Friday, August 31, 2012

My father, Dr. Charles E. Casto, better known as Dad

Right in the midst of reading over my blog posts about my mom, I felt a need to share with you, my father's eulogy.

My father was a unique man. He was the father to eight children: Gail, David, Susan, Beth, John, Paul, Jim and Amy. He was a physician and had his own practice in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He was a religious man, serving as president of my church council. He was a missionary. He wrote a book titled, "Missions Matter." He, too like my mother, had physical limitations but kept these two scripture verses as his credo: "Well done, good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:21) and "Having gifts that differ, use them." (Romans 12:6).

My father passed away in 2004 surrounded by his family. God prepared us for his death and for that reason alone, I was able to get up and do a eulogy.

Thank you for coming.

Many of you knew Charles Casto by his good deeds, from his mission work, and as your personal physician. Many of you helped support Dad and Ruth as they delivered God’s word in Honduras. But – and I ask my sisters and brothers to stand as I say your name, Gail, David, Susan, Beth, John, Paul, Jim and Amy - ALL OF US knew Charles Casto as DAD! 

Many of you remember Dad’s first medical mission trip to Bolivia in 1967….
Gail remembers braiding daffodils with Dad, his green pants, picking his grey hairs, locking his tools up from the boys, wrestling on the floor with him, waiting in the car after church while he made his hospital rounds. And Gail remembers Dad cussing while trying to get the live Christmas tree to fit perfect in the container. Gail remembers Dad’s favorite saying, “Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttttthhhhhh!”

Many of you remember Dad as a member of Trinity United Church of Christ where he served as President of Council….
David remembers Dad as he donned his chef’s hat and sang “I’m a crazy waiter” while serving apples and milk. Mind you, the apples and milk were served together in the same bowl.

Some of you may recall the story about the hearing that was restored for a five year old boy in an isolated village in Honduras. It was his goal to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, just as Jesus commanded. This he did in the hope that one day God would greet him and say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”….
Sue remembers the family tradition she started on Christmas mornings with her family. Dad and Ruth would come to her house and every year Dad would say, “This is the best quiche I have ever tasted.” Well that is Sue’s version anyways (love you Sue). Sue remembers the Casto family mystery trips. Dad not wanting to miss any of the soccer games that Michael and Jennifer played.

Many of you may have heard that Dad was not able to walk the treacherous mountain side and the people of Honduras were so happy Dad was there to treat them – they carried him for more than one half miles, a two and a half hour journey….
I remember Dad handing me my high school diploma at graduation – he was a member of the Cuyahoga Falls School board. I remember Dad showing me how to wrap Christmas presents – thanks Dad – now it takes me 30 minutes to wrap one gift! I remember riding home after Christmas Eve Service and going down Broad Boulevard yelling “weee” as the car flew over the humps at each street intersection.

Many of you may remember the many times you brought your love ones to my father’s practice in Cuyahoga Falls. He loved his patients and loved hearing them calling him “their family doctor.”…
John remembers Indian Guides “Pals for Ever, Father and Son that’s our slogan that’s our song”. Trying to resuscitate a mouse using his medical techniques. Building a Soap Box Derby and racing it down Derby Downs. Taking us to Perkins Pancake House every Sunday after church.

Some of you even went to school on North Hill with my father and knew about the body cast he wore for 15 months….
Paul remembers Dad setting up the tent in the backyard and sleeping with them. Dad got up in the middle of the night to go inside and so did the rest of them. Paul remembers Dad taking us fishing and untangling eight fishing rods at the same time.

Some of you might remember that he was the football team physician at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Many of you had the privilege of knowing my father and supporting his efforts. And I hope many of you have read his book called Mission Matters. This book was completed on his birthday in 2003….
Jim remembers making fun of Dad’s pontoon boat, referring to it as a piece of plywood on oil drums. Jim wonders - Dad spend so many years making Indian Guides Pine Car Derby cars..., you would have thought Dad, I mean Jim would have won at least one race.

Many of you donated money and glasses for Dad’s missions. We thank you all for making his missions possible….
Amy remembers going to Honduras with Dad and the plane ride into Copan Ruins. She was so scared she held his hand so tight. Amy recalls on the houseboat Dad was supposed to be steering, but no one was and we ran right into the shore. Amy remembers Dad’s favorite saying, Bah humbug.

