes the infection has propounded into the implant itself and there is no antibiotic that can follow to fix that. I am tired, have not felt well in quite some time, and feel that this infection is definitely in the jaw bone, is impacting the teeth around the implant, not to even speak of my sinus area. So the hope is that by removing the implant we remove the source of the infection; the sinus will be flushed during the surgery; and then we will give this some time to heal and see if things finally clear and get better. I would covet your prayers and good wishes during this time as if things don't go well, I could be facing a major sinus surgery in the future. I really do not want to go there. What to do with the implant area will be a decision that will have to come much later.
At any rate -- enough "downer" discussion. It is the weekend and I'm hoping to feel well enough on Saturday to go on a drive with my honey to the mountains and do a little Fall leaf peeping!! It's a beautiful time of year!!
In the meantime, it is Mojo Monday [MOJO466] challenge time. And what a wonderful sketch challenge we have this week. Now early in the week I posted this week's sketch up on my Business Facebook page and asked what kind of theme or stamp set did you want to see me use with this week's sketch. I didn't get much response unfortunately, so I decided to run with it. Some of you may know that it has been a very special week in our Stampin' Pretty Pals group . . .
Our very own "fearless leader" of the Stampin' Pretty Pals, Mary Fish, crested the $1,000,000 lifetime sales achievement mark. She is the 14th person to do so in Stampin' Up! history. This is a prestigious honor and as you can see, very few have accomplished this milestone as of yet.
I'm so proud to be a part of this sweet lady's downline. She has been a cheerleader on my sideline, and an incredible mentor in helping me grow my business. I could not be more privileged to be a part of her special group.
And so a special lady, needs a special card to celebrate such a special occasion.
Doggone Delightful Stampin' Design Tips:
- Layerothology. I took this week's Mojo sketch and really worked "outside of the box" on this one. What fun!! :-) This is a very simple Z-Fold card. Not something I do very often, but I really do want to do more "fancy folds" in my creative designs. This card base is cut from Thick Whisper White cardstock, 4 1/4" x 11"; and I scored at the 5 1/2" mark, and at the 2 3/4" mark. Be sure to flip your card so you have the score "bump" on the right side for each fold. Remember my Technique Tip?? : Did you know that there is a right and wrong side to your scored card base? The “bump” formed by the scoring tool goes toward the inside of your card. You’ll notice when you fold inward so the score bump is inside that you get a perfect professional-looking fold and card every single time!
- A Pop of Pink, Gold, and Floral Phrases. Now Miss Mary is the queen of "simple and pretty" cards. So I wanted to make something that seemed perhaps a little "simpler" but still was my style and aesthetic. The front "fold" or flap of this card is 2 3/4" x 4 1/4" (just FYI!) and I layered it with a piece of Melon Mambo overlaid with a wonderful piece from the Pop of Pink specialty designer series paper. I then created a fun layered banner set using a piece of Vellum cardstock (punched with the Banner Triple Punch), a piece of the gorgeous Gold 5/8" satin ribbon, and a piece of Whisper White cardstock stamped with the very elegant "Congratulations" from the Floral Phrases stamp set, embossed in gold. The whole set is stapled to the front flat with a piece of 1/8" Melon Mambo stitched ribbon, which is then tied in a bow around the staple. Now how sweet is that. And it is the perfect take on the sketch.
- Layered Squares. The inside of this Z-Fold is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", just FYI again ;-) and I layered this background with Melon Mambo once again and one of the fabulous "specialty" papers from the Pop of Pink SDSP, this one with the beautiful gold metallic flecking (I love this paper). I then wanted to emulate the sketch again, and created a layered square set using, yup, you guessed it, the fabulous Layering Squares framelits, in Basic Black, Melon Mambo and Whisper White, with this great sentiment from the Suite Sayings stamp set. Now I'm just going to say, don't be scared to mix and match your sentiment fonts. There is nothing wrong with having the curvy elegance on the front, and the more square basic on the inside. And I know Miss Mary loves all types of fonts, so this is going to be right up her alley :-)
I finished the look off with some Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes (stars to be exact) and some of the paper to the flap of the envelope (you can't send a naked envelope to Miss Mary ;-) )
I'm so excited to send this special Congratulations to this very special lady.
I can only hope to follow in this wonderful lady's footsteps someday.
She is quite the inspiration.
I hope you all have enjoyed today's design. I look forward to hearing from each of you and what you think :-) I'll be online off and on over the weekend as I am hopefully recovering from today's surgery. I look forward to conversing with you all :-)
Until Next Time . . .