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Yesterday was a sad day for me. My grandmother passed away. She was an amazing person and lived good long life. She was 96 years old. I remember all of the good times that I had with her. I remember going there every summer for two weeks with my brother. Getting up at 6:00am to take my grandfather to work and watching the sunrise over the mountain. She made the most amazing pies and cakes, was an excellent cook too. Her specialty was shoo-fly pie and no one has been able to duplicate her recipe even though many of us have tried. We would go to Knoebels Grove, an amusement park in Elysburg, PA all the time. It’s an old fashioned park with rides and all of the sounds and smells that should be at an amusement park. She would go on all of the rides with us and split a funnel cake, her favorite. I remember Teaberry ice cream, still one of my favorites. She loved flowers and always had hundreds of them planted in the summer. I remember the smell of the lilac trees at the end of the driveway and her Rose Milk lotion. I’m glad that I got to spend the time with her that I did, she helped me become the person that I am today and for that I am grateful. She will be missed but remembered fondly.

When I sat down to make my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge I could only think of stars and happiness because that’s what I felt when I thought of her. Here is this week’s sketch…

Freshly Made Sketches #148

The base of my card is Lost Lagoon Card Stock. I used a piece of Silver Foil Sheet that I embossed with the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder*. It is adhered to the card base off to the left. My center panel is a shaker frame and is made from Basic Black. I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut out the middle of the front panel and adhered a piece of Window Sheet with Multi-Purpose Glue to the back. Some foam tape makes up the sides and I filled it with stars that I punched out from a piece of Brushed Silver Card Stock with the Confetti Stars Border Punch*. My greeting is from the Holiday Invitation Photopolymer Stamp Set* and is heat embossed in Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder on a piece of Lost Lagoon. Up in the right corner is another piece of Silver Foil Sheet that I cut out with the Stars Framelits and adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally some Frosted Sequins* are randomly adhered with Multi-Purpose Glue down the right side. A fun card that celebrates the life of a wonderful grandmother. I hope that you enjoyed my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I appreciate you visiting with me and hope that you have a good Thursday.

FMS 148-WM

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets: Holiday Invitation Photopolymer*

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Stampin’ Emboss Powder: Black

Card Stock: Lost Lagoon and Basic Black

Specialty Card Stock: Brushed Silver and Silver Foil Sheet

Other: Window Sheet

Framelits: Stars

Embossing Folder: Lucky Stars*

Punch: Confetti Stars Border*

Embellishments: Frosted Sequins

Tools: Big Shot, Stampin’ Trimmer, Multi-Purpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

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  1. Justin, I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
    Your card is lovely and I’m sure your grandmother is proud of you and to be an inspiration for you.
    Hugs!

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  2. Rosanne Mulhern

    Good Morning Justin, please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your grandmother. Your memories of her are so sweet and heartfelt. I know Knoebels well. I went there quite often as a child. Please take care.

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    • Good morning Roseanne.
      Thank you very much. I do have only fond memories of her. I love Kneobels, will have to go there again. Have a nice day. 🙂

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  3. Justin I was so excited to tell you something and then read about your dear grandmother. You are a great blogger, getting your thoughts down and so alive to your followers. Grandmothers are such special people. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. I’m sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I remember my Nona and how much they do influence us in our lives. Your card is great and you’re right it should be a celebration of a wonderful life!

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    • Thank you Christina. They really do have a big impact on us. I’m glad you enjoyed the card. It’s better to remember the fun and happiness.

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  5. Justin, I’m so very sorry to hear about your Grandmother. You have some very good memories of her. She sounds like she was a great woman. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Love your card!

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  6. Aww..so sorry to hear about your grandmother! I miss mine too. She got me interested in crafting the summer after I finished 8th grade..been crafting since! They really can be so influential in our lives! Love your card! Every time I see one of your cards I rearrange my order! I haven’t taken advantage of the sneak buy yet, slow, I know..but it’s going in by Friday..so quit coming up with ideas so I need to revamp! Lol!
    Take care Justin, and keep those memories of your grandmother with you always!

