Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad

  My Dad's birthday is this weekend and I used some Cornish Heritage Farm  stamps paired up with Graphic 45 paper.  Antique Linen ink was used to distress the sentiment and image. I adhered the first part of the sentiment and added some dimension under the end to create a free flowing appearance like you're driving down the road : ) 

  On the inside I included this image from Crafty Secrets Classic Cars. The words around the speedometer and the indicator on the dial are separate from the dial itself. I love it!! Dad is going to be 82 and going strong so I set the dial accordingly. If I get to be 82 I hope I'm still cruisin' like my Dad! Thanks Dad for all of your love, support, and encouragement over the years! And thank you for taking the time to stop by!

Challenges to Corral My Creativity: SSCC119

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mookie and Me

This is our dog Mookie with my husband's new reading glasses. Yes we are at that age!! Everyone was having fun trying them on and of course someone said I wonder what Mookie would look like in them?? And in our house that's all it takes so one day at lunch (that's how we were able to get him to sit still) we tried it! Then we thought we need to take a picture so our daughter who is away at college could see him. We had so much fun! Of course I made it into a card and sent it off. On the inside the sentiment reads "My heart smiles with thoughts of you!" and we signed it Mookie with a P.S. - "Make no bones about it I can't wait to see you!"

The card arrived the Tuesday before Thanksgiving - the same day my husband was picking our daughter up from school. On that same day, we received some very sad news. I had taken Mookie to the vet because he didn't seem to be doing well and we were told he had metastatic cancer. My eyes filled up with tears. Mookie was the first dog we had ever owned and without me knowing it, he had crept into the depths of my heart and had laid hold of it. I remember getting into our van and I just sat there and wept. I called my husband who was on the road and shared the news with him.

Our children's heart broke as we told them about Mookie's condition. Ten years ago we adopted him from a rescue agency when he was 6 months old. Our children's first thoughts were we need to take him to the beach because that is what he loves. So the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we took him to enjoy what he loved. We live about 20 minutes from the Virginia Beach oceanfront and God gave us a beautiful unseasonably warm day to enjoy together as a whole family. Something we had not done in over a year because of our family situation. I was so thankful to God for providing someone to care for Grandma (who has dementia) so we were able to enjoy this time together! As a Mom this is one of those memories that will be etched on my heart forever. Mookie thoroughly enjoyed himself and so did we!

A week later we had to put Mookie down because his condition had greatly deteriorated. He was a rescue dog who was a rescuer. When our youngest had put a small clear tube from a watercolor brush in his mouth Mookie stopped playing with our oldest daughter and just sat by the baby until we came and took care of the problem. When the baby would venture up the stairs he would follow closely behind. Then there was the time he let us know during the middle of the night something suspicious was going on and long and short of it my husband and I were summoned as witnesses to court because Mookie helped alert us to an attempted armed home invasion in the neighborhood. Mookie would let us know whenever Grandma was on the move or someone was coming. He was also our helper and companion and I thank God for every moment that He gave us with Mookie. I know this was long but thanks for letting me share my heart with you today!

Thanks Snow Much!

I am making this card for our son's teachers this year. The inside sentiment will read "Thanks Snow Much for Making Learning Fun!" I used MFT's Wyatt Just Chillin and Memory Box's Spiceberry paper. I have found when I need dimension and and a dimensional is too much I just add some scraps of card stock and it works out perfectly! Thanks Snow Much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day : )

Challenges to Corral My Creativity: MFTWSC49

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hark the Herald

As I have been in the process of making Christmas cards for the special people in our lives I thought to myself "Don't forget Dad and Mom!" Three years ago when we were facing the prospect of having my husband's mom come to live with us I recall sharing with my folks what laid on the horizon before us. I wondered how they would respond? I remember my Mom's response as she first spoke of her concern for our well being as a family with four children and then she said " Your Dad said not to worry that you would do the right thing." Dad and Mom have been nothing but supportive and they have made sacrifices because we live 450 miles from them and cannot freely travel due to our situation. As I write this my eyes are filled with tears and my heart with gratitude for their unconditional love. They have been nothing but angels and so this card is for you Dad and Mom!
I used an image from Crafty Secret's Christmas Images and Journal Notes. Mounted on a banner from Vicki's Etsy Shop. ( I don't see any there now but just contact her if you are interested - she's so sweet to work with! ) I couldn't help but add some mini pearls on top of the banner's polka dots. The flower had a bright green stamen that did not make for such a great match so I added some Gold Prisma Ultrafine Glitter and my dilemma was solved and while I had the glitter out I thought why not added it to the petals too : ) I used pearlized vanilla and brushed gold for my snowflakes and background papers. The silk ribbon is from Sharon's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. I really enjoy working with it - so soft and pretty! Thanks for taking time to visit and allowing me to share a little bit of creativity from the heart!

