Sunday, October 24, 2010

Inspirational Panic Attacks--priscillastyles challenge #MMSC76

Night before last my heart suddenly starting beating 170 BPM, and it was POUNDING so hard I thought it was, for sure, going to burst and that I was living my last moments. The same thing had happened two nights prior, but had only lasted about 10 minutes, so I just told myself it would be over soon--but it wasn't. After 45 minutes I was terrified and decided to call 911. A gazillion EMTs showed up at my house, put all their electronic doo-dads on me, and . . . my heart was fine! They couldn't get it to stop beating so fast while they were there, but they explained that my heart was not the problem, and that I was probably having a panic attack. Not that that is a good thing. . . but . . . WHEW! I wasn't dying.

Anyway, these guys were so gentle and kind, especially given I hadn't really needed them after all. My mother suggested I make a card to let them know how sorry I was I'd wasted their time, and how they had really comforted me and helped me through this.

Since all of the EMT's were men, I decided to make it as masculine as possible--including the use of black glitter, which I've been wanting to use for a long time now. I loved the sketch from Priscilla Styles, especially because my "thank you swirl" stamp was perfect for the bottom element. I was even more pleased when I realized my Maya chip swirl was not only perfect for the top element, but that it complemented the "thank you" swirl beautifully. I hadn't planned it like that, and, in fact, had been wracking my brain trying to think of what to use for the top swirl. When the light bulb finally went on, I couldn't believe how perfect it was. I love when things come together like that.

I haven't made a matching envelope yet, but I'm going to. One of the things I love about using digital paper is I can design a matching envelope. Unfortunately, it's very expensive as it uses a lot of ink--even when I set it at "fast draft."

The recipe is as follows:

Little Dreamer Designs "Urban Grunge" digital designer paper
SEI "Alpine" digital designer paper
Stampendous "Thank You Swirl" rubber stamp
Martha Stewart border punch
Stampendous white opaque embossing powder
Zing red embossing powder
Maya chipboard swirl
SVG Cuts Breezy Butterfly cut file
Cuttlebug "Swirls" Folder (I think that's the name--not sure but you'll probably recognize it on the butterfly.)
C'ordinations black paper with white top
red rhinestone
white floral wire
white eyelets
Color Box black ink
black glitter

I'm entering it in the following challenges:

Priscilla Styles -- sketch
The Paper Players -- designer paper, something punched and a sentiment
2 Sisters Challenge Blog -- anything goes
Mark's Finest Papers -- a diecut or a punch
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge -- black, white and one other color
The Stamp Man Challenge -- cards for men
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge -- So long as it flies.
Anything Goes Challenge Blog -- black and white
Tuesday Throwdown -- anything goes
Totally Gorjuss -- sparkle (It's hard to see in the photo, but the butterfly is outlined with glitter. Also, the rhinestone sparkles.)


  1. Mrs. Peterson~ A BIG WARM WELCOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge!! We are delighted that you have found us!! Your card is just AWESOME!! I love the colors and your take on the sketch is very creative!! Very happy to hear that you were only having a panic attack and not a more serious issue!! The MMDesign Team thanks you for playing in our challenge this week!! We will be looking for you each week....

    Phyllis MMDesign Team

  2. What a beautiful card that I'm sure all the EMT's will love. Glad everything worked out for you!
    I love these colors, those pretty buttons and all the swirls. Great Butterfly. Nicely done!
    Thank you so much for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.
    MMSC Design Team

  3. Fabulous card! So many fantastic details! I love the butterfly! How scary for you...I hope that everything is back to normal! Thanks for joining The Paper Players this week!

  4. Oh this is just sooo beautiful! I love your embossed butterfly, and the wonderful sentiment! Thanks so much for playing this week in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge! We hope you join us again soon! Hugs!


  5. Hello MS Petersoin and welcome to the MMSC - I love your card - that sentiment swirl is dovone and works so well with your flourish! I am sure your card will be appreciated by the EMS - I am glad to hear it was nothing serious -although bad enough! Love it! We love to see you join us here at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, thank you for your support!! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  6. Perfect colors for a masculine "thank you for settling me down" card! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

    Scary situation I am sure~~ glad you were okay

  7. Gorgeous card!!! Thanks for playing along at 2 Sisters Challenges.

  8. What gorgeous work on this exquisite card!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful die cut design with the Friends of Speedy the Cat in this week's challenge!

  9. Wow this is a beautiful card. All the details are scrumptous. Im sure that the fellows will be very appreciative of it. Glad to hear that it wasn't life threatening although panic attacks can be pretty scary! Just concentrate on making more of the lovely cards. :) Thanks for sharing with us at TT this week.

  10. ooh your card is gorgeous, they will appreciate it i am sure, fingers crossed you will not need their assistance again, panic attacks can be scary!!!! hugs carol......craftycatz

  11. Welcome to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge! We are so happy you found us and wanted to play along!

    Great card! Great colors and the butterfly is to die for! Love the swirly text! This is so inspirational - thanks for sharing!

    I am very glad to hear that there were nothing wrong with your heart - then you can keep on making beauties like this to share with us ;o)

    Thanks for joining Midnight Madness Challenge. Your support is highly valued, and we hope to see you playing with us again real soon ;o)


  12. What an inspiring piece of art. Your papers and embellishements just compliment each other beautifully. The Midnight Madness Design Team thanks you for joining us in our challenge this week. Hope to see you again soon. Blessings, Tracy--MMDT

  13. Sorry to hear about the health scare, but you certainly made a fabulous card! You definitely made this masculine and it looks awesome!
    Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

  14. Ms. Peterson, WELCOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, we're so glad you joined us this week! Your card is just lovely, I love the embossing, your colors and those buttons are divine! Sorry you had such a scary health incident, but glad you could turn it into this gorgeous card!
    Thanks again for joining us this week and we hope you will return again next week and join us for another exciting challenge!

  15. Pretty butterfly Ms. Petersen! It is such an honor to have you join us in the fun at Midnight Madness for the very 1st time. Welcome! The detail you have added to your card here is simply wonderful! The swirls in the butterfly look great with the word swirls. So glad you took a close up. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week. Hope to see you back again next week.

    Holly R. Moore
    MMDT ~ GD

  16. What a scary situation for you! I am happy that you are ok, I am so proud of you for calling 911. That is what they are there for! Your card is super special and I know the paramedics will appreciate your thoughtful gesture.
    Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players.

  17. Love the color combination and the designer paper is really cool.
    Thanks for sharing with us and for joining Speedy's Friends on our special anniversary week!

  18. Stunning! Love the embossing on the bitterfly! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x

  19. Beautiful card, love the butterfly. Thanks for joining us over at AG, sorry for late visit. Lynne xx

  20. This is fabulous! A really unusual card x Thanks for joining in the stamp man challenge x Janet