Tuesday, January 15, 2013

All is Calm kit

Whew! It has been a busy season at the Driggs' household. We have moved to a new house and have really enjoyed getting settled and making new friends. Christmas was wonderful and the greatest part about it was getting to spend time with family.

A few days before Christmas, my grandmother (whom I called Gram) passed away. This was my mom's mother and she was an elect lady...one who I looked up to for knowledge, grace, priorities, pride in her posterity of 100 total grandchildren and great-grandchildren, love for her 5 daughters (my mother was one of them), love for her husband, love of God and love of living. She enjoyed nature and was proud of her rose garden.  

Even though she lived in Utah and I always lived in Arizona, I never felt distant from her. She was remarkable at keeping in touch and writing letters and making phone calls. I always felt that she had time for me and was interested in the going-ons of my life. She was a woman of faith and prayed for me and the rest of her family in times of need and she always taught me to turn to our Heavenly Father for strength and guidance.

Gram always taught me to take the time to quietly enjoy nature. While I was in Utah for the funeral, I had a moment when I was looking around at the beautiful winter scenery. December 22nd was the day of the funeral, and that is actually the same day that my own mom had passed away 6 years ago. There was snow on the ground, the sky was a beautiful light blue, and there were bare trees with these vibrant red berries on them. I loved capturing that image and it stuck with me until last week when I decided it was time to make a kit. Although I had wanted to make a Christmas kit, everything got to be too busy and I thought this one would be more appropriate for the feelings I've had. As much as I miss my Gram, I am so happy that she can be with my mom now, as well as my aunt Robin (my mom's younger sister who died a few months ago from cancer). 

I hope you can all take time to have quiet moments and enjoy nature and reflect on people who have made a difference in your life. Treasure your family and take every opportunity to tell them you love them. I hope you enjoy this kit called "All Is Calm".



Click here to download the FREE All Is Calm kit:


And a few of you have emailed wanting to see our Christmas card this year. Here is the front and back. I have also included our card from the previous year. Any years prior to that one were not the creative type...just a standard design of the fam. But the "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus" began it all. Once we did that one, we knew we could never have a normal card ever again.








60 comments:

Melanie said...

Thank you for another beautiful kit. Great memories of your grandmother. I love your cards!

Amanda said...

Sorry to hear about your grandmother Summer. Gorgeous kit and those cards are too funny. Hugs, Amanda x

Katheryn said...

So sorry about your Grandma. She is a beautiful lady. Thank you so much for this wonderful kit.

fl_connie said...

Sorry about your grandmother! She sounds like an amazing woman! (Sorry about your mom, too - I don't think we ever stop missing them)

Thanks for the beautiful kit - and for sharing your awesome Christmas cards!

Tiff said...

Wonderful memories of your Grandmother and a beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing!

Rachele Funk said...

Thank you for sharing your story and the kit it inspired. Your talent is admirable and you give of it freely.

The Julanders said...

I love what you wrote about family...and feeling calm. Families truly are Forever.
Love your cards as well. so clever.
Thanks for the kit. I love your work.

Tine said...

I am sorry to hear of the sad loss of your grandmother. Please accept my condolences but I am glad you can cherish the memories.
Thank you for sharing a kit with everyone - especially when it was just a difficult time for you & your family.

Annette said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your Gram Summer, she looks lovely in your pics.

Your pics of your recent Xmas cards did make me smile though, really clever and personal. What a fun way to create your greetings.
Annette
xx

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your heart warming memories of your grandmother. Thank you for sharing this wonderful kit.

Sharon Horswill said...

I so sorry for your loss. You wrote a beautiful tribute to her. Thanks so much for the lovely kit.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the lost of your Grandmother.A Beautiful tribute to your Grandmother.Thank you for the lovely kit.I think i will use it for my mother.We are doing a scrapbook for my children.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much.

lindsay said...