There has been an on-going discussion with my sisters and brothers – well, perhaps it is an on-going feud. It seems that Gail believes she was Dad’s favorite. Sue tells everyone she was. Amy proclaims the same thing. Paul introduces himself as the favorite. The same holds true for David, John, and Jim. I don’t boast about being Dad’s favorite….because I know the real answer!!

I was fortunate enough to visit Dad the Wednesday before he was hospitalized last week. I was carrying out Reverend Kiewit’s sermon, “If you don’t give up something for Lent, give something away.” That day I visited Jim and Lillian Biggins with trays of homemade cookies. And yes, Mr. Biggins – I told Dad that same day that you were grateful for the medical advice you gave him. My last stop that day to carry out the Rev’s sermon was to take Dad one of his favorite meals – Kentucky Fried Chicken.

While my son. Bill was in the kitchen with Ruth, Dad handed me an envelope. On the envelope it read – "My Favorite Child." Dad asked me not to open the envelope until he passed away. Today I hold the envelope and will finally settle this family “discussion”. In this envelope holds the name of Dad’s favorite child. (Open envelope, smile and say “YES, I knew it!”)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lost in the Bermuda Triangle

I was inspired to create a card similar to Linda Aarhus's card HERE.  I spent hours, yes hours, trying to recreate the triangle using the least amount of paper*. 

Once I was happy (sort of), I began to put my card together. One hour later, finally, I emerged from this Bermuda Triangle I created.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Rose Red cardstock
    • Card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
    • The two triangle layers were created out of one 5" x 3 3/4" piece of paper
  • Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper
    • Card layer measures 5 1/4" x 4"
    • The two triangle layers were created out of one 4 5/8" x 3 3/8" piece of paper
  • Kiwi Kiss
    • Sentiment layer, for added depth I glued two cut outs together
    • Leaves
  • Just Believe and Vintage Vogue stamp sets
  • Kiwi Kiss and Rose Red ink
  • Blossom, Blossom Petals Builder, Modern Label and Word Window punches
  • Birds & Blooms Sizzlit dies
  • Framelits Apothecary Accents
  • Basic Pearl Jewels
  • Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue
  • Dimensionals
Other Products
  • Brad
*How did I do it?  Get the complete instructions in PDF format, by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Terrific Tutorial Tuesday - Happy Birthday Card

Welcome to Terrific Tutorial Tuesday

Every Tuesday, I will post either a Stampin' Up! Video and/or tutorial to help you create papercraft items.  I challenge you to use these tutorials and create something new on Terrific Tutorial Tuesday.

Here is my first installment of Terrific Tutorial Tuesday - Happy Birthday Card.

Complete Stampin' Up! instructions for the card pictured here can be download and/or printed from HERE.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fall Flowers

Stampin' Up! Products
  • More Mustard cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Layer measures 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
    • Layer measures 1 1/2" x 4"
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock
    • Layer measures 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Sage Shadow cardstock
    • Scrap for leaves
  • Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper (DSP)
    • Layer measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
    • Layer measures 1 1/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Itty Bitty Banners stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Sage Shadow ink
  • Birds & Blooms and Framelits Bitty Banners dies
  • Blossom and Blossom Petals Builders hand punches
  • Sponge
    • I sponged Sage Shadow on the leaves and went over them again using More Mustard ink
  • Dimensionals (under the More Mustard 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece)
Other Products
  • Brad

Friday, August 24, 2012

Not every card is a winner

This card started out so differently than the finished card.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Certainly Celery cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (folded)
  • Bashful Blue cardstock
    • Scraps for flower
  • So Saffron cardstock Basic Black Cherry Cobbler
    • Card layer measures 4 1/4" x 2"
    • Scrap for die cutting
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Layer measures 1 1/4" x 2 3/4"
  • Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper Pattern paper measurements below
    • Layer measures 4 1/4" x 1 3/4"
  • Vintage Vogue stamp set and see below Refuge and Strength
  • Stazon Jet Black and VersaMark inks
  • Hodgepodge Hardware brad
  • Framelits Apothecary Accents
  • Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue
  • Dimensionals

Other Products
  • Flower hand punches
  • Stamp image You're in...
Originally this card started out with a fall leaf paper (black, blue, crimson red and green).  The black cardstock under the paper layers was a nice "wow."   I stamped a cross from the Refuge and Strength stamp set in Cherry Cobbler layered on black cardstock.  The once "wow" card turned "dismal" and I scraped all but the stamped Certainly Celery card base.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lovely as a Tree in Pastels

After watching Linda B.'s YouTube Video, I decided to pull out my Stampin' Up! Pastels that I haven't used in years.  This is what I came up with:

