Well, the phone call I’d been waiting for finally came late Monday afternoon. My Oma passed away peacefully at 4 pm.
I still haven’t heard from my mom, but I imagine I’ll get the details I’m waiting on soon enough.
I’m certain my Oma visited briefly this afternoon. I heard a grandfather clock chime and I wasn’t at home. (Grandfather clocks and my Oma were synonymous, in my mind. Also iced tea and lemon cake. Mmm.)
I’m not sad, really. Oh, I should say grieving. Of course I’m sad she’s no longer here. I’m at peace with the entire situation. I’m glad she’s no longer in pain and no longer anxious. I could see it still in her last days. Her movements and certain mannerisms seemed to indicate she was struggling with something.
I’m just so relieved she’s in a better place. That struggle is finally over. She’s now reunited with her sisters- along with Opa, uncle Rudy and the aunt/uncle I never met (that died in infancy). Her quick wit and feisty spirit will be sorely missed here, but celebrated over in heaven.
I’m dropping in today with a couple Sympathy Cards I created using CTMH Kiss It Better B1508.
I used up some scrap CTMH Peacock cardstock for the background mat, and Recollections cranberry cardstock to coordinate with the sentiment banner. (I stamped it using CTMH Cranberry ink). I used the mini heart to create my own background paper, stamping I’m both Bamboo and Blush inks. The other two hearts were stamped with the same inks, but they came from CC1025 You Are My Happy.
Lastly, to finish off, I used some CTMH Extra Thick Twine in pink to create the bow.
The second card I’d like to share is similar to the card above- but this time it’s oriented vertically rather than horizontally. All products and ink are the same as above.
And, just a note- this sweet stamp set can be found on my website and it’s now available for purchase. You’ll find it in the new Seasonal Expressions II catalog, as well. (The price in the picture below is in Canadian currency). Here’s a peek at it:
To see more of our new CTMH My Acrylix stamp sets, or to shop online, go here.
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Just wanted to share more cards I’ve made recently. They were made for a variety of people, from one of my daughters’ teachers to a very dear long time friend of mine. Except for the encouragement card (Keep looking up), these cards are made completely with CTMH products. The patterned paper in the Keep Looking Up card is Carta Bella. All the stamping and Bakers twine is CTMH.
Enjoy, and I’ll see you again soon!
I’m back again today, and even though I’ve got a special request installment II layout, I wanted to share another card that was made for a sweet rainbow baby. She was just 3 weeks old when she succumbed to SIDS. Her daddy works with my husband, and it’s touched us all.
The layout was created using my cricut explore. I matted some scrap patterned paper underneath the 4 on the ruler, denoting this sweet baby’s age in the layout. I also layered some patterned paper underneath the arrow for added oomph. Lastly, I stamped and fussy cut part of the title and added a punched border to the cardstock in the background.
I have one more layout that I made to share today, using the Balloon Wishes stamp set. If you purchase the marker roll up case (retail value $21.25), you’ll receive the Balloon Wishes stamp set free!
Hello everyone! School has GOT to start soon so that I can get back into sone sort of routine! Life has gotten even more chaotic since the twins returned from their vacation down south. Oy! Two weeks left- and counting!
I’m stopping in with a card I made awhile ago, for the twins’ little school friend. It was discovered, after a fall playing with her brothers this summer, that she’s got an arachnoid cyst in her brain; falling caused it to burst and leak CSF into her brain. After numerous setbacks, it seems she’s finally on the road to recovery, but she’s still got an incredibly long healing journey ahead of her. Unfortunately, she’ll live the rest of her life with a cerebral shunt. Making this card, along with sending some home-cooked food with her mom to the hospital, was the least I could do. There were many other things I could have done, but taking this avenue just felt right to me. I’d want the same if I was in their position. (But would never think to ask, or bother to ask).
I found a card on Pinterest that inspired the one I made.
I’m hoping to be back again soon to post more. Please stop by again- I appreciate your visits!
For a change, I thought I’d share a card I made a couple weeks ago for friends that lost their son to an accident. C was a childhood playmate of mine, and would have turned 31 on August 7. I was floored when mom told me about it. His parents are still our (our as in my parents’) neighbors, so I mailed this off to them shortly after learning of his passing.
