Friday, April 16, 2021

Challenge #415 - Sketch~ Swirly Frames, Under my umbrella, So Happy Together, Stampin up

This is not at all where I intended to go with 
this little card today.  I included a picture at 
the bottom here of the original card I started.
But it seemed so sad and depressing I scratched 
that idea and went in a different direction.  
I do this a lot.  Does anyone else relate? 
For the two circles I used the same ink, I just
stamped off before stamping the smaller one.  
I wanted to give some contrasting color between
the two.  
Then came the lily pads placement, I mean Mr. Frog
had to sit on something.  So quite and effort to 
not cover up the  whole circle.  
I really love how it looks like his little frog hand
is actually holding the umbrella.  It was perfect.  
I'm going to submit this card to the challenge at:
The stamp sets featured in this card are:
Stampin Up:  Swirly Frames 
Stampin Up:  Under My Umbrella
Stampin Up:  So Hoppy Together 
There it is folks.  The sad start of a card.  
It just seems depressing to me 😢
So let's cheer things up again.  
Here are the containers I decorate with 
my lovely daisy duct tape.  They hold
my alcohol markers perfectly.  
I don't make an effort to line up the 
daisies, because that actually don't bother me.
So weird since I'm quite OCD over 
many things.  I mean I count my stamps,
 and dies to make sure that none go missing.  
Just a little glimpse into how my brain is wired. 
haha 
And look how grand they stack.  It's a 
wonderful way to recycle these lovely
containers.. and the yellow matches 
the center of my daisies beautifully.  
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Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
💗PJ

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sketch #416 Wonderful As You

Oh gosh, when I made this card I was thinking of 
my kiddos.  They are amazing young adults, but 
nevertheless, mama's worry.    I'll share a short story. 
My daughter moved out to VA to be with her boyfriend
at the time.  Who is now her husband of 3 years and counting
Bless their hearts.  But it was hard to see her go so far away.  
Then they moved back to WI.  and settled for a few
years.  That bought a house, doing great and decided time for 
another adventure, so they headed out west.  Oh my friends, the 
day came for this and I put a smile on my face.  
Our son, and his girlfriend helped them drive
over 2000 miles out west to Vancouver.  
That morning bright an early while the neighborhood
was still sleeping I watched all four kiddos drive away.
It was raining and I had tears streaming down my 
face. I'm a broken woman and can't offer any help 
to them. So i'm so grateful they stuck together and 
helped each other.  However, by myself in my car I sobbed
thinking goodbyes are so so hard and it hurts so bad.  
But they must live their lives.  
My story has a happy ending. PRAISE the LORD
Last November they drove home.  They flew my 
courageous son and his girlfriend out there, so he 
could drive the big uhaul and trailer home and they'd
follow in their other car packed with household items.  
My poor daughter was a nervous wreck because the 
weather was terrible when they got to the mountains,
and she wanted to turn back, but my son, just said 
let's keep hauling we got this, slow we go, but no turning
back.  He even had a flat tire on the flat bed trailer he 
was pulling behind that truck. I hadn't heard from 
them for a few hours and this mama was getting nervous
and then the texts came they had pulled over at a 
hotel and had made it safely out of the mountains.  
Thank you JESUS.   Now all the our kiddos are in 
the same time zone for now.  All that to say I know 
how hard it is to say goodbye.  Some goodbyes 
don't have a happy ending here on earth, and some 
might seem quite final like death, but just know
that there is HOPE  and Heaven is our home. 
((HUGS)) to all those who are going through something
tough right now.  You're not alone. 
I will submit this card to the challenge at:
The stamp set featured in this card is:
Stampin up:  Wonderful as You
Did you notice I wrote the word: Taxi on the top of the 
car, and also NY for the license plates?   I like little adding
fun little details like that.  

Health news:  My blood pressure is all wacky and
so they want me to increase a dosage of the Rx I'm on.  
I don't know how increasing it will help since just taking 
one pill is already raising it considerably I get filled 
with anxiety thinking what two pills will do.   
I've made an appointment with a holistic doctor person.
not sure how I feel about seeing such a person, but I'm 
going to give it a try and see what they say in regards to 
these autoimmune diseases.  Have any of you ever used
holistic doctors before?   Please share your advice. 

Sorry I ran so long with this post.  I just get all emotional 
when I talk about my kiddos.  I just love them so much. 

