Monday, 8 March 2021

Sending Love & Hugs

 Hello crafters!  I thought I would share a card I made with the Floating Hearts stencil today!  I started by taping the stencil to a piece of white card.  I used Clear Texture paste through the stencil, then tapped Coral Crush Pixie Sparkles all over it.  I carefully removed the stencil, then set it aside to dry thoroughly.  Next I cut a larger piece of card and used the Coral Crush Pixie Sparkles all over it, spritzed it to activate the powder and set it aside to dry.  I cut a frame using the Slimline Stitched Rectangle Frames, added acetate to the back then attached mounting foam to raise it.  Once the stencilled background was dry, I attached the frame to the centre of it.  I added a thin black mat and attched the background to the larger piece of Pixie Sparkled card.  I cut the Sending Love & Hugs sentiment in black and glued it across the frame with the acetate to hold it in place.  The card was completed with white mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 5 3/4"  x  10 1/4"  in size.

Today is March 8th and it would have been my Dad's 101st birthday.  As my usual tradition, I am sharing the reprint of Life's Lessons, something he sent to me that I have kept for many years and sharing it again with you.  I always find something different inspires me every year and it should be interesting to hear what strikes a chord with everyone after this past year.  Enjoy!

Here goes:

: 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. 4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. 8. It's OK to get angry   9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. 12. It's OK to let your children see you cry. 13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it. 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks. 16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. 18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. 19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 22. Over prepare, then go with the flow. 23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?' 27. Always choose life. 28. Forgive everyone everything. 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 33. Believe in miracles. 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. 35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young. 37. Your children get only one childhood. 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back. 41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 42. The best is yet to come.. 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 44. Yield. 45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."  Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves  I think that we all need to take a few moments every day and be grateful and appreciative of what we have.

I love you Dad!

All for now, Sue x

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hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue. Happy Birthday to your Dad, thinking of you and hope he's having a great day up there. I always love the reminder of your dad's quote. This really does seem to have come round quickly this year xx

BridgetCG said...

Morning Sue, sending you hugs today as you think of your Dad. I always enjoy reading this and your beautiful card is really apt. Take care and stay safe everyone. Bx said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you for sharing your Dad's poem again.
So Sending you bid hugs and thank you for
today's very pretty card.
Take care stay safe and have fun Kitty.

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, what a very special man your Dad was, I remember this from last year and it always brings so many truths to me, all of it is a good philosophy of life, I wished many people would follow it instead of all this hatred in the world, So happy heavenly 101 birthday for you Dad.

Now to the card, it is gorgeous, I actually have the stencil and the dies for this one - yes added it to my to do list. Lovely the colours too.

Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

Steph Cotterill said...

My word Sue that year has gone by so fast, faster than I usually remember, but I never forget the Lifes Lessons you took so much from, I know we all say the mould was broken the day our dad came into the world, but I always get this feeling that our dads were very similar, gentle sensible wise and loving.
This is a lovely sample today simple but pretty and a sentiment that's sent to all missing their lovely dads today xxx

CraftyCoffey said...

Lovely card today.


Marie P. from Longridge said...

Good Morning Sue and all.
A lovely card as always. It could be made in any colour and could be used for any age or gender.
It could also have any of the sentiments your Dad sent to you.
Have a good day.
Marie P.


Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card. Great thoughts from your Dad.
B xx

Owlish said...

I love ur card today loving the colours,
Can't say there is anything that striking my cords,but it was very nice to read your dad's letter, l think a lot of us got similar memories from one parent or another thank you for sharing a lot of true thoughts.
Owlish Xx

NannaShaz said...

Morning Sue and all the Wilsonettes
Wishing your dad a very happy heavenly birthday

What a beautiful card today love these new pixie powders I have just got mine and cant wait to start playing

Sending love and healing hugs to all that need them xx

Hope you all have a good day and stay safe

NannaShaz54 in MK

carol edwards said...

Hello Sue lovely card, techniques and colours. Happy birthday thoughts today for your dadxx

dj from kettering said...

Where has that year gone?? Love reading these every year,
no 42 is really apt!!!!

This is a really happy card, anuone would be so pleased
to receive it!

Stay safe,

Doreen x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, lovely card, the colours are so pretty. I need some Pixie Sparkles. Great words from your Dad

Barbara V

rolfi said...

Hi Sue,

beautiful card to remind of your dad´s life lessons.
They are so true.

Rolf xxx

Ann Topp said...

Good Morning Sue. A lovely card today Sue. And so very apt for the young ... And the older ... lovers of the world with all those lovely little hearts ❤.
I agree with many of our bloggers ... It certainly doesn't seem a year ago since we all read your Dads wonderful Lessons in Life. It has flown by ... If only this could be read and heeded by more people maybe the world would be a better place to live in. Happy heavenly birthday to you Dad. Thankyou Sue. Sending hugs and best wishes to everyone who needs them today.I


Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

Crafty Vonnie said...

Good morning Sue,
Thank you for showing us your Dad's Life Lessons again, can't believe that another year already. A lovely card & sending hugs to you. Yvonne xx

Lynda said...

Morning Sue beautiful card love the pixie sparkles and hearts and the way you have assembled your card l will be making this one. I can’t believe it a year since I first read your Dad’s Life Lessons it is a beautiful lesson in life to ALL so inspirational. Lynda Croft X Stay Safe Everyone Keep Crafting X

Handmade by Donna x said...

