Thursday, June 30, 2011

Red White and Blue Gratitude!

One of my favorite places to visit, "Stampin' Sisters in Christ" has a challenge this week to make a red, white, and blue card that is a thank you!  The scripture verse is :
Galatians 5:1

You can read this week's devotionals and view all the design team's cards by clicking on my SSIC blog banner on my sidebar!
My card uses a new Flourishes Set, "Country Charm labels" which also coordinates with the spellbinder dies. I used a small flower image to make the patterned paper under the almost reminds me of fireworks!  The sentiment on this set is one I was particularly drawn to...I do believe that the power of our words to speak gratitude makes such a difference to us, and to those we live with...or should I say those who have to live with us.
I am so grateful to live in my country, the good ol' U.S.A.!!  This past few months we had the opportunity to travel to many other countries, and one of the most thrilling sights is seeing all the flags flown over a government building....and  yet the red, white, and blue always stands out to me!
I am thankful for the many comforts I have, the daily dishes, laundry, and sweeping and dusting all made more convenient for me by these little maids called vacuums, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.  I am thankful for a warm soft bed to fall into at night, for covers to pull up to my nose and for the knowledge that an all Sovereign God is tucking me in and watching me sleep. He who never slumbers is more than able to watch over me. I am thankful for so many faith, my family, my freedom that extends so many privileges and freedom to worship being one of the most important.   I am thankful to the men and women who have fought to keep these rights for all Americans.
And I am thankful for my friends and stampers who stop by here! God bless you ! Have a wonderful Fourth of July! Ours will be spent in our mountain town home with family in and out. We will take the boat out on the water for a couple of days and maybe watch the fireworks if my husband can stay up that late!! What are your plans?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!!!

I can't believe it has been so long since I participated in a Teapot Tuesday Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers!! The tea-potters have a special place in my heart because not only is it managed by my wonderful friend, Cindy aka Mothermark, but I was blessed to be showered with cards by this caring group of friends last October when my parents were both in a nursing home facility. Well, this week is designated as "Tickle a Teapotter," a time when you can send your card along to a fellow stamper and tea potter...all a big surprise!!
The challenge can be found here if you care to participate!  This week the story had something to do with "school" and having a number on your cad and at least two things you can count.This Pure Innocence image fit the school theme with an "A," don't you think? And the brads are something you can easily count!
I had so much fun making my card in school colors...paper pieced my little girl's skirt and cut her out and propped her up on this chalkboard.
This card reminds me so much of myself when I was a little girl. I loved to play school, and had a chalkboard similar to this one and always tried to wrangle my little brother into being my student!
So, true to my title, I have two more cards featuring these colors, more to come this week. Thanks for stopping in and visiting here today. Now let's start with the letter "A." Do you have your pencil ready?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Grandmom's Quilt

Hi friends! I am here with a post today of something that has been on my mind...a patchwork of thoughts, actually, kind of like this old quilt. My last visit to my parents included going over to Grand mom's small house and with my parent's prodding, taking anything I wanted. Just to clarify, Grandmom passed away at the wonderful old age of 93...I don't usually go and take relative's belongings.  Well, I am not much of a collector of anything, but I knew I wanted Grand mom's quilts. She had tried to sell these, believe it or not, at some craft type store and was only offered 20.00 for each. So at that time (about 12 years ago)...she took them over to my Mom's and offered my Mom and I each to choose one of the five she had. I am so glad she took three of them  back home, although they sat in her closet unused... until now. This photograph is one of the more simple patchwork quilts.  I have plans to keep this on our semi-covered porch over a wicker settee until I can decide what to do with it. I love looking at this quilt...and imagining if maybe one of these squares was a dress my mom wore as a little girl. I don't know too much about quilts, but am sure this was one either my Grand mom or her mom or maybe both sat around and quilted many years ago. I love the rumples and dimples of this homey quilt. I even love that some of the patches are identical right next to each other. It's as if they messed up and didn't realize it until later. Or maybe it was meant to be that way. I can relate to messing up on my cards and not seeing it until it was finished and the photo was taken.
This quilt inspired my card today. I have had this "Quilter's Sampler" set from Papertrey Ink and like many of my stamps, it has not been used enough! I found my complete inspiration on Mish Mash's can find her blog on my sidebar and click on it. I love the way she uses papers and mixes and matches them to make patchwork art. I used my 3/4 inch punch and punched away at a few designer paper stacks, then had fun just piecing them together. I made one in more greens/oranges/yellows and this one. It was fun and made me happy to see this all completed and ready to give.
Thank you for stopping in.. I will share with you my wicker set revamp I've been doing...all to make a place worthy of this quilt. I have the idea of making the quilt into pillows.  If you have any thoughts on that, I would really enjoy hearing them. Have a blessed day!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Remember your way Home!

This card was made for my niece who is graduating this month! I have two nieces, actually, one is graduating from college, and her little sister from high school! Every year around the first of May I try to tally up in my mind how many, if any, graduates I expect an announcement for.  And every year, I receive at least two announcements in the mail that did not make it in my tally.  Some are from friends who I haven't heard from in a few years, so it is always a surprise. I made a few easy graduation cards that I will be sharing soon, but this one was made using a sketch for Stampin' Sisters In Christ. I always enjoy visiting their blog and reading the devotionals. You can visit here. I am barely meeting the deadline in check out the new challenge tomorrow!  This was made using a new stamp I purchased through Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Ribbon store...and a new package of Kaisercraft paper, "Nine to Five" collection, also from Sharon's store.  A few pearl flourishes and a rose in pink to meet the sketch challenge, and there you have it!
As a mom of two daughters who no longer live at home, the words in this sentiment really pulled on my heartstrings...especially the last part, remember your manners, and the way home. Good advice for any grad, don't you think?
Thanks so much for stopping in today!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thinking of Dad

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This is one of those cards that rarely happens, it wasn't made for a specific challenge!
I received these silhouette stamps from Flourishes a few weeks ago...and recently have been drawn to these colors, so I combined them in a card for my Dad. I saved the sentiment for the inside...Dad is living alone at the house now...and I thought this might be something to cheer him up and give him fond memories. Thanks for stopping in today!! Blessings to you!