Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Good Times

A super digital image from Sassy Studio Design.  I have colored her with copics.  The blue paper had a die cut out of the center, a Spellbinders die.  The Sentiment and the flower are chipboard die cuts from DCWV. The flourishes are pillow stickers from K&Company.  I had printed the image on white card and then I cut it out, not thinking that I would end up putting it back on white card stock.

Having some great weather here for this time of year, certainly makes it easy to get around, hope it continues and we don't get snow anytime soon.

I am entering this card into the Twisted Thursday challenge Punches and Dies.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tea Time

Tea Time is from two very pretty images from Priscilla Styles for the 5th and last CDAC Challenge in this series which ends November 21st.  This is CDACPC23.  I have painted the teapot and cups with Stargazer Pearlescent watercolor in Nova White which appears to be almost silver and quite shiny on the card, but the picture does not capture the shine.  The green & blue are watercolors from Yasutomo.  Both of the Designer  Papers are from K & Company.  The sentiment is also from Priscilla Styles.  The die cut is from Nellie Snellen.  No embellishments because I was happy with it just as it was.  I am entering it into Challenge CDACPC23 - Use this image.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Love this image from Sassy Studios, but then I like all their images.  Colored the image with copics, added Stickles glitter to the top of her dress and her shoes and to frame the DP used in the center of the card.  The DP is from Creative Imaginations, the flowers and ribbons from my stash.  The sentiment from Studio G.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge - Challenge 15 -  Bingo: Blue Glitter Pink
Outlawz Wednesday Challenge            -   Sketch

Monday, October 29, 2012

For the Love of Sewing

Pattie's Creations supplied this digital image for the cdacpc22a challenge.  This part of the progressive challenge is only on for a couple more days, so I am kind of late with my entry.  I colored the image with copics, added a couple of buttons which I colored with copics and some pins to the pincushion which I had in my sewing supplies.  The DP is from My Mind's Eye and the sentiment is from DCWV.  I then added Ranger Distress Ink to the DP and the image using three different shades.  The lace was from my stash.

It's been raining here and the winds are fairly strong, but sounds like we might get much worse in the next couple of days.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Trying for the Big One

A card for my grandson turning 19 who does love to fish.  The image is from Digi Stamps for Joy.  I have colored the image with copics, and used a silver Gelly Roll pen from Sakura for the Fishing pole and reel.
The punch is from EK Success.  The fish hooks down the side are from Canadian Tire.  The sentiment is a stamp from Inkadinkado.  And the card stock is from my stash.

  I am entering this into DS4J challenge #53 Anything Goes - with a masculine twist.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mushrooms from the Forest

What color are mushrooms!  Any pretty color you would like them to be!  This sweet image is from  Digi Stamps for Joy.  I colored the image with copics, and then applied Rangers Glossy Accents all over the image. I mounted it on a die cut from Spellbinders.  Added a strip of DP across the background DP and a ribbon with bow.  I then stuck several pins that I had made into the bow.  This is rather a dark card, but if I have time I will make another in lighter colors.  I am entering this in the CDAC Progressive Challenge 22a and 22b.  And Challenge #53 Digi Stamps for Joy, With a Masculine Twist.

I will have to get moving and get my other cards made, don't know where time goes these days, but the weather has not been too bad lately, not too cold to be out and about.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Music for Teens

I find that making a card for a teenage boy is sometimes quite a chore, but D'Arcy's Diaries has some wonderful images that suit my grandsons to a T.  This image was colored with copics, the DP is from DCWV.  I really like the way the colored circles on the paper sort of framed the image.  The stamp sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo.

Hopefully I will be over this cold soon and will be able to keep up with blogging better than I have over the last few weeks.  My husband is down to one physio session a week from three, so that will free up some time for me.  My curling does start next week, so I will be there Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, did not sign up for competitive curling this year as Norms physio is on the morning they have that.  

Pretty Lady

I just loved this image from Anjies Antics from the moment I saw it.  Don't know if I did it justice, but I do like the haughtiness of her raised chin and her beautiful features.  I colored her with copics, mounted the image on black cs and then used the blue for the actual card.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is an Inkadinkado stamp.  

