"When our eyes see our hands doing the works of out hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our soul flies open and love steps forth to heal everything in signt"

-- Michael Bridge

Monday, June 27, 2011

Some 411, Wee Memories #60 & Lawnscaping #12 Challenge Entries!

Hi there! Oh yay, another Monday. That's me trying to be positive ;). Every Monday is kind of filled with uncertainty lately. I haven't shared this on the blog yet, but my boss is really sick. He has colon cancer that spread to his liver. He was diagnosed about 2 and a half years ago, and was told, about 6 weeks ago, to just enjoy his final days :(. Yea, BIG sad face! We're all in a sort of depressive state at work ever since we got the news. We've all been here a long time (my mom 14 years, me 11, and the other legal assistant Kathy has been here 6. Not to mention the other lawyer here is his nephew.) We are definitely a family. We all just feel kind of lost. Mondays seem to be the hardest, because we spend the entire weekend praying & hoping but have no clue whether he made it through. I'm looking forward to calling him and hearing his voice today. He's been so strong. True courage! Never complaining through surgeries, tests, round after round of Chemo! Never complained - ever! Please, please keep him in prayer. His name is Jim and his wife is Linda. They could both really use the prayers right about now.

Needless to say, I've been really creatively blocked for a few weeks now. I've done the projects I've HAD to do (my mother-in-law's b-day gift, my class projects & DT work) but not much creating for "fun". I've been feeling really sad about it too. I knew that if I could just get creative I would feel better - I really, truly believe that creativity heals in ways no one can explain. I know it does for me.

This weekend I decided to "fake it till I make it" in a way. I figured that if I tried to get crafty, at some point maybe it'd burst out of me. I'm so happy I did. When I just tried a little, I found that my creativity was right there waiting for me... right where I left it. And I did a lot! I completed my July DT Kit for Paper Niche, made 2 cards, a mini book, and my project for the Blog Hop I'm participating in on Friday! I feel like it really helped! Relieved some stress, and helped me get "happy thoughts" on the brain.

Today I wanted to share a Happy Birthday card I made to enter into both the Lawnscaping #12 {sketch} Challenge and Wee Memories' #60 {birthday} Challenge.

So, I just had a mini shopping spree - old bad habits, but I think I "needed" it! I picked up 3 Lawn Fawn Sets, "Admit One, Cruising Through Life, and Bon Voyage"...not to mention my mom just bought me "Critters in the Forest"!! So, I really was dying to use them - and thought the Admit One set worked perfect for both of these challenges! Here is a look at my card:

I just love the ferris wheel, so that was my jumping off point, well technically, the sketch/birthday theme was the jumping off point, but you get the idea ;). I stamped it onto Bristol art paper, then used sticky masking paper to cover it up and distress inked the sky using Tumbled Glass. For the grass and ferris wheel, I used a Copics. This paper is Fancy Pants' "It's the Little Things". I loved the tickets! I went around the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink - super cute! I finished it off with a Making Memories Brad and some Bakers Twine from The Twinery. Oh! and a "Happy Birthday" stamparoo on the inside of the card. Fun!

It got me out of my funk! I'll have more to share this week. Tomorrow I'll be sharing sneaky peeks of the July kit for Paper Niche - see ya then.

I hope you have a great day, my friends!


  1. I see why you love the little ferris wheel...it's ADORABLE! Super job on both challenges!

  2. Cute! I love the tickets!!!! :) Nice job on the Ferris Wheel and the background behind it.

  3. Love the crystal in the middle og the ferris wheel! TFS =)

  4. Super cute card Heather! Sure brightens my day.

  5. This is great, Heather! You got such a pretty watercolor effect. Not sure how you did it, but it's great! Thanks so much for playing with us at Lawnscaping!

  6. This is wonderful Heather!!! Love this.

  7. Very cute, I love the gem in the middle of the ferris wheel :)
    Thank you for joining the Wee Memories challenge!