I hope everyone is having a nice holiday weekend so far. I’ve been lazy myself, but hey I do enjoy that once in a while. I want to thank each and every one of you who have made pledges to The Bug Bug Walkers, Kate and/or me, for the 2008 Epilepsy Walk Around Kentucky. I have been so overwhelmed by your outpouring of support. Actually, I’ve sat here with tears in my eyes every time I check in on Kate’s home page. I am so at a loss for words – you know that isn’t me – it just all makes me so choked up. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. We have exceeded Kate’s fund raising goal and moving on upward. With a few weeks left before the walk, I know we will far exceed her wildest dreams!

Being a tad lazy today, I did decide to make a card with a new stamp set I got this past week. Now don’t be too shocked when you see it, even Her Royal Badness has a spiritual side! I just happened to visit Our Daily Bread Designs’ site the other day, and absolutely fell in love with the Path of Life. The image struck me as a must have and it arrived in my mailbox shortly thereafter. My great-grandmother could play the piano by ear, and she would sit and play and sing for hours. She always sang gospel. Which is probably where my love for the old time gospel songs came from. I can’t hear Old Rugged Cross or The Roll is Called Up Yonder without thinking of her. When I saw the Path of Life, I immediately thought of In The Garden – my favorite hymn.

I wanted to keep the image somewhat muted, with not a lot of popping colors. The image was colored with Copic Markers, and to add just a hint of color to the flowers, I highlighted them with Spica Markers. I had a difficult time matching paper to the image after I was done. I finally settled on two pieces of BasicGrey Periphery which I sewed to a layer of Prism Birchtone Dark and then used a lighter grey for my card base.


Stamps: Path of Life from Our Daily Bread Designs

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Periphery; Prism Birchtone Dark and Stormy Light

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black

Accessories: Copic Markers; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Taffeta Ribbon; Sewing Machine; Brads

No matter what your plans are for the rest of the holiday, whether with family and friends, or just relaxing at home, I hope it’s a good one!


I was going to pay a tribute to my dad this afternoon, but have thought better of it. Instead, I would like to talk about something very near and dear to me. I also believe that this is what my dad would want me to do instead. This would also be more important to him than celebrating his birthday.

As most of you know, my oldest daughter Kate, has epilepsy. Each day is a struggle for her, even though she has remained seizure free for over a year now.

Kate and Will at induction

When Kate was in middle school, she started having episodes in the mornings. They typically were right after she awoke for the day and always happened in the shower. She would simply pass out. I would hear the change in the water and knew something had happened. When I would get to her, she was already reviving on her own, but was always pale and would end up having a migraine that lasted the rest of the day. We consulted her pediatrician, who had a battery of tests run, and they came up with nothing. Her pediatrician basically told us that it was menses related.

During high school, Kate never had another episode. She was, however, not my cheerful, happy go lucky girl. She was dark and withdrawn, preferring not to stay home. Part of this I blame on a boyfriend at the time, which is another story in itself, but she still was not the same child she had been in middle school. Now before you can say that it was just part of growing up, it truly wasn’t. Her moods were different, she didn’t laugh anymore and there was always fighting. She was still in the honors classes and keeping her grades up, but there was just something different. Kate graduated high school with honors and went on to enroll in the nursing program at Indiana University.

During her freshman year of college, she had her first major seizure. Once again, she was in the shower first thing in the morning, and fainted. I heard her fall, the water sounds changed and I broke the door down to the bathroom to get to her. She was lying in the bottom of the shower, lifeless, with the marble seat (that was attached to the wall) lying on top of her. I pulled her around where I could get to her, half in and half out of the shower and started CPR. When I heard her moan, I knew she was going to be okay and I could call 911. Have you ever seen a panicked mother trying to dial 911? It took me longer to dial three digits that it did for me to break into the bathroom and get to my daughter. By the time EMS arrived, Kate had revived enough to sit up, but was pale, clammy and completely disoriented. EMS decided to take her on to the hospital, only because her blood pressure was so low.

