Monday, June 17, 2019

"Getting Dirty"

Good Monday, June 17, 2019 to all the beautiful people.
It's summer school break and I don't enjoy it as much as I did when I was working in the school system.  Why?  Good question.  Our neighborhood which used to be very quiet and everyone respected your property went out the door when people from the city moved down to our little country neighborhood.  The children don't have any or no respect for their property or our property.  They walked through the yard.  They cut through our property on their bikes.  They drop trash in the grass as they walk through the property.  They stand in front of the house with loud voices and carry on conversations that involves profanity most of the time.  Can the cops be called?  Sure, but by the time they reach the neighborhood, the teenagers have disappeared and ran through the woods to another street. When school closed on Friday these incidents started happening and we know it will last throughout the summer.  Signs posted that reads...NO TRESPASSING, doesn't help.  They are being ignored or taken down as they were during the Christmas and Spring break.
Don't get me wrong.  I love summer breaks for the children and I do love children.  These teenagers we are dealing with don't respect their parents and you know they are not respecting us.  My DH said he spoke to one on Friday and the young fella never stopped riding his bicycle through our yard.  He acted as if no one was talking to him.
My title today is..."Getting Dirty".  Do we lower our standards and deal with these teenagers with profanity and threats?  Do we continue to post No Trespassing signs and call the cops when they want to linger in our vicinity longer than necessary?   Do we just ignore their behavior because speaking to them will cause us consequences ( shooting at us or our house; spray painting graffiti on our property; puncturing holes in the car tires; ganging up on us while we work in our own yard).
Here is the card I'm sharing for today:
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Enabler's List
Cardstock: Neenah Creative Collection (mint); Polkadot green and beige from my stash; brown from Tonic Studio; polkadot gold and beige from Hunkydory Vintage Glamour; Recollection grey ; Paperandmore green; and Neenah white
sentiment from Cosmos Cricket tiny words.
die: Tattered Lace 3D Decoupage Gardenia Diamond

“Just like the lotus we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world.”
“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.” – Goldie Hawn

Have a great, enjoyable day.

Sending you a hug and love,
Lois

Friday, June 14, 2019

"I"ve Missed Sharing With You"

Hello to all the beautiful people.
It's Friday, June 14, 2019.
It seems like a long, long time since I last shared something with you.  I've had so much to do and some places I had to go to that kept me from sharing my creations.
We are happy to report that our granddaughter has made it to the sixth grade.  We were out of town to attend her little transition ceremony from the fifth to the sixth grade.  One more transition ceremony when she gets to the eighth grade and the high school graduation before going on to college.  I pray that I'm still around to see her finish high school. 
So many friends with children and or grandchildren finishing a grade and moving on. 
When I did have a little time to create, I made tags for challenges on another site and a couple of cards for me to use when the need arise.
The tags had to be something pertaining to the garden, summer or beach.  Here are my creations:
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I made this tag for the Secret Partner Tag Swap hosted by Pam (FritillaryB) on Scrapbook.com
Grafix chipboard; PaperHouse 3D beach scene;  Seth Apter Baked Texture "dirty sand and ancient amber embossing powder; Tim Holtz vintage photo distress oxide; Marianne design tiny beach house die;  Spellbinders shoreline die; seashells; faux pearls; seed beads; Hildie & Jo bottle charm; Jolee's Boutique flip-flops

 This tag was also made for the Secret Partner Tag Swap.
 I used chipboard;  Tim Holtz "adorned die; Tim Holtz funky florals dies;  Aliexpress dies

This tag was one I did with a die cut from Tim Holtz called "paper cut bird".  I discarded the bird and used the pieces that surrounded the bird.  The bird I did use is an applique.


These are the cards I made to keep for myself.  The biblical one is for my bible journaling.  The next one will be used for a sympathy card.  It seems we are having a funeral in our neighborhood every week.  The last one is just a card that I will wait to put a sentiment on when I need a card.
 This was made with paper from Michael's and biblical stickers.  I am going to add this one at
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This is a card made with Hunkydory "floral wishes" decoupage sheet.
This card has cardstock from Hunkydory "vintage glamor; dies from Aliexpress (diamond and tulips).

I did not make all of these in one day.  I've been working on this and that in between doing other things but never finished a project to post daily.

Have a nice weekend and enjoy your time off.

