Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Not Old, Vintage

The card I have today is one I made for my Sister in Law's 60th birthday... I didn't tease her TOO hard at the time as it is my 60th in the not too distant future and she has a good memory, lol.  I like to think that I am, like fine wine, "vintage" rather than old - and hence the theme of the card :-)
I had to take the pics using my light tent, I'm afraid they came out dark and editing them has made them over-contrasted... but at least that way you can see the details!
I used the fabulous "Friends Don't Let Friends Wine Alone" image from Bugaboo, available here.  Coloured with Copics (and some Prismacolor pencil detail), I added some personalization to the label on the bottle with a permanent marker and Glossy Accents to the bottle, wine and drinking and reading glasses... oh, and a little glitter to the earrings.
Of course it's an easel card, just because I like them - I think it adds a little dimension and still leaves loads of room inside for the message.
The birthday wishes sentiment on the front is cut with Sizzix dies (Tim Holtz Celebration Script Words) and gold foil, the "60" on the inside acts as a stopper for the card front... the numbers are wood I painted with burgundy acrylic paint and Glossy Accents.
The paper is from the very first pad I bought when I started papercrafting - Kaisercraft's Gypsy Sisters pad...  I have a few full sheets left (that's one on the inside) and some bits of other sheets... I made up the front panel with some of those - it's in three parts, though one of the original full sheets did look a lot like this (which is probably how I knew this would look okay, lol)   It fits with the sketch from Stella Says Sketch (albeit turned 90 degrees) so I'm entering there

Double D Challenge has this Mood Board and the theme Wishes are Possible... I have the colours, the bottle and the wishes... they also want us to use the word "Wish" or wishes which I (obviously) have.  As You Like It want to know if we like Monochrome or Rainbow - I actually really like monochrome cards... I think they're very classy, but I am a sucker for colour when it comes to celebrations - especially ones like this, when you need cheering up, lol, so I'm going "Rainbow" on this one.  Catch The Bug wants to see Something Yummy - well that would be the wine ;-) and Crafty Cardmakers   has Lots of Layers as their theme, I've got layers on the background (coz I'm a tightar$e and I've used scraps, lol) as well as the double matting, popping the image panel up on foam dots and the die cut sentiment, so I'm in

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge has Use Patterned Paper, which I have, Hiding in- my Craft Room wants to see scraps used in their regular Super Scraps Saturdays challenge as does Di in Pixies Snippets Playground where you always get to Use Snippets
Addicted to  Stamps, Little Miss Muffet, Through the Craftroom Door, Digi Choosday4 Crafty Chicks, Crafting With Friends  Challenge # 75 , Creative Fingers, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Polkadoodles, A Perfect Time to Craft, Creatalicious Challenges, Crafting With Attitude, Corrosive Challenge and Die Cut Divas All have Anything Goes challenges so I'm entering them too
That's it for today.    
I'm not going to say anything about being back soon... every time I do some drama of varying size comes up to bite me in the butt... the latest being that I have had a rather serious infection in my top jaw - leading to my top central incisor, yes, the main tooth you see when you open your gob, quite literally falling out into my lap on Friday two weeks ago. It was horrifying!  Opened my mouth to talk to my sister, tooth on lap!!!
I went straight to the dentist who took some X Rays she didn't like the look of, and stuck the crown (which is the part of the tooth you see) back in - against her better judgement as the infection was quite apparent and the tooth (the part up in your jaw was clearly broken in two parts vertically so not a good anchor) but I wasn't leaving the surgery without SOMETHING.  It was purely cosmetic, couldn't eat with it... she called me back for an OPG, which is like a CAT Scan on the following Monday, checked it out and went "Whoa, above my pay grade".  
She promptly sent me to a maxillofacial surgeon. The surgeon - you know what they're like - was quite blunt, it's serious, you need to get rid of it, NOW, no we can't do it in the chair you'll have to come into hospital have it done under GA, if you can get a denture made in time good if not - too bad, you'll have to go toothless (my brain was exploding at this point!) I want it done next Tuesday (two working days hence!)  I rang my dentist as soon as I got out, she did an impression that afternoon, I picked up my denture on Monday - gotta say that's impressive service.  
I had the surgery on Tuesday last week... an implant is the next step... though I am going to have to have a bone graft as I have now lost quite a bit of bone (mainly through resorption, the infection has basically dissolved the bone) So, I have to go back to the specialist next week for a post-operative check, then back at two to three months for another scan which will determine how big a bone graft I will need for the implant (and so how big a "deal" it is) which will decide where I have it done and even if I can have it done
When I first got the quote I said I'd possibly just stick with the "prosthetic" (surgeon-speak for denture) as nearly $9000 is a LOT for one tooth... now I have had to have the extra process done it's going to cost even more - but I ALSO have now had a denture - which I have to REMOVE every night, which for some reason I am totally freaked out about (I wasn't even going to sleep in our bed with my hubby, I am so turned off by the whole toothless hag thing - despite being married 40 years and being through "a lot" together - daft I know, but quite "real") a denture I find uncomfortable to eat with and which has even affected my speech.... I can't imagine this being my "forever" now I'm thinking who cares what it costs, free me from my piece of plastic....... pleeeeese, lol. I'll be disappointed if we can't do it, we do have the money put aside for such things - we just didn't expect to spend it all on one tooth!  
It is a time-consuming process too, after the implant you have to wait two to three months before you can get the crown; well, it's my 60th in April so now, of course, I'm pushing to get it done before then.  Even if it can be done it can only be done within the limitations of healing so wish me luck
So, I'll be back when I can
Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna