Dasher - Red and White

Delightful Decorations - Away from Home

Hi Everyone - Happy Thursday evening.  You have no idea how happy I am that it's FRIDAY tomorrow.  

So today's card is for a new challenge - Weekend Sketch Challenge 93 .  I haven't done one of Beate's challenges before and I must admit that I pfaffed and fiddled with this one for quite a while.  I like the sketch, I just don't think my mojo was flowing quite as much as usual.  However, this saying from the Home for Christmas set is very dear to my heart - as I think it is to so many of us these days.  I wanted to use the Delightful Decorations set again.  So take a look and let me know what you think.

Both my parents died when I was 27 and my best friend's Mom told me that she wanted me to know that she cared for me like her daughter and that I could think of her as my surrogate Mom.  She's now well into her late 80's and when I was home for Christmas last year, I gave her a cushion with this same sentiment.  She knew exactly what it meant for me - and how having her there, even though I see her so rarely, had meant to me.  When we exchanged the gifts, Pam, her Mom and I all shared a tear.  I love them both!

Card Stock:

Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Suede

Designer Series Paper:

Christmas Cocoa Speciality Paper


Delightful Decorations, Home for the Holidays

I stamped the Decoration in red StazOn and then used clear embossing powder to give it just a little zing


Red Riding Hood

On a personal note:  the house is very quiet when my DH is gone.  He's in China for 3 weeks.  My cats are great company for me.  Whilst I'm doing this update, Bilbo Baggins is curled up fast asleep on "his" cushion on the L of my stamping desk.  Bailey the big girls blouse is lying on a blanket purring and padding so much that I think he could power California for at least 10 minutes with alternative energy sources.  He has the loudest most guttural purr I've heard on any cat - except a Cheetah.  Yep, I did hear a Cheetah purr once - one of the most amazing things in my life.  Anyway, Bailey, the big girls blouse loves... and I mean REALLY loves - anything soft.  When he finds it... he settles down and pads and purrs.  What a life :-)

I hope you all have a Fabulous Friday.  I wish you time to spend doing the things you love with those you love the most - whether it's music, dance, walking the dog, playing with your children, enjoying a good glass of wine watching the sunset, or just giving someone a hug.  

As always, thank you for spending time in my area of the stamping blogosphere. Your visit is always much appreciated.

Tonight... I'd like to give a shout out to Adelle.  Thanks for stopping by every day, for spending time and for your support

Peace and Hugs

P.S.  I did some work on the blog today and added categories for each of the stamp sets I use, to make it easier for you to find something.... oh and I also downloaded a Google search for you to use on my site!


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Jean Fitch

Super idea Jaydee to add the stamp set index! And the card is terrific too. You may have felt your mojo wavering but that doesn't show in the card you came up with. Such a wonderful story behind the sentiment too. What a wonderful experience of shared love and generosity in the face of loss. My Mom died when I was 19 and I've been picking up "other mothers" ever since and it always warms the heart and makes life a better more loving thing to share. Makes Mothers Day interesting too as many, many cards are required and more seem to be added every year.

Love your cat's names too! So inventive and tells you something about their personalities right off the bat! So do you have shorter call names for them? I bet you get funny looks calling for big girl blouse!! I can just picture you using a mom voice and saying Baily the big girl blouse go sit in the corner and rethink your sins! Makes me smile and giggle just imagining it!

Boy oh boy hubby in China!!! That has got to be one long flight not to mention an entirely different cultural experience. Our local high school class finally made it back from there after being detained for a couple of weeks due to Swine Flu concerns (they all made the national news here in the USA)! The Chinese really take their quarantines seriously so I'm praying your hubs doesn't have any sniffles or allergies that might bring them down on him. Don't suppose he would like a side job with SU as a quality inspector while there?

Have a lovely weekend my friend and thanks for sharing from the heart - Jean

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