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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Impression Obsession Thursday Designer Challenge-Friends Forever

Good Morning!!!! 
Hope you're week has been going well. Yesterday was a long day and since i'm blogging this the night before you read it, I'm going to keep it short and sweet!!!
The challenge today is Friends forever!
I like this challenge because I know I'm blessed with forever friends, but have had a very strong reminder of the love and support that surrounds me and my family through my dads illness
It never ceases to amaze me. As I mentioned before, creating cards is my solace;brings me peace of mind and is but a brief escape from all that is going on around me. I know that I will be creating a lot of friendship cards in the next little while, because I have some very worthy recipients.
I also wanted to stress how thankful i've been for the comments of support in the last few weeks. Although I don't know some of you, it doesn't lessen the wonderful feeling to know that other's care. You truly do bless me 

As you can see, the card is very clean and simple. I Stamped the Poppies alone stamp onto heavy weight white cardstock in Versamark and embossed. Then I dug out my old Stampin Up Watercolour pencils and coloured the image very loosely.
I added the sentiment from mini inspirations 3 and Voila! The card was finished!!!!

'Kay, so I want to see your creations this week......Please play along! You have a very good chance of winning a gift certificate.




 

Happy Stamping!

--Vicki~~
Monday, February 1, 2016

The Happiest of Birthdays



Good Morning

I hope you enjoyed a nice weekend. 

Our weekend was good. Dad had many Visitors, which is keeping his spirits up.

On Friday evening a couple of my good friends came to the house and we had a little "Jam" for him. He loves Bluegrass Music. My friend Sean is an amazing fiddle player, so along with Randy, Cody and myself, we managed to keep the music flowing for a couple of hours. Given that Dad had his first radiation treatment to his Kidney on Friday, he was a little bit tired; but he said he truly enjoyed his surprise. I have a couple of other friends who play bluegrass and old Country Music. Next time, we'll surprise him with a Banjo player!

Dad will have four more radiation treatments this week. They have told him to expect more side effects this time because the Kidney is so close to the stomach. I hope that he tolerates it well and that it doesn't make him weaker. His Visitors definitely keep his spirits up!

Here's a Clean and simple card share for you today
I created it for the CAS and TLC challenges over at Splitcoaststampers

First I made a washed background with Dylusions paint, adding some extra splashes of colour wet on wet. Once the background was dry, I stamped the Dandelion stamp and the Happiest of Birthdays from Mini Inspirations 3 in Blackberry Bliss. I then went in with purple and white paint and flicked more colour on for added texture. I did have purple gems to add the the middles of the dandelions, but I actually preferred the brown and blue centers.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

--Vicki~~
Monday, January 25, 2016

X's and O's








How was your weekend? We had several visitors over the weekend. Dad was very happy to see his three nieces who came to visit from the Greater Toronto Area. We hadn't seen them in a very long time and it was lovely that they made the visit down. I had a little time to make this clean and simple Valentine Card. It came together quite quickly and I was inspired by the Splitcoaststamper Clean and Simple Challenge. I used the following products.


Both from Impression Obsession Stamps 


Embossing Folder and Designer Paper from Stampin' UP!

For those of you that left lovely comments with regard to my last post about my Father; your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated. I also noticed I lost a few followers after that post. 
Perhaps they only wish to see my cards, however my blog is about my life. Creations, trials, tribulations, successes. For a very long time I got away from the more personal aspect of my blog, but my musings are as much a part of me as my cards and paper crafts. For those of you that appreciate that, I appreciate you. 

Have a wonderful week and i'll be back soon

--Vicki~~


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Facing Mortality


It's been a really rough few days. We got the news that Dad's cancer is an aggressive one and is not curable. Although it didn't come as a total shock, the news still bit like a cold north wind on my exposed cheeks. It's very difficult to watch someone be told that they are on borrowed time. Granted, as my Father says, he's had 80 good years. Nevertheless I wonder whether it's easier to pass suddenly. oblivious to the fact that you are living your last minutes or to have some time, but to have to deal with the deterioration of your body and the pain that accompanies that.

We are blessed to have so many people that care for us. The sidewalk leads a steady stream of visitors to the door, the ring of the phone a constant. Offers of help, support and kind words make us feel so very loved. 

It's funny the degree to which memories surface when you are spending time together. As we sat in the den last night I recalled our father daughter trip to Florida. At that time we lived in Brighton in a Victorian Home that we rented from a nice elderly lady. My Father, being the kind fellow that he was used to drive her to Florida in the Fall and Fly down to drive her back to Dresden in the Spring. I was lucky to accompany him on one of those trips, spending a week in West Palm Beach. Of course he took me to Disney World. It was a small park then in comparison to now, but I remember it being a pretty great day. I was disappointed that "it's a small world" was closed down, but really enjoyed the Pirates of the Caribbean. Fast forward to the teacup ride. I was spinning the cup so fast that Dad started to look a little green and insisted that I slow it down a bit-party pooper! (grin) On to the haunted house, which gave him a little reprieve from the fast lane. 

I took Jonathon to Disney when he was around eight years old. Things had changed immensely since I was ten. It was strange, but "it's a small world" was again closed down for renovations, but the teacups and the haunted house were just as they were 3o years earlier. 

I guess through this whole process, many memories and emotions will surface. My musings bring me comfort. In that comfort I shall find the strength that I need to remain as positive as possible and bring comfort to those around me. My biggest comfort is  my belief that when he leaves this earth, his life is not over, but rather his next journey begins. Is it a better place as everyone says, or is it just another place, another journey? My wish is that his last days are good days and filled with the love of family and good friends



Dad and his "bestest" buddy



                     Vicki


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Flower Power! Impression Obsession Designer Challenge


Good Morning! Sorry I was running a little late this morning as I've had a few busy days. I also intended to take a very short walk this morning, however although it was a frosty -14, the sun was shining so beautifully we walked a little further.





 Although I'm a fan of all the Artists at IO stamps, I love love love the images of one of the newer artists, Lindsay Ostrom! This image is called Pretty l'il flowers. isn't it the sweetest???

I completed the panel with the sentiment from 

Make sure you share your flower power and enter your card for a chance to win some goodies from Impression Obsession~

 Be sure to check out the designer blogs for some inspiration


Happy Stamping~


--Vicki~~
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Little Bandage makes a difference!



I was really excited when I got my TSOL stamps for this month! It's the cutest little bandage set ever~ I created this fun card for my class this week! I wanted to make more cards in this colour combo 'cause it's SO retro~ 

The stamp set is Bandages2stamp

Cardstock is from Stampin' Up!

Stay tuned for a fun announcement!!!

Hugs and Love,

Vicki

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Two Hearts-One Love


Things have settle down a bit here at home. Dad had been in the Hospital since the 29th of December and gladly, we got him home on Friday. He looks much better since he has been eating and resting a little more than he had been in the hospital. He's been blessed to have many caring friends; a day hasn't went by without at least a visit or two and several phone calls. It's a huge relief to have him here, which will allow us to get back into our regular routines.

I created this card for this weeks stamping class. I'll have a few to share with you over the next little while, but this one's the prettiest I think

I wanted to use some of the many hearts stamps from the Impression Obsession Spring Release. I love hearts in all shapes and sizes and managed to use a few on my card~




Designer Paper and Cardstock is from Stampin' Up~