Saturday, June 30, 2012

Blogger's Challenge 4th of July

Hi friends,

Today's blog is for Lisa Somerville's blogger's challenge.  You can check out the challenge and the other participants entries on the link below:

http://www.lisasomerville.com/

This week's challenge theme is 4th of July.   I've been having fun with these DeNami chickies for summer and decided to ink up this cutey pie as a nice 'hello' card for someone.






I actually had a little embossing crisis with this card.  The original design had the oval chickie on top and the embossed white sentiment below, but when the blue card stock accidentally found it's way in the craft garbage bin (hot gun for embossing got too close to my hand and in the panic of the potential burn, the soon to be embossed cardstock took a tumble) I had to do a re-design.

Thankfully the non-heat embossed powder slipped right off with a dry paint brush so I was able to cover up the versamark spot with the oval and re-do the embossing on the top.

This design works just fine - don't you think?  all you crafters out there know that a mistake is just simply a chance to re-design or add embellishment - Agreed?

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Clean and Simple Banner Card

Hi friends,

Today's card is an entry in the stampin sisters in christ challenge to use a flag or banner in my creation.

http://stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com/2012/06/challenge-145-psalm-4610.html

So I got out my new PTI banner die and cut out some summer sunrise patterned paper to make this clean and simple card.





Who knew that orange and yellow go so well with Kraft.  Trust me, it's quite nice in person.  The photo isn't doing this card justice.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Stop by later this week for more crafty goodness.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Make It Monday and Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

Hi friends,

Last week my son Eric was at Clemson's orientation.  His girlfriend Jessa is also going to Clemson so they coordinated it so Eric and Jessa would go to orientation together.  Jessa's Dad Chris went also.  In typical summer fashion, Boston had thunderstorms Friday night so their flight from Charlotte NC was delayed.  a lot.  Poor Chris.  They didn't even take off until midnight.  They were scheduled to land at 8;25.  Jessa's mom Cindi drove out in the middle of the night to pick them up and they arrived at their house at 3:00am.  Yuck.  Bob was originally waiting in Boston to pick them up, but when the plane was delayed, he came home.  Chris and Cindi insisted on picking up at night so we are very thankful. So how do you sufficiently thank someone for such above and beyond stuff?  Well, I make a card.  And I make a special card.  And I hope they let us return the favor sometime.

I wanted a summer theme that used PTI's make it monday challenge of creating your own embellishments.  I also wanted to use Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch.

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2012/06/make-it-monday-72-xxx.html





http://kgiron.blogspot.com/search/label/sweet%20sunday%20sketch%20challenge

So here is my creation.  I decorated the outside and the inside AND I intend to decorate the envelope too.  I have been challenged on a number of occasions to never send a naked envelope.


This card has so much texture.  I loved making the rolled flowers, the patterned paper and the Chevron die cuts.  I used almost all Papertrey supplies on this one.  The berry sorbet paper was embossed with a grid pattern embossing plate and the felts are PTI, chartreuse and melon.  The only non-PTI product is the banner and leaves.  They are from 'Cat's Pajama's' but PTI makes some just like it.

Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great day.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop

Hello friends,

Happy Monday morning to you.  Today is Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop.

They always have this challenge on the 25th of every month.  On the month's that I place an order on release night (the 15th) I am always hopeful that my goodies will arrive in time for the hop.  This month my package arrived promptly so I inked up my new Hexagon stamp and used my new Hexagon die.  I also used my flower fusion die and a sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies.  A woman at church has commissioned me to make about 20 cards and some of the ones she wants are sympathy/encouragement cards.  This will be one that I will include in her pack.  I'll just have to warn her to add extra postage on this one.
I went with a very literal translation of the challenge.  I decided to use the photo as my sketch AND my color challenge.  I also added texture to match the image as well.

