Busy, Busy week - retirement party and all!

My mother is retiring....it seems surreal; but I'm so glad she can do this. She's retiring a bit early and Wednesday the bank where she works held a reception for her. It was AMAZING! You see, my mom has worked there for over 35 years - just 2.5 years ago, I had surgery and she was at the hospital with me....side note, mom is ALWAYS at the hospital with me - all 3 births of our babies, many surgeries - you name it, she sleeps there with me - take note, she's the best!!! Anyway, 2.5 yrs. ago after my major surgery, the anesthesiologist came by to check on me and asked if my mother was my sister! Hmph!!! Makes her day, makes me wonder how bad do I REALLY look??? LOL! We have been asked for YEARS if we are sisters; she's young, chic, beautiful and my best friend.

Yeah, I have a DH, he just doesn't do hospitals....he was 'in' the hospital for the birth of the babes; just not beside me - that was mom! LOL DH would have been passed out - I promise!

OK, so I'm rambling....the night before her reception, I headed to the basement about 10:10 p.m. to make her a card. Well...my card wasn't like any other card she received - LOL! She loves pink and the pink and floral papers were some I had picked up several months ago and was hoarding. Do you do that?? Anyway, the base card is Certainly Celery, layered with a rose/pink color which I embossed with the D'vine Swirls Cuttlebug Folder. The paper is lightweight, so the Cuttlebug kind of went 'through' the paper allowing some white to show. It looks neat. I then layered another piece of Certainly Celery with the edges distressed, then the floral paper. I stamped the wagon, masked it and added the flowers. The outline of the flowers was done with SU Markers and then colored in with an aquapainter. I love the colors!

I LOVE the wagon, it's a brand new stamp from Gina K. Designs. I adore Gina K....well...I kind of worship and stalk her silently! Just kidding (but more on this later). Isn't the wagon adorable. I recently purchased several of the Marvy Oval Punches and one was broken so I had to 'work it' to get the oval shape around the wagon - don't look too close, it's not pretty! Then the rose/pink scalloped oval was punched. I added Certainly Celery and So Saffron ribbon from Taylored Expressions. I dig her too.

The inside says "Happiness Always" a stamp by SU. A fun, quick card. I hope my mom enjoyed it. I'm excited for her and somewhat anxious. Isn't that the way it works? They worry about us as they are raising us; then we turn and worry about them as they move through life. :)

And now....if you've stuck with me this long and aren't snoring, I'll tell you what really made me smile today - and cry. I received a comment on my blog and it said it was from Gina K. WELL there is only ONE Gina K and I knew she certainly wouldn't be visiting my blog, little lone COMMENTING ON IT....so I clicked the hyperlink and it was HER........IT WAS GINA K. FROM GINA K. DESIGNS. CRUD, I thought I was going to wet my pants...instead I cried. Her comment was so kind and I was just floored. I still am. I sent her this stalker type e-mail saying I couldn't believe she had visited MY site and COMMENTED on my cards. Talk about making a girl walk on clouds - I'm still traveling up there...not comin' down for awhile cause Gina K. rocks the stamping world!!!

Thanks for stopping by!! ~M.


  1. Great looking card...and Gina is super nice (I bought all my Giga punches from her)...it doesn't surprise me that she would want to comment on your creation!

  2. Super cute! Love that wagon...so cool for you that Gina left a comment! She is super cool! Love your banner...perfect for your blog title!


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