My wonderful friend Angela and a group of her friends are walking in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. It's a great fundraiser for the ACS- they camp out around a school track and walk 24 hours, since cancer never takes a break (unfortunately I have had first hand experience & know how true that is). They raise much needed funds for those affected by cancer. I'm so proud of Angela (and all the incredible volunteers!) for what she's doing and made this card in her honor.....I had a fun time working with Distress Ink stains, Glitz stamps and various punches. Hope you have a special friend in your life too :).
A friend down the street from me just lost her battle with cancer this morning. I was blessed to have known her and her family for a long time now. I was very glad to have been able to say goodbye the day before, but so sad to lose her. I know my neighborhood will not feel the same without her.....Life can be so bittersweet sometimes. I'm sending love to Carolyn as she begins a new journey, prayers for her family as they navigate without her, and hopes that we all can remember to live life to the fullest :).
Dream come true! This is what my husband gave me for Mother's Day...and incredibly he designed it himself! (I better watch out, if he gets into paper crafting he might be my competition!). It's a beautiful trunk from Micheals thoughtfully filled with roses, craft supplies, skittles (my weakness) and each one of the envelopes you see are to my favorite crafty stores. It was like Christmas opening everything. It was unbelievable! My oldest son gave me a beautiful bracelet he bought at the Stanford Powwow he goes to with his grandmother every year, and a funky craft book. I can't wait to try some of the projects. My youngest son made me a great picture in a frame using macaroni and beans. So cool. It was the perfect Mother's day- not because of the wonderful presents, but because I was with my beautiful boys and my thoughtful husband. Hope you were surrounded by loved ones today too :).
Working on Mother's day gifts...I'm making tea cup pin cushions. They are so cute and really fun to make. I searched through my favorite thrift store and found the perfect tea cups and saucers. The rest came together pretty easily. I've made one each for my mother and two sisters, one for my sister-in-law and another couple for my sons' grandmother and my mother-in-law. When I have time I need to remember to make one for myself! Hope you have as many wonderful women in your life as I do :).
Thinking about my aunt today...she is a very special person in my life and has been through the wringer this year. She is one strong woman and has been quite an inspiration to me. She's the kind of person who's always there for someone else- ready to help out in any way she can. I wish I could be there for her as she is going through this tough time. She's in southern California and I'm up here in northern California. So I'll be sending my love and hoping that she knows how much I care for her. Hope you have someone special like that in your life too :).
Feeling very happy today....Paper Crafts Magazine included my name and blog as they introduced "newbies" (card designers that have never been published before) who have been blessed to have a card in their new Card Creations Volume 10 publication out on newsstands now. It's a great magazine filled with lots and lots of eye candy & inspiration. I'm so excited to be a part of it and created a little something to express my feelings. They really are SO NICE! Hope someone was nice to you today too :).
Thinking about my parents and their life together....It's my father's birthday today, and even though we lost him 4 years ago, his love is still strong. My parents would have been married 47 years in July. I'm so glad to have been blessed with so many fantastic memories of a wonderful dad, but sad that my mom misses him so much.....True love never fades. Hope you have someone wonderful in your life too :).