Thursday, April 28, 2011

Life Is Still Good, Just Different

I'm back tonight after an unexpected twist in my life.  On Monday, April 11th, I got up, saw the Get Your Diva Challenge posted on Splitcoast, and posted a comment that I couldn't wait to play.  I got ready for work and was about halfway through my day when I got the news that my Mom suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at age 66.  After that, the days have been a big blur. 

My birthday was on April 10th, and I am so lucky that she and Dad called me that night just to wish me a happy birthday and chat for a few minutes.  I did get to tell her "I love you" one last time, not knowing at the time that it would be the last time I'd ever talk to her.  An autopsy was done, but we are still waiting for the results. 

One of the most bittersweet things for me is my dear little 7 year old.  I asked her how she was feeling on the day of the funeral, and she told me that she felt sad that Grandma had died and that she wished Grandma could have lived long enough to see her get married and have kids so she could be a Great-Grandma.  I was blessed to have such a wonderful mom, but it has been so hard to accept that she's gone.

When they visited last December for Ariel's Sunday School program, we made lefse.  I have always regretted that we never got pictures of my Grandma Vangen (Mom's mom) making lefse.  We decided kind of spur of the moment that we would make a batch and am I ever glad that we took some pictures.

Here's Ariel taking a turn at rolling.  Mom was always so patient and encouraging.

OK, I'm moving on to some cards now so that I can try to stop crying.  Tears are good though, right?

I couldn't even stamp or knit all of last week.  I shuffled through my papers, I sorted my yarns, and I just couldn't do anything.  I finally decided that I just had to push myself a little bit to do something, and it did help me feel a bit better as I worked on these cards.

The first VLV card for April is based on a great sketch by Amber.

Here's my card.  I used papers from K & Co.'s "Julianne" line.  The sentiment is from Verve's Plain Jane line "Proverbs 31:28."  This card is going to be going to my Dad.  It's not too flowery, the colors are soft, and Mom loved flowers, so it's fitting for him.

The second VLV card for April is based on a great sketch by Andrea.

Here's my card.  I used more "Julianne" papers along with another Plain Jane called "Every Season."  The sponging is in SU! Old Olive ink. 

The third VLV card for April is based on a great sketch by Teresa.  (OK, seriously, how do these lovely ladies keep these awesome sketches rolling out week after week?!)

Here's my card.  I used dp from The Girls' Paperie "Kitch" line along with a new Verve set "Love Deepens."  This set is sooooo lovely.  I'm just wishing my Mom was still here as there are so many cards I would have liked to have made for her with the different sentiments in this set.  This card is going to my cousin, Ann, who has just been a rock for me throughout these last weeks.  I used a MFT large scalloped border die along with a Prima flower and an old button I found in my buttons from Grandma.

The fourth VLV card for April is based on a great sketch by Shannan.

Here's my card.  I used dp from MME's "Quite Contrary" line, SU! scalloped border punch, another button from my stash, and the sentiment is another one from the new "Love Deepens" Verve set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog!  My posts are probably going to be somewhat sporadic for the time being, but I'm hoping that my faith can sustain me and help me to remember that Mom is in a better place.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Life is Good

Today I'm sharing a card that I have worked on for several days.  It just wasn't coming together for the longest time, but I finally got it finished this morning.  I just couldn't decide on which of the dps I wanted to use and which embellishmentss.  I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for my layout.  Check out this great sketch from Julee.

My colors were inspired from The Shabby Tea Room's inspiration photo.  Aren't these spring colors just lovely?  I was also inspired by the eggs themselves - more on that in a bit.

I'm also playing along with the Let's Get Shabby Challenge which is drawing inspiration from Beatrix Potter's illustrations.  I knew that the Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime" paper had several different Beatrix Potter images in it.  I finally decided to use this little die cut tag with the rabbits.  As a child, I loved reading her stories about Peter Cottontail, singing "Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity Easter's on its way!  Bringing every girl and boy baskets full of Easter joy, hippity hoppity Happy Easter Day!"  So with the dp and song in mind, the Easter egg inspiration photo from TSTR was just what I needed.

Here's my card.

Here's a closeup of the tag with Mother Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Peter Cottontail.  The tag had a huge hole punched in it, so I added a big eyelet and some twine.  The bloom is from Webster's Pages.

Here's the inside of the card.  I used a different dp from the same collection with more of those delightful bunnies. 

Stamp:  Verve "Artful Elegance"
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black and Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Papers:  ivory, dp from Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime"
Other:  ivory ribbon, Bow Easy, trim from stash, EK Success Abstract Flower border punch, Webster's Pages bloomer, Tim Holtz distressing tool, sewing machine, twine, eyelet, Recollections adhesive backed pearls

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

On Eagle's Wings

For the Shining the Light Challenge at ODBD, we were challenged to incorporate birds into our creations.  I decided to use the ODBD set "On Eagle's Wings" for both my image and sentiment.

If you are interested in seeing some real eagles, check out this link to see 24/7 coverage of a pair of eagles and their three hatched eaglets.  We have enjoyed watching them over the past few weeks.  Aren't they simply magnificent creatures?

Stamps:  ODBD "On Eagle's Wings"
Paper:  white, kraft, brown, Basic Grey "Capella" (The main background panel was a plain sheet in the 6 x 6 pad that I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and then sponged the raised embossed areas with Vintage Photo Distress Ink).
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Other:  Copics, Nestabilities Labels 10, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Recollections adhesive backed gold balls

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Mini Cards

This week's color challenge for CR84FN was green, kraft, and brown.  I made a set of mini cards for the WMSC.  The green one is my CR84FN entry and as I looked at my pile of scraps, I decided to make 4 different colored cards so I could make at least a tiny dent in the scrap pile!

Here's the sketch from Waltzingmouse.

I used Waltzingmouse's "Victorian Frippery" for all four of my mini cards.  I just changed the sentiment.  I love the flexibility that this set gives you.

Here's the one for CR84FN:

The other 3 cards are just done in different spring colors.

Here's the entire group of mini cards I made.  They are 3.5" square.

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps "Victorian Frippery"
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink (layered on to achieve kraft and brown colors)
Paper:  white, scraps of pink, yellow, purple, green
Other:  Seam binding in various colors, Bow Easy, Recollections mini roses, adhesive backed pearls, sponge, and Nestabilities dies:  circles, petite scalloped circles, labels 1

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