Pinktober 2016 Wreath


Back in June, I had the pleasure of creating party decor for the 90th birthday of a close friend’s mom. My friend wanted understated elegance ar-table-decor-2and not too expensive; her mom loved pinks and girly; and “bling” was essential for all.  So we ended up with simple white fabric cloths topped with equally simple, but stunning, vases filled with lush pink silk blossoms.  The original table arrangements are pictured here on the right.  We were all very pleased with the results and the sweet birthday girl had a wonderful party filled with friends, family, good food and fun, and much-deserved joy.

As it turned out, the 90th would be our birthday girl’s final one; sweet Annie Ruth passed peacefully in her sleep about a month after her big day. No matter the age of our moms, when they leave us, it’s always too early, always heartbreaking, and always leaves us with a gaping hole in our lives. We’d barely had time to put away the leftover trappings from a festive birthday party before my friend was planning a funeral.  No words can convey how hard this was, of course.

I wanted to do something for my friend as she grieved, as a reminder to her of the wonderful gift she’d given her mom–a token from the party that had been such a highlight of sweet AR’s last days.  So I took apart all those lovely pink blossoms from the birthday table flowers, disassembled all the lengths of pearl garland used, and determined to be creative with a dual purpose: as my friend is a breast cancer survivor, a new combination Pinktober observance and birthday-party-souvenir wreath would be born. And it would be very girly in honor of both of the ladies I adore: one is a friend (for literal decades now!) that I’m grateful is a 4-year breast cancer survivor; the other, her sweet now-sadly-gone mom whom I have learned to love with all my heart, too.  So, an AR Pinktober special it is:


I can’t help but look at this and think how much my own mom–who wasn’t so fortunate ar-pink-wreath2in her breast cancer battle (now 26 years ago)–would also love this creation. As my mom celebrates yet another October birthday in Heaven, this year, I’d like to think that Cissy and Annie Ruth are looking down on their girls (and all their progeny) with smiles and love … and forgiving me once again for my inability to type this without shedding a bunch of tears.

Happy Pinktober; hug your moms close. And remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month–and it IS a big deal.

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A country fair and fundraising


Every year, a friend and I craft our hearts making various items for various crafts shows in our area….all in an effort to do some fundraising for our American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Team, which we’ve dubbed “Friends for Life”.  The Team name is a play on both the concept of Relay for Life, and the fact that we–and most of our team mates have BEEN friends for most of our lives.

This year’s crafts fair is the biggest one we’ve tried, and we had a good bit of success with our first effort there.  We had a lot of interest, a reasonable amount of sales, and I had the joy of sharing the fact that Relay for Life offers cancer-survivor activities at the yearly event with a few folks who weren’t aware of them. As a cancer survivor myself, being able to connect with others who have their own “battle-stories” and letting them know about how Relay works–it’s a very good thing.

To find out more about the American Cancer Society, go here.  You’ll find links with tons of information for you or a loved one dealing with cancer. And for more information on Relay for Life, our Team’s facebook page is here. We’ve already had our 2016 event and are gearing up for 2017–always looking forward. Getting involved with a Relay in your area is a way to celebrate life, remember and honor our loved ones with cancer, and to help fight back against this awful disease.praters-5

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A really special birthday


Ninety.  90 years.
–that’s how many years Annie Ruth has been making the world a better place.

Finally got to celebrate the big day for my friend’s mom. All the literal weeks and months of preparation were well worth it as the birthday girl was feted by friends and family to an afternoon of lots of food, fun, and laughter.  And a lot of memories were shared.


Simple but elegant table arrangements, a happy birthday banner, lovingly made and set up with a photo memory display of the birthday girl through the years — these were the things I created to contribute to the festivities. We set up in an event room at my friend’s church, so we had a lot of room to work with. Good thing, coz once everyone got there, the place was packed.  And the guests enjoyed reminiscing with the honoree over the photos–many of which her grandsons couldn’t remember ever seeing before!ar-pl-album-2016 They spent a good bit of time poring over the Project Life scrapbook-photo album I put together of the original family photos to provide a permanent keepsake. It totally made my many weeks of efforts with the uploading and editing of old family photos absolutely worth it, knowing how much joy it gave both the birthday girl and her guests getting to share these memories.

Of course there was good food–and what celebratory party would be complete without a delicious birthday cake?

