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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

William and Ethel Burger

Thank you for the congrats and best wishes to my son and new daughter- in- law! 

Today I want to first show you Page 2 of the Little Darlings Tutorial.  No Tutorial here just the adjoining page.  And then  I will post the next set of pages for the heritage book.
I had each of the children write a letter to their mom to include on the pages.  I used a sketch from the Att boys and girls 5 ways challenge over on scrapbook .com  However with that said...there were two sketches to choose from and I think I sort of intermingled the two to get this one! 
 Her letter reads:


I just wanted to say Thank You! Thank you for always being there when I needed you and for letting me try on my own when I needed to. You always picked me up when I fell, kissed me and made me try again and were patient enough to wait for me to be ready to go again. Thank you for teaching me right from wrong (even having Dad help out with that when needed. I know now how hard that was since I have been there myself). Thank you for showing me the power of God and the church in my life. Thank you for caring for our home and family. No one ever saw you do anything but everything was always done and I never heard you complain. Thank you for giving us every opportunity to succeed and the certainty that you would be there if we failed or would be cheering if we were successful.
Thank you for showing my children the love of a Grandmother. Thank you for teaching me how to be a mom, not just the loving part but the basics (how to bathe them, feed them, and see if there tears were real or not). Thank you for showing them a taste of the outside world, for giving them the desire to explore. Thank you for sharing our trips to Florida, for sharing the joy and the angst of watching Sean play. You kept me from having heart failure except when I had to keep you from beating someone up for talking
bad about our team!
Thank you for the hugs, the unconditional love, for giving so much of yourself. Thank you for yanking me back into line when I needed it. Thank you for being my Mom!
I love you so very much. I have so many memories of love filled holidays and meals, of you being there for our games and concerts, our good grades and bad, for standing up for us when others attacked and made us stand up for what is right, for sharing our joys and our sorrows.
You have done so much for me, been so much to
me, I can never say thank you enough. Just know that I appreciate everything you have done and given up for all of us.

I Love You

Ramona (your favorite child!)

Here are the next 3 pages these are my mother in law's grandparents on the paternal side. 

This photo is one of them taken in the 1950's amidst Grandma's gladiola and flower garden!  Look at those flowers!  They were the talk of the town back then!

I used Webster's Pages Paper and embellishments, the journal block came from a stamp set from Close to My Heart as did the little crocheted flower, and added a pearl flourish, and  a few small pearls. The border punch is from EK Success. 
The top photo is a picture of them taken in 1917, the middle photo is one of the last photos of Grandma Burger, and the bottom photo is the only photo I could find with the entire family together.
Again I used Webster Pages, an embossing folder from Tim Holtz, a Cricut die cut from the Art Philosophy Cartridge, and some lace that I received in a swap that was hosted by Martica at scrapbook.com

This final photo shows a picture of Grandma Burger when she was younger riding horses at a ranch just outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.  The middle picture is a picture of the home they owned and then eventually my mother-in-law's parents bought from them, and the bottom picture is a 4 Generation picture of my mother-in-law's Great Grandma Tower, Grandma Burger, Her dad, and her as a baby.

This is the journaling for the last page

William and Ethel Burger grew up in Nebraska. William had the nickname of “Dink”.  We are unsure as to the date of their marriage but we know that they were married in Hall County, Nebraska.

In their first years of marriage William worked for the local fire department as a fire man and their driver. He got to drive the horse pulled fire wagon that was pulled by a beautiful team of white horses.  When the fire department bought a fire truck he was very proud that he got to drive that as well.  Once the depression hit work became scarce and they were forced to travel around looking for work. William became a “jack of all trades” trying to support his family.  They traveled throughout Kansas, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. Of course during this time Ethel did not work outside the home and joined him along with their children in the travels.  He finally gained employment with the Union Pacific Railroad in Wyoming.  In 1934 William went to work for the Climax Mine in Climax, Colorado, where he stayed until his retirement.  While living in Climax Ethel became employed at the restaurant there.  They eventually moved to Buena Vista, Colorado and bought the family home on 502 S.  Gunnison Ave.

While living in Buena Vista Ethel continued to work as a cook working for The Buena Vista Hotel, Tising’s Restaurant located on Hwy. 24 and The Green Parrot Restaurant & Bar on Main St.  Ethel enjoyed gardening and especially loved her gladiolas….which were always the talk of the town when they were in bloom.  Upon her death William called his son Albert who was living in Leadville and told him that if he wanted to buy the property in Buena Vista he had better do it now or he was selling it.  Albert did buy the property, raised his family in that little log cabin home, and lived there until he passed away in 1990.

