Sunday, November 16, 2014

Good morning!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Special thanks to Mary Fish for selecting me as today's guest designer on her blog. This project was inspired by my soon to be 100 year old grandmother. She is an amazing woman who has been my compass in this world and to whom I owe everything I am. I gathered some of my favorite photos of her and created this display tray.
I   used the All is Calm DSP for the background in each space as I wanted a vintage look for this project. I cut out Gray and Lost Lagoon pieces, inked the edges with coordinating ink and glued each piece in. I then matted each photo with Whisper White and Black card stock and glued those in place. In the first photo, my grandmother, Amanda, was just fourteen years old. In the second photo, my grandparents are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. In the large photograph, my grandmother was in her early thirties and already had eight children. In the photograph that follows she was in her mid to late thirties. In the next photo she was in her early 40s. In the last photo my grandmother was in her late 70s.
Now the fun part! Embellishments! As you can see, I used stamped images, ribbon, brads, thinlits dies, and rhinestones to decorate my project.
My grandmother has been a presence in my life for as long as I can remember. My grandparents came to the United States after losing everything in the war that tore my country apart. Following my
grandfather's sudden death, she found herself alone at the age of 62 in a foreign country with three little girls, my to sisters and I, ages 7, 8, and 10. In spite of that, my grandmother managed to raise three professionals. She is my inspiration, my friend, my confidant, and this is my tribute to an incredible woman who has led an amazing life, my grandmother.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Welcome to the November Pals Blog Hop, we are thankful you stopped by.  This month we are showcasing projects that show our thanks, including both thank you and Thanksgiving themed projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Candy Ford's Blog at on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing projects.

My project is a thank you card. I scored the top layer of cardstock to create a crisscross pattern. I then inked the edges and the entire surface. The poppies were stamped on watercolor paper and were colored with Stampin' Up markers. I cut the flowers out to create a three dimensional look.
The next stop is Brian King #3 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

Final Line-Up: 

  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

  2. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries

  3. Brian King at Stamp with Brian

  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom

  5. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin

  6. Rae Harper-Burnet at

  7. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought...Cards by Amy

  8. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events

  9. September Gray at

  10. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp

  11. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat

  12. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings

  13. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!

  14. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards

  15. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit

  16. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains

  17. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping

  18. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty

  19. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan

  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper

  21. Beth Beard at My little craft blog

  22. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations

  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti

  24. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'

  25. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie

  26. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn

  27. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...

  28. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully

  29. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping

  30. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky

  31. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles

  32. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine

  33. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space