Saturday, September 8

Grandparents Day Blog Hop

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Welcome to the
Grandparents Day
Blog Hop

 I am happy to be joining some wonderfully talented 
ladies in this Hop
to honor all of
the Grandparents 
in ours and others' lives.
This hop will showcase projects To or From 
a Grandparent and will be showing off
some fantastic Cricut cuts along the way!

If you have arrived her from Heather's Blog, then you are right on track.
If you need to start
from the beginning,
please go to My Cricut Craft Room.
I, for one, didn't get the chance to learn much
of my grandparents growing up.   I do cherish the
few memories that I have kept with me over the years, though.

I never got the chance to know 
my Paternal Grandfather, and my Paternal Grandmother
passed on a month after my twin sister and I were born.

My Maternal Grandfather was in a car accident when
my Mom was just a 3 year old little girl.  We never got the chance to 
meet or know him.  

I was BLESSED to have My Maternal Grandmother, 
Grama Florence, in my life until she was stricken with Cancer,
then taken to be one of Heaven's Angels in 1983.  I was a mere 6 years old.

I do have fond memories of visits with her, playing with
her wonderful collection of paper dolls, the huge Noah's Ark, and 
all the Animals climbing aboard.  I remember her soft
and gentle voice still to this day.
 Grama Florence had remarried before I was born, 
and I was fortunate to 
know her second husband as my one and only 
Grandfather,  Grampa Danny.

Here is a picture of the 
two of them together during their Hay Days!

I have longed to learn so much about my family history
since I grew up not knowing many details.  I have learned a great deal from my
exploration at and have enjoyed finding out some really fun facts
regarding my ancestors, their travels, and their families.

Grandparents should be recognized every day, but especially
on this day, because they are the 
true backbone
to our futures.  
The lessons, morals, and manners 
that they taught to their children
will forever live on through the legacy of what we,
as Parents now, teach our own Children.

My Mother, who I am recognizing today with my first project for this Hop,
is a Mother of 13 Children,
a Grandmother of 26 GrandChildren,
and a
Great-Grandmother of 9 Great GrandChildren.
 (And that is not counting spouses...LOL)

She is the most caring and gentlest soul I know
and I find myself repeating her
words of advice to others on a daily basis.

Happy Grandparent's Day 
to you Mom!
We Love You!

For my project, I used the Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge
for the first time.
I love the sweet little envelope and cards
you can make using the fun Foundation Keys.
I can see this will easily become a favorite
cartridge for me in the near future.

My mom is a HUGE Ohio State Buckeyes fan,
so I chose to use
their Team Colors on her card.

I started by cutting the mini envelope and cards/tags at 6" from
Gray Texture Card Stock (by Darice)
using the Foundation Key on the cartridge.

I then grabbed some red and white card stock
from my scraps (trying to use these up as much as possible).
The pattern paper is Colorbok Neutrals Stack.
I added a bit of Barn Door Distress Ink to the edges
and pieced it all together.

The mailbox was cut at 2" from all the coordinating papers
and card stock.  I added the same Barn Door Ink
then used a Red Permanent Whisper Strokes
Marker to draw the inner lines.

 The cards/tags were cut using the
Foundation Key on Doodlecharms
cut at 6" (5 tags, one for each child
to write a special message to Grama Rochelle)
The envelope charm was also cut at 2".  I layered
3 charm cuts (2 with the envelope and 1 solid circle)
together and punched a hole in
each of the card/tags.  The red brad is from my stash.

 The Bows and envelope knot were created using
Holly Berry Crinkle Ribbon
from the Winter Bundle at 3 Girl JAM
and my Handy 3 Girl JAM Bow Maker.
It really helps to make such luscious and perfect bows
each and every time!

The sentiment was created using some Alpha Stickers (silver)
and a white gelly roll pen to outline and
emphasize the sentiment against the glossy background.

The stamped background on the card
is from the Unity Stamp July 2012 KOM - {Ol' Bag of Fun}
 I first inked it with Versa Mark Champagne Dazzle
and heat embossed with a red embossing powder.

I am also honoring my dear Step Father, "Pappy Jack" .
He is the epitome of sweetness and has been a huge
staple in my life as the only Father Figure I really had growing up.
I love when we go to visit and the kids get
excited to see "Happy Jack" (they are still
learning how to say Pappy...LOL)

Here is the card we created for him

The only Cricut cut I needed for this card was
the Number Sign #, which was 
cut from Jubilee Cricut cartridge at 2".
The background was created with a grab bag
stamp I received from Unity and some TH Vintage Photo ink.
The sentiment across the rectangle was created
with the same ink and stamp, as well as
some alpha stickers (to spell "IS") and the Number 1 (one) from
a Unity Stamp set called Advent.
Papers were from MME Stella and Rose and EP This and  That

NOW, The Candy Announcement!!!

