Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Getting back into the swing of things...and Mothers Day

Hey everyone! I've been missing a few days. Still trying to post comments on you guys' blogs, while really not having the desire or mojo to do anything of my own. As you know, we're in Nashville and we've had some devastating floods since Saturday.  When I posted on Saturday, I was telling you about the rain and all. Well, Nashville is now under a LOT of water. Downtown, the Titans stadium, the Schermerhorn symphony center, Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Old Opry, Opryland Hotel, countless strip malls and interstates..all flooded..some irreparably.

The worst part of it all, though, isn't the loss of iconic places like some of those..but of homes and schools. There are 25 schools in Nashville alone with water damage. There is a school about 10 minutes from me completely under water. Places you grew up living and going..all gone in a weekend. Nashville has never seen this much rain - ever. It's heartbreaking. It really is. You stop and wonder why not your house. Why was your house spared while friends and neighbors lost everything. It's been such an emotionally charged week here, but honestly we've seen the best in people. There's been no looting, no violence..none of that. Some of the best of America lives right here in Tennessee and I have never been prouder to call this place home. Nashville will get through this. We'll rebuild, but it'll be a while. Hardly anyone here has flood insurance because 1. we do not live in a flood plain and 2. you can't just buy it cause you want it (at least that's what we've all been told), so it will be hard to pick back up and move on..but it'll happen. Take a look at this video for more on the city: Nashville

For those of you that asked, we're fine. Our house has roof damage and some issues inside, but nothing like what others have experienced. There are still friends we have not heard from and people who are still stuck in their homes either downtown in condos or in the suburbs on cul-de-sacs. People have died, and people have lost everything. We were blessed for some reason not to have to deal with those things and for that I am extremely humbled. God is good all of the time even in the midst of storms.

Ok, so I knew that tonight I HAD to stamp. I have to get Mother's Day cards to my mother in law and step mom in the mail tomorrow if they are going to get there on time, so I had no choice. I got my new stamps from Practicing Creativity Designs in the mail yesterday thanks to Dana who totally MADE me buy this set with her fabulous card seen here: You're Dandy. I can already say that I love love love this set. It was so easy to use. This card practically made itself especially once I used the Mojo Monday sketch for this week. Fan-freakin-tastic, am I right? Love these sketch challenges. They totally open my brain to new possibilities. You guys should try them if you haven't already.

Ok, so without further ado..here is the card with You're Dandy and the Mojo Monday sketch:

I just love these colors. Everything just worked so well together on this card and I love when that happens. Too often, I am sitting in the craft room looking at a bunch of supplies with absolutely NO ideas coming into my brain,but this was easy peasy lemon squeezy! I made this for my mother in law...I think..it may end up going to my step mom. lol..I haven't decided yet!

The second card is really a cheat card. The only stamping on the card is the "Wonderful Mother" sentiment. The rest is ALL paper. It's a paper pack I picked up at Joann this past weekend by DCWV. I love patterned paper..just love it!

Here is that card:

It has sort of a foil effect on some of the paper that looks embossed. I just thought that was really all I needed on the card. I stamped the sentiment on and it as all good for me. :o) Oh, but I did use a little of the Tim Holtz distressing ink on the edges. It was my first time using it, so i'll have to practice..lol

Ok, well I hate to cut this short (as if..considering this has been an extra long post), but I must get to bed! Thanks for stopping by...

Stamps: You're Dandy (Practicing Creativity Designs); Well Scripted (stampin up)
Cardtsock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Black,Chocolate Chip (stampin up); All patterned paper by DCWV
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Black (stampin up); Tim Holtz distressing ink in Tea Dye
Extras: Stickles

11 brownkowments:

Ted said...

Keva, that's a great dandy card! Those blues are just striking and that image of the windblown dandelions --- very peaceful! :) Wonderful work you do!

Jennifer Carter said...

So glad you are ok! Stamping is theraputic, huh! Your card is wonderful! Love the blue dandelion!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Just love your dandelion card, definitely gives a sense of calm with the blue tones and I love the black patterned strip as well! Your other card also has a lovely colour pallette!

Dana said...

Not having TV has made me feel cut-off from all the goings on down there and my heart goes out to you and your family and friends Keva. It must be so difficult and heartbreaking.
I LOVE your Dandy card...it's incredible. the tiny pieces you've stamped look so perfect because the flowers are leaning and blowing in the wind!
I also like the matting you've done on the second card. That PP is lovely.
Hang in there..and keep us updated.

Lindsay said...

I love these! The flowers on the first card are so fun and the second card! OH MY! Beautiful!

Julie said...

These are both gorgeous, Keva! The colors on the first one are so pretty and striking! And there's nothing wrong with a little "cheating" with patterned paper! Some of it is too gorgeous not to!!!

I'm so sad to hear about everything going on in your area. My thoughts are with you!

Baseret said...

I love both of these cards.The two strips of PP on the dandy card just complete it. The paper on the second card is gorgeous!

Barbara said...

Both cards are just gorgeous, Keva. Love the subtle color combo of the second one, especially!

Diane Jaquay said...

These are both beautiful, and I particularly LOVE the second one (even if it is cheating lol!), it's WONDERFUL!

Laurie said...

Yeah for the dandi's! Love them! I had to buy it too, because of Dana! Great cards!


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