Saturday, May 22, 2010

Retired and Retiring Blogger's Challenge Card

Can I just start by saying my last two week's have been from H-E double toothpicks! I think that God is trying to test my strength and patience! It all began when I through my back out, almost lost our dog to who knows what, funerals, argument with hubby, incredible indescribable problems with my sons school which have reached way beyond the school, lost my car keys at JoAnn's and took two and half hours to find them, made me late for my mommy and me class at my church that I do for our congregations and after all the rushing only two out of 12 kids showed with their mom! By did I need to stamp and relieve stress! It is snowballing and I AM NOT GOING TO LET IT GET ME DOWN! So I took a few minutes while doing laundry to make a card for this week's blogger's challenge. I didn't feel like worring about using all current products or non-Stampin Up products, just some of my favorite retired stamps, and some retiring colors. This week we have a sketch challenge....


I am sorry that I am not feeling up to adding all the details right now, I really just want to go do some stamping and crafting with my son.  If you have questions please ask, it is pretty basic though.  The colors are Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla.

Hope you day is filled with many blessing!
Mary Jo

22 nice people left a comment:

Patti J said...

Well, sweetie, the good thing about times like this is that there's not much room for them to get worse! Gotta get better, right? Your card is beautiful! Take care, slow down, breathe and enjoy the evening! Hugs!!!

Lori Turner said...

{{{{ HUGS }}}} Mary Jo! Sounds like you could sure use a cyber hug right about now. I am hoping and praying for a better day and week ahead for you! :) Keep on craftin' ... your card is amazing! I love these colors together - TFS! :)

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful card MJ, hope things look up soon!

GCgirl said...

It was worth the wait ;-). Beautiful card...and love the blog music too!

BarbaraW said...

Beautiful card. Hopefully things will turn around. Thankfully you have your art.

Kimberly Gajewski said...

This is lovely Mary Jo! I'm sorry that you've had a trying week! I hope that next week is better for you! :D

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a gorgeous set with one of my favorite old sets- perfect sketch card- but you are the queen of sketches! I sure hope God quit challenging you soon!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Sometimes we have to take time to smell the roses, esp when life gets so busy! Great card!

LauraT said...

Sorry it's been a rough few days for you. I always enjoy your blog via e-mail and when I want some great tunes, I come here. Prayers and blessings to you!

Lisa Bohler said...

God never gives us more than we can handle and although, it sounded difficult, you handled it (with God's help, of course!!!) Keep your chin up and way to treat yourself to some stampin' therapy! Terrific card!!!

scrappingnana said...

Lovely card. So sorry about the problems you are having. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

Connie Babbert said...

Wow...sounds like you do have a lot on your plate right now! You will prevail! Glad you found some time to relax and stamp. (Usually my stamp deadlines are what cause MY stress! lol!) Love your card, I miss that set...need to pull it out again. Colors are so vibrant!

Connie Paxman said...

Your card is georgous...and the color combo has a lot of energy...
Nice to see old stamps revived......one of my favs
connie paxman

SueNJ said...

Sorry it was a difficult week but you made a beautiful card. I have been walking around all week saying, "I feel just like Job". Even though it was tough I feel blessed. Thank you for sharing with us.

g'nite

SueNJ

Basement Stamper said...

MJ: I am sorry you are going through so much, know that I'm thinking of you and have been there. I don't know whether to believe 100% that God never gives any more than we are able to handle. I'm so glad you were able to take time to stamp and let go of some of that stress even for a little bit. Awesome card-love the colors and that set always makes for a WOW card.

Tami Black said...

Stunning! Absolutely gorgeous -- and so worth the wait! I wish I still owned this set -- truly one of my faves!

njburk said...

MJ--sounds like you had quite a time last week. SUre hop this week is much better. Love your card--that's such a great set! Blessings on you today, Nola

Margaret Raburn said...

Wow, MJ, even in the midst of all that adversity you were able to do beautiful artwork! Press on, stand firm. You'll make it!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Terrific card!

Ida P. Krause said...

MJ this is so pretty. Love the roses and the butterfly.
Hope life is settling down a little for you.

Tiffany Bauer said...

WOW!!! MJ this is just beautiful!! Great job with the sketch and I love the colors!!

Barbara said...

MJ....as always, this card is fabulous! Stamping is ALWAYS the best for "running away" from life's troubles. Hope things are way better now...sending cyber hugs!