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    • Thank you Stephanie. That’s great that you owe your love of crafting to your grandmother. I’m happy you enjoyed the card. LOL! Sorry, I just have a lot of fun with my goodies. You will love the new stuff! She will be with me always.

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  7. Oooo,Justin , I’m so sorry about your grandmother , mine brought me up and when that day came it was vary sad day , Grandmothers are so special , hugs to you my friend !
    Frenchie

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  8. Justin I was saddened to read of your Beloved Grandmothers passing..Celebrate her life, cherish those fond memories and your right.. she was a very big part of who you are! My Grama was almost 95 when she passed but I miss her so very much.. they really do leave a quilt of warmth around you don’t they?! Your card is fabulous btw!

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    • Thank you Sherry. I will remember the wonderful times and great memories that I have of her. There is no one like a grandmother. Glad you like the card too.

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  9. Well, I just bet your g’mother loved you to the moon and back! Treasure the memories…B

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  10. Hi Justin, so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful lady and she definitely left you with wonderful memories. Hold on to those and cherish them, they are yours to keep forever. Such a pretty card and what a nice way to celebrate your Grandma. I love all the different stars you used and the new star EF. And of course the sequins. What a nice tribute to her. Have a good day—how’s the knee? 😉

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    • Hello Karen,
      Thank you. She was a great person and I do have only good memories of her. I’m glad that you enjoyed the card. The way I look at it, everyone dies and as long as they lived a long life they should be celebrated. I am having a lot of fun with my new goodies! More sequins, yes please! LOL! The knee is much better thanks! I hope that you are having a good day. 🙂

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  11. I am so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. ((HUGS)) and my condolences to you and your family. Nice stories about the fun times you got to spend with her. The card is beautiful!

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  12. Sweet, sweet memories and what a wonderful tribute of a card for her! Justin I’m sure her love for you and your sweet memories of her will be with you for a lifetime. I hope you have time often to just sit and remember. You might even find yourself smelling the Rose Milk lotion!

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    • Thank you Celia,
      She was a lot of fun so the card reflects her for sure. I will have all of the good times to remember. Every time I see that lotion I always think of her. 🙂

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  13. Justin, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing, she sounds like she was an amazing woman! My mother was the same, loved to bake and cook, her specialty was pies, and beef pot pie (God what I wouldn’t do for a big pot of it on the stove right now!). I made a shoo fly pie on Saturday to take to my family reunion. Knoebles is still my favorite park, I live about 45 miles from there and go often. Always remember all those wonderful memories of your grandmother and she will always be with you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, God bless.

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    • Thank you Jodie. She was pretty great! Your mom sounds neat too. I love shoo-fly pie! I love that you know where Knoebles is! I have the memories and I did have her for a long time. 🙂

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  14. Justin, I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like at 96 she had a long full life. Your card is a beautiful representation of how you felt about her.

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  15. Justin, I follow your post but have never commented as it’s just not my style. However, today brought back such bitter sweet memories for me. I am also a PA gal (although moved when I was 13) however I can relate to your memories of your grandmother. I grew up in Milton. Each summer my grandparents took all the grandkids to knoebels for a summer treat. We would spend all day and enjoy all the rides. I truly hate roller coasters but my grandmother would talk me into riding it with her once where I would scream the entire ride. I remember the wooden boats with bells that you pulled the rope to meek ring that were around the coaster and I was always afraid the coaster would fall off the tracks and land in the water. I also can’t swim. I loved the merry go round and a ride that was my all time favorite was the WHIP! Tea berry ice cream brings back memories of that soft custard texture and don’t even talk about sho fly pie! I lost my grandmother years ago but that park and remembering time with her sure beats out any big park today with all the high tech rides. I am sorry for your loss but like me you sure have some good memories to always hold on to.

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    • Hi Stephanie. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and share your memories with me. LOL! I remember the boats and the coaster too! I love roller coasters but the first ride we always went on was the Whip!! Love that ride!! I will have some teaberry ice cream on Saturday. The shoo-fly pie I don’t think I will ever be able to find one like she made. I agree with you about Knoebles, it’s better than any other park I have ever been to. Tucked in the woods and the train! I loved the train too! I do have some good memories as do you! Thanks again!

