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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bells and Whistles

Hello from Arizona! I am at my parents house in Yuma, Arizona and the weather has been gorgeous in the 80's since I have arrived.  For those of you who do not know my father has the beginning of Alzheimer's and colon cancer and my mother has the beginning of dementia and pretty significant neuropathy in her feet which causes her to stumble a lot. My father will be 89 in a few weeks and my mother will turn 86.  They also will be celebrating their 68 wedding anniversary in July. Can you imagine being married 68 years. Oh my gosh, that just amazes me how lucky I really am and they are my best friends. When I get home I will tell you about my adventure in Mexico with my parents!! It's a story for one of the books! Any how they are doing remarkable good and still own and maintain their own home. Life is good! 

The twelve of March was started another  Belles 'n Whistles Challenge and sure hope you will play along with us! This is my second month as a guest designer and I am loving it!  The theme is butterflies which is one of my favorites. A large amount of my creations have a butterfly in one fashion or another so I was super happy!  My card was created using the image "Flowers" from the Sweet Art Ebony Collection.  Isn't she sweet!! I totally enjoy coloring any of Elisabeth Bell creations rather it be Belles 'n Whistles, SCACD collections, Whiff of Joy or the new collections at Whimsy Stamps. I would buy all of them if I could! Does this card not scream springtime!! I cannot complain about the winter though. Maryland literally had no snow this year except for 2 days under an inch. Awesome year!


Paper: Spring Feast by First Edition: I love First Edition paper pads for each one comes with 16 different designs, 4 sheets of each, 8 have glitter w/effects and 8 are double sided! Did you know that Oozak.com has the largest selection of paper pads at the most reasonable price, over 240 different paper pads to choose from.. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch. The grass was created using a memory box die. Love, love Memory Box which will be in Oozak's store real soon at the best prices ever!

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to come play at the Belles 'n Whistles challenge!!


19 comments:

Sharon said...

Enjoy the time with the folks Colleen... so special! God bless them both. Woweeee, what a stunning card this is. You've coloured this stamp in too beautifully my friend. Just love it! hugs Sharon xx

Elaine said...

Fabulous card, have a happy time with your family
Well done
Hugs Elaine

LilyPinkScraps said...

Although it may be difficult at times, I'm sure you're treasuring every moment with your folks :) Another lovely card - you really come up with some gorgeous designs with this sweet images!

Monica said...

Another beauty from you, Colleen. Such a beautiful image and the butterflies look so pretty.

Admire your parents at their stoic handling of life. And at the way you approach it. So much to learn from you, my friend.

Hugs,

Monica xxx

Catherine said...

I'm so happy you are having a very special time with your parents Colleen ! Your card is gorgeous ! Love the stitching around and the image is so sweet ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Danni said...

Beautiful card!

Anne Fenton said...

This is an adorable image and your coloring is fab...got to love those flutterbys!!!

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Colleen! I love the spring scene and the aweet image! Enjoy your time with your parents! Looking forward to your stories when you return!

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card, girlfriend! Love your coloring of that sweetie. I bought this image when it was sold at Funky Kits/Sugar Nellie and love it, too!

jrksiddha said...

Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well g7capsules ):

Sue said...

Hi hun
have a lovely time with your parents, many congratulations to them on all those years, they must be made from good stock as my mum use to say, totally gorgeous card, beautiful image & colouring, have lovely weekend, sue,x

Clairebears said...

Hi I just love this card, I am a new follower and found your blog through The Outlawz Follow Me Forum
Love Clairebears x

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie this is absolutely gorgeous...
Love the colours that you have used here....
A gorgeous creation...
Big hugs love Pops x x x

Gina L said...

Love all of the butterflies and that bow. Cute image. I'm sorry about your parents and their health issues, but congrats to them on their upcoming anniversary! I'm glad you're having fun with them!

Sandra said...

Hi Colleen, what a beautiful card. It certainly tells a spring story that's for sure. You do beautiful cards and I really like this one in particular. Everything just plays off one another. I noticed that you joined my blog while I was away on a mini vaycay, thank you. You most certainly have your hands full with the health situation of both your parents, please know that I will keep you all in my prayers. I too have aging parents in ill health, albeit not to the extreme as your situation. I am so lucky to still have them both and count every day that I can speak with them a pure blessing. Take care and enjoy your visit with them. God bless :)Sandra

Sandra said...

Hi Colleen, what a beautiful card. It certainly tells a spring story that's for sure. You do beautiful cards and I really like this one in particular. Everything just plays off one another. I noticed that you joined my blog while I was away on a mini vaycay, thank you. You most certainly have your hands full with the health situation of both your parents, please know that I will keep you all in my prayers. I too have aging parents in ill health, albeit not to the extreme as your situation. I am so lucky to still have them both and count every day that I can speak with them a pure blessing. Take care and enjoy your visit with them. God bless :)Sandra

cabio's craft corner said...

Sweet & lovely spring theme DP Colleen. You did a wonderful job coloring this darling image :o)
Hugs,
Cabio

Rose Petal said...

Hello Colleen. This is absolutely gorgeous. Gorgeous papers and colour. Your image is perfect.
Lots of love, Sandra xxx

Evethmoon Crafty Creations said...

Hi, Your cards are beautiful, I am new to scrapping and blogging so I am visiting many sites and found yours and it is so pretty. I'm happy to know your parents are still with you I lost both of mines to cancer and I can't tell you how much I miss them and my Mom was my best friend too and when she left I felt really alone but that was many years ago and I'm okay with it now. I have become your latest follower and would love for you to visit my blog and follow me too. Hugs and God bless!

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