Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Missing the grandchildren

DH and I have a large family. Seven out of our eight children are married, and all have children. Too many of our kids and grandkids live out of town, and boy howdy, do I miss them!! We'll make the two hour journey to Madison on Saturday to watch Lily in her ballet recital, and see her brothers and sister, and we're very excited to go! Lunch with them all afterward, and lots of love and laughter I'm sure. Two more sons and their families live a bit further -- the Twin Cities. It's harder to get there on a regular basis. So I tend to send cards to the little ones. They love getting their own mail, and besides sending cards at the holidays, I like to send them cards when they're not expecting them! I've made a trio of mini cards that will go out tomorrow.

Lawn Fawn makes such sweet stamps, and they are perfect for the little one's cards. I was so inspired by this Lawnscaping Challenge #80, which is all about the minis. It didn't take long for me to come up with three little cards for three special little people.




This first one is for the big brother:



Love how this one turned out! Measuring 3x3, the base is a scrap of cardstock, but come to think of it, all the paper is from my scrapbox! I used LF dies to make the clouds, and the sun (it's two stars glued together), and only LF stamps. A red Copic for our flying friend, and some Jeni Bowlin ink. Oh, and one SC brilliant yellow sequin on the sun.


Next up is for the middle child:




I'm pretty sure she'll get a kick out of this. It's also mini, about a 3.5" circle card. The double sided dp is from Pink Paiselee. Not sure what the green base is, sorry. All LF stamps. SU black ink, and a couple of copics to make lemon meringue pie. I masked and combined a couple of stamps to make the "sweetie". I cut the card shape, and the scalloped circles with my Cameo. Popped up the pie and the whipped cream has some Wink of Stella on it, but as you all know, it doesn't photograph well.


Lastly, is for the baby of this family. She's 2 1/2, and I have to tell you how sweet and smart she is! She's memorized  John 3:16, and mommy got it on video, which she posted to FB. Made tears well up in my eyes. Don't know who I'm more proud of, Miss Girl, or her faithful parents. (Giving silent thanks here) So, in order to jot a bit of something inside, and get them ready for the mail, I'm going to run after you see her card. 




All I did for this card, was to use LF's Quinn's ABCs, stamped in MME Smoke ink, then colored them with various Copics. One little popped up sticker from K & Co. Other than the Neenah white base and panel, that's it. Happy dances everyone!



19 comments:

Bobby said...

These cards are so sweet and I'm sure the kids will love them, Bev. I used to do this when my grand kids were younger.

Marybeth said...

Hi Bev, I so hear you when you say you miss the grandkids. I miss them as soon as they leave,takes me awhile to get out of the heavy heart.
Well I know they are going to love all the lawn fawn cards you made. So adorable. Sounds like a wonderful day planed. Drive safely!

Tracey McNeely said...

Bev what fantastic cards you have made for your grandchildren. I really understand how hard it must be for you to not see them all the time.

Lindsey said...

Such cute cards! I love that they were made with particular grandchildren in mind. I can certainly relate to missing family far away...wouldn't it be wonderful if we were only a hop, skip, and a jump away from all our loved ones?

Martha said...

These mini-cards are just so adorably SWEET! They made me smile. What a thoughtful grandma you are! Your grandchildren will enjoy receiving these!

Family means so much to me. I also wish I lived closer to my family, so that I could see them more often.

Happy crafting!

Kim Heggins said...

Bev, you have the sweetest soul on the planet. I always love reading your posts and this one brought a few tears to my eyes. I love reading about your family and your love for each and everyone of them. Your cards show that special love you have for them too, so sweet.

Geri said...

Kim is right! You are the sweetest, kindest, talented and most considerate soul on this planet! Can you imagine how excited the kidlets will be when these arrive in the mail? Definitely fabulously sweet Happy Mail! I love your 'star sun'....great idea! The pink gingham & the watermelon paper - a perfect pair and little Kalin's name paired with the sweet heart - perfect!

Not sure who will be more excited when these arrive....the kids or mom & dad!

Shannon J said...

Awww these are just so sweet Bev! The grand kids are going to flip over these!

Lynn said...

Oh how are blessed are you and your grandchildren are so blessed to have you Bev. These cards are absolutely adorable!

Kristie Goulet said...

Such sweet cards, Bev! Your grandchildren are blessed to have you and you are blessed!

Anita in France said...

Oh, Bev these the the most adorable little cards ... the kidlets will be so taken with them! You are all mutually blessed ... and so are we to share in your joy! Anita :)

Kim S said...

These seem just perfect for each grandchild. Isn't this why cardmaking is such a special thing to do? We love the crafting and we can tailor it to the recipient, then they feel so special when they get it!

John 3:16 - wow! Have a wonderful trip to visit the other grandkids!

cm said...

Oh, how I can relate to missing the little ones, and I can imagine the smiles that will light their faces when they open their 'just for them' cards made by the most awesome, sweetest, super-darling-est grandma EVER! Happy mail, indeed! Love the cards; love the thoughtfulness; love the love!! Hugs~c

Kylie said...

Bev, you are so sweet and so are your adorable cards. Your little grandchildren are beyond blessed to have you as a Grandma!!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

They will love their personalised mini cards - they are super sweet! Thanks so much for playing with us at Lawnscaping, hugs, Karin

Darnell J Knauss said...

You are the best grandma EVER, Bevie!! Kids adore getting their own mail, especially anything with their own name on it! I love all three of these delights!! Hugs, Darnell

Christiana said...

Very sweet cards! Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping! Big hugs!

Deepti said...

Awww these are so adorable!! I am sure ur grand kids would love these cards :)

maria f. said...

See? This is why, in my book, you get the Oscar for Grandmas. Just sayin'.