Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Thank You!!

Hello my crafty friends, remember me???? I didn't think I would be gone for so long, but it has been a busy time around here. Between babysitting some of my grandchildren to elderly sitting...mowing, trying to spray and ducking rain drops, I haven't really made the time to post. But believe it or not, I did work on some cards and got 10 made! I can't believe it myself! So I will be posting here and there since I got the photo's edited and ready to go. 

First off let me thank some very generous people here in blog land for sending me some beautiful birthday cards, thank you so much for thinking of me. I didn't even see any of my family on my birthday because I was helping a friend out taking care of their aunt and my friend. She had to have a heart cath done and then came home. The doctor didn't find any blockages, which was a good thing, but what was causing her mild heart attacks? Well...turns out that her blood was way to thick. The doctor could hardly get the cath through her blood! So she is on beta blockers now, so hopefully that will do the trick. Once I get my birthday cards photographed, I will be adding them to a "cards from friend's" page. That is my next goal to get done.

This weekend, Sunday to be exact, our local hospice is having a butterfly release. So myself and my boys are all releasing a butterfly in memory of my husband. Bittersweet!! He has been on my mind so much here of late. I do well and then bam! I'm blue and teary/weepy, missing him so much. Funny how it comes on like that. I just finished staying with my friends elderly aunt for 5 days over the holiday. I was happy to help out so they could go away, but am so glad to be back at my own house and in my own bed. Anyway that is just a little of what's going on in my life at the moment. Sorry if I have bored you! You know I tend to rattle on like the old fool that I am!!!

Ok here is the first two cards I have to share. Both using the same technique as the last card I did. I wanted to try it out a few more times because I just love the look. lol I think it is such a pretty and elegant look. I'm not the best at coloring, but I think it will pass mustard. Is that the saying???? lol I'm pretty pleased with the way these came out and look forward to trying some more different flowers in this technique. 

As always thanks for stopping by and visiting a spell on the patio with me. Your comments always bring sunshine into my life! I know that I am behind on my visiting and commenting, but I promise that I will be by soon to try and catch up with what you all have been making!!! Crafty hugs, Brenda

Card Recipe:
SU stamps- Blended Bloom & Because I Care
Zig Clean Color Pens
My Creative Time-Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More
                                     More Stitched Rectangular Dies


kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Brenda these are beautiful - love your technique, you have inspired me!!

Veerle's Kaarten Hoekje said...

Your cards look gorgepus brenda. And you never bore with the things you like to share with us my friend. It has been already such a long time since I lost my beloved big brother and even I sometimes am still overwhelmed with grief. So it is perfectly normal for you too my dear. Sending you love and hugs, Veerle xxx

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful, Brenda. Love the layered flowers with part of them colored. Stunning. I must have missed your birthday. So Happy Birthday! I wish you a very positive year.

Marilyn said...

OMG!! Your cards are gorgeous!!

I Card Everyone said...

I'm so pleased you're staying busy, Brenda! LOve that you've helped out a friend, and WOW just keep these cards coming! Gorgeous!!! xx

Leslierosek said...

I love the Brenda. I wish we could do some the next time we get together.

Tina Campbell said...

Beautiful cards Brenda :) So glad your staying busy, that is always a good thing. Hugs and prayers my friend :) Tina

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, Brenda, these are absolutely stunning!! You mastered the technique perfectly!! I love the gorgeous flowers!! They are elegant and beautiful!! You've inspired me to try this!! I'm glad you are keeping busy!! The butterfly release sounds like such a beautiful thing. I hope you take some pictures to share with us. Have a wonderful day sweet friend!! Big hugs :)

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Sue said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda! stunning really stunning I love them. The butterfly release sounds so lovely but it must be so hard for you at times. Thinking of you huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxx

Bonnie said...

I haven't tried this technique, but your cards make me want to try it! Gorgeous, Brenda!

Loll said...

