June 23, 2017

Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Hey peeps.  It's time for the Summer's Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  I mean who can resist being a part of this hop? Not me!!  I think I've participated in every single one of them.  Let me share with you the card I made for today.

I just had to make mine in rainbow colors.  Yes, I want my coffee to make me happy and full of color.  LOL well that is exactly how I feel after drinking a cup or two.

Oh and that sassy little unicorn is my spirit animal!  LOL  I used the smile die from Pink and Main and the heart and coffee sentiment is from Altenew.  A perfect blend if I say so myself.

Have a great time along the hop and a safe weekend.  See ya back here soon!

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June 22, 2017

Drive By Crafts Sneak Peek...Mer-mazing

Hey peeps.  I'm so excited to say that my first project as a DT member for Drive By Crafts is up on the blog.  Being part of this amazing team is awesome.  Here's a sneak peek of what you'll see.

Now head on over to Drive By Crafts to see the full project.  Can't wait to see all your lovely comments.  Until next time...

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June 21, 2017

When Your Chicken Is A Little Salty...

Hey peeps.  Happy hump day.  I'm sharing a super funny card. (WARNING...this is a little risky on the language so proceed with caution).  Okay now that my public service announcement is made (LOL) I'll share my card with you.

My oldest sister turned 50 last week so of course I had to make her a card.  But not just any ole' card something on the outrageous side.  Because that's how we roll.  So I pulled out the Neat and Tangled Eggstra Special stamp set and paired it with the Salty Ladies stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and this is what happened.  (LMBO)  Now I couldn't just have the chicken just looking all cute.  I had to dress him up (or rather pimp him out) just a little bit.  

I pulled out a hat stamp from the Fleurette Bloom Three Little Pigs stamp set and altered it just a little.  Next I drew a cane and cut it out.  I made sure to add on some really cool shades and this cool chicken was ready for the card.

I paired him up with some fun emoji paper from Simple Stories and this card was done.  Oh for the white panel for my chicken to stand on I pulled out some distress inks and die cut out a cross stitched rectangle. Lastly I stamped the sentiment directly on the rectangle and for the OMG I stamped it in a trio of ink colors, fussy cut it out and popped it up on foam tape.

I mean come on, this is one hip chicken.  I FaceTimed with my sister prior to sending her this card and she LOVED it.  She was cracking up laughing and said she wanted to married him.  Now that's when I know I've made her a great card.  LOL

That's a wrap today peeps.  I'll see you guys back here soon!!

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June 19, 2017

When A Weight is Lifted...

Hey peeps.  Today is a day of new beginnings.  Many of you may not know my story and why I actually started writing a blog.  This month is actually my blog anniversary.  I've been blogging since 2009 (I'll be having a blog hop so stay tuned for that) but it came at a time when I was recovering from colon cancer surgery. Anyone who has ever heard those words know how it changes the focus of your life.  You go from just living your life to...how much longer do I have to live?  It's scary and it's a place of fear but with my family and my faith I made it through.

After six years of scanning and worrying I finally received the words I've been waiting for last Friday.  Mrs. Joy you are declared CANCER FREE!!  WOW...I can't even describe to you how I felt.  I couldn't even react at first.  I just kept looking at the doctor like are you sure?  I looked at my husband and in his eyes I could see the relief.  It was "we made it Dane" (my nickname). When I finally had a moment to let the flood gates open I cried like a baby on the phone to my grandmother.

My grandmother is also a cancer survivor.  She never let cancer define her and it never stopped her from doing a damn thing.  She is the backbone of our family and an example of the full strength of a woman and my role model.  Her wisdom, which is being passed down to all of her family, is a true testimony to all of us.  Her faith and trust in the Lord is why I called her.  She prayed with me and her soothing words assured me once again that God was always in control and always will be.  No matter what!!  

I had friends who never got to hear those words "you're cancer free" and I have friends who are still fighting. And I've always ask myself why?  Why must they suffer?  When I lost my friends I would cry and ask why have I been spared?  I have come to the conclusion that I don't need to know that answer but I must go on living the life that God has given me.  I need to remember my sweet friends and live in honor for them.  I need to support my friends who are walking their cancer battles today.  I am here for a reason.

Today I walk with a little less fear of what's going on inside of my body.  What are those spots and what do they mean? My mind is a little less worried about the many scans I won't have to have.  And lastly my heart is free to love and live.  I am cancer free!!!  

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