Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Whatever the present moment contains,embrace it as if you had chosen it.

My mantra for the days and weeks ahead of me.  It's a very releasing sentiment if you can make it work for you.  I have been back at card making a little bit.  Trying to work on uplifting and joyful celebrations. Both of the cards I'm displaying are for my lovely daughter Amy, one for her birthday and one for she and her husband's wedding anniversary.  They are close together so I hope she enjoys two times the festivities.

Both are sparkly and full of fun. Again I used an image from Dearie Dolls Digital Stamps as my focal.  Mary Ellen does such a remarkable job of expressing in drawings many of the things we wish to convey. She makes simple card designing and giving so manageable for me.  I find many of her digis fit a wide variety occasions so well it is hard not to use them. My recipients just love them, too.  I've done some ink blending on these cards with Ranger distress inks and some die cutting with Spellbinders' dies. The focal coloring on the birthday card is mine, while the anniversary card focal was a colored digi.  I added some bling, ribbon and Wink of Stella and some Dazzles stickers.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Long Week

 While it's actually only been six days, it seems like forever since I sat down to write. My days have been full and often crazy.  Two birthdays this past week, one grandson and one granddaughter. Our granddaughter, Destenie, turned eighteen. That made me scramble to try to finish her memory book to give to her for her birthday. She's grown into a beautiful young woman and doesn't even know how beautiful she is.

 This is the last two-page layout that I made for her book. Wish I could say I finished it.

It's been a difficult time for me in other areas. For two and a half years I've been caring for my Mom at our house. Her Alzheimer's is progressing and it's becoming more and more apparent that I cannot provide all the care and stimulation that she may now require. We are considering placement in a Memory Care Center and she was assessed for that on Friday. I'm so conflicted, I thought I would care for her until her time came. It's hard to think of letting go and hard to realize that what I am doing may not be good enough. It will take some time for all of this to take place - I'll keep trying to make the best of it. I detest this disease that is taking my Mom.

My card making was limited over the week. I did manage to work on a watercolor technique for a thankyou card that's been on my mind for awhile.  I stamped the image on an old book page and then watercolored with distress inks. Inside is just a very simple Thankyou sentiment.

Thanks for looking and letting me share snippets of my life; the good, the bad and the ugly.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The best portion of your life will be the small nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

So smile with someone you love and enjoy one of the best portions of your life.

Here's one of the valentines I'd been working on.

A bit light hearted, I think, but I just love those frogs.  They are a free digital stamp from Mary Ellen at Dearie Dolls Digital Stamps.  I printed the image and used a stitched rectangle die to shape. The KISSES and gold hearts are stickers from my stash. The background hearts are die cuts I've had for a very long time. I versa mark stamped and embossed with white powder the XO design. The striped background paper is from my paper collection I've promised myself to USE.  So far I have only four Valentines made. Must get busy.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

You can't hurt your eyesight by looking at the bright side.

Today, so far, it is really bright! 

I have been working on some birthday cards and Valentine's Day cards this week. With a
family as large as ours birthdays are always popping up. In addition to cards I play with
scrapbooking alot. Right now, in progress, I have six family scrapbooks and fifteen books for the grands and greats. I've only managed to pass on two books to the grandchildren who are married. It's my labor of love for each of them but I find it so hard to turn them over.  All of their pictures and memories are so precious to me, I want them to feel the same way.

Here's the latest contribution to Kaitlyn's scrapbook.  This past summer she really enjoyed the pool at their apartment complex. What bright sunshine!


Another card that went to one of my grands, my "dear" Emily was this card's recipient.
She was on my mind while I was working on it. The background paper was the starting inspiration for my composition. The fawn and butterfly are Dazzles stickers that I've highlighted with smooch inks and the lace ribbon is from my collection. I collect all kinds of scraps of ribbon, lace, bias tape, rick rack, cording and anything else I think might work for crafting.
 Other peoples trash becomes part of my stash at times.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Snow Rose

Wanted to experiment a bit and try to make some photo cards. Today I'll show you my first attempt. Well, actually it's my second attempt..... I really blew it on the first photo I tried to use. It was so bad it ended up in the trash but I did learn what NOT to do with photos. I wish I was the creator of the photo used but in reality I found it on the Internet and do not know to whom I should give credit.  It is lovely and for some reason I 'm really drawn to the idea of snow on roses for Valentine's Day. It is still wintry and cold in February where we live so it could be possible.

I used a variety of techniques for this card. The first layer of white card stock was embossed with the heart and scroll design from Spellbinders embossibilities. The background papers are from Paper Wishes and Heidi Swapp glitters. I printed the photo as a border less wallet size. Inside the sentiment was inked with Versamark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Had fun putting it all together and got just a little braver about using photos as focal points for cards.  Enjoy.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Growing Up

It kills you to see them grow up.
But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't.
--Barbara Kingsolver

My sentiment today in honor of my first great-grandson's birthday in two days. Nicky is turning eight years old. Eight..... I can't believe it. Seems like yesterday we were so excited about having a baby shower for his mother. He's a great kid, full of energy and all boy. I enjoyed making his birthday card.



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

National Bird Day

Did you know it was National Bird Day?  I was unaware until this morning. It's pretty circumstantial that the card I worked on today features birds, well, penguins. Penguins are birds, not the National Bird, but birds none the less. My card is not a "Happy Bird Day" card, tho, it's actually for Valentine's Day. Hope you enjoy it anyway.  The other card is a Thankyou card.  Both projects were made with supplies from Simon Says Stamp that were part of January's subscription stamp kit. Just love the Doodlecharms design paper and stickers and the stamps are so very versatile. I know I will use them again and again.  I cased designs by +Wanda Guess and +Nichol Spohr Magouirk for inspiration. Of course, I changed it up a bit and hopefully added my own personal touches to make them mine.

My sentiment today is from TLC Creations.

Monday, January 4, 2016

My Great Grandson Lucas 1st Time in snow

The first snowfall of the season makes me feel like a kid again, too. The anticipation of falling snow is a wonderful thing as long as you don't have to drive in it. 
Ours is all gone now; back to being a grown up.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. -Neale Donald Walsh

What better way to begin the New Year than crafting new greetings for loved ones near and 
far away. This year I hope to create uplifting and encouraging cards and to make them as much
 fun to receive as it was putting them together. My resolution is to try new techniques in my papercrafting and also to expand into other crafting arenas.  Keep me on my toes!  
My first card of 2016 is uploaded below. The digital image came from Miss Kate Cuttables (so cute), design paper and crystal snow flakes are from Simon Says Stamp. Distress ink is Spun Sugar.  Brrrr, it is cold outside and a hot cup of cocoa sounds yummy - the hug, too.