Challenges to Corral My Creativity: SSCS118, TSTR91

Sunday, December 4, 2011

They Saw a Star

Another Christmas card is completed and I think this will go to my friend who is an avid knitter. She enjoys going to the Sheep and Wool Festival whenever she has the opportunity and even has been known to spin her own yarn from time to time. This friend has been with our family through thick and thin and is a gift from God. It truly brings joy to my heart when I have an opportunity like this to create with a purpose in my heart!
This card is based it on the MFT sketch challenge and uses one of their Pure Innocence Images. The star is from a retired SU! set - Polar Bear. I was excited when I found this DP because it provided a natural divided panel as depicted in the sketch. I felt like the top and bottom panels needed a little something and when I added these Hero Art gems it seemed to be the perfect fit. In person, they are subtle yet eye catching. The top row reminds me of stars and the bottom of snowflakes. Thanks for stopping by and as you have the opportunity to create may you feel joy in your heart!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crafty Secrets - O Christmas Tree

Just to let you know they are having a sale over at Crafty Secrets and you can read about it here. I used an image and chipboard from the Christmas Vintage Postcard Kit for my card today.

I then added a few extras - Flower Soft for the tree and its snow, mica flakes for the snow on the ground, Gelly Roll pens for the red and white berries and then a few tiny baby pine cones for the background trees. I edged the image with PTI's Fresh Snow Ink and it was mounted on papers from Memory Box's Dewfrost Collection. Next I added some silk ribbon, lace, and buttons and my project was completed. I am glad to say I now have one more Christmas card finished for this year! Thanks for stopping by and I hope at the end of your day you can feel the satisfaction of completing at least one thing that was on your list of things to do!

Challenges: SSCC117, MMSC132

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Gift for You

I'm back again with another Christmas project. I used Basic Grey's Wassail to cover the front of a plain white gift bag and added some velvet ribbon and lace.

Last year I read a tutorial by Debbie Olson on how to make a poinsettia using Tim Holtz's Tattered Flowers die. Since then I have always wanted to give this a try this so this project gave me the perfect opportunity. The flower was stamped using Our Daily Bread Design's Joy to The World Hymn with PTI's Fresh Snow Ink and the edges were inked with Photo Vintage. The center was made with two Cuttlebug die glittered snowflakes. A simple project to dress up a plain gift bag. Don't you just love simple? Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a joy filled day!

Challenges: ODBDSLC86, SNTODBD48

Cup of Cocoa

I'm now in the process of working on some special Christmas cards for people who have graciously helped our family in the care of my husband's mom. She has dementia and lives with us. She cannot be left alone and is very limited in her abilities. Grandma loves to be with people and there are a group of friends from church who come and spend time with her when we need an extra hand and these caring people will be the receiving the cards you see here on my blog this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are able to experience the love and joy of friendship today!

Challenges: MMSC131
Stamps: House Mouse, Crafty Secrets- Kitchen Classics
Paper: My Mind's Eye - be Merry
Ink: Memento
Accessories: Spellbinders, Buttons, Embroidery Floss, Circle Punches, Dimensionals, Copics

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Joy to the World

Now that Thanksgiving is over I can start thinking about Christmas. I'm at the point in life where I can only think about one holiday at a time! In fact, this is working ahead for me - I 'm usually taking one day at a time : ) When I saw this Pure Innocence stamp I knew I had to get it because it brought back precious memories of our girls when they were younger. Thanks for stopping by and I hope in the busy days ahead you are able to stop and remember the precious things in your life!

Challenges: MFTWSC47, SSCC116, IC312
Stamps: MFT - Christmas Caroler
Paper: Basic Grey - Wassail, Always Artichoke, Crafty Secrets - Christmas Images and Journal Notes
Ink: Memento
Accessories: Holly Punch, Button, Silk Ribbon, Copics, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Be Still

Sometimes in life we just can't make sense of why things happen the way they do. When those times occur in my life this verse gives my heart great comfort because it reminds me first of my need to be still and secondly that My Heavenly Father is on His throne and that He is perfect in all of His ways. It causes my heart to be grateful despite my circumstances. There is a great devotional on Thankfulness at Stampin' Sister's in Christ if this topic is of interest to you. Thanks for stopping by and may you find time to stop and be still.

Challenges: SSCC 115, MMSC 130
Stamps: DeNami - verse, Fred B. Mulliet
Paper: Naturals , Crumb Cake SU!
Ink: Versafine Onyx, Crumb Cake SU!
Accessories: Embossing Folder SU!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bless You

I wanted to make some Thankful cards and when I saw this little gal from MFT I knew she would be the perfect for the job! I am on a mission to try and use the stock I have on hand and it feels good! Yes, I am a former hoarder - it was either just too pretty to use or I might not be able to get it again. And no I don't want to enter the arena of how much paper or how many embellishments I have on hand that does not seem so lovely because I waited too long. So now my motto is buy and use and when I buy - buy with a purpose not just because it is on sale! Thanks for stopping buy -oops I mean by : ) Have a Great Day!