Fill Your Shoes

Wow, didn't realize how far behind I was in posting my cards to my blog.  But here I go again to-day.
This is a wonderful digi from Mo Manning, I do love all her images.  I made this card for one of my friends who is the organizer for a group of 15 - we golf together, and have all kinds of get-togethers for everyones birthday during the year, sometimes we celebrate two or three birthdays at the same time if they are all in the same month!  I did not add anything fancy, just let the image speak for itself.  Colored with copics, sentiment was computer generated and the organdy butterfly from Crafts.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Florida Girl

This is another image from Sassy Studios - isn't she gorgeous?  Such a fun image to work with, colored her with copics and popped her up on a google map of Florida.  What could be easier!  Added Sentiment from computer.
This is for my other friend named Alice and she was thrilled with it as she leaves Ontario every winter and goes south to Florida.

Happy Birthday Alice

Image from Sassy Studios, colored with copics.  Ribbon from Crafts, Flowers on side embossed then colored and pink sequin type flowers added to centers.  Sentiment computer generated.
I have two friends named Alice and we celebrate their birthdays together every year.  This card is for the younger Alice! 

Soccer Anyone

This is another image from Pollycraft, now sold by Little Miss Muffet.  Simple card to make colored with copics, DP is from K and Company mounted on blue cardstock.  The stars and stripes are a sticker from my stash.  This is for my nephew's son  who just had a birthday.  Daxton is his name and he lives in BC so I don't get to see him too often.  I do hope that he is interested in soccer!

I am entering this into  Simplicity

Girl in Boots

 I just love images of little girls with large eyes!  This one is from Pollycraft which is now being sold by Little Miss Muffet.  Isn't she charming.  The card is for my niece's daughter Sarah who was 10 years old.  I colored her with copics.  The dp is from my stash and I added some mesh and some stickers from Dollarama.  Thought it made a nice bright  card.

Girly Girl Pig

CDACPC21 is an ongoing challenge this cute little image is a free image from Doodle Pantry if you have participated in the last challenge, BUT you can buy in at any time.   I have colored her with copics, added a string bow to her tail.  Framed her, added sentiments and gems from my stash.

Have had a rotten cold and have not added some of my other cards I have made over the last week, so I will have to get busy.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Halloween Cat

 Love this cat, he has become a Christmas Cat, a Lazy Cat and now we have the Halloween Cat all thanks to Priscilla Styles.  I am entering this card in the CDACPC 20 Challenge which runs until October 1st.  Have Colored the image with copics, added glitter to the pumpkin, DPs from Debbie Mumm and the sentiment is from Crafty Secrets.  I also added a small spider stamped on the picture on the wall. I am sure one of my grandchildren will enjoy this card for Halloween.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hard Work Pays Off

What fun, a Birthday Card for my 19 year old grandson just starting University.  Hope he does more studying that playing  games on his computer when he gets to school!  This wonderful image suitable for a man or boy is from Mo's Digital Pencil..  I have colored the image with copics, framed it with black CS and DP from my stash.  Background paper from Basic Grey. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Surf Boards

Hurray, the CDAC Progressive Challenges are back and running again!  This is for challenge 19, the surfboard images were created by tiffany doodles.  I tried to go for a Hawaiian look, the DP are from my stash of Scrapbook papers.  The beach is beige cs with salt and pepper added.  The sentiment is computer generated. No coloring, just paper piecing.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

For Justin

This great for a guy image is from D'Arcy's Diaries.  It is so hard to find guy images, but I shopped at D'Arcy's and got a couple, along with some girls of course.  This card is for my grandson Justin who is just turning 17.  The guy in the card looks like he has a lot on his mind, as Justin has had these last few weeks of his summer vacation.  Justin was drafted to play hockey for the Barrie Colts, an Ontario Hockey League Team.  This will mean that he will have to be billeted with a family in Barrie so that he can play hockey and go to school there to get his grade 12.  This is about 100k from where he lives now.
The image is colored with copics.  DP is from Teresa Collins, the tag from Me & my Big ideas.  The sentiment and the stickers Slammer and On The Ice  are from my stash.  I had fun making this card, hope you enjoy it.
I am entering this card into:  Darcy's Diaries Digi Challenge #11  -   Anything Goes

