Monday, July 24, 2017

Stampin' Up! Label Me Pretty (stressed)!

Today was a very stressful day. It started out with my making a card and I really messed up the front...I was stamping directly on it, using masking tape and a clear mount stamp. It didn't stamp properly and there was no way I could line it up again. You'll see why in a minute. 

Then we had to leave at noon to go to Florida Cancer Specialist on an emergency basis. My husband's port area was extremely swollen and red.  We got there at 12:30, the doctor was out of town, the covering nurse didn't show up for 40 min. Once she saw it, she explained that one of the oncology nurses would take his temperature, do a culture, and then administer an antibiotic via his port. An hour later I went to find out when they were going to take his temp and do the other stuff. It was totally chaotic there. It's a big place and they are understaffed. Almost all of the 150 chairs were occupied. Long story short, we finally got out of there at 3:30 p.m. One nurse thinks he is in need of having the port removed and a new one inserted. We are hoping she is wrong and that a week of antibiotics will do the trick. This is the third time it has happened within a year. 

When we got home, the roofer was here trying to find out where the leak in our lanai roof is coming from. He and our son were unsuccessful. They caulked every nook and cranny they could find. Now we have to keep track of what direction the rain is coming from when it leaks again. We have a refrigerator and TV out there so that is our concern as we all know electricity and water don't mix!

So, with all that behind me I decided to give the card a try again. With minimal struggle, I finished it.

My color choices of blue, green, plum and berry colors came from...

My colors are not as bright as their example but I worked with what I had...Perfect Plum, Berry Burst, Emerald Envy and blue scraps I had from a wedding card I made years ago. The DSP is from Kaiser Craft "Coastal Escape". (I needed an escape after today!) That was the easiest part...figuring out the colors.

made it easy for me to place my pieces. The dots are from the new SU Glitter Enamel Dots, the circles are punched. It was 

that gave me a run for my money. I took the small "Thank you for caring" stamp and colored each word by itself with a Sweet Sugarplum marker, trying to line it up with my Misti. This is where I probably should have used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig! Mary will let me know for sure! I did it on a strip of Whisper White that just fit in the space where I had messed up. Tomorrow I'll work on the inside.

I learned three things today:

1. I need to order the Stampin' Up Regals markers (I didn't have Perfect Plum).
2. I need to practice using my Stamp-a-ma-Jig with clear mount stamps.
3. I love the Label Me Pretty bundle.

You can order those three things by clicking on the catalog picture at the top left, which will take you to my online store.

Thanks for looking and thank you for caring!


  1. What a day you had! Love how you've used this stamp. Thanks for joining us at WWYS this week. Lou

    1. WWYS is one of my faves...thanks, Lou!

  2. Very pretty background! Love the colors. Hope that tomorrow is a much better day! :)

  3. Well - the stress seemed to work for you - this is a beautiful card, Karen! That said - I'm so sorry that you and Perry had such an awful day! :( I very much hope that tomorrow is much MUCH better! :)

    1. Thanks, Mary. He is feeling a tad better and hope tomorrow will be even more so. I appreciate your kind words.

  4. I love that fabulous background paper! You framed it quite nicely with the blue and green paper. You really nailed the sketch design! Thanks for sharing this lovely card with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog. Please join us again soon!
    :) Marie

  5. Hi, Karen! I'm sorry to hear of the health worries. Prayers that Hubby can heal from this infection with no replacements. On a brighter note, I love your card. It's a very tranquil scene and the mood carries calmness. You did great and I'm glad you did give it another go! Thanks for joining in on this week's challenge at WWYS.

  6. Love how you have brought all the elements of you card together, so glad you persevered after the day you had. Thanks for playing along at WWYS this week

  7. So happy you played along after a shocker of a day!! I especially love your what you learnt today, and #3 is my favourite x I'd love to see how you made the background it's so lovely, hoping tomorrow is a better day x Carolina

  8. I love it - it's very pretty and I hope creating it helped soothe your soul. Thanks for sharing at Always Fun Challenges.

  9. Such a pretty card! Thanks so much for playing along with Atlantic hearts!

  10. I love the water colour affect, very calming and comforting. Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC


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