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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Sudden Passing- the Memory of Great Hope

Ed, Dan and Katie (my son Tim took the picture)

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you this afternoon.  My husband, Dan, lost his loving father, Ed, last night.  It was sudden, though there had been health concerns over the past year.  Ed was the best dad a boy could ask for and he raised up a son who has decided to try to outdo him.  I cannot tell you how very glad I am that we enjoyed our part of Ed's 82 years of full life.

Ed is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pat, and their seven children.  We will grieve, but not as those without hope.  Instead, we will grieve as those who know Ed is now enjoying his rest with Jesus in heaven.  We grieve nonetheless.


Another Goodbye Card


Stopping by today to share another retirement card for a co-worker.  I once again returned to the Heartfelt Creations Once Upon a Time collection to make this card special.  Here's the details of the card:
  • All the patterned papers are Heartfelt Creations Once Upon a Time collection.  I fussy cut the green swirl out of a piece of the patterned paper.  
  • The flowers are Arianna Blooms which I've clear embossed onto mauve cardstock and then die cut.  I used the paper shaping technique featured in this video and then finished them with a pearl accent.  
  • The sentiments are the tags that come in the paper pack which I matched with green pattern paper leaves die cut using the Arianna Lace die.
  • A white cardstock die cut using my Raindrops on Roses die creates the medallion backdrop for the flowers.  
  • I used my distressing tool to nick the paper in strategic locations around the layers.  I really like this look as it adds a bit of interest without a lot of effort.
This card was for a different Barb who also spent several decades at my company.  I am hoping this finds her happily sipping a cocktail!

I've entered this card into Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Lady/Girly and the Shabby Tea Room's challenge: Pop of Pink.  I also linked up with Word Art Wednesday's Challenge #173: Anything Goes.  Come join the fun or just stop by to see some wonderful inspiration.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday to the Best Bestie Ever!


Brandy and I got together a little bit ago to celebrate our birthdays.  We have birthday's that are about 5 months apart, but for one reason or another hadn't traded presents from my birthday.  Since her birthday was today, I decided she should get her present early if I was going to get my present late.  I decorated the wrapped gift with some of my glassine paper flowers with red die cuts from my Arianna Blooms die set and some Good Earth Elements in the center.  A few random green cardstock leaves and my present was beautiful enough to present.  Here's what's inside:







































We needed another reason to create paper flowers....  I saw this colorful book and just couldn't leave it alone.  Whether the patterns stay put in the book and it is simply inspiration or whether these beautiful flowers are actually made- the book just screamed Brandy to me.

When I think what a precious gift Brandy is to me I just can't begin to ennumerate the flood of memories and feelings that overwhelm me.  Thank God for bringing us together as friends.  May we age with inky fingers, paper everywhere and smiles on our faces.

Happy Birthday, Bestie!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Saying Goodbye to a CoWorker


I started a new job last year and found that many of my co-workers have been at this company for more than a decade.  It wasn't too long before a few of them decided that retirement was for them.  Since I had made my boss' day card, I was soon asked to make a card for those leaving.  This resulted in a string of requests that I am working feverishly to fulfill.  Enthusiastically, feverishly!

This card was made for a lovely young lady whose last day was yesterday.  We sent her off with well wishes hoping that her hard earned retirement will be satisfying and productive, just in a new way. She had been with the company since the start 30 years ago.  Here's the details of the card:


  • All the patterned papers are Heartfelt Creations Once Upon a Time collection.  I used one of the card toppers for the top layer of the card and some of the patterned papers for the layers.
  • The flowers are Arianna Blooms which I've clear embossed onto mauve cardstock and then die cut.  they are finished with some Vintage Photo Distress ink which was resisted by the clear emboss and the centers are finished with A Penny Saved prills.    
  • The sentiment is one of the tags that come in the paper pack which I matched with green leaves die cuts.  The leaves are also edged with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • A cream cardstock die cut using my Raindrops on Roses die which I cut in half and affixed to the top and bottom finishes the card nicely.  
Wishing Barb all the best on her coming adventures.

I'm  entering this in Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: No Rules!  and the Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and over at Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #172: Anything Goes.  Come join the fun!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Such a Sweet Little Angel


Friends of ours welcomed their first grand baby a little while ago.  Oh goodie- a chance to break out my Heartfelt Creations Sweet Lullaby stamp set!  Here's the details:



  • The sentiments were stamped in black Archival ink using my Sweet Lullaby stamp set and die cut using my Once Upon a Time die.  
  • A white cardstock lacey circle die cut is edged with Worn Lipstick Distress ink which is layered onto top of a patterned paper Labels 18 die cut edged in Scattered Straw Distress ink.
  • The flowers are stamped in black Archival ink using my Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamp and die.  They are colored with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and the centers are variegated prills.  
  • The sprigs are cut from green cardstock using my Arianna Lace die.  
  • Finally, the butterflies are cut from the same paper pad of patterned paper- MME's The Sweetest Thing Lavender using my Prickly Pear mini butterflies die accented with some pearls.  This die is just so cute- I've used it a lot lately and can't seem to get away from it...
Such a beautiful card, but that baby girl Evie is even more beautiful.  I have prayed for this young lady's safe arrival and gladly turn to praying for her and her entire family to enjoy this precious time.

I'm entering this card in the City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week #250 Use It Up.  I used leftover die cut butterflies, flowers, and even the Sweet Lullaby pieces were leftover from a previous stamping project.

I'm also entering this in Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: No Rules!  I just had a ton of fun making this card with my scraps and decided to share it there too.

Come on over and join the fun!