Freshly Made CAS-ual Fridays

So, I was in the hospital having surgery on Monday.  And after a rough few days after that, I am just about feeling back to how things normally are with fibromyalgia – where the pain and soreness are just constants in the background and something to get used to.  From that perspective, and even though I am really, really taking it very easy this week, I decided I wasn’t going to let a little residual pain and soreness keep me from creating a card.

However, I might have to label the next few weeks of cards as part of my exclusive “Controlled Substance Collection.”  If you know what I mean. 😉  You might be able to discern that they were made while under the influence! LOL.

Actually, I am no longer taking the pain killers, even with some residual pain still left, because I find that the side effects of drugs are much more difficult to live with than the residual pain.  I’m accustomed to pain, from living the life of a fibromyalgic, so if it’s up to me, I’ll take the pain and leave the drug side effects.  Thank you very much.

Total recovery, I am told, is about 2 weeks for the incisions and such, 4-6 weeks for the energy levels.  I really do hope that this will all add a little bit of quality to life, so to speak.  But truthfully, the energy prognosis doesn’t mean much, since ‘normal’ energy levels for me aren’t that spectacular.  But we’ll go with it for a while and see what happens, shall we?

And in that light, I’ll add another disclaimer about today’s card – the pinks don’t look like they clash so much in real life!  Just sayin’.

I got by with a little help from my friends for this card – the CAS-ual Fridays #95 and the Freshly Made Sketches #78 challenges.

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I had to switch the sentiment and focal panel locations in order to accommodate my plans for the ‘no stamps’ portion of the challenge.  So I added three rhinestones to imitate the line of the sentiment at the bottom.

Although I used my favorite lace at the top, I dove into my stash of neglected cardstocks for the white panel and the glittered pink areas.  The white was from a pre-embossed pack.

This is also the initial use of my I Heart U die set from Verve, using the pink glittered cardstock and some Smokey Shadow patterned paper.  The ribbon was tied months ago and was sitting around patiently enough, so I threw it on there.  Which, as I now see, was maybe not the wisest choice.  It really does not look that bad in real life.  But let’s just chalk that all up to Percocet, ok?!

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Thanks for stopping by today.  BOY, am I over the MOON to be doing something pleasant this week!  And now I’m going to have a nap.  😉
-Ally

Challenge Photos:
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Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock:  True Black Cardstock, Smokey Shadow Patterned Paper (PTI); White and Glittered Cardstocks (Misc)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Lace (Offray); Sweet Blush Ribbon (PTI)
Tools:  I Heart U Dies (Verve)

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13 thoughts on “Freshly Made CAS-ual Fridays

  1. Hi Ally! I must have missed a post. Glad the surgery is over and went well. Hope your paing goes away fast, I’m with you on the side effects of med. No thanks.!
    Such a pretty card and beautiful lace. Love the large letters and play on words. Speedy recovery to you !

  2. The lace and your design are as sweet as can be Ally! And I like your knotted ribbon. So happy to know you’re doing ok. I wish you a very speedy recovery. You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. Gosh a nap sounds good LOL, I’ve been doing some spring cleaning and I’m tuckered out 😉

  3. Great card Ally! I love the letters! I do love your take on the sketch! The lace trim is such a sweet accent! Hope you’re feeling better soon! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  4. Wonderful, awesome card, Ally! Love the alphas and how you did the “I *heart* U”!
    Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!
    Sylvia xx

  5. This is such a beautiful clean card Allyson! Pink and black are just a stunning combination! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  6. Oh my gosh, so sorry to hear you were in the hospital! I also have fibro so I know the kind of pain and suffering you go through, boo! However, if this card is part of your new Controlled Substance Collection, it’s a winner!! It’s amazing! I love the lace, ribbon, glitter and mix of patterns on the letters! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

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