Friday, June 5, 2009

It's All About Pink Cat Studio


Good Morning Friends! Hey, Pink Cat Studio will begin their sneak peeks for the June sets on Monday and will be released.

Here is the blinkie for the release. If you want to post it on your blog, click here for the code.

To get you excited, I decided to create a few cards using past Pink Cat Studio images. This card is from the Lily & Billy Sweetheart set which is available at Pink Cat Studio.

I colored Lily & Billy with my Copic Markers and do you see the little dots. . .I used my Scribble Iridescent paint. I love the stuff and have so much fun using them.

Don't forget to scroll down for my second card.




Card Details:

Stamps: Lily & Billy Sweetheart, SU Playful Petals
Paper: DCWV designer paper, SU More Mustard, Cool Caribbean
Ink: Copic Markers, Sakura Gel Pen, Tim Holtz Distressing ink, Scribbles Iridescent Paint, Twinkling H20
Accessories: Grosgrain ribbon, SU Word Window Punch, Brads

I just learned yesterday that a childhood friend has cancer. I also learned a few weeks ago that another childhood friend has cancer. Gosh, I can't believe it. Both have children that are still in school. I feel so sad for them.

It scares me a bit. I remember when I was working at the hospital and I would see cancer patients in their 30s and 40s. It makes me think of my own mortality. I never really got a good handle on that aspect of being an RN. Instead, I decided to work in OB/GYN because there were less chances of patients being sick or are dying.

I recall when my daughter's father passed away suddenly when she was 6 years old. I was left to care for my daughter by myself. I was still in nursing school and during that time I was assigned to the Oncology unit to care for the cancer patients.

It frightened me. I would pray and ask God to not let anything happen to me because my daughter would be alone. I started to check my body for swollen lymph nodes because for many cancer patients, a swollen lymph node was what prompted them to see a doctor. Many times cancer is insidious, with no symptoms until you're at an advanced stage or the cancer has metastasized. A swollen lymph node begins to present itself and that's sometimes the only sign that something is wrong.

Life is short and we have a tendency to sit around and ponder what we want to do, rather than actually doing it. Dreaming of things that we wish we could accomplish but never putting effort to realize that dream. I think we should take the time to "live" our lives and not wait around for things to happen.

Anyway, it is really sad to hear of such bad news of my childhood friends. My prayer goes out to them and their family. Thank goodness for Facebook or I would not have known about it. FB is amazing because I've reconnected with so many of my childhood friends since signing up. I don't go on often lately because I just haven't had time but it's so nice to hear from them.

Anyway. . .enough with the sad stuff.. This card was created from the Pink Cat Studio Kiki Kitty Plate 1.

Again, I colored the image with my Copic Markers. Be sure to check back on Monday for the sneak peeks!!

Today, be sure to take the time to do something you want to do but always put off doing. . .even if it's something simple.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Card Details:

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Kiki Kitty Plate 1
Paper: DCWV designer Paper, SU Basic Black, Real Red
Ink: Copic Markers, Scribbles Iridescent paint
Accessories: CB embossing folder, SU Heart to Heart punch, DCWV Adhesive Ribbon, Fiskar Scallop Scissors, Coluzzle Oval Template

22 comments:

Shary said...

Hi Maria

So saddened to hear of your friends. Recently we lost both my step dad and my FIL to cancer and both so suddenly. You are right in saying we should live our lives. xx

Your cards are lovely, I remember when those stamps came out and I kept saying I must get them but then I forgot about them and seeing your beautiful cards made me remember.

Have a great weekend xx

Kristine B. said...

Hello my friend! What beautiful cards you made!! I especially love the 2nd one with those colors and papers :)

I'm so sorry to hear about your friends' illness. I'll say prayers for them. I really love hooking up with old friends via FB also...it's been a great reconnector. I agree---we should not take things for granted and go live our dreams... and that's sometimes hard to wrap my mind around when I'm in the middle of the muddle, ya know? Too scared to step out and do it, or don't have the resources (financial esp.) to go live my dreams. So I try to soak in as much as I can and love my girls and husband as much as I can. Thanks for the introspect today. Big Hugs to you!! I'm sure you'll be a great support to those who need it. xXx

Heike said...

