Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Swap For All Seasons...July...Share a Smile!

We continue through the year with our monthly swaps at A Swap For All Seasons.
July's theme was Share a Smile and the color for the destash was purple. Even though our card and tag do not have to be the color of the month, I find that I tend to use that monthly color in my creating. These swaps have enabled me to expand my color palette.....some of the colors we use are not ones I would naturally choose but I'm liking the challenge of it.
I am a great believer in the practice of laughing every is good for my mental and emotional health. I have to say that being married to David provides me with a lot of comic relief. He is one of the funniest people I know and he can always say or do something that keeps me chuckling!
Over the years, I have enjoyed creating cards for women to send to their friends for no reason other than to share some mirth. I chose one of these cards to send to my new friend, Pam, of Virginia Retro. Pam loves vintage things and has an amazing collection of tablecloths from the 50's and 60's as well as other vintage goodies she finds at estate and yard sales. I swoon over some of the treasures she finds! Anyway, I thought Pam might enjoy a funny card featuring a pair of the cutest "mature" ladies whose image I found on-line years ago. I saw a funny quote once that said, "Old age is always 20 years older than the age you are." Don't we all remember when we were younger and thought that 65 was about the end of the line? Well, when you turn 65, it's suddenly not so old after all!
(I apologize for the quality of these photos. I continue to have computer issues ((insert REALLY sad face here!)) and the photos are not transferring properly)

Inside of card...

The tag was made using an image from Paper Whimsy. When I first saw this little girl I was struck with the thought that she resembled photos I have of my mother at a young age. She has the start of a sweet smile, don't you think?
Along with the card and tag, I pulled out some purple treats from my stash. Doilies, ribbon, rick-rack, letter stickers, embellishments and a funny magnet. It was a fun month!

My "donor" this month was Wendy of The Frog Palace. I had the opportunity to create for Wendy several months ago and now it was her turn to make a card and tag for me. I am glad that Wendy is not afraid to use color in her crafting. Her card and tag made me smile as soon as I saw them. The card, especially has a very funny sentiment inside. Great job certainly made me smile!

Inside of Wendy's card...

 She also sent me a huge number of stash items...WOOHOO! Lots to craft with!

For August, we are to create in our own style and we can use any color we'd like. This is going to be fun!!!!!!
On the HOME front, we traveled to Delaware last week and bought a new home in 36 hours. We have been wasting no time here! We have a date of August 25th to close here in Pittsburgh and August 27th to close in Millsboro, Delaware. Next up are home inspections here and there and find a mover.
I hope to be able to post some pictures of the new place, soon.


Createology said...

Purple is such a regal color and was my mothers favorite. I find I am liking it more and more. Yes, I am 65 and it doesn't seem so old to me anymore. Fabulous Fun Swaps. Congratulations on finding your new home. Seems like things are falling into place and your new road to travel is meant to be. Summer Sparkles and Creative Bliss and Continued Success with your move...

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Wow! Fast! Whoosh! Bet that's how you feel. So excited to see what is next in your life The swap looks like a lot of fun.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Joyce, you know how much I love what you created for me. I smile every time I look at the card and tag. Thanks again!

What a fun swap this is. Such a fun package you received! Surely lots of smiling is going this month.

Good luck with your move. How exciting! :) Pam

Jo said...

Beautiful cards and tags. They both brought a smile to my face. :-) Glad everything is going well on the home front and hope everything goes well with closing and inspections.

marie said...

The swap continues to be great fun. I'm glad you've been able to join in each month...I don't know how you're managing to keep up with everything!
Love the images you always find the best faces! Yummy purple goodies...both sent and received!
I'm looking forward to hearing all about the new home. Your life is a bit of a whirlwind these days!!
You are in my prayers dear friend!

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Linda said...

Joyce, Oh how I love your card! I love those 2 old gals and the sentiment is hysterical! Great stuff! Thanks for participating, even in what was probably one of the more hectic months in your life!


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