At the emergency room, they once again ran a battery of tests, to basically rule out and/or determine what was wrong with her. Finding nothing, they phoned our primary care physician who wanted her to see a neurologist. The following day we went to see her neurologist, who wasn’t quite convinced that there was anything neurological wrong with Kate. He was leaning more to a heart condition and had her wear a 24-hour heart monitor. He also ordered an EKG. Much to his surprise, it wasn’t her heart, it was epilepsy – generalized epilepsy in both frontal lobes.

Since being diagnosed with epilepsy, Kate has had a few breakthrough seizures, but the most significant was her last seizure a year ago last April 1. She wasn’t feeling well that morning, but went to work anyway. She was sitting on a stool at the counter, and fainted. She hit face first on a concrete floor, breaking her nose and busting her lip. Her employer called us after the fact. They called EMS first and they were there before Kate was revived to tell them to call me at home. One surgery later, to fix the broken nose, adjusted doses of medication once again, and she’s made it through a year.

What we learned was that Kate’s seizures start at night with the kicking of the legs and the fainting spells are the culmination and final stage of her seizures. There are many types of seizures and some you don’t even realize happen. Most people think that all seizures are like grand mal, where one stiffens and jerks. Not necessarily so. A child can be sitting in a classroom, staring off into space and the teacher thinks they are daydreaming, and in reality the child is having a seizure.

Kate is a senior in college now, switching from nursing to secondary education. She has made the Dean’s List numerous times and has been inducted into the Mu Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. She will be student teaching next year and is ready for it all to be behind her and to move into her chosen profession. What makes this truly amazing, is that Kate struggles to remember things. When she was younger she had a photographic memory. I could have her look at a list and then quiz her. She knew it all without any problem. Now her medications have made such tasks more difficult. She often has problems trying to find just the right word or remembering short term. She studies extremely hard to maintain her grades. What should only take her about an hour, now takes 2, 3 maybe 4. Let me say though, that with the proper diagnosis and medications, I have my happy, fun loving daughter back!

I have told you this for a number of reasons. First, to raise awareness of seizure disorders, and secondly to ask for your help. Typically this is not something I would do, but under the circumstances I feel compelled. For the third year in a row, I will be walking with Kate during the 2008 Louisville Walk Around Kentuckiana on June 21st. It is a 5K walk sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation Kentuckiana, to support the more than 90,000 children and adults living with epilepsy in Kentucky and southern Indiana. We are joined each year by more and more people who wish to walk with us. Last year my entire family joined us and a few more of Kate’s friends. This year more of her friends are walking with us, all the family and even Jeanne Streiff (Inky Paws), who is flying in a few days early before we have to head out for Florida.

Kate’s goal has always been to raise $1,000.00 and we’ve never come close. This year, I would love to see her get to her goal, if not better it. She has taken such an active role in learning about seizure disorders and is the one who found the walk three years ago, and signed us all up. So here’s my plea! If you have ever been touched by someone with a seizure disorder, whether it is a friend or family member, please help us help others by making a donation to the Epilepsy Foundation in support of the Bug Bug Walkers. (Kate’s boyfriend calls her Bug Bug).

You can learn more about Seizure Disorders and Epilepsy at the Epilepsy Foundation.

To make a donation for the 2008 Walk Around Kentuckiana, please visit the Epilepsy Foundation Kentuckiana.

Thank you for reading Kate’s Story!

PS: I’m editing to add some information that I just saw on our walk brochure.

A seizure is a brief, temporary disturbance in the electrical activity of the brain resulting in altered or loss of awareness, shaking, convulsing, confusion or sensory experiences.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurring seizures, also called a seizure disorder.

More than 3 million people in the United States, including more than 90,000 children and adults in Kentuckiana, live with epilepsy. This year alone, 200,000 will be diagnosed with epilepsy.

For 70% of people with epilepsy the cause is unknown.

Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition among children and the third most common in the United States among adults.

Epilepsy is more common than cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson disease combined.

There are currently as many seniors with epilepsy who are 60 and over as there are children with epilepsy who are 10 and younger.

Happy Thursday! Well, I’ve had plenty of coffee this morning, and am getting ready to hit the road to run some errands. I’m a little pressed for time this morning and was going to get rather sappy today. Today is my dad’s birthday. If he were still with us, he would be 82. I’ll be back a little later to let you in on that part of my life. But right now, I do have a card to share in honor of Dad’s everywhere!

