Saturday, May 24, 2014

peaceful petals-ppa 205...and more

hi tracey, mom and other friends old and new!

i decided pals paper arts sketch challenge #205 would be the inspiration for the wedding card my friend alli wanted me to make for her.  for some odd reason, i struggled with this a little, just wondering what to do with the top and bottom strips...i liked the way it worked (hope alli does, too!)

set:  peaceful petals, one in a million
ink:  crisp cantaloupe, pear pizzaz, stazon black
cardstock:  crisp cantaloupe, very vanilla
embossing folder:  beautiful baroque
die cuts:  spellbinders's nestabilities lacey circles and standard circles
misc:  stampin' up large and small pearls, aqua painters and sponge daubers

*Note:  i am so excited to card featured above was the ppa design team 2's pick of the week!  i am so humbled and honored to be chosen among such incredible talent!  thank you ppa!

believe it or not, i've been quite busy stampin for friends...everyone needs a card this time of, graduation, mother's day, father's day, etc.  i am overwhelmed and very grateful for everyone who wants to share my artwork with loved ones!  here are a few things i've been putting together...

some of these are the ideas of others...with a little tweaking.  i'd like to give credit where credit is do, but i do not know who should get the credit.  thank you to all for sharing your talents with the really helps break through the mental non-creative walls that sometimes creep into your mind!

today is my father's birthday...he loves to read his kindle, listen to music, take naps and go out for breakfast!  more than that, he loves my mother more than one can measure and truly believes his family is the most important thing in life.  he is a wonderful man with such a great sense of humor and a tender heart.  he has always been my measuring stick when it came to men in my life...

i have many wonderful memories of time with my father, too many to share, but one stands out that defined my dad's love for me...i was in high school track-i did the hurdles.  my parents didn't come to many meets, with work and all, but unbeknowngst to me, he did come to a regional meet one saturday.  i was on a relay team with the most incredible athletes and we should have gotten first place.  i, however, blew it when i went around one of the hurdles.  we were disqualified because of me.  with my chin on my chest and crocodile tears streaming down the front of my shirt, there wasn't a person in the world who could take away my hurt...until the moment i reached the locker room and heard my dad voice behind me. "hey-you want a lifesaver?" he asked. (if you are really young, you won't understand the line) meant the world to me that my dad was there, at that moment on that day.  he made it all ok, without saying another word.  

i love you dad, today and forever, more than you know...

honor your father...

thank you so much for stopping by...i appreciate you!  until next time...

peace be with you


  1. What a fabulous array of cards. They all are stunning! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Pals Paper Arts.

    1. Thank you, Beth! I appreciate you stopping by!

  2. Wow, what wonderful cards! Love the Peaceful Petals card, your friend will love it! Thank you for joining us this week at Pals Paper Arts!

  3. Leslie, Your cards are stunning and so beautifully balanced. Each one
    offers more eye candy and inspireation.
    I am so glad I found your blog.
    Blessings, Holly

    1. I'm so grateful for your kind words, Holly! I'm also glad you found me...I hope I continue to inspire you! Your taking the time to give me warm fuzzies makes me want to create more! Blessing back to you!

  4. Leslie.... Congratulations on your Pals Paper Arts Pick! Don't forget to grab your badge. See you next week!

    1. Thanks so much, Rae! I finally figured out how to 'grab a badge' being Pals Paper Arts was the first to honor me with such! Again, thank you for choosing me! I can't stop smiling!

  5. Love the story about your dad. Words can mean so much, can't they? Your cards are beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much, Laurie! I wondered if anyone read what I wrote! Hugs-