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  16. Mallory walters

    So sorry for your loss. The stars are little bit brighter because of her passing. Grandmothers recipes can be a bear to replicate because after making it a thousand times they begin to wing it. What great memories you have described. Make sure you write them down.

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    • Thank you Mallory. Yes, the stars are a little brighter. I think that’s what happened with the shoo-fly pie, she didn’t need the recipe and just went with it! I will have my memories of her here on my blog. Thank you again! 🙂

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  17. My condolences to and your family, treasure those memories! ((((Hugs)))…Gina

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  18. Oh Justin,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your grandmother, you are in my thoughts and prayers today. It it’s so comforting to have the fond memories of her. Know that we are all keeping you in our thoughts today.
    Your card is great! I love all the new products you used! The shaker frame is really great with all the stars in it. I also love the start embossing folder, it is a great addition to your card!
    I pray that you ate surrounded by your lovely memories and by your loved ones today
    Donna

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    • Thank you very much Donna. The memories are always the best and they are all good ones. I appreciate your thinking of me. I’m happy that you enjoyed the card too. Love all of the new Star goodies in the Holiday Catalog! Thanks again! 🙂

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  19. Condolences to you and your family. Even 96 can seem too short a time to those left behind. Your memories will keep her alive in your heart.

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  20. I’m so sorry for your loss, condolences to you and your whole family, know that she will always live on in your memories.

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  21. What beautiful memories of your grandmother! Thank you for sharing them. They are quite special, and in turn she helped raise a pretty incredible guy 🙂 Sending hugs and prayers from Japan 🙂 May God Bless you and your family during this time of loss.

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  22. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your card and recounting of your grandmother are beautiful tributes to her. She must have been a beautiful woman. Thank you for sharing her with us. Nancy B

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  23. Justin, I am sorry for your loss, I will keep you and your family in my prayers and thoughts. I remember my Mom’s Shoo-fly pie, it was the bet and I have never found another like it!

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  24. Sweet, happy memories. Hugs to you, Justin.

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  25. My prayers go out to you Justin and your entire family. It is a difficult time and never easy. Thank you for sharing personal thoughts and memories of your grandmother. My grandmother’s were 96 and 107. It is so true that Grandmother’s have that ‘special magic” that no one else can quite duplicate. You have all those wonderful memories and smells that will take you back to all the special times that you spent together. I’m sure would absolutely love your card today in her honor. I do.

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    • Thank you Lisa. I appreciate you thinking of us. Your grandmothers lived nice long lives too, that’s nice to hear. They are a wonderful thing grandmothers, like nothing else. She enjoyed my cards and has all of the one that I sent to her by her TV. I’m glad you like the card. Thank you for sharing in my memories! 🙂

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  26. Hi Justin:

    You are so very, very blessed to have known your Grandmother and got to love her for 96 years. She sounds like such a fabulous and loving lady. Hold deep your memories of her as some of us never got to know their grandmothers because they had passed before we were born. How wonderful it must be to remember such wonderful things. Your card for today is perfect as a dedication to her. You are right – celebrate her life. Hugs from Maine.

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    • Thank you Grace. Yes, I know that I am very luck to have had her for as long as I did. She was amazing! It brings a smile to my face every time I think of her. I’m happy you like the card, everyones life should be celebrated! Hug to you my friend! 🙂

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  27. What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. How fortunate you are to realize what a special person she was and to have had such a positive effect on you. A life well lived. My thoughts are with you. Take care Justin.

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  28. My heartfelt sympathy to you on the passing of your grandmother. The way you speak of her tells the legacy she leaves behind. It was a very touching and loving tribute to a dear lady who influenced your life in such a positive way. I love that when you made a card in her honor you chose the “celebrate” sentiment. You have chosen to celebrate a life well lived. May God bless you during this difficult time and bring you peace. I hope every thought of her brings you joy and a smile. She is always with you…just a memory away.