Thanks so much for the kit. So sorry about your grandma, she sounded like an awesome lady!
Love your Christmas cards and I can't believe how big your youngest has gotten! She was a baby when I started following your blog. How are her seizures? Thanks again

Kimberly T. said...

Congratulations on your new homeland at the same time, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Also, thank you so much for the beautiful kit. Those are my favorite colors, I can't wait to use it!

Sue said...

Grandmothers are always special people, yours sounds wonderful. I am sure you will miss her. Best Wishes to you and your lovely family and thank you very much for sharing a small part of them with us. Thank you too for the brilliant kit I just love the colours.

Helen J said...

Sorry to hear about your grandmother. Thanks very much for sharing this beautiful kit.

VJ's Scrap Room said...

So sorry for the loss of your Grandmother.:( It is such a BLESSING knowing where they are and that we will see them again one day!Thank you Jesus!!

I LOVE your CHRISTmas cards.How Clever and CUTE!!:)

Thank you so much for sharing another wonderful kit with us! LOVE IT!:)

Hugs,
Valinda

Crystalnva said...

Sorry to hear `bout your families loss..The dates corresponding on the 22nd that to me is a sign both lovely women are together (just my thought out loud).The beauty & love for your Gram certainly came out in this kit it is in one simple word ~ BEAUTIFUL !!! THANK YOU ;~} for sharing your talent...
I bet your family & friends look so forward to getting you cards they are just Tooo Dang CUTE !!!! How do you come up with these ideas you should send`m to GMA show they have a contest every year..THANK YOU ;~} AGAIN

Cruz's said...

Muito obrigado por teu trabalho magnifico...Adorei os postais de Natal, quem me dera ter grande talento como o teu! Sinto muito por tu Avó, mas tenho a certeza de que ela está feliz junto de nosso Pai Celestial!

agravette said...

Awww sweetie, I'm so sorry about the passing of your grandmother...she sounds so much like mine...i was fortunate to have her until she was 94 and I was 31...I know they are both with Jesus now and that makes everything more bearable for us...thank you so much for the beautiful kit...and I love your Christmas cards!

Nancy said...

Wonderful kit - especially love the papers! Thank you for your generousity.

Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup pour ce superbe kit et ce moment partagé avec nous. Bambie

CM2 said...

Lovely kit! Thank you for your generous heart and giving spirit!

Arthéa said...

Many thanks for sharing this lovely kit.

TwinkleToes2day said...

I send my sincere condolences on the loss of your Gram. I'm sure your faith will keep you strong and bring great comfort.
Thank you for another wonderful kit :0) Mo

Mel said...

Welcome back! Sorry about your Grandma, and congratulations on your new home. I really like this kit. Thanks, for all your hard work, I use your kits more than any others I have!

pickle said...

Hi Summer, I am so sorry for your sad loss. What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. She sounds like an amazing lady. I loss my Nan last year at the age of 92 :( Good luck in your new home and once again thank you fr such a beautiful kit.

Kerry x

Shannon said...

I'm sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. The kit is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it as well as the holiday card examples. You are so creative!

Susie Bentz said...

What wonderful memories of your grandmother. She sounds like she was a very special lady. Thank you for the new kit. It is beautiful!

Love the Christmas cards!

Heidi said...

Thank you for the kit! It's beautiful!

Kaesmom said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful kit in honor of a beautiful woman. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful kit. Thank you so much. And wonderful to read your memories and words about your grandmother.

omalley24 said...

So sorry for your loss, but so many precious memories are Priceless. Sincere thanks for a beautiful kit.

Peggy said...

thank you for the lovely kit and for sharing the sweet memories of your gram.

Robinsismai said...

So sorry for your loss. Thank you again for the wonderful kit!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful thoughts on your Grandmother.

marsie55 said...

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful kit :) I am sorry to hear about your gram's passing .. it is never easy adjusting to such a loss. And two losses in one year .... very sad. I lost my Dad and my Nana in 1974, about 30 hours apart which was absolutely devastating to me .. they were/are the two biggest influences in my life .. I still miss them everyday!Thank goodness we have our memories :)

grannymike said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious grandmother (and your mom). I enjoyed reading your lovely tribute to her. Thank you so much for this beautiful kit. It is even lovelier knowing its inspiration.

