Monday, July 09, 2007

A special RAK

(whoops...I forgot to include the photo of Colleen's card....guess I hit that "publish" button a little too quickly, uh?)

I received this RAK from Colleen Schaan (Distinctive Touches)a few days ago and wanted to highlight it on my blog. Isn't it beautiful? She sent it to me as a congrats for becoming a design team member for Verve Visual. She knew it had been one of my goals this year to become a design team member. She did such a beautiful job making this card! The designer paper she used is from Basic Grey, the Perhaps line (one of my favs). Can you believe she paper pierced (faux sewing) the card ALL THE WAY AROUND? Wow! The flowers are from Best Blossoms. I am so proud of Colleen, she is growing so much in her paper crafting/stamping. It's no wonder she's being wooed by stamp companies all over! I am happy to call her Friend. Thanks Colleen!

Also, I was tagged by Paula over at Paula Ponders to share 7 things about myself with you...I've done this before, but let's see if I can come up with 7 MORE interesting things about me.....I had trouble coming up with 7 interesting things the first time I did it, it's going to be even harder now (I'm a rather boring person)!

1. I'm a Blistex freak. I have a tube of it in nearly all important rooms in the house: my stamp room (duh!), the kitchen, my bedroom. I also have a tube in my bathrobe and in many jacket pockets! I use the Berry version. What can I lips get chapped easily!

2. I had streptoccocal (?) pneumonia ( a bacterial, deadly form) in 1996 and was an inch away from going to ICU. They could not define what kind of pneumonia I had so I was becoming toxic and it was overtaking my body. I was in the hospital for 6 days!

3. When I was first admitted into the hospital for the pneumonia, it took them more than THREE HOURS to tap my veins for an IV because I was so dehydrated. They finally called in a pediatric specialist who's adept at tapping small veins all the time. Ouch. If he hadn't been able to do it, they were going to put the IV in my HEAD.

4. I've had the chicken pox twice. Once when I was two. And once again when I was in the 6th grade. Don't believe them when they say you can only get them once. Apparently, the first time I had chicken pox it was not enough to build up an immunity to the virus.

5. I've had ankle reconstruction surgery twice (are we starting to see a pattern here?). Once when I was 17. I had seriously sprained my ankle playing volleyball in high school and damaged ligaments/tendons in the process. The surgery was to strengthen the ligaments so I wouldn't keep spraining the ankle. The second time was a few years ago. Since the first surgery was done so long ago, they didn't really have a good understanding of how an ankle sprains in the first place. So, the surgery never really worked. Two years ago, another serious sprain sent me back to the dr. I was lucky enough to find someone who was on the leading edge of ankle reconstruction! He fixed it up beautifully! I haven't even slightly twisted my ankle since then!!!! Woo-hoo! It's as strong as an ox!

6. I don't like veggies. I could go through the rest of my life and never touch a vegetable again if I didn't have to.

7. I had ACL reconstruction surgery on my left knee in 1998. Volleyball injury 2o years ago. Continued injurying it throughout the years. It finally popped totally in 98. There was NO ACL in sight when the surgeon went in to repair. It was obliterated! I've twisted it and slightly injured it in the years since, but nothing serious. I had arthoscopic surgery a year and a half ago to clean out some "stuff" in there. When I woke up from surgery, Dr. Goodlookin' told me he suspected I'll need a new knee in about 15 years. Make that about 14 now. Ugh. Following in my mother's footsteps. She's had two knee replacements.

Well, that's about all I can think of. I really tried to find things that might be somewhat interesting that you would have never known had I not shared them here with you. I am not going to tag anyone else since everyone has already done this! Thanks Paula for tagging me!


  1. Awww, thanks for the kind comments. If I am growing in my abilities, it is because of wonderful people like you who share their tips and passions on great blogs. You truly are the inspiration behind a lot of my work. I am glad we are friends.

    (And it sounds like we have lots in common too...I am STILL in a nifty ankle brace...three more months! PT is going okay, but he said to be prepared for a permanent limp...uuurgh!)


  2. What a beautiful card Colleen sent! I also got a severe case of the chicken pox....TWICE when I was young. No fun!!!

  3. So sorry, I just read you latest post about being tagged because I just tagged you over on my blog Certainly understand if your not up to playing. I, too, had chicken pox twice (I was 6 weeks old the first time and didn't build up immunity.)

  4. boy,you and I would make a great gimped pair on the VB court. I have had the same issues. Partial tear on the achilles and sprained and broken both. Yup, we would be a great pair....I am with you on the veggies too!
    I still play somewhat competitive VB but I don't play a second without my ankle braces of steel....they squeek when I!

  5. It was so interesting reading about you! You DON'T LIKE VEGETABLES???? *gasp*
    Hee hee, I thought that was funny, and cute in a kid-sorta-way. Plus, I'm a vegan, so ALL I eat is vegetables basically!

    A great RAK too, and much deserved. I'm proud that you met your goal and are DT member!

  6. Congrats on becoming part of a design team! You go girl!


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