Thursday, 7 February 2013

Creating the (Im)Possible

Following on from my last post I would love to be able to tell you that everything is moving on a pace, however in reality all that has happened is that I have swopped a plaster cast for an arm brace; same form of torture just a different piece of equipment. And instead of my arm being fixed at right angles to my body it is now at 45 degrees. If you were looking at me as though I were a clock the time would be 2 o'clock - my forearm being the little hand! As I recently commented to my buddies on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team the humour of the inmates in the plaster room of the fracture clinic is not lost on me!

Anyway, still with a positive attitude, I have being pushing myself  to cope with everyday life single left handedly.  So far I can report that in the last week I have dressed myself unaided, well almost (couldn't quite manage to pull my boots on), washed my own hair (long and very wet process), cut my hubby's hair (safely and without ear loss) and...sound the trumpets TA DAH... crafted!!  The card below is testement to that; the only thing I didn't do was cut out the die cuts and the matting, layering and final assembly. I had superb assistance from Glenda in that regard. But I did do the stamping and the embossing (after Glenda had added EP that is) and all the colouring and background tinting.

The card was made using Rose Stem Script which is Chocolate Baroque's Stamp of the Week.  I stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black and embossed with clear powder - you can do this if you (or your good friend) are quick. I then coloured the image with Copics, tinted the background with PanPastels Violet Tint and the edges with Violet. This was then mounted onto coloured cardstock, with the scallops being cut from the same card using Spellbinders Blossom and Tag Accents and attached to a slim card. A small circle was punched out from white card, cut in half and added to the scalloped edges. And finally..... I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

So when you feel that things are impossible remember the advert for American Express "impossible is two letters too long" - I think I'm well on the way to agreeing with them.



Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Lesley, I love that impossible has two letters too many for you! Beautiful creation with the pretty stamp. I've tried embossing with Brilliance Ink, indeed you need to be quick. I'm sure in 'real' the embossing looks fabulous from the Brilliance. It's wonderful that you had a crafty evening with assistance from a good friend :) Take good care of yourself, Shirleyxx

Paula (PEP) said...

Great that you managed to have some crafty time as well as managing the dressing etc........ Love that about impossible - I was looking at the wrong end & then just had to grin. Amazed by your Copics colouring (beware autocorrect - you almost got colics!).
I do hope it will soon be VERY much improved for you. Do take care
Much love from me
Paula (PEP)

Glenda said...

Well you know I'm just in awe of all the amazing stuff with your left hand and I'm so pleased you enjoyed our crafty session. Looking forward to the next one!

judith@poppy cottage said...

So glad that you were able to enjoy a crafty session with your friend and amazing helper. You wouldn't know that you had used your left hand to create this lovely card, it's really pretty.

Wishing you a speedy return to your normal posture, love Judith xx

Aquarius said...

Well done for rising above your troubles (with help from a friend)and it just proves that they can't keep a keen crafter down for long. I hope your arm continues to improve - take care and keep on crafting!!

veronica said...

well done Lesley! The end result is lovely, and the colouring is very impressive - hopefully you won't have to suffer the brace for too long.......

Lynnda said...

so glad you got some time to be creative, really hope you are back to being two handed very soon, very gentle hugs, Lynnda x

Margaret Iddon said...

Lesley, I would be please to do this with my proper hand. It is really beautiful. Ell done.

Hope you start to knit together soon, I know from my dad that this kind of break may take quite a while to mend.