Monday, April 28, 2014

We R Memory Keepers National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop!


Welcome to my little stop on the We R Memory Keepers blog hop!  You should have come from Pam Bray's gorgeous blog.

We wanted to get you excited for National Scrapbooking Day which is this Saturday, May 1st!  How will you celebrate?

For my project today, I'm actually setting aside my photos and journaling pen to make a little home decor piece.  But it's for my scrapbook room, so that still counts, right?

I recently acquired a room of my own for my crafting {yay!} and I'm slowly purging older supplies, organizing the supplies I love, and decorating to make this room a place of inspiration just for me.

When We R came out with their stitching templates, I was so excited!  I love the look of embroidered samplers.  I decided to combine embroidery with my Silhouette to make this:

I first started with a piece of white textured card stock that I cut to 8 x 10.  I used a light pencil line to trace around the frame opening, then took my ruler and drew light lines vertically and horizontally to find the center for my phrase.  Then I went to town piercing and stitching.  Did you know We R Memory Keepers has floss in a ton of colors and textures?  I may or may not have a whole drawer full of We R floss and twine. ;D

I love how easy it was to combine words from the template to make a custom work of art!

I really like the word 'lovely' so 'lovely moments, lovely life" seemed like the perfect sentiment to add to my craft room.  Could it be all those British period dramas I'm addicted to? Maybe.... But in any case, it also reminds me to keep looking for those lovely moments that I sometimes overlook in life.

Once all the stitching was done, I took a variety of colors of We R textured card stock to cut my cute flowers.

 On a side note, I know I've said this on my blog before, but We R textured card stock is my absolute FAVORITE card stock to use with my Silhouette.  It cuts so smooth and clean.  I never have a problem with it!

Then came the fun part of deciding exactly how I wanted my flowers to look.  A simple flower garland, top and bottom, lends itself to the sampler feel, I think, and I love how the card stock gives added texture to the project.

To finish it off, I used some We R enamel dots for a few of the flower centers and the dot on the 'i' and then placed it in a fun wooden frame I painted white.  Here it is on what is the start of my crafty gallery wall.  By the way, that shutter is from We R as well.  Isn't it fabulous?  They come in several colors!

I love, love, love how this turned out.  Very simple, yet clean, fresh and girly.  Something that I'll enjoy looking at for years to come.

I hope you found some inspiration here today!  Your next stop is the very talented Patti Hamil.

If you joined our hop anywhere in the middle, here's the complete list:

We R Memory Keepers
Traci Penrod -
Shannon Morgan -
Jennifer McDermott -
Amanda Johnson -
Aly Dosdall -
Pam Bray -
Rebecca Fellows (you're here!) -
Patti Hamil -

NOTE:  Once you have finished visiting all the blogs in our hop, don't forget to head back to the We R Memory Keepers blog and leave a comment about any of the projects you've seen today for a chance to win the awesome new Flower Punch Board!

Thank you for joining me at the Table today!

Thursday, April 3, 2014



I know it's been awhile since I've checked in here.  I'm so sorry about that.  Not that I posted a ton when I was posting "regularly", but anyway.  ;)

Just wanted to give you a little update about why it's been quiet.  I've been busy, people!

I made.... the centerpieces and favors for my sister's wedding in Las Vegas:

{Those cute little boxes were made with the We R memory Keeper's Gift Box Punch Board and the Sheer Metallic card stock.  The gold twine is also from We R Memory Keepers.  They are more simple than I had planned, but when one of my dogs decided the completed boxes looked good enough to eat, and the paper roses I wanted to make and put on top kept tearing, I decided to S.I.M.P.L.I.F.Y.}

I've been.... watching my boys play a lot of baseball games: (don't let that beautiful blue sky and green grass fool was DANG cold! and that third photo shows what happened the next day!)

But mostly.... I've been helping my parents.  Last October my mom had breast cancer surgery.  A month later she found out she had lung cancer, and yesterday we found out her lung cancer has spread to her liver.  She'll be going through chemo.  I'm the only one here to take care of her.  My sister lives out of state.  My dad is 92 and has Macular Degeneration and needs help as well.  Don't feel sorry for me.  I'm just stating facts.  But it is hard watching your parents get old.

So.... I've taken a leave of absence from my We R Memory Keepers Design Team position for at least a few months,

And.... I've stopped doing Stamp Club and will probably no longer be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator after June.

But.... I'm still enjoying life.  I'm focusing on my family.  Enjoying being with them.  Having time to help them however I can.  Big changes are coming to my family within the next several months.  I want to be present and focused on that.  Not have any regrets or unnecessary responsibilities that I place on myself.

Spending 5 hours in the hospital with your mom gives you time to do this...

I will be.... participating in a fun blog hop coming up later this month, so watch for that.  And I will still pop in here once in a while with a card or scrapbook page or some other crafty creation.  Just in case you think I'm going away forever and you "unfollow" me.  I hope you'll stick around. :)

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!