Saturday, February 16, 2019

For Dad, with love~

It will be my dad's 85th birthday next month; but it will be the first one without my mom by his side in almost 72 years..
They met at about the age of 12, in 6th grade!  and fell in love~  They have been devoted to each other all these years.
Since my mom went to Heaven in July, we have all felt the loss deeply - and of course, dad has felt it most acutely.   Married 65 years! That really is a lifetime, isn't it?
We are very proud of him and how he is carrying on with his music and doing his best to keep busy and productive; with a very broken heart~
This photo was taken when they were working in an office together for a while.   I believe it was before they were actually married.
I created this on a small paper bag,  and it will be filled with his favorite candy! (Tootsie Rolls : )
 and perhaps a gift card to a favorite restaurant or something~



It's a real 'eclectic' mix of papers and such, but I've incorporated things that have meaning to me as well.
There is stitching, thread, and a few 'button' cards (the yellowish 25c card & the pale green one) remembering all the sewing my mother did~  When we were growing up she made almost all of our clothes.
 

There's a bit of sheet music paper just above the 'Happy Birthday' that hints of dads musical ability~
He played 7 different instruments in his lifetime, and is still playing the piano and clarinet. 
I used bits of ticket stub and filmstrip, reminding me of all the symphony's and musicals they took us too!  For many years they would buy 3 season tickets, and each of us 6 kids would get one turn to go out for a special night with mom & dad! 
My love and thanks to you friends!! for taking time to peek in and see my card today~
I am still playing a little bit of 'catch-up' in my blog visiting, but I hope to stop in and see you soon~
Hugs to you, 
Karen

Thursday, February 7, 2019

2nd time around~ & Please follow on Bloglovin!

Hi friends~  I hope all is well for you?  I'm doing pretty well, despite the 'deep-freeze' that has settled down upon us here in north-west Montana, USA.  Near freezing and below for several days/nights.
Even next week we will have <minus> over-night temperatures! Brrrrrr!

Please know that Google+ will be gone soon!! and so I've added a button:
 "Follow me with Bloglovin"
 near the top right on my blog - if you would care to follow that way  <3
I am pretty I.T.  illiterate! and don't understand what exactly will happen in April; but I hope to get better informed - so I don't loose my following at your place!  I enjoy Every blog I follow, and don't want to miss anything because I can't find you!~

I wanted to tell you, I have grown to love   Our monthly link up party  Simply Neutrals Tuesday at Wens' blog every month,
 
And so  - - I had to reach back into my past and find a "neutral"  to enter!
My creating has been so - - limited lately, and I did not have the time or mojo to get something new ready for today~  : /
                  "It's A Good Day"
This is one of the  . . .grungiest! cards I've ever made, and it happens to be one of my very favorites as well~  A birthday card for my nephew.
 I know Wendy is flexible about adding bits of color, so I'm hoping she will accept this for submission : )
I used:  Lots of layers of kraft cardstock, Kraft patterned paper, Burlap, twine, stamping words and postage, metal 'screw' brads - and the colorful bird w/music is actually from some (Prima?) packaging~
There's lots of  washi tape too, and if you can see him, the little bird resting on the "fun day" sign? he was die cut from some paper that was covered in pieces of washi.

So, there it is for me today.  : )  I hope you have a blessed week-end ahead!  And happy crafting time too~
Hugs to all.
Karen

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

just getting started~

Greetings friends in Blogland!  I was able to finish my business in CO earlier than planned <3 Whew~ and I've been home in MT now for a week; barely! : )  It was a good (and adventurous) trip - perhaps I'll share some of that one day ; ),  but for now I want to share the little bit of inspiration I have found at my craft table, since being home. (Mind you, the weather is Dreary! so lighting is bad)
A little tag I put together with some things on hand.  About 5"X3" (12.7X7.62cm)
The base paper (roses) is from an older collection by  Mr. T. Holtz,~  I punched the black strip, added T. Holtz tissue paper (nest) with some Modge Podge, and the 'bird and words' are paper by Jenni Bowlin.
I framed the edges (of the bird & words) with some tiny snippets of cotton lace that I recently received from my friend Jesse @ Lace Age Girl blog- Thank you dear Jesse!!  She blessed me with some belated Christmas cheer : )

 I think it added just the right touch to my simple start of new year creating.

 I must admit, the first card I created when I sat down to 'craft' (after being gone for weeks)  I really don't want to show you! (yikes)  Does that never happen to you?  It happens w/me more than I care to tell  : /   I start out with some (great wonderful fantastic) ideas; and then it's all Downhill from there!!  Oh well, I'm learning as I go~  I keep trying!  And feeling free to have fun AND make some mistakes along the way.  How 'bout you? 
Wishing you all a creative week ahead and lots of blessings too~
Karen~~~

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Big hello and some old treasures too~

Hello my friends in Blogland : )   And I noticed little 'ol me has a few new followers here @ Roosterhead Designs; and I want to sincerely Thank You!! for including me in your Reading List!
 I am not sure how to find your blog? to properly pay a visit : ) But thank you all the same~

 I'm still away from my crafting for a few more weeks, but I just wanted to say hi to all and wish you a blessed week-end ahead <3
I am including 2 (7") paper bag cards I made from Maja Design papers.  This was Many Moons Ago!
The tag is for writing out your sentiment and then it slides into the bag,  along with a gift or little treat.   I layered several papers from the "Vintage Autumn Basics" line,  and did some machine stitching too.  There's a bit of white corrugated board and twine and seam binding bow; {per usual : }
     I've also added a few buttons from Gramma's jar.

 Here below is one with a sewing theme!  Love the teeny wood spool accent and the 'scissors' washi tape~  There is a band of lace under the pale blue horizontal bow.  Some paper punching and postal stamping too~
I don't know that I ever had some much fun with any one paper company than I have with Maja design papers.  Although they come from Sweden (so shipping is $$,) they are of the utmost quality; thick and lovely! The colors and themes are rich & beautiful.  OK, that's my free commercial for Maja.

I am enjoying the little time I do have (while on work assignment) to visit around blogs and see what winter and pre-spring ideas are popping up!  I think momentum is building : ) LOL
Again,  have a blessed week-end, which I hope includes a bit of outdoors and creativity too.
~Karen~