 Above is a side view so you can see all the texture on the card.  The flower is made of felt and I sewed a basting stitch on the ribbon to get the ruffles, then I sewed it on a yellow card stock square to be the base for the aqua mist square with my sentiment.
Thanks for visiting my blog today and checking out my creation.  Stop back later in the week to see my birthday card creation for my sister.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sweet Sunday

Hello friends,

Don't you just love Sundays?  It's my favorite day of the week.  Monday-Saturday are full of busyness but our family tries to preserve Sunday's for church & relaxation.  Today is the first day since May 18th that I've had no pressing obligations.  No guests, no parties to attend, no appointments..... There is never a time in our house where there is nothing to do mind you.  I have laundry and gardening and crafts to keep me busy.  The difference is that today I can do only those things and not try to fit this in, in-between other time sensitive obligations.  I am enjoying it very much.
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So, before I show you my two crafty things today, let me tell you about something new I did at church today.  There is an app called 'YouVersion.'  It is a bible application and our church just started participating in their live events.  So instead of bringing my bible to church today, I brought my ipad.  I started up the app and the sermon notes, scriptures and next steps were there.    The sermon was great today.  Pastor Mike was preaching on 'Obeying God' the third message in a series called 'simple.'  Basically the church has become super complex over the years, but the original church was very simple.  The message series included week 1 - Follow.  week 2 - Believe.  week 3 - Obey.  It's really that simple. 

http://www.a.youversion.com/events/102953

My church's live event is on the link above, but lots of churches are using this to allow the congregation to participate using technology.  I thought it was pretty cool.

So, today's post includes two Impression Obsession Images.  The first is for the I/O challenge.  Click the link below the image to go to the I/O site and see the other creations and the details of how to play along.  I inked up H1846 Fall Porch for this and made the house red, the door blue and white and added some stickles to the falling leaves.


http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/2012/06/our-red-white-and-blue-challenge-and-mitra-travels.html

My next card is for Lisa Somerville's Bloggers Challenge.

http://www.lisasomerville.com/2012/06/bloggers-challenge-sketch-challenge.html

This was a sketch challenge so I inked up H1292 Northern Lighthouse to make this birthday card for my step father Peter.  They live in Maine and love to spend time at the beautiful lighthouses.  The landscape near Portland is a lot like this image.

This card was inked up with soft shades of Copic Markers.  I used my new Tim Holtz distress marker in white to add a vibrant white detail to the lighthouse, sailboat and sea gulls.  I also thought the sentiment was perfect to be framed in brads.  It's been so long since I used brads I had to dig around my craft drawers to find them and almost forgot how to adhere them on.  I love the little added detail they give.  Note to self, remember to add brads sometimes.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Now I'm off to go for a 3 mile walk.  It's over 85 degrees this afternoon so instead of my normal jogging, I'll do a fast walk instead.  Stop by tomorrow for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.  I have a fun and ruffly card to share with you.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Graduation Thank You Cards

Hello Friends,

So we are now totally done with graduation.  We had the ceremony.  We had the friend party.  We had the family party.  And we went to the Youth Group party.  What a lot of potato salad!  Not that there can be too much potato salad, unless you are watching your weight, not much low cal or low carb about that stuff, but YUM, I do love the stuff.  And cake.  Lot's of cake.  Also not very weight watcher friendly, but also YUM.  Unlike most people I adore the frosting.  Even the super sweet, super greasy frosting.  And ice cream cake - well that is my favorite.  I love those little chocolate crunchies in between the chocolate and vanilla layers.

So are you hungry now?  Sorry, let's get to the craftiness.






Eric got some really nice envelopes.  Some had cash, some had checks, some had gift cards but all had really heart-felt encouraging wishes for him.  So I need to get busy with a whole bunch of thank you cards so we can properly thank all those generous well wishers.  If you know me, you know I {hate} making the same card over and over again, so the above card is just my template and I'll tweak the design for each card so that no two are exactly a like.  I will plan to stick with the long card design, the DeNami graduation chickie and the navy, gold and white color scheme.

The party Saturday was awesome.  We had a nice mix of family from out of town and it was great to see everyone.  We had lots of food (and potato salad.)  The weather was great and everyone got along.

Of course I have a few photos to share with you.

Here is my neice Hannah and my cousin Nor's daughter Cole making silly faces on the Yogibo.

 I made strawberry shortcake from the farm stands strawberries.  Silly me, I said let's get two more quarts so we have left-overs.  Guess what.  We ate every last one.  Yum.

My mom is from Maine so she brought us some lobster meat that we made into lobster rolls sandwiches.  Here is our lobster guy with a graduation cap on.

 Of course we decorated.  Here is a little tribute to Eric's sports.

And the photo board...

And did you know that in addition to getting words on M&M's you can get faces?  We all had fun munching on Eric's picture!!

