Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Brainy Get Well!

A good friend and cardmaking buddy had brain surgery for repair of the trigeminal nerves in the brain, caused by a rare condition known as Trigeminal Neuraligia.  This condition caused her chronic pain in the area supplying feelings, by the trigeminal nerve, to the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, or less often the eye and forehead.  Bouts of pain can last from a few seconds, several minutes, days, weeks, months or longer (some people have periods when they have no pain at all for weeks or months).  Her surgery seems very successful, though she can not be sure of the exact results for up to several months.

I wanted to make Charlene a pretty get well card that was cute and very cheerful, letting her know I am so waiting until she can join us again at the crafting table!   After mulling around several ideas, I saw Splitcoaster's Sketch Challenge SC649, issued June 14th.  I really thought I could do something with this sketch idea, using a colored image in a cute round frame.  As it turned out, I took some liberties with the sketch elements, which we are allowed to do.  See the Sketch SC649 below:

My image shouted out for a square frame instead of a round one, and its angled band called for a straight and wider band to blend with my square frame.  I also decided to add a couple of corner curves and eyelets cut-outs to spruce up my layers and a sheer ribbon and bow.  After complete my outside design, I created a little verse and designed the inside to coordinate with the front.  I hope Charlene will enjoy her card, which is shown below:

Ingredients:   Cardstocks:  Recollections Essentials (Violet); SU Whisper White. Patterns: Recollections: Purple Ditsy Floral; K&Co.-Watercolor Bouquet-Purple. Color Digital Image: Bandaging Kitty.  Die: Spellbinders: Classic Squares SM; Lacey Squares. SU Punch: Three Corner (retired).  EK Border Punch: Patterned Circles (cut in half).  Offray 5/8" Sheer Violet Ribbon.  Bath & Body Works-Magic in the Air/ Diamond Shimmer Mist. Frame (outside): 3-1/4". Frame (inside: 2-1/4".  Card Size:  4-3/4" x 6".


  1. Carlene, I saw your beautiful card on SCS and had to visit your blog. This card is awesome and I am sorry to hear about your friend. I suspect she will love it as it is so lovely! Great artwork!

  2. Hi Carlene thank you for all you lovely and sweet comments on splitcoast.

    this card is sweet and beautifullllllll

    gr karin

  3. Charlene, I was so intrigued about the body spray that I hopped over hear to see if you said more about it. The more important thing is your friend who had Trigeminal Neuralgia. I really hope the surgery is successful. It's a terrible condition that my father-in-law suffered from for many years. I know your friend will be very touched with this very meaningful card.

  4. Ack -- I meant to type *here* not *hear*


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