She’s A Strong Woman

My dear friend Carol’s birthday is today. We have known each other a very long time. She is the strongest woman I know. She has strength, courage and stamina and has always cared for someone from the day I met her. She has been by the side of countless family member, as they faced health issues. Her greatest challenge recently is standing by the love of her life as he survived a double lung transplant. Here is to my good friend Carol:

Carols-B'day  Details: Curtain Fold; paper by Pebbles; MFT Flower Medley.

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Birthday Covered Bridge

I have been fascinated with covered bridges since I saw my very first one back in the 70’s while camping with my husband and children. We have toured Bucks County as well as Lancaster County and have seen most of them. We have had many camping adventures and have seen covered bridges in Indiana, Ohio, New Brunswick, New Hampshire — these are places I can remember.

Our oldest son’s birthday is on Monday. He moved about an hour away from us two years ago, and at the end of their street is a covered bridge. I was so excited when he told me. So this is his birthday card this year.

Jack's-BirthdayThe stamp is from GinaK designs called Country Road, and colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards (I believe I purchased these somewhere in my travels across the USA). I used Spellbinders Card Creator Distressed Edges for layering onto MFT Paver Red Cardstock.

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Real Girls Play Football

We celebrated our granddaughter’s 7th birthday yesterday and the theme of her party was “football”. She just finished up basketball and is scheduled for flag football in August. So I searched for a girl playing football digi stamp to make her card and found one on Etsy at 641Digital.

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Colored with copics and added wink of stella to the football, hair bows and her pink socks.

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Background Stamping

My brother passed away the end of February and I have been wanting to send my sister in law a card. When I saw this on Melanie’s blog I knew I had to CASE it. I was inspired by this post to create the following card.

Patty-3I used Year of Flowers 2 stamp set from GinaK Designs, the sentiment is from MFT. I used the same stamp to create the background and the focal point. One tip I learned was to turn the stamp to mirror the image.

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Happy Birthday Brother

Today is my brother’s birthday and I pulled out the faithful GinaK Designs By The Sea 2 stamp set to make him this card. I have not sponged backgrounds in a while and forgot how much I enjoy it. I also used copics to draw in the reflection of the pier in the water.

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My Cousin Mary

My cousin Mary and I were very close when we were kids. Her husband Bill is having a 60th Birthday Celebration for her next Saturday so I created this card for her using Sketch #255 over on the OWH blog. My cousin is a wonderful wife and mother and one of the most spiritual people I know. I love her dearly and she has an endless smile that cheers you when you see her. It should be great fun getting together to celebrate this milestone birthday with her and our families.

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I printed the Dancing with Daffodils digital image (Power Poppy) onto Tim Holtz Distressed Watercolor Cardstock (smooth side). The inks I used on the daffodils were mustard seed, cantaloupe, spiced marmalade. The leaves were colored with peeled paint and MFT gumdrop green. The little flowers were colored with faded jeans and pearls added to the centers. The sentiment is also from Power Poppy (Set is Short Stacks) which I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and then used Super Fine Detail clear embossing powder (Ranger) on vellum. I popped the last panel up using mounting tape.

Side note on my previous post. So I was working to get a card in on time for Words 2 Scrap By. Created the card, posted it to my blog, and woke up at 3 in the morning realizing that I neglected to upload it to Words 2 Scrap By challenge post. Yes card making is a stress reliever and I am so happy when I have the health and time to make them. I had to laugh at myself when I realized I never uploaded it.

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Today is my youngest son Jim’s 31st (? – I can’t possibly have children in their 30’s) birthday. Jim is my third child and came into the world in a very big way — 11 pounds 3 ounces big! Jim has the biggest smile along with a big heart. He is always there when you need him and he has a lot of the same traits as his father. So happy birthday Jim – wishing you a year of many blessings. Here is the card I made for Jim based on the sketch over at OWH.

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Heart Hurts

Don’t you feel sad when someone you love dearly is going through something very painful when their heart is breaking? You want to try to put a band aid on their heart so they will heal faster but you know that they have to endure and suffer through it. It is a desperate time for them. If you hurt yourself and go to the doctor, the doctor will give you a timeframe when you will be feeling better. Not so with “heart hurts”. Everyone is different, every situation is different. The only thing we can do is be there for them loving and encouraging them through it.

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

Here is one of the many cards I made for my sister as she continues to heal. I live in Pennsylvania and she lives in California which makes it hard because I just can’t stop by for a cup of coffee, so I make cards for her and send them to encourage her.

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Single Moms Mother’s Day

When punches are thrown in my life I recall and pray one of the most quoted verses in the bible “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, Philippians 4:13.

Examples of when he strengthened me:

  • Father’s death when I was 14 – He gave me the strength to carry on as a young teenage girl.
  • Troubles in my 36 year marriage – He gave me the strength to hang in there, pray, decide what was best, to forgive.
  • Financial ruin in 2009 – when blindsided He gave me the strength to figure out how to proceed with my life. He gave me the strength to forgive.
  • Family betrayal – turmoil, resentment, silence, betrayal by an aging mother and siblings. Still working on this one but “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Just by these few personal examples you can see that God hasn’t given me favorable circumstances to claim His strength. What it means is that I am not the one who is strong – it is Christ who is strong in me that I can bear the punches, the blind sides, the betrayals.

What tougher job is there than raising children on your own? Our church has a card ministry for single moms for Mother’s Day. Here are some of the cards I made using this verse.

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The geraniums are a digital image from Power Poppy, colored with Copic Markers. Inside says Thinking of You Happy Mother’s Day.

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This card I used the rose outline sticker from Starform and colored with Copics. I used a lighter background cardstock stamped with the Gingham Background Stamp from My Favorite Things and embossed it. The sentiment was created on my computer and Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags.

My Grandson’s Birthday

Today is my grandson’s birthday. He is very special to me for several reasons. Not just because he is my grandson but because he is loving and kind and caring and smart and handsome and funny. He is seven today. He is also especially special because he is my very first grandchild and because of that he will always have a special place in my heart.

He loves Minecraft and that is the theme for his birthday party, so I made him a Minecraft card. I am not going to pretend that I know all about Minecraft – I don’t! I just know that there are creepers and things are always blowing up.  So here is a CREEPER card — I did not come up with this idea myself but found it here on you tube.

So Happy Birthday to my darling grandson.

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