As with all parties, many party guest hang out in the kitchen.  It was fun to see everyone catching up.  Many had not seen in each in quite some time.




A fun time was had by all.  I made a slide show (to music) that I'm going to try to add to my blog one of these days. It was so much fun to go through all the shoeboxes of photos of  Eric growing up. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bridget - Miracle Healing & PTI MIM

Do you believe in the power of prayer?  Do you believe miracles happen?  Do you believe that sometimes (not often) a person is healed and science can't explain it and doctor's don't understand it?  Well, let me tell you about my friend Bridget.  If you follow my blog you know, cause I posted about it a few times, that a new friend of mine recently discovered that her rare cancer had come back and needed to be treated. 

Here is the card I made for her to celebrate her healing!!  Imagine how hard this one was...   Who makes a sentiment that says 'congratulations on being a miracle!!'  I pick scriptures when I don't have the words...


Here is her story as best I can recall it.  Bridget, if you read this I apologize in advance for leaving out so many other details that you could have added.  I hope I got it 90% right! 

Bridget is in human resources at Wegmans thirty something and single.  She worked in Virginia and transferred with Wegmans with a small team to open their New England locations.  She moved to MA in the fall of 2010 and pretty soon after arriving in Boston received her original diagnosis of her cancer.  Lucky her, she was in a state with some top notch cancer hospitals.  She was treated at Mass General through a combination of chemo-therapy & surgery.  The doctors told her the cancer would come back and they would operate again.  That is the kind of cancer it is.  They just couldn't tell her when it would come back. Oh yeah and the 10 year survival rate for this cancer is something awful like 30%.  yuck.  She went through her entire first treatment and started to recover. I met Bridget in the fall of 2011 when she was back to normal and started attending our church.

In April I got a call from Bridget asking for prayers.  She had been for her normal follow-up visit and they found a tumor.  Her cancer was back only 16 months after she last beat it.  I asked everyone I knew to pray.  I asked you guys (who follow my blog to pray.)  We got the church to pray.  And we all rallied around her to offer support - rides to chemo and doctor's visits.  We sent cards and little gifts.  But mostly we prayed.  We prayed for healing.  We prayed for wisdom for the doctors.  We prayed for logistics.  It's what we do.  And Bridget endured the treatments.  It was hard.  She said it was soo much harder than the first time.  She was so sick with the chemo.

She prepared for surgery on Monday June 18th.  She was scheduled for a double operation.  The tumor was large so they planned to have the first surgery to remove it and then immediately afterward a different surgical team was going to come in and re-build the artery where the tumor was removed.  She had a pre-operation scan last week and her surgeon called her Friday.  Guess what her surgeon told her?    The tumor is gone, there is no need for surgery.  It took a while for Bridget to process the information.    The doctor explained that this is highly unusual.  He has never seen this before.  He consulted with many other surgeons and cancer treatment experts.  He wanted to be sure he wasn't misunderstanding.  He consulted with top surgeons in the Boston medical community.  Everyone confirmed there is no need for surgery.  The tumor was there before, the chemo alone should have minimized it but no-one thought the chemo alone could remove it.  It just doesn't happen.  They were flabbergasted.  And Bridget was overwhelmed.  What do you think it feels like to witness a miracle in your own body?  What does it feel like to have God answer a HUGE prayer in a HUGE way?    So she did what you or I would do.  She started telling - everyone!  And thanking - everyone.

I missed the news, at first.  Bridget sends out text messages to a big distribution list.  The text message didn't get to me so I didn't find out about it until Sunday night.   I texted her and said 'hope you are doing well and ready for surgery tomorrow... lots of people are praying for you so stay strong.'  Well, imagine my surprise to get her text back.....  And then, of course I had to call her Monday morning and hear the whole story.

So what do you do on the day you were going to have a double surgery and now have no-place to be?  If you are Bridget you go to Cape Cod with your bible and sit in the sunshine and praise God and eat clam-rolls and ice-cream.  It was a gorgeous day.  I wish I could have joined her!  And if you are me, her friend, you tell everyone that you witnessed the power of prayer and encourage them to investigate Jesus Christ and find out how much he loves each and every one of us.

FAQ's

What kind of cancer did Bridget have?
I don't know what kind of cancer it is.  It started with a cough and required surgery in her chest area to fix.

How did she do this as a single person?
Bridget's friends and family supported her through both treatments.  As a single girl, living far from 'home', she had more than enough people around to help her.  Praise God.

