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Monday, June 28, 2010

Taking One Day at a Time!

Good morning!
I say I am taking one day at a time because my computer is still not 100%, and I do not know when it may go out (any time, any moment), but I am going to take advantage of the fact that it is back up right at this moment!
Thanks to all who inquired, or checked on me with concern. We have become so dependent on the technology today that when it goes on the fritz, it is cause for depression. ;)
I have a few things to post, but no card directions today. If I do post them it will be in the future, unless I get a specific question from someone.
I had a brilliant idea to move my crafting space, and that has been pretty much of a nightmare. It is equivalent to packing and moving- period.

My quote for today:
You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
Steven Wright



A good quote for any crafter, or "packrat" in the making...something I am learning from personal experience. I think Bethann will be reminding me of this quote when she visits me in 3 weeks. : ) Looking forward to that!


I first need to thank my good and beautiful friend
When she saw my computer was down she called me immediately, and offered help. If it wasn't for her husband Victor (Thank You Victor!!), I wouldn't be on here right now. But he can only do so much once hardware goes bad, so I am appreciative for all his help. Helen and I have become friends through our mutual love of crafts. I am so very thankful for this friendship. This is a hobby with really thoughtful and beautiful ladies!
Helen is a truly talented crafter who I tease that she only likes to make "complicated" crafts. I know this isn't true. Go and check out the variety of projects she tackles. You will be amazed at her talent! I have benefited multiple times from her great teaching ability, too!
Helen, I also want to thank you for all the things you did to celebrate my birthday. So sweet, so thoughtful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


I want to thank
for the wonderful prize she sent me from Australia, for my win on her new challenge blog. It is a creative kit using fabric for cards. So unique. I have never seen anything like it here in this part of the USA, and I just wanted to let her know how much I do appreciate it. She also sent me some beautiful handcrafted butterflies, that will be hard to use because they were a gift, and using them on a card will mean I must part with them. And last she sent me a truckload of decorated chipboard buttons (enough to part with a few, I think-smile). They are so cute, and I do look forward to incorporating them into a future project.
I am saddened to find out that Lynn is discontinuing her challenge blog. I hope that perhaps sometime in the future she will start it up again. I am happy to have been her first winner!


Last but not least, a super big Thank You and hugs to my beautiful sisters
and
Susan no card blog, but an AVON site http://susandortch.avonrepresentative.com/.
Thanks sisters for ALWAYS having my back, and being there for me with whatever type of support I need. You are definitely heaven-sent to all those you love, and who love you! I benefit from your wisdom everyday!


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A long post today because I have been gone for a while. I may disappear again depending on what goes on with this computer.


This is part two of "Cards for Garyn".

They were completed and mailed a while ago, but the computer kept me from completing the post. I hope she has received them by now. Again she told me lavender is her favorite color...

This is her "congrats" card...(made in her University colors of gold and green). The cap is on a spring.



The inside...


The complete set photographed together...
In the front is a little paper card holder I made with a beautiful lavender Prima flower and gorgeous rhinestone brad and American Crafts embossed pearl embossed paper.



I used paste and metal stencils for the focus on the next two cards...and placed rhinestones in the petals before the paste dried.




The balloons are stamped twice and popped up... I really did try to keep this set simple.


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These are a few cards I made for Father's day. My own dad is deceased, but there are a few fathers I try to remember on this day... I have 5 brothers, and 2 brother-in-laws. Again, I tried to keep them simple. I had two other designs which were delivered without being photographed (by accident). Oh well...




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This flower bouquet came from one of my neighbors who is also a very nice friend to me. She actually gave these to me as part of a "Thank-you" to me for giving her a gift. I told her you aren't supposed to give a gift when someone gives you a gift! But it is all much appreciated. She doesn't know quite yet (but is about to find out) how she is feeding my craft addiction... :)
It was such a nice and lovely surprise. The flowers were so beautiful. They were like a peachy color. I never saw roses that color. I know I DON'T get out much... ;)


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Scrap-Escape

And this is my new craft group called "Scrap-Escape". I jumped on a leap of faith to join this group. It is something I have wanted to do, but couldn't find the right time. Well, it still is not the right time, but I joined anyway. And I will try to participate as often as I can. I have already made more new friends. There is something to be said for being in the company of people that share and understand your feelings for a particular "thing". In this case it is any type of crafting you are into. So much to share and learn...
There are several other ladies not in the photo. This was our first meet-up, and many just couldn't make it. But as we progress together more ladies will participate. This is a group in the Philadelphia area. There is a lot of talent to be shared. We met in a nice craft store over in New Jersey that I never would have found if not for this group. :)
We did one group project, and brought some individual crafts we had made in order to show our interests. I worked on my father's day cards. I could have done more. I will have to be better organized next time. :)
I'm looking forward to our next gatherings which should be monthly...



And finally a thank you card I gave to some special folks this year. I really liked how it turned out. The image is a photograph of a piece of museum art work. I have a collection of them, and will make a notecard set of them some time in the future (smile) I think it is striking. I hope they liked it. That gold paper is some of the nicest I own. It is embossed with the coolest design. I wanted to make a quick statement, and I thought it complimented nicely. It's by The Paper Company.


Thanks for visiting as always. If you haven't signed up as a follower, please do- I would so appreciate it. One day I'm gonna get around to giving away some of that stuff called "blog candy". I think I will have lots of it after reorganizing... ;)

Hugs!!
Rae