Claudia Patricia said...

Thank you very much for this beautiful tribute to your grandmother... sure she's happy in heaven...

Mirimi said...

Thank you for the kit. Sorry about you Grandma.

Anonymous said...

Helleo Summer, sorry to about your grandma.. My name is chantal and I love your work, but i have a probleme... I can't download the ''all is calm'' kit. Realy sad beceause i just love it.. It's so beautyful.. when i click on peppers or elements it sais ''Error report'' am i to late.. Please can you help me...? thank's so much... You can contact me by mail: paraclou96@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the beautiful kit Summer. You will always have wonderful memories of your grandmother. :)

Ava

hoptownracer1 said...

So sorry about your grandmother! The words you wrote about her are so beautiful!

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Tami said...

I'm so sorry about the passing of your grandmother. She sounds like she was "grand" indeed. Thank you for the lovely kit. :)

Gingie said...

Thanks for the gorgeous kit!
My grandma has been in Heaven 15 years. She left me an inheritance of faith, honor, and gratitude. Sounds like your grandma left the same :) may we all leave such a rich inheritance to those we love.
((HUGS))

Gingie

Dawn said...

What a beautiful kit and some beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing both with us. I'm fortunate to still have my Mum and Dad but I miss my Grandparents and my husbands very much just shows how special they were!

Faith A said...

I am so sorry to hear of your Granmother's passing, but it sounds like she has left a wonderful legacy of memories for the family.

Thank you for another wonderful kit.

Paula Gale said...

Hi Summer

I can't believe that I missed this post of yours - I had been checking regularly to see if you were still blogging, hoping to hear if all was well with your family - and particularly how 'baby' Claire was doing! Also, I genuinely was only thinking about you the other day and reminding myself I must come by here. I've just been on a site that is new to me - Quality Digiscrap Freebies. I only learned of it yesterday and have literally only just been looking through, when I saw a familiar name against a kit I was pretty sure I didn't have (seeing as I know what are yours when I see the names of them). I couldn't get here fast enough more than anything, just to see how you all were.

Sorry to read about the loss of your grandmother who was clearly such a great influence in your life. It must have been particularly very poignant to have had the funeral on that day too. I'm more than sure that you had moments of reflection that day. Flying to and fro so near to Christmas must have been quite hectic too - so no-one would ever expect you to produce a kit at that time.

Your Christmas cards are genius - its so clear that you have talent for producing such high quality graphics like these - which nicely leads me into the digikit.

What a beautiful kit you have created. I love all you kits and have a couple of favourites - this genuinely looks like it's going to be up there with my other favourite kits of yours - and indeed of all those I own.

Thank you once again, expecially for posting at all. It's great to hear from you - mixed news, but seeing as you haven't mentioned the kids, at least it sounds like they're all ok.

Hope you don't leave it so long next time - although I do understand you have a very busy family life.

Take great care of you and yours,

Paula xxx

Jasa SEO Murah said...

Thanks for the beautiful kit.I like this

Nandini said...

It's a beautiful tribute to your loved ones.
May God comfort and bless you and your family while experiencing such a painful loss.
And thank you for sharing this part of you with us <3
I'll use your kit with a special thought and prayer for you.

ahelya

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great kit.

Mamma Mia said...

Hi Summer - like Paula above, I can't believe I missed this kit. I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I hope that now some time has passed, her loss is not so raw ... especially as you have some great memories of her.
Thank you so much for this gorgeous kit and for sharing it so freely. And I love your family Christmas Cards!
Hugs, Helen x

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ashley said...

Thanks so much!

Sunrise said...

Thanks so much for sharing your story and gift. My Mom passed away just before Christmas last year and her mother passed away about the same time a few years before. I am looking forward to seeing them again and to documenting their lives for my children.

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