Hi Sue and everyone, firstly I haven't seen these reminders from your dad before as I haven't followed you that long and wasn't well last March so missed a while from the blog. But thank you I read them all and could resonate with a few. Happy heavenly birthday to you dad xx
Onto the card, I love the stencil and the pixie sparkles im sure look even more amazing in real life. The sentiment is beautiful too.
Massive hugs to you today and for all of us who are missing our dads today, or mums for that matter. Donna xx

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue this is a gorgeous card. Your dad was a very wise man. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Lynne L said...

Good morning Sue Lovely card I love the shiny hearts Thank you for posting your Dads life lessons against always good to read such wise words

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue, lovely card. Thank you for once again for sharing your Dad's life's lessons list; I always love reading it (regardless of the fact that I've read it several years). WakeyL

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Sending you a hug as you remember your dad with love on his birthday, love reading the Life Lessons he sent you
Today’s card is gorgeous from the Coral Crush Pixie Sparkle to the heart stencil beautifully presented with your slimline dies

Love and hugs to everyone

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
that card is lovely, I'm not usually a pink person but this is just an elegant pink, created by Pixie Sparkles - will keep their favourite spot as regards colouring.

I thank you for the life lessons shared by your Dad, I made a copy of it in my files, and will do something with it as regards wall mounting.........


Anonymous said...

A wise man your Father Happy Heavenly Birthday. Loving the card.
Stay safe one and all
Elizabeth Bennett

Muriel said...

Hello Sue and all
Love your fathers words, a lovely memory.
The card today is beautiful too, I must try some pixie sparkles, I love the pixie powders and these are even more special.
Muriel x

ursula said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers today Sue...Every year I read this it strikes a cord in my heart, so true, so beautiful....There are just so many memories of sayings and events that stick in my mind when I think of my Dad, who died young and my dear Mother who left us in 1991, she was a mentor for us in so many different ways, a real treasure.
Your card today is beautiful, one I would like to replicate, like the idea of the texture paste with the new pixie sparkles dusted on it....thank you Sue....luv Ursula xx

lindyloo12Somerset said...

A very pretty card, your dad was obviously a very wise man Sue!

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I think today's card is one that I would have to see IRL to appreciate it properly but I do love the colour of the Coral Crush Pixie Sparkles.

Regina Brett's Lessons of Life are always worth re-reading and I think they could easily be part of the school curriculum. I will always appreciate your dad sending them to you and thank you for sharing them with us.


theresa w said...

Hi Sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Pretty card today Sue x the colours are beautiful and I love the heart stencil x
Thankyou for reprinting your dads life lessons, I love reading them every year and are a fantastic tribute to your dad x sending you hugs Sue x
Stay safe and keep crafting x
Theresa w in Berks xxx

Eunice Astle said...

Thankyou for reprinting your dads life lessons, every year I get something more from them!

Suzzette Yandle said...

Your Dad was a very wise man. I can tell this from his Life's Lessons that you so generously share with us on his birthday each year. Wisers words have never been spoken. And they are so much needed during these trying times we are currently living through. How blessed you are to have been reared by this exceedingly kind and thoughtful man. Hugs

Crewe Trish said...

Dear Sue
Your dad was an amazing person every year I read his wise words and get so much from them.
I love todays card the heart stencil is lovely.Take care everyone x

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

A great post and love the reprint of the life's lessons.

sued99 said...

Lots of things to think about there. I love reading this each year. Best wishes to you all. X

Marion Scott said...

Hello Sue, love reading Life’s Lessens again. It makes me stop and think about lots of things and how lucky I am, even in these difficult times it is to be alive, happy and healthy. Happy Birthday to you Dad.

Today’s card is beautiful and one I will try.

Marion S x

cr@fty said...

Hi Sue
I love reading life’s lessons and never tire of it, thinking of you and sending love and hugs!
Your card is beautiful!
Hugs x
Heather T

CCM said...

Such a lovely card and a lovely tribute to your Dad. Sending special hugs to you today, Sue. Thank you for sharing those wise words with us again today.

Hugs from Toronto to you all.
Stay safe and healthy.

zoemo said...

Really lovely card to go with those wise words. I’ve been wearing my nice perfume daily since last year and there is definitely a lot more meaning to many of the points this year. You must have shared so many special times together. Happy birthday up there! x

Zoe in Pencoed x

Betty McAlister said...

Lovely to read your dads Life Lessons again reminding us that life is precious and that we should make the most of every day. Despite the last year being a very hard one for so many people, it has passed by very quickly. Little did we realise this time last year how hard life would become but for some it gave time to appreciate life around us instead of rushing on by,
A pretty card dedicated to your father xx

Yorkie girl said...

Hi Sue
I remember you posting this and having read them all again there are so many of the things your dad said that resignate with me
I wish your dad a happy heavenly birthday and I send you hugs of friendship.
Now your card. Well it is yet again a beautiful creation thank you for sharing it with us all and thank you for sharing your dads words.
Please take care my friend
Theresa G

Pawprintx4 said...

I miss my Dad too. He was a wonderful father. Thanks for sharing.
Stephanie K

karenlotty said...

Lovely card Big hugs to you on your dad’s birthday All of his words ring true and each year a different one resonates even more This year the one that has stuck in my mind is Take a deep breath it calms the mind

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. Somehow I forgot to comment on yesterday's post. Sending big hugs to you for yesterday.

Lovely card, I love that stencil and the colour you have chosen.

Scottydog said...

A lovely card for your Dad’s birthday (& mine!). It is lovely reading the Life Lessons each year, so much is so true & we need reminding, so thank you Sue.
Sorry forgot to comment yesterday.

Gem said...

Hi Sue

I don't comment very often as not good with social media, however after reading todays post and the wonderful words your dad wrote to you, I just had to write and say how amazing your dad must have been and that his words really touched me.

I hope you are well, take care