Friday, October 28, 2011

Feel Better Soon!

I cannot believe it has been 1 1/2 years since I made a card! I am SO sorry! Really, I have gone through a lot since my last card. First I went on a vacation where I found out awful news about my little sister... she is okay now, but it was very difficult news to digest. Some other family drama occurred, then in July of 2010 I found out my husband of 8 years had been having an affair for 1 1/2 years. He had had a baby with the other lady, and wanted to keep both of us and live a polygamist lifestyle! Needless to say, I went through shock, grief, and a divorce, move, and major adjustments. After being divorced 1 year this week, I must say my children and I are doing TONS better. I have gotten both school aged children through 2 grades with homeschooling in the past year (they are just going through a time of picking everything up really quickly). Everything in my house has been unpacked, organized, and cleaned. My craft room is even finally in order! :) I have raised many chickens, ducks, sheep, and goats this year... I think that was partially something to keep me going through some of the stages of grief. Most have been sold at profit, so that I can focus even more on my children,crafts, cooking, and learning to make money at home. Also, I have made quite a few YouTube videos on my A Moment With Rachael channel.

Anyway, enough about my personal life! Onto the card! :) This card was inspired by my children's great-grandmother, Connie who is in the hospital right now. I wanted to make her a get well card with autumn in mind and this is what I came up with! Here are some detailed pictures of it:

I decorated the inside a bit, too, although the photo didn't turn out the best:

I'm entering a few challenges with this card that I have listed below:

Cute Card Thursday - this sketch:

Simon Say Challenge - Anything Goes!
Creative Belli Blog - 1234 Challenge (1 twine, 2 designer papers, 3 buttons, and 4 punched/inked leaves)
The Play Date Cafe - color challenge:

Charisma Cardz Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - Leaves and the Beautiful Fall Palette

I used Prismacolor pencils to color in the image. I'm unsure where the image came from... but it's a cute one! The patterned papers are Die Cut With a View, but I'm not sure about the solid pieces.

I guess that is all for now! Sorry for the long update above... I thought I owed everyone an explanation for my disappearance! I could seriously write a novel-sized update after the year+ I've had, so you'd be proud of me if you knew what a nutshell that is, LOL!




  1. wow, you really have been through a lot, glad you managed to pick up the pieces and move on!
    your card is really beautiful, love the details!
    many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!
    have a great, crafty weekend! Debxx

  2. lovely card
    thanks for playing along with Charisma this week

  3. Adorable image! Love all the elements you used on your card, especially the buttons and yummy twine:) Thanks for playing the this week at the Play Date Cafe!

  4. Rachael, I am glad your life has turned around for the better! Good Luck in all you do. This card for great-grandmother is beautiful. Love the recipe combination. Thanks for sharing on the Belli Challenge.

  5. What a lovely card love the stamped image of the girl and her poorly bearx

  6. Super card thank you for playing the Charisma challenge this time, hope to see you play again soon

  7. So adorable, love those leaves. Thank you so much for playing along at The Play Date Cafe.

  8. Fab card, love it! Thank you for joining our anything goes challenge this week at Charisma!
    Emma x

  9. I am so sorry about your marrage. I can't even imagine the heart break you must have gone through. I was happy to read that you and the kids have adjusted to your new life so well.

    Some of your pictures are not coming up, but the first card did. It is so very nice. Love the colors, leaves and twine. What a fantastic job you have done.

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