As it is September 11th, I could not write a post and pretend that my thoughts are not heavy with memory of this day 10 years ago.
This will be my “I know exactly what I was doing” when the events of 9-11-2001 happened. This is a picture from a very old scrapbook of mine. This was taken on 9-12-2001, our firestation had the flags at half mass and my kids were gazing up to the flag.
A friend of mine asked to have this message shared:
“On this 10 th Anniversary I would wish everyone take a minute and remember what happened on 09/11/2001. Don’t ever forget. Be humbled by the loss and strengthened by the heroism. If you see and member of the armed forces, thank them for their service and be respectful of this date. The date that will forever be etched into our lives and our Generation. May the Angel’s fly high and the lost soar to the heavens with the glory and peace as their comfort.”
I just wanted to share my thoughts before delving into the Crafty things I have to share today.
Now, to switch gears, to my project for today’s post:
There will be a prize for a random participant with us on this challenge. Here is the prize up for grabs.
This kit includes: Black and Kraft Dot Reverse, Black and Ivory Owls, Spooky Words on Ivory, Black and Kraft Ravens, Chocolate and Kraft Diamonds, Black and Kraft Mini Dot and Spooky Diamonds on Kraft from Canvas Corp. One Sheet of Bazzill Swiss Dot in Black, Kraft Top Note Die Cut, Length of Black Maya Road Zipper Trim, 1 yard each of Canvas Corp Black Jute, Natural Jute, Maya Road Brown Satin Ruffle Trim, 1 yard of Orange Tinsel from Pink Paislee, Spider die cut, Tim Holtz Memo pin, Halloween clip, Candi pieces, felt flower, buttons, Canvas Corp burlap star, Maya Road chipboard pieces, mini spool, gingham flower, resin flower and Trinket Pins.
This kit will come in handy when you make your Halloween projects!
As for my card, I will be sending it to Kamala Nair
The winner of the BOOK GIVEAWAY on my blog will get a duplicate of this card for themselves too!
If a law were to be passed that said we all had to change our names to highlight our hangups or weaknesses, my name would have to be, “I really meant to, had the best intentions, where did the day go, DeGruccio.”
I have a wonderful friend and co-worker. I have had many plans over the 7 or so years I have known her to MAKE things for her. Awhile ago I made her some cards and she loved them so much, she said she’d never use them..oops! So, I knew the next time I made her something it’d have to be a gift that she did not need to give away. My lovely friend is a Krishna Devotee. Now, before you think back on any movies you have seen with Hollywood’s version of the Hare Krishna’s, that is not Judy.
I tend to be somewhat open-minded when it comes to religion. I mean that I think in this life we are living, there really needs to be more acceptance and love for the religions we have. We were not put on this earth to judge one another or ones, beliefs, that is not our place. Maybe I am more open to listen and appreciate other religions because I myself, belong to a church that the mainstream media loves to distort. Goodness, I think there is even a HBO show that has tried to bring back the whole idea that our church still practices plural marriage! ****ROLLING MY EYES!!!!***** Since my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, tends to be a religion that some love to hate, I am very sympathetic and unwilling to believe stereotypes of others too easily.
Judy, has to be on of the most gracious, kind, peaceful, loving unselfish, (I could go on and on here..) people I know. I would trust her with my life and would do anything to help her, or make her happy. She is just GOOD!
Keeping that in mind, and back to my LONG OVERDUE GIFT, I have had an idea of something to make for her for a while. This is where one of other favorite people come in. THERESE TRAVIS, the brilliant artist behind all my fairies and other creations, made an Angel for me, based on Judy. I emailed her this picture of my friend:)
This is Judy at home in front of the Temple that she and her hubby built on their land. It is truly beautiful and they welcome, any and all to come and visit.
Without further ado, here is the Angel Judy. This is the DIGI STAMP version.
Here is another picture, I always love to try to photgraph the layers and detail.
Now, because Therese is just AWESOME, she also did a .svg file for me. Here is a larger version of Angel Judy, done on my Cricut. I thought I was done and then I realized I’d forgotten to put her earrings on! OOPS!
Here she is with her earrings, some additional work to her hair and her wings!
Another close-up for you.
My little ones, seriously could not keep their little hands off the finished product! My 6yo son looked at Angel Judy and said, “Mommy, you are just so good at making crafts!” Is that sweet or what?
