Friday, June 25, 2010

Sharing a Bit of My Mom With You

Happy Friday everyone. I thought since I've been writing a lot about my mom lately, you might want to see a couple of pictures of her. The first one was taken on my sister Nancy's boat, out on Lake Minnetonka, 2 years ago in July. My mom, my husband and I, my 3 sister's, 2 brother's and their husband's and wives, get together every July on my mom's birthday. We would meet at the boat, take a beautiful, long boat ride, pull up to a dock at one of the awesome restaurants located on the lake, have dinner, then ride back, under the moonlit sky! We did this for 17 years in a row. My mom is sitting in between my sister Mary on the right and my sister Laurie on the left. Next to Laurie is my sister-in-law Nancy. (Yes....I have a sister Nancy, a sister-in-law Nancy and my mom's name is also Nancy!)

This next photo was taken at my niece's wedding last August. It is of my mom with my sister Mary. My mom looked so beautiful that night! We all had a blast together!

So I'm going to see her later this morning and I've been bringing her a card each time I visit. This is the one I'll give to her today. I used the butterfly from the Hero Arts Watercolor Petals Clear set.

Here is a closer view of the beautiful pins that were a gift from Alexandra. Thank you, Alexandra...I love them...and so will my mom!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has an enjoyable day today, with time for crafting.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sympathy Card

We learned yesterday that one of our neighbors passed away on Monday. He was a husband and father of three. We don't know them very well. Just a nice, quiet family that pretty much stayed to themselves, but have always been kind and friendly to everyone. He was only 57 years sad. We want them to know they are in our thoughts and prayers, so I made them this card.

The Silhouette Grass stamp always seems appropriate for a sympathy card. I stamped it with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and clear embossed. Then I used the resist technique again, with Tumbled Glass and Wild Honey. (Can't seem to stop using these two colors.)

After lots of rain lately, we have gorgeous sunshine with the temp in the low 80's in store for us today. It's what I call the perfect weather! Hope the sun is shining where you are too.

Thanks for visiting! I'm off to go play with the flowers. Always makes me feel better....

Quick Post with a Card

I seem to completely run out of time in the mornings lately....hate when that happens. I made another fairly simple card last night, went to take a picture and the battery in the camera ran out of juice...hate when that happens too. Anyway, I embossed the Hero Arts Hydrangea stamp in white, on white card stock. Then used Wild Honey distress ink, with the resist technique, for the top of the flower. The same technique was used for the stem and leaves but to get the green color, I used a mix of Wild Honey and Tumbled Glass. Love the pretty green these two colors make. I also put some of both inks down on my craft sheet, picked up the colors with a small paint brush and added some more ink to give a bit of shading. I cut out the image and attached it with pop dots, onto the fun, brown polka dot paper. (looks black in the photo.)

I work today and tomorrow but have taken the weekend off to spend more time with my mom. I hope you all enjoy your day!

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Card For my Sweet Mom

Hello everyone. I hope the start to your week is going smoothly. I am heading to my sister Nancy's house later this morning to visit my mom. We've moved her there so she will not be alone anymore. My sister and her husband live in a large house near a lake called Lake Minnetonka. My mom loves it there, even though it was so difficult for her to leave her own little condo, knowing she will never see it again. She knows it's the best thing for her and very soon we will be getting full time nursing care for her also. I want to bring her a card because she loves getting them from me. She has always been a bit surprised that I took up this hobby. She has a hard time believing that I have enough patience to make them. She knows me well. She loves butterflies, flowers and the color pink, so this is what I came up with.

The Nesties and embossed dots were done with the Cuttlebug and I used my white gel pen around both the outside of the card and the scalloped circle cut-out. The Traditional Butterfly is embossed in white and the XOXO sentiment is from a Hero Arts Valentine clear set. I hope she likes it.

Thank you for your visit today. I so appreciate it!