Be Careful What You Wish For!

Well, as we begin a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, I’ve been forced to do a little reflecting.  First, I recently learned that a person SHOULD NOT PRAY FOR PATIENCE.  Kinda late in learning this… I thought it was a good thing for an impatient person to do.  Well, I’ve recently been told that you will be given consistent obstacles to help you learn to be patient.  4 years of it to be exact.  So I hereby declare that I am now patient!

Secondly, in being careful what you wish for…  I secretly wished for a little birthday vacation.  It’s been too long since the last.  I got a vacation; 8 days in the hospital with pneumonia!  Okay, technically, I guess that’s a vacation.

Please be advised that I usually don’t post about things like this.  I do NOT like pity parties for myself and therefore avoid anything that will attract one.  So PLEASE do not send condolences!  🙂  I’m just fine!

Now, for the fun stuff.  I finally was able to create again, and even though it came slowly, it feels so good!  My card is based on Jen Mitchell’s awesome sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week, and I am so glad to say that it wasn’t too hard for me with my Mojo being on vacay, too.  I really love the creative liberty that Jen provides with this sketch.

FMS192 Jen M

Such a great sketch, and I came very close to using it completely as-is for a Graduation stash card, but right now I have so many special cards to make for so many special friends.


One of my all-time favorite techniques is the “Faux Linen Look” and it’s been quite some time since I’ve created anything with it.  So easy, yet so much texture and fun.  A stamped and crinkled piece of tissue paper glued onto card stock (Soft Sky) with a thin layer of glue stick.  LOVE IT!  The Everything Eleanor stamp set provided the flourish and flowers, Trust in God for the sentiment, and Butterfly Basics for the diagonal borders.  The borders were accented with a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker, with one solid line and one “stitched” line.  A little paper piercing on the main panel and sentiment piece, some pearls and a pretty little bow were the finishing touches.

I hope you’ve been inspired by Jen’s sketch and that you’ll join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Be sure to check out the awesome cards made for you by our ‘Clean Team’… they are all AMAZING, as usual!


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  1. Wanda Mosqueda

    thank you so much for the wonderful comment you posted on my blog about my card. Your card is very inspiring as well. I love everything about it!!

    Wanda Mosqueda

  2. Rita

    The tissue/faux linen looks amazing! I haven’t done that one in ages and forgot how awesome it looks. Fabulous card. I hope you are taking care of yourself. Hugs!

  3. Narelle Farrugia

    Being laid up as you were is not really what I’d class as a vacation – now coming to Australia would be the perfect vacation! So glad you’re feeling better now. Your card is so lovely, especially the colours you’ve used. It really has an elegant feel!

  4. Cindy Lovell

    Whoever will recieve this card,will be very…very happy!!! This is so beautiful!! I love the amazing background…looks so awesome and i adore the pretty colors!!
    I’m glad you are better!!!!

  5. Jen Brum

    Such a beautiful card Cindy! I love all of the details. That textured background is amazing! Such a beautiful sentiment! Love the colours and the pearl accents! Glad you’re feeling better. Too bad about the pity party. I was packed and ready to head down to Florida to party it up!!!!

  6. Amy O'Neill

    Its’ so good to see you stamping again! And you’ve come back in true Cindy form, with a great technique with lots of beautiful details. Love it!

  7. JoAnn B.

    Beautiful card. Love the “faux linen technique” you used and the pretty elements.

  8. Jen Mitchell

    So glad you’re home and on the mend Cindy. Eight days is much too long to spend in the hospital! And may I just say that your return to the stamping world is big bang worthy! You must have had a lot of creative juices building up during your convalescence because this is downright amazing! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen, never mind, contemplated the faux linen look and I’m so glad you’ve dusted off this oldy but goody. What an amazing look!

  9. KarrenJ

    Your background is just stunning, Cindy and I just love the stripes “framing” that gorgeous faux linen. Gorgeous card!

  10. Jen Timko

    Wow….just wow! This background is stunning and I love this beautiful card. Your mojo has found its way home for sure!

  11. Linda Callahan

    Soooo pretty! Love the crinkled linen look! You are so talented! And I am so glad you are back in recovery mode…..hope you are feeling better every day…..xoxo

  12. Bobbi Miller

    First…. WOW, you have been in a pickle haven’t you? I am SO glad to hear you are ok now… sorry about the weird vacation, but sometimes we are forced to slow down the pace, even if we don’t want to. Glad you’re better. XO
    Second, how in the world do you think of these designs? I love this technique but have not heard of it. Do you crinkle first, then stamp, or stamp first then crinkle? And what glue medium did you use to lay down the paper. It’s so perfect, it looks like it was made for that card stock. I love this card Cindy. Just beautiful! Hugs and love…

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