18 January 2019

Paper Smooches: October 2018 RECAP

Hello friends:) 
Today I'm sharing the Paper Smooches October 2018 projects that I made. These are some of my favorite cards, mainly because of my card for my friend, Danielle. Please click HERE to see a special post about this card. 
I'm not sure if you've been checking out the PS DT projects on the PS blog... but you should definitely start going there daily for inspiration! LOVE LOVE LOVE this DT!!! Click HERE for the PS blog

Here's what I created using PS stamps and dies. 
That's it for me today but there are more creations and projects coming! Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day! 

14 January 2019

Paper Smooches: My First and Last

Hello friends:) 


Today I'm sharing a very special Paper Smooches projects that I created back in October.
This card was my "first and last". First because it was the first card I created since my bike accident in June 2018 from start to finish, no stopping, and my wrist didn't hurt. 

Last because this is the last card I sent to my friend, Danielle, before she passed away. 

You see, Danielle was a very special friend of mine. I met her about three years ago in North Port, FL. 

She knew Trav first; she used to shop at Walgreens. He came home one day saying she was our neighbor (close enough to be a neighbor! LOL!). One day she came in visibly upset. He texted me about it, and I decided to visit her by walking Olsen to her house. She didn't answer the door. 

I visited frequently, but she didn't answer her door- for at least a month. I made her a Thanksgiving card and went to deliver it but again she didn't answer her door; however, her neighbor across the street came out and chatted with me. This neighbor took the card and said she would give it to Danielle. 

A week went by and on my walk that day, I took Olsen over to Danielle's house to check on her. She FINALLY answered:) #instantfriends 

We decided to meet up daily to go for walks, to get some exercise. We talked about so much--- if you know me, then you know it was ME that was talking! LOL! I remember after about a week of walking and talking Danielle told me she needed to tell me something. I instantly regretted talking so much and wondered if I had said something that offended her. She explained that I had said that I enjoyed being a wife to Travis which included cooking. She was relieved that I said that because she too enjoyed being married to her husband. WHEW! My mouth didn't get me into trouble:) I learned that the reason she was upset that one day was that her husband of 25 years passed away due to suicide. She was a widow with no children and no family near her. We also talked about Jesus (because I couldn't help but share about Him), our dogs, life, plants and animals, her mom, how much we wanted to lose weight but loved food, how to cook and prepare different meals, and the neighborhood. We started to walk daily 1 or 2 miles, but by the time we moved we were going 6 miles a day! LOL! 

Danielle and I added others to our walking crew- Arlene and Charlene are neighbors to each of us. They would walk and talk with us too. One time we were so involved in our conversation that we didn't see that we were taking up the WHOLE road and the cop that had turned down the road had to honk his horn to get by! LOL! 

Telling Danielle that we were moving to Tampa (2 hours away) was hard. She would watch Olsen and Olly on Sundays when we were at church (we would leave around 8am and get back from Tampa around 2pm). She loved our pups and they loved her! 

Our move was quick. Within one day of God opening up a position for Trav to transfer to, God had revealed a house for us that we both loved. God's hand was completely in this move- that story is for another time. Within a month of all of this, we were packed and the movers came to our house to load us up. Danielle was so sweet to stop by our house one last time to give me a gift. It was a small dish with Jeremiah 29:11 on it. She wasn't a believer but knew my faith and the reasons we were moving. I love that she knew enough about God and my faith to buy me this little dish with a special verse on it. 

Trav and I moved and I would text once or twice a month to check in with Danielle. She continued to walk with the neighborhood group, found love again, and even was engaged. She talked with me about coming up to Tampa to visit me and to go wedding dress shopping. 

I didn't get to text her again after September 2018. But I was already thinking about her 50th birthday on October 6th and how I needed to make her a special card. I sent this card out about four days before her birthday. 

On Sunday, October 7th, I received two texts and a phone call during practice for our worship service around 9am. I normally don't answer but was concerned with what I read. Danielle had passed away on her 50th birthday- suicide by drowning. The investigation has not been completed and is on-going. 

It doesn't seem real. I am still trying to understand it all. 

