Friday, December 31, 2010

¡Felicidades Má!

Wishing my mom, Adelina, a Happy 76th Birthday!!!



Siempre ten presente que:
La piel se arruga. El pelo se vuelve blanco.

Los días se convierten en años…
Pero lo importante no cambia; tu fuerza y tu convicción no tienen edad.
Tu espíritu es el plumero de cualquier tela de araña.
Detrás de cada línea de llegada, hay una de partida.
Detrás de cada logro, hay otro desafío.
Mientras estés vivo, siéntete vivo.
Si extrañas lo que hacías vuelve a hacerlo.
No vivas de fotos amarillas…
Sigue aunque todos esperen que abandones.
No dejes que se oxide el hierro que hay en tí.
Haz que en vez de lástima, te tengan respeto.
Cuando por los años no puedas correr, trota.
Cuando no puedas trotar, camina.
Cuando no puedas caminar, usa el bastón.
Pero nunca te detengas!!!

Madre Teresa de Calcuta

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Let's Craft and Create #9

"New Beginnings" is the challenge at Let's Craft and Create, and this is my entry. It's my mother's birthday tomorrow and I've made her this box for her letters.


I've added these lovely swirls to the sides of the box...




And I've done a bit of stitching for the bottom panel...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Final Challenge at Caardvarks

Here's my Monochromatic card for the final challenge at Caardvarks.
I'm really going to miss this inspiring challenge blog.
Amy, Ashley, Eva, Heidi, Jenyfur, Kelly, Lucy, Mel, Michelle, Nathalia, Stephany, and my personal Star, Peet - you are one classy bunch of babes! We shall meet again...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sukkersött Utfordring #105

I've made a Birthday Money Card in Black and Cream for the challenge at Sukkersött this week. There's a window pocket on the inside, and this is for my nephew's birthday.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fun with Shapes and More #71

Here is Anything But a Card for this week's challenge at Fun with Shapes and More. I've made a tiny (3 ½” x 5”) Birthday Bag for a gift card using an image from Sassy Cheryl...

...and here's the back of the bag...



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chosen - Skissedillaskisse #85 :)

Thank you, Lula, for choosing my LO this week at Skissedilla.
Bless your heart!

Lula:
Jeg velger meg denne flotte av
Nora. Jeg elsker malingsflekkene på denne, og de klare sterke fargene. Bildet er "priceless".

Friday, November 12, 2010

Give Thanks - Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #64

The climate or weather is the theme for the scripture at Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week.
I've made a "give thanks" card with a Fall / Harvest theme.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Papercraft Star Challenge 18

This week's challenge at Papercraft Star is a Thank You Themed project using metal, dry embossing, and die cuts. Here's my entry...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

ScrappeHuset: Skap DITT mesterverk

Scrapping your masterpiece, the challenge at ScrappeHuset this month doesn't seem so easy. But if you have BOXES of photos of your parents when they were young, it's almost hard to pass up the opportunity.

I've done this LO for my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary book.

Here's my father as a strapping young 18-year old. I've written out a song in Spanish by the Argentinian, Rafael Amor under the photo. It's called A mi la calle (For me, the street). It's about life lived and learned on the street. One thing is my father's walk, always steady whether in success or failure. And my father's walk is a characteristic I find unique in him. Joy is something else that the street has taught him, and the song says that he knows his children will leave by the same street. Friendship and truth are also a couple of other lessons of life learned on the street. I've also found an old photo online of a major street in Mexico City, where I think my father may very well have lived and learned the first half of his life.

For now, this is my masterpiece, as I try to catch up on their 50th Anniversary book...





And here's the song:

A MI LA CALLE

A mí la calle me dio este acento
mitad ternura y resentimiento,
la desconfianza del que ha vivido,
siempre a los golpes y está advertido.

A mí la calle me ha dado amores,
unos fugaces, otros traidores.
Por que me duelen los desengaños,
ya no es tan fácil hacerme daño.

A mí la calle me ha dado olvidos
y veinte Judas por cada amigo.
A mí la calle me dio verdades
y por decirlas, mil soledades.

Dura la calle, dura como la verdad.
Dura la calle y sabia como la verdad.

A mí la calle me dio este paso,
siempre parejo en gloria o fracaso
y me ha dejado triste el silbido,
que es mi manera de andar conmigo.

A mí la calle me dio esta quieta,
melancolía de los poetas
y hago equilibrio por las aceras,
con lo de niño que aún me queda.

Dura la calle, dura como la verdad.
Dura la calle y sabia como la verdad.

A mí la calle me dio alegrías,
de ver mi sangre reflorecida
en cuatro hijos que ya se sabe,
se marcharán, por la misma calle.

Amo esta calle, la que transito,
como un linyera con mi atadito,
hecho de estrellas y depresiones,
con mis fantasmas y mis canciones.

Dura la calle, dura como la verdad.
Dura la calle y sabia como la verdad.

RAFAEL AMOR®

Chosen - Skissedillaskisse #80 :)

Thank you so much to Carrin at Skissedilla for choosing my layout this week - what a sweetheart!!!

CARRIN:
"Denne uka velger jeg meg denne av
Nora! Digger det kule bildet og den enkle men likevel herlige pynten. Takk for masse inspirasjon!"

Friday, October 8, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stitch it up! - Wild Orchid Challenge 7

Thanks to Wild Orchid I dusted off the Singer (although it's brand new). They want to see stitching for challenge #7. I've used one of their blue roses with some aster daisies. The image is Love Flutterby from Phindy's Place.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Baby Bud's First Challenge!

The theme for the very first challenge at Baby Bud is FALL/HALLOWEEN.
My entry is this Birthday card.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

ScrappeHuset September Challenge

There's a beautiful layout at ScrappeHuset providing an autumnal color palette for inspiration. Check it out and you can still enter until the end of the month!
My entry is this layout showcasing Johan's big eye lashes ;)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thanks Tata! - MME #15

There's a sketch challenge at My Mind's Eye Blog with a Gratitude theme.

My entry is this layout I've made for my son of him and my Dad, "Tata"...


I've used a sheet from the Bloom & Grow with pieces of Ooh La La and even just Dreamy 2 (Sweet Baby Girl)!!! The hearts are covered with "Grow" and the clear strip is from the Bohemia Boulevard Pals. Most of it is inked, including the journaling die cut and these tickets.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Timbroscrapmania #10 - Anything Goes!

For my nephew's birthday on Saturday, I've made a money holder card. The wonderful Giò made a tutorial for this at the Whiff of Joy Tutorials and Inspiration blog. And this is also my entry for challenge #10 at Timbroscrapmania...


...and the inside of the card...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Let's Get Shabby - Challenge #15

MUSIC is the theme at Let's Get Shabby this month.
That's right!!!
Shabby is not something I can say that I've tried before.
But never say NEVER...
It was time to remove the plastic wrapper from some of the paints on the "scary" rack. The cute little dabbers and spongy tools were also gathering dust. And I went to town with the distresser tool!
I want to thank the DT over there for that nudge. Of course it helps that I have a couple of photos of my mother as a child. And this is one of my favorites...

Here's the photo...
And some details...

I like the little blue tiles because I think her kitchen would have looked like that...

Thanks again! That wasn't so scary after all...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Caardvarks - September Sketch Challenge

This birthday card for my nephew is my entry for the first challenge in September at Caardvarks.

...and here's the sketch...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

50 años - Scrapidées Sketch 152

Here's my entry for this week's sketch by Saby at Scrapidées.
I've made a page for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary Book...

Una pagina para el libro de mis padres...


...and this is the sketch...