Friday, October 31, 2014

Celebrando Nuestra Cultura

Saludos! Feliz viernes a todos y Happy Halloween, para los que lo celebran.

Esta noche siempre la pasábamos en casa de mi suegra porque era su cumpleaños. Por muchos años yo decía que mi suegra era una bruja y lo decía con toda picardía, respeto y mucho cariño. La familia se reunía en su casa para cantarle Feliz Cumpleaños, los niños disfrazados pero no salían al famoso "Trick or Treat". Hacen 16 años, esta misma noche nació mi primer nieto, ahora tenía un brujito también, jejeje. Mi suegra era feliz con su biznieto que tenía el mismo cumpleaños y ellos tenían una relación muy especial. Ya mi suegra pasó a mejor vida y estoy segura que desde el cielo ella vela por ese biznieto tan querido. Le deseo a mi nieto, Charlie, salud, felicidad y bendiciones, que continue siendo un buen hijo, hombre de fe y ciudadano concienzudo.

Since living in Puerto Rico, we would go to my mom-in-law's house on Halloween, because it was her birthday. I used to lovingly joke that my mom-in-law was a witch (we had a great relationship). The family would get together to sing Happy Birthday and her grand kids would have their costumes, but they didn't go out to trick or treat. Sixteen years ago, on a night like tonight, my first grandson was born, so now I had my very own wizard, LOL! My mom-in-law was super happy to have a great grandson with the same birthday and they had a special relationship. She's gone now and I'm sure that from heaven she watches over her special great grandson. I wish my grandson, Charlie, health, happiness and blessings so that he may continue being a good son, a man of faith and a conscientious citizen.

La tarjeta que les tengo hoy es mi participación del Sketch #40 de Latina Crafter. Estoy tan contenta que hicieron unos sellos alusivos a nuestra cultura que rápidamente los ordené. Estos jibaritos están preciosos, gracias Diana por ellos.

Today's card will be entered in Latina Crafter's Sketch #40. I'm so happy she has created stamps that portray our culture. Jíbaro is a term used to refer to mountain people, who lived "in-land" in the heart of the island, and are the backbone of the Puerto Rican culture.

He aquí mi jibarita. Verdad que es bella! Me trae muy bonitos recuerdos de cuando mi hija se vestía así para la Noche Puertorriqueña del colegio. 

This is the traditional dress of a jibarita. Isn't she lovely! It brings back memories of my daughter dressing like this for Puerto Rican Night in the school play.

¡Qué lindo jibarito! Mi hijo llegó a vestirse así para las distintas actividades. 

Gracias por darse la vuelta, será hasta la próxima. 
Thanks for stopping by, until next time.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stamp Out Cancer

The past week over at StampTV, Gina K., the Design Team and Guest Designers, held a series of challenges to kick off the month of October as breast cancer awareness month. Each day they posted a challenge with a theme, color or sketch to follow. It was an inspiring experience for me. It was an opportunity to show solidarity and to think of how cancer has touched so many lives. What a wonderful yet simple way to give support and encouragement to someone who's fighting cancer.

Here's the breakdown of the challenges:
Day 1 - Comforts
Day 2 - Pretty in Pink
Day 3 - Just a word
Day 4 - Anything But a Card
Day 5 - Glitter
Day 6 - Sketch
Day 7 - No rectangles or Squares
Day 8 - Many Colors

Day 1 - I thought of a patchwork quilt and crochet blanket for comfort. Products used: Fresh Asparagus and Innocent pink cardstock. Stamps: Close Knit Friends and Arranged with Love. Petals & Wings design paper.

Day 2 - Pretty in Pink. I colored the flower from Stately Flowers 7 with water color pencils and did some fussy cutting. I just love the sentiment, it's a sweet reminder that we need to choose hope to face all kinds of difficulties in our lives.

Day 3 - Just a word - I chose friendship which is found in the sentiment from Whimsical Wishes.  I used the Fabulous Frame and Fabulous Frame Fillers stamped with Memento Rose Bud. It goes so well with the Innocent Pink cardstock. The butterfly is heat embossed on vellum.

Day 4 - Anything But a Card (ABC) - Here's a cute Post-it Note holder. The beautiful pattern paper is from the Garden Tour pack. The sentiment is from the Fabulous Frame stamp set. I'm thrilled to say that I won this challenge. Yay!!

