Sunday, January 28, 2018

Thinking of You!

Happy Sunday Everyone!
Hope you are having as good a weekend as I am!!

I do have a quick card to share with you today and I will put it here at the top of my post before telling you all about my fun day yesterday!  I noticed a couple of challenge right at the top of the 'Saturday List' on Paper Playful and that was my inspiration.  First is the 'Cool in Blue' challenge at the A Gem of a Challenge Blog and next is the OMBRE challenge at the Addicted to CAS Blog.

To create my OMBRE watercolor background panel, I used Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China, Salty Ocean & Faded Jeans).  I simply swiped the colors across my watercolor paper, spritzed with water then blotted with a paper towel.  Next I die cut the Memory Box 'Starlight Snowflake Collage' from my ombre panel and added a touch of 'Waterfall Stickles' to the snowflake points & center for a touch of sparkle.  Lastly I added my Simon Says 'Thoughtful Messages' sentiment.  VIOLA!

For those of you not interested in my personal life, feel free to stop here ... it's okay! LOL 
Others,  please feel free to move on and share in my happy personal moments with family! 

Yesterday afternoon began with a 'Sip & Paint' class with my daughter & granddaughter!  What fun we had!  So much so that daughter Carolyn & I are getting together again for another class this coming Thursday evening.  This time it will be a 'Winter Welcome' canvas we will be painting ... oh yes, I will share my 'masterpiece' when it's done!  LOL
I must admit ... Crafty I am ... Artistic I am NOT!!  

 Granddaughter Morgan 

 Daughter Carolyn

(back row - left is Dawn ... one of Carolyn's running friends ... they've done several 5k, 10k and half marathons together)
None of us are going to quit our day job and become art instructors ...
But, we sure had a great time!

The fun didn't stop there!
As I shared yesterday, it was my mother's 88th birthday, so after our painting class fun we linked up over in PA at Mom's for pie & coffee to celebrate.  Carolyn picked up an Apple Crumb and a Lemon Meringue pie (Mom's favorite) at a Mennonite Restaurant called Der Daus Haus and I stopped by the florist to pick up a sweet smelling floral arrangement to surprise her with.  She was thrilled to see us come and had the coffee ready (that was her part in this get together).  LOL   It wasn't long when we heard another vehicle pull in and my grandson & his girlfriend popped in to surprise Great Grandma (or as she likes to be know ... Grandma Great).  

It was a fun filled day for Mom since my other siblings linked up with her earlier in the day.  They took her out for lunch and had a few laughs over some of her 'non traditional' birthday presents.  
What a blessed day all around!! 

Thanks for stopping by today and for those of you who made it to the bottom of this long post ... BLESS YOU!  LOL

As always . . .


Liz said...

Lovely card, Darlene, your ombré background is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your photos, looks like you had a wonderful day yesterday. Happy belated birthday to your Mom. xx

Flo said...

I really enjoyed reading about the other part of you that ticks—Happy Birthday to your 88 year mother!
I can just imagine how delicious that Amish-made lemon meringue pie was—yum!

Bunny said...

Lovely card. Sounds like y'all had a fun day and made it special for Grandma Great. [Bunny]

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love your beautiful card with the watercolored background. And, I bet that was a fun activity. My daughters have done it but I have not. But I did try a little painting at one point in my crafting. I think all you ladies did an awesome job too!

Maria Illsley said...

A lovely card I do like the oxides they are great to work with. The family photos look great and you all look like you had a great time painting. And the family photo with your mum is so lovely xx

Donna Phelan said...

Pretty card! Great photos! Frame Worthy! xo~

Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous card love the image and your choice of blues. Thanks for joining us at PG, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Diane said...

What a fabulous day and a fabulous memory you will always have in your heart!! Wonderful seeing you all together (and you can tell you are all paintings are great, so glad you had some crafty fun other then the usual card making/blogland...feels good to get away doesn't it? Thanks for sharing your wonderful day with us...oh and your card is great too!!

Leslie Miller said...

I seem to recall you've done the Sip & Paint class before. It sounds like such a fun activity, especially with a close group of family or friends like yours. You're all so cute together and your paintings so sweet with the love marks on the trees. What a full day! You are your mother's daughter, for sure! Clear over to PA afteward just to make your mom happy. A real treat for her and all of you! I really enjoyed this post, Darlene. And to top it all off, you have a lovely card with a beautiful ombre background. I like the effect of blotting with a paper towel. Again, inspiring!

Conniecrafter said...

Love your delicate snowflake against the blue! So pretty!
How fun to take that class together, a friend of mine did it also and said it is a fun time but I haven't gone myself, I am no artist either :)
Sounds like your mom had a wonderful day and I love that she likes to be called Grandma Great :)

Nancy said...

Beautiful card, Darlene! The ombre is lovely! Your paintings turned out great! I'm sure you all had a really wonderful time together! Belated Happy Birthday to your Mom! It sounds like a super fun day all around...even some yummy pie! :o)

Centellazul said...

Woow lovely!!!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

What a GORGEOUS ombre background. I love that single white snowflake and that little bit of sparkle on the ends. Thanks for linking up and playing with us at ATCAS!