Saturday, November 28, 2009

All Things T!m 2010 Calendar Swap

I am participating in a 2010 Calendar Page Swap on the All Things T!m Yahoo group. Each member/participant is making one of the months and I made the cover. We all made 13 to trade and one that the hostess will send to Tim Holtz. (Wow! To think one of my 'artistic creations' will actually be in T!m's home!)
Anyway...these are the 13 for trade...
...and this is the one for T!m. I used the following T!m products and techniques:
* Fired Brick Distress Crackle Paint and Distress Ink on the hand-cut Grungepaper heart.
* Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint on the tag which was also distressed using Corduroy and Fired Brick Distress Ink.
* Tag was stamped using a stamp from his Stamper's Anonymous collection.
* ATC is stamped using another stamp from his ATC Stamper's Anonymous collection and distressed with Corduroy Distress Ink then edged with Black Diamond Stickles.
* ATC has dots of Tiara Stickles in 3 of the corners.
* Flower is distressed with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.
* The center of the flower is comprised of a washer, brad, and safety pin from his Idea-ology line. (I learned this T!m technique at Creative Escape in AZ in August.)
* 2010 tags were colored with Fired Brick Distress ink and distressed with Black Distress Ink. They dangle freely from the tag which is tied with black tulle.
All papers are by 7 Gypies.
Once the hostess swaps each member's/participant's page, a complete calendar will be returned to us. They will then be bound at the top with the Bind-It-All. What fun it's been! :D

In Our Mother's Memory

With a look of surprise...well, more like sister, Sherri, accepts the key to the condo she and her husband just purchased in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Our mother loved the mountains and she had a place there that we used to visit for some much-needed R & R.
Here we are - ready to open the front door. Her place is gorgeous...warm and welcoming.

This is her son's, Brett, room decorated in a cowboy theme. Yippee-I-O!
Wow! After a long day of skiing for Sherri or golf for Steve or shopping for both, they can enjoy the jacuzzi in the master bathroom. Now that's the life!
God has blessed our families in so many ways. May you have many wonderful memories, my dear sister and friend. Luv ya!
BTW...I'm currently working on getting a smaller...much in the mountains also. :D
Blessings to you all, denise

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you! God has blessed me in so many ways. Yesterday I was sad because Thanksgiving dinner was only going to be my daughter, Bekah, and me. My two oldest children, Jenn and Chris, weren't able to join us. Too expensive to fly...not enough time off to drive. My plan was to just go eat at Luby's - no cooking, no dishes. But then Bekah said, "What is Thanksgiving without cooking and dishes?" So we cooked..and did dishes! She invited some of her friends and we had a delightful time. They are now watching the Dallas Cowboys game. Go, 'Boys!

The little trinket/hot pad above was my dear mother's. Every holiday meal at her house was served on her collection of various hot pads. Though she could never claim fame to being a good cook, she made up for it in her creativity. Just had to include one of the hot pads in the centerpiece for the table. I love you, Mom. Did they serve turkey and ham in heaven? :D
Lunch cooked: 5 hours. Lunch eaten: 20 minutes. Kitchen cleaned: 30 minutes. Now cheering on the Team of Texas - the Dallas Cowboys: priceless! Love that Belle!...

...and my sweet baby Roxy! Thank you, God, for our abundant blessings.
Give thanks, denise

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Yeah, Bekah!

I am one proud mama here! My baby Bekah graduated recently earning her medical assistant certification. She plans to continue on and earn an associate degree and then a bachelors degree. She's one awesome kid!
That's my baby...She has worked so hard for this day. Yeah, Bekah!

Ain't she a cutie? I love you, Precious!
Through many struggles, she is a survivor. Thank you, Lord, for Your grace and understanding. I'm so proud of my Rebekah Larae.
God is good...Blessings to you all, denise :D

New Books Using Tim Products!

Hey, check it out! I found these great books yesterday at my LSS (The Stamp Act in El Paso, Texas) which use the Tim Holtz line of Idea-ology and Ranger products. They are published by Design Originals. Of course I had to buy all three. Now I'll have to check out Design Originals website to see what else they may have. :D
This one has card making ideas. Too cute...I luv it! Can be a "just because" card or for a special holiday or celebration.
This book has home decorating and accessories ideas. Luving it, too!

This one is my favorite. It has jewelry projects. I see gift-giving ideas here. Oh, boy!
We can never have too many ideas for Tim's terrific stuff. I'm anxious to see what he has coming for us in January. Yeah, Tim...Luv ya, Baby!
Give thanks for our many blessings. Hugs, denise :D