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    • Thank you Lillian. She was a wonderful person, I’m lucky to have had as much time with her as I did. I can only think of happy things when I think of her. I appreciate you thoughts. 🙂

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  29. sonny peterson

    Special sweet memories ! I bet your GM would not want you to be too sad . She lived such a long life and that in itself is so wonderful ! A big hug to you ! Pretty card !

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  30. My condolences on the passing of your Grandmother. Sounds like you spend many wonderful summer vacations and holidays with her and she left you with memories that will be relived every time you smell lilacs or Rose Milk lotion or eat funnel cakes and Shoo-fly pie.

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  31. Justin, what a lovely tribute to your grandmother in words, emotion and creativity! You have some very special memories of your grandmother and I hope they bring you comfort as you mourn her passing. My sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

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  32. I’m sorry to hear the sad news about your grandmother and send you a hug. Your grandmother must have been very proud of you for the person you are and your creativity amoung other things I’m sure. Take heart from your wonderful memories. Lovely card again today. Take care, Michelle xoxo

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    • Thank you Michelle. Hugs back to you. She was proud and loved to get a card from me. I’m happy you enjoyed the card. Have a nice evening! 🙂 XOXO

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  33. So very sorry for your loss, condolences to you and your family. Your love for your grandmother is so evident in your words, take care.

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  34. So sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing, Justin. G-ma’s are very special people in our lives. But, how neat to read of your memories with her at Knoebel’s Amusement Park. My husband, a native PA’er took me there too and I loved the place. I’m glad you shared that memory with her. My sincere condolences. Crystal

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    • Thank you Crystal. They certainly are very special people. I love that so many people have been to Knoebles! It’s a great place! Thanks again! 🙂

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  35. Justin, do you know how special you are to all of us? You have the greatest ability to share your life and to let your love and joy shine through. So our hearts reach out to you to give you comfort and peace to help you get thru this loss of your precious grandma.

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  36. Deepest sympathy. I don’t care how old someone or how wonderful a life they led, their passing is always painful fr the ones left behind. I know your beautiful memories will comfort you thru this painful time and bring a smile to your face in years to come. What a beautiful card to celebrate life. Prayers and thoughts.

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  37. So sad to see your post about your grandmother passing. My sympathies to you and your family. The memories you shared of your grandmother are beautiful!

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  38. I’m so glad you had a wonderful relationship with your grandmother and got to spend so much time with her. It is sad to lose those we love, but we keep them in our hearts.

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  39. What a nice tribute to your grandmother. I’m so sorry for your loss, and I’m glad you have so many fond memories to treasure of her. I love the “industrial” look of your card — that silver makes me think of stainless steel against that blue and black. And I love all of those fabulous stars! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches again this week! I always love seeing what you do with our sketches.

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    • Thank you so much Amy. I do have so many happy memories. I’m glad that you like the card. It does have an industrial look and the stars are just fun. Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

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  40. So sorry for the loss of your beloved grandmother Justin – take comfort in the memories and of a long and happy life well-lived. The card is a great modern celebratory one, quite fitting for today. Hugs to you! Xx

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  41. Justin, I am so sorry to read about the loss of your dear grandmother. May you be comforted by all those happy memories of her and the fact that you got to spend so much time with her. My sympathy to you.

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  42. Justin, What a lovely tribute to your grandmother. I can tell you loved her dearly.

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  43. Justin – My condolences to you for the passing of your grandmother. The recounting of your good memories made me smile inside. I’m glad you have so many wonderful memories of her. It sounds like she had a life worth celebrating. 🙂

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  44. You certainly rocked the metallic look on your card! And Celebrate is the right word because when someone live to 96 it is definitely worth celebrating! So glad you have wonderful memories of your grandmother!

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  45. Justin, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your grandmother. I loved reading your post of all your memories you have of her. That is such a blessing for you to carry on through life. I love your card. Just think of your grandmother as one of the stars looking down on you.

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  46. Justin, I am so sorry for your loss. Your grandmother sounded like an amazing person. What a long life she had. Stay strong my friend.