Wow, Maria i love all your creations on your wonderful Blog. Lovely cards with sweet Details and colors.....

Have a nice Weekend, thanks so much for your nice comments on my Blog...

Big Hugs
Heike

Elena said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friends, Maria...
Your cards are very beautiful! I love the cute layout on the first one! And sweet scene on the second!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Maria, I am so sorry to hear about your friends.

Your cards are lovely! (as always)

Rita said...

I luv your card Maria & you used my favorite color! What an awesome card sketch!

Sorry to hear about your friends. Ever since I lost my twin sisters just over 10 years ago now, I'm always telling people to enjoy life & forget about keeping the house spotless. Life is too short & your house will be there long after your gone. I used to be a neat freak & my house had to be spotless but after losing my sisters that all changed for me.

Danni said...

Hugs!!
Love your cards...especially the first one..very clever with the flower/ribbon! Cute!

Creative Mish said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. We should live each day to our fullest because you need know what might happen! Your cards are adorable! I really love Pink Cat stamps!

Kyoko said...

Hi Maria! So sorry to hear about your friends. Cancer is such an evil disease which also took my Mother from me. We must all cherish our lives and loved ones and also thank the Lord for allowing us to be here living our lives. Thank you so much for always sharing your inner feelings with us ... you are such a wonderful person!

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! You have been given a special talent that you truly enjoy, and for that I am thankful that we have been blessed with you!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

PS: It's sooo hot in Hawaii!

Risa said...

Both of your cards are very sweet and cute Maria!
The first card is adorable and the colors really pop!
I also like the kitty card! The image is so cute and once again, fab color choices!
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, she is in my thoughts and prayers.
hugs
Risa:)

Cathy said...

Maria, I'm sorry to hear about your friends. That's always tough.

Your cards are awesome as usual. I love that turquoise!! So pretty!!

Hugs, Cathy

2 Worlds said...

I'm sorry for them.
But also I believe in the power of positive thinking and Gratitude for each day.

Cute cards

scrappyjan said...

Maria i love your new little creations. The orange and blue are just STUNNING!

so to hear your sad news. hugzzzzzzz janny

Becky said...

So sad to here about your 2 friends. I lost my father to cancer, he did not suffer, he hunted every day and one day came home from hunting went to bed and went stright home, I pray that is how I will go.
I just love these cards, love how you did the ribbons also, I must copy that :).

Cindy Haffner said...

So sorry about your friends Maria, you are right we should live each day!!!

--Love your sweet cards, they always make me smile.

Hugs Cindy

doris said...

I love your cards, they are so beautiful Maria!!!

Hugs
Doris xx

Jamee said...

your card is so adorable!!! i love that image of the little boy and girl!!!

Summerthyme Studio said...

These are Truly Scrumptious!! Praying for your friends!
Hugs,

Vicki

Tina said...

I love this card - you are the master at picking colors and embellishments that go so well together. Love it!!!

Tina said...

Maria,

Hi- I too have a mom who is currently dealing with cancer. She is fighting to stay alive. It is hard but I try to keep her focused on doing the things she loves - to be happy of the remainder of time here. To enjoy the little things and to keep participating in life. While I am a firm believer that your attitude changes your circumstances...in this case it won't happen...the disease rules - it is up to the body how long they can fight the disease.

I will pray for your friends...prayer does help I think if not only to give you peace but also those fighting the disease...it is a little coud of love hovering over them that we offer through prayer.

God Bless

Jen said...

Hi Maria,

Love your cards.

May God Bless your friends. I will put them in my prayers. It's always so sad to hear stuffs like this.

Love FB too... great to be in touch with old friends. Some of them feel like we don't even know anymore tho', huh?!

Big Hugs to you too,
Jen

Dawn Easton said...

ACK! What a bunch of sweetness you have here today!!!
Looking forward to some new images coming!!! Gotta love NEW things!

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