Tell me about Wegmans.
Wegmans is a fabulous grocery store and is one of the top 10 companies in America to work for.  Yes, it's worth a trip.  No, the prices aren't outrageous.  Yes, the cafe is worth driving to for lunch.  Yes, I almost always buy a soft pretzel and/or sushi when I go there.

Is your card for a challenge?

Yup, the card is using the Make It Monday technique - bordered sentiments.


http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2012/06/make-it-monday-71-xxx.html

How do I learn more about prayer, miracles and Jesus?

Find a bible and read one chapter - I recommend the book of John. It is probably about 2/3rds into the book and is a great chapter to learn about Jesus, miracles and the power of prayer. I also recommend the following church/website.  The pastor (Andy Stanley) has a way to communicating with people today about what Jesus is all about.  Check out the website and listen to messages, read his books or go to his church in Atlanta.


http://northpoint.org/

Why did God heal Bridget?

That one I can't answer.  But here is what I think.  I think God creates each one of us while we are in our mother's womb.  I think God loves each one of us as unique individuals but pours out his love on us all equally.  I know that in this life we will have trouble.  There is evil, death, disease, broken hearts and misery.  God does not like these things, but God also does not eliminate these things on earth.  He does promise a time and place where this doesn't exist but that's heaven, not earth.  I do not believe that Bridget did anything super special to receive this blessing.  She is not without sin.  She does not have a super faith.  She is a pretty normal person who loves God, believes God, follows God and experiences pain and joy.  I think some people believe that a big faith or a moral character mean more blessings.  I don't believe that.  I've seen people with big faith and fabulous morals suffer.  I've seen people with no faith and horrible morals thrive.  I know the bible says that when Jesus performed miracles on earth he did so to bring people to knowledge of God.  So, all I can say is that God must have determined that by healing Bridget, He could use that healing for His Glory and help people know Him and serve Him.  If you suffer with an illness, I will encourage you to pray.  And if God heals you - tell the world and praise Him.  If God does not heal you - praise Him anyway (if you can) and know that God still loves you and has a purpose for your life (even if you still suffer.)


So, I know this post is long, but it's a worthwhile story - don't you think?  If you prayed for Bridget - THANK YOU.  What an awesome thing it is to celebrate with Bridget.  Oh, and please keep praying.  Pray that the radiation goes well and the cancer NEVER COMES BACK.  Pray that the doctors that witnessed the miracle pause and seek out getting answers for this.  Pray that when they seek answers they find truth.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and celebrating with me.  I'd love to hear your comments, so thanks in advance for leaving them today.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Blogger's Challenge - Masculine

Hi Friends,

Today's post is a fun masculine graduation card I made for Josh.  Josh is really into his truck so I inked up this stampin up image to honor him.

Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Make it Monday Sympathy Card

Hi friends,
I tried this week's make it monday challenge with Papertrey.  I don't think I'm a fan, but I still play along in the challenges to try new things.

The challenge was to add a 'puffy fabric' to the project by using a nesting die cut, fun foam and fabric.  First I have very few nesting die's.  Second I have no fun foam.  Third, I have very little fabric.

But, I still managed to create this card for the challenge.

Here is a front view.  It's not obvious in this view that that center piece is fabric and 'puffed' out.


 Here it is more obvious the dimension and texture this card hast.
It's a fun technique and lots of people are using fabric.  I'm glad I tried it.  You can learn this technique on Nichole's blog below:

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2012/06/make-it-monday-70-puffed-fabric-accents.html

Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great day.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Graduation Party - Round 1

Hi Friends,

Wow, I am tired and it's only Monday.  I need a weekend to recover from my weekend, but thankfully I have a desk job and I am glad to be spending the day off my feet.

This past weekend was 'round 1' of the graduation celebrations.   That included the actual graduation on Friday night combined with the 'local' party on Sunday afternoon.    Next weekend starts 'round 2' of the graduation celebrations.  Saturday is the 'family' party.

So, why two parties?  Well, Eric wanted to have a group party with 4 of his friends.  Originally that party was going to be Saturday afternoon June 9th.  But then one of the boys made the all state track team (or something like that) and the event was scheduled for June 9th.  So they shifted the party to Sunday.  We were fine with the date change but we knew that our out of town relatives would not be able to make a Sunday party so we decided to go ahead with the friend party for local people and have a smaller gathering for the out of town relatives.

