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Friday, May 3, 2013


Good Morning!! 1st of all let me thank everyone that have sent emails and called to check on me!! You have warmed my heart! Just a quick update....life has gotten in the way of creating. Last August, my step father had a fall that required hospitalization and my life has not been the same since. As many of you know, my Mother suffers with Alzheimer's and I lived most of the fall, in Selma, taking care of her. While there, we tried to take care of my step father at home for a week and that was a BIG mistake. Trying to lift a 180 lb man was a stupid thing to do, with the history of my bad back and sure enough, my sciatic nerve flared up and we had to get sitters for Mother so I could come home and take care of me. He has since been placed in a nursing home. My brother and his wife had a motorcycle wreck in early Sept. so he spent most of the fall, tending to his wife and my sister was busy running for a state senate seat in Tn.( which she won...wooohoooo! ) so that's why we have hired sitters. I still go to Selma every other weekend and some in between , when needed. Oh and my son got married in early November as well, so the latter part of 2012 was crazy, in many ways ! John Allen married a wonderful young woman, Lori and I now have a 5 year old grandson, Brady! He is a precious child and has quickly stolen my heart! Dan has had some medical problems as well, but we are hanging in there, as best we can.
Now, on to the cards. My friends Sally and Sharon have B'days a week apart and we celebrated them both at the lake this week, so I made both cards kinda similar. I didn't want one to think I made the other one a better card  hahaha    I used some beautiful Susan Winget paper by KnCo.,counted cross stitch material, twine and store bought flowers...egads !! My Expression died and I just haven't had the time to send it off or to drag out my Cricut Create machine. I did make the blue and green roses, using the Tattered Florals die and I hand cut the butterflies on the pink card. I also created bags for the cards, using glassine bags . I really had fun making everything!!!
I hope to be back on a more regular basis now, if the Lord's willing and the creek don't rise!
Thanks for taking a peek!    xoxoxoxo

18 comments:

Sonya

Oh Joy...I'm beyond thrilled to hear an update from you. I'm so sorry for all the rough times you have had, but please know that I've often thought about you and your beautiful crafty talents. It is so nice to see you back online and sharing your beautiful cards. Today's are just lovely. welcome back!

Esther

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Glenda

Gorgeous cards and bags! So great to see Purtty Paperz again! Your work is always pretty! So sorry to hear of all the family troubles! Sending prayers your way!
Hugs!
Glenda

Creative M

WOW!!This is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
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Sarah

Glad to see you posting again, Joy! I wasn't nice enough to send you a note, but I have been missing you! Continue to take care of yourself and hope your folks are doing o.k.

Sarah

Ughhh! I forgot to tell you that I think your cards are beautiful!

Caroline

Oh Joy, it is fabulous to hear from you again and your beautiful cards. I just happened to stop by your blog and was sooooo excited to see a recent post. I have missed you soooo much. So sorry to hear about your rough times and congrats on a new dil and grand child. Again, so good to hear from you!

Caroline

Carol<><

Welcome back Joy!!! love see you making cards again, Sorry to hear the troubled year you had and praying for a better 2013 for you.
looking forward to seeing more,
Carol N<><

Diane Hodrick

Joy! What a wonderful surprise..life has sure been moving right a long for you. I can say, my dear, that you haven't missed a beat. Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous. Your talent has been missed. T. talks about you often. She really misses you. Good to see you in blogger world again. You have been missed. Congratulations, Grandma Joy. You were made to be in that role. Smiling ear to ear. Happy for you. Take care of yourself! Hugs!

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Sharon

You always make the most awesomely breathtakingly beautiful cards!!! And these are right up there!!! Awesomeness for sure!!!
I have really missed your creations. :)

Maria

Can't tell you how happy I was to see your post! Love your work and look forward to seeing more again!

R

I have missed your amazing cards on the Cricut MB.

So glad your posting again! Welcome back! :)

Linda (Threadbear)

Seeing you are back made my day! I was worried about you and so glad to see your latest posts. Love your beautiful new cards!!

Kelly

What awesome creations. So sorry to hear how you have spent the last year or so, hopefully things will get batter.

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This sight is dedicated to the art of card making....of which I am addicted ! I began making cards a few months before Dan was deployed to Iraq.I wanted to make sure he had a new card to open every day, so I used BlueMountian.Co and created him 2 months worth of cards !About a year ago I saw that famous infomercial for a little bug called a Cricut.Well, after watching it numerous times, I HAD to have it...and I ordered it!!!Then I found the Cricut Message Board and I hit pay dirt!!! I was, and still am so inspired by some of the talented women on that board!I have to give them credit for making me the card maker that I am today!!!
Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart!
I hope you enjoy looking at my cards, as much as I enjoy making them!!!