I hope you enjoyed this little walk through my husband's heritage.  I am hoping that the family will enjoy coming and seeing it here!  There's still more to follow!



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ryan and Rikki

Hi my friends!  Today was a wonderful day filled with love!  My youngest son got married!  It was a very small ceremony held at the court house.  But love was in the air.  So I must share some photos of this special day in my life with you. 

A photo of the bride and her son  the ring bearer.  Can you tell he is 5 and loves to make those faces for the photos.

Our Son with us hanging out before the ceremony
This was taken while they were exchanging the rings!  Too cute!
Just a couple of photos that I love!

Thank You for letting me share this day with you!
May each of our days be filled with lots of love and new beginnings.
I'll be back in a few days with some more of those heritage pages!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Little Darlings Mojo Monday Sketch Tutorial

Hi my friends!  It does feel so good to be back to blogging. It  feels like I am maybe contributing something to this world.  :) 

As I told you I would share the layout that I created using Flying Unicorn's Mojo Monday sketch with a tutorial to go along with it. So without further adieu....let's get started. 

First let me give you your supply list.  Now Remember you don't have to have the exact supplies on hand...your layout may be a total different theme than mine. 

I am using the beautiful...and sadly discontinued...Graphic 45 Little Darling Paper Collection.

Let's start with the paper.  These are all 12x12 sheets.

You will need:
1 sheet Peachy Pink Colored Card stock (or the color that goes with your papers.
1 sheet French Vanilla Bazzill Card stock (or other similar off white or white)
2 Sheets Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Treasures or 2 sheets of a double sided paper
2 Sheets Graphic 45 Peek-a-Boo paper or 2 sheets of a second patterned double sided paper
1 Sheet Graphic 45 Heaven Sent Paper or 1 sheet of a third patterned double sided paper
1 Sheet of Graphic 45 Baby Borders Paper or a 1/2" strip of a patterned paper, ribbon, or card stock.

Tim Holtz Antique Linen
*Close to My Heart White Daisy Ink
*Close to My Heart Blush Pink
*Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Tool

Border Punch:  I used the EK Success Medallion Border Punch...but any border punch or an decorative edge stencil will work too!

*I had to create the color for my card stock as I did not have the right color on hand, plus I want the mottled texture...so if you aren't going to be altering your card stock you will only need the Antique Linen.

Circle Template: 7" and 6 3/4" or use your Cricut.

Let's get started we will get to all the embellishments later.

Let me show you the sketch from the Flying Unicorn again and my Layout. This sketch was created by the ever talented Alda Stevens.

Have you got all of your basic supplies out...you know scissors, paper cutter, glue dots, adhesive, edge distresser?

STEP 1-Creating the Inked Background Card stock

My first step was to ink the peach card stock because it just was too peach and didn't have enough pink hue to it.  So taking the 3 stamp pads, your Tim Holtz Applicator Tool start with the Blush Pink Ink.  Starting on the outside edge of your page bring your ink in ....(Make sure you have a piece of paper or a non stick crafting mat under your work for this step.)

This isn't a very good picture.  Sorry folks. 

I always like to go all the way around the outside edge of my page and then move inward rotating the page around as I go until I get into the center.  But there is no right or wrong way...up and down, side to side, or around the page.  Just ink it. I use a place and swirl motion as I go along the page.  Remember  this is not meant to be perfect...just to be fun!

Then take the White Daisy Ink and Repeat.
Finish the inking with the Antique Linen. 

You can continue to layer as much or as little as you want with these inks until you get the tone you want.
This photo shows you where I started from and where I ended up.

This photo shows you the card stock I started with, the after photo with the Graphic 45 Peek-a-boo paper that I was trying to match.  I know that these photos aren't the best.  But hopefully you can see that the page I inked has a more pink blush feel rather than the orange tone it had.
Step 2 - Cutting your papers

Cut a 7" Circle from the Card stock you have just created.  Cut this close to a corner as you can get that way you will still have paper left for other things.
Cut a 6 3/4" Circle from the Peek-a-Boo paper (the faces and gingham).
Distress the edges using and edge distressing tool.  If you don't have an edge distressing tool this can also be accomplished with using the blade side of  your scissor, by rubbing the edge of the paper. 
The distressing should create a sort of fuzzy edge.  If you have distressed it a lot and get little tears...good for you!  Just a little bit more shabby.

Cut a 2 1/2" Strip from Heaven's Treasures (the butterflies) so that the butterflies are right side up and running horizontally.  Lightly distress the edges.

Cut 2 1/4" strips for banners:  One from Heaven's Sent - make sure your stripes are going vertically
and one from Little Treasures.  Cut the Little Treasures to a 7" Length, and the Heaven's Sent to a 6" length.

Making the banner.  Take one end, lightly folding in center, making sure outside edges are even.

 Cut at an angle.
Sorry for the camera blur I was trying to hold with my right hand and take the photo with my left!

Slightly distress the edges so the white shows.
Next Cut a border strip from the border strip paper.  I used the top strip just under the Graphic 45 Informational Strip.  or you can cut a 1/2"x12 inch piece from your paper.  A 1/2" ribbon could also be used here.

 Step 4: Punch

Punch a 12" length using the French Vanilla Card stock.  Place this in your paper cutter and cut in half lengthwise.

Step 5: Placement
I placed my center strip at the 8" mark.  So to determine banner placement I laid my center strip and circles on my layout.

Tuck the banners under your center strip bringing them almost to the top of your center strip.

Now remove your top layers and adhere banners..out adhesive only on the top leaving the rest of the banners free.   Tip:  You could make a light pencil mark as to where your banner outer corners and top were so you can get them back in place when you pick them up.
Attach the 2 1/2" Center Strip over the page.  At this point if you like to sew on your page do it now. 
Tip:  If you haven't ever sewn on your pages with a sewing machine and would like to try....when sewing on paper adjust your stitch length a little longer.  My machine's setting is 2.5 mm standard and I adjust it to a 3.5mm.
Adhere your punched scallop border strips butting them up tightly to the center border strip.  The bottom is a little tricky as you have to lift  the banners to get them into place.
Adhere your circles together....leave your adhesive in aways from the outside edge so if you want to tuck little embellishments later on you can.  Attach to your background.  Note:  The circle is not exactly centered.
Cut the little border strip at approximately 4 1/2 inches and 1 1/2 inches.  Measure from your circle to your outside page to be sure you have enough length. ( I cut mine in these pieces so I still have a second 6" piece to use on an adjoining page.)  Adhere and tuck the one end under the circle so it looks like it is running all the way through. 
Cut a 6-1/4 inch x 4-1/4 inch piece of French Vanilla.  Distress the edges.  Ink the edges in Antique Linen. You may need to go around more than once to achieve the desired color.  Tip: I use the finger sponge daubers and have found that if I flick from the back to the front on inking it keeps those distressed edges standing up.
Adhere Photo to mat centering it. 
Adhere photo mat to circle - notice it is off center a bit.
Sorry the photo is crooked! :)



Woo Hoo! you have just complete the background for this page! Get up and move around...take a bow, pat yourself on the back...clap, whatever!!!
Let's Embellish!
This part always seems to take me the longest. I just start pulling out whatever I can think of that matches my papers and in this case shouts girl! So just start pulling your embellishments that will go with your papers. Isn't fun to use up your stash?
For this page I used: 2 Prima Tea Roses Santa Rosa, 2 Prima Belle Artes Prose, Silk Roses from Creative Moments that I got on clearance somewhere, 2 Recollections Mulberry Paper Roses in an Aqua color, 5 Micro Minis Mix Innocence Buttons by Dress It Up, 4 Pastel Mini Buttons by Favorite Findings. 1 Clear "Sweet" Embellishment Disc, 1 Peach Feather, 1 Pkg. (2pc) Recollections small Pearl Flourishes, 1 Pkg. Close To My Heart Pearls, DMC Embroidery Floss Color #3713 using 3 strands.

Referring to the sketch I created 2 clusters of 5 flowers/elements. Tip: When designing clusters use odd numbers for a pleasing effect. I learned this from a friend when I was doing floral arrangements.



Now begin adding your buttons in a scattered pattern. along each side of the photo. See above photo right.   Bear with me here....if you want to add the floss to your tiny buttons let me show an easy way to do it. 

 I take the embroidery floss and divide it down to 3 strands.  And of course thread it just like you would if you were going to tie it on top.

photo 2:

Taking a hold of the threads with your index finger and thumb with my opposite hand that aren't attached to the needle. Lay that little button on top of your finger.  Photo 3: Take the needle under the threads and pull.  Repeat.  Repeat this for all buttons.

Oh my do I need a manicure!!!!
To create the bottom accent corner I tore the paper slightly in and rolled it to one side....well if you actually look close I tore the whole piece out and glued it back in!    To create the butterfly I had a sheer five petal flower.  I took the top petal, added a glue dot to the top and folded in half, and turned back so it was in between the other four petals to form the body, and glue dotted it down..add a small pearl for the head...and there you have it a butterfly.  Attach this near the inside edge of your torn paper. 
Now take your flourishes.  Place 1 flourish under the bottom flower cluster, take your second flourish and cut it...creating a smaller flourish and longer one.  Place the smaller one at the top flower cluster and the longer one as a tail for the butterfly.
Add your title.  I used a 2" x 2-3/4" piece of chipboard that I covered with card stock, filing the edges of the card stock smooth and inking the edges with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Ink.  Adhering it with pop dots for an added dimension. For one last added touch I took the tiny pearls and added them to the center of the motif in that little border strip.
ta-da! A Page Complete!  I hope you had FUN!  Any questions...just ask.  Now go post your Layout at The Flying Unicorn...join in!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Burger and Tower Family

Hey my friends.  Well I hope spring has came to you and is there to stay!  The last few days have been beautiful...but oh my...the clouds rolled in a little yesterday, sunshine this morning, cloudy again this afternoon...and tonight....it's downright old Mr Winter out there!  Brrr.  I want the sunshine!

Just a quick post with the next 2 pages in the book.  These are my mother in law's great grandparents on her paternal and maternal side.  It is so awesome that she had these wonderful photos and certain members of her family have taken the time to find out about all the genealogy information.

The patterned papers are some Anna Griffin paper that I have had in my stash for eons.  I bought a kit from QVC I bet it was 10 years ago!  But I still love her papers...so elegant and perfect for heritage books.  The flowers red flower I got at WalMart in the clearance bin, the little beige roses are from Recollections for Michael's.  That beautiful stick pin on the top layout was made by a friend of mine at scrapbook.com  Bonnie Pratte.  The pearl spray is from the wedding supplies aisle, the little cherish sticker is from K & Co. Ancestry (?) collection.  There's a little brown page hanger on the top Layout from Close to My Heart, as well as the pearls.  The photo mats were cut with my cricut from I think the Storybook, Cartridge.  I cut them at 7 1/2 inches.  The smaller cuts with the family information on the tower page were Cut with the Art Philosophy Cartridge from Close to My Heart....and that gift was a Christmas gift from my oldest son and family...Thanks guys!  I also used some Antique Linen Around the distressed edges, and sewed the pages with my sewing machine.

Here is some inspiration for you. I am currently working on this sketch from Flying UnicornIt is their current Monday Mojo Challenge Sketch. 
Isn't this just gorgeous! Each Monday they post a sketch and you have a week to complete it. 

I am hoping to get it done and a tutorial written for you of how I did it.  So stay tuned!

I found this quote on a stamp from Close to My Heart...and just have to share it here:

The Family is the link to our Past
And Our Bridge to the Future

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What  beautiful weather we are having.  It was sunshine and warmth today...and oh these old bones just totally enjoyed it. (Let me first of all clarify something ....I am not old...just my bones! )  Let's hope this weather is here to stay!

Today I am going to bring you the genealogy pages that I created for the Heritage Album.  The papers I used are from the Karen Foster Ancestry Collection.  I bought mine a long time ago but they are still available at scrapbook.com

Sorry I have blocked out the family information, but because of identity theft these days you can't be too careful.  I really didn't do a lot to this page other than add a "Family " Gem Sticker and a definition sticker that came with the Ancestry collection.  But this may give you an idea of how you can do your own genealogy in a book.

This page has a picture of my mother in law's Great Great Grandparents on her maternal side.  Her Great Grandmother is the last woman in the back row.  The story of how this photo came into our possession is a very interesting one and I hope that I can retell it correctly.

My husband's aunt and her daughter took a vacation to Nebraska to see if they could find any information on this side of the family as we really did not know alot.  While there they visited grave yards, and several small towns that they knew the family was from.  While visiting with a person in the store, the clerk thought that one of their family members was still alive, and gave them an address.  Well they were elated to maybe have found a link!  So they went to find this person (forgive me for not remembering who it was), when they got to the address they found out that person they were looking for had passed away.  But.....there was another family member still living in this county.  This non relative called our family member and told them what was happening.  They were invited over and that is how they attained a copy of this picture and all this information!  What a wonderful happen-stance that was! 

On this page I used the Victorian Romance Cricut Cartridge for the images of the man and woman.  I wrinkled and water distressed the background page for the family information, using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink to give it some accentuation.  I believe the cut for the family sign was made with Close to My Heart's Art Philosophy.  I also added a few brads and a button tied with embroidery floss for accents.

My closing thoughts are this:  Seek out the unknown...you never know what happy surprises may come your way.