Friday, May 26, 2023

Same but Different

 Quick post using an image and sentiment from Unity Stamps.  VERY simply - and pretty much the same but slightly different too.

Like I said - same but slightly different........and super quick and easy too but think they'll make cute/nice note cards to send out.

I'm going to be missing in action for a few days but will be back around next week and try and catch up on all the blogs next week.  Have a nice weekend.............

Thanks for stopping by..........and keep smiling (just like the sentiment says)!

Sunday, May 21, 2023


 I'm popping in with a card for Farm Quest General Store Challenge where I've been asked to be the guest designer for the day!  Yeehaw!  What an honor.  This is a fairly new challenge and is so much fun.  There's still time to enter for this current challenge so check it out!

I got a little bit country here - since that's always the theme of the challenge!  I've used two images from Art Impressions, colored in Copics, cut out, and then mounted on a oval die cut of patterned paper.  All  of this was mounted on the wood looking background paper and then the sentiment was stamped with a very old one from Close to My Heart.  Of course I just had to add that small die cut star and a bit of twine.

Head on over to the Farm Quest General Store Challenge Blog, check out all the rules for the Anything Goes card or project, and join in on the fun!

You probably have to be old for this one - but I can still remember the flying horse (Pegasus) like in the above picture for Magnolia oil company.  Every time I'd peddle my bicycle to town I'd pass the "filling station" where the horse sat on top of the building and I thought it was so cool.  Yes, we called gas stations filling stations back in the day!  

Thanks for stopping by.........and keep smiling!

Thursday, May 18, 2023

My First Heart-iversary!

 No card today and this post is actually mainly for me!   In a couple of days it'll be my very first heart-iversary and I'm so thankful I'm here to write about it.  I'm thankful to be alive and feel each and every day now is a blessing.  Deep breath.........

Last year in April I went in for my annual physical type deal feeling on top of the world!  I hadn't been sick, no crazy symptoms of any kind, and was in top notch health - or so I thought.  They ran an EKG since I hadn't had one in about (cough) 10 years and they didn't like what they saw.  Next step was the cardiologist.  Long story short ...........

After a couple of tests I was scheduled for an angiogram.  He didn't even get half way through that and threw my butt into a room saying they were going to do open heart surgery/bypass first thing in the morning!  Ugh!  This wasn't sounding good!  Too long to go into all the details but I had open heart surgery/triple bypass that next morning, was in ICU for 16 days due some weird (and very scary) complications, in a rehab facility for two weeks, back home, and then in an outpatient rehab for three months.  

It was a very long road to travel - and still is.  There are really good days and really dark days.  The dark days are the ones where I have to force myself to get up out of bed and move.   Well, DUH!!!!  Of course, some days are dark......I mean come on.......They go in and saw your sternum apart, termporarily stop the heart, slice your leg open to get all kinds of cute little extra veins or something, do all kinds of weird things with that to repair the heart, get your heart beating once again, wire you back up.... and say you're good to go!  Lordy me - but so amazing! The good days are starting to outnumber the bad days a little bit now so that's good I guess.   

It's just a very special time for me so, I'm celebrating for the next few days - and as long as I can after that too!    One day at a time........ but for now.......the beat goes on..........

Thanks for stopping by........and keep smiling!  



Monday, May 15, 2023

Cats and Hairballs

Rambo would be very upset if he knew I was posting a picture of a cat.  To him, cats are to be chased and barked at - kinda like a squirrel ....although when he was really little, his best friend was our cat named Black (such an original name).    
Anyway, this is a very old stamp from Stampin' Up.  I had this out the other day working on a different card and every time I'd look at this I'd start laughing.  It's very simple I know but with a sentiment like this you really don't need to do much else for the card.

The Alphabet Challenge is C - for cat - and I'll enter it in their challenge.  

Thanks for stopping by........and keep smiling!


Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Too Many Froggers

 For some reason - and not just because I really like frogs - I ordered several sets of frog stamps lately.  So.....get ready because you may be seeing lots of frogs in the next month or so.  Frogs really are cute little guys.  Maybe not if you don't like them, but I do.  They feel all squishy and just fun.  Rambo actually hates the little devils. One spit in his eye several years ago and his entire eye swelled up and shut.  He wasn't a happy little dog at all!  Anyway............  

Here's a couple using stamps from Aall & Create (sentiments from Art Impressions).  

On this first one I used some background wavy paper from Paper Studio and then some polka dot vellum.  On the circle I lightly stamped some marks with an old SU stamp, added the sentiment, and tucked in some flowers on the side.  I'll enter this in the challenge over at Sketch Saturday (sketch).

This second one.........ah.......he kinda looks like he's walking on water.  Who even knows what I thought I was doing on this one.  I used a stencil from Newton's Nook for the waves and then perched him on top of them.....why? - I really can't answer that one!  He really does look like I feel on a lot of days though.

Thanks for stopping by........and keep smiling!

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Oh Pooh!

 Winnie the Pooh that is!  What's not to love about little Pooh - and Piglet too.  I had to splurge not too long ago and got a couple of the Pooh stamps from Unity - and do love them.  They're just so much fun to look at.  This one was colored in Copics and then mounted on some Unity patterned paper.  The sentiment is from Newton's Nook.  I haven't used pearls on anything in a long time and they just looked cute on here so I slapped a few of those on there.

I'll enter this in the challenge at Pammies Inky Pinkies - anything goes
Thanks for stopping by ........and keep smiling!

Monday, May 1, 2023

Birthday Girl

 I think I only have one birthday for someone coming up this month so I went ahead and made a card for her.  I'm so good at making the cards and yet so bad at mailing them.  Sometimes if I have a bunch to do for the month I'll mail them all on the first no matter what day their birthday is.  Pretty awful I know.  I'm really going to try and time this one though so it's received on her actual birthday (as if that could really happen with the postal system)!  

The image is from All Dressed Up (Country Girl) and I've colored it in Copics.  I did a little sponging with distress inks in the background, adding in the sky, and then framed it with a My Favorite Things die.  The patterned paper is from Unity.  

I'll enter this in the challenge at All Dressed Up (anything goes with an All Dressed Up image). 

Thanks for stopping by.....and keep smiling!