Day 5 - Glitter - For the ribbon I used glitter cardstock and cut it with my Silhouette, the green belly band is also glitter cardstock.

Day 6 - Sketch - I used the gorgeous Wild Orchid cardstock, Garden Tour pattern paper, flower from the Fabulous Frame stamp set, colored with Spectrum Noir markers (DR3, PP5, PP3).

Day 7 - No Rectangles or Squares - I used Spellbinder's Floral Ovals to die cut two pieces and attached them with the pink ribbon, Garden Tour pattern paper and the rose from Stately Flowers 6.

Day 8 - This last challenge hit home. We were to make a card using ribbon colors for cancer other than breast cancer. The green ribbon is for Kidney Cancer, this one's for my Dad who is a kidney cancer survivor. The orange ribbon is for Leukemia, my mother-in-law died from this cancer. The jade ribbon is for Liver Cancer, I lost a brother to this disease. The sad truth is that there are many, many awareness ribbon colors. Here's the Wikipedia Awareness Ribbon Colors where you can look them up if you wish.

I'd like to thank Gina K. and her Design Team and Guest Designers for organizing such a wonderful event. As I made each card I'd say a prayer for those suffering and fighting cancer, to the warriors who've survived their bout and for the families that have lost loved ones. I hope and pray that someday soon a cure will be found.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until my next post, hugs and blessings.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Family Tree in a Box

Happy Tuesday all!

I'd like to share with you an explosion box I made for my Mom & Dad's 61st wedding anniversary, although I wasn't able to give it to them until yesterday, my Mom's 79th birthday.  It's a Family Tree in a Box, so to speak. The box is seven sided, representing their seven children and their families. Mom & Dad have 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren (two more are on the way).

On the Internet you can find many explosion boxes, but I could not find a seven sided one, so I had to design it. It gave me some trouble, but I figured it out and it was so worth it. The paper I used is Graphic 45's Botanical Tea. At first I didn't want to cut it up because the paper is so beautiful, I slowly got over it, but now I want to keep every little piece I cut out.  The roses are also made using this paper and a cut file.

I had to add a small piece of paper to each side and thread a ribbon through it in order to close the box easily.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the lid, but I lined it with the Birds of a Feather paper. It's the first time I use Graphic 45 paper pad and I have to say I'm officially in love and hooked. Each paper in the pad is titled making it easy to refer to it.

My Mom & Dad's picture sits in the middle surrounded by each child. There are three tiers for each with pockets for pictures of their children. Each picture has the name, birth date and wedding date of each child, grand child and great grand child. They totally loved it as did everyone else. Watching their faces light up every time they discovered a new photo was priceless. They had their whole family at their finger tips and they were so grateful. 

This is truly a labor of love and one that I enjoyed thoroughly.  I thank God for our family and every day I ask Him to continue blessing us and to keep us united.  

Thanks for stopping by, until next time. 

Hugs and blessings.

Dia Mundial de Hacer Tarjetas

Saludos amigas y feliz martes!

Comparto con ustedes las tarjetas que hice para el Día Mundial de Hacer Tarjetas usando los sketch y temas de Latina Crafter.

Aquí usé los dies de Latina Crafter "Feliz" y "Navidad". Aunque no se aprecia mucho en la foto le añadí brillo a las palabras con un Sakura Gelly Roll.

I used the dies "Feliz" and "Navidad" from Latina Crafter. Although you can barely see it in the photo, I added shine to the words with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Las flores están hechas con el die de Mi flor favorita y el sentimiento es del mismo set.

The flowers are made using the die for Mi flor favorita, the sentiment is from that set as well.

Para esta tarjeta añadí la textura con un "embossing folder" de Tim Holtz y para el tag uno de Cuttlebug. El sentimiento es de un set de promoción de Latina Crafter. 

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the "wood" on the first layer and for the tag I used a Cuttlebug folder. The sentiment is from a promotional set by Latina Crafter.

Espero que les haya gustado mi participación, yo disfruté hacerlas. Hasta la próxima y gracias por la visita.

I hope you like my cards, I enjoyed making them. 'Til next time and thanks for passing by.