She's everywhere I look, and I think of her often. Here's a list of some of things that make me think of her: 

  • Any time I go for a walk- I can see her walking down the street to meet me, Olsen pulling to go sniff her. 
  • Pyrex- she turned me on to vintage Pyrex and now I collect it. 
  • Raw chicken or thawing out chicken- she told me to never set chicken out on the counter to thaw out.... I still might do this:) 
  • Our iron- when she would watch Olsen and Olly, she would freak out that our iron was always plugged in and in a "down" position. It's safe- I promise! We have an Oliso iTouch iron. 
  • Plants- her husband was very knowledgeable about Florida plants, and she would share that info with me. 
  • Animals (specifically birds)- again, she shared knowledge about animals we would see while walking.
  • Crows- she was obsessed with crows after her husband died. She would get tattoos of them all over her body, and I would sit with her during these sessions. 
  • The Internet or an iPhone- she was sooooo funny! She finally got rid of her dial-up internet service back in 2017! She bought a smart phone a little after that. LOL! 
  • Oils/Spices- Danielle and I would talk about cooking a lot. One day she gave me some hot/spicy oil, but we could never find it again at the store. The other day I saw something similar, and it made me think of her. 
  • Lodge Cast-iron skillets- she bought my first skillet and multiple after that; that was a game changer! LOL! 
One thing I think about is how one time we talked about God and life after death. She said that she thought she would just beg God to let her in when she died, say that she didn't know about Him. I told her about Christ and how He was the only way in to Heaven. I pray that she was changed by that conversation and that she accepted Christ into her heart before passing. It makes me shiver to think that those we love could possibly suffer for all eternity if they don't accept Christ as their Savior. Her death makes me want to share about Christ more... spread the GOOD news of life, healing, wholeness, forgiveness, and MORE! I cannot bear to think that someone I love could be in Hell- it literally breaks my heart. 

This is just one of the things I think about.

(sigh)

That's it for me today. I know this was a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG post. I just wanted to share about my friend and how much I think about her. This card is very special to me. Thanks for letting me share the story behind it.

If you have thoughts of suicide or are depressed or think you can't handle your situation any longer, PLEASE reach out to someone! Please find help! Call this number: 1-800-273-8255 My mom once told my brothers and me (after finding our renter had committed suicide) that there is NOTHING in this world that could cause you to give up, end your life. Nothing in this world that cannot be fixed or worked out. Don't give up! 

Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day! 

12 January 2019

Paper Smooches: January 2019 ANYTHING GOES challenge #2

Hello, friends:}

Today I'm sharing another creation for the Paper Smooches January 2019 ANYTHING GOES challenge

I have been absent from social media and blogging due to the passing of Trav's dad on January 4th. I created a special sympathy card for Trav--- it will be posted soon:) 

For the challenge I created a CAS sympathy card that can be mass produced quickly. I was inspired by a layout found on Pinterest- I find that I need LOTS of inspiration and starting points when creating sympathy cards. I know they are helpful for those grieving, but I just do not like making them... esp for my husband or family/friends.  ❤️ I used the following PS stamps/dies: Sympathy SamplerReflections

That's it for me today! I hope you will join in the fun--- you could win a gift certificate to the PS store! Be sure to stop by HERE to link up and play along:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 

11 January 2019

Paper Smooches: September 2018 RECAP

Hello friends:) 
Today I'm sharing the Paper Smooches September 2018 projects that I made! 

I'm not sure if you've been checking out the PS DT projects on the PS blog... but you should definitely start going there daily for inspiration! LOVE LOVE LOVE this DT!!! Click HERE for the PS blog

Here's what I created using PS stamps and dies.
That's it for me today but there are more creations and projects coming! Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day! 

08 January 2019

Paper Smooches: November 2018 RECAP

Hello friends:) 
Today I'm sharing the Paper Smooches November 2018 projects that I made! 

I'm not sure if you've been checking out the PS DT projects on the PS blog... but you should definitely start going there daily for inspiration! LOVE LOVE LOVE this DT!!! Click HERE for the PS blog

Here's what I created using PS stamps and dies.

That's it for me today but there are more creations and projects coming! Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day! 

05 January 2019

Paper Smooches: December 2018 RECAP

Hello friends:) 
Today I'm sharing the Paper Smooches December 2018 projects that I made! 

