Thursday, December 29, 2011

It's Not Easy. . . . .

. . . .to color when you've got a cold. I've been feeling pretty rotten lately. Sore throat, head ache and swollen glands. Lots of sneezing too. I haven't been sick in years, so I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. I also broke my baby toe the other day. Been hobbling around here at home and at work. It felt a bit better today, so my limp isn't quite as bad.

I was able to create a couple of cards, in between the naps I've been taking. I'm still playing with the Large Flower Background from Hero Arts. It is such a pretty stamp! For this first card, I embossed it in white, colored with a mix of distress inks and water, added some Rock Candy Stickles for a glittery look, then ran it through my cuttlebug to cut out just a portion of it. The background is stamped with True Friends.



For my second card, I wanted to color just a couple of the flowers and cut them out. I decided to keep it very CAS. I attached the flowers to the side of the card base and added a few gems. The sentiment is from the same True Friends stamp. I just cut out the "friends forever" portion.

I have finally reached 200 followers, so as soon as I start to feel better, I'll be putting together some fun goodies to do my giveaway.

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy New Year to you! :)


35 comments:

Dawn said...

gorgeous Barb. Sorry to hear you are unwell.... I must have gone out in sympathy... sore throat, coughing and sneezing... so know how you feel... get better soon... Love how you coloured and cut out only some of the background in your second card. Very cleverly done.

Vanessa said...

Oh, my sweet Barb - I am sorry you are not feeling well! But it totally does not show in your gorgeous cards! Love them both! It's the same over here (except for the baby toe - ouch!) :(
I hope you are feeling better soon! And you deserve thousands of followers. Just saying. Happy New Year to you! Vanessa x

Sue said...

Hello Barb
First let me thank you for the gorgeous Christmas card, it arrived this morning.
Secondly, I hope you recover quickly from your cold, the #toe may take a little longer though I think.
And now,your gorgeous cards.
A Blue and White card; a cool palette but it has calming qualities, you cannot go wrong here; and encompassing your whole area creates so much vitality, it is like swirling unconstrained water with bubbles, there is a certain energy about the card. What a lovely stamp too.
On a different scale we see your second creation; how the mood changes when we look at this card.
A warmer palette; soft, subtle and sentimental, and with some serious negative space going on!
Both are gorgeous cards Barb!
Smiles:)

sheila said...

Oh wow Barb....a bad cold and a broken toe??? Sounds like you need to pamper yourself with a few new stamps.....;-). Your cards are beautiful. I love the blues and the second card is so elegant looking with the "cut" flowers. Feel better soon!

Donna Bowman said...

Those are beautiful and creative cads as always Barb! I can't believe you can make such beautiful cards when you're not feeling well. Keep resting and I hope you feel better soon! Donna

Lynn said...

On Barb, being sick is absolutely no fun. Sending you hugs that you feel better very soon.

Your cards are gorgeous. Love the white space on the second.

Karen B. said...

Barb, these are gorgeous cards. So many beautiful techniques employed here. I hope you get to feeling better soon!

Ellie said...

I'm also in the same boat, just not my toe, though.
Gorgeous cards, I've also got that new stamp, and now I am inspired to go use it straight away!

Lin said...

Wonderful flowery goodness, my friend, you warm my heart on this dreary morning! So sorry to hear about your cold - I think I have a touch of the same thing (from the kiddies) - keep on with those naps and feel better soon!

Annette said...

oh sorry you are not feeling good. I hope you start to feel better real real soon.

Your cards are so amazing...love them

Isha said...

Gorgeous cards Barb!! Get well soon. Sending hugs your way and Happy New Year.

Maureen Morton said...

So sorry to hear that you aren't tip-top, Barb. This time of year it seems so difficult to fend off the germs. And you are hobbling, too?! Good excuse to stay in and craft. Love these cards - the colors are amazing! Take care!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Both cards are beautiful! Love the first one with the die cut center. So pretty.
So sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I sure hope you feel better soon. Being sick just stinks!

