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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

This week I was challenged to make a card with a transportation theme.  Whenever I am stuck and looking for inspiration, I head to Pinterest.  I had the Stampin' Up Tasty Treats set that I'd never used so I thought I'd use that as a starting point.  I came across the cutest pin by Stampin' Up Demonstrator Donna Bailey that used the ice cream truck as an ambulance.  It is adorable, check out the link. 






I used her idea as a starting point and changed it up just a bit.  In addition to  Stampin' Up Tasty Treats, I also used Stampin' Up Get Well Soup.  The use of both of these sets required a bit of masking to hide the parts I didn't want stamped.

Thanks for dropping by,
Traci

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Strong Women




I have been drinking coffee for as long as I can remember.  I grew up in New Orleans and the joke around our family table is we had coffee in our bottles, I often wonder if this is really a joke.   When I was young my mom had a group of neighborhood friends who met often, possibly daily, to have coffee, talk and play cards.  Many of these women are still the core group of my mother's friends.  Strong women who have been through rough travels on the road of life.  They have stood by each other through raising kids, moving from state to state, divorce, illness and more.  Relationships made over a cup of coffee and honest conversation.  

I believe our generation is missing so much because we are too busy to sit down, slow down and enjoy a daily or weekly cup of coffee with a friend.  We are made stronger through relying on each other and building each other up more than by trying to walk this road alone.  Coffee truly can strengthen women; one cup at a time, one conversation at a time. 

Enjoy your coffee today.
Traci


This card is being entered into the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Supplies used: Stampin' Up! Perfect Blend, Blackberry Bliss Card Stock and Ink.  The sentiment is Verve Stamps Delightful and Delicious and the embossing folder is Tim Holtz.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice


 Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  Not just because Pumpkin Spice is on every corner but also it's football season which means marching band season for us.  From Friday nights at the high school to sitting in front of the TV with my hubby on Saturdays to cooler weather, well we're in FL so the weather is not really cooler but it's nice to know the cooler air will be here soon.

I haven't blogged for a long time because I have been in a crafting rut for almost a year.  Then I found Coffee Loving Papercrafters on Facebook.   The ladies there are encouraging, talented and also have introduced me to many new stamp companies.  What is better than new stamps to get your creativity a boost?


One of the new companies I have discovered is STAMPlorations.  When I received my stamps I could not wait to use them but Hurricane Irma had other ideas.  Now we're home with little to no damage so I decided to make a card for the 2017 Fall Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop.

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Thanks for stopping by, Traci

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Winter Wonderland


I live in Florida. We never have a winter wonderland unless it's created with fake snow at the zoo and downtown.  But in honor of the people who are already experiencing the wonders of real snow, I decided to join the SIP Color Challenge and create a winter card.  The colors represented are Pool, Copper and white.

Cardstock:
Stampin' Up Pool Party and Whisper White with Recollections Holiday Shimmer Pack for the copper.
Stamp sets:
Stampin' Up: Dasher, Bright Christmas, Christmas Greetings and Lovely as a Tree.
Ink:
Stampin' Up Pool Party and Baked Brown Sugar



Traci

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Parenting a Prodigal: Part Three

 This is part three of a three part series: Part one and Part two



"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, 
Christ died for us."—Romans 5:8.


When Piano Man was born my mom bought me the book Love You Forever because it is about a mother's love for her son.  My children call this book the stalker mom book because throughout the little boy's life the mom is always there. At one point in the book when the boy is a man the mom climbs into his window while he is sleeping.  I have always told my children that I am that stalker mom, no matter what they do or where they go I will love them and track them down to get them back on track if I have to. The reason I have always loved this book so much is the phrase the writer uses over and over through the book:
I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.
When Writer Girl told me that she is an atheist, it was really the first time I had put action into those words.  A few people asked me early on if I was going to quit doing things for Writer Girl because at the time we were still helping support her at college, they asked if I was going to quit visiting monthly, etc.  I told them I was going to keep doing what I have always done for her and that's be her mom.  

I do tell her that I do not agree with her choice to deny God.  I told her that she will have to answer to Him even in her disbelief if she died.  I told her that I love her and will pray for her regularly.  What I did not and do not do is "preach" at her.  I do not send her messages with scripture or debate with her about the existence of God because I know that I cannot change her heart.  ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT.  I feel like it is my job as her mom to be consistent in who I have always been: I pray when we are together, I have not changed any expectations that we had for her before she decided to become an atheist.  Those things are the same and will remain because I feel that this is the Christ she will see in me. That I love her in spite of  her choice just as Christ loved me while I was in sin.

Have a good day!
Traci

Monday, February 1, 2016

Fifth Ave. Revisited


I made a card using this layout and stamp set for a project I am doing last week. When my husband saw the card he wanted to use it as a thank you card for one of his clients.  Because the original card had been stamped with a stamp that read "You're Priceless" on the back, he did not think it was appropriate to give it to a female business associate.  I decided to make a new card for him to write his thank you without the back stamp. 

I decided to change it up a bit by using different colors.  I choose my papers then realized that somehow I neglected buying the ink that matches the card stock.  I am not sure how that happened and I am hoping I can find the ink pad but I am pretty sure it has been discontinued.  I think the colors worked together anyway.

I stamped the back group using the Stampin' Up! Fifth Ave Floral rose in Tempting Turquoise Ink, then embossed it with white embossing powder on contrasting paper.  With a peek of So Saffron card stock.  There is a hint of glitter on the background where I used a small amount of stickles because I love a bit of bling on my cards.

Have a great Monday!
Traci

Friday, January 29, 2016

Tilda with a Bear Card


Do you ever have a day that you just want to stay in bed?  That is me today, I just cannot seem to get moving this morning.  I have about a thousand things to do and I just don't feel like doing even one of them. I know I could skip them but then I'll just have to do everything tomorrow.  So, here I am trying to motivate myself instead of curing up with a book and my coffee.

I was motivated to make a card earlier this week.  I have had this Magnolia Stamps image on my craft table for months.  I do not color my Maggie's because I am just not that good at coloring with Copics.  Fortunately, I have an awesome husband that is really good with his Copics.  He colored this Maggie for me before the holiday's and I just set her aside.  He was really happy to finally see her on a card.

Hope you have an awesome Friday and weekend.

Traci