The friend/local party was a huge success.  The family that hosted it has a great party yard and we probably had over 200 people come by.  I think the whole senior class came by, and many of the teachers and coaches.  Combine that with neighbors, and other work friends of the boys, we had a pretty good crowd the whole afternoon.  There were photo slides going on the two TV screens and the kids sat and watched the videos and laughed at each others baby pictures.  Many of the photos on the screen were of the various boys together since these guys have been friends from before high school.  That is soooo nice.  I didn't cry watching it, but I definitely got sentimental watching the photos of all the boys growing up.

Below is a photo of the 5 boys.
My Eric is on the left in the Celtics t-shirt.  Next is Josh, Connor, Aksel and Matt.  Below is the board of Eric's photo.  Can you believe that he glued the photos on the board for me all by himself? Great job Eric.

 We got Eric some really nice Oakley sunglasses.  Doesn't he look super sporty with them on?

They had all kinds of games going at the party.  Here are a bunch of the seniors playing bocce.





The party was at Karen's house.  She was a bit stressed about 30 minutes before the party started.
Connor's family rented a soft serve ice cream machine.  That (and all the toppings) was a big hit.
It was a great day and the boys had a blast.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Have a great day.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

DeNami Blog Hop 'For the Guys'

Good morning friends,

Today's post is for DeNami's monthly blog hop.  

You probably arrived from Tina Milbourn's blog:


Welcome!

This month our challenge was 'for the boys.'  I needed a few boy graduation cards so I inked up this adorable graduation chicky and set to work. 

My first attempt is darling, but is much better suited for a Kindergarden or pre-school graduation.    I added it to the card stash but (sigh) I had to go back to the drawing board for my high school graduation project.

So I inked up my chicky again and came up with this fun card for Matt. He is a musician so I had fun adding the music notes to the chicky circle cut out and the die cut numbers. 

 Last up is a fun sunshine card suitable for Acskel, a fun loving outdoorsman.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.  If you leave a comment before Monday evening, you will be eligible to win a DeNami gift certificate, as part of their blog hop.

Your next stop on the blog is Andrea Matthews Blog.  click the link below to go to her lovely creation.



Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Graduation

Last night, Whitinsville Christian School graduated a little more than 50 boys and girls in a lovely, but extraordinarily long ceremony.

Below is the card I made for Eric.

 Eric and Jessa originally met because their lockers were next to each other.  WCS arranges lockers alphabetically so Mitchell and Monroe were inevitably next to each other each year.  So how cute was it last night when they were paired to walk side by side up the aisle to their seats and it was so sweet that first Jessa was called up for her diploma and then Eric.

I really blew it last night though.  I usually take all my photos with my iphone because I think the camera and resolution is better than my canon point and click.  The only problem is the flash photos on my iphone are terrible.  The ceremony went on forever.  We didn't finish until 8:30pm so by the time we were done it was dark.  I really regretted not having a decent flash camera and am really hoping others send me photos.  Above is one of the best that I got.  Below is one that Bob took on his ipad.

When Bob brought his ipad I thought it was a little strange, but he got some great videos with it.  You can see Eric and Jessa get their diplomas and hear the kind works the teachers said about them as they went up.
And a graduation post wouldn't be the same without a darling picture of Eric as a kid.  He was adorable then and he's adorable now.  Where did that beautiful blonde hair go???  He was a cutey pie, don't you think? 

 We are so proud of Eric.  He graduated with high honors and really had a wonderful and successful time in High School. He worked really hard to get good grades and perform well in sports.  I feel really confident that he is well equipped to take on the challenges that college will bring.  He is a very independent studier and very self motivated.
Have a great day.  Stop by tomorrow to see my two card creations for DeNami's blog hop challenge 'for the guys.'

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Graduation card for Jessa

Hi friends,

Well Friday June 8th is the big day.  Eric graduates from Whitinsville Christian School. People have asked me how I feel about this and I say 'happy' but if I was honest I would also say 'surprised' only because it has come upon us all so quickly.  My wise cousin Lin says 'you succeeded as a parent if you raised a self-sufficient child' and that is true, so we are happy and celebrating a milestone.  I'm sure I'll have much more mixed emotions when we bring Eric to Clemson University in August, but this week, it's all about celebrating the class of 2012.

