Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Challenge by a fellow PTI stamper

Fellow PTI stamper Ted has issued a challenge to create a Valentine project using non-traditional colors. You can view the instructions here. I can't believe almost three weeks have passed since it was issued. In between something called life happened. Our two sons and their families visited on the first two weekends to celebrate Christmas. They are both in the foods industry and find it so difficult to get time off around the holidays. But it's all fun.
Then on Jan. 10, my 88 year old mother fell and broke her hip. Since then it's been a blur of surgery, hospital visits, doctors and now a rehab facility. She has been living with us for the past four years since we moved to PA. I am the only child and this has been really stressful. I know it could be worse. I'm trying to stay connected, but losing ground quickly.
Enough of my troubles and on to the challenge. I make sugar spiced pecans with any leftovers from making holiday cookies and pies. I thought I would turn some of them into a Valentine gift for my dear sons and husband. The boys took them home early.



I used My Punny Valentine stamp set, Orange Zest and Dark Chocolate inks, all by PTI and the colors of the Cleveland Browns. I used the rock and roll technique (hope that's the correct term) to stamp the squirrel so that he's orange in the center and brown around the edges. The tag punch is by Martha Stewart. Jute and button from my stash. The decorating cones are by Wilton. I use them a lot! Simple but special for the special guys in my life.



You still have time to join this challenge. It was lots of fun! Thanks Ted.

14 comments:

Lori said...

So sorry about your mother Linda!! My dad has been ill off and on since last summer, I am his only child so I know what you are saying! (((((HUGS)))))
You made a great project, I seem to forget about this cute squirrel!! The nuts look awful good!! :)

Nerina said...

I'm *so* sorry to hear about your mother's fall Linda! Your squirrel and nuts are such a great combination (the nuts sure look yummy!!)

Ted said...

Linda, this is creative and non-traditional! I love it! Thanks for taking part of my challenge. :)

Diane Jaquay said...

Really cute, and those pecans looks so yummy! Hope your mom is on the mend Linda.

¤*¤Marinette¤*¤ said...

Je suis désolée pour ta maman
tes créations sont superbes
gros bisous
marinette

¤*¤Marinette¤*¤ said...

Hi Linda,
I have updated my translator on my blog, now all is alright
Have a good day
Bizz
marinette

Nadine said...

Aloha Linda ~ What a great job you did on the challenge! That is such a cute way to package the snacks for your special guys. Thanks for sharing and I hope your mom is on the mend. It must be hard being the one responsible but Im sure she appreciates it. Big {{hugs}}} to you!

Kimberly said...

That's a cute valentine! Every time I try to stamp orange zest and dark chocolate for a guy card, I see Bengals as well. Hope your mom is on the mend and things calm down for you.

Rhonda said...

Hope your Mom feels better soon. The squirrel is cute. Did you make the quilt? It looks fabulous.

Sharron said...

Such a sweet Valentine gift! I don't have that set but always thought that squirrel was so cute. Hope your mother gets better soon. I'm know it can be difficult but I'm sure she appreciates having you to help out.

Terri said...

What a sweet gift. Did you make the quilt too? I am sorry to hear about your mom. I can understand you being the only one to take care of her being very stressful. I hope things get better for both of you soon. I am also happy to be a part of the Papertrey Peeps group with you! I look forward to getting to know you better and seeing more of your work too.

BethieJ said...

Linda this is such a THOUGHTFUL gift.. I bet they LOVED them.. I hope your mom is feeling better!!

Aimes said...

Such a super gift! That squirrel is totally adorable! I hope your mother is recovering OK!
x

peggysue said...

Pretty please email me your recipe for those pecans? Pleeease? They look so yummy and the little squirrel is the perfect touch for the wrapper. I hope your mom feels better . . . and I look forward to getting to know you better through our little PTI group.