Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A challenge for the Terminator



I thought I would share a little challenge that I was set by my friend Sally over at Crafty Salutations. You see we discovered a long while ago that we share a fetish for sky's and trees along with Adirondack dye inks and tree stamps, both of which neither of us have enough...............yeh, right ! Details of the ingredients and where to buy are further down.

Sally knew I was stressing waiting for my hospital results (I'll tell you about them in a mo) so Sunday evening rang me to say she was mailing me a picture she had taken at the weekend and we then went on to identify the Adirondack inks in that sky........................I know we are just a tad sad.............and she challenged me to re-create that picture, so what more could I do than obey. Above is my take on the picture which is below.


A very quick and simple make really, I used archival black ink to stamp the trees which are from the Andy Skinner A Winters Tale set................it's a fab set with trees, a farm barn, a fence and gate and some birds, you can find it here, Art Impressions and Inkilicious and the inks which I sponged on with cut and dry are: eggplant, denim, mushroom, pitch black, pink sherbet, watermelon, sunset orange and mountain rose. I couldn't get the lower clouds quite how I wanted and they are a bit out of sync with the photo, but call that a bit of artistic licence.

The hospital visit for results of my 'Terminator' day.............that's the nickname Mandy has given me since the hospital stay with me all wired up to machines........... went better than could have been the case. The main concern is my heart rate at resting is about 109, considerably higher than it should be, although it did a sudden dip to 55 at one point during the two days of tests.

The ideal regulator would be a pacemaker, but because of my other medical issues, one they prefer not to use as a first option. So loads more pills and oxygen at times, as if I don't take enough already. And of course I have to go through all the same again in a month to see if things have improved. But as I say, it could have been far worse.

The most important bit is my crafting addiction can resume normal service and I want to say a HUGE thank you to every one of your for your messages and wonderful support over recent weeks which really has helped keep me going.

Have a good day everyone.

51 comments:

  1. Brenda thius is breathtaking. Soooooooo gorgemous. What a beautiful card you have made. Loooooove it.
    It is really the oicture. Great Art Work.
    Lovely greet
    Marja

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  2. Brenda I read yet the results of the hospital. And I understand that it is difficult to hear. But have trust. I mean this of the bottom of my heart.
    Lovely greet
    marja

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  3. How lovely of Sally to give you such a great challenge and of course you rose to it! Pity you have to go through the tests again but for now you can just settle down and enjoy Christmas while getting high on Oxygen XOXO Zoe

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  4. Hi Glad, things went better than you thought at the hospital .... and you can get back to crafting normality!!!

    Love your card, also loved seeing your inspiration point, love seeing your take on the photo!

    Hugs Juls

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  5. I'm so so pleased that your results are better than you expected, Brenda. What a huge relief it must be after all that waiting.
    I had to smile at the image of Sally and you discussing the colours of inks in that beautiful photo. The image you've created from it is just stunning, it's almost a carbon copy. I love it.
    Enjoy your crafting.
    Hugs Lisax

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  6. Firstly I'm glad that the results weren't too onerous. I had to chuckle at the thought of you & Sally identifying the colours of inks.......I am beginning to recognize the symptoms. I too love trees & your scene is a beauty - it's so so hard to recreate something from a photo & so interesting to see the source of your inspiration. Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Paula (PEP)

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  7. it is so good that your tests results were better than expected.....hugs
    What a wonderful recreation of the picture, your card is so beautiful :o)
    Jackie xx

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  8. Glad you've got your results Brenda but sorry to hear you have to take more pills. You've created a really gorgeous scene, and recreated the sky in the photo beautifully
    hugs
    Claire xx

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  9. oh glad the results,were better,than expected,hun,sorry to hear you have to take more pills,know the feeling,hun but as for your card its just stunning,you really are amazing,at these hun hugs cherylxxx

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  10. wow, a fantastic card... it´s a dream...

    Hugs
    Simi

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  11. Both the photo and the card are stunning!! Good to hear your news is better than you feared, mind how you rattle!!
    Hugs, Helen (the less said about the Fulham result,the better!)

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  12. Hi Brenda, I am so glad your test results were better than you feared. Your card is just stunning, the sky is amazing! Pami x

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  13. Hi Brenda. Your card is simply stunning and that sky is awesome. Glad your test results not as bad as feared. Look forward to seeing more of your creations.
    Mags
    x

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  14. Hi Brenda, good to hear that your tests results were a tad better than anticipated even if you have to take yet more medication. Your card is stunning, you've caught the colours in the sky beautifully. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations now that normal service is being resumed. Take care, Elizabeth x

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  15. So glad you finally got the results and as you say, it could have been worse. I love your card, just stunning, gorgeous colours x

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  16. glad your results are better than you thought, and wish you the best!, Your card is awsome really love the sky, you did a fantastic job!!!
    Paula

