Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
here. I used my new Snow Swirled set from Stampin' UP! I embossed the Christmas tree with white embossing powder with silver glitter in it on Handsome Hunter cardstock. The sentiment is stamped with Handsome Hunter ink and then I used my scallop scissors to make the scallop around it. The white ribbon is satin and came from my stash. Thanks for the inspiration Mary Jo! If you haven't checked out her site, you really should, she is a great inspiration!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This is Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime Sketch #38. I'm a little late posting, but I had some computer issues yesterday. So, here is my card. I used the snowman from Just For Fun, the Snowflakes and Sentiment are from Penguin Pals, and the background used the snowman wheel. I used Brilliant Blue and Tempting Turquoise c/s and ink. Then added glitter to the snowflakes that the snowman is holding and embossed the sentiment with silver ep. Thanks for looking!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis -- a blood clot in a deep vein -- may be difficult to identify. That's because deep vein thrombosis symptoms are similar to many other health problems.
If you're at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), know your risks and stay alert to DVT symptoms. If you have symptoms, learn what you can do to confirm a diagnosis.
What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in a calf or thigh muscle. DVT can partly or completely block blood flow, causing chronic pain and swelling. It may damage valves in blood vessels, making it difficult for you to get around. A blood clot can also break free and travel through your blood to major organs, such as your lungs or heart. There, it can cause damage and even death within hours.
Signs and Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Half of all DVT cases cause no symptoms. If you do have any of the DVT symptoms below -- especially if they occur suddenly -- call your doctor right away:
Swelling in one or both legs
Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, which may occur only while standing or walking
Warmth in the skin of the affected leg
Red or discolored skin in the affected leg
Visible surface veins
If a blood clot breaks free and travels to your lungs it's called a pulmonary embolism, and it can be fatal. Pulmonary embolism may not cause symptoms, but if you ever suffer sudden coughing, which may bring up blood; sharp chest pain; rapid breathing or shortness of breath; or severe lightheadedness, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately.
Pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of a major blood vessel (artery) in the lung, usually by a blood clot. In most cases, the clots are small and are not deadly, but they can damage the lung. But if the clot is large and stops blood flow to the lung, it can be deadly. Quick treatment could save your life or reduce the risk of future problems.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms are:
Sudden shortness of breath.
Sharp chest pain that is worse when you cough or take a deep breath.
A cough that brings up pink, foamy mucus.
Pulmonary embolism can also cause more general symptoms. For example, you may feel anxious or on edge, sweat a lot, feel lightheaded or faint, or have a fast heart rate or palpitations.
If you have symptoms like these, you need to see a doctor right away, especially if they are sudden and severe. Know your risk factors.
In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by a blood clot in the leg that breaks loose and travels to the lungs. A blood clot in a vein close to the skin is not likely to cause problems. But having blood clots in deep veins (deep vein thrombosis) can lead to pulmonary embolism.
Other things can block an artery, such as tumors, air bubbles, amniotic fluid, or fat that is released into the blood vessels when a bone is broken. But these are rare.
Friday, October 3, 2008
1) Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
2) Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
3) Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
4) Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
5) Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
* Not all of the warning signs occur in every stroke. Do NOT ignore the signs of a stroke even if they go away!
What to do
1)Check the time. When did the first warning sign or symptom start? You'll be asked this important question later.
2)If you have one or more stroke symptoms that last more than a few minutes, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical service (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can quickly be sent for you.
3)If you're with someone who may be having stroke symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or the EMS. Expect the person to protest — denial is common. Don't take "no" for an answer. Insist on taking prompt action.
Things to Think About
1)Always be prepared for an emergency.
2)Keep a list of emergency rescue service numbers next to the telephone and in your pocket, wallet or purse.
3)Know (in advance) which hospital or medical facility is nearest your home or office.
4)Keep all your medical information in an easily accessible place, so that you can grab it and go. This includes your complete medical/surgical history (including hospital stays with the dates and what they were for), what medications you are currently taking (keep this updated when you have a change in your medications), a list of your allergies, especially to medications and what reactions you have to them, and a list of all of your doctors and their phone numbers. This information is very important and can impact how quickly the doctors can start your care. It's also not unusual to forgot important details like this when you are under stress.
5)If you have children or an adult that needs taken care of, make these arrangements ahead of time. Make sure they know who their emergency caretaker is. Have the name, phone number and address written down, so their is no question who that person is.
