Saturday, August 27, 2011

Looking for mojo

I made a couple more cards from this same sketch as the last two cards.  I'm trying to get motivated to make cards again.

Grief, along with financial battles, make it hard to concentrate.  There is a lot involved in establishing my own status after being married for 32 1/2 years.  I had no idea that his first wife would come back to haunt me after all this time.  Apparently, she misses the security he gave her so long ago.  She gave it up before I met him and it seems unfair that she tries to get him back after his death.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sending you a warm smile

This is another card I made for OWH Sketch #83.

I used more Basic Grey paper with more fall colors.  Sentiment is by Hero Arts and ovals frames cut with Nestibilities.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

OWH Sketch Challenge #83

I've been having a lot of trouble concentrating on card making lately.  I decided to try using a sketch from Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps blog.  This one is sketch #83:

This is an interesting sketch and took me a couple of days to make a card that I liked.  I've also read that OWH is in need of  'love' cards for our deployed troops to send home to loved ones.  It's time to send in fall and winter cards, so I tried to pick some fall colors.  This is the result:

This patterned paper is Basic Grey and the cardstock is from DCWV.  The sentiment is stamped with a clear stamp from Inkadinkado in Memento Lady Bug ink.

This is a start and I'll try to make more cards soon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Birthday Stars

My life has been in a turmoil recently and I haven't been making cards or updating my blog.  I need to try to get my life into some semblance of order, but just can't seem to pull it together.

One thing I need to get back into my life is making cards.  This is the first card I have made in quite a while.

The stars background stamp is from Stamper's Best.  Remember you can get a discount with them, using the coupon to the right.  I used Colorbox Frost White ink on the dark blue cardstock by Recollections.  The circles and stars are all cut with Nestibilities.  The sentiment is computer generated in MS WordArt.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thank you friends

I have received so many beautiful sympathy cards since my husband passed away.  I really appreciate all the wonderful messages and great artistry in making these cards.  There are also lovely purchased cards from those that aren't card makers.
Note: Individual photos of the handmade cards are in my gallery.
Your kindness has brought a lot of peace to my life.  It's helpful to realize that there are so many thoughtful friends who will help me return to a life that must continue after such a loss.  Thank you for being there for me.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


After the news about so many of our heroes being killed in Afghanistan, I posted a card on Facebook.  My son-in-law, who is a truck driver, asked for one for the window of his truck.  I made it for him today.  I also put another quote on the back of the card, so it can be read from both front and back.  This is the result.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Colorful Birthday Circles

I needed to make some cheerful cards to get me focused again.  The Happy Birthday circle is computer generated in MS Word Art.  Circles are cut with Nestibilities and the flower centers are stickers from a trip to Hawaii a few years ago.

The colorful background is from a very old stack by Provo Craft.  I ran them through the Big Shot with an embossing folder by Craft Concepts, called Garden Swirl.  The first one is embossed and the second is debossed.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Thank you soldier

I was shaken out of my depression over the loss of my own hero by the news that many of our heroes were killed yesterday fighting for our freedom.  Our military heroes put the love of our country and freedom ahead of their own personal lives.  We all mourn with their families for these brave men and women who sacrifice so much for all of us.

I will send this card and many more to Operation Write Home to let our heroes know how much we appreciate all they are doing to keep us free.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Moving on

I'm attempting to get my thoughts together and do all the legal stuff that needs to be done after the death of a spouse.  He requested no funeral, so we have honored that request.  We chose to donate the body to MedCure for medical research.  I hope they can learn more about this terrible disease of cancer to help others in the future.

The family wants to honor his life with a Celebration of Life gathering on his birthday in December.  We will coordinate this with the local Veteran's Center because he spent 20 years of his life in the Air Force.