Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 2013 - I Feel the Love Project

Hello! I can not believe it is the end of May! Where did the time go? I know it sure has gotten away from me. I haven't played with paper since last week and really wanted to work on a couple of challenges tonight. I was on facebook and came across Madison's post about the I Feel the Love Project for May. I went over to her blog and read the story. Immediately 2 card ideas came to mind and I went downstairs to play.
I am copying the post from Madison for the I Feel the Love Project, May 2013.

Madison is such an amazing young lady. A senior in high school, Madison formed this group to send handmade cards to different recipients each month. Just a kind gesture to show love, support and prayers. Please stop by each month to see who the new recipient is going to be, if you have a little extra time, create a card, write a note....brighten someone's day. You can find Madison's Blog right here.

These are the 2 cards I made tonight. I am mailing them off to Madison tomorrow.

For Reggie:

For Ashley:

And now Madison's Blog:

Honoring a Special Father
Andrew, Ashley, Sandy, Raelynn, Reggie (Dad), and Ryan  

The I Feel the Love Project will be collecting cards in May for Reggie Nelinger so that they can be given to him in June in time for Father's Day. We would like Mr. Nelinger to know just how much we love and support him as an amazing father to his four beautiful children. This project will be a complete surprise to him as it is being arranged by the IFTL Project and his family.

This is Reggie's story:

Fifteen years ago, Reggie Nelinger, an electrician, held the hand of his sweet 5 year-old daughter, Ashley, while his wife, Sandy and  her little brother, Andrew, heard the doctor state their daughter/sister had Wilms', a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Reggie was there being the best dad he could be all those long days and nights as his sweet daughter fought for her life. She beat the odds that were stacked against her despite losing one of her kidneys. For the next decade and a half Reggie got to see his daughter grow into a beautiful young lady. Reggie was able to teach Ashley to drive, take her camping, watch her graduate from high school and begin to plan her life out as a young adult. He was blessed and understood the blessing God gave him with Ashley and never took for granted the gift that was given to him as a father. 

This past January, Ashley was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer completely unrelated to the cancer she had as child. It is called rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer of the connective tissues, which in Ashley’s case is attached to her sinus passage. Not only is this cancer a bit of a medical baffle due to its rare state, but Ashley only has one kidney and that makes chemo and other forms of treatment more challenging to treat than normal. Reggie and his wife are now watching their child battle for her life once again. 

All the painful memories of the first battle are brought back to memory, as well as the feelings of helplessness, sleepless nights, and the worry about finances. For Reggie there is the added burden to be a provider for his family in a time when all he wants to do is be there by his child's side. It is Reggie's big heart and positive outlook that helps his family lead the fight for Ashley's life all the while helping to maintain some level of normalcy for his other three other children and wife during this difficult situation. Reggie is a dad that needs to be recognized, a dad that has not only stared every parent's worst nightmare in the face once, but now twice.  

***Please help us to honor Reggie by creating a card for him that says thinking of you, stay strong, great job dad... or whatever moves you.  Thank you so much.  It will mean more than you know to Reggie and his family.  

If you are so inclined, you can 
also create a card for Ashley as well.

To follow Ashley's progress and/or to find out how you can make a donation towards Ashley's treatment-   
 Facebook page - Angels for Ashley Nelinger 
or send an email to apieceoflifespie@gmail.com

If you would like to be a part of this project...  
All you need to do is:

Submit your hand crafted card/s by May 31st to:

Madison Womack
IFTL Project
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA 93423

Project #21

May 2013 Collection

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The 22nd Birthday

Hi Everyone,

This week I am the hostess of the Anything Goes with a Twist Challenge at Crafting By Designs. The twist I chose this week is Paper Piecing. I've only created a few items with paper piecing, so I'm challenging myself as well. I hope you hop over to visit and play along with us. Our DT sister, Cindy Leek is gifting a very special prize package from Close To My Heart for one lucky winner.

For my project I decided to something with owls. Owls are my niece's favorite and it was her 22nd birthday yesterday. A perfect handmade gift. I started off by painting (2) 5x7 white artists canvas'. Michael's has pretty good sales on them at times, usually $1.00 each. I drew the owl's faces and wings freehand and cut them from card stock, I used my circle punches for the eyes and the body. The owl's body is made up of 15 circles. I distressed all of the pieces with chocolate brown ink. The cardstock and design paper all came from my huge paper scrap stash.

There is no right or wrong way to make these adorable little owls. They are just so cute and whimsy.

This is my niece with her owl pictures. I call her Sally and have since she was a very little girl, her name is Lauren and she turned 22 yesterday. There are not enough words for me to express how proud I am of her. I can not believe she is 22! Seems like yesterday we were playing with my make up and I was fixing her hair into little pig tails and she was getting combs and brushes stuck in mine. She excelled in school all her life. Lauren was lead trumpet in the band and had a part in every musical during her 4 years in high school. Lauren went to college, was able to graduate a full semester early and was chosen to student teach in Ireland before graduating from college. Now she is a substitute teacher trying for a full time teaching position.

I think she liked her present.

Today I had a very special surprise when I logged onto facebook. Sandi Genovese showcased my Dangle Card on her facebook wall. I watched her scrapbook showgram and made the card. A Mother's Day card for my mom. I posted a pic on her wall over the weekend and today she shared it with all of her fans. I'm so excited!

I'm sorry for such a lengthy blog post. Please stop over Crafting By Designs and play along.
Also, thank you so much for stopping by. Let me know you were here, I love reading your comments.


Friday, May 10, 2013

A few days late and a blog short

In honor of Mother's Day this weekend, I would like to honor my Mom. My mom is my rock. My best friend. I love her with all of my heart and soul. She knows when something is wrong, even before I do most of the time. My mom has the best mom hugs. And even after all of this time, I still go home just for a mom hug. I've tested her patience throughout my life, I'm sure I've caused quite a few of her gray hairs, but through it all, she never once turned her back on me. She loved me unconditionally. This is the song I had sung in the church when Dan and I were married...for my mom.

I Love You Mutti!

And now on to the challenge...

When I joined the DT at Crafting By Designs I thought for sure I would keep my blog up to date...WRONG! So, as usual I'm a few days late.
This weeks challenge is Remembering Your Childhood. Ignacio from NICECRANE DESIGNS is our sponsor and gifted the design team a few Vintage Childhood files. Oh my! I had so much fun creating for this. I chose the Dolly Dingle Christmas Set. Ignacio has donated a very generous and most awesome prize for our winner, plus he donated 2 more sets! That's right, we are going to have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner. Please stop over Crafting By Designs and check out all of the details.

My images are colored in with blending chalks. I've added a little rub on here and there. Most of my paper is from DCWV stacks or comes from my scrap bin. Little embellies are Recollections from Michaels. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!