Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Your Handwriting- why you should be using it on your projects!

Hi blogging buddies!

Today I want to share a story with you. 
Every time I teach a class I hear ---
"I don't like my handwriting"
"My handwriting is ugly and messy"
"It is too hard to write by hand to journal, I would rather
use a computer"

I am hear to tell you there is a very good reason why you should 
be putting your OWN handwriting down on your projects.

Here is my story. 
If you are a crier, get your tissue out now.
For some reason, everytime I tell this story people end up bawling- including me. 

This is my Grandmother, Gussie, and my two babies, way back in 1994!
Gussie was the light of my life. When the Hubs retired in late 1994, we
moved back to Texas and bought a house 5 minutes down the road from Gussie
so that I could always be near her. 

My girls were so blessed to get to spend so much time with their 
Great Grandmother while they were growing up. 

Gussie was there for all the big days, and the little days, of our lives.

In about 2000, Gussie developed Rheumatoid Arthritis. It barely slowed her down. 
Keeping up with DR's visits and medications at 85 was a little much,
so I pitched in to help out.

As time went on, I helped out a little more, and a little more. 
Grocery shopping, house cleaning, making sure she ate, - all those 
little things to make sure that she was able to live comfortably in her own house.
I really enjoyed the time I was able to spend with her- it means so much
to me that I was able to enjoy every minute that I could with her.

In August 2009 Gussie had a seizure and spent her first night in the hospital
in her entire life- at the age of 93. After a few days in the hospital, she was transfered
to a rehab center, and from there to a nursing home. 

For 11 months I went every single day to the nursing home to spend time 
with her and to make sure she ate. Everyday when I walked in the door her
 face would light up and she would say "There's my girl!". She told me almost every week that she
was "ready to go home to her God, anytime he wanted to call her". 
She was just waiting on her body to give out. She wasn't really sick in any way,
she was just tired. Tired of living and ready to go home.

 Here is my layout of the last Christmas that we shared in 2010.

Of course, being the contrary person that she was, she waited until she knew
I would be out of town for 2 days to die. She had already told me she 
didn't want me there when she passed away. 
She wanted to go quietly, alone, in the arms of God. 
I really didn't want to go to retreat.
 Everyone told me to go- I was only an hour away after all.
I stopped on the way out of town to see her and to tell her I loved her. 
Two mornings later I got the call- she had passed away peacefully in her sleep. 
Exactly like she wanted. 

Of course, there was the funeral to get through, and then the estate to settle.
It took us almost a year to sell her house. In that year, we all took little
 things from her house that meant something to us. I had been in and out of 
that house I don't know how many times doing maintenance, 
packing things up, getting ready for the sale, etc. 

On the last day before the sale, as I stood in her kitchen one last time
to let those memories sink in, I opened a drawer 
I had opened a hundred times. I moved a few papers and found 
something that made my heart stop. 
In the bottom of that drawer was a pile of recipes, collected over
countless years, written in Gussie's own hand.
She wrote recipes on scraps of paper, the backs of envelopes, 
the back of a water bill, little tiny note pads- she was a child of
the Great Depression, she wasted nothing!

Now, for all of you who say your handwriting is ugly, messy, or bad, 
take a look at this,,,

Do you see this chicken scratch??? And she wrote this before the arthritis made her 
hands curl up, and old age made her hands shake. This was her GOOD penmanship!
 I defy any of you to tell me that your handwriting is worse than what you see 
right here. Gussie's writing was barely legible most of the time.

But let me tell you something;
I sat on the floor of my grandmother's kitchen
 and cried, big sobbing tears like a little girl, over these scraps of paper 
covered in that horrible, ugly, handwriting.

These pieces of paper are some of my most precious possessions.
They are priceless beyond compare.
I can look through these papers and see my Gussie's life in that writing.
I can tell the ones she wrote earlier in life. I can tell which ones
she wrote after she started shaking. I can tell which ones she wrote
after she stopped cooking- they have missing ingredients!

So here's the deal...

You need to put your handwriting down on paper because
sometime, somewhere, there will be someone who will be
grateful that you did.

You need to put your handwriting down on paper because 
computer journaling does not portray you. That printed font can never
portray your life like pen and ink.

You need to put your handwriting down on paper because
one day you will be gone and the love ones that you leave behind
will be looking for personal ways to connect with you.

But most importantly, you need to put your handwriting down on paper because
that little piece of you that is left behind will mean the world
to someone- and let me tell you that they will not give one damn that your
handwriting is not perfect. 

Just write it down.

Please share this with your crafty friends.
 Some schools are not even teaching cursive writing any longer
and that is a real shame. 
Journaling by hand is such an important part of 
memory keeping- we need to make sure that it continues. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Day at The Zoo- Sparkle N Sprinkle

Well,, it is a rainy afternoon here in Dallas, so I guess that means I should
spend the afternoon in my craft room, right?

Today I have a project for Sparkle N Sprinkle to share with you using
the new Ellie The Elephant #553 stamp set that was just released the 1st of April.
It is so cute!!

I have used Bazzill cardstock along with Echo Park papers. I sprayed my entire background 
cardstock with Iridescent Memories Mist- I am so loving that product- then stamped a border
across the page using Brocade Backgrounds and heat embossed with Cappuccino.