Sunday, August 5, 2012

All White

This beautiful image is from Sassy Studio and I made this card for the DTBST #136 White Challenge, the image can be colored. Three more days left to enter the challenge.
I have colored the image with copics.  Covered the dress and shoes with White Crystal glitter they are both paper pieced.  I punched out the flowers with various punches and added white pearls to the centers.  The leaves are a die from Marianne Design, I have added the White Crystal glitter to them as well.  The backgrounds are from two folders, the swiss dots from Provo Craft and the leaves from Crafts-Too.  A clear rhinestone for her earing and ring.  A ribbon across the center and a sentiment from my stash.
We finally got some rain to-day, so maybe I can get some work done in my garden tomorrow as it is a holiday here. Can't go shopping, and Physio is closed.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Charleston Carrie

This sweet little image is from Digi Stamps for Joy, by Jen Lee I am entering it into their challenge #47.  The challenge is to create a card with Polka Dots and Stripes using a ds4j image. There are a couple of days left to enter the challenge.  The image is called Charleston Carrie, I have colored her with copics and paper pieced her dress and headband.  The DP is from GCD Studios -Animal Crackers.  The white frame is made with a die from Nellies frames.  Used a Martha Stewart circle cutter for the beige circle.  The flowers are from Forever in Time and the pearls and flower on her headband are from Craft / Dollarama.

Things are looking up here, my husband is slowly recovering from his last fall, another week of physio 3 times for him, and then I hope we can cut it back to twice a week.  With other appointments we have, the week soon disapears.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer & The Tops Down

Another wonderful image from Bugaboo, this time a card for my son, who does drive a convertible in the summer months.  I have colored the image with copics, added some black Peel Offs to frame the image.  The DP is from My Minds Eye and the sentiment was created on the computer.  A few jewels to add some bling.

Keys to the Car

This image is from Bugaboo, so nice to find one that I can use for an older teenager.  I have colored the image with copics, added a Google Map for the background.  The corners are from Time for Crafts and the DP is from my stash.  This card is for one of my grandsons who shares a car with his brother who is a couple of years older.  They do have fun when it comes to who is going to fill the car with gas.                                                                                                                                                    

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Friends and Wine

These three characters were so much fun to color, the images from Bugaboo are some of my favorites.
In the photo the card looks a little wonky, hope it's just the way I have it on the stand!  I don't think it is quite that crooked.  Colored the images with copics,  adding Glossy Accents to the wine glasses, and the bottles.  The DP is from My Momenta.  The sentiment is from Bugaboo.
My golfing group is having a party tomorrow for one of the group, Ann.  When we go out for dinner, there are usually three or more of the girls that share a liter of wine, and Ann is one of them, so this card seemed to be just right for the occasion.
I won't be at the party, my hubbys last fall left him very unsteady, even with his walker.  He will be going to physio 3 times a week for the next couple of weeks, so I will be home a lot until he improves.  Maybe I will have time to make more cards! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hot Hot Days of Summer

These wonderful images are from Digi Stamps 4 Joy, by Jen Lee.  This card is for challenge #46, all about the weather where we live!  We have had extremely hot weather for a month or more, with no rain.  The last few days the temperature was more moderate, but to-day was extremely hot again.  We finally got a downpour of rain to-day,  but it is still hot!  The images were colored with copics, the one on the left is Bikini Becky, and the other is Barbecue Barbz; you can buy them both in the Digi Stamps for Joy Store.  The sentiment and the large sun are from my stash.  I colored the sand with copics, and the sky I used a brush and Ranger Distress Ink, tumbled glass.

This is rather last minute as I had company all week and my husband fell again, but this time no broken bones, but I did have to take him to the hospital emerge to be checked out.  Hopefully he will be feeling better in a few days.