The Grand Prize for this hop
is sponsored by
Erica at Erica's Craft Room
One person will win 
a $25 Gift Certificate to be 
used in her store!

 To be eligible to win the prize
you MUST leave a comment 
at EVERY hop stop
 along the way

In addition to the Grand Prize,
I will be offering 
a prize to one random
person who completes the hop
and follows the same rules stated above.

My Blog Candy during this hop is
the wonderful
stamp set
by Unity called
WE treasure YOU

Now it is time to HOP over to Tess's Blog
here is the lineup in case you need it:

My Cricut Craft Room -

Jenn Drowns Jackson -

Heather Lynn

Jessica Shelton

Tess Hilton

Norma Gomez

Lori Johnson Apgar

Tara Barnes Bruening
Erica's Projects
Melanie Rozwood 
Haidee Shableau -
Tammy Bartlett -

Julie McElhinney - 

Erica's Blog Candy
Thanks for Hopping with Us
to honor all

Keep Crafting 


  1. What lovely cards, but even better are the stories you have to tell :) Keep them in your heart!

    Sheri R

    sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

  2. Jessica I love the layout and colors on the for stone and I really like the background on the second one! Great cards!
    Bellabugcreations at gmail dot com

  3. Hi Jessica, this a beautiful card and great blog candy. I can relate to your story so much. My maternal grandmother passed away from Leukemia when my Mom was just 5yrs old. After her death my grandfather disappeared from her life so we never had the chance to meet either one. My fraternal grandparents also passed when I was very young. My own children are in a similar situation. All they have is my dad because all of their other grandparents passed when our older boys were very young. My youngest never got to meet them and is always asking questions about them. This year we became grandparents and I pray we get to be around for our own grand kids.

  4. Your card is beautiful!! Sometimes life is not fair and I am sorry you had such little (or no) time with your grandparents. I had 3 grandparents until I was in high school when Grandma J passed away, and then my mom's parents passed away 10 years ago. My own children only have my in-laws as grandparents now. They spoil my children. My husband is an only child so they are all we have! I know my boys are super lucky!!

    Glad to be in this hop with you!!

  5. That is really pretty. I love the simplicity of the design and colors.

  6. Such a nice tribute honoring grandparents. Love the tags for each child's message.

  7. Very cute follower too =)

  8. Hi Jessica, I loved reading about your Grandparents..I am sorry you don't have any around today but I know you treasure the memories you do have. :) I love the old photograph and I love all of your projects! It's awesome how you did your moms card in the OSU colors. I am sure she will love it! "Happy Jack's" card is nice and masculine which is not so easy to do and what great background paper for occasion! Wonderful job, as always!


  9. Thanks for sharing the stories about your grandparents. I recently lost my last grandmother. She surley is missed!

  10. Jessica, Your card is super, but I have to admit I loved reading your story and picture. Super job. TFS

    Craftin Desert Divas

  11. What nice cards! Loved the photo of your Grandparents!

  12. I love your cards and love how you included a card for each child to add a note on your mom's card! I just became a follower!

  13. It was nice to learn about you and your family. Sweet little card using their team colors. Thanks for a chance to win bonus candy in the hop. That is a cool set. Have a blessed day.

  14. What inspiration! Wonderful!

  15. I treasure the memory if my grandparents, and love your card ideas. Thanks.

  16. Awesome post, thank you so much for sharing about your grandparents. Really cute projects too!

    MCCR DT Sis

  17. super cute projects and love the picture of the Grand Parents! I am a new follower!

    Eva ~

  18. Great job on your card projects Jessica:) thank you for sharing you stories. My children did not get ot know their grandparents for long, my dad passed away b4 they were all born:( he never got to see any grand children, and he would have been an awesome grampy. I was lucky enough to nknow my grand parents and so I know what they are missing, kinda sad.

  19. Beautiful project Jessica and a great tribute :) Hugs

  20. Jessica, your project is adorable!! So happy to be hopping with you and can't wait for the next one :)

    ~Jenn J~

  21. WOW!!I needed to catch my breathe for a second because your post is so Beautiful!!!I had to go back and reread it because it just hit my heart..
    Your cards are wonderful,sweet and so lovely!!!!
    I am sure that MOM and PappyJack will love them...I do!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  22. OMG...LOVED reading your background story and finding out about ALL those children! Your cards are heartfelt and beautifully crafted and they would be soooo proud of YOU!
    Creative Wishes,
    Claire S.

  23. You made amazing projects. Great and thoughtful. I loved them almost as much as I did reading your story. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  24. I love that you included a place for each child to write to their grandma... how nice of you to make such a cool card. With the history you shared with us every moment is special! Thanks for being a part of the hop and sharing so candidly! Kathi

  25. Oh my gosh! I love your family story! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    Your cards are so sweet! They will LOVE them! Doodle Charms was my very first Cricut cart, besides George, and it is still one of my favorites!!

    Jodie R

  26. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to your mom and step-dad. I love your card ideas. I don't have the Doodlecharms cart and had no idea it had this feature, but a lot of other carts do as well and I've used them a few times. It's really convenient!

  27. what a great tribute to your Mother and your grandmother, we never really appreciate how much they of a part that they play in our lives until they are gone great cards
    upnurse at aol dot com

  28. Great cards!!!... Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories and story... :)

  29. I loved reading your blog today. You are right that grandparents day is everyday! They do so much and love like no other. My mom and dad is almost like yous, they have about 25 grandchildren and great grandchildren together. When we all get together we have to rent a room somewhere because they don't make a house big enough to hold us all. I only had 3 brothers but we have alot now. My Mother is still the backbone of the family.

  30. Love ur cards & reading ur story about ur family. TFS

    MCCR DT, Lisa CH

  31. Hi, Jessica! I have warm and wonderful memories of my grandparents. My paternal grandpop worked at a printing press in NYC; he instilled in me a love of drawing and writing with the stacks of padded paper he always had at the ready at home. My maternal grandma always remembered me even on my older sister's birthday -- I'm not sure, but I think Elsie was a second-born too and knew what it was like to be #2. It was a terribly sad time for me when they moved to Florida away from the family; I never saw them alive again because of the distance that separated us (1200 miles). My maternal grandmom was crafty and creative -- she was a seamstress and an original designer for Mattel's new product called "Barbie" in the 1950's. She died in 2000 at age 98, sitting upright with a paint brush in her hand -- she had been creating yet another (of hundreds!) of porcelain dolls. Her hubby, my grandpa, died a year or two before my daughter was born in 1983. Grandpa had been a Realtor selling new construction from model homes for most of his life. I remember staying over at their house on some Saturdays, waking and going to church with Grandma and Grandpa, and stopping at the deli for Kaiser Rolls and a newspaper. We'd come home and slather butter on the Kaiser Rolls, topped with strawberry jelly, and I got to read the comics first. Then Grandpa would snooze a little before leaving at about 11:15 to make it to the Sunday open house at the new construction site. He must've worked until well into his 70's, before he got sick and died, the first of my grandparents to pass. After that, Grandma also moved to Florida and I never saw her again either.

    I guess that's why when my parents also moved to Florida, out of our lives, it was devastating -- and why I hate Florida. I see it as a stepping stone to Heaven, the start of the last chapter in the Book of Life. I rarely see my parents still (maybe once a year or so); they have their lives, I have mine. It's hard to cope with. Even though I was well into my 40's when they moved, I felt somewhat abandoned ... I still do, ten years later. I don't like that they left my daughter (their granddaughter) and barely know their great-granddaughter Charlotte. It's ALL of our loss!!

    Well, memories are precious, even if they evoke unhappy thoughts. I hope you continue to cherish each and every one of your precious memories!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  32. Love your cards. TFS
    dmcardmaker (at AOL)

  33. What a sweet tribute to all the "grandparents" in your life and your Mom and "Happy Jack" is sure to appreciate the sweet cards you made for them!

  34. Wow! Love your story, it's touched my heart. Love the cards too!

  35. Great cards, thanks for sharing them with us.


  36. The cards were gorgeous! I have 7 grandchildren and they are my life!! Loved reading your story!

  37. Love your cards. Great job. The papers are a wonderful touch. TFS and participating in this hop.

    Scrappy hugs,
    Scrappin’ Sista Designs

  38. Love the story as much as the cards, thanks

  39. very puuurty cards!! Nice hopping with you!!!!

  40. Love the card for your mom. Nice card idea

  41. Love the colors you used. My Mama as we call her recently had a big bash done for her, celebrating 100 years. WOW-WEEEE right! Family traveled from all over to be there.

    marg0006 at verizon dot net

  42. Thanks for sharing a little bit about your grandparents and mother. It is so much fun to learn about the past and what brought us to where we are today! You have some really beautiful projects here that I know will be treasured for years to come!

  43. I love that photo! Great projects

  44. Wonderful cards.


  45. great projets! I loved seeing the pic of your grandparents I love that stuff.. I'm a very sentimental person so I can really appreciated cherishing the few memories you have with your grandparents.. I only knew my 1 grandma and she passed when I was 8. But I loved her :). And 13 kids?!!! thats a LOT of kids lol.. my grandma had 12 and I thought my family was big LOL tfs
    -jamie l


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