A simple, but completely melt-in-your-mouth fabulous, sheet cake from a local baker was the order of the day.  I can’t bake, but I definitely could add some flowers and some bling to tie the cake in with the rest of the decorations for the room.  (Um, and then I may have eaten more than my fair share of this thing!)
And we had some equally delicious very pink punch, made by my friend especially to acknowledge her mom’s love of all things pink–especially very hot pink!–and some labelled-for-the-occasion water bottles, created by my sister.  My favorite label was the “1926” one, which included the names of well-known people born the same year as our honoree–definitely a conversation starter!

This was definitely a very special birthday party for a very special lady. Happy 90th, AR!

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A Big Birthday Banner


I had a lot of fun–and some very pink fingers–inking up a birthday banner for the upcoming major birthday bash for my friend’s mom. The SU banner kit, lots of ink, and a lot of time assembling the perfect pinks for our very-girly-girl honoree produced a fun focal point for the birthday gathering.

This thing ended up being so big (needed to take up lots of space in the event room), that I couldn’t even set it all up together to get photos, and will ultimately be linking back at a later time after this initial post to get the finished product accounted for.  This will be part of a complete grouping to include some foam-board displays set up with photos that I’ve scanned and enlarged of the honoree through the years.

And, as promised, here’s a look at the finished banner, set up in June at the actual event:


Yep, this thing was a BIG banner, for a very BIG birthday!  Happy 90th, Annie Ruth!

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Freshly Made Vintage Birthday

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Freshly Made Sketches provided the starting point for today’s clean-lined, but still vintage-vibed birthday card. FMS 233-001The sketch has a lot of room for interpretation and PROBABLY is intended to feature a lot of white space; mine is just filled with some lovely designer series paper instead.  This English Garden pack has some very soft and kind of dreamy patterns in it–very definitely evocative of a well-loved floral paradise, and very much in keeping with the tastes of the recipient of my card.

I also took liberties with the round shape in the layout. I substituted a signature bow (it’s Kris Bday2in a rounded shape, right?), made with both the seam binding ribbon and some retired Crumb Cake grosgrain-type ribbon that turned out to be the exact match for the color in the dsp that is  either a muted version of Hello Honey or Soft Suede (not sure which!). I had fun with the dsp, creating my horizontal stripe piece by simply cutting the diagonally-striped pattern in the pack to be the size and “direction” I wanted it to go. Kris Bday3

Here’s what I used (all SU):

  • Stamps: Perfect Pairings (SAB)
  • Ink: Night of Navy
  • Paper: Night of Navy and Whisper White Cardstocks; English Garden DSP
  • Tools: Curvy Corner Trio Punch
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon; Kraft (Crumb Cake) grosgrain (retired many moons ago); Thick Whisper White Bakers’ Twine (to tie up the bow with–leftover from a Paper Pumpkin); and a Night of Navy button from my stash

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Springy Floral Frame

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Here in my neck of the woods, we had a February that felt like Spring, and now that Spring is actually here per the calendar, it’s gotten much more like the weather we usually have in February.  Cold, damp, and kinda yucky (especially today).  I decided I’d try to tempt Spring back here by adding a bit of it to my room decor.

This little frame and the matching easel are in a style that is very much “me”–vintage, shabby-chic, and providing a starting point for seasonal changes. So far, I’ve changed it out to decorate for Autumn and Christmas–with simple inserts behind the glass–but this time I went all-out with some fru-fru on the outside of the frame, too.

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For a change, even though it’s topped with a signature bow, I’ve made the flowers more the focal point, punching out several shapes and sizes and adding in some shaped and scored leaves to give it more dimension. An old (and favorite) embossing folder, cut out along the embossed shape, provided some textural interest behind the glass, over a piece of some retired–but still well-loved–dsp.  The colors blend well with my room decor… and I’m REALLY hoping this will help summon Spring back my way!

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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Paper: Pacific Point, Pool Party, Night of Navy,  and Wild Wasabi Cardstocks; Painted Blooms DSP.
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy and Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon; Silver Brads 
  • Tools: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Petite Petals and Pansy Punches; Flower Garden Embossing Folder; and a whole lot of glue dots to put all those flowers and leaves on the frame!

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Hippo Bird-day, Sis

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I was so excited when I got my February Stamps of Life Die Hard set, because it reminded me so much of a very memorable birthday card my sister got for me years ago that we’ve quoted back and forth to each other through the years since. So, it was obvious what she was getting on HER birthday card this year.

