Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Colored Bloom & personal update

     I wanted to take a moment, before I share today's card, and give you a personal update on my finger.  On New Year's Eve afternoon, I bumped my finger, and it fractured - pretty bad.  I went to see an orthopedist (who specializes in the hand) and found out there was a tumor in the bone (it made the bone so brittle, that is why it fractured from just a bump).  I ended up with a hard plastic splint for 9 weeks.  Then once the bone was basically healed, it was surgery to remove the tumor.  It took several more weeks for the break to heal (finally got the okay on May 30th), but the putty they put in the tumor's place is still not hardened and might not be for a year.  That aside, I've been in occupational therapy, at least 2x per week, since March 7th.  It's been painful, frustrating, and rewarding all at the same time.  After thousands of exercises, 2 different splints (worn for 15 min of every waking hour), hundreds of hours of therapy, and daily use of my hand - the finger STILL was not bending all the way, nor going straight.   Almost 2 weeks ago, when I last saw my doctor, he said that the scar tissue has fused the tendon to the bone, prohibiting the tendon from doing it's job - not allowing my finger to bend completely or stretch out straight.  So there is a reason for all my frustration.  This being the case, I am now having surgery to clean out all the scar tissue, thus freeing up the tendon to do it's job and, hopefully, give me movement back in my finger.  I'm having surgery today (probably as you read this).  I'm very nervous and stressed, but I know it's the next step.  I'm hoping therapy this time around isn't as long, but I'm also realistic and know, this WILL take time - and a lot of work.

WOW!  Time for some happy!

Gorgeous, isn't it?  I thought so!  I CASEd this card from Frenchie.  She just does the best cards!  The technique on the Blended Bloom is the emboss resist technique - colored in using sponge daubers.  This card looks like it's difficult, but it's really not.  We made this card in my Stampin' Nite class in June, and I have some beginner stampers who come.  Their cards looked like this one.  Easy!


CARD STOCK:  Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, & Whisper White

INKS:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Pool Party, & Wisteria Wonder  

STAMPS:  Blended Bloom, Summer Silhouettes, & Four You

TOOLS:  Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Clear (or White) Embossing Powder, Sponger Daubers, Paper Snips, & Dimensionals

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Happy Wednesday!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a lovely card! Good luck with your surgery. I hope this time it will heal more quickly!! -Juliana


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