Eric's girlfriend of 1 1/2 years is also graduating on Friday.  She loves the beach and is a darling young lady.  I made this beach scene card for her graduation and used the scripture verse from Philippians because it is such great advise for anyone.  Don't you think life is too short to think about some things?  I do.  I think the council here to set our minds on thinking about noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy things.  It certainly helps me avoid letting my mind go wild on fear, uncertainty, doubt and other unproductive thoughts.  That's why I love this verse for graduation.

So before I go, let me tell you a bit about this super fun card I made.  No, the background is NOT patterned paper.  This whole creation was all stamped.  Sunday I went to the Heirloom Creations Stamping show in Springfield MA. My friend Maureen lingered at a booth Rubberneckers and Kimberly and I got a demo of this set from a sweet lady Anne who was a bundle of energy.  The sky is made with Tim Holz distressed ink and a mask made of scalloped ovals.  The shoreline is made 'sandy' with antique linen ink sponged on lightly. Then the sea is made with blue ink sponged on over a straight edge mask.  Too easy and too cool.  Then the fence, sand, grass and seagulls are stamped on top and the shimmering glitter is added with a tad of glue.



This is my current favorite stamp set.   I just love the possibilities and splurged and got the add-on accessories as well.  You can check out their website below.

http://www.rubbernecker.com/m-117-kittie-kits-cause-a-scene-sets.aspx

Now I have to get busy making Eric's card.  Ugghh.  Masculine cards are so much harder and I should not have procrastinated.  Let's hope I'm not up past midnight working on his card. I have it to give him on graduation day and, as usual, there are a million things that need to get done after I get home from work tonight before I can hit the craft room.

Oh, and one last thing.  This card is for the craft a scene challenge.

All month long you can enter your 'craft a scene card' in their challenge.  This month's theme is beaches.  Perfect.

http://craftascene.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My first original sketch

Hi friends, 

One of the things I love about the stamp company Papertrey ink is that they challenge me to be more artistic and creative.  One of the main reasons I started card making was to explore my creative side and now that I've been paper crafting for 5 years it really is easy to fall into the habit of creating the same old stuff.  I challenge myself by using new techniques, new products and following different challenges.

This weeks Make it Monday video from PTI was about creating an original sketch.  I often use others sketches when making a card so I really appreciate the fun of a sketch but I've never created a sketch by myself before.



In Nichole's video she encourages us to find an inspiration for a sketch.  

You can check out her challenge on her blog below:


I found my inspiration on my drive home from work yesterday.  I liked this Dunkin Donuts drive-through sign.  I thought it had nice elements and while I was at the red light I grabbed a photo of the sign on my iphone.

 When I got home (after my church lady friends left) I looked at the photo and interpreted the photo into the below sketch.
Then I pulled out my papertrey ink papers and my Rosie Posie stamp set to make this fun, bright and cheerful birthday card.
This certainly isn't the greatest card creation I've ever made, but I love it.  It's sweet and simple and it's based on my original sketch.  I'm hooked.  Now, I'll be looking for sketch inspirations all around me and I'll try this again.

Thanks for visiting my blog today  Have a great day!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Beach Scene

Hi friends,

Today's card is a fun beach scene card with an awesome scripture verse.  The Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge this week is to make a card with 'Heaven' in it.  This scene is certainly heavenly and the wonderful scripture from Psalms is so inspiring.

I gave this card to my friend Bridget who is battling cancer.  I drove her to Mass General Hospital today for her pre-surgery appointment.    She wisely realized she probably wouldn't have the energy to fight Boston traffic by herself given that she had chemo last week.  She was pretty wiped out.    This is about as close to cancer as I've ever been and it's not pretty.  She is handling it well, but she is so sick and wiped out and has double surgery (chest and artery) in two weeks.   She loved the card and appreciated the ride.   I was happy to help out. If you believe in the power of prayer, please say a prayer or two for her, that she will have courage to battle the cancer and she is completely healed of the disease quickly.

Update:  Check out my post on 6/19/2012 for the amazing story of answers to prayer regarding Bridget.  God is Good!

Oh, and one last thing.  This card is for the craft a scene challenge.

All month long you can enter your 'craft a scene card' in their challenge.  This month's theme is beaches.  Perfect.


http://craftascene.blogspot.com/
Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day.