Thursday, June 28, 2018

Simple Friendship

What's new with me? We have a new addition to our family! We welcomed my niece, Savannah Ruth on Friday, June 22. She was 6 pounds & 9 ounces, 19 1/4 inches long and had a head full of hair! Just about the cutest little thing! Jack nicknamed her Bean..."cause she's little and looks like one, mom." Ha! 

This week's challenge I decided to keep close to not only the layout, but also the color selections as well. I used a couple new stamp sets, Enjoy Life and Calls For A Celebration along with the ever wonderful Flourish Thinlits to recreate this catalog creation. Pretty darn close if I do say so myself, while still being 'different'. I hope you have a fabulous week! I know I am with the new bundle of joy that I get to spoil rotten as her auntie. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Friends & Flowers

Happy summer my stamping friends! School is officially out now, swim lessons are going on and Jack has already had the first of many cousins' sleep overs at our house. I failed to mention that the heat has arrived as well. I don't welcome the high, hot temps (it was in the upper 94's here for a few days)....around 80ish is plenty good for me! Ha!

My favorite new set I've been using a lot of lately is Abstract Impressions. I can't get enough of this fabulous set! This was the first time though using the new In Color, Grapefruit Grove. I like it! I paired it with Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Smoky Slate and Whisper White. I love the saying from the Beautiful Bouquet set and thought it went well with my little field of flowers. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Strawberry Summer

It's Jack's last week of school. Gulp! Second grade just flew by! This was the year that he finally had a teacher that he really liked and clicked with. Oh, how I wish she could just move along with him and teach him again next year. We all had a teacher like that right? One that just "worked" more than the others. I noticed his knowledge grow a lot this year, his behavior towards school become less of a struggle and his overall temperance about things improve. Oh Mrs. Lougheed, you will be missed!! Thank you for the taking the time to make each kid feel special and smart in their own way. We need more teachers like you in the world! This week is also the start of daily swim lessons at night. Last year he blossomed in the water and became part fish. I am hoping he continues to work on the different strokes and really enjoy the water.

With the ending of one thing and the start of something new, I thought I would use one of the fabulous new hostess sets, Springtime Stroll for this week's inspiration challenge. The strawberry plant reminds me of my mom. She always grew strawberries in her garden. We had sliced strawberries or strawberry pies all summer long. They tasted so fresh and sweet! Yum!! 

Colors I used were Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Call Me Clover, and Smoky Slate. I used the Basket Weave embossing folder to add texture to the piece of Real Read card stock. To create the tag, I used the Everyday Label Punch and then trimmed it down along the top and bottom using my Paper Snips. It's held on with the Whisper White Baker's Twine that I wrapped around the Crumb Cake card stock a couple times then punched a hole in each end of the tag threading the ribbon through and tying a bow. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thankful For Your Understanding

Hello my stamping friends! It feels good to be back. Thank you for your patience and understanding while I was dealing with my mom's sudden passing. There will be good days and there will be bad days. But I have told myself, take it one day at a time. That's what you have to do. For hopefully in time, it will become a little easier. I miss her dearly, but will hold tight to all the wonderful memories I have of her. She was truly an amazing woman! Thought I would share a few pictures of her. 

Here's a picture of my parents at the end of the day they helped to pack all my stuff up when I moved across the country after I got married 12 years ago. It was a bittersweet day. They were happy that I was beginning a new chapter of my life, but saddened that it was beginning so far away. 

This is one of my favorite pictures of my mom with my son, Jack. They had driven out to visit us for a week when he was little and she was so happy to hold and see him that there were tears in her eyes. 

One of my favorite pictures of mom and I from a couple years ago. This sort of sums up my relationship with my mom. Sure we could be serious, but we loved to just have fun and laugh with each other. We truly just enjoyed each other's company. The older we both got, the more we both appreciated each other.  Love you mom!

I thought it was fitting to create a thank you card with this week's challenge. I have to admit, that I have yet to go through my retiring stamps, inks, card stock, embellishments, etc. That is on my agenda in the upcoming days so I can start fresh and new again. I have ordered some new things, and I can't wait to play with them when they arrive. This new catalog is filled with all sorts of wonderfulness! If you are in need of one, let me know and I will get one to you!

I pulled out the ever cute Bella & Friends and Apron of Love sets to create this simple and endearing card. I used the Polka Dot Embossing Folder for texture in the background and our Layering Squares Framelits to help accentuate my focal point. I chose the color combination of Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Crushed Curry and Pool Party. 

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you again for being so understanding of my absence. Happy Stamping!