6)If you have pets, know who is willing to care for them if you are admitted to the hospital. Once you are settled in the hospital, give them a call.
For more stroke information, call the American Stroke Association at 1-888-4-STROKE or visit their Web site.
*most of the above information is from the American Heart Association website. Please check there for more information.
Monday, September 29, 2008
1)Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. (There's an elephant sitting on my chest.)
2)Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
3)Shortness of breath. This feeling may occur with or without chest discomfort.
4)Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. (Indigestion or a worsening of GERD).
I also want to stress that you don't necessarily have to have all or even more than one of these symptoms to be having a heart attack. You don't even have to have chest pain or pressure to be having a heart attack. One of the biggest reasons that people don't seek immediate help is that they aren't sure it's really a heart attack or they think they will be embarrased by going to the ER and then it is something simple. It is much better to call 911 and get the the ER and have them tell you that it's not a heart attack or stroke or whatever, than to stay home and it really is a heart attack, etc. Remember the faster you get help the better the outcome.
The other thing I want to urge all of you to do, besides making sure that all of your family and friends know the symptoms of a heart attack, is to take a CPR class. I can't tell you how important this is. If someone you love needs help, you want to be able to provide it. Yes, the 911 operator will try to talk you through CPR, but if you've had the class, it will give you the confidence to do CPR effectively until help arrives. It's not a hard class and you can take it with a friend or family member. Check with the American Heart Association, The Red Cross, your local hospital or your community center to find a class near you. You will never regret taking the class. If you have taken a CPR class, good for you! If you need a refresher course, take one. Even doctors and nurses have to retake CPR every two years.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I made this card in response to Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #59. This is the first time that I have participated in this challenge and I had a good time doing it. This is my favorite snowman stamp and I found the snowflake paper in my stash and added some coordinating c/s. I did glitter the snowflakes that the snowman is holding, but I'm not sure that you can see it in the scan. I tried several ribbons and finally decided that the white fuzzy fiber would bring some softness and texture to the card. The sentiment is from the SU retired set Penguin Pals. I punched a snowflake out of silver c/s and then added a snowflake eyelet over it. Thanks for looking!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I made this snowman card in response to Chris's Belli Challenge #35. The challenge was to use a metal or faux metal tag. I found some vellum tags in different sizes in my stash. So, I pulled the largest one out and then went looking for a stamp that would fit. I decided on the snowman from the Stampin' UP! set Just for Fun (retired). I stamped him in Stazon Black and then colored in the snowman on the back. I added a piece of white c/s behind the tag and added the snowflake eyelet. The snowflake paper was a scrap out of my paper stash - not sure who made it. The sentiment stamp is from an old DOTS set called Christmas Fun - one of the first sets I ever bought. The bow of course gave me fits, but I think it turned out o.k. Check out all the other participants to by checking out Chris's blog, Creating with Chrissy. Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
These two cards I made for a VC card contest. They didn't win, but I love them anyway. This is one of my favorite "old" SU sets, Toile Blossoms. I used my ink pads and blender pens to water color the flowers. The card on the left uses Lovely Lilac and Garden Green. The one on the right uses Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, and Sage Shadow. I embossed the greetings on both cards. I added some glitter to the petals on the card on the right, although it doesn't show up too well in the scan.Not sure yet who will receive these cards, but I hope they like them as much as I do.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
This is a card I made using old supplies. The background is a K-pad brayered over glossy. It has been in my stash a long time, so I brought it out and embossed the sunflowers from Harvest time with white detail embossing powder. Then I embossed friendship from Wonderful Words with a bronze embossing powder. Trimmed the glossy card and added it to a coordinating card. Found some fibers from my stash that coordinated with the background and tied them at the top of the card. This turned this old background piece into a fun fall card.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
This is a bookmark that I made to send out as a RAK to all the Florida VC Rocks members. To make the background, I made circle masks. I stamped the plaid stamp over these masks. After removing them, I stamped the flower stamps in the white areas and added a brown spot for the flower center. Then I stamped the friend stamp and the tiny little butterflies. Then to add something extra, I punched out flowers in coordinating card stock colors - picked these colors from the eyelash fiber I wanted to use - glued them down. To finish this off I added the ribbon and fiber. These were really a fun project, especially since I love bookmarks!