My uncle, Billy Howell, finally lost his battle with cancer yesterday morning. He had been diagnosed with Stage IV Prostate Cancer in March of 2009 and fought valiantly over the last couple of years. He was living in Hodgenville, Ky at the time and was by himself. When he could no longer work at his profession, Funeral Director and owner/operator of Billy Howell Funeral Chapel in Hodgenville, my mother moved him in with her. I’ve been so thankful that she did, because I would never have known my uncle. Over the last year and a half, I have gotten to know a marvelous man and who was the one who got up in the middle of the night to give me a bottle when I was a baby!

Thankfully yesterday he went peacefully at the end and is now finally free of pain and is no longer suffering. He’s also with his momma and daddy now . . . he was such a momma’s boy!

I have a few errands to run and then I’ll be back to give you the lowdown on my projects of Graphic 45 yesterday.


This will be a short post today as my uncle’s condition has gotten worse and we are all at the hospital this morning. This is also my first post done on my iPad so we’ll see what happens.

Please check out the Graphic 45 Blog (click on the Graphic 45 link on the left side bar . . . I’m unable to get this link this morning) for my On the Boardwalk wall hanging and card. I’ve also included a tutorial with the projects for dimensional flowers with a new little twist I used. I’ll show you the projects here later when time allows.

The Graphic 45 posts typically go live at 11:00 am EST.


Happy Friday!  I hope y’all have had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.  I’m finding myself in crunch time here trying to get the normal monthly stuff done plus work on CHA projects.  As a matter of fact, the card I’m going to show you today has been sitting on my desk unfinished for 4 days.  Just not enough time in my days right now!

I know you didn’t come here to listen to me whine (yes, I’ll have some cheese please) and complain about all that is going on.

I got my hands on some 7 Gypsies Conservatory paper the other day and immediately had to open in it.  I’ve loved this paper since Winter CHA.  Actually, I had the JustRite lilies colored and sitting on my desk the day the paper arrived.  Once I opened the paper, I knew that it would match the lilies.


The lilies were stamped on watercolor paper and then water colored with Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive and Mustard Seed.  The border was stamped in Archival Coffee.  Because the colors were a little pale and soothing, I thought it would be fun to have orange ribbon . . . I dyed the seam binding with Spiced Marmalade (with a touch of Vintage Photo and Antique Linen) using this technique.

Short post from me today as I have too much on my plate and should not dilly dally.

I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!



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