Sunday, July 24, 2011

Twisted Easel Card

Good Evening Everyone.  I have a new to me technique.  I have made one easel card, but never a twisted easel card.  I kept looking at the directions and wasn't sure I was ready to try this, but the finally result was so neat I bite the bullet and tried.
Someone shared this UTube video and it cleared things up a bit.  Only difference, I made my card a 51/2 x 5 1/2.  A favorite card size with me.
The paper is from Basic Grey Kioshi, an older paper, but one in my stash. The cardstock is Bazzill.  The image is Showtime Anya and the flowers are from Petaloo.

The front of the card folded:

A front view as an easel:

Side view of card:

Thanks for stopping by and visiting.  Hope you have a very Blessed evening and a great week.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sunflowers & Butterfly

Another card tonight.  I am back to working the size card I have fallen in love with.  This card is a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.  I have found you can do so much more with this size.
I am entering this card in two challenges.  First is Flutterby Wednesday, which is an open challenge, just use a butterfly, angel or faerie. 

Second is the Simon Says Challenge Blog.  The challenge here is to use newsprint.

I have used Basic Grey's Out of Print paper.  The butterfly is from K&Co.  Image was colored with prismacolor markers. 

Thanks for checking out my new card and have a Blessed Day.

A Challenge Card - Finally

After several weeks of working on cards for my realtor, I finally had time to start working on challenges again.  The first challenge I picked is Basic Grey Challenges.  Not surprising since Basic Grey is one of my most favorite papers to use.
I made this card for a dear friend's birthday next week.  I used Basic Grey's Wisteria paper pack.  The stamp is from the Greeting Farm, Showtime Anya.  The flowers are from Petaloo.

This week's challenge is a sketch challenge.  This is the sketch that was presented to us to interpret:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Thanks for looking and hope you have a Blessed Day.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Baby Girl - I miss you

It has now been 4 days since I had to put my little girl down.  This has been a heartbreaker.  Myndi Lee, aka Princess, Baby Girl and the last year or so, Little Ole Lady.  Myndi was born November 13, 1997, her heart stop beating July 15, 2011 at 11:20 am.

Myndi was an only child for the first 18 or so months that we had her, then came the boys.  But right now it is Myndi I am sharing.
This is her first Halloween picture:

This was taken a few months later just before Christmas:

Myndi seem to have this problem with her tongue.  Whenever she was tired it stuck out, the tireder she got the further out it came.

Here are just some random pictures of my little girl, some of my favorites.

Ever the little clown.  You could do anything and everything to Myndi and she came back for more.
My little girl never cried or whimpered, but we never gave her reason to.  She was a perfect baby and perfect companion. 
As you can tell from the pictures, she loved to bury her face in her food.  It was a losing battle to keep that
little face clean and white.  In the end, she won out, we could not keep it clean try as we might. 
When Myndi was younger and before the boys came around, she was kept long as a true show Shih-tzus would be kept.  Top knot, which I learned very quickly how to put in with her bows, we had 100's of bows for her.  Whatever color we were in the mood for, she had a bow.  Just before we finally cut her hair all off into a puppy cut, I was combing her 6+ times a day to keep her from tangling to bad.  Her hair was baby fine and tangled so easy. 
With the addition of the boys, it just became too difficult to keep her long.  I think she was actually glad to get all that hair off.
As she starting getting into the final months of her life, it was a blessing to have her short.  What little bit she was combed she did not tolerate well.  She would start talking to me and letting me know she was not happy getting combed.
Her last few months were hard on all of us.  She had cataracts and was blind in one eye and couldn't see well out of the other.  Noises sent her scurrying somewhere, anywhere, just as long as it was away from the noise.  And most of the time it was everyday noises that sent her scurrying.
When she started having trouble getting in and out of the house, we knew the time with her was short.  Her little hips were giving out, she lost all muscle tone in those little hips and sure she had arthritis.  She acted like she had a stroke when we weren't watching her.  When she quit eating, we knew it was time.  I was not going to watch her starve herself, I couldn't do it.  She had become skinny enough from not eating a lot, but the last week she would not touch her food.  She would eat a few treats, but a puppy cannot live on treats alone.
Friday, we were dragging out feet.  We didn't want to take her to the vet, but knew we had to.  It wasn't fair to her.  She had no life.  She had become completely senile, she really never knew where she was anymore.  Always sleeping.  The vet gave her that final sleep that she didn't wake up from, it was hard.  I didn't want to lose my little girl, but it had to be.  She looked so peaceful once it was over.
We came home, dragging our feet to return knowing Myndi wouldn't be there for us to trip over.  The boys started looking.  They were asking:  You left with Myndi, but she didn't come home with you.  Like us, they still look for her, but she is not there. 
4 days, doesn't seem like a very long time, but it has helped a bit.  I now know that my little girl is no longer in any pain.  It was difficult, but it will get easier.  I still have my boys that need lots of love as they don't understand why we did bring her back home. 
Thanks for letting me share my story of my little girl.  I am going to miss her for a long time, but time will heal the heart.  And just knowing we did the right thing for her makes all the difference in the world.

Maybe I need a new little girl?  Really thinking about it, but it will have to be a very special little girl that could fill the empty spot in my heart.  We'll see, hubby and I said no more, but I don't know, I want another little girl.
Once again, thanks for letting me share.  God Bless.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

So Cute

I have received my first blog award from Mary Anne over at Sparkly Train.
Don't you just love this little cutie:

I would like to pass this on to Netta at Fun with Ink.

Thanks so much Mary Anne.  He is a cute addition.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A New Challenge

I have sure had a busy week.  Hubby's birthday is today and we have been celebrating since Saturday.  Has not left much time for any crafting.  I am also in the process of putting together 100 cards for my realtor.  He likes to send cards to his clients after they have closed on a house and moved in.  I have 50 of the images ready to go on cards and hope to start on them tomorrow.

Anyway, I found a new challenge blog which is right up my alley right now, especially since I have fallen in love with stamps from The Greeting Farm.  The new blog is Anyone for Anya and Friends.  This week's challenge is Show Your Colors.  This works well for me, as I had a card done and didn't realize until today that it fit right in for this challenge. 

This is little gal is Showtime Anya.  It took me a bit to find this stamp, but PMR over at Split Coast Stampers
had this stamp and was gracious enough to send it to me.  This stamp is so verastile, I have several more images already colored and they are so different from this one.  I used prismacolor markers on the image, paper and brads are from my stash. 
Hope you enjoy my little girl and Thank You for visiting us.