I started off by adding a little watercolor to the background, then layered green embossed (with my cuttlebug) cardstock and the title square on top. For added punch, I added some CTMH washi tape, stamped, colored (with Shin Han markers) and fussy cut feathers (also CTMH) and adhered some Bakers twine and sequins around the feathers. The stamped sentiment is SU. A CTMH card that I found on Pinterest inspired my card.
You’ll find this card saved to my Fave Card Scraplifts board on Pinterest.
I’m listening to and rocking out with Luke Bryan as I type this. I had a day to recharge the batteries, and it was phenomenal! If you want a good song, look up Kick the Dust Up. It’s a definite gooder!
I used mostly Taste of Summer here, and a touch of Flair stamps. I wanted to highlight the warmth of the tropics here, and the subjects’ green dress.
Another family favorite here- pancakes from scratch! Thanks to Kraft Canada for the recipe, this will die hard, I think! I used more Taste of Summer on this layout, and even used some orange acrylic paint to highlight my title. There’s also a touch of watercolor here too.
Here’s the second sympathy card that was specially requested by my dear friend. Scroll back one post to see the first of these two cards. This particular card was a scraplift. Find it here. I’m so in love with this card, I want to replicate it again one day. The lightest portion of the flowers petals is watercolored.
I hope you enjoyed today’s projects, and I hope you join me again tomorrow!
Hello, I’m dropping in quickly, to share a few more projects with you.
Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? Except for the metal embellishment and the cardstock, everything here in CTMH.
More mixed media fun. I painted with gelatos, stamped and layered on a bunch of paper. I wanted to create a spread of the twins’ favorite things; I love this idea so much, I have plans to do it again, at random times in the twins’ lives.
Another special request! A dear friend asked me to make two sympathy cards. I obliged, of course! Stay tuned for the second sympathy card tomorrow. Yes, I created a water color effect again, but this time I colored directly onto the stamp, spritzed it with water, then pressed it onto my paper. I’m loving the effect it creates!
As always, find the projects that inspired the ones I created on my Pinterest. I’m not mentioning them here in the interest of time and space 🙂
Hello! Just dropping in quickly to share what I’ve been up to lately! Other than hanging out with my husband and kids- and unexpectedly buying some new living room furniture- I held my first Close to My Heart workshop of the year and made a few cards for some good friends.
I found both of these cards- the designs, at least- on Pinterest. You’ll find the originals here.
These last three cards were made with the Heartstrings card Workshop on the Go. There are 15 of these cards in total- 5 of each design. They are also available for purchase!
If you’d like to purchase these cards, please comment on this post. They measure 4.25×5.5 inches and retail for $3 CAD each. (5 cards retail for $10).
I’m also planning my next workshop, which is taking place on May 2. Join me to learn more about pocket scrapbooking by playing with the Jackson Picture My Life system!
Family is a pretty broad term, isn’t it? When I first thought of using this word as part of my December Daily challenge, I never dreamed this word would wind up holding as much importance as it does- or that it would resonate so deeply with me. Family doesn’t just mean you’re related by blood or by name to another individual; friends, if they’re close enough, can come to be like family too.
In part, this post is a tribute to J, a dear friend my husband lost contact with, but never stopped loving like a brother. J’s family was like my husband’s second family- either K was at J’s house, or the other way around. We got married around the same time (J’s was just 11 months ahead of ours) and J’s firstborn is 2 months older than my own firstborns. Yes, K and J were cut from the same fabric.
Our loss is heavens’ gain. The details surrounding J’s death is somewhat of a mystery yet, aside from knowing for certain he was involved in a fatal car accident. What we don’t know yet, is what caused the accident. Its speculation right now, but some kind of medical trauma may have occured at the time of the accident. According to the other individual involved, nlthing was out of the ordinary until the very last second. No swerving, erratic driving or skid marks. He didnt even hit his brakes. Dear, dear J. Im still trying to make sense of such a senseless accident. Poor L, his wife, is still numb with shock- as we all are.
Rest in peace, dear friend. Don’t start the party until K joins you and L. ♡
So, in addition to good friends becoming family, family is family. We’ll be going to Edmonton to spend Christmas with these beautiful faces: