build a home… build a life


it takes hands to build a house, but only {hearts} can build a home

tap..tap..tap…Is anyone out there?

I’m back from a unintended, but needed break from paper crafting. It felt really odd to be sitting at my stamp table this morning, and even more odd to not know where my USB cable had drifted off to in the last few weeks. Don’t you always find yours under the passenger seat of your car when it disappears? When I left off last month, I was in the middle of 3 or 4 big projects (work, PTO and home improvement). I’ve wrapped most of them up, and it feels good to be moving on.

For the Weekend Sketch Challenge, this is a card for my mom — we’re celebrating her birthday this weekend. My brother and his kids and my parents will arrive today, and I’m really looking forward to it – even though my house is a mess and I’ve not cooked a thing. πŸ™‚ It’s always fun to spend time together.

To give you a hint of how sweet my mom is, she has just called from Costco in ‘the city’ to confirm a few things I had sent her on ‘my list’. Bless her heart – it’s the PTO paper goods list for the entire year. Then she’s stopping by two other stores to pick up things for me that I just can’t get here in town before she heads this way. I could really go on for hours about the many, many ways shes built our lives with love – of course – I’d be in tears because I just don’t fathom how a girl could be so fortunate. My mom blesses me, not by what she does, but for the woman she is.

As usual, more sketch-spiration from Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Mary Jo and Sharon.  It’s good to be back, and I hope your weekend is full of wonderful moments.

  •  Stamps: Hearts can Build a Home & Vintage Backgrounder – Unity Stamp Company 
  • Cardstock: Indian Summer – Basic Grey, Kraft & Ivory cardstock 
  • Ink – Rich Cocoa Memento 
  • Accs: Copic Markers, ribbon – Taylored Expressions, oval nestabilities, sew-mini, brad – Basic Grey & punch – Fiskars 

37 responses to “build a home… build a life

  1. adorable! love it Lori!! and hope you enjoyed your break- not get back to it!! πŸ˜‰

  2. OMG that is SO cute! I need that stamp now! πŸ™‚

  3. What a charming card Lori! Love the shape you framed your image in! And your story about your mom is awesome!! What a blessing for both of you!! Glad you enjoyed your break, but am equally glad you’re back!! HUGS!

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  5. wonderful card, wonderful image.

  6. Adorable card, Lori! Love the 3/4 oval you used. Happy birthday to your Mom.
    Have a great weekend. Hugs and smiles

  7. tap tap tap back! Still here Lori! πŸ™‚

    Glad you see you creating…and what a sweet tribute to your mom! Sounds like she instilled a great many good things in her girl too!

  8. Fabulous card and luv that eye catching coloring you did…fabulous!

  9. Adorable Card!!! Enjoy your family this weekend!!!

  10. This is a beautiful card and your mom sounds just as beautiful! Have a fun time with your family!

  11. a sweet home card!

  12. Linda Littlepage

    I love that cute layout and the stamp punched in a cricle…. looking great

  13. Ca-ute stamp — love it paired with this paper! Kuddos for following the sketch (I didn’t!) — love your long card!

  14. Great card for a great Mom!!! Sounds like she loves you very much & of course, vice versa!

  15. Why am I not surprised your mom is an angel??? Good genes!

    This card is beautiful. You gals may have drawn me out of my challenge hole .. However, I’m not sure I can bring myself to cut my Indian Summer paper…



  16. I love your card! and you are blessed indeed to have a great mom like that! but she is just as blessed back! πŸ˜€
    have a wonderful visit with all of your fam!

  17. Absolutely stunning card! Love the stitching too!

  18. Good to see you back and with a great card too πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday to Maxine!! Have a great time with your family.

  19. Awwww, to your sweetheart of a mom, and awww to that beautiful card.

  20. And remember … YOU bless so many of us with your friendship!

    Glad to see that your mojo was waiting for you, right back here in your creative zone! Very cool take on the sketch, Ms. Craig!


  21. Have a wonderful weekend with your Mom! Lori, this card is just darling!

  22. Glad you found your way back to the stamping table- your card is fantastic!

  23. Missed you! Lovely card for your mom. Enjoy your time with your family this weekend!!

  24. Wonderful card!

  25. This is GORGEOUS card, Lori! I LOVE it!

  26. YEA! You’re back! Darling card πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful family weekend!

  27. Love your card with that delicious Indian Summer paper! It’s nice you’re “back,” Lori. . .

  28. This is really cute, Lori! I hope your mom had a very nice birthday! (I’ve missed you!)

  29. Welcome back Lori!! I love the image you chose…your card looks great!

  30. Your mom IS awesome! Give her my love. CUTE card too!

  31. Came back today and noticed that punched border. LOVE it. Where’d you find this punch? {hugs}

  32. LOVE this Lori! SO super sweet!!!

  33. This is just the sweetest card and that image is adorable!! Your Mom sounds like one in a million, Lori, and I’ll bet you’re very much like her! Hugs!!

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