Sunday, November 30, 2008

Post-Thanksgiving Musings

No art to post today. I spent several hours down in my stamping area, organizing and laying out things to use for Christmas cards, etc. I can actually see some tabletop now! I found some stamps that I bought new and didn't ink up last year, so I'll need to do something about that! Lots of great paper and embellishments.

Our Thanksgiving was good. We drove up to the Indianapolis area to spend the day with my mom and stepdad. Oldest son, youngest son, and his girlfriend joined us. It made for a really long day, but I'm glad we went. I think that in less than a year mom won't know anyone. She already really doesn't know exactly WHO my husband and boys are. Just that they are someone she should know. She doesn't remember my name, but she does know that I'm her "baby". It's hard because we would have made some different choices for her care, but we are not in charge. My stepdad has chosen to do things his way and he does take good care of her. He does not want any help from any source. I know that this is exhausting for him, but he refuses any help. So, we pray.

Jake's girlfriend and I got up early, too early, very early to do some shopping Friday morning. I'm talking we were at Home Depot at 5:45 shopping! 15 minutes later we had a $49 lighted Christmas tree. It looks great! Next stop - Staples. Then, the mall. We were both SO exhausted, but it was fun. I really, really like this girl!! So, we pray:)

Saturday, I went back out to Michaels to get some more decorative touches for the new tree and some Iris boxes to organize the stamp room. Kelsey and I were both exhausted. I cooked a Thanksgivingish meal for all of us here.

Today I have felt under the weather and have slept a lot. We did take the kiddos out for breakfast. The youngest and his girl both left to go back to their colleges and the oldest is at his apartment.

We have so much to be thankful for... Thank you for reading my ramblings! In the next day or so I plan to give away a duplicate stamp I discovered.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving


I made this card using a Stamping Up set for the main image and the orange background. The image on the green strip is from Great Impressions. The cardstock is from Stampin Up and the ribbon is May Arts. I hope you and yours have a Happy Thansgiving! We are driving up to my mom's for the day. It will be a really long day, but we need to get our oldest son back so he can go to work on Friday.
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Monday, November 24, 2008

Autumn


I made this card as a thank you for one of my parents who cut out 12 girl colonial hats, 12 boy hats, and sewed 12 boy vests! That is a huge job! The paper is Bo Bunny (Beautiful Life - Leaf), ribbon May Arts, sentiment is Great Impressions, Dew Drops on the side of the Cuttlebugged brown. Thanks for looking and have a great night!
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Season of Thanks


I haven't been making many cards lately, but today I spent several hours down in my stamp lair and this is one of the cards I came up with. I semi-CASED it from a card by Lindsey Botkin published in a 2007 edition of Cardmaker. Yes, I am a pack rat! I think I changed it enough to actually call it "mine" and I was really pleased with the results. The tree image is from Hero Arts and the sentiment from Stampin' Up. The decorative paper is from Basic Gray (Recess-Principal) and Imaginisce (Exotic East). I used copper colored brads on the two little half circles. The brown cardstock is from Stampin' Up and the ribbon from Michaels.
On a personal note: I have been so busy with school and family commitments. Mid-term grades at school and my second graders just had their big "Colonial Day". We spend about six weeks studying Colonial America. Then, they choose a Colonial trade to dress up as and give a short presentation about. We also have a Colonial "feast" with foods served during colonial times. It is a wonderful day for the children but LOTS of work for their teacher (ME!!). I come home exhausted. The parents are a great help. There is no way I could do this on my own.
Sadly, my aunt just passed away. We spent last weekend out of town at her visitation and funeral. Her only daughter and I are sister close and this has been especially hard on me. It has really surprised me that I have responded with such sadness. I think it may have something to do with the fact that she had Alzheimers and my mom (her sister) also has it. This has really sent my mom into a tailspin. We are going up there for Thanksgiving. It will be the first Thanksgiving in years that I haven't had all of the family here.
Well, I hope you've had a great weekend and keep looking up! Thanks for looking at my card!
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Christmas Cardinal


I made this card at the first card workshop I went to that was hosted by my Stampin' Up demo, Fran. She is one creative person! I stamped my image too far to the right, so when I got home I added some Dew Drops - the little bottle says the colors are Poinsettia. I think they make the card! My husband really likes this card so it may end up be "the" card for 2008! I'm working around my house today. My aunt is expected to die at any moment so I'm trying to be ready to go support my cousin and my mom. Both this aunt and my mom have Alzheimer's so the last few years have been very challenging. My cousin really needs your prayers if you are so inclined. Her name is Beverly. Thanks for stopping by and keep looking up!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Candy Corn


This is the last of my Halloween cards. I love how the coloring and the decorative paper go together!
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Another Halloween Card

This is another Halloween card that I made using Lockhart stamps. I really loved the little saying!
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