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Sunday, July 29, 2018

I have had a busy couple of weeks and I haven't been able to blog much, but today is a great day to catch up on a few things. Because I've been busy with family, it's been hard to write down my thoughts and share things with you.

One of the things I'm doing is talking to my Granddaughter, Abby, each day via Face Time. What a blessing technology can be! It's nice to just chat and see what she and Josh are doing during the summer months. Abby started the process of calling me, and it has been almost a daily thing...I think she's bored. We have had fun reading and reviewing Nancy Drew books, and sharing craft and art ideas. Today, I was able to show her how I cut my paper packs for Stamp Camp on Saturday and also the cards we made. She wants to make all of them when she visits in August, but of course, she wants to make cookies, slime, art, go to the beach, play with Annie and a sundry other things that we talked about. Yikes, I hope I have enough energy to accomplish all of this!

So, these are the cards we made at Stamp Camp on Saturday:



This beautiful card was done with the Garden Impressions DS paper #146289 $11.00, the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set #143861, and the punch Pretty Label #143715.


I love this summery card done with the Tropical Escape DS paper #146916 and some retired framelit dies that I had on hand, but I can't wait to get the new Tropical Chic Stamp Set and Framelit Bundle #148399 for $44.00 that will work better with my design. 


I love this stamp set! It is modern and would be a great set for celebrations and birthdays; it's called Bubble Over #145868, $17.00, and to match, Bottles and Bubbles Framelits Dies #145663, $28.00.


Isn't this card elegant? It's done with the Darling Label Punch Box set #146855, $45.00. It includes a 6 piece Darling Label stamps, the Darling Label punch, 2 Stampin' Ink Spots, and a clear stamp block! Along with all of this, a beautiful box to keep all of the items in, which is shown in the picture.

Well, next time I blog, I think I'm going to give a card recipe or two!

Take care,
Gloria

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Monday, July 9, 2018

We had a lovely weekend, and today is a normal Monday. First, I have to tell you what we did from Friday through Sunday. Randy was home last week, and we had a lot of things to do, but since the weather was beautiful on Friday, we visited the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana. We've never been there and I felt good this past week and I was ready to try it with my Knight in Shining Armor! Anyway, it was an enjoyable afternoon. I walked for one hour and fifteen minutes...can you believe it? I haven't been able to do that for a long time. (Thank you Dr. Michael Lee and the University of Chicago along with my Physical Therapist, Heidi, at Lakeland Orthopedic and Physical Therapy. If it wasn't for these talented people, I still wouldn't be walking.)

Anyway, back to the zoo; we saw emus, white tigers, leopards, flamingos, monkeys, parrots, buffalo and many other animals. I am an animal and bird lover, so I had to read the signs and take my time looking at all the animals. My favorite TV shows are on National Geographic. Lately, I've been watching The Incredible Dr. Pol. He's a veterinarian from Weidman, Michigan which is in the lower peninsula in the north central part of the state. He IS incredible! He takes care of small and large animals and has two other vets to help him. I have learned so much about animal care and I think if I hadn't become a nurse, I would have become a vet. It's amazing how he helps animals.


Knight in Shining Armor


Flamingos


Galapagos Turtle


Brown Llama

Okay, on with the weekend, Saturday I slept in until 9 AM...that is unusual for me, but I think the zoo wore me out. I was looking forward to Saturday for over a week. It was crafting day with my friends at the Free Methodist Church in Niles, Michigan! The event is called Standing Stones, I don't know why...I will have to ask Joy M. who coordinates the event. This is a small crafting event and starts at noon and runs to 8 PM. Perfect for me, I can't last too much longer. I had a fantastic time with Beth R. and Vonnie R. crafting and chatting about all kinds of things. I got four scrapbook pages done, not the journaling part, I have to do that at home. But the design and title and pictures are attached (you can see a portion on my side of the table).


Vonnie and Beth

Sunday, I rested. I wanted to go to church, but I didn't get up until 9:30 AM. Our church starts at 9 AM. My story about church is for another time. Well, that was the weekend, it was fun and exhausting, but as you can see I'm trying to live each day as it comes and to enjoy the good times and nice weather.
Take care,
Gloria

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hello Friends!
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and it’s time I get back to it. I started writing this blog yesterday, but had trouble adding pictures. The 4th of July is a special day on the calendar, Independence Day! I love the 4th of July, but in some ways it makes me sad, too. It marks for me, all of the lives lost, and those whom have lived to defend our country. I worry about the soldiers who have come back with PTSD, and all the fireworks during this time.

The Fourth of July also reminds me that this is the middle of summer for those of us living in Michigan. June so rainy, now July is hot and muggy! I don’t mind the weather, as long as, I can go outside in the mornings to enjoy my cup of coffee or two! I enjoyed a cup yesterday outside, but I'm not feeling that good this morning, so I relaxed in front of the TV and caught the news. In the heat of the day I work on stamping and scrap-booking. I have a few pictures to show you what we did on the 4th of July...fun for us, but maybe not so fun for others!


I bought a chair at a shop near here thinking it would be cute on the front porch last winter. Unfortunately, the paint came off and it looked terrible. So, I asked Randy to take the original paint off and to paint it red in a paint that could withstand the changing seasons in Michigan.


Annie relaxing on the swing. She's such a good dog!


I had trouble with these cards...they just weren't coming together as I wanted.


I changed this one because it looked too dark and added the white card base to the card after cutting off the original "Lost Lagoon" paper, then I added a bit of bling, but it still isn't my style. I guess you learn that as you're going along.


Now, this is more my style! I love the dragon fly which pops off of the paper. Underneath is a black stamped dragonfly. I painted the dragonfly with some Wink of Stella-Clear. It shimmers in the light and I added the sparkly pearl as the head.


Isn't this funny! I tried to get a selfie of Randy, Annie and I, but all I got was her snout!
I hope you enjoyed my blog post from the 4th of July. We had fun, even though it was hot!

Gloria