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  47. Justin, so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I am just catching up with blog readings and I am sorry I did not read this earlier. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Your card sure is a great tribute to her and all the fond memories you have of the good times you had over the years. She will be watching over you, a great star among all the stars. Take care dear friend.

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  48. Dear Justin,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I’m sorry to read about your loss. Cherish the memories, that’s something no one can ever take from you. Stay strong.
    How awesome your grandmother must have been. It’s great that we can remember the little things about our grandparents. I know because I still miss my grandmother, she passed 28 years ago. But, she taught me how to crochet, embroider and make jewelry. I’ m proud of that cause I have 3 sisters and I am the only one who took an interest in it. I remember helping her do yard work, cleaning and such. We would always go shopping and she would buy me stuff. She cooked and baked as well, but not when I was one on one with her. We played cards and she even took me to play bingo, spoiled, said no one ever. Lol!!
    Anyway, l love, love, love the card you dedicated to your wonderful grandmother! You know your bloggers, if there’s anything we can do, don’t hesitate to ask! 🙂
    Hugs, Donna

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    • Thank you Donna. I appreciate it. I do have so many good memories. You all help me stay strong. She was wonderful. Thank you for sharing some memories of your grandmother, she sounds wonderful too! Glad you enjoyed the card! You guys truly are the best!! XOXO 🙂

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  49. Justin, I am so sorry to hear about your dear Grandmother. The memories will get you through this I’m sure, and your card is a sweet dedication to her and her lively life. It’s a beautiful card, I’m sure she is smiling down from Heaven, and sending you her love. And so am I. XO (on a side note, I want to make one just like it; I’ve never done a shaker card before, but it’s on my list of things to learn. Thanks so much for the inspiration, and sharing your grandmother’s love with us. Hugs my friend. 🙂

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    • Thank you Bobbi. The memories are the best part of anyone, she will be missed. I think that she would have liked the card but wondered where the flowers are! I’m so glad you enjoyed the card, shakers are fun. Enjoy making yours. Big hugs to you my friend! XO 🙂

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  50. I’m a little behind in reading your posts. So very sorry to hear about your Grandmother. Treasure those memories! My sister and I also got shipped off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for 2 weeks every summer. We were in Western PA. Looking back, those are some of my fondest memories. And of course, your card is beautiful as well!

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    • Thank you Melanie. I had a wonderful time when I was with her, she was incredible. PA seems to be the place to ship kids huh?! They are definitely the memories that stick out in my mind! Glad you like the card! Have a nice evening! 🙂

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  51. I love your grandma story. She sure lived a good long life and you will always have those memories. They are what mold us and make us what we are. My grandma was my hero too. You will miss her but you will also carry on her love and legacy. My sympathy to you on your loss but also my joy on the love you had from an amazing grandma.

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    • I’m so happy that you enjoyed my story Jodi. She did have a good long life. The memories are with me always. I will definitely miss her but I just smile when I think of her. Thank you so much. 🙂

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  52. Justin, sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. How wonderful that you have so many fond memories of your grandmother and that she had such a long life. I loved seeing the picture of her nick-nacks that you have. Obviously, you took good care of them!

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    • Thank you Beverly. I appreciate it. I do have wonderful memories of her and she did have a very good long life. She took very good care of all of her things, I was just as careful when I was little with them! 🙂

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  53. Deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. It is a blessing for you to have such great memories of her. I too will always have beautiful memories of my time on this earth with my grandmother, and look forward to being with her again 🙂

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  54. What a beautiful tribute. In sharing your memories you remind me of what is most important, spending time with the ones you love. With upcoming visits of great neices and nephews, you’ve helped me to refocus on creating those special memories for them. My condolences and my thanks to you.

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    • Thank you Barbara! Yes, spending time with the people most important to you is so important! I hpoe that you enjoy every moment with your nieces and nephews! Thank you again. 🙂

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  55. El, a Stampin' Pretty Pal

    Justin, it’s been almost 4 months since I got “stuck” on this your beautiful tribute to your Grandmother. I really enjoyed reading your sweet memories of your experiences with her and thought/think that your card was/is a wonderful expression of your fondness for her. Thanks so much for sharing.

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