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Old Olive cardstock
    • Card base measures 5" x 4 1/4"
    • Layers 1 & 2 measure 5" x 1 1/8"
    • Layer 3 measures 1 1/8"x 4"
    • Layer 4 measures 2 3/4" x 2 1/2"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Layer 4 measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/4"
  • Designer Series Paper Patterns Old Olive
    • Card layer measures 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Layers 1 & 2 measure 4 3/4" x 1"
    • Layer 3 measures 1 1/8"x 4"
  • Lovely as a Tree and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets
  • Chocolate Chip and Old Olive ink
  • Stampin' Pastels (used Chocolate Chip, Garden Green and Old Olive)
  • Postal Stamp and 1 3/8" Square hand punches
  • Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue - used to adhere Layers 3 to card
  • Dimensionals

Monday, August 20, 2012

Live Simply (in Polka Dots)

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Really Rust cardstock
    • 2 3/4" x 4 3/4", then use Scallop Trim Border punch
    • 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"
  • Old Olive cardstock
    • Scrap for leaves
  • Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper
    • 4" x 5 1/4"
    • 1 3/4" x 4 3/4"
  • Trust God stamp set
  • Really Rust ink
  • 5-Petal Flower and Scallop Trim Border hand punches
  • Birds & Blooms Sizzlits dies
  • Dimensionals
Other Products
  • Brad 1/8"

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Elegant and Classy

Super simple card to make.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Naturals White cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Baja Breeze cardstock
    • Butterflies
  • Elements of Style and Papillon Potpourri stamp sets
  • Soft Suede ink
  • Dimensionals
Other Products
  • Chocolate pearl embellishment

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I Have an Amazing Sister

To my amazing sister,

Thank you for all the love and encouragement while I was dealing with breast cancer.  Your cards (I lost count after fifteen) made the sun “shine” brightly in my heart.

Just knowing I could call you anytime when I was feeling down meant so much.  Your love strengthened my soul.  Your love eased away my fears.

My cancer is now behind me and I seldom, SELDOM, think about it.  I will always REMEMBER that my sister was there for me, that my sister loved me, that my sister cared for me and that my sister prayed for me. 

I will forever be grateful that God blessed ME with such a wonderful sister.

Thank you Susan Coe, my sister, my rock!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

A special card  for a special sister.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
    • Card base measures 4" x 5 1/2"
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock
    • Layer measures 3 3/4" x 3 3/8"
  • Sending Love Designer Series Paper
    • Strips each measure 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Short and Sweet stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip ink
  • Fun Flowers Bigz L and Birds & Blooms dies
  • Small Oval, Scallop Circle Oval and Wide Oval hand punches
  • Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Glue Dots
  • Dimensionals

Other Products
  • Pink button
  • Tissues to wipe away the tears

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ninety Minutes Later

Did you ever spend ninety minutes creating ONE card?  I have several times.  This is my "Ninety Minutes Later" card.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Ruby Red cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (folded)
    • Layer measures 3 1/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Night of Navy cardstock
    • Layer measures 3 1/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Layer measures 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Stamped image layer measures 3" x 3 1/4"
  • Patterns Designer Series Paper - Ruby Red
    • Layer measures 3 3/4" x 2 1/4"
  • Blooming with Kindness and Papillon Potpourri stamp sets
  • Night of Navy and Ruby Red ink
  • Dimensionals
Other Products
  • White pearl
  • Grosgrain ribbon 5/8" wide
Using Night of Navy ink, I stamped the butterfly directly over the flower image.  I then stamped two butterflies onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I punched them out and glued one directly over the butterfly image already on the card.  I place a small piece of Dimensionals onto the body of the remaining butterfly, lightly bent the wings up and attached it to the card.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Thinking of You

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Night of Navy cardstock
    • Card base layer measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (folded)
    • Layer measures 2 3/8" x 4 5/8"
  • Patterns Pack III Designer Series Paper (Really Rust)
    • Card layer measures 4" x 1 3/4"
    • Card layer measures 4" x 3 1/2"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Stamped image layer measures 2 1/8"x 4 3/8"
  • Just Believe and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets
  • Night of Navy ink
  • Dotted Solid Ribbon Border, Scallop Oval, Wide Oval and Large Oval punches
  • Dimensionals
Card kit is also available for purchase, EMAIL for more information.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lattice Cross

