5 – 8 Weeks

Hubby and I headed home from his company Christmas party. I drove. It was a freezing 25 degrees with a wind chill of I don’t know how low. It was cold. Real cold. When we got home, I pushed the button on my wheelchair lift to lower me out of the truck. Quite possibly the worst noise I’ve ever heard come out of anything mechanical filled the air. The wheelchair lift on my truck was grinding and going nowhere. OK, it went out far enough that cold air-filled the truck cab and the wind was cutting through my coat but that was only about 18 inches out. I was stuck in mid-air.

… Enough details about the breakage. Here is the important part. Due to the timing, the holidays and a part that had to be custom manufactured in another state, NO vehicle for 5 – 8 weeks. I had two choices – do nothing or do something.

My choice was to dig into my art supplies, rubber stamps, ink and paper and make the best of my unfortunate home incarceration.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting the art and cards I’ve been making. I would not have chosen to be stuck at home, but I did choose to do something and make the best of the situation. I’m pretty sure the upcoming winter weather will force me to remain at home a few more days or weeks and I intend to make the best of those days as well. I can’t choose what happens to me, but I can choose how I handle it.

I love vintage. Vintage fabric, vintage stamps, vintage photographs, anything vintage. Black and brown are the colors often associated with vintage. For this card, I challenged myself to brighten the palette and throw in a little sunshine.  The stamps are from The Outpost, made by one of my favorite companies, the Artistic Outpost division of Our Daily Bread Designs.  The Outpost stamp set reminds my hubby of his home state, Kansas.

Hope you enjoy my card. Please click on the comments link below and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you.

Live in the Sunshine

As you can see from my other posts, I’m a pretty big Artistic Outpost fan. I see the owners of Artistic Outpost and Our Daily Bread stamps at the annual rubber stamp show in Sevierville, TN.

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Very pretty Judy. Very creative. I love the pop of color.


I want to be incarcerated with you!
Can you, will you teach me you’re beautiful crafts.
You are SO right every day is a choice, let’s make the best of what we have while we still have it!!
I love YOU!!

Debbie Baker Burns
Debbie Baker Burns

Love the pastels with the neutrals and the quote is perfect for your post! Wise words about doing the best with whatever situation we find ourselves in. It’s easy to get discouraged. Bro. Charlie preached on that this past Sunday. I want to live in the sunshine ☀️ with you! ?