Sunday, August 28, 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Series 1

CDAC is having an awesome progressive challenge beginning in August and ending in November.  Click on over to CDAC for further details on this challenge and sign up to play with us.  You will have the chance to win some great prizes add some free images to your digital collection from some really talented artists.

I used 2 images out of the 6 that were offered…I loved them all but a girl only has so much time in a day.  My first entry is this adorable little girl created by Whoopsiedaisy Digital Stamps

I started with a piece of craft card stock cut at 8 X 5 ½ and scored at 4 in on the 8 in side to create my card base.  The background paper was distressed around the edges.  I then used the straight stitch tool and ran in on the back side of the paper to get some outie piercings and inked the front of paper with distressing ink.  Then I layered the red cardstock on black and adhered to the background paper.  I used a spellbinder die to cut out the base for my digital image and colored.  The sentiment was stamped, punched  and layered on a red piece of cardstock.  I then created 3 rolled roses and hand painted them, let dry and adhered as the final step in creating this card. 

Products used:
Copics – C5, C7, C9, E50, E51, E53, R20, E55, YG97, YR65, R22, R24, R27, T3, N1, N2
Spica Glitter Pens – Silver, Orange, Lipstick
Paper – MME Lost & Found – Union Square
Sentiment  - TPC Studio – Brush Stroke Greetings
Lindys Stamp Gang – Crème Brulee Cream, Cattail, Cooper Brown, Rudolph’s Nose Red
Tim Holtz – Black soot & Vintage photo distressing inks, distressing tool
Sew Easy – Straight Stitch Tool
Spellbinders – Lacey Ovales
StampinUp – Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch
McGill – Birch Leaf Punch
Twinkling H20’s – Golden Jade, Burnt Umber

This is my 2nd entry for the first progressive CDAC challenge.  This cute little guy was created by JenLee of Digistamps4Joy

I started with a 12 X 12 sheet of TH kraft resist paper and cut it down to 8 X 8 and scored at 4 in to create my base card.  Then cutting strips of paper I layered the background.  I also hand tore the flower, stamps and Eiffel tower images and inked the edges with distressing ink.  I cut a strip of newsprint paper and adhered the mini alphas to them and cut out leaving a small edge and bent up the edges and inked with distressing ink.  After I colored the digital image I did some fussy cutting and layered him 2 rectangles using some dimension adhesive.

Products used:
Copic Markers – E18, E35, E37, E39, E50, E51, E53, R20, N1, Y21, Y26, E31, N2, R37, C3, C5, C7, C9
Paper – 7 Gypsies Lillie (Collections from the Journey), MME Lost & Found (Union Square)
Tim Holtz – Tissue tape, Vintage Photo distressing ink, Kraft resist paper
Die Cut Alphabet – Studio 112 from JoAnn

Take care and God Bless ~ Gracie Brown

Friday, August 26, 2011

Little did I know ... by Gracie Brown

Little did I know … my life would change forever the day I held you in my arms 
Little did I know … I could function on just 2 hours of sleep
Little did I know … how many bottles would need washing and how many diapers would need changing
Little did I know … how many loads of laundry a tiny body could produce
Little did I know … my favorite smell would be the top of your head to the bottom of your toes
Little did I know … the sweetest kisses come from babies
Little did I know … how enchanting it is to watch you while sleeping
Little did I know … that taking you to the doctor for immunizations would make me cry more than you
Little did I know … getting your first tooth could be so exciting and painful all at the same time
Little did I know … how much a heart could GROW
Little did I know … you would teach me the true meaning of giving – when you held out your hand and dropped your entire allowance in the offering plate at mass
Little did I know …decorating for Christmas would put the look of amazement in your eyes
Little did I know… taking you to your first day of school would be harder for me than you
Little did I know …losing your first tooth happens on picture day at school and that your tongue fills the gap nicely
Little did I know … my heart would skip a beat when I heard your name called during Kindergarten graduation
Little did I know … dropping you off for your first sleepover would keep me up all night
Little did I know … Middle school award assembly’s would make me so proud
Little did I know … hearing you say  “Mom, your not coming with me are you?” would hurt so bad
Little did I know … shopping for your first date would be so bitter sweet
Little did I know … in order for you to spread your wings I had to withdraw mine
Little did I know that all of these wonderful moments would lead me to be blessed by a wonderful daughter like you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Where did the time go?

Wow, I can not believe my baby girl is 17 already and is getting ready to start her senior year in HS.  This is going to be tough year for me - is this what they mean by bitter sweet?  One day I have a 9lb 6oz bundle of joy and the next I am looking into the face of beautiful young woman.  Sniff, sniff!  Had to have a kleenex moment.

There were some days that I did not know if being the strict parent was always the right thing to do...when in my heart I just wanted to be her best friend and let her have her way.  I guess everything worked out alright because there is a compassionate, smart, and super talented young woman in the next room thinking about what she will wear for her schedule pick up tomorrow.  Thank you God for granting me the wisdom and grace to be a good mother - because through you all things are possible.

I recently spent the day with my sweet girl and we took lots and lots of photos for her Senior album and I would like to share a few of my favorites with you.    Please enjoy and feel free to leave me some encouraging words.

Take care and God Bless~Gracie

Did I mention that it was 107 degrees outside when these photos were taken.  I was melting like an ice cream cone left on the counter, and she was cool as a cucumber.  You gotta love it!