A Tribute to my Mom with RubberMoon Stamps

14 Apr

 

When our new RubberMoon Arts Team came together and we were choosing posting dates, I knew I HAD to have today for my blog post.

What is special about today.  It is my mom’s birthday!!

She would have been 70 today, IF she were still with us.

This picture was taken circa 1961, when she graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Ca.

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My mom was a card maker EXTRAORDINAIRE!  She had one hobby and that hobby was rubber stamping.

I was her only child.  She adopted me with her 1st husband when I was just a baby.  So because I was her only child, when she passed away, I inherited, ALL of her crafting items!!

Some things I gave to friends, some I donated, others I kept, to have her with me always.

Her scissors…(see her name, in her writing?)

 

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Her pens….(see her initials in her writing?)

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…and Oh My Gosh…her STAMPS!!!  SO MANY STAMPS!!

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I also have  a lot of these packets that she’d have all done up with all the supplies pre-cut etc. to make a certain card. The sample was tucked neatly with all the pre-cut supplies.

Today, I am taking one of those packets and putting a RubberMoon spin on it.

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My goal is to stay as close as I can to her original design and color scheme, but use RubberMoon stamps.

1st step, I took the Checkerboard stamp and stamped the background.

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This is how it looked.  I didn’t really like it, but I knew how to fix it.

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Sew ribbons on it!!

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I added two parallel strips and sewed the edges under the card.

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Next, I got all the papers I needed for the paper pieced Shroom Bloom and stamped the necessary pieces.

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For the pieces I needed to add color to, I used Inktense pencils and a blending pen.

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Here are the pieces cut out and colored.

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Here is the little mushroom all pieced together!

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Now, here is a close up of my Mom’s card I was design “lifting” from.

Remember, her card was already done and does NOT HAVE RUBBERMOON stamps.

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Here is my RUBBERMOON “Take” on her original card!!

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This close up shows the little “oh la la” stamp and the tiny heart from Lindsay Ostrom’s Heart Tree.

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Here are a couple more pictures of the cards side by side.

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Well, that about does it, for this long blog post.

 

It meant a lot, to me, to have the opportunity to do this post and use so many of her things, honor her and still use RubberMoon Stamps.

I know she would have had shelves FULL of RubberMoon stamps had she had the chance!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Remember to love those close to you….today, NOW!

 Because you know what? Tomorrow doesn’t guarantee they will still be here.

This has been me, Jeannie, with today’s RubberMoon post…and telling you all about my sweet mom!

Have a great day!

 

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In Loving Memory

~Nesla Irene Wood~

1944-2008

 

 

 

 

If I could have you read on blog post, this would be it

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Truthfully, I’d love for you to read all my blog posts, because usually I am blogging for someone else, but today I am just writing to get some things said.

I really hope you will come back tomorrow for the blog post I have scheduled.

Tomorrow is my RubberMoon post and it is a tribute to my mom who would have been 70 tomorrow.

She was born April 14, 1944.

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She passed away in September of 2008.  When I think I have my mom, I still have so much grief and I was comparing it to how I feel about my grandma who passed away in 2002.

My grandma’s death doesn’t have the sting and deep ache like my mom’s does and I wondered why?  With my grandma, we all had ample time to prepare for her death.

She was on hospice care and died at home, my mom’s home, which is where my grandma lived from the time I was about 14 and on.

I wouldn’t say her death was peaceful, but she was ready and it was a relief to have her be at rest.

Fast Forward 6 years, my mom had been hospitalized and was in the ICU.  She wasn’t  a healthy person by any means.  She was very overweight, diabetic and had complications from both diseases.

She was in the hospital for something to do with her heart and her breathing.  They were having a hard time getting her to keep her oxygen levels normal and she was having a lot of trouble breathing.

I had visited her on a Friday night.  We lived about an hour away from where she was in the hospital.  I had 7 kids, ranging from 15 years to 1-year-old at home.  Getting to see my mom wasn’t an easy task.

 But I wanted to see her every day.  I couldn’t be there on Saturday and Sunday proved to be futile also.  I called in and spoke to the nurses but she was always sleeping and promised they’d let her know I couldn’t make it to see her but that I’d called to check on her.

Monday morning I got a call from the hospital letting me know that I needed to get to the hospital immediately, my mom had slipped into a coma and was unresponsive and was on life support.

They told me they could not get a hold of my dad and I needed to contact him as well.  Imaging having this stress on you, lining up child care and then being in control enough to make the hour’s drive alone.

I got to the hospital and met my dad there.  They were just wheeling her away to have a CT scan done.  They brought her back and we waited.  She was just a shell in that hospital bed.

The doctor came in with the bad news, she had suffered a brain aneurysm and was not going to come out of the coma.  The brain had been to badly damaged to ever recover.

We had 2 options, let her live on life support, or follow her wishes and take her off of life support and allow her to pass on.  This wasn’t even a thing to discuss.

 There was no way we could keep her in the vegetative state she was in.

Another doctor came in, a sort of 2nd opinion, and did all the tests they do to confirm that a person is “brain-dead.”

Here is where my heartache begins and never ends.  He checked her eyes, mouth, nose and different nerves, etc.

He lifted the sheet covering her feet and I caught a glimpse of the state her feet were in.  How badly she needed something so simple as a pedicure.

