Thursday, March 20, 2014

there'snoplacelikehomethere'snoplacelikehomethere'snoplacelikehome...

Dorothy was right. There is absolutely no place like home! After an uber busy March thus far, and being gone forever (or so it seems), it's just plain good to be home. This last trip was particularly brutal on many levels. We had to go to my sil's funeral in North Carolina. Marilyn lost her battle with cancer but is no longer suffering its ravages. For that last part, I am truly thankful. It was good to see her husband and children, and her sisters and brother, but I would have much preferred to see everyone in a happier setting. We could only go for the day, so flew in and out on Monday. Harsh. Too many hours spent on an airplane, but there was no other choice; we wouldn't have missed being there to support family for anything. DH doesn't travel well, especially overnight, due to health concerns. But we just had to go and thought this would be the best option. I can't recommend this kind of trip for anyone. I hope never ever to have to do an in-and-out kind of trip like this again. I'm doing my best to get caught up with the housework, and DH is just trying to 'catch up.' He's still beat. Poor thing.

I did get some crafting time in yesterday, and since I've written enough already, I'll get to the cards I'm posting today. The first one up is for two challenges. Retro Sketches #106, and also for Lawnscaping #78, where we are to go CAS.


         


And this is my card:




The dp and stamp are both LF. A scrap of navyish cardstock and white, a Neenah white base, some SC sequins and that's it. Pretty CAS, or QACAS as Darnell says (quick and clean and simple). 

My next card will be popped into Curtain Call, where we are challenged to be "Farm Fresh."




If you look closely, you'll see some corn, and also some red gingham ribbon on the vase. Those were my inspiration for this card:




Everything about this card (paperwise, anyway...) are scraps, except the Gina K. kraft base. Sorry, couldn't tell you who made the scraps. LF corn images, stamped and fussy cut, and the sentiment is from Joys Life. With both I used SU black ink. The die is from SU, but it belongs to Sandy, and I can't remember the name of it. Really and truly an easy card to make. And since I'm in a crafty mood, I'm going to get back to it! Have a great first day of Spring, and go out among the tulips and happy dance for the joy of life.





15 comments:

cm said...

I've been thinking of you and your whirlwind expedition all week - glad to know you're home safely, enveloped in the comforts of home and rejuvenating your energy. Hopefully, your husband will be 'caught up' very soon; quite the journey the two of you had, both physically and emotionally! Time for 'only good things.' Speaking of good things: your cards are both so charming! The speech bubbly hello and the trio of corn ears make me smile - as in mega watt smile! Love them both; and again, breathing a sighhh that you're a-okay! Hugs~c

Craftychris said...

Both these are fabulous! The fist one is so colourful and a perfect design for difficult male cards. I love the smiley faces on the corn on the second one! Thank you so much for following me! xx

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

Oh goodness, I am so sorry about your loss. It is so hard. Your cards are just beautiful, so glad you got some craft therapy in! Big hugs, and I hope things get back to a more "normal" for you soon.

Shannon J said...

Oh Bev, I'm so sorry to hear of your SIL's passing. It is comforting to know she is at peace, but can we just rid the world of cancer?!! It really does suck.
Glad you and your hubby are home safe and sound recovering. What a trip. I can't even imagine.
Your cards are just lovely, as always!! I'm sure making them offered a little escape to the whirlwind :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Bev I am so sorry that you had all that to deal with and i am glad that you are home safe and sounds. Fabulous cards today. Thank you so much for joining us at the Curtain Call!

Susanne Vargas said...

I am so sorry about your SIL's passing!
Hope the crafting time has helped you recover from that exhausting trip! Both cards are so fun and cheerful!
Take good care of yourself and your hubby and please do a happy dance in the tulips for me as ours are still covered in snow...
Hugs,
Susanne

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm so sorry about DH's sister and the whirlwind trip you had to take, Bevie. And I'm very relieved that you are both home safe and you've been able to get right back to crafting! It is the best therapy and you've made two dashing cards!! My heart really melted for the adorable happy-faced Iowa sweet corn with the red gingham tablecloth backdrop! Excellent! Hugs, Darnell

Geri said...

I just love that Darnell calls you Bevie! So cute :)

Speaking of cute...the sweet smiley meticulously fussy cut corn atop the gingham table cloth are sweet as sweet can be!

I ADORE the speech bubble card...the layout is fabulous! Sweet wee 'hello' tucked off to the side, perfectly balanced with the three stars!

Nice to see you taking time to rest and enjoy some paper therapy!

Hannelie said...

So glad you're back Bev!
And back with a 2 great cards as well!
Gingham a firm favorite of mine, plus that cute corn smiley faces!
hugs to you friend!

Anita in France said...

So happy you're taking a little time to simply be, Bev ... and to create these sweet sweet cards! What fabulous speech bubbles ... all beautifully ... um ... bubbly and fun ... perfectly complimented by the scattering of stars! Completely cute corn cobs, sitting happily in their basket, on that fabulous gingham cloth! Wishing you and John a restful and happy weekend, my friend! Anita :)

Lynn Mangan said...

Bev, I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-laws passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you and your hubby are able to get some rest. I love your adorable cards as always.

Bobby said...

I'm glad you had some crafty time after the week you've had. I'm sorry you had to see family under such sad circumstances. A little paper therapy will do you good - has done you good judging by your wonderful cards.

Kim Heggins said...

Bev...so happy that you are home and back in your craft room. All that you and your family have been through is never easy but I know Marilyn's family was just grateful to have you and John there for them. Your cards are fabulous and so much fun. I just love those ears of corn!

maria f. said...

Oh no. SIL didn't win the fight. That makes me so sad. Sorry to hear...
Your card, however, does evoke a smile...
Hug.

Kim S said...

I know that I am commenting very late - but I am so sorry for your difficult time.

I'm glad you got some crafting in - it's a good way to recover, isn't it? Wonderful, cheerful colors on today's cards! Love your use of the CtS sketch - the simple hello with that paper is fantastic. And how farm fresh is that gingham corn??!