Monday, May 31, 2010

Letter To Alison at Graduation

This page is going to be the last in the album.  It's a letter I wrote to her. I wanted it to be very simple...just a picture of us and the letter, so this is what I came up with!  Journalling letter says:
Journalling letter says:

Alison, May 31, 2010
I wanted to tell you how proud I am of all you've accomplished!
I can't believe you are graduating High School! It seems just yesterday you were calling me Mom-may and sitting in my lap while I read you bedtime stories! I miss those days so much!
You were the cutest, most unique and funny little girl! You kept me and your Dad laughing at your wild imagination every day!

Now you're a young woman with the same wild and crazy imagination, happy spirit and wondrous outlook on life. I hope you'll keep that wherever you go, whatever you do…it's what makes you so special and what I treasure the most about you.

I know we've had some tough times over the years, but through it all, there was never any doubt from either of us that the love was always there. I hope you'll always remember that…LOVE and FAMILY are what make life worthwhile and meaningful.

Remember how we used to lift our arms above our head whenever we drove over a rail road track? Or how we used to open the sunroof on the car, roll down the windows and turn the music (Shania Twain or Michael Jackson!) up full blast and sing as loud as we could get our voices to carry? Remember when we got up in the middle of the night to go for a drive in the Corvette? Or when we'd move the furniture and turn our living room in to a dance floor? Those are the times that are most vivid in my memories…not the hard times we went through together. I hope the same is for you….

Alison, I love you with all my heart. I'm proud of you and I hope you know that I always will, NO MATTER WHAT. You're my daughter, my flesh and blood and you'll always be my little girl.

Seize life! Make it what you always dreamed it could be! This is your chance to move mountains, to be anything and anyone you want to be! Set your goals in front of you Alison, and never ever stop working to reach them! You can do anything or be anything you choose to be! Go for it with all your heart and soul ~ before you know it, you'll have the world by it's tail!

I love you. Congratulations on your High School Graduation!
Thanks for visiting my blog!!!

I Hope You'll Dance

I have been working furiously to get my daughter's graduation album finished! I have two more days and I have to work both of them!  I thought surely I could finish today but I'm soo darn picky and slow when it comes to picking out the pps and colors, etc for my pages! I did accomplish two more pages today though, so I'm closer to being done (two more pages to go!). 

This page is called I Hope You'll Dance because I love the lyrics to that song and I thought it was perfect for this layout.  alison was the cutest ballerina anywhere....she called herself  a 'bowerina', so cute!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Congratulation on Graduating!

I created this card for my daughter's high school graduation.  The inspiration came from the Stamper's Sampler magazine I bought a couple months ago.  I enjoyed creating it so much! the sentiment, the birds and the music heart are all stamps.  I used Yes Paste to place all the papers (My friend Alda - Flying Unicorn - recommended it and I am soo glad she did...I LOVE it!  It's so versatile! Thanks so much for looking!

Alison and Dylan Prom Night

This is a lo I did for Alison's gradution album.  I love the way it turned out and am not so sure I can actually part with know how it is! Kids that young, who knows if she'll keep up with the album over the years?!  My secret sister on gave me the Peeled Paint Distress Ink, which I just fell in LOVE with and cant wait to use again!!  I punched the flowers with two punches, added the buttons and made the stems with cardstock...This is the first layout where I've sewn most of the paper onto the bg page and I definately will do it again! I LOVE the effect!  Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Crop Time!

I am hosting my very first crop tomorrow at my home and I'm super excited about it!  I only have a couple of people coming this time, since it's my first, I thought I'd make it a small one so we can really get into our work and get alot done! thanks so much Paula and Dana for accepting my invite (please feel free to bring along a friend!!)I'm planning some special treats for us to enjoy...appetizers, gift bags, fun fun fun!  Can't WAIT!  The crop is at my home on Dodson Avenue in Fort Smith, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until we're done with our projects!  See you there!

Saturday, May 15, 2010


This is a layout I did of my hubby's grandbaby (and mine now!), Emily.  We went outside and she immediately jumped up into this chair and assumed the RELAX position! Iused the Cricut Pagoda cartridge to cut the bridge and the big flower.  Stickles were fun to use for the stamped flowers, photo corners and little chipboard flower at the top right.  Isn't she just the cutest?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

I'm painting again

My two grown children have been harrassing me for years to start painting and sketching again.  Because of that, after we purchsed this house that we are renovating, I decided to do some original art to hang.  Yesterday I was at Hobbly Lobby looking for an easel when my son called from Germany. He was ecstatic that i was actually buying an easel.  I came home and began working on my first painting in years....It was great getting back to a love that I've had buried inside me for too long...

I still have a bit of touch up to do, and I need to sign it, but this is what I have done so far.

Here is a close up of the bottom of the painting.  I used paint from the can I used to paint my living room for the back ground.  It's called Sparkling Lake and I love the color!  I will hang this picture in the kitchen to bring the red from the dining room and the Sparkling Lake colors into the kitchen...and tie it all together better.  Thanks for looking!