Thursday, June 9, 2011

Update and card for The Play Date Cafe color challenge

Dear blogging friends,
Below I have a little update of how it went yesterday.

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This is my card for the PDCC color challenge this week. I really loved the grid of photos which you can see below, they inspired me. The Hero Arts Frame has been stamped on Basic Grey PP (thank you Susanne.. I think..) and the butterfly is HA too. The foliage stamp is Pink Paislee and the sentiment Hero Arts.


Isn't this just lovey! And here is a picture I took after I looked for some field flowers - that also suit the challenge colors:


Yesterday I had a Vascular Access Port implanted beneath my skin just above my heart. I had been praying for a long time that I would still have my hair for this day and not have to be exposed in this way and thank goodness I was saved this feeling of shame. I nestled into a nice little hospital room at around 2 p.m. and opened my little box which I had prepared and started cutting out butterflies. I was enjoying myself so much that the time flew and before I knew it they came to collect me for the operation! I had a local anesthesia which meant I was awake and that was quite scary being in the Operation Room with all the big lights etc.! I was quite tense and felt even more pressured when they laid a heavy sort of protective blanket over me which stuck to my skin and blocked my breathing a bit because it was so close to my throat and mouth.. but then the miracle happened, after about ten minutes I felt the tension ease and I was totally relaxed, that I even started enjoying it :)  I know it was the Lord and the prayers of His children. Thanks to all those wonderful people who thought of me. With this little metal box inside I am now a suspect at every Airport :)
This way the Chemo will be administrated instead of picking a vein every time. The Doctor who did the surgery was so nice and kind as were all the nurses. I'm beginning to feel quite at home there.
This was the second big hurdle which is now behind me. Glad to be home today taking it easy.

48 comments:

  1. Lovely colors! Glad the port insertion went well. My husband has never had any trouble with his. Hope you are having a good day.

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  2. Beautiful card. So soft and pretty. I am thinking of you and hope you are feeling well. So glad God was with you during the trying time of inserting the port.

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  3. je kaart is prachtig! En wat fijn dat dit ook weer achter de rug is! Je beschrijft het mooi, het gevoel dat je kreeg en hoe dat kwam. Kippevel! Ik hoop dat de "port" (weet geen Nederlands woord) je niet zal belemmeren in wat je doet, en wens je sterkte voor ieder dag en ieder uur!
    Liefs,
    Wilmi

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  4. Glad to hear your ok! Your attitude and positive outlook is very inspirational, thank you for sharing.

    Your card is beautiful!

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  5. So glad that the procedure went well for you Jacqueline - your beautiful card says it all...
    Thanks so the ownderful medical staff, thanks to all family and friends, both near and far, thanks to Our Father who will always be with you, especially when you need Him.
    Hugs, Ruth S

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  6. So glad to hear you were blessed by the prayers being lifted up for you! What an ingenious idea to bring your crafts with you to pass the time:)

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  7. Beautiful card and so glad to hear it went well for you at the clinic!

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  8. Hi Jacqueline! I am so glad it all went well and you are feeling fine despite the anxiousness of yesterday! What a way to relax, cutting out butterflies in a hospital bed, I actually have to remember that should I ever be looking for a relaxing remedy, just carry butterflies and scissors with me wherever I go! You are incredible! As for your card, it reflects your inner beauty and the wonderful person that you are! Thinking of you! Hugs.

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  9. Beautiful card Jacqueline,and i'm sure you are glad that that hurdle is over !!
    Thankyou for the blessings and i shall continue to pray......
    love and hugs
    chris richards
    xxxxxxxxx

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  10. absolutely beautiful card..love the colours ...
    thinking of you and sending love
    Dee x

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  11. You are inspirational to us all with your positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor...Your beauty is reflected in your magnificient card. So happy all went well, and it is now behind you...and you can cut out butterflies in your own bed !!

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  12. Yes yes yes!!!! So glad to hear about how yesterday went! What a blessing Dear Jacqueline!! I loved the part about cutting the butterflies.. sweet....

    Have a beautiful day.... you are bringing beauty to all of us!!

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  13. Great card! I love that frame stamp! I had it in my mailbox today and can't wait to make something with it. Glad that all went well in the hospital. Hugs, Petra

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  14. Beautiful card! You are such an inspiration! Take care of yourself and God bless.

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  15. I love your wonderful attitude and humor, Jacqueline. . . .suspect in every airport. . .that made me smile. Here you are, going through such a difficult and scary time, yet you continue to be an inspiration to all of us! I love that about you! I'm happy that everything went so well yesterday! Oh! before I forget, your card is beautiful! Love what you did with those pretty colors! Continued prayers, lots of love and hugs are being sent your way!

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  16. So glad that you felt peace during the procedure, Jacqueline. Your great faith is inspirational.

    Your card is fabulous! I'm curious as to the "blueberry" ink that you used. It looks "right on" for the challenge.

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  17. Love the card. Glad the procedure went well! Blessings. Peace. Prayers for you.

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  18. So glad to hear everything went well, rest easy now my friend! I'm glad you had your crafting to keep you busy through it. Your colors on the card is so yummy, very charming!

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  19. Thank you for the update Jacqueline, yes another hurdle that you have mastered, and you know, you are allowed to be anxious this is normal.
    Your faith is not going to let you down and will certainly see you through this along with all your friends and family, stay strong my friend.
    Beautiful card as always.
    Smiles:)

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  20. Jacqueline...so glad to hear you day went well...you know so many of us are sending positive thoughts and prayers your way!
    I totally LOVE your beautiful card using the PDCC colours!!! SO you!!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Play DAte Cafe :)

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  21. this card is so beautiful and a perfect interpretation of the inspiration photo.

