Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuxedo (Black & White) Card Challenge

My goodness, it's been 10 days exactly since my last blog post.  So much has happened.    My mom was in palliative care less then a week.  On Monday we made all the arrangements and got her admitted.  I was struggling with what I just assumed was low blood sugar or something.  So the next day (Tuesday) I went to the dr. for a little check up.  He hooked me up to an EKG which apparently was a bit wonky, and from there I was taken by ambulance to the hospital ER and then had to spend the night.  I was released on Wednesday evening, and sent home on baby aspirin, and tomorrow we go to the doctor so he can go over test results.   I'm very nervous, and would appreciate prayers.   Needless to say I was unable to go visit my mom then last week.  So this past Saturday my husband had off and we headed over to Palliative care Hospital.  (about 40 minutes away)   When we got there dad told me she had passed away about 40 minutes before I got there.  So much to my distress I was overwhelmed with not getting there in time.     Her funeral will be this Thursday the 18th at 2pm.  I know she is in peace and no more pain.  Praising the LORD for that.  

Onto the card.  I am having a hard time concentrating on card making but thought I'd try and play along with the challenge at: Cards In Envy  the theme is : Tuxedo, black and white cards.

I used my stampin up Swan Lake set to make this card.  I even stamped the inside. which is rare for me.  I really should start doing that more.. Just makes the card seem more complete.   I added a bit of clear wink of stella to mama swan on the front, so she would sparkle.  

I've also added a picture of the sympathy card I made for my Dad, Sister, Grandma, Aunts and Uncles.
Thank you all for your continued prayers. 
I will try to keep stamping and keep smiling.    


Saturday, January 6, 2018

SUO Challenge 191~Let it SNOW ~Snow Angels

 Well I brought out a few of my older stampin up favorites to make this card.   The snowman and little girl is from a 1999 set titled "snow angels"  and the sentiment is from a 1997 set titled "Let it Snow"   it actually stamps that sentiment 3 times, so I just cut out one.  I also fussy cut out the other images too, after I colored them.  I added a bit of wink of stella to the snowman, and snowballs to make it shimmer a little bit.   I always love the rosy checks and noses of little ones after they have been outside playing in the snow.  I also fondly remember the kids coming in the house whipping off their snow caked mittens and boots, scarves, snow-pants, hats..etc.  so they could sip some hot chocolate.  Aww..so sweet.  I have to tell ya a short story about the "snow angels set.  I actually had bought it once upon a time when it first came out, and when my kiddos where younger.   But  then I made the mistake of selling it.   Well folks I did that to one other set too, it was the one with the little boy and girl in Autumn, raking leaves.  I found the Snow Angels on ebay and bought them for a second time.. I have not come across the Autumn set yet.  But I know I will want that too.  I should have not ever sold them. They remind me so much of my kids.  And I suppose now that I'm older and they are grown I'm just very sentimental about it.   Plus it was a lesson learned,  Really think long and hard before selling your stampin up stamp sets.  I'm going to submit this card to the challenge at: SUO Challenges Brrr.  Baby it's cold Outside.

I've included a picture of our very well fed little fella here.  He sure does love his corn.  
Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit.  If you're not a regular follower I invite you to become one, and also want to let you know that my blog is not publishing the comments for some reason.  I'm still receiving them in my emails and such but they are just not showing up under my blog posts.  UGH❕ always something.    I just want you to know how much I love and appreciate all you words.  So thank you for taking time to let me know you visited.  
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping.

Winter Chills Card Challenge

I made this card for the challenge at: Cards In Envy where the theme is "Winter Chills"   I thought how appropriate since it's been below zero for the past week here in Wisconsin. These little feathered friends have snuggled up together on a branch to stay warm.  

