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!

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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 : )

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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!

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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!