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Crushed Curry cardstock
    • Card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (folded)
    • 1 3/4" x 5" for cross from Lattice Bigz die
  • Dusty Durango
    • Card layer measures 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Scraps for stamping butterfly
  • Old Olive cardstock
    • Scraps for leaves
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Layer is 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Designer Series Paper Patterns (DSP) - Dusty Durango
    • 4" x 7/8"
  • Papillon Potpourri and Trust God stamp sets
  • Dusty Durango ink
  • VersaMark ink (for embossing)
  • Bird Builder and Elegant Butterfly hand punches
  • Lattice Bigz die
  • Embossing - Black
  • Heat tool
  • Two-way Glue Pen
  • Dimensionals

These are some of the steps I took to create this card.  After determining the size of my card layers, I held them together with sticky notes.  At this point I wasn't sure how I would arrange the patterned paper, cross, leaves and butterfly.

I glued together the Crushed Curry card base and Dusty Durango card layer.  I determined the best layout for the DSP, cross and sentiment.

I stamped the sentiment on the Whisper White cardstock and attached this layer to the card. 

I used temporary adhesive to hold the lattice cross in place.  I moved the leaves around and decided how I wanted to place the leaves and butterfly. 

I took another cross and set of leaves, mimicked the leaf layout and glued the leaves in place on the cross.

I glued the finished cross to my card.

I glued one embossed butterfly directly on the card.  I placed a Dimensional to the other butterfly, lightly bent the wings and attached it to the card

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The world got a present the day you were born

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Bermuda Bay textured cardstock
    • Card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
    • Scraps for bow and sentiment
  • Melon Mambo cardstock
    • Finished card layer measures 5 1/2" x 2 3/8"
    • Scraps for bow
  • Sahara Sand cardstock
    • Scraps for bow
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Layer measures 5 1/2" x 2"
  • Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper
    • Scraps for bow each 1" x 1"
  • Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set
  • Bermuda Bay ink
  • Decorative Label and Wide Oval punches
  • Dimensionals
Other Products
  • Present bows were made using a flower punch
Inspired by a card made by Dawn Olchefske

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tangerine Tango - Pantone Color of the Year 2012

I LOVE Tangerine Tango, who knew it would be the Pantone Color of the Year 2012??

This five-piece gift set* is available for purchase.
Stampin' Up! Products
  • Tangerine Tango cardstock
  • Old Olive cardstock
  • So Saffron cardstock
  • Haiku Designer Series Paper
  • Blossom, Blossom Builder, Modern Label, Scallop Trim Border and Word Window punches
  • Birds & Blooms Sizzlits
This gift set is available for purchase, EMAIL me for more information.

*Four "thinking of you" greet cards and matching box.  Envelopes included.

Monday, August 6, 2012


These houndstooth cards are available for purchase, with optional gift box.  Please EMAIL me for more information.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Basic Black cardstock
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Word Play stamp set
  • Stazon Jet Black ink
Other Products
  • Houndstooth cardstock
  • Black brad
Please don't copy my design and make them available for purchase.  Thank you for understanding.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bright and Cheerful Happy Birthday

This card is featured in my next card kit.  For more information on how to purchase the card kit, please EMAIL me for more information.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Summer Sun cardstock
    • Card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (folded)
  • Kiwi Kiss cardstock
    • Card layer measures 2 1/2" x 3"
    • Scraps for leaves
  • Pacific Point cardstock
    • Card layer measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/4"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Stamped image area measures 2 1/4" x  2 3/4"
  • Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper
    • Card layers measure 1 1/4" x 3" (both)
    • Scrap pieces for flower
  • On Your Birthday stamp set
  • Pacific Point ink
  • Blossom and Blossom Petals hand punches
  • Birds & Blooms Sizzlits Dies
  • Dimensionals
Other Products
  • Brad 1/8"

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Second verse, same as the first

The same card format from yesterday's post....

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Basic Gray Cardstock
    • Card base measures 5 1/4" x 4 1/4" (folded)
    • Card layer A 1 3/4" x 4"
    • Card layer B 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
    • Card layer C 3 3/8" x 2 1/4"
  • Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper
    • Card base layer measures 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Card layer A 1 1/2" x 4"
    • Card layer B 1 1/4" x 3 1/4"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Stamped image measures 3 1/8" x 2"" (Card layer C)
  • Papillon Potpourri and Thoughts and Prayers stamp sets
  • Elegant Butterfly punch
  • Basic Gray and Cameo Coral ink
  • Dimensionals
  • Sponge
  • Pearl Basic Jewel