Sunday, August 30, 2015

What Happens When I'm Itching to be Creative but My Fibromyalgia Forces Me to Sit on the Couch!

Long ridiculous title, I know.  Today's card is a product of forced "relaxation," aka sitting on the couch because pain and fatigue have taken over your life, and an itch to actually use a few of my new stamps from So Suzy Stamps

Last week I missed a few days of work, dealing with a flare up of my fibromyalgia... not fun.  After so many hours watch Netflix I tend to get a bit stir crazy.  

My husband ordered me to turn on some music and color so I would relax.  Out came my Copics and Wink of Stella markers, and sitting in a bin unused looking at me with sad eyes was the So Suzy Stamps Seahorse that I had so desperately wanted (I may have even threatened a few friends to make sure I was first to order when Suzy restocked!... Good thing they love me!)  

I started coloring up Polo (the seahorse) first, but seeing as I had put on Fantasia (my version of turning on music!) He ended up a little psychedelic, but as adorable as I always knew he would be!!  He turned out to be a she... as did all my little critters, in fact, she ended up being a bit of a Rapunzel Disneybound! HEHE!


Next, I grabbed some little fishies.  This little ladies are tooooooo cute, I was suppose to add googly eyes, but I forgot, good thing they turned out perfect anyways!

I ended up with Tink, Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora.  All covered in glitter, as princess fishies should be.  Can you tell yet just how much time I had been sitting on the couch without any sort of creative outlet?


I also colored up a few more critters and my adorable coral.  Not everyone could fit on my small card so at least they can have a little moment to shine here!  Meet Ariel the Octopus, and Belle, the Sea Turtle

Today, I decided they needed a home and created a card using a few of my critters! Here, are Rapunzel, Cindy, and Snow by their sea castle on a "Happy Birthday" card.

I used the Fireworks available from So Suzy Stamps to create a fun blue violet water-colored background.  Then took her Castle stamp (another I NEEDED, but had not used!) and stamped it onto the background.  I used Stampin' Up Stamp 'n' Write markers to color in the castle and walkway. 

For the "Happy Birthday" I took a Close to My Heart Stamp I had on hand and used my MISTI and Wedding Dress White Memento Luxe ink.  I had to put down several layers to make the white stamp out from the water-colored background, the final result is pretty awesome! Using some dimensionals and adhesive I placed the critters on where I felt they fit best. I finished the card off with some DoubleClick Skittles as little air bubbles from the fish!

I double mounted the base I had created on some pretty seaweed green CS from my stock and the on top of that I used a water print from a designer paper that I got several years ago at JoAnn Fabric. 

As always, thank you for dropping by!

 ~R. Winn
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  1. Rachel, this card has a beautiful history and invaluable for your effort to do it. I know fibromyalgia by friends and osteoarthritis from my experience . THANKS FOR YOUR CREATIVITY !!

    1. Thank you hun! I had a goal of joining the fun last month and was sad I missed it but am honestly tickled to death that I was able to get this one in! I love seeing all of your work too! :-*

  2. So many fun critters! Love how your card turned out Rachel! Thanks for linking up!

  3. LOL You are too frikken funny!!!!!!! Way to go, woman!

  4. Such cute and vibrant lil' sea critters Rachel! Love your card! Thank you for joining us at So Suzy Stamps Monthly Challenges this month and Good Luck. We hope you join us again.

    Amy- DT
    {Lil Cutie Creations}

  5. Hahaha, I love your tripping Disney critters! Thanks for playing along at So Suzy Stamps with us.

  6. I love your critters and Polo looks like she's been tie dyed!! Thanks for making us laugh xx

  7. This card is great!! I would have never thought to use the castle under water but it's perfect! Thank you for entering the challenge this month.

    1. I have a castle obsession! Castles belong everywhere!!! :-)