The stamp set, hippo2stamp, has such cute sentiments and sweet little images, and I was able to quickly cut out Ms. Hippo with the matching die set.  I added some celebratory paper from Stampin’ Up! and some of the luscious SU! Watermelon Wonder ribbon to make it a tad more “girly”. But it’s still definitely fun and happy….er, “hippo”, for sure.  A super simple and fast card.

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March’s Mirror-Reflecting Joy

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The subject for March’s “monthly mirror project”–wherein I’m creating a new decorative insert appropriate to each month–was easily chosen, since Easter falls March Mirror 6in March this year.  I also wanted to continue for a bit longer with the beautiful paper that I’d used last month (see it here).  So, since I’d attached February’s focal point very simply, because I’m lazy brilliant and believe in recycling, it was removed easily.  I will now forward this heart banner to my niece to use in her room for awhile–her favorite color is blue, too.

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So, March’s project was put together with a lot more of the blues from the dsp (and a tad of the pink), one of my favorite Easter stamps (sadly retired), some minimal embellishments, and a lush bow from (the also sadly retired) most gorgeous ribbon SU ever created.  This project was a joy to make and feels like a genuine gift for my room, especially as I contemplate the great joy and indescribable Gift of which it testifies.

Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Indescribable Gift; Flower Shop; Petite Petals
  • Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Mossy Meadow; Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Birthday Bouquet DSP; Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, and Whisper White Card Stocks
  • Embellishments:  Antique Brads (retired); Pearl Basics Jewels; Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Tools: Pansy and Petite Petals Punches

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Another Bloomin’ Birthday

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Amongst the seemingly-endless need for birthday cards this merry-month-of-March, I wanted to make one especially sweet and feminine, but I didn’t want it too frilly or fru-fru-ish for the down-to-earth 20-something recipient.  So, SU’s Birthday Bouquet DSP provided the perfect starting point, and a couple of card challenges helped me get from start-to-finish fairly quickly.  I ended up with a soft and slightly-vintage feel that I’m happy with, in colors that are both soft and spring-fresh-bright.

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GDP028 Jess Williams CASE



Global Design Project‘s
challenge this time was to CASE Jess Williams’ card.  The elements I was inspired to include in my own creation include her ribbon, the floral aspect, and I echoed her wreath shape with my circles in this layout. I also reflected a bit of her design’s “softness with a bold pop of color” and the vertical line element present from her use of cardstock placement translated into my use of the striped dsp.


The Paper Players‘ inspiration challenge this week was to “Celebrate Spring”, so I definitely got my Spring on with this one, with the soft colors and happy blooms provided by the fabulous paper. And there’s something about those glitter enamel dots (even in a pink-y color) that put me in the mind of raindrops.

Who doesn’t love a “birthday bouquet,” especially when there’s no mess or actual watering or sudden Spring showers involved?

I managed to miss the entry deadline to add my card to the site, but Pals Paper Arts provided the sketch basis (here) for my card and the original inspiration for the use of the three different dsp designs and all the yummy cardstock to anchor it.  Having these three challenges to work with together helped move me quickly through my design process, which is a big deal in this celebration-filled month.   I’m definitely working on bringing birthdays back!!

Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):Mar Bday 2-4-1

  • Stamps: Kinda Eclectic; Sky is the Limit
  • Ink:  Mint Macaron
  • Paper: Birthday Bouquet DSP; Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, and Watermelon Wonder Card Stocks
  • Embellishments: Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, and the lovely Blushing Bride Enamel Glitter Dots from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit
  • Tools:  Circles Collection Framelits

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March Birthday Mojo

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I’ve got a lot of birthdays to help celebrate in March (four of them fall on the same day!) so I needed some mojo to get through the Mojo440card-making crush this year, because I never seem to have enough time or energy, since this also happens to be the beginning of the vicious allergy-season for me.  Leaning over to do anything–even something I love as much as cardmaking– with a sinus headache is NOT fun, nor does it make the creative process move very quickly!  Enter Mojo Monday‘s sketch this week to help me out, both with design inspiration and a “wow, that was quick” boost, too.  I wanted to showcase some very bright and happy birthday paper and this sketch provided a great way to go.

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This card practically made itself (quick and easy is NOT my normal style, so it was a nice change of pace for me).  And that designer series paper with that “seize the cake” sentiment really, um…..took the cake! (with zero calories!)  Carpe Crustum, y’all!  ♥

Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Something to Say; Celebrate Today
  • Ink: Watermelon Wonder; Soft Suede
  • Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo Card Stocks; Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Embellishments: Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine
  • Tools: Balloon Framelits; Circles Collection Framelits


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