Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wishing you were here

I made this card for my son who is serving in the Army Reserves at this time.  The sentiment is a recent freebie from TLC.  The image is from Meljens.  I miss him more than I ever thought I would.  However, I'm also so proud of him.  We also found out that he was accepted to college where my daughter is attending and then he will do the ROTC program.  My babies are all grown up!


Patterned Paper:  Recollection
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection; Core-dination
Stamp:  Meljens - Army Bear
Sentiment:  TLC, Create - Wishing you were here
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug
Distressing Tool:  Tonic

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet - Ch. 106 Sketch
Meljens - Ch. 249 Seeing Spots
Come and Get It - Emboss It
Crafter's Cafe - Ch. 105 Lots of Layers
Creative Knockouts - Ch. 78 Lots of Layers

Monday, March 2, 2015

Peacock Sympathy

Here I had this card done for several weeks, now I forgot to post it yesterday.  This card is using the DOTM for Imagine That.  The card is also using some of the wonderful papers that are available.  Even though this is a sympathy card, it has a lot of color.  That's what I love about this set is that it is so vibrant.



Patterned Paper:  Imagine That (see above for direct links)
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp & sentiment:  Imagine That - Pretty Peacocks (see above for direct link)
Ribbon:  May Arts
Border Punch:  Martha Stewart
Spellbinder:  Grand Circle
Flowers:  Prima & Recollection

Challenges
CRAFT - Ch. 300 Get well/Sympathy/Sorry
Sister Act - Ch. 95 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Ch. 135 Anything Goes
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Ch. 126 Anything Goes


Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day to Ewe!

My heritage is 100% Polish so it is funny that I make St. Patrick's Day cards, but I just love some of the images and green is my son's favorite color.  I also just like to have fun.  I made this card using a paper from TLC that I got from a club (a new club will be starting on March 8th, you can check that out here).  The image and sentiment is from Bugaboo.



Patterned Paper:  TLC, Create - Irish Party Papers 3
Cardstock:  Core-dinations; Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  Bugaboo (see above for direct link)
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Border punch:  Fiskars
Twine:  Divine Twine
Bling:  Michael's
Ribbon:  Michael's

Challenges
Sweet Sketch 2 - Blast from the past sketch 201
Catch the Bug - BINGO (Shamrock, bling, sentiment)

Cupcake Inspirations - Ch. 299 Cute Critters
Creative Knockouts - Ch. 78 Lots of  layers
Crafter's Cafe - Ch. 105 Lots of layers

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Loss of your Mother

I know I have been posting a lot of cards lately, but it just so happened that I have switched jobs and had an opportunity to have some time off in between.  I was planning to do some cleaning and organizing of my house, but I found it much more fun and fulfilling to make cards instead.  It happens to be the one year anniversary today since my husband's death.  That is why I am needing to do the cleaning.  I did manage to go through clothes and take 15 rubbermaid bins to the Salvation Army for donation.  So I'm working on it.  Since my husband was ill, I took nursing jobs to best take care of him and fit in with the family.  However, now that my children are busy with their lives, I can now focus on my career again so I have taken a nursing management position.  I am excited for this opportunity, but may regret it after I have a different stress in my life, hehe. The sad part is that I have to start with training on the day shift which is at 6am which is when I am usually going to bed so.....this is a big adjustment to switch schedules once again.
The other sad part, is that I have had a need for quite a few sympathy cards lately.  I made this one for a great aunt that passed away.  The sentiment is from a wonderful set at TLC.

Patterned Paper:  TLC
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Recollections
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Spellbinders:  Heart circle, small circle
Ribbon:  TW
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug; Sizzix

Challenges
Craft Your Passion - Ch. 250 Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Ch. 48 Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Ch. 233 Anything Goes
Come and Get It - Layer It On

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Loss of your Daughter

My daughter came home this weekend which I was so excited to spend time together.  On Friday, she received a call that she is an Assistant Manager at the Resident Hall and that for some unknown reason they needed to perform CPR on a 19 year girl.  My daughter was upset that she wasn't there, but it is rare that she comes home.  On Tuesday, it will be a year that my husband, her step Dad passed away so we were emotional to begin with.  Then on Saturday night she received another phone call that the young lady passed away.  My daughter was very upset thinking about the poor parents who were going to be coming to pick up the belongings at some point.  Needless to say....I couldn't sleep.  I made this card for my daughter to give to the parents.  I know that my daughter understands grief and loss and she has a lot of compassion.  I just know what it is like to lose a spouse; however, I can't imagine losing a child.  We always feel it isn't fair when someone so young dies and hasn't lived a full life.  My prayers and thoughts go out to all who have lost children or young ones, especially this week.  I just took 7 rubbermaid bins to the Salvation Army of my husband's clothes since this is the first I was able to part with those things.  It has been a process and I'm moving on.
For my card, I used a wonderful sentiment from a great set at TLC.  I also used a vintage image from TLC.  I kept the card rather simple.

 


Patterned Paper:  Sweet Shoppe - Across the Miles
Cardstock: Bazzil; Recollections
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Ink:  Memento; Rich Cocoa
Spellbinders:  Small Circle; Heart Circle
Pearls:  Recollection
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts

Challenges
Crazy for Challenges - C4C274 Sketch
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 361 Floral Delight
Crafting from the Heart - Ch. 47 Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Ch. 249 Anything Goes

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cowgirl

I colored this adorable image from Imagine That.  It comes from a wonderful kit, and that is where I got the patterned papers.  The sentiment is from TLC.    I just had to add a metal charm of a western hat.  This card has many layers.



Patterned Paper:  Imagine That (see kit for direct link)
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollection
Stamp:  Imagine That (see kit for direct link)
Sentiment:  TLC, Create (see above for direct link)
Charm:  Watch us charm
Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Craft; Sizzix
Spellbinder:  Pennant
Jute: May Arts
Ribbon:  Target
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts

Challenges
Digi Sketch - Love is Love, (S)
Catch the Bug - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Papertake Weekly - BINGO (Ribbon, free, blooms)
Tuesday Throwdown - Ch. 232 Use metal
Cute Card Thursday - Ch. 361 Floral Delight
TTCRD - Anything Goes





Happy Anniversary

This upcoming week, my parents will celebrate 47 years together.  They are a wonderful example for our family.  It is rare that they are home, since they are always on the "go" doing something to make the most of their days.  They exhaust me just hearing about what they do, and they say they are retired.  Usually I make them a mushy, sentimental card, but this year I went for funny.  I actually used Sizzix card embossing dies and real poker chips and a deck of cards for the inside.  My Mom doesn't check my blog, but she does look at facebook.  I added some Crystal Accents on the eyeglasses.  My Dad doesn't have gray hair, but I thought it looked better on the image.  The sentiment is from TLC on the outside and Bugaboo on the inside.




Patterned Paper:  K & Company
Cardstock:  Bazzil; Recollections
Stamp:  Bugaboo - Stella and Gus marriage cards
Sentiment:  TLC, Create(see above for direct link)
Poker chips and cards: unknown
Twine:  Twinery
Embossing Folders:  Sizzix
Crystal Accents

Challenges
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - Sketch 45
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Digi Sketch - Love is Love (T)
Craft Your Passion - Ch. 249 Anything Goes