Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Simply Life

Hey friends, it's been a tough week.

Things have been really real.

Like, realer than real ~ joy and sorrow all wrapped up into what is simply life.

Long story short...we celebrated my second girlie's graduation (yay!!!) on the 13th...but literally two hours before guests arrived...

we got a call that my mother-in-law was found dead...she had passed in her sleep.


What do you say, do, THINK...

in a situation like that?

My thoughts...
Please help me Jesus.

He did.

I called my prayer warrior friends...wiped my eyes... and we
still welcomed people to our home.

With our hearts breaking we celebrated...

...because Grammie would have wanted it...

because her death and absence was not going to get any easier from this day on...

and because God gave us the grace to do this...this day.

The day my husband lost his mother...

my girlies lost their grandmother...

and I lost my friend.

Plus, if you knew my mother-in-law...you knew she would have been MAAAAD if we didn't move forward with this gathering to celebrate my Shelby.

Here's a shot of what we prepared before guests arrived (literally last decoration hung before that heart wrenching phone call)...

God wasn't surprised by the timing, I just know it.

Hours earlier, and we would have scratched the whole thing, obviously.

However, people that love us were coming here to celebrate...and what would my daughter have to remember that day?

Guests arrived...hugged us and loved on us and we all tried our best to process the shock.

It really was a beautiful day...despite it being such a shockingly sad day too.

It's amazing how God helps us with that.

Oh yah...you came to see my card...

(stamps:Verve Borderline/Coffee Helps  dies:Verve Mini Bookplate)

 It's simple, but straight, and straight is an accomplishment for me!



 Hope I didn't bum you out...that wasn't my intention.

I'm all over the place with emotions this week~I hope you understand.

Please bear with me friends.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Never Forget a Great Friend

I've got great friends scattered all over the globe~I'm sure you do, too!

Ugh, I hated the goodbye when it happens, but life moves us all over the place, and it just IS.

This sentiment is appropos~but I'm hoping I don't have to use it anytime soon, you feel me?

(stamp:My Favorite Things LJD Forget Me Not  dies:My Favorite Things Horizontal Stitched Strips  other:Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets)

I think the floral image works well for this monochromatic look at the first day of CAMP.

How fun is this campy kind of challenge???


I love this...camp fun without the mosquitoes and awkward cabin changing.

Last time I actually stayed at a women's camp...I woke up scolding "my kid" ruffling through stuff.

UM, it was a fellow camper I had just met that day.

so. embarrassing. 

She was all chill.

I, on the other hand, was mortified.

This kind of camp, where I'm sleeping in my own bed,

 is safer for everyone. ;)



I'm also submitting this to

(forget me not stamps and word "forget")


 Thanks for stopping by today~

Monday, August 8, 2016


"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" 
Hebrews 11:1

(stamp: Verve Great Friend  dies:Simon Says Stamp Painted Faith,My Favorite Things Rolling Hills/Wonky Stitched Circle)

I was inspired by this beautiful sketch,



and peridot. :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Because You Make Me Laugh

Because I already had the supplies out, and there was this cool negative left by my previous Because You die~I made a card for my daughter.

She seriously makes me laugh until my sides ache!!!

(stamp:My Favorite Things Because You  dies:Because You/Wonky Stitched Circle/Horizontal Stitched Strips, Newton's Nook Darling Hearts)

Because this sketch inspired me...


Because anything can go here...

Because when I have a theme...I run with it.....

Because I care enough about you to let you move on with your day....  ;)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Because Because

Crafty time was squeezed in between life...

(stamp:My Favorite Things Because You  dies:Because You/Wonky Stitched Circle)

I pause with multipanel patterned sheets, know what I'm talking about?

 The ones that have sample designs from the same pack.

It's like a party of guests trying to hang out in harmony.

The Time Out challenge photo this week inspired me to merge various patterns together, which were cut from the same sheet.

(the cluster of various lamps inspired my collage of circles/framed letters caught my attention, so I used the pattern that had letters & numbers)

Simon Says (Wednesday):Anything Goes

(pink shadow/girly patterns)

Thanks for stopping by to visit, friends!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

All I Want to Do is Craft

There's a long list of things I need to do, but all I want to do is craft.

I know you won't tell, because I'm amongst friends. :)

Picked up some paper packs & dies and went for it~

(dies:My Favorite Things Gift Card Grooves/Dienamics Rolling Hills  paper:Nicole Go! Weekend,Studio Calico Amelia)

 Aaaah, gadgety fun!

The (bookmark?) is removable...and so is the paperclip ribbon.

A gift in a card is my new thing, me thinks. 

If I need a gift card holder in a pinch, this will do.

Ugh, now I have to do grown up stuff, wish me luck.

(layers and distressed edge on removable bookmark,ribbon bookmark,overlapping fence border)