Monday, July 16, 2012

TLC Happy Anniversary

This very pretty Happy Anniversary image is from TLC Creations.  I used copics to color the image.  The DP is from Paper Boutique for Scrapbooking.  I stamped small butterflies at the top, the stamp was from Stampin Up.  Added the cover to an off white card.  - A pretty image to color!

Have grandchildren here again this week, so just pop in and out on my computer when I can get a few minutes.  I really do enjoy them, they grow up so fast and then you don't see them as often, but when they stay for a weeks visit you get to know them pretty well.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Alone TIme

This digital image is from Bugaboo!  I made the card for one of my cardplaying girlfriends 75th birthday.  I hosted cards at my house on Thursday, I had made this card on Wednesday.  Anyway, she really loved the card as it reminded her of her grandmother.  When my friend was little her grandmother used to tell her she had dish diahrea, because everytime dishes were being done she had to go to the bathroom.   The image was colored with copics, added some silver pen to the faucet and the silverware and some Glossy Accents to the soap bubbles.  The DP was from My Minds Eye and I added some black Peel Offs around the DP.  The sentiment was also from Bugaboo!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Flowers In Her Hair

This digital image was designed by Jen Lee for Digi Stamps 4 Joy.  Challenge #45 at Digi Stamps 4 Joy is to use Black and white + one other color.  Usually, when making this type of card, I choose red, but just to be different this time - I went for orange!  I think she is so sweet!  Colored her with copics.  Added a Card stock circle of orange, cs scalloped circle which I edged in black, so that it would show up.  Added some black gems from Jolee's.  Used a corner punch on black paper (the punch has no name on it) and then mounted the card behind the corner pieces.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Charlotte Sassy

This very pretty image is from Sassy Studio, it was a free image to celebrate 700 members on Paper Craft Plantet and to start a Progressive relay of four images.  You had to use each image before you got the next one.  My intentions were good but with all my husbands appointments since he returned home, I did not have time to make a card.  So the first chance I got was for my daughter-in- laws birthday.  I colored her with copics, cut out her dress, added silver glitter to a piece of transparency and sealed the glitter between the layers.  The designer paper is from K&Company, the flowers and embellishments from my stash and the sentiment from Peel Offs. (The glare is from the transparency.)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

Isn't this the coolest dog you every did see!  The two winners of the CDAC May Digital Drawing Contest have provided the images for a Members Special Challenge.  This image is from Patties Creations.  I have colored the images with copics, and added Ranger Glossy accents to the glass.
The DP is from My Minds Eye and the Sentiment was computer generated.

Had a wonderful morning played our away game in Lowville to-day - good fun, didn't win any prizes for my golfing, but did manage to win the 50/50 draw.  And we all enjoyed a great lunch.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Leggie Lilly

This wonderful image which I think would be great for any young teen is from Jen Leeflang for Digi Stamps 4 Joy. Love those huge eyes!  I started out by printing her on pink very fine denim dp which I was going to use to paper piece her shorts and top, then I changed my thinking and colored her with copics on that paper.  I added Foil embossed swirls from Forever in Time to the side and her hair, the ones in the hair didn't photograph as well as the side ones.  Used a white Pergamano pen on her eyes and shoes.  Sentiment from Peel Offs and DP from my stash.  This is an entry for CDAC Challenge for the month of June, it is one of two images for the challenge.

Have not been making cards or posting lately as my husband has returned home, a week ago now, after two and a half months - two weeks in hospital and two months in a nearby retirement home in a Back to Home Program, recovering from a broken hip.  He is doing very well, staying on the main floor, using his walker in the house.  He will have to catch up on all his doctors and dentist and other appointments he missed while away.  We have been to a few of these already.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sunny Honeycloud Card and Cupcake

This image is from Pollycraft, they are closing up shop June the 8th.  But they do have some wonderful bargains on their images until then.  I stuck with the colors of turquoise and greens.  The image is colored with copics. Isn't she a real sweetheart with her big blue eyes! The designer papers are from Stamping Up, except the ovals which along with the flowers and lace are from my stash.The charm is from Blue Moon Jewellry, it does have a turquoise stone in the centre of the flower.  I guess my lighting was not too good when I took the picture this afternoon.  But I took the card with me to a party at dinner tonight to give it to a friend June whose birthday is to-day, June 1st.  So I could not do a retake on the picture of the card.
I am entering this card into the MMMSC138 Challenge.
Raining very hard tonight, but I didn't get too wet running back and forth from my car. We hadn't had rain for several weeks, so really needed it.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Super Cone

