Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!

There is nothing worse than hearing the words " you have cancer". Back in 1994, I remember the radiologist calling and asking me to come in for a second mammogram. At first, I was not too concerned until my doctor called and asked me to come in. I saw a surgeon a week before we were scheduled to go on a family vacation to Disney world. My kids were 11 and 6. The surgeon assured me it would not be a problem to wait until I got home to have a lumpectomy. I was not sure I could wait. The stress would certainly impact the vacation but we went anyway.  Surgery was scheduled and after that I had 6 weeks of radiation. Life went on and I even almost forgot about the fact that I had cancer.

That was until a routine check up in 1997 was anything but routine. The radiologist had been going over my films with a magnifying glass and I heard her call my doctor. More calcifications were found. Back to the surgeon, this time for a mastectomy. Now  I panicked. I made lists for husband - lists of the kid's doctors, lists of their daily activities, lists of their classes, etc. I totally freaked out. The surgeon told me I did not need chemo even though I begged him. I told him I would do whatever I needed to do. He tried to convince me that my lymph nodes were clear and there was no need. I wasn't sure I believed him. The healing process was slow but I made progress.

Now it has been almost 20 years. There are days when I forget that this happened. But, we are vigilent that my 32 year old daughter gets mammograms and does self exams.

So I say to you - do self exams, get those mammograms and if you hear those words - do not give up hope!!

Thank you for stopping by and listening to my story. If you are going through this, and want to talk, please feel free to email me! It has been a while and I am sure many things have changed but I am more than happy to listen, share advice, etc.

Adding this to Simonssays Wednesday challenge -- Think Pink!

Thank you for your comments. They brighten my day!

Bundle of Joy

My daughter is having a baby - our first grandchild! We are beyond excited. It is a girl!! Jennifer created these announcements for family and friends using photos of their dogs and cats. Of ocurse, I had to scrap it!!

I look forward to completing many more scrapbook layouts!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Just for you!

I am up today over at Arnold Grummer's!

I would love for you to stop by and see this card I made of handmade paper!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Out of the Box

I am stepping out of the box to play with the Mixed Media Monthly  Challenge. 
Here is the inspiration

I completed my to do list this morning, so thought I would play. I turned a model from a magazine ad into a witch!

I sorted out my scrap papers this morning and added scrapbook paper, a spider from a napkin, band book paper to this! Paints and doodling too.

Adding this to Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. Isn't she fun?


Time for another Magazine Monday inspiration at PCC

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 163 (image)

I knew I had some paper in my stash that was a harvest theme and, after finding it, created this tag.

I even fussy cut which is something i never do.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mixed Media Ornaments

Today I am working on ornaments for an upcoming holiday show!

Canvas Corp Brands Tissuestock - French Script on Ivory - is my go to tissue for the background!

Tissuestock 12x12 - French Script on Ivory

I decoupage it using Helmar Decoupage

Once dry, I added punch snowflakes to make a wreath. I finished with some embellishments and ribbon! I love the way it looks! 

Stay tuned for more canvases and ornaments! 

Thanks for stopping by. Your comments make me smile!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Thank you

Got messy making a few thank you cards.

I was inspired by this mood board so grabbed Distress Ink Pads and leaves from outside.

I spread the ink on my mat and spritzed with water. Then I dragged my white paper through and around until the background was done. I used the leaves for stamps by inking the back side and pressing down. I like the way the veins look. I matted with matching cardstock before applying to a kraft card base.

I finished with my sentiment and some twine.

I love the way these came out!

Adding these to Simonssays Wednesday challenge.

World Smile Day

Happy World Smile Day! I want to be the first to say Happy World Smile Day to you! Actually, I think we should smile every day! Pretty much any day I can play with paper is a day that I am smiling!
On a more serious note, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month! I would like to give a shout out to each and every one of you who have been affected by this. I am a two time Breast Cancer survivor with the last diagnosis being in 1997. That means it has been almost 20 years since I heard those words "You have cancer". I want to encourage you to take charge of your health - early detection is key for breast cancer. Both times, mine was caught on a mammogram.
Each year a friend and I walk in Relay for Life. We started almost 20 years ago and we did not know each other except from church. But, each year we would make a promise to return and we hold hands and walk and catch up on our lives. We only saw each other annually at these walks. A few years ago, we decided to fix that and now meet regularly to talk and catch up on our lives. 
So to honor both Smiling and Cancer, I created a layout for you using many of my favorite Helmar products!
I would love for you to visit my blog post over there to see which products I used! 
I used this month's sketch over at Stuck?Sketches

Thanks for commenting. Your comments bring a smile to my face!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Hallow is creeping up on us. To be honest, since the kids have gotten married and moved away I have not done much decorating! I think I need to get back in the spirit!

I will hand this canvas on the front door! It is made with an old Pink Paislee collection! Lots of paint, stamping, etc.

Adding this to Simonssays Monday Challenge - Halloween!

Thanks for visiting! Your comments put a smile on my face!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Tis the Season

I know it doesn't seem possible, but before you know it - the holidays will be here! Let's get a jump on it by making some ornaments!  

I am up today over at Arnold Grummer'sPapermaking with one ornament I made using handmade paper. Isn't he cute? 


I added a layer of Diamond Glitter powder to him. 

I would love for you to visit me at Arnold Grummer's.

Your comments make me smile and I appreciate every one of them!!