Monday, September 24, 2012

Gone, Gone, Gone, I've been gone so long....

Hello Blog Friends,
Wow!!!  I have not posted in quite a while for me.  School started and I came down with a horrible cold which went into my lungs and has had me up at night coughing for a few hours for the past couple of weeks.  (My asthma and allergies tend to complicate colds every time!!!) So I apologize for sort of disappearing from blog land.  It has been all I could do to keep up with getting my son to and from school and attending a variety of school/church related meetings along with a lovely visit from my husband's parents over a long weekend.  It has been 7 months now since my beloved Stuart passed away and I am learning that being a single parent means that you have to keep going even when you are really sick, which in turn means that one doesn't seem to bounce back quite as fast.  Of course it may also have to do with the fact that I am closer to 50 years old than 40 now?! Naw, that can't be it!  LOL!!!  Anyway I am sure that I missed many, many beautiful cards made by all of you over the past couple weeks but I hope to start having some "blog" time to come and visit now and see all of the beautiful things that you have made!!!

September is a HUGE birthday month in my family and I need 3 birthday cards for tonight.  1 for my nephew Russell, one for my sweet Dad, and one for my neice Ruby.  So I decided to use the new Make it Monday #84 challenge over at Papertrey Ink for a little bit of inspiration.  Betsy did a wonderful video on "Reflected Sentiments" today and I made two masculine cards (so far) utilizing this technique.  Here are some pictures: 

Thanks for taking a look at my cards.  I have to make one more for my neice today and will hopefully have time to post it later.  I get to pull out some "girl" stamps now and get to work!

Supplies used on the above cards:
Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink:  Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream, and Kraft
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Certainly Celery, Hawaiian Shores
Stamps: Papertrey Ink:  Boy Basics: Game On; Tag-its #1, Think Big Favorites #16, Star Prints, Say it with Style
Other:  Buttons: Papertrey Ink; Foam tape, Ad-tech adhesive, corner chomper from We R Memory Keepers

: ) Smiles,


  1. Jill,
    Great masculine cards. I did not know about your husband and am sorry for your loss. God Bless.

  2. Hahaha, we're in the same boat! I disappeared from blog land right when school started and just in the last few days have been trying to catch up! What a comeback though. Jill, I love your cards, especially your "celebrate" one. That's the perfect stamp for this technique ... it's big and thick enough that it doesn't matter so much that the reflection is not too clear. Love how you made it into a pattern too.

  3. Oh, Jill, BOTH of thes manly cards are just FANTASTIC! LOVE how you used that technique! LOVE the colors and how they are so different from each other! Hope you feel BETTER soon! Glad you were able to spend some time with Stuart's parents. I'll bet it was both wonderful and difficult. Thinking of you! HUGS!

  4. Beautiful birthday cards Jill! Love the pretty color combination! Sending get well wishes your way :)

  5. Love your cards Jill. I am always looking for ideas for masculine cards because I seem to struggle with them so much. Thanks for the inspiration and take care of yourself!!

  6. These are both fun, and yeah for PTI for sharing them on their FB page.

  7. Very cool card using the MIM technique.

  8. Woohoo - first post in a while & you get a nice shout out from PTI! Love the colors & stamps you choose Jill - the MIM reflection technique turned out great! Hope you get over the cold soon - when they dig in deep, they can take forever to clear.

  9. Fabulous cards Jill~ so sorry you've been sick and so glad you're back!!! Bunches of hugs~Rebecca

  10. A well deserved shout out from Nichole. Love your cards and glad you are back too.

  11. These cards are SO lovely! You used the techinique so beautifully! I love the color combination!

    (Jill, I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you.)

  12. Sorry to hear you were MIA due to illness, I hope you are well on the road to a full recovery. You didn't miss a beat with these fabulous cards, Jill.
    PS: It's been 17 months today since my husband passed~keeping busy every day is the key to healing the heartache we both share. HUGS and prayers, my friend.

  13. Nothing like making beautiful cards to aid in the recovery. These are frameable. My fav's the celebrate. Well done!

  14. First ,Jill you nailed this MIM challange. Your cards look amazing! So sorry you were under the weather,but glad your back! I'm sorry you did not get the rest you needed or were used to with Stuart. I want to give you a big HUG!!
    How wonderful that your in laws came for a visit,hope that was nice for you and your son.

  15. These are amazing Jill!!! I love that you made your own background. They are amazing! The second one is my favorite! :)

  16. Wowie Jill! Some Fabulous stamping going on here!! at first I thought it was designer paper and I love the color combo, then realized Wowzers your stamped it all! Love it! Couldn't pick a favorite if I tired! They are all Super! 8-)


  17. Oh, gosh, Jill! I'm so, so sorry that you've been feeling so icky. It's so hard to be a Mom and take care of everything and everyone, when you're under the weather. Hang in there! Your cards are just beautiful! Really love all the fantastic stamping! And the colors are so bold and bright and happy! Blessings!


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: ) Jill