Saturday, July 25, 2009

Great times ...

Not sure if it was our visit to Frenzy Stamper where my cousin Alane fell in love with the "monster" dolls ....

or riding the segways around
Tempe Town Lake ....

or our day at the spa ....
but we had a fabulous time!

Its very special when you get to share time with family that you love!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The best weekend!

I don't remember the last time I got to spend the entire weekend playing with all my "stuff" ... no grocery shopping, no laundry, no errands .. none of the regular weekend chores .... I never left the house, i just played ....

Here's what I made today

Definitely inspired by Wendy ... those flowers are addicting ...

The background and all the flowers are metal, as well as the butterfly ... the leaves are grungepaper ... used distress and alcohol inks ...

Another of my favorite quotes ... a stamp from Club Scrap ... and I do believe Terri did the stamp design! Love it!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A finished project ...

and just in time. My cousin arrives Monday morning and I can't wait to give this to her. I hope she likes it ... there's lots of special little things inside!

The cover .. one of my favorite quotes from a special kit Club Scrap made to benefit people in need after Hurricane Katrina. Alane was born and raised in New Orleans.

And the flower ... one of the many floral inspirations from Wendy.

Another of my favorite quotes ... "I hope we're never to old for ice cream and fancy dresses"

Special family photos ...

More special family photos ...

This could be my all time favorite photo of my mother and her sister, Alane's mom. There's a long story that goes along with this photo, which I won't bore you with, but it was a very special time that Alane and I shared together.

When Alane's son was born ...

And the end, because I just love my little cuzzin!

I sure had fun making this ... special stuff! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

And the heat goes on ....

Yes, its been pretty warm in Phoenix lately, but then what else would you expect ... afterall we do live in a desert! And this heat happens every single summer .... but the good part of that is there's no better time of the year to stay inside with the air conditioning and work with your favorite crafting media.

I'm so excited because my dear cousin Alane is coming to visit me in a week. Our mothers were sisters, and were very close, and we continue that family link.

Recently I ran across some photos of my grandparents and our mothers, as young ladies, so I decided to put together a small scrapbook for Alane, as a little gift when she arrives.

I made the book from a Club Scrap kit. 6x6 pages in the front which makes the lid, which opens to a box to hold memorabilia. Alane and I share a passion for the history and photos of our family.

The first page was a photo of the house our grandmother grew up in, the second page is our grandparents on my mothers side ... i'll share the rest when they're complete.

Hmmmmm, i guess i just ruined her surprise if she reads this ... oh, well, she'll know how much I love her ahead of time, I guess!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!

Hopefully we'll all be celebrating independence day with family and friends. Lots of pool parties, bbq's, fireworks and red, white and blue!

Please make sure you are aware of your little furry family members during the festivities surrounding this weekend. Many of them don't like the loud noises, crowds and bright lights.

Speaking of furry friends, take a moment to visit Claudine Hellmuth's blog Watch the quick video clips from her Tuesday post about Bernie Berlin and A Place to Bark. Bernie does such great things! If you can help with any kind of donation, please do.

Have a safe and great long weekend!