I'm not sure if you've been checking out the PS DT projects on the PS blog... but you should definitely start going there daily for inspiration! LOVE LOVE LOVE this DT!!! Click HERE for the PS blog

Here's what I created using PS stamps and dies.
That's it for me today but there are more creations and projects coming! Thanks for stopping by ❤️   I hope you have a blessed day! 

03 January 2019

Virtual Smooches: December 2018 RECAP

Hello, friends:}


I'm back sharing my Virtual Smooches videos over on the VS blog with just sneak peeks here...below is what I've created for DECEMBER--- just in case you've missed any! 

***Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching! THANKS:) 

December 22: CAS Christmas Cards + Paper Smooches December RIBBON Challenge
PS stamps: Holiday CheerPS dies: Frame 4 and Holly Wreath Builder

That's it for me today-- be sure to stop by the Virtual Smooches blog for more inspiration! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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01 January 2019

Paper Smooches: January 2019 ANYTHING GOES challenge #1

Hello, friends:}

Happy New Year!!! With a new year I like to create new goals. One crafty goal I would like to accomplish this year is to create at least two cards for the Paper Smooches challenges. I used to be able to play along weekly, but my schedule changed when I accepted a job at our church. I miss crafting, and this goal will help me make time to join in the fun! **MORE goal details coming later today on my Instagram page

Today I'm sharing my first creation for the Paper Smooches January 2019 ANYTHING GOES challenge. I am always in need of extra cards to send to friends and family, to cheer them up or to let them know I'm thinking of the. Side note: Trav really likes this card- we debated at first whether or not to use two sentiments or any at all! LOL! I love when he helps me create. ❤️ I used the following PS stamps/dies: Kindness SamplerFun & FlirtyDesert Icons diesBig Vases diesCrystal Clear 3 dies

That's it for me today! I hope you will join in the fun--- you could win a gift certificate to the PS store! Be sure to stop by HERE to link up and play along:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 

22 December 2018

Virtual Smooches: CAS Christmas Cards + Paper Smooches December RIBBON Challenge

Hello, friends:}

Today I'm sharing a video over on the Paper Smooches video blog- Virtual Smooches! ***SHOCK*** 
I'm making two clean and simple Christmas cards- inspired by gifts found on Pinterest. Check out my Pinterest HERE [I have sooooo many pins! LOL!!].


THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}Photobucket

Paper Smooches: December RIBBON challenge post #3

Hello, friends:}

Today I'm sharing another creation for the Paper Smooches December RIBBON challenge. Photo credit
I was inspired by a t-shirt at Walmart 🙃  I wanted to make a fun card to send to Kim and this unicorn is PERFECT!  

The "ribbon" that I used is a small silver DMC thread. I used the following PS stamps/dies: A Holy Holiday, Magical Sampler, Unicorn



That's it for me today! I hope you will join in the fun--- you could win a gift certificate to the PS store! Be sure to stop by HERE to link up and play along:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 
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15 December 2018

Paper Smooches: December RIBBON challenge post #2

Hello, friends:}

Today I'm sharing another creation for the Paper Smooches December RIBBON challenge. Photo credit
This card is super special, for a friend's 30th birthday 🎉 I used some of my favorite Crate Papers from the Craft Market 6x6 paper pad. ***Side NOTE: This special friend helped me organize my paper pads when I first moved back into my studio after our move/remodel. I told her to organize the pads according to the company name. Thinking I had explained what I wanted well, I went to work on something else. A few minutes later I went to check on her. She had a pile of paper pads SUPER high! I asked what the company name was for those pads... her response, "Paper Pad". 🤣 I laughed so hard, but she just stared at me because she didn't know the joke. Now when she asks about my creations she says, "Is that Paper Pad paper?" 

The "ribbon" that I used can be found at the bottom of the card. I die cut a ribbon and bow using the Paper Smooches Baby Bows dies. I love how it looks! There are so many layers and details in this card... I wish I would have taken a better photo for you! It's really pretty in person. 


I used the following PS stamps/dies: Happy Birthday, Numbers, Digits, Baby Bow, Love and Cherish, Gift Tags


That's it for me today! I hope you will join in the fun--- you could win a gift certificate to the PS store! Be sure to stop by HERE to link up and play along:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 
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