Sending you a hug and love,
Lois

Friday, June 7, 2019

"Creating With Desk Leftovers"

Happy Friday to all the beautiful people.
Weekend, weekend,weekend,  I'm on my way.  I need a break from "doing".  Can you do this...can you do this...what about doing this....I need you to do this.  "Doing" is going away this weekend and I'm going to be selfish.  I need a break.  Come see me on Monday when I have relaxed from "doing".
Just to clear my mind and focus for just a few minutes this morning...  In cleaning my desk, I decided to put together an item from here and there to create a card.  Nothing to jump up for joy about but it saves from throwing good stuff away. 
Take a look and enjoy this creation:
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After fixing several cards this week for a client, I had items left on my desk that I really didn't want to pack up for later or to throw away in the trash.  The paper came from Stamperia and Hunkydory.  The flourishes were from Tim Holtz die.  The bird, oval frame and ribbon were in a bag of small items that I debated about using on some of the other projects.  The flower is three layers of old, old pieces that I still had.  I put them all together to finally get rid of them.    As I stated, this is nothing to jump up for joy about.  It will eventually go in the box to be given away to the "soldiers".  I'm sure someone will find a person to pass this card to in the future.

Please join me in taking a break to relax, rejuvenate and rejoice this weekend.  Life is full of unexpected surprises and we must take care of our mind, body and soul.
Thanks for viewing.

Sending you a hug and love,
Lois

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

"I've Been Working For A Client"

Hello, hello, hello...Welcome to the blog on this Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
I've been a little busy bee in my craft  space trying to get some cards made for my client.    Also, I was really sick and not feeling well on Monday.  I don't know whether I had a virus or not.  I was so dizzy that I couldn't stand or walk without holding on to something for support.  Crafting was out of the picture which put me so far behind in this area.  Yesterday was another time consuming day and I couldn't post some of the items I had made. 
Here are some of the items I made for my client and the last one is one I made for a challenge on another site:
 

 

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This is the only card that I will reference today.  This is the one that will be posted on other sites.

Enabler's List:
Cardstock: beige and bronze PaperandMore; "buff" paper pad by Julie Nutting; brown and black from Recollections; DP from Stamperia Paper Rose with Scripture and Mintay "7th Heaven"
embellishment: Prima and Wild Orchid mulberry flowers.
followed SC752

What have you been doing?  How is the garden growing?  Were you in the tornado zone last week and have had flooding?
Virginia Beach, VA...if you listen to the news, there was shooting and killing of 12 innocent people last week while they were in their work environment.  I'm hoping lawmakers can do something pertaining to gun control in this world.  Enough is enough!  Let's write to our Congress, State leaders and lawmakers to see if this will help  make a difference.  The minister at my church talked about change doesn't take place not unless you've given or done your part.  So let's start with the letter writing.

Thanks so much for your time, comments and support.

Sending you a hug and love,
Lois

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

"Wednesday's Word"

Good day to all the beautiful people.
Storms, tornadoes, heavy rain, flooding...are you safe?
We are having some very, very hot weather.  Staying hydrated and spending less time outside is a winner for me.  Hopefully when I have to venture out on Friday, the weather will be a little bit quieter and less hot.
I talked about things that I had wanted to do during this year.  Well, I pulled out a blank pocket letter. some cardstock and embellishments to see what I could create. I didn't have a specific idea in mind.
Take a look at the finished project:
Items Used:
Paper from Mintay "7th Heaven" and  Recollections light blue.
Die: Tim Holtz "crochet" and Spellbinders "Love Letters"
Embellishments: K & Company Nature Layered Accents Butterfly; American Craft Wood Veneer; Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish; Tim Holtz paper dolls; 7gypsies ornate findings

It's Wednesday and what is so good about this day...I can share a WORD from the bible for your enjoyment.  This scripture comes from Psalm 107:1
Let's praise God for all HE has done for us.
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Enabler's List:
Cardstock: Neenah white; Hunkydory pattern; Paperandmore navy blue; DP from Stamperia Azulejos
Die: Heartfelt flowers; Tim Holtz adorned die and Tim Holtz crochet die; Cuttlebug Up In The Sky (dragonfly)
sentiment from Paper Studio stick.a.bilities
faux gems from Jot

Thanks so much for your continued support and kindness.  Please come back for more inspiration.

Sending you a hug and love,
Lois