Gilda said...

That flower stamp is gorgeous and what you've done with it is very pretty. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Barb I am sending you get well wishes!! However, you have an iron will to overcome "ickyness" to create these beauties! Happy New Year!

CinnamonSally said...

Hi Barb, that cold must be travelling round as I also have a stinker, sore throat sneezing and to top it all no mojo. Nevermind you have inspired me to play with my new flower background stamp again, its my only new stamp at present but I love it, so many possibilities with it!!! Have a Happy New Year and hope your cold gets better soon,
Hugs
Sally

Lisa said...

Hope you are feeling better soon and your toe heals up quickly!! what a bummer :(
Feeling down didn't seem to steal your mojo tho!! These are both beautiful! Love that True Friends bg and all the gorgeous embossing and distressing! Lovely CAS card as well :)
Happy New Year!!

Debstamps said...

Feel better! More beautiful work with my new favorite Hero stamp! Just color/create yourself well!

Jennifer Buck said...

Thanks for the kind words, Barb. :-) This is actually my first stop at your blog. :-) Love your work! This hop has been so much fun! It's been wonderful meeting so many new sweet people. Hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year! Hugs!

donna mikasa said...

Sending get well wishes to you and your baby toe! I hope you greet the new year with a healthy body and spirit! Love your cards and your CAS style!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Tiffany said...

These both look so amazing! I think these two stamps will be the new favorites for many people! I had no idea you broke your toe and are sick! Geesh! Hope you mend quickly and are able to countdown to the new year! Thanks so much for your support this year with not just commenting but your info for my hubs! I so appreciate it!

Judy1223 said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Barb...and this is not feeling well? Oh, man! You are GOOD! I hope you feel better soon and I hope you have a wonderful new year, too!

Mariƫtte said...

I saw your cards on Flickr, they are just beautiful.
Get well Barb, wish you a happy new year!

Nancy said...

You managed to make some lovely cards in spite of feeling poorly, and limping too! I love the blue card, both of those stamps are on my wish list, thanks for sparking my imagination with this gorgeous design! Loving those cut out flowers and sentiment on the second card, great idea!
Hoping you feel better really soon, sweet friend! Wishing you many blessings and lots of love in 2012!

Rachel W K said...

i hope you feel better and can enjoy the new year. i love your CAS flowers, they are stunning!

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

kath said...

beautiful cards as always barb...sorry to hear you've been feeling poorly and poor baby toe...wishing you and your family a happy new year and all best wishes for 2012...hugs kath xxx

Tina said...

Happy New Year, Barb. Hope you are feeling better...old wise man say, that a week of tea in the bed is the right medicine. If it doesn`t help, then you might need a doctor. For you, I just hope it will pass quickly.

MarcyK924 said...

Happy New Year Barb! I'm so sorry it took a broken toe and a yucky cold to get you some rest! Naps are SO underrated, huh? You cards are gorgeous - so creative and beautiful, just like you! Just take it easy and I am so excited for your 200th celebration!! Hugs, Marcy XO

charli said...

Wishing you a healthy new year!! love the blue card btw!

charli said...

Wishing you a healthy new year!! love the blue card btw!

Trinh said...

Beautiful cards, Barb! I absolutely love the blues on the first one. Hope you are feeling better, my friend!

Suzanne C said...

Both cards are beautiful! I am sorry you were sick and hope it was all over for the New Year.

alexandra s.m. said...

Dear Barb,

I hope you feel better soon.
Your cards are all so so gorgeous and inspiring!
Thank you for a wonderful year!!

Hugs~

Cris said...

Beautiful cards!Such a different look using the same stamp! Love that stamp, it is so versatile, and I have it coming my way, yay! I can't wait to play with it!!!

Brenda said...

These are beautiful Barb! I especially love the CAS look of the second and the lovely blue shade of the first! Sorry to hear that you have not been well! I hope your toe is completely healed by now!