I stamped my Ellie the Elephant onto smooth white cardstock, and colored with
PITT® Pastel Pencils from Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts. 
The flowers are from Spring Backgrounds, which I stamped and heat embossed.
I then covered the image with VersaMark, srpinkled with  Stickum Powder and heated; 
once it was nice and sticky and covered with Bubblegum Glitter- with the Stickum Powder the 
glitter will stay in place perfectly! The sparklers in the centers are KaiserCraft.

I cut my banner with my Cameo, and gave it a good spray with Iridescent Memories Mist too. 

My chippie is Dusty Attic and I have heat embossed it with Black Detail. I also used
my Cameo to cut my title, using 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape applied to cardstock, then burnished 
with Meadow Spark GL. 

I am linking up a the following challenges:
Scrap Our Stash #13- Spring Colors
Lasting Memories- The Little Things

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, April 11, 2014

OUCH! - Frosted Designs Challenge Journaling plus One

Happy, Happy, Friday everyone!!

What are your plans for the weekend?
I am doing a Make N Take all day tomorrow- so much fun!!

Today, however, I have a project to share with your for

It is Lori's turn to host the challenge and
she has chosen Hand Writing + 1- Paint/Mist/Ink

Here is a look at my project,,,
I have used FabScraps papers, Blue Fern Studios chipboard,
Wendy Vecchi Stamp/Stencil combo, Fiskars punch, 7 Gypsies Stamps,
Quick Quotes Powder Puffs Inks and my Cameo.

For my pennants, I used the Little Yellow Bicycle wood pieces from the
Season Of Stars Scrapbook Kit - but I turned them over and inked them with
Biscotti Powder Puff Ink to match my color scheme.
I used my Cameo to cut my title, it is cut from double sided tape applied to cardstock,
then burnished with micro fine black glitter.

I used my beloved 7 Gypsies journal stamp set along with the Biscotti Ink to
accent this corner- you know I can't take any white space!!

I am so in love with these stamp/stencil combos from Wendy Vecchi - they
are amazing!! I have used Dylusions and Perfect Pearls here to color
my stamped image. I accented with the Signo White Pen.

 Be sure to hop over to the blog and see
the other projects from our AMAZING Design Team!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

St Lucia - Frosted Desoigns Deconstructed Layout

Hi everyone!

Today's project is part of my new series the Deconstructed Layout
 for today's tutorial we will be making a Box Flower- they
are so simple and so fun!

Here is a look at my layout,,
 I used bits an pieces from several of my previous Frosted Designs Kits
for this layout. I am trying to work my way through my stash!

 My papers are FabScraps and for my background I stamped 
a large graphic design all over and gave everything a good spray 
with Dylusions White Linen. 

Start with die cut scallop circles- I have three sizes here - you can make your flower with one, two or three layers- totally up to you!. For each layer you will need 4 circles all the same size.

  1. Start by inking the edges, then spraying BOTH sides with water or (my choice) one of the iridescent sprays like Glimmer Mist. 
  2. Lightly crumple the circles up into a ball
  3. Open back up and fold in half.  

Ok- let's assemble our flower!

  1. Lay 1 piece down facing to the left.
  2. Add your second piece so that it is half on top of the 1st piece, facing towards you.
  3. Add the 3rd piece so that it is half on top of the 2nd piece, facing right.
  4. Add the last piece so that it is half on top of the 3rd piece and half UNDER the 1st piece. 
  5. Use a little piece of liquid glue under each flap to secure it to the piece below it. 
  6. Repeat with a set of smaller circles if you want to add a second layer.
  7. Use a brad in the center to secure everything together. 
Here is a look at the box flower- fun, yes?? 
(I used the largest and smallest circles that I cut)
I have also used some KaiserCraft flowers and 
Basic Grey die cut stickers.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Time of Your Life- Sparkle N Sprinkle

Good morning everyone!
It is a rainy day here in Dallas and I plan on getting in some 
quality crafting time- after I finish my taxes- blech!

Today I have another project to share for Sparkle N Sprinkle.
I am having so much fun with these fabulous products- but I 
think the hubs is getting a little tired of having the entire house 
covered in glitter :o)

Here is a look at my project today,,,
 I have used Teresa Collins Papers and embellies for my layout, 
along with Creative Embellishments chipboard.

I used the new EP's Raspberry Tart and Mixed Media Copper Flame 
as well as Pearl on my chipboard frame.

I sprayed my background with Iridescent Memories Mist- I am so in love with this stuff!!
I used brushable glue and Crystal Ice on my flowers. That is Teal Velveteen under my quote.

This is Black Detail EP and the Crackle Background Stamp- it gives amazingly clear detail!!

I stamped the sentiment from Ellie the Elephant across the bottom of my layout. 
My inks at Tsukineko. I used my sewing machine to add some stitching, and my Cameo to
cut this background shape. 

For a full list of supplies and instructions for this project, 

I am linking up at the following challenges today:
Use Your Stuff- Die Cuts (Mat)
Southern Girls Challenge- Floral Frenzy

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
May The Flamingos Be With You!!


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