Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BMX Birthday card

In my family, August is a month full of birthdays.  Masculine birthday cards always are a challenge.  But because we have one male family member who is a BMX enthusiast, it was practically a no brainer what I'd choose for his card:  this fun "Big Guy's Bike" from Mo Manning's digital pencil.

As added help for inspiration, I went to this week's Mojo Monday #360 layout challenge which happened to be a tall and skinny card.
Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Mo Manning "Big Guy's Bike", Stampin' Up! "Lots of Thoughts"
Ink:  Memento Bamboo Leaves, Stampin' Up! Brocade Blue, Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink, image colored with Copic Markers
Designer Paper:  Martha Stewart "Playful Blue Paper pad"
Accessories and Embellishments:  Spellbinders Nestibilities Oval and Scalloped oval dies, Making Memories Screw Brads, Fiskars corner rounder punch, Brown dotted sheer ribbon.
Until next time,

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Feel Better Blend: get well card

Rain!  Rain!  And more rain!  Is this the theme song where you live too?  Since it is too wet to be outside I've been at my table in front of the window making cards this past week.  My current two favorite stamp sets, or sets that I've been using a lot lately, are from Papertrey Ink and are the TEA FOR TWO and TEA FOR TWO ADDITIONS sets.    Such fun to work with, versatile sentiments and a lot of accessory/accompanying stamps to really personalize.
For my "Feel Better Blend" card I used this week's Mojo Monday #358 Sketch Challenge (blueprint of the sketch shown below).

Card Details:

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink Tea for Two and Tea for Two Additions
Ink:  Versacolor Green Tea, Stampin' Up! Taken with Teal, and Memento Rich Cocoa
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up!
Designer Paper:  Papertrey Ink
Accessories:  Teal grosgrain ribbon, miscellaneous button, Martha Stewart eyelet edge punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities oval and scalloped oval dies.

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Until next time,

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My 60th Birthday

Today is my 60th birthday and I have a lot of thoughts about this BIG birthday.  This isn't my normal post but today evoked so many emotions in me that I just felt the need to write them down.

I've never been bothered by birthdays.  They came.  The numbers progressed.  Birthdays just happened.  But this year was different.  I am now 60 years old.  I really can't be considered even middle aged.  Nope...I'm getting up there in years.

Kind and thoughtful friends and family have given the usual lines such as, "You are only as old as you feel."  And, "...age is just a number" but you know what?  In reality, I AM older than I feel and age IS a number and my number this year is 60!  As well meaning as these phrases may have been offered, I just haven't been able to shake the number.  My grandmother, who I loved dearly, was already 60 when I was born so I always thought she was old.  I'm NOT middle aged because let's be realistic here!  Even though I plan to live beyond 100 years, I highly doubt I'll make it to 120 which would still allow me to consider myself middle aged.

And this past year I've had several physical and health concerns that are not going to get better with "a spoon full of sugar."  Nope!  They are signs of growing older.

All of this has really gotten me...yes I'll admit it...depressed.  Silly or not, this NUMBER has affected me and how I feel.

NOW, before you stop reading (if you've read this far even) and think that I'm all gloom, doom and on death's doorstep, I must say that I've had a wee bit of an epiphany.  It actually came from my Aunt who sent me a birthday card and wrote, "consider 60 as the next exciting chapter in your life."  Now THAT was positive inspiration.  No berating or negating the number.  However, it certainly is a new chapter that I've not experienced.

And do you want to know something?  It IS going to be a new chapter.  This past week the Mister and I made an offer on a 5 acre, century old farmhouse and barn and beautiful piece of property in the country and the offer was accepted.  We purchased our retirement home and with it, a dream of mine is going to come true.  I'll have my very own little homestead with my horses in the barn and all of the critters I can afford to keep. 

So I'll end today's little epistle on a positive note about turning 60.  I didn't have a party.  There were no balloons or birthday cake.  But what there is is an adventure to come.  I move a lot slower than I once did.  I do use a cane from time to time.  I can't ride my horse like a young person or chase her in play.  BUT, I can look forward to and enjoy all of the dreams I've had my entire life of living in the country on my own little farm.  Having as big of a garden as I can manage.  Enjoying my home and my critters.

Yep!  Life is going to be ok...60 or not.  Everything is going to be ok.

Until next time,