Sunday, May 25, 2014

Honor those who served

Memorial Day... the 'official' start to summer... shouldn't it mean more?  What about taking a few minutes to be thankful for all of the families who have sent a loved one out to serve our country, that may or may not have returned home?  I originally started this post with something about me and how active my life is with family.  I realized that when it wasn't really going anywhere in my thoughts, that I needed to re-adjust my focus to what the weekend is supposed to help us remember.  Those who have made sacrifices so others didn't/don't have to.  Even if we don't agree with the reasons behind some of the wars/conflicts in our history, we still need to respect the choices made.  When I think about all the families that have been separated for long periods of time and if any of those who served in the military saw conflict, I cringe at how selfish I seem.  I know from the few times we tried {in his later years before he passed} to get my father-in-law to talk about his service in WWII that some of the things he saw must have been really horrific.  I can only imagine that with all of the advances in weaponry and psychological tactics, it could be even worse.  So this weekend and in the future if you see a military person, no matter what your personal view is, take a minute to appreciate what they have and are doing for you by their service and say 'THANK YOU'.   It is by that service, that your right to your freedoms are still here.
 
Enjoy your weekend and thank a service member.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fresh Brewed Anniversary Card

This month's choose your challenge at Fresh Brewed Designs appealed and I think is helping my mojo to resurface.  You can find the challenge here.  I tried to combine the photo inspiration with the sketch and although I did not use the same shapes, it was close.  I liked the subtle color palette in the photo so it was a perfect way to create a card that I can give to my husband on our anniversary this week.  I thought the hot pepper was a perfect play on the sentiment.


Both images and the outside sentiment are FBD digis.  My images were colored with copics.  I also used self adhesive gems, pearls and a stardust jelly roll pen to accent the top as well as 4 different shapes of spellbinders dies.  I softened the white backgrounds on the images with distress inks, antique linen and spiced marmalade.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge

I was encouraged by a  couple of friend to participate in the House Mouse & Friends challenge this week.  We are supposed to make a card showing 'LOVE' using one of the images from House Mouse, Happy Hoppers or Gruffies.  Thankfully, my daughter asked me to store some of her stamps so I had a few more to choose from than my lone few.  I could certainly tell I was out of practice when I started this evening... It took me 3 or 4 tries to get the image stamped and colored the way I wanted it... Didn't think I was THAT rusty.... Ah, well, I'm happy with the CAS card I finally came up with. 
Sweet, Sweet, Sweet
 
My image is stamped with Tim Holtz distress ink, black soot, the candy is done in memento rose bud.  My mice are colored with copics and the flower is cut from mulberry paper using a cuttlebug flower die.  I tried to bling out a little with accents of self-adhesive gems and some stickles.  Hopefully this post will load without any issues and I will remember how to link this for the challenge!



Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hello there

Good Evening. 

I thought I would share this adorable image from Fresh Brewed Designs, curious kitty.  I've had it colored for a while, but hadn't used it a card. So today, while our oldest granddaughter was taking a nap, I created this.   It will be going out in the mail to a lady who needs some cheering up and encouragement.  I used her favorite colors and like me, she is a cat lover, so perfect image.  I also included Psalm 138:1-2 on the inside for her.  I colored the curious kitty, similar to the coloring of my female orange tabby, as this is something I could very easily find her doing if I had a fish bowl or aquarium. 

 
My image was colored with copics and I sponged the background with memento summer sky, very lightly, so it wouldn't over-power the image.  I added pearl accents and my sentiment was computer generated. 

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

A few Teapot Tuesday cards

This was the card I created for this week's MMTPT challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  Each week we create cards based on an image of a teapot and a story.  The really special part of this is that each week we have the opportunity to send our cards to a person who is facing a challenge of some sort and in need of some happy mail.  Sending a card is never required, but it sure is heartwarming to know there are so many caring crafters who do this week after week.  I thought I would share this card with you.

Below are some other cards that were done for other weeks.





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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Times-a-changin'

Ever noticed that when you 'cut back' on activities or try to, that somehow more just seems to end back up on your plate without you even noticing it?  Or maybe you notice it more because now you are getting to the neglected things you couldn't before?  Either way, I think our lives in general are just filled with too many 'things'.  I remember when there was far less technology readily available, in fact, my first computer operated from DOS, not windows!  Does that make me a dinosaur, no, not really, it just shows how quickly things can change in 20 years.  Speaking of change, we can also apply that to ourselves and the people in our lives, past, present and future.  Do you ever view your friendships as part of your journey in life and that each may have it's 'season'?  Some have long seasons, while others are short, so the trick is being aware and learning when a season of friendship is passing or has passed or is there for the duration.  When you think the friendship is passing or has passed, do you ever wonder if it was something you did?  Maybe it was or maybe your interests and goals have changed.  It could be that those of your friends have, even or especially, when you've not had any dissention or harsh words exchanged.  People grow and our needs change with that growth, sometimes bringing us closer to others or moving us further apart.  When you do become aware of this change, do you try to hang on and stay with the status quo, or do you move on and take a lesson learned from it?  The connotation of lesson learned usually has a negative consequence, but not all lessons we need to learn are negative, some are positive. We all have something to learn from others, the trick is to focus on what you need to learn and not who you are learning it from.  God always puts just the right person in our life at just the right time for a lesson, we're the ones who may or may not be open to the changin' times...


Food for thought?  I'll have to let that one gel for a while and see what comes to mind...  Maybe you could too and share yours with me...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Where has the time gone???

Wow, I didn't realize it has been almost a year since I have posted anything to my blog.  It was not intentional, it was one of the things that had to fall by the wayside as other higher priority projects took it's place.  Looking back, I am amazed at how much I managed to cram into each week and almost keep my sanity! I would highly recommend NOT trying to take an online university course which has a heavy load as far as reading requirements while trying to teach Church classes weekly.  If you work full time, I would suggest adding one or the other, but not both, since it means you may have to cut back on time spent with your family and always being so busy that you are torn between spending time with them and doing your 'work'.  Life is too short to just cram it so full of obligations that you don't have/can't make the time to spend with your loved ones.  Looking back, I can see how I short changed not only my family, but myself, in placing them second to what I thought was the right priority at the time.  It wasn't and I do regret that I allowed myself to become so dedicated to my volunteer activities that I couldn't keep track of my schedule well enough to plan for special events like the party after my granddaughter's baptism.  I had to miss her party because I forgot to cancel the class I was teaching, which is something I can't get back.  I have since stepped back from a lot of my activities so that I can have my much needed down time and hopefully regain my perspective on what is most important.  Not that my volunteer work wasn't important and very enjoyable, it just got a much higher priority than it needed to.  While I still need to finish the second half of my university course, I am now getting to enjoy time spent with my older granddaughter {16 months},her newborn sister {10 days old}, my daughter, and son-in-law.  Now that some parts of my life are slowing down, I am hoping to get a little more time in my neglected craft room and can stop and smell the roses along the way.  Maybe I'll even be posting to my blog more regularly.  Who knows what my future holds?!?