Diabetics tend to have unhealthy feet and hers had gone so long without being cared for, the image will never, ever leave me.

 I have big ol’ crocodile tears running down my face, even typing these words.

But, there is a reason I share this.  I don’t think anyone can ever hear enough that you have to live today like it could be your last.

You do not know when you say goodbye to someone, when you will see them again.

With my mom, I would do anything to have a better memory than the one I have when I close my eyes and I see her poor little feet.

I’d give anything to bathe those feet, clip those toenails, smooth those calluses and paint those toes a shiny bright pink for her.  She so deserved it and couldn’t do it for herself.

So, learn from this…look around you, who do you love?  Is there someone you meant to show kindness to?

Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today, because, tomorrow they could be gone.

Thank you for reading, if nothing else, I needed to get this out.

Please take the time to watch this beautiful video that makes me think of my mom, every time I hear it.

These are a few of my favorite things – At Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames

21 Mar

 

 

You will have to forgive me for the Christmas Papers on this project.

I made this in December for work sample.  I used the Basic Grey Attach Me Stickers through out this little album.

This stickers are pretty cool.  You can attach things in any album without having to punch holes in anything.

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This little album in contained in a mini file folder, just like the ones Canvas Corp Makes.

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All of the things I am hi-lighting in this post, are available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames, in Grass Valley, CA.  (that’s where I work. ;)

I’m not going to go and describe each page to you.  This is just an idea of what you can do with these Attach Me Stickers.

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Front:

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Back:

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Can you see how fun these are?  Whether you are using them as Page Attachers or just tag embellishments.  There are lots of things you can do with these and our Ben Franklin has them in lots of different colors.

I also wanted to show you real quick some of my favorite things we have at the store.  I walked around with my phone and took some pictures of some of the things we have that are new and colorful and FUN!!

EYE CANDY!!

Queen & Co tags.

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Doodlebug Sprinkles

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KI Memories

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Studio Calico

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Doodle Bug and Freckled Fawn

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Bella Blvd and SEI

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So, what do you think?  Enjoy this little tour into my FAVORITES?

I hope so.  If you are local, we can show you where you can get these fun products!

See it all at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Grass Valley, Ca.

This has been me, Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post!

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A little something for the Glampers

11 Mar

Head on over to the Rubber Moon Blog and see the rest of this fun project I made with all the Glampers in mind!

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Here is a list of some of the supplies I used.

Happy Camper by Linsdsay Ostrom.

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Fashion Tags by Core’dination

Some pretty papers, ribbons, felt and paper flowers.

I hope you’ll visit the Rubber Moon Blog to see more of this project!

Have a great Tuesday!!

More fun stuff with Lindsay Ostrom

22 Feb

In case you didn’t get to see the final project from me sneak peek with Lindsay Ostrom’s stamps.  Here it is.

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Lindsay also has a line of card starters called Card Tricks.  You can find these in her ETSY STORE. The Paper Rabbit.

I have a batch of cards here to show you what you can do with these fabulous little creations.

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As soon as I have a link for this card Trick set, I will update this page.  Sound good?  I just wanted to get these up on my blog so you could get an idea of what Lindsay is up to now!!

I hope you enjoy!  Have a great weekend!

Lindsay Ostrom…Lindsay Ostrom…Lindsay Ostrom STAMPS!!!!

7 Feb

I can’t show the finished project that I made with these adorable Lindsay Ostrom stamps…but I can tell you that the stamps are for sale in her ETSY shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/thepaperrabbit

and you can visit Lindsay’s creative blog here:

http://lindsayostrom.blogspot.com/

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Here is just a small sample of my project:

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To see the rest…head on over to RubberMoon blog and leave some love for me, Lindsay and RubberMoon stamps!!

This has been me, Jeannie with today’s RubberMoon post.

How to make a GIGANTIC SCRAPBOOK PAGE, sort of!!

24 Jan

Ok, so this is not really a scrapbook page.  I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I had been asked to do the bulletin board in the hall for the women’s group for our church which is called the Relief Society.  Now, the Bulletin Board is quite large and this could be quite a task for some people.  But you know what?  I look at walls and things like bulletin boards like large cards or scrapbook pages and just scale my designs on a somewhat GINORMOUS scale.  So, for this post I thought I’d show you what I did for this particular Bulletin Board, because I tend to get nice comments on them from time to time.

First and foremost I have to give a tremendous shout out to my fabulous friend Therese Travis who is the Artist for all the dolls I have used on this project.  She happens to also be an author of some really fabulous books and you can find her books on Amazon here: THERESE TRAVIS AMAZON PAGE

Her books are very sweet with nothing offensive in them and I have enjoyed getting to read her literary works as well as working with her art.

Without further ado, here is what I have created:

I started out covering the board with craft paper and edged the entire board with large doilies.

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Next came the headings.

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Then I added a banner or sorts.

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Here is a close up of the Banner..

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more…

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Close up of the dolls together.  The scripture they represent is:

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.  (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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Here is the doll for the Faith portion of the scripture.

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Hope..

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Charity…

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One last look at the Board.

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What do you think?  I love the way it turned out…it will of course have flyers and other stuff added later..this is just the basics..but you get the idea.

Anyhow, this is what I did today!  I just thought I’d share it with you.

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