This is my last card/tag for CDAC Progresive Challenge 18.  This challenge ends to-morrow.  This delicious looking image is from Pattie's creations.  I have paper pieced the image adding a cherry on top cut from a piece of DP.  The Happiness Stamp is from Stamping Up.  To complete the tag I have added wool fibres.

I have cards at our house tomorrow, so have to go get some groceries at the store for their lunch, do a bit of housecleaning, and if I have time some gardening.  I still go every evening to see my husband,
recovering from his broken hip - he should be home June 14th.  Yipee!

Pool Time

Another card for CDAC Progressive Challenge, this challenge ends May 31st, getting down to the deadline.  This image that makes you want to jump right into that pool is from Sweet Stamping Treats.  Colored with copics, DP, ribbon and sentiment from my stash.  Rosette - first one I ever made, had to make it smaller after putting it all together, next time I will have a better understanding of how it all goes together, and what width to start with.

Banana Split

Now dos'nt this look delicious!  It is an image from Just Some Lines for the CDAC Progressive Challenge #18.  I have colored with copics, Chocolate & butterscotch sauce and pink icecream.  I used Rangers Glossy Accents on the dish and the spoon.  The DP and Sentiment are from my stash.

Just looking at this is making me hungry.

Lone Girl

This image is from Just Some Lines for the CDAC Progressive Challenge 18.  I have colored the image with copics.  Used Nellie Snellen dies to frame her.  The corner punch has no name on it just a patent number.  Only one more day and this challenge will be over.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Tooth Fairy

This is my first card for the CDAC Progressive Challenge 18. There are only a few more days to the end of the month to enter, so will have to get busy to try to make cards from all five images.  This sparkly image is from A Day for Daisies. The cute image is colored with copics, and Stickles Glitter has been sprinkled on the wings.  The flourish painted with Gesso is from Ranger. The flowers and brads are from my stash.  The designer paper is from Stamping Up.

A very busy time of the year, away for the weekend and gardening to do.  And tomorrow is our first fun day of golfing with prizes and lunch, should be good if it doesn't rain.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sports for the Twins

These two cards are for my neices twin boys.  Both cards are digital images from Bugaboo.  I have colored them with copics.  Boys sentiment from Me and My Big Ideas. Cardstock, and other emblishments are from my stash.
I hope they enjoy them, I know they have done rock climbing indoors, but I don't know if they play soccer.

Flowers and Butterfly

This pretty image is from Shellys Images and I have colored it with copics and put stickles on the Butterfly. I used a brush to add Rangers Distress Ink to the background, victorian velvet, which is a pink color.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Tomorrow a group of my golfing friends are having a birthday party for three people in the group, this card is for one of them. Hope it does not rain, so that we can enjoy our golf before we get to see the cards and gifts opened and eat dinner together!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Potted Plant

This wonderful image if from Priscilla Styles, I have colored the image with copics, DP from K&Company and the sentiment, embellishment and ribbon are from my stash.  May is a month with many birthdays in our family, and I made this card for my neice Nancy.

This is what I should have been doing to-day instead of finishing off some cards - My gardening.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Butterfly Flowers

This pretty Silhouete Butterfly Flowers image is from Bugaboo Stamps.  I have cut out the original small butterfly, colored it with copics and reattached it.  The larger butterfly is a copy of the small one enlarged with a pop dot underneath.  The black gems are from Jolee's.  The DP is from Colorbok.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Baby Face

My last card for the CDAC17 Progressive Challenge.  The challenge will close tomorrow.
But, a new set of images, usually five, sometimes six will be ready for anyone who wishes to take part in the challenge.  If you have not joined before, it is only $l.00 to buy in.
This image is from Glitterbabe and I have colored her with copics.  Added a flourish stamp from Hero Arts and embossed it in white.  The charm is from Blue Moon Jewellery and the Ribbons and DP are from my stash.  Invite computer generated.  Border punch from Fiskars.

