Friday, October 1, 2010

you are {my} home

Yay, it's another Friday!   Have I ever mentioned how much I *heart* Fridays? ;D 

So how are ya?  I hope you all had a better week than I did.  Ugh.  But that's not for publication.

However, some good things did happen this past week, and so I'll focus on those:

*It was my wonderful hubby's birthday

*It was my sweet oldest daughter's birthday {hers was the cupcake card I shared last week}

*My sweet youngest daughter and I got to see the nine new {feisty} baby piglets at the dairy

*My dad's eye {laser} procedure went well

*I got to talk with all of my older kids and my parents on the phone {all at different times}


*My cupcake card was listed as one of those chosen by Taylor for the Top Crops for TESC128!!!  I'm still in shock.  {Two weeks in a row...but who's counting? lol} 

You guys are always so sweet and generous with your comments here.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and leave me reasons to smile --you guys are the best...especially considering how seldom I've blogged or been to visit you this year!  ;)  I'm hoping to have a little blurfing time this weekend to see what you've all been up to lately as well.

So...onto to this week's card.  It's a wonder I actually got it put together.  As I told you last Friday, my Li'l Miss and I had a girls' weekend all to ourselves, so I was looking forward to a lot of stamping time.  And I was super excited when I saw Taylor's sketch last Friday, as I knew right away that it would be the one I would use to make my hubby's birthday card.  Little did I know that Li'l Miss had big plans of her stamp...and feast...all weekend. 

This meant that I spent a *wee* bit more time in the kitchen than I'd anticipated.  And when I wasn't cooking {or cleaning up the dishes}, it seemed like every few minutes I would be summoned by a sweet voice calling, "Do you have...." "Can I use some of your...," "Does this paper look good with...," "What stamp should I use on this...," "Can you help me with...," and "Where is the...."  And on it went.  Of course it was music to my ears --a true joy to see my daughter having so much fun being creative and making her cards-- but after a while I was starting to get concerned that I'd never get my card made in time {the guys were getting back about noon on Sunday...and you all know how slow I am}.  I ended up working at night and early in the morning while my young sidekick was either watching a movie or sleeping. ;)

Well, the Li'l Miss had a grand ol' time and made SEVEN cards in less than 24 hours {and not working on them even half of that time...sheesh!}!  In comparison, by Friday evening I'd only selected my papers for ONE card {and only because I had "help" --Before he left for the weekend, I had asked my hubby if he had any color preferences for his card; he said he didn't...but then he added that "black, gray, and red might be nice." lol  Well, okay then. ;P 

Here's what I ended up with:
Not your traditional birthday card, I know.  But then again, if you knew how our lives have changed...and not at all like we'd planned...since we sold our home and left virtually everyone we love and everything we knew in California four years ago, you'd understand completely where this came from.  { If you don't want a bit of an explanation, then spare yourself the boredom and just skip the next paragraph.} 

We know that God has a tremendous sense of humor and a perfect plan for our lives.  And when we try to deviate from His plan for us, we often end up the recipients of His loving discipline until we learn to hear His voice guiding us...which is actually a blessing.  In other words, we've since learned that our plans to pack up and move far, far away {or at least in the exact steps we took} were obviously not in line with His plans for us and we're still feeling the consequences of not being able to discern that before proceeding down what turned out to be the wrong path.  Though costly, it hasn't been a bad experience.  We've been enjoying the detour and have even found ourselves blessed along the way, and --BIG lesson learned here-- we've learned to be content wherever we are.  We've also gained a new appreciation for sitting in an indefinite holding pattern, waiting until He clearly unblocks the path and leads the way.  So this card is my way of saying to my hubby that No matter where we live, no matter what our housing situation --owning, renting, big house, little house, here or there--- he is my home. {I did suggest he not even think about testing me on this by asking me to live in our 27' travel trailer! lol}  He is such a wonderful, loving husband and sometimes I neglect to remind him of that.  Guess it could've been given to him at any time, but {since I rarely have time to make cards for him} I chose his birthday. ;)   Hope that made sense.

I'm not sure if you can tell, but I put a piece of vellum over the focal image and then cut around *our* home so it would stand out more than the others.  I used three different stamp sets to piece together the wording, and the only thing I did differently from the sketch was to raise up the placement of the seemed to work much better with the image I'd chosen.  

This next card is the one my talented mom made for my hubby.  {Hope you don't mind, Mom.}
Isn't it wonderful?!  And check out all those great masculine touches!  Though I didn't capture it in the pic, the windshield and window actually have some sheen to it like sunshine's reflecting off it...haven't figured out how she did that yet, so I'm gonna have to ask.  The chrome details sparkle and shine as well --just perfect!  Anyway, my hubby loves this card as much as I do, but he and my dad both had a good laugh over it.  But not in a bad way.  My hubby, who has almost always owned Chevys and has a Chevy truck, noticed the GMC license plate on the truck right away.  My Dad, who has long had a thing for GMC vehicles and has a GMC truck, loved the card and told my mom that that's exactly what would happen when my hubby opened the card.  And it did.  Funny, it never even occurred to us gals.  It's gotta be a guy thing.  ;) 

So there ya have it.  Alllllllll of it! ;P Sorry for all the blabbering.  Must've been {looonnnnggggg} overdue. lol

I'm off to make pancakes...right after I go check out Taylor's sketch for this week! ;)   Hope you have a happy weekend!  Oh, and Happy October {can you believe it's October...already?!}!! 

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Economy Boosters {just doin' my part -lol!}:

Cardstock:  Smokey Shadow, Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey Ink), White Daisy, vellum (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Oliver 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  What Matters Most, Where You Should Be, Because of You (Ippity by Unity)

Ink:  Onyx Black VersaFine (Tsukineko)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Labels Twelve (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Heart-to-Heart punch (SU!), Zig-Zag Stitch border punch (EK Success), Mens Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest), sewing machine, thread, Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), pop dots, foam mounting tape


Pat said...

Oh, you are so clever ... love the sentiment you designed for hubby's card! No matter what style you decide to do, you always make it so beautifully designed and 'perfect'. This is super sweet -- as far as masculine goes ;-) Love ya, Mom

Monica said...

nice cards, mama and rad ma! bill sent me pics of them from his phone the other night so i got to see them the other day! he loves them both! xoxo

i better really go work on my class now, the evil eye is beginning to watch me for getting distracted ;) good night mama!

June Houck said...

Christi, I love Fridays too. In fact my dh, our daughters, and I were all born on a Friday :)

Your weekend with your dd sounds wonderful! And all of your cards are beautiful. I have been a fan for a long time! So nice your mom and your dd share this passion with you. (Nice job to your mom as well!)

Congrats on the cupcake card! It is delicious.

Barb said...

Your card is such a beautiful reflection of the story you shared. I really like your moms card too...lots of fun details on that one!

Congrats on being chosen for Taylors Top Crops...again!;)

I enjoyed reading your post, gave me the warm, how are YOU, my friend?

Stacy said...

Congrats on having both fantastic cards picked! You deserve to count!
Your husbands card is just fantasic, very creative, and what a wonderful testament to go with it! You made me cry :(
Your Mom's card is awesome, so funny about the GMC! Must be a guy thing!