Inspiration & Post Surgery Appointment

I try weekly to peek into some of my favorite fellow stampers galleries over at Splitcoast and The Shack. One day while I was going through Patty’s (imastamper SCS) gallery to see her latest and greatest Penny Black & House Mouse cards, I came across this Gruffies card (This Bear Likes Tea) that she made using SU’s River Rock along with Black and White cardstock. I really liked her simple colors and the layout. I knew that Close to My Heart had a Reflections Kit (Silhouette) that contained similar colors: Bamboo, Black and White. That same day I placed an order with CTMH to purchase Silhouette just so I can make a card like Patty’s!

Here is my version of Patty’s card. I tried to make the same card, I made a few turns here and there! I didn’t use the same Gruffies image as Patty, I used the Gruffies image Finding Friendship. I added a chipboard corner covered with designer paper from the Silhouette pack along with Prima Flowers and a Black Button Brad. Thanks to Patty for the inspiration!

Yesterday I had my appointment with my surgeon and everything looks great. I can’t return to the gym or lift anything over 10 pounds for another two weeks… ugh! That means I better be mindful of what I’m eating so I don’t pack the weight back on. I can leisurely walk Jake and ride my motorcycle… whoo hooo! As soon as I made it home I geared up and went for a ride, it was beautiful! I did learn that I’m allergic to the “surgical super glue” that was used along with my sutures. Having that glue on me was horrible, I had rash and hives until it wore off (which I helped along). I had to take daily doses of Benadryl just to keep from scratching. I also learned that I popped one of my sutures in one of my incisions… even though it was healing great, that incision will probably have a larger scar than the others… darn… there goes my swimsuit modeling (LOL). I’m feeling great!

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Finding Friendship (Gruffies), Hello Friend (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Bamboo (CTMH), Black (CTMH), Silhouette Paper Pack (CTMH) ~ Other: Chipboard Corner (TAC), Black Ribbon (Dashes, Dots & Checks), Prima Flowers, Black Button Brad (Making Memories), Paper Piercer, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol


  1. I'm happy that you healed well and are able to RIDE. I know what you mean about allergies to the glue. I am allergic to all surgical tapes and adhesives, and do the same thing you did. Hopefully you won't need any more surgeries!


  2. YEAH! I am glad you got to go out riding! That must have been an awesome time for you! So glad too that your doing well too!
    This card is beyond cute!!! I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!! but then again...I love all your cards! :) keep em' comin!
    Take good care!
    Tracey (Racey -SCS)

  3. Great card Jovi! Glad to hear you are feeling better! Thanks for posting the link to Patty's SCS gallery too, it will take a while to look through her many creations. I love that paper you used too! I might have to get me some!

  4. Oh how cute!!! Woohoo you can go bike riding!!!

  5. Your card is beautiful! I love the bear "Gruffles. He is so adorable. I like your new banner very much.


  6. Adorable card ! Glad you are feeling better and are able to ride again !