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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wedding Anniversary Cards

Hello all! Hope you have had a great week. February is almost over and I want to share a few more things I did in this month. One of my best clients (my mother-in-law) requested some special thank you cards for their wedding anniversary celebration. I just love creating for weddings and related events. Yes, I am a romantic!

I got this special handmade paper for an art supply store in Orange County. It comes in poster size sheets and is beautiful. So here is a look at some of the cards I made for them. Other supplies came from Michael's.

Love cutting out all these flowers to use as embellishments.

Adding this picture and personalized sentiment are a great touch.

Used these cream colored pearlized matching envelops.

I was so happy of how these cards turned out. My mother-in-law loved them. She said one of the ladies that received one of these cards was carrying it around and showing other. So exciting! 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Valentines In Review

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I just love creating cards for this lovey dovey holiday. In this post I will share some of the other cards I made and a special surprise.  OK, first the surprise! We had some extra cards and sent them to our local sports radio station. I am a regular listener to 710 am ESPN radio. Love it! So my hubby and I thought it would be a fun idea to send some cards to the various hosts. We were hoping they would enjoy personally using our cards for their loved ones.

Well, sent the cards and was just wishing maybe someone would at least send us a thank you by way of Twitter or email. Boy, did we get more than that. On Valentine's Day, a friend emailed me to say, "U are on the radio!" I was like what? So glad she heard it because I missed it. Take a listen. (Listen around the 12:30 mark) 710 ESPN Radio

Isn't that awesome? I was so excited and this made our Valentines night extra special. Thank you Steve Mason and ESPN!

Also, here are some the other cards I made to celebrate this wonderful day. Enjoy!

This "sweet hearts" card is a beauty. Love the colors.

Pink and black are always so pretty together.

I especially love this card on the right with the bold black bow.

Love making this envelop card. The chipboard pieces are Martha Stewart.

Here are more of the red envelop cards. So fun!

Well, that is it for now but hope you enjoyed seeing all these creations. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Meet My Ancestor Samantha

Wow, I haven't posted in a while and have so much to share. So, I guess I will slow down and do one post at a time. This post is in celebration of Black History Month. If fact, I will call it "My History Month."

For a while now, I wanted to share about some of my family genealogy. I love doing family research and once I got on Ancestry.com I was even more hooked.

A few years ago, my mom was introduced to a lady that can research your family tree. She researched all the information and printed out several notebooks for us. We were so excited with some the names and documents she found. My mom had researched our family years ago but these documents revealed new names we never knew about.  With all this information, we were inspired to share it with the family. So, we put a family tree book together from all four sides of my family. It took us while to compile all the stories and pictures but it was a labor of love. It included lots of pictures, stories, and family trees.

While, we were working on this project, a cousin sent us a copy of an old article she had about our ancestor Samantha who lived to be almost 120 years old! I was so excited to see this. The copy we had wasn't very clear, so somehow I did more research to find out the library in that old Mississippi town could search for the original newspaper article and we would get a better copy. After some time, she found it and mailed it to me.

Meet my great, great, great grandmother Samantha Cooper.

This article about her was so fascinating to read. She was born around 1830 and died 1941. Can you image all the events she witnessed? Slavery, Civil War, WW1 and WW2, Great Depression, and so much more. I don't know anything about her personality or her parents but the part I do know makes me proud to be her descendant.

The courage and strength she must of had to live through so much encourages me. She was a wife, mother, servant, and woman of faith. Thank you Samantha for all you endured to make my life so much better.