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 Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
💗PJ

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ABC Christmas Challenge: H & I ~ Winter Wonderland

Awwww My favorite kind of cards to make 
would be Christmas.   I have the lovely
Christmas music playing,  I think it  
helps lower my blood pressure.  
The stamp set featured in this card is:
Papertreyink:  Winter Window 
I love the frosty windowpanes, as you peak
inside this window,  to see the tree, one can
 imagine a toasty fire crackling in the 
fireplace with stockings hung on the mantel. 
I used clear wink of stella to add some sparkle
to those icicles.  Our old house gets some 
HUGE icicles.    
I'm going to submit this card to the challenge 
The challenge: 
H for Homes/Houses  
and 
I for Icicles
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Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
💗PJ

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Challenge #202 Happy Mail~ So Sentimental, Jar of Flowers, Snailed It, Stampin Up

Hello, what a lovely day to make "happy mail"
The lilacs are just starting to get some little 
green leaves, and a few buds are starting to 
poke up from the ground.   I have to 
remind myself, most likely it will snow 
again.  But I'm going to enjoy this warm weather. 
So I made a bright cheery card that I will submit
to the challenge at:
HAPPY MAIL
The stamp sets featured in this card are:
Stampin Up:  So Sentimental
Stampin Up:  Jar of Flowers
Stampin Up:  Snailed It
I love how this card turned out, like a little
piece of sunshine delivered to your mailbox. 

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 Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
💗PJ

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Sketch #415~ Under My Umbrella, Stampin Up, Thank you

Here is another thank you card using the same
wonderful sketch at:
The stamp set featured in this card is:
Stampin Up:  Under My Umbrella  
This thank you is for my daughter and Son in law.
They gave me the sweetest birthday gifts.  
I feel so blessed to have such a loving family.  
My daughter particularly loves rainy days so I 
think she is going to like this card.  
The stamping and coloring is pretty straight 
forward on this card, nothing tricky or fancy
just nice simple clean lines.  
I wanted to say thank you to all those who wished 
me a happy birthday and also thank you to those 
who have been praying for me.  The echocardiogram 
came back good.  PRAISE the LORD.  Just have to
work on controlling the Blood pressure and my 
anxiety.  So that should be interestingly difficult.
With all that is going on in the world and overlapping 
autoimmune diseases. oh Happy day..  

Any ways just a big thank you to you all.  

And also someone asked about this card awhile ago..
I used the simply succulents from stampin up, and the
matching die set that goes with it  (potted succulent dies) 
to create that background.
I honestly bought it for that die.  It's pretty fantastic. 
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 Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
💗PJ

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Sketch #415~ Whale Done, Stampin Up, Thank you

I really need to get with the program on my 
thank you notes.  
I made two identical ones like this one here.  
They are for my kids.  
You see this past Easter Sunday, the little 
darlings all came over and had dinner 
with us and then we planned on sitting 
outside by the campfire because it was 
glorious out.  Especially living in WI.  
Well the little sweeties all volunteered to rake our yard
for us.  What a lovely team effort.  It's a whopper
of a yard, and well I can't be of any help anymore.
So it was a HUGE blessing.  I will share a video. 
I think the kiddos will like it.   
I will submit this card to the challenge at:
The stamp set featured in this card is:
Stampin Up:  Well Done  
The kids made a time lapse video of the yard raking.
You can see it here

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 Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
💗PJ

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sketch #414 Prayer Journal

I made this prayer journal for the 
challenge at:
I was in desperate need of a new
prayer book.  So I decided to make 
one using a steno notebook.
I got rather lazy and didn't do the spiral part.
I know there is a way, I just didn't feel like 
doing it.   Had a lot going on this week.  
Turned the big 50 on April 3rd.  
The doctor put me on Blood pressure
medicine and now it's worse then before. 
Had to have an echocardiogram because they 
are concerned about my heart.  
Then started another new pill, and that's doing
the same thing.  Oh Joy.  This is frustrating. 
So when I started making this prayer 
journal my dear husband says to me, 
Don't forget to make a tab for PJ 💗
That was so sweet of him.  SO 
I made my tabs and included one 
for me too. 
This is what my craft desk looks 
like the majority of the time.  
I was having one of the days then
when my hair wouldn't tie up nicely,
and well folks, I just don't even
care anymore.   So it's as the 
young folks would say, " a hot mess."
haha
HP is getting back to normal
handling life well.  Love how he 
props his little head up in his 
kennel.  
I'd love to have you follow me on instagram at: 

 Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Keep Smiling and Keep Stamping
💗PJ

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