Happy Thursday! Hope everyone is having a great day so far. Once again, I drug my flabby fanny out of bed a little after 9:00 a.m. (I have got to quit this) to rain. I looked out and the streets were flooded once again, but luckily the carpet in the stamp room is still dry. Cross your fingers for me!

I’m curious today. How many of you have fingers that lock up? When I got up yesterday morning, the ring finger on my right hand was locked. It was folded down toward my palm and didn’t want to move back into place. I had to give it a little nudge with my left hand. It bothered me throughout day the yesterday and this morning it was the same thing again. I called my mother, because her thumb used to do this. I asked her what caused it. I am thinking my diet is not the most spectacular and I might be missing some needed vitamins. She told me I was just getting old! That her fingers have gotten worse and she really didn’t know what it was except maybe arthritis. Which makes sense, I have spent the better part of my life working as a legal secretary and typing is just second nature to me. As for my diet, some of you know this and most of you don’t, I have a wheat allergy. Since last November I have been on a gluten/wheat free diet. Sometimes I slip and I’ve been slipping quite often the last few weeks. But for the most part, I can stick to the diet but I seem to go for the easy things – rice cakes with chicken salad, ham rolled up in cheese, and oatmeal with bananas. Let’s not forget that I will never give up my chocolate, but I have learned that it must be plain milk chocolate – nothing else added but maybe almonds (which I eat by the handfuls – almonds that is). Anyway, enough of my babbling about diet, etc., I’m more curious if this is happening to anyone else and what you do for it. So, spill! I’m curious!

I was excited when I saw that the SCS Ways to Use it Challenge is a spray challenge. The challenge is to have fun spraying – glimmer mist, airbrush, color spritzer, water misting – anything that you can spray. I’ve had some Rileys from Hanna Stamps sitting out on my desk for a few weeks now, and one of them is Golfer Riley. It’s warming up, it’s almost golf season here in this area and today seemed like a perfect day to use Riley.


Riley and the green were colored with Copic Markers and then I airbrushed the sky with the Copic Airbrush System. I learned the other day how to make the perfect mask for working with the airbrush system. I stamp the image on either a post-it or a sheet from a writing tablet, cut it out and then paint the back with rubber cement. While the rubber cement is still wet, place it on your image. You can airbrush the masked image then and the mask doesn’t come up. You need to remove the mask carefully, by pulling from one corner, but when you have removed the mask, the rubber cement will clean right off your image. Just take you fingers and wipe across and the rubber cement rolls right off (not to be gross or anything, but it’s kinda like a booger). Anyhoo, back to the card. The blue panel behind Riley, is Soft Sky paper, that I misted with Shimmer Mist that I made with Soft Sky Reinker, Perfect Pearls and water. Once the layer had dried, I sponged both the edges of this panel and the image panel with Soft Sky. I decided on the sentiment “You’re my favorite” from the set Things Hanna Would Say, well because I could then right on the inside “DUFFER!” BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA – can’t wait to send this one to a golfing buddy!


Stamps: Golfer Riley and Things Hanna Would Say from Hanna Stamps; SU Flannel Plaid

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Old Olive, Soft Sky and Basic Black

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black and Archival Jet Black; SU Soft Sky and Old Olive

Accessories: Copic Markers and Airbrush System; Ranger Perfect Pearls and Mini Mister; Spellbinders Nestabilities; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Cuttlebug; Ribbon; Brads; Mounting Tape

I hope you all have a great day!

12 Responses to “A Chip and A Putt”

  1. Hi Sherry

    I have this happen to me alot at work (I’m a waitress). It’s usually when I’m carrying a pitcher or a coffee mug (or trying to carry more than one) my finger locks around it. The first few times it freaked me out because it just wouldn’t go back on it’s own. It doesn’t really hurt, it’s just a weird feeling. I’m not sure that mine is from getting old, unless 29 is old and sometimes I feel like it is….but maybe the fact that I crack my knuckles all the time has something to do with it….

    Your cards are always amazing!!! Have a great day!

  2. Sherry!!!! I am the clinical lead for a hand surgeon……it seems to me that what you MAY have is a trigger finger, which is very common in women and especially ones who are older, use their hands a lot and/or diabetic…….frequently they are stuck down first thing in the morning and you may or may not have to “pop” them loose with your other hand. This may also happen if you make a very tight fist. The milder ones can be injected with cortisone and that can make them disappear….the more severe ones need to be surgically released, but it is a very small incision and a very minor procedure!!!!!!! You might want to check in with your family doc or your orthopaedic doc if you have one!!!!!!!
    I have had it in both thumbs and cortisone has done well for me so far. Sometimes you never have to have surgery on them as the cortisone works so well, so Good Luck!!!!!

  3. I have the exact same thing, right ring finger. It happens infrequently and I can’t figure out what causes it. I just use my left hand to pull up on the finger. It hurts when I do it, but that’s it. I do know that mine is in the morning when it happens. And I also typed for a living – and now on the computer so I guess I’m stuck with it.

  4. Okay Sherry, you’re giving me sympathy pains. All my fingers are feeling funny! I hope you find out what it is and that you can relieve it permanently without much fuss.

    Your cards are always so fun. Thanks for the idea with the mist and the masking. Got to try it.

    Take care of yourself. Wendy G

  5. I have been wheat free for 10 years and do all my own cooking …email me if you have any ???
    I have a lot of tips you might be able to use! DD

  6. I have fingers that do that too. It is called trigger finger. The doctor told me that it is caused from being a diabetic. Don’t know if this is right or not.

    Love your cards! They are always so cool.


  7. Fun Riley card! I love your inside sentiment!

  8. Miss Badness~~Your Riley creation is adorable 🙂 I do have a question for you, next time you “drag your flabby fanny” to the computer (LOL) ~~

    …..I’ve noticed how you always use Tsukineko Sponge Daubers ~ are they washable or do you have one for each ink you utilize?

    Hope your finger (ahem)(smirk)(snicker) is doing better 🙂

  9. i am a retired auto worker , was there 30 years. many people there had this it is called trigger finger , from the repitition.i love your riley card , so cute.

  10. Cute card, Sherry.

  11. Cute card….and yes, I believe you have trigger finger. The pulley mechanism of the finger gets jammed….cortisone may help….physical therapy (that’s what I do!) may help also (tho if you try the therapy route…I recommend finding a therapist/occupational therapist, who specializes in hands)

  12. I don’t know about trigger finger, but my mom says it goes away when you take calcium vitamins/supplements. Her foot and wrist used to turn out of control and when she takes her calcium supplements on a regular basis it stops happening. As women age they need a lot more calcium than before.

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