Gnome for Halloween
Welcome back, my Crafty Friends! I want to thank all of you for your wonderful messages of support this week. Shortly after my blog posted Monday morning, my dad passed quietly and peacefully away. He just took a last breath, and then … didn’t. I know my dad is in a much better place and is free from the worn out body that has betrayed him the past year. But while I’m happy for him, I am very sad for my family. I’m sad for my mom who lost the man who held her heart for 64+ years. I’m sad for my boys who followed him around like puppies, learning everything they could from him. I’m sad for Amelia who never got to really know the amazing man that he was, because she only got to know him for six years – even though she loved him so much. And I’m devastated, because my Papa is gone and I’ll never again get to take advantage of his wisdom, or feel his arms around me when he hugged me, or ask his opinion on something, or hear him say, “God bless you,” when I left the house. But I know that one day we’ll be together again, as he is now with my younger brother who passed away 15 years ago. Lee was three years younger than me and four years younger than our older brother, so I guess letting him have Dad for himself for 30 years or so is fair.
Because of the craziness (and sadness) that goes hand in hand with death, I haven’t had time to craft. So here’s an awesome card from my friend, downline, and swap partner Sandy Moriarty.
Don’t you love the Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set from the August – December Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog? This is one that I thought I didn’t need, but now… Yeah. It’s going on my shopping list. I totally love those amazing gnomes (or is this members of ZZ Top?). Sandy was so clever to turn them into Halloween Pumpkin Gnomes instead of Christmas Gnomes. And how much do we love the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper? It works with so many of our fall/winter products.
Sandy used oval dies to create the large pumpkin, and I love the little leaves around the pumpkin. She did an awesome job sponging and coloring the leaves.
I remember the first big event Sandy attended (over 10 years ago). She took pictures of everything and had so many questions. Now Sandy has passed me in her artistic ability. She totally amazes me with everything she creates, and she is so precise with her techniques. I am so proud of her – and I’m looking forward to celebrating her 10 years as a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator next month.
Don’t forget the Designer Series Paper (DSP) Promotion this month. You can enjoy a 15% discount on selected DSP packs through October 31. Stock up now!
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