Tuesday, September 1, 2015

House Of Cards - Stitching

September First! 
Bring on the fall weather :)
It's also time for a new challenge at 
Stitching !
 Use real or faux stitching on your card creations
and share them with us before September 30th.
Please read the House Rules first.

This card is the first that I made for the challenge, and although I liked it, I wanted to do something different. Then life happened ................ those plans were soon forgotten.............
Things have been quiet on my blog (and in the craft dungeon) the past couple of weeks due to my dad being in the hospital then just recently passing away. I plan on visiting challenge entrants and fellow HOC team mates' blogs once I make it past the Celebration of Life we are planning for in two weeks. I have several projects to share yet, too. Slowly, but surely, getting back to my day to day life (and back to the craft dungeon eventually).

Card details:
Paper, card stocks, ink and rubber stamp image are from Stampin' Up!
"Crocheted ribbon", gifted to me and bought at Michael's
Sewing machine and thread
Scrap paper to sew the quilt pieces to (adhered in place first in the centers)
Coluzzzle Stampendous Crazy Quilt template
Double stick tape
Foam dimensionals/pop dots

This is a six inch square card, it required me making an envelope to fit and extra postage to mail.

Sewing and trim detail

I lightly sponged ink on the edges of each piece
before sewing it to the scrap paper

Back of  pieces sewn to scrap paper

Template that I found at a yard sale

Thanks for looking =) 
Be sure to visit the rest of the amazing cards
our design team has created for this challenge !!!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Fallen Limb - RIP, Dad

Things have been quiet here on my blog the past couple of weeks:
my Dad, who had been suffering from COPD for several years,
was admitted to the hospital mid month, passing away the 21st. 

Although we've known he was having more bad days
these past few months, I did not expect it to be now, this month,
that we would be losing him.
I had hoped that we would be able to take our annual fall drive to see
all of the beautiful colors along the limestone bluffs and river,
stopping for lunch at a local favorite restaurant.
It also would have been wonderful to have one more holiday season with him
or for him to see my sons recently purchased car running and
to hear about my daughters possible new job.
Never enough time.
I know that I am fortunate to have had him as a Dad
these past 47 and 2/3 years :)

I made these two digital scrapbook pages
as part of my design team commitments at
This is the final challenge
at Anything But A Card,
My projects this month have come full circle,
starting with DVD folders for Newlyweds 
and New Babies, 
now Celebrating A Life scrapbook pages.............

The digital kit used is Laura Leigh.

I made my own word art to use
after seeing one online for sale - for $20!

Half of one of my pear trees unexpectedly
broke off during severe storms the last night we had with Dad,
awake and talking. My first thought that morning was along the line of 
"Half of my family tree is nearly gone, how fitting it should fall now."

I came across that word art quote while working on
editing a photo of him two days later. At the time it hadn't crossed my mind,
consciously at least, that it was perfectly fitting with the fallen tree.

I looked up the entire poem and will use it on another project, it is perfect:

The Fallen Limb
A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. 
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you. 
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. 
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we're together again.
Author Unknown

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Simple Days Digi Kit

This is a free frame,
right click to save.

I just love this new kit
Simple Days by JMC Designs 
and now available at 
Scraps-N-Pieces.com .
I look forward to doing more with it !

All papers and embellishments used were in the kit,
some were resized smaller.

The top layout is inspired by one I saw online, somewhere.
Sorry, I did not save the link or designers name, only
recall seeing the basic design and thinking to myself
"I need to remember that idea of the three strips of paper
behind a single focal point photo."

Pages and frame freebie were created using My Memories Suite V6 software.

Thanks for looking =)

Bookworm Digi Kit

Bookworm is a re-released kit in the 

Above are a scrap page,
created using a template found at the SNP forum,
and a set of printable bookmarks.
Digital scrapbooking kits can be used for
many creative projects, not just scrapbook pages !

Kit Contents:

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Faux Washi Tape Card

Washi tape rubber stamps, Stampin' Up!
"hugs and kisses", Stampin' Up!
"XO" heart stamp, Hero Arts
Faux mini brad
Red and white card stocks
Black ink
Mini tag punch, unknown

Donated to Operation Write Home