Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Party In Heaven

   Tuesday morning I held my mother's hand as she left this world after a long illness. She left leaving a huge hole in my heart. I had a 90th birthday party planned for her today Feb. 23rd. I can't believe that she is gone. Even though in my heart I knew that she was ready, I kept making plans for yet another activity as though they would give her something to live for. I finally realized that she was waiting for me to let her go. So in the early morning hours I held her hand and thanked her for being my mother. I told her that I would miss her but that I would be alright. That she could go. All the time that I thought I was taking care of mom she was really taking care of me. She took two small breaths and went to heaven to be with my dad. They have been waiting for 16 years to be together again.


   Today I took what was to be her birthday cake to the nursing home that she lived in. I had the wording changed from "Happy 90th Birthday" to "Thank You From The Family Of Betty Redmond".
   I know there is a party in heaven. The two lifelong friends and lovers are reunited again. While they are celebrating their reunion we are eating cake on earth.


   I know that I should be happy for Mom and Dad, and I am. I am just sorry for me. I've lost my best friend and nagging Mother.

Take Care
Kathy
 

Friday, February 15, 2013

ATC's From A Friend

   Yesterday a small package came in the mail. It was from a friend. I was so excited to see all these beautiful ATC's fall from it. They are so beautiful that I just had to share them with you. I'm sure after you look at them that you will be envious and wish that you had a friend like mine.

                                                                      Kitty

                                                                       Kitty

                                                                        Kitty

                                                                      Kitty

                                                                       Kitty

                                                                      Kitty

                                                                        Kitty

   Can you imagine, she wanted to know which one I liked best! How could I ever choose? I love them all!
Thank you Kitty.

Take Care
Kathy

  

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentines For Friends ATC Swap


   Valentine's Day comes this time every year. I never send or make valentines for anyone. I just hope that hubby doesn't forget my box of chocolates. The bigger the better. This year I joined a Valentine themed ATC swap. I have so many heart shaped stickers. I thought it would be easy. Just grab some of them and stick them down on some card stock. It wasn't easy. I'm not one for gushy sentiments. It's hard to send them to those I love. Sending hearts to a stranger is even harder!



    I painted the edge of white card stock with a mix of Espresso and Bronze acrylic paint. While it was drying I downloaded and re-sized the picture of the coffee cup with the heart. I have had this picture for a long time. I have just been waiting for the chance to use it. I used Glossy Accents on the coffee heart. After it was dry I went back in and covered the whole coffee including the foam in the cup. Before the foam was dry I textured it using a brush to make it bumpy. I put Glossy Accents over the chocolate heart. I then used red glitter glue on top of the red foil wrapped heart candies. Using a heart punch I punched a heart out of red glittered craft foam. I punched 4U from a red glittered gift bag and glued them all in place. I added crystal glitter glue to the bead fob lying next to the saucer. I finished this ATC by matting it on top of the white card stock that I had previously painted.


   For this ATC I scanned and re-sized a sheet of scrapbook paper. I do a lot of scanning and re-sizing because the print on most scrapbook paper is too large to use for ATC's.  I mounted it on white card stock. Then with my Wizard I cut from pink vellum the heart and the letters BFF and glued them in place. I cut another heart from red card stock and glued it in place. I then layered the paper flower and set a rhinestone in the center and glued it in place.



    Once again I scanned and re-sized the scrapbook paper for the background. I glued it to white card stock. I once again cut some hearts with my Wizard out of vellum. I then cut out some hearts from tin foil. Then I arranged the hearts along with some Angelina Fibers inside of a Thermal Laminating pouch and ran it through my heat laminator. I trimmed them to size. Then I laid one over the other and using a punch I put a hole through them. I put an eyelet in the transparent one and then tied the two together with a silver ribbon. This ATC was kind of fun. I have been wanting to play with my laminator for quite some time.
   Well so much for the heart shaped stickers. I put them away without ever using one. No wonder that I have had them forever!



                                                                 THESE ARE THE ATC'S THAT I RECEIVED

                                                                           Brenda Shields
       


                                                                        Sharon L. Bakke


                                                                         Sandie Hamel
                                        
 

   The first card didn't photograph well. It has a little bear holograph on it that tricked my camera. One way it says " Miss Ya' and the other way it says "Text Me".  I liked the way that someone other than me played with the theme. I love these cards, each is special in their own way.

Take Care
Kathy