Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks

Hello friends!
It's been too long since I last posted and I wanted you all to know I'm still kickin' :)  Unfortunately life's been a bit stressful lately due to an extremely difficult personal crisis one of my family members is going through.  I don't want to go into any details out of respect for their privacy but I can tell you it's been a tough time for my whole family.  Lots of tears and lots of prayers.  Doesn't always leave alot of energy for anything else. 

While I just haven't been "feeling it" lately with respect to creating for a specific contest I have been trying to do alot of creating just to create.  Wanted to share a couple of these cards with you:

Was totally inspired by Joy to create this one!  I've had this poinsettia stamp from Holly Berry House for a long time.  I embossed it in white several times on some old book pages, colored it with distress markers then heavily spritzed it with perfect pearls and water.  The shine is magnificent IRL!  I paired it with some pp from my fave BG Aspen Frost collection and a sentiment from Hero Arts.


The last card I made with this Memory Box window frame die was an outside looking in scene.  This time I wanted it to be inside looking out :)  Stamped Hero Arts woodgrain bg on the die cut window frame.  The Hero Arts evergreen trees were embossed on watercolor paper then watercolored with distress markers.  Difficult to see in the photo but I added lots of stickles to the finished wintry scene.  Sentiment is also from Hero Arts.

Was inspired by Julie's card on the Hero Arts blog to create this one.  Used my all-time fave Hero Arts wreath stamp, my beloved Basic Grey Aspen Frost pp's and a sentiment from my new fave Hero Arts holiday sentiment set :)

And last but not least is this little cutie patootie I die cut from Cricut Winter Frolic cart and paired with a Hero Arts sentiment.  Last year I searched high and low for this cartridge at all the area craft stores with no luck.  One of the last gifts I opened on Christmas day was from "Santa" and it contained this cartridge :)  When my dh was on an overnight hunting trip he did a little "hunting" at that area's craft stores and found it!  So thankful for him and his thoughtfulness:)

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving Day tomorrow may it be a blessed one!!  So thankful for all of you!!  Love this inspiring and supportive online community to bits!!


CinnamonSally said...

Hi Robin, sorry to hear you have been having a hard time, hope your family member is OK. Love all your cards particularly the poinsettia one. The flower is stunning.

Cindy C. said...

Sorry to hear that you're going thru a difficult time Robin. I hope things will turn around and everything goes back to 'good' mode for you. Beautfiul cards BTW! I especially like the poinsietta flower one!

Rosemary said...

hi robin!! so sorry that you and your family have been experiencing some difficulties right now! i hope that things get better soon!!! your cards are absolutely fabulous... love the first one best of all!

maria mcclure said...

Robin, we've missed you and I'm so sorry to learn it's due to a family difficulty. Hopefully, things will ease for all of you and the outcome will be gentle and good.

thanks for sharing these beauties with us today. Wishing you a holiday full of love and hope.

Trinh said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your family crisis. I hope the situation will get better soon. I'm glad to see you are still crafting. Your cards are wonderful but that 1st one is my absolute fave. Hope you & your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Joy said...

Your cards are masterpieces pleased I was able to inspire you, so fun and gives a total different look to a card...hang in there sweets, my love and hugs are reaching out to you...

Barb said...

I've been missing you, my friend. So sorry to hear about the difficulty your family is going through. Sending hugs and prayers and hoping that everything gets better very soon.

Love your awesome cards! Each one is so creative! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

mimijudy1975 said...

Robin, I am so sorry to hear that this is a hard time for you and your family. I hope that things will ease for all soon.Saying prayers for you.
I love all the cards you've posted here.The poinsettia is beautiful . I especially like how you used the window frame to show the pretty trees from outside.
Happy Thanksgiving ,Robin.

joy said...

Hi, Robin! I've missed seeing your beautiful creations! So sorry to hear that your family is going through this. I am sure your loved one is grateful to have your love and support through it all. Will keep you in my prayers.

That poinsettia card is just gorgeous!

Judy1223 said...

Hi Robin! So sorry to hear that you and your family have been facing some rough times, I will keep your intentions in my prayers. Good for you to find some time to create, not for any particular challenge but for the fun of it. What a healthy way to release stress and take a little time to decompress. The four cards you posted here are all amazing in their own way...they are all sure to bring smiles to their recipients. As always, you are still the reigning "Queen of the Scene" and that window card has my jaw on the keyboard!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle said...

You have been gone a while, Robin! It's always more difficult to deal with a family crisis during the holidays. I really hope your family heals quickly! I'm sending warm thoughts and prayers your way.
On another note...I love your cards. The poinesttia is my favorite! beautiful coloring! Your tree scene is so peaceful and I love the little angel and bird!
Take care my friend!

Greta said...

My thoughts are with you Robin during this difficult time. You've made wonderful cards--the poinsettia is my favorite & you've inspired me to use the stamp I have. Hugs, Greta

Maureen Morton said...

Oh, Robin - I have been so missing you and sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time. Crafting can be good therapy - I can see that you are still making such beauties! Wowzer, girlfriend! That poinsettia is a brilliant knock-out! Hang in there, sweet friend....will keep you in my most positive thoughts and prayers.

sheila said...

Hi Robin....I am sorry to hear that you have heaviness in your life right now....I hope that all works out for you very soon. Your cards are just adorable and elegant and beautiful and and and.....;you have such a way with crafting!