The Splitcoast Ways to Use It Challenge today is to make a masculine card. For those of you who have visited the Rubbernecker Booth at the various shows have seen this card. I just haven’t shared it here yet.


The image was colored with Copic Markers and the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The designer paper used for the background was distressed first, and then the edges sponged with Vintage Photo.


  • Stamps: Boots and Sentiment from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Aged & Confused Vagabond; Blue
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Black Twine; Brads; Mounting Tape; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool

I hope you have a good morning, and when time allows this afternoon I’ll be back.


Good afternoon! I’m running a little behind today – as usual. I really overslept today and then so many other things needed my attention that it wasn’t until noon when I finally made it down to the stamp room. It just occurred to me that I have promised a few of you that I would do a tutorial of my demo tag at the shows. It’s on the way! I needed to restock some supplies. Anyhoo, I will be working on that over the next few days!


I have another Sneak Peek for you of the new Silhouette Florals from Rubbernecker today. I received so many emails from you guys yesterday telling me you saw them in the booth that you bought them, or that you have them on your list! An exciting time!! I’m still not going to tell you who the Designer is, you’ll know soon enough.


I combined yesterday’s Splitcoast Color Challenge and today’s Sketch Challenge for this card.




I applied a very light wash of Soft Sky to a piece of watercolor paper and while the paper was still damp, stamped the image. I colored the image with a Certainly Celery marker, applied Blue Bayou with a Fantastix, misted it with water and then stamped. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of the same watercolor paper. The edges of both were sponged with Soft Sky. My background paper is BasicGrey Periphery, which I also sponged the edges on.


Stamps: Unreleased Rubbernecker Silhouette Flower 003 and Stamp Oasis Petite Word Collection – Petite Seasons SKU:2000-08 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company


Paper: Canson 120lb Watercolor Paper; BasicGrey Periphery; SU Soft Sky and Blue Bayou


Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black; SU Soft Sky, Blue Bayou and Certainly Celery


Accessories: Ranger Mini Mister; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber and Bullet Point Fantastix; Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brush; Ribbon; Brads; Mounting Tape


I have a few more designs going through my head today, so I’m headed back to the stamp room. I hope you all have a great day!




Don’t forget that the Treasure Hunt runs from 4:00 a.m. PST until 9:00 p.m PST (7:00 a.m. EST – 12:00 a.m. EST). If you are new to the Treasure Hunt, you can find the first clue and all the details for playing along on the Rubbernecker Home Page. For a chance to win a $10 Rubbernecker Gift Certificate you will definitely want to visit Candy’s Blog – Candy’ Land, and Shelly’s Blog – Stamp with Shelly.

I have a little sneak peek for you today. It’s a new line of stamps designed by one of our very own Rubbernecker Design Team members. Am I gonna tell you who – NOPE! You have to wait just a bit longer, but needless to say I’m very excited over these images. If you were at the Minneapolis Show this past weekend, these images were actually in the Rubbernecker booth as a pre-release. Shame on you if you saw them and weren’t one of the first to snatch them up! I bet you might be regretting that about now!

Floral Silhouette

The stamp was colored with markers, misted with water and then stamped onto white cardstock. The script background was inked with Vintage Photo, stamped off once, and then stamped over the flower image. The edges of the image were then sponged with Antique Linen and then distressed. The same sponging and distressing were done with the background panel. Because this image is so versatile and can be used for so many different occasions, I didn’t add a sentiment. That can always be added to the inside at a later date.

Stamps: Unreleased Floral Silhouette and Rubbernecker Valentine Collection How Do I Love Thee SKU:246-13 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Scarlet’s Letter; SU River Rock and Basic Black

Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Inks; Olive, Red and Yellow Markers

Accessories: Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Ranger Mini Mister; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Brads; Ribbon; Mounting Tape

I apologize to those of you who like the photos of the product used, I’m running just a tad behind right now, and just didn’t have the opportunity to get all the product together. I do, however, hope you enjoy the sneak peek – there are more to come.



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