Two days in a row of golfing with a bad cold, I think I will stay home for the next couple of days and maybe do some work in my garden.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Baby Pram

Designed to Delight has been very generous and given us three versions of this lovely baby carriage for CDAC Progressive Challenge #17.  I have paper pieced the carriage.  The edge punch is from Fiskars.  The words from a scrapbook page, the tiny blue buttons and the cardstocks are from my stash.

Tomorrow is Mothers Day and one of the local golf clubs offers free golf to mothers on that day - you just have to pay for the cart.  So if it is not raining, and my cold is not any worse I am being picked up at 9:00 a.m. to join three friends for a round of 18 holes.

Sock Baby

This cutie sock doll is from Odds and Soxlets to be used in the CDAC Progressive Challenge #17.
Only a couple of more days left for this challenge.  I have colored the image with chalks.  I stitched the printed paper to the pink DP. (Hard to see the stitching, didn't realize I was using off white instead of white thread until I was all finished.)  The small duck sticker and the papers are from my stash.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother to Be

My second card for the CDAC 17 Progressive Challenge, This young expectant mother is an image from Mami Doodles, isn't whe wonderful!  I have colored the image with copics and added Ranger Glossy Accents to her boots and hair.  She has been framed on a white die cut from Nellie Snellen.  The DP is from K&Company and the white flowers are from Petaloo. The pink flowers and the sentiment are from my stash.
The daughter of one of my friends is expecting in August and I will give her this card along with some things my daughter would like to pass along to her new baby.

Baby Carriage

All about Babies is the subject for CDACPC Progresive Challenge 17.  This old fashioned baby carriage is a wonderful image from Designed to Delight!  I have colored the carriage with copics, added copics to the background of the BABY letters and to the heart and collar of the little dog.  The scrapbook DP and the letters are from Forever In Time and the Doggie sticker is from Precious Moments.
Just yesterday I received an invitation in the mail to a baby shower, so these cards will be put to good use right away.

Monday, April 30, 2012

With Sympathy

My fifth and last card for CDAC Progressive Challenge 16.  This challenge ends to-day, but if you have not taken part before, you can buy in for $l.00, five new images should be posted to-morrow.
This beautiful victorian type image is from Nana Vic.  I have made it into a sympathy card.  I printed the images roses and bird cage on DP from Colorbok.  The sentiment stamp is marked @2001 PSX.
The butterfly stamp is from Stampin Up.  I colored the roses and butterfly with copics Milky white.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the day!


Running out of time, but this is my fourth card for the CDAC Progressive Challenge.  The Camelia is a lovely image from Wax Fruit Company.  I have colored the flower with copics and the stamens with a Jelly Roll pen.  The background is cardstock with wide white ribbon with a leaf pattern wrapped around it.  And to complete it a white card.

Got my first game of golf in this morning for this season.  It sure was cold out there, we were a threesome and had a good time. Maybe next week it will be warmer and the scores will be better! 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pretty Kitty

This pretty Kitty is from Just Some Lines, for the CDAC Progressive Challenge 16, which ends to-morrow.  I have kept the card fairly simple, paper piecing the bird and the butterfly and adding some beads which I stitched around the cats neck.  The beads cast a shadow in the picture.  The DP is from Chatterbox Inc. A fun card and quick to make.

Golfing to-morrow morning if it is warm enough - hope so, too cold last week.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Anniversary Wishes

We are so lucky that there are so many talented artists that give freely of their time to provide us with such wonderful images for the CDAC Progressive Challenge, this being 16, series 3.  This digital image is from McMahon Five Designs and I have colored everything with copics, and then applied Ranger Walnut stain over all.  The butterflies are a stamp from The Stamp Barn.  The sentiment is a stamp from Kolette Hall.

My son Gord and his wife Linda have been married 20 years next week, and I think I will give them this card.  My eldest son Rob and his wife Sharon will also be married 20 years come September, how time does fly.  Both have wonderful families.