Lastly, Judy had asked if I knew how to make business cards. So keeping that in mind while photographing Angel Judy, I was able to turn my creation into a Digital image to use over and over again. I knew she wanted her name on the front(she thought I was going to use a photograph of her) and on the back she wanted her chant written. As soon as I got done with her real gift, I whipped this business card up. I told her we can fine tune it to suit her needs, but she just smiled and said, “I LOVE THEM!”
I hope I have kept your attention for this whole post. I have some around me who do not understand why I make things. It might seem like a waste of time and yes I have a house that could be much cleaner, if it were not for my hobbies. But, the look on Judy’s face and the pure joy I knew she felt to look at and hold what I made for her, reminded me why I do this. Not for freebies, not for money(although that’d be nice…right?) I do it because, I love creating things and even more, I love creating things FOR others. Might seem crazy, but that’s me!
Thanks for joining me again. Remember to stop by THERSE’s PAPERFACES DESIGNS and of course check out RHINESTONE HUES inventory while you are there. This project would not have been possible without either one of them!
Now we will switch gears and move on to my Cheery Lynn Design project!
Here is a close up of each letter. I used some large letters I had and on each letter I used the OPTIMISTIC font dies to spell LOVE.
Let me pause a moment to say here, that the ITALIAN FLOURISH DOILY, just might be the best die in the world. I am so in love with this doily die!
My flowers are my own made up version of the roly poly’s you see everywhere. But you have not seen those roly poly’s paired with these beautiful leaves from the DIMENSIONAL LARGE LEAVES #1 collection.
There you have it! My Valentine’s Day banner!
Hopefully I have inspired you! There is still plenty of time to create things for Valentines. Get your dies, paper and glue out and make something fabulous!
This has been your Cheery Lynn designer JEANNIE, hope you all make yourselves a great day!
The Cheery Lynn Designs dies used in today’s Cheery Lynn projects are: OPTIMISTIC font dies, BUTTONS5 set, CIRCLE – SCALLOPED STACKERS,ITALIAN FLOURISH DOILY, DIMENSIONAL LARGE LEAVES #1, LADY BUG FRAME and WITTLE WEAVERS.
Late post here. Sorry, I have been at WORK all morning. There is a new Tiffany Doodles challenge for you starting today and there are a few changes to note. First, the challenge will last for two weeks. Second, we want to encourage you to use your Tiffany Doodles images — a $10 voucher for the Tiffany Doodles store is up for grabs for a project using a Tiffany Doodles image.
An additional $5 voucher is up for grabs for any other entries (TD image or non-TD image).
So our challenge to you is to create a Valentine’s or love themed project. Tiffany has some fabulous digis in the store that will work perfectly for this. For my post today, I have made 3 different cards with the same stamp. I use the digi stamp called STAINED GLASS HEART.
Here is my 1st card:
This was a joint collaboration with my 12 year old daughter. I told her to color it in any color scheme she wanted. After she colored the base, I added the glitters and the lacquers. I think it turned out GREAT!!
There are actually so many steps to making this card, I will not bore you with all the detail. You can just look and enjoy it and know that I did indeed put A LOT of work into it!
Since I called my last card a “ TOTALLY ME” card, I guess I need to call this next one the “TOTALLY MINE!” card.
A lot of us on the Tiffany Doodles team think Mr. Bon Jovi is great eye candy, so this card is for ALL OF US!!
I hope you have enjoyed my Valentine’s today!
Make sure you check out the other fabulous DT creations.
This is going to be a very small post today. I have been on a Mini Vacation with the hubby and our two smaller kids…
He says, not much of a vacation for me, because I would not allow the little ones to stay at home with someone else. When my kids are little, I have never been one, who could just leave them. Even for a vacation. Oh well!
My thought is that, hopefully when they are older, that is my time for quiet vacations.
Hey I allowed the other 5 to stay at home (Note, they are all older, and are staying with friends, etc.)
Tomorrow I will get back into the swing of things.
Today I have a lovely tribute to share with you.
Awhile ago, my Groovy Team Leader, GROOVY DEB, had asked us to all compile our PINK projects together. As it turns out, I guess I use PINK A LOT.
We were not able to get this put together in time to share with you in October, but that does not matter. The message is still the same.
In Groovy Deb’s own words,
“PLEASE take the time to listen to the beautiful words of songs by Mercy Me playing as you take a look at the women we have lost, women we love still, the women who are not even grown women yet.
…Sorry we could not show this in October, but EVERY month should be October when it comes to this cause!!! We are in this together, so please fight for the cure so that WE Women stand united against the uninvited!!!”
I hope you take the time to watch this, I loved putting this together for the IF IT’S GROOVY blog.
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