10 card --- that's AWESOME!! Looking forward to seeing the rest, but you have really made a big impact with your two from today. They are gorgeous! The images you have used Brenda, are just perfect for this wonderful technique. Great job! xx

Carol L said...

That's really a cool technique you used and the cards turned out fabulous! I love those vividly colored flowers and stitched panels too. I'm glad you're keeping busy - it's probably the best thing you can do for yourself right now and will help heal your heart over time. The butterfly idea sounds so nice - good luck with that, and have a great week ahead!

DIANA L. said...

Wow Brenda, How beautiful I love the new look of your blog to, It has been awhile since I have been here. It sounds like you are super busy. Virtual hugs to you . I may try this technique thanks for sharingHave a blessed day

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Anita in France said...

Wow, Brenda, these are stunners ... such gorgeous colouring ... the sense of dimension and depth is fantastic! Haven't tried this technique before ... I'm tempted now ... thanks for the inspiration! The butterfly release sounds such a lovely idea ... what a beautiful and special way to let your memories fly to Dwayne! Hugs, Anita :)

MaryH said...

Glad that you are staying busy, and if you have a 'blue day', then that's something you just need to do, then get busy again. You're doing very well at what you've had to cope with. It takes time. I am so loving the looks on both of these cards, and see nothing wrong with your wonderful coloring either. I think you've mastered this technique, and it's one I'd like to try too! Glad you were able to get these photo'd and posted. TFS & big hugs. MM

D- said...

Brenda your cards are beautiful. You have inspired me to give that technique a try. Thanks for sharing.
Sounds to me like you are right on track in the grieving process. Your hubby was a huge part of your life so it is totally understandable that things will just hit you. Take care of yourself my friend. Your courage is inspiring.
Crafty hugs,

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Great work Brenda, these cards definitely cut the mustard 😊 Lovely stamping and colouring. Love hearing about your doings too, and just for the record you're not a fool, old or otherwise 😉
Gods definition of a fool is this " the fool hath said in his heart that there is no God". So you're no fool, dear friend ❤️❤️
Thanks for the inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Brenda in IN said...

I'm so happy to see you back in the craft room. That was so nice of you to help out with your friend. It sounds like you are keeping busy. That's what gets me through the days too. I think being overcome when something triggers you is completely normal. I started crying in the grocery store when I came around the corner and saw Ritz crackers. That was hubbys snack and it just got me. Just take it as it comes. How nice to have the butterfly release for him. Your cards are just gorgeous.

cm said...

Who's an 'old fool'? Not you, my sweet Brenda, you are an energetic sweetheart, investing time and energy helping family and friends whenever and wherever an extra hand or pair of shoulders are needed. Busy-ness is marvelous therapy; good for your spirits and those who have the lovely opportunity to enjoy your companionship (yes, I'm a wee bit jealous *grin*). The butterfly release: oh my! How beautiful that will be; both the act of and reason behind doing so for you and your sons. I can just imagine the pretty flutters that will fill the sky...As for your 'blue' moments: totally natural and totally to be expected. Embrace them for the lovely memories they rekindle and the way they fill your heart with love (and longing...). You are doing a-okay! Now, about these cards: OH MYYYYYY! Gorgeous flowers with the highlight colouring! WOW! And naughty me having missed your birthday. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY...and a ton of virtual hugs heading your way!
Hugs and love~c

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Two awesome cards Brenda, I do like the vibrant colours you used.

Love and hugs

Sheila H said...

You rocked this technique!!

Karen said...

Brenda these are wonderful and it's so lovely to see that you are crafting a little, you made me smile and blur up with tears when I read what a lovely friend did for you and then to see these beautiful cards: they made me a little happier my friend and thank you for that Karen xx

Jo Williams Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

Sorry I am a bit late with commenting.... but wow these cards are beautiful!!! You did an amazing job Brenda!! Love them! I am happy you have been getting creative when you can and that you are staying busy.That is what Dwayne would have wanted for you :)