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  22. love this beautiful card! what an inspirational story,TFS!!!

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  23. I am so glad and relieved that this part is over Jacqueline. I continue to pray everyday for you and your family. I love this beautiful card, it's so pretty ... and I think that I recognize your paper ;) ... sending a hug

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  24. Gorgeous card! Just love the serenity of it! Sweet butterfly and coloring...so pretty! Am happy to hear the port insertion went well. Good luck to you...take care and hugs!

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  25. Your card is totally stunning Jacqueline and I am so pleased your little op went well.... You are so lucky with your strong belief to help you through this tough time. May God's blessings continue to support you. Hugs

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  26. Gorgeous card! Beautifully created.

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  27. Hello! Your lovely card brought me to your site. I was happy to read that you are a Christian, then saddened to see that you are currently being treated for cancer. So I read through many of your posts, admiring your beautiful cards along the way. Your sharing regarding things the Lord is teaching you along your current path is inspirational. I shall be checking back! May God bless you this day.

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  28. First off ... this card is fantastic!! ... an excellent take in the challenge .. soft and so beautiful ... secondly I am so pleased that everything went well for you ... may you continue towards good health each passing day ...

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  29. lovely card Jacqueline! We all seem to get very anxious over hospital procedures; so glad you found the peace to get through this. Now you will never have to go through that particular thing again.

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  30. Jacqueline, I smiled at the thought of you cutting out butterflies as you waited for surgery. Now THERE is a true crafter! (Even funnier is that I would probably have done something similar...thank GOD for our wonderful hobby!) I continue to keep you inmy prayers each day.

    Your cards are just amazingly inspiring to me day after day...you are so gifted!

    Stay well, friend!

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  31. I'm so glad things went so well with the port surgery! Praise God for His presence with you and for giving you His peace. You are His precious daughter and He is always with you!
    Your card is another exquisite example of your creative genius. You've inspired me to combine the frame with the lovely Pink Paislee stamps, such a perfect combo!

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  32. Just a quick note to share that my hubby also had a port implanted for chemo, and though it was a bit of an annoyance for the four months, it worked very well and he has now passed his third year with no sign of cancer. He has only a very tiny little scar near his collar bone from the port insertion and removal. PS: Love your cards. Joan O

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  33. God bless you, Jacquelne. I'm glad the port insertion went well and the Lord gave you his peace. How like you to take art work to the hospital! Your card today is so beautiful. I love the butterfly.

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  34. Gorgeous card, Jacqueline!It's the perfect take on the color combo! Sorry to know that you are undergoing a tough time with health issues! Your spirit and attitude are the great testimony to us all! May the Lord bless you in every possible way! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog in the midst of your recovery! I'm thinking of you!

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  35. May the lord bless and keep you and shine his face down upon you as his loving child. Amen.

    I wish you all the luck in the world, you are a talented artist and you've created a beautiful card. Peace, Victoria (deacon)

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  36. hi Jaqueline,

    sending you big hugs and many thoughts full of sunshine!!!En je spreekts dus Nederlands?
    praying and sininging for you tomorrow!!!
    hugs, franziska

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  37. Wow, this card is just STUNNING! I just found you through The Play Date Cafe as your card caught my eye and I had to take a closer look! I read your post and it sounds like you've been through a lot. I'm very glad your surgery went well!

    Hugs,
    Naomi

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  38. I came to tell you what a beautiful card you made for our Play Date CAfe challenge, and thank you for playing. It comes doubly from my heart, knowing that you are going through some difficult times. May God bless and keep you. :)

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  39. The card is just lovely. You are in my prayers!

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  40. Dear Jacqueline, I am so glad to hear that you took this hurdle and felt so much divine support. Hope things will be somewhat easier for you from now on. Love the beautiful card you made, you're an absolute expert when it comes to stamping, that's for sure! Take care, all the best, thinking of you, Ira x

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  41. Dear Jacqueline, I've been away and missed this post. I'm so glad that another hurdle has been passed. I can only imagine how scary it was for you, and I'm glad it's over and done with.

    Your card is so lovely - as always. I know that your creativity is helping you in a small way forget about other things; it helped me in the same way. Sending hugs always!

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  42. As always, your cards leave me in awe - they are gorgeous!
    I hope the port is not causing you too much discomfort. I will make a note of the 14th and keep you in my prayers especially then and over the following days.
    Rachel.

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  43. As always, your cards leave me in awe - they are gorgeous!
    I hope the port is not causing you too much discomfort. I will make a note of the 14th and keep you in my prayers especially then and over the following days.
    Rachel.

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  44. You are an example to all of us. Going through such a difficult period ....Cancer is a tough battle to fight and that you are still able to create something as gorgeous as this.......

    Thinking of you; I keep you in my prayers....

    X

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  45. dang girlfriend, that's a pretty card!

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  46. Oh, Jacqueline! This is such a beautiful card! LOVE the stamped frame and your gorgeous, embellished butterfly! Stunning work... and in the midst of all you're going through. My heart and prayers go out to you!

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  47. What a wonderful story behind this card! I'm so glad that crafting helped you through such a difficult time! Obviously beautiful things are born of anxiety and stress. Wonderful!

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  48. This took my breath away.
    hugs Lynn

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