I also want to let ya know that for some reason again my blog is having issues receiving comments.😞  I get them delivered in my emails, but not in my blog comment section.  UGH!!! always something with my blogger.  GRRRR.    I have so much going on right now, that I'm just hoping this fixes itself.  I'm so overwhelmed with many things.  My mom's health, the wedding, and apparently now my health again.  *sigh.  Praying for peace and strength.
Please KNOW  I really appreciate you taking time to comment, and like I said I'm receiving them by email.  So THANK YOU.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Week 281: ENCOURAGE~Beautiful YOU

A dear Christian Mentor friend called me this morning.  Her words of encouragement were just what I needed.    I could sense my burdens being lifted from my shoulders as she spoke over me and prayed.   She also shared many good scripture verses with me too.  Such a blessing.   I was telling her about my plant that usually sits on the table.  I have many household plants (about 50).  This particular one was from my daughter.  Watering day is usually on Monday, and they all just get a drink then.   But because of the holidays and my mom's failing health (hospital runs), and helping my daughter with the wedding(Jan 27th).. I completely forgot to water plants.  Well, I noticed it the other day when the lovely fittonia was laying flat on the soil dead is what I assumed.  So sad.  I picked it up and gave it a drink.  and PRAISE the LORD the little plant has started to show signs of life again.  I hope it survives.  But you know it made me think of my life with out Jesus, Bible study and prayer.  Just lifeless and limp.  He truly is the Living Water that makes our soul bloom.  I'm so thankful to Him for that gentle reminder of getting back in "step" with Him.   Which now brings me to today's card.   Encouragement.  God never leaves us.  We just need to take that first "step"  He will be there with open arms.  I also like the acronym for FAITH=Forwarding-All-Issues-To-Heaven
I'm going to submit this card to the challenge at: CASology
I also thought I'd include a song that came to my mind about taking the first step
Thank you for stopping by.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sketch 245~Happy Valentine's Day

Gosh I went to the store with my husband on New Year's day and they have the Valentine's stuff out in full force.  I'm still celebrating Christmas here.  Tree is still up  along with all the decorations and such.  But when I saw another fun challenge at:  Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge  I just thought tic tac toe board with hearts.

It's to bad I couldn't cut my hearts out a little better.  I have two heart punches that are way to big, and one that is way to small.  It was like the children's story book, "Goldilocks" but none were "just  right"    So fussy cutting had to be done.   I think this is such a neat sketch design.   I love seeing what people create with their cards.
I also added a picture of this cute little fella on the deck today.  HP just goes nuts, but it don't bother Mr. Squirrel one bit.  
Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping.

#TGIFC140~Happy Birthday

 I made this card today for the challenge at: TGIF Challenges

I chose to CASE  Maria Willis's Card.
I copied the sentiment, stripe background, layout, sequins and fun birthday character..  I even added the strip of sparkle paper, but after I did that I thought my card needed a bit more of it so I added it to the entire background too.  I also added wink of stella to the balloon so it would shimmer.
I got a picture of the red handed bandit on the bird feeder today.  That little rascal.  I watched him jump straight up to grab hold of it.   He just hangs on, as it swings.. and then chows down.  

Mom update:  She is in the hospital.  We talked with a hospice doctor yesterday.  For now she will be doing a few more dialysis treatments, so it's day to day.  Continued pray is really appreciated.  Thank you 💜

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Keep Smiling and Keep Staming

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sketch 244~Happy Birthday.. Happy New Year Calendar.

If you are looking for my guest designer card you will find it here.
Well Goodness gracious.  January Birthday's especially those early in the month are some of the hardest for me to remember.  Perhaps because of Christmas, My daugther's birthday, and New Years.. but this year especially with the wedding (my daughter's) only 27 days away.  My mom's failing health.  Btw-she is back in the hospital this evening.  Please continue to pray for her that she will have peace and that she knows Jesus.  Thank you 💜  So with a few things going on I completely forgot that my mother-in-law's birthday is the 7th Of January.  So being I just made a card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
I thought this was a fabulous sketch to use again.  So hence the birthday card.   I used the Avant Garden from stampin up along with a single stamp that has the lovely quote on it.   I used a few different pattern papers for the background, and stamped the Birthday sentiment in the corner.  I really like how it turned out.  
Image may contain: christmas tree and dogI'm also adding the before and after picture of my planner for the Month of January.  Did you notice the "LOVE BIRDS" wedding date?  How sweet.. or should I say how tweet.  haha.   
I wanted to share one more picture with ya all.  My silly dog and his Christmas picture.  How cute is he?  He loves to be on the footstool.

Thank you all for stopping by for a visit.  Thank you for being part of my blog family and staying in touch, either here or on facebook.  Cards have a way of connecting us to our creative friends.  For that I'm grateful.  
My your new year be blessed with Good health, The love of family and friends.  The ever present need to know the Savior more. 
Keep Smiling And Keep Stamping.
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