Stamps: MFT Li'l Pumpkin
Paper: October Afternoon - Weathervane, Basic Grey - Mellow, SU! -Chocolate Chip
Ink: Memento
Accessories: Twine, Buttons, Foam tape

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Keep on Knitting

Our third daughter needed a card for a friend who enjoys knitting so I used Hand Knit by SU! and paired it with October Afternoon's Fly a Kite. Then I added some lace and a flower and I was finished. Nothing fancy but I enjoy the sweet and simple as much as I do the cards and projects with all of little extras. Thanks for coming by and I hope you are able to enjoy the simple things today!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Princess

Yes I am back again! Our second daughter is going to be turning 20 next week so I decided to make our little princess none other than a princess card. It is based off of MFTWSC 44. I used MFT 's Something Special Just For You and some K & Co. paper. I used two types of paper for the grass to add extra dimension and color. My husband and I went to Dollar Deals and bought the fixings for a Princess Party so she and her suite mates can celebrate at school. It was so fun - brought back lots of sweet memories. If time allows I'm thinking about making tutus for the girls out of some netting to include in the birthday box. Why not we already have the wands, jewelry, and fixings for DIY crowns! I'm so grateful the Lord has given our daughter friends who still know how to enjoy the silly things in life. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a day that makes like royalty!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mad Hatter Treat Box

Our daughter who is an Alice in Wonderland fan has been having a tough time at her job. I painted this take out container and added a base to make a treat holder for her desk at work. So when she is feeling "mad" or should I say bad she can help herself to something good to eat. I added a paper band on the box, Primas, and an image from Crafty Secrets' Wonderland Tea Scraps. I used a Copic R81 to alter my flowers and I found if there is a coating on the petals just color from behind. I hope you have a day filled with gladness and not things that make you mad!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Love You Mom

I made this for my mom. She is the one who turned our house into a home. I am taking a beginning quilting class and plan on giving her the project from this class. I thought I would include this card. We had an antique shop in our home when I was growing up and mom was either painting, planting, sewing or weaving just to mention a few of her many interests and talents. Mom created and encouraged an atmosphere of creativity in our home. So I thought this card would be just right for her. I hope your day is filled with creativity and joy!

Challenges: SSCC 88
Paper: Graphic 45 - Bride and Baby; Crafty Secrets -Love Mail Creative Scraps

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mrs. Spitzer's Garden

It's that time of year again! The school year is coming to an end and I have been working on teacher appreciation gifts for our son's school. The theme of teacher's lunch this year is based on the sweet children's book "Mrs. Spitzer's Garden". It is a story about a principal who passes out a package of seeds to each of the teachers at the beginning of the school year and the book chronicles the journey of these little seeds as they are planted. For example, some plants grow to be bold and showy while others are quiet and the color of the earth. The ladies are going to put a small bag of compost from the school's recycling program and place a packet of seeds in each of the boxes. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and reads - to hold dear, CHERISH, treat with affection and tenderness. Thanks for stopping by and may you have a moment today that you will always cherish!

Challenges: SSCC 88
Stamps: Hero Arts
Paper: Kraft, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Natural - SU!; DP - My Mind's Eye; Grey Natural
Ink: Early Espresso - SU!
Accessories: Walk in My Garden - Cricut; Scallop Punch -SU!; Flower- Tim Holtz; Daisy, Grass, and Treat Box 2 - Sizzix, Leave - Family Treasure, Brad

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Something to Crow About

I made this card for our 7 year old son' teacher to let her know how much we appreciate her. The children have an incubator in their room and they have been watching the chicks hatch. So far there are four little chicks. Now a teacher that is willing to do this is definitely "Something to Crow About"! You have to understand we are city folks and this is a big deal : ) I used Crafty Secrets' Farm Chicks stamp set. The rooster was water colored with Cherry Cobbler. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have Something Good to Crow About Today!

Challenges: SSCC 87

Monday, May 2, 2011

Wonder Journal

I have taken some time off from blogging because it was what was needed and now it seems like it is a good time to return. I have been creating but not posting. There were sets of cards for Christmas gifts, baskets of cards for fundraisers, and projects for our son's school. The latest being 50 petal cones filled with candies for the children to deliver to neighboring homes of the school for May Day.
I made this journal for our oldest daughter who just graduated in December and is teaching fourth grade in an urban school district. She is an Alice in Wonderland fan. Many days are difficult but God always seems to send an encouraging moment her way. So I made this journal for her to record those moments and on the days when she starts to "wonder"why she is doing what she does she can be reminded why this is her chosen profession. I sent her a link to this project and said "Did you read your email?" She hadn't and she proceeded to check her email and when she read it she cried and said"Thanks Mommy!" Now to me that is what this stamping is all about! All designer paper, images, stickers and stamps are from Crafty Secrets. I used a hitch fastener from Tim Holtz for the doorknob.
Thanks for stopping by may you be encouraged and an encouragement to those around you!
Challenges: CPS 216