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  17. What an amazing reproduction of that photo Brenda, just brilliant!
    Hope your new medicine makes you feel a bit better :-)
    Gini
    xx

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  18. My goodness Brenda The card is like the photo! Amazing job
    hugs Sarah x

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  19. wow this is truly stunning, the sky is amazing!!! Sorry the results were not better, hope you feel better soon x

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  20. Gorgeous card,
    sending warm greetings and hugs;-))m

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  21. A fantastic card, just like the photo. The sky is wonderful. I am sorry you have to take more pills, but as you said, it could be worse.
    Nikki x

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  22. Brenda you have completely blown me away with this beautiful card!! Wowweeeee! It really is so incredibly wonderful. And Im glad things went better than expected at the hospital. Im sure its not nice to have to take loads of pills but its certainly better than the alternative. Hope you are well. Lee x

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  23. It is beautiful Brenda, and a perfect representation of my photo. Thanks for the mention and next time I photograph a sunset I might just challenge you again!

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  24. I am so glad things turned out okay Brenda! This new regimen might be a pain, but it is definitely better than the alternative! Keep on creating girlie :) I LOVE this take on that picture - absolutely perfect! I need to take lessons from you on skies :) Big Hugs!

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  25. This is so beautiful! Love the way that you have captured the colours of the sky
    Lindsay xx

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  26. You and Sally aren't sad... you're brilliant! What a wonderful work of art you've made!

    I hope your health problems are sorted soonest! Good luck!!

    love MagsB x

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  27. I can see you sitting there and identifying each of the colors with an ink...this is an amazing, incredible and totally gorgeous card!!! I'm glad that the results were better than you'd feared. Not great to have to take more meds, but you do what you have to. Maybe they'll get it regulated and you can wean off them (crossed fingers) Sally is a great friend to keep you distracted and crafty!

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  28. Так точно передана цветовая гамма, так живописно, просто восхитительно!

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  30. This card is stunning!:)
    Thanks for sharing!
    *Hugs, Inger*

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  31. You do these so well! Its amazing how realistic it is!

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  32. This is fabulous Brenda... a beautiful work of art xxx

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  33. Artistic licence? I think your clouds look better than the ones IRL lol! Gorgeous card and glad your results were ok
    Anne
    x

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  34. How fantastic Brenda, sooooo clever!
    Hugs Jacee

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  35. Don't know about artistic licence Brenda but it's stunning! I'm sure you could look at it and think it's a real live scene.

    Glad your results are better than expected and you can get back to normal crafting.

    I smiled when I read about your new dog beds. I've just been out this morning to buy a new dog bed. Just the one!! I'll see how they get on with it before I buy another one so they'll have to manage with the new one plus what they've got already. They never touch the beds in the living room just where they sleep at night or when I'm at work!

    Take care,

    Kat xx

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  36. You recreated the picture really well, it's good your results were better than they could have been, hope the pills work for you are they beta blockers. Laura

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  38. Hi,
    I love the colours in your card! I'm sorry the tests gave some bad news.....hope you can stay positive though, thank you for sharing your creativity its probably what keeps you going.
    Gr.Jolanda.

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  39. This looks like a picture almost! WoW! Gorgeous job on the sky, you are so inspiring!

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  40. My goodness this is the most brilliant scene Brenda - and I share yours and Sally's love of a good nature scene! So sorry to hear about your health issues and I hope they're able to get you sorted out. Take care, Vicky x

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  41. Hi Brenda you did a brilliant job of recreating that scene its stunning. Sorry to hear that you are having to take so much medication, I do hope it helps to improve the situation. Take care hugs Shirleyxx

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  42. Hi Brenda - sorry haven't been by for a while, things been a bit mad ! So glad you had better than expected news from the hosp and are staying positive...as for your sky it's gorgeous, I so wish I could master that !! Take care...Esther xx

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  43. You have created a fabulous sky, and a gorgeous scene.
    Hope this particular health issue is soon resolved.
    Avril

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  44. Hi there B. a few days late checking over here, you have been in my prayers though, but not been on here except to pay bills etc . and then dont seem to remember things I want to check till off again.
    First of all, I love the take on the silhouette - well done, just love it... smiled at the way you kept us waiting for the news... and glad it was not as bad a could be expected and will pray that the pill popping with the oxygen will bring your heart rate down to a more healthy level. May God bless you and thanks for being a blessing to me, Shaz in oz.x

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  45. Wow, you can do anything with ink!!! Fantastic card!
    Trish Munro

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  46. Wow it is beautiful! I love that card:)

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  47. very interesting and funny... to much beautiful.

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  48. Brenda I am left with no words to say anything on this word of yours. Its simply spellbinding, just gorgeous!!!

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  49. When browzing through your cards after a new card to case I saw this card and the photo you did get the inspiration from. It´s sooo weel done!

    Hugs
    Susan

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