Thursday, February 28, 2019

I'm so grateful

I thought this was just the perfect card to end the month on.  I am so grateful to all of you who are celebrating with me and so very thankful to all the wonderful sponsors who provided prizes this month.  Thanks so much for all your support year after year.  Please think about all those around you who suffer from Epilepsy. It's an often quiet issue that unless the person is having drop seizures, it is unknown how hard it is on the person.   I am very thankful to have had multiple brain surgeries that have stopped most of my medical issues, including my seizures and their side effects.  Huge praise to Dr Aboumatar and the wonderful staff at Austin Epilepsy.

This adorable stamp is from Unity Stamps.  I am totally enamored with this particular artist and have gotten a bunch of her adorable sets.  I am also using a great piece of Turkish lace and a cute little flower embellishment that I bought at some store in Istanbul.

Last Question of the day:  any other fun things you like that you want me to know?  any requests?


Have you checked the winner list today?  click here 


So, What happens now?  OK, so Friday I will post a card in the morning like usual, and by tomorrow evening will post the final winners of today's posting.  Late friday evening I will post a grand prize listing of all the bigger items and goodies like giftcards to stores.  Then come the following day, the crazy part starts which is filling up packages and getting them in the mail!  Each day I hope to be posting a list of who's package got into the mail that day.  So keep your eyes on the list each day.

56 comments:

SHartl said...

It's us who are so grateful Holley...to you for always inspiring us and for sharing your story. We have a family friend right now who is suffering from uncontrolled seizures after having a stroke several years ago and it has really affected his life. I'm glad that you have been able to overcome your epilepsy through surgery and medications and wish you a lifetime to success!
Thank you to the people who donated prizes, and to you for this fun month of giveaways and card shares. I love this adorable Unity stamp and card...especially that cute little dog.
As for requests, I will love anything you send but am especially hoping for cute animal stamps and dies, or one of the Tim Holtz Crazy critter sets. Cats and dogs are always on my list, and I love vintage school themes. Thanks for an awesome time Holley!!

Scarlett said...

It's been a lot fun everyday coming to your blog and being inspired by you.
We are all blessed to have been a part of your celebrations.
All crafting is fun and relaxing, which is why we do it, and any new product or brand is always a new adventure to embark on.
All the best for the coming year of good health and happiness.xx

montagnava@aol.com said...

Thank you for the fun filled month and for gathering all the wonderful prizes you are giving away. I've enjoyed all the cards and projects you have shown.
The little girl and dog are very cute and the coloring and color scheme you chose is perfect.
Growing up my family we always had a dog in our house. Now my pets are 2 Calif. desert tortoises, 44 years old now.
Blessings to you for another seizure free year.
Love the lace you used on this card.
Can't wait to see what you send to me. I am having fun working on Easter cards and making lots of Easter embellishments too. If anyone would like some, I'd be glad to send them out to you.
Virginia Montagna

Denise Bryant said...

What a darling card! Love the sweet image you used and that lovely Turkish lace! I've enjoyed your blog posts so much and am also thankful for your generous giveaways and to the sponsors too. Happy that your surgeries have been such a help to you and I also want to wish you a very healthy future!
About me, I am crazy about my Siamese cat, Coco. She rules the roost here! I have 2 birds also, Clyde the cockatoo, and Little Bird the Sun Conure.
I love making cards and using stamps and dies. I started stamping in 1986, when my daughter was in pre-school! I'm fairly new to digi stamps and not the sharpest on the computer, so it's a bit challenging for me but I am learning!
I retired 3 years ago from my job as a bookkeeper at a local grocery store, so I have more time now to craft!

Cindy Holmes said...

She is soooooo precious! I have really been enjoying seeing each new days card that you have created! I also would like to say how very happy I am for your wonderful blessed recovery too! You are truly a very special lady! Hmm fun things that I like? I love anything Coffee, Mermaids, Fairies, Cats, Butterflies, flowers related for card making! I also seem to have a major addiction to washi tape big time!

Karenladd said...

Thank you for a fabulous month! I am so happy to help you celebrate another seizure free year. Your story is so uplifting and positive that it can't help but be an inspiration. I donate a lot of my cards to local nursing homes and hospitals and always hope to bring some cheer to someone who needs a pick-me-up. Many seniors don't have family or regular visits, and always enjoy a handmade card and note.
I love stamped sentiments, vintage images, sewing themes (great for cards for seniors), and cute animals like dogs and cats. I am also always looking for teddy bears and rabbits and would love to toss my name in the hat for a Mama Elephant set! Your cards this month were all so beautiful, and your coloring skills are just wonderful! Thank you again Holley!

sammi said...

Thank you so much, Holley, for sharing your milestone with us, all month long! I'm so happy for you to be seizure free for 9 years! Wishing you many many more!

KarinsArtScrap said...

what a sweet card and beautiful Holley.

Holley I wouln't know to ask anything you do so much.............over the years I'm so happy what you all sent to me and I'm use them.
Thank you for doing this every year and that there are many years to come.

Gr Karin

stamping sue said...

Adorable card.
I am so happy you are so fortunate to have found your Dr. to take care of you. Enjoy!
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Susan T. said...

What a beautiful card and perfect sentiment! The colors, embellishments, and lace are perfect together. Your continued health is a wonderful reason to celebrate and it is wonderful of you to share that with us. Your cards and upbeat attitude are an inspiration- thank you for that daily “fix”, and thank you and all of those who are sharing the amazing prizes. I send birthday, holiday, sympathy, and just because cards, and am always on the look out for masculine stamps/dies, sentiments for all cards, and embellishments. Thanks for such a fun month!

ionabunny said...

Hi Holley. Wow, didn't February whizzy whizz past. It's been such fun visiting your blog and seeing all your wonderful creations and celebrating this awesome milestone with you. I hope that you continue to go from strength to strength and I know your story inspires other facing difficulties in their lives. I love dies and real stamps, I do cute and real and spooky and scary, love animals and birds and under the sea, but probably have enough flowers and butterflies. Anything you feel like sending will be just perfect and please do strip off any packaging so it is flat and light. Stamps and thin dies are pretty sturdy items although I did once receive a monkey from Cheery Lynn bent like a banana!! A couple of runs through the big shot and he was good as new. Hugz

Gaye Valle said...

I too love Unity Stamps! So grateful for you, sweet lady! This is my favorite stamp and card this month. It has been a fun month. You will be in my prayers along with all of those suffering from epilepsy, especially my cousin.


stampingwithpeggie.blogspot.com said...

So thankful that the doctors were able to help you. What an adorable card. I love Unity and this stamp is just sooo... cute!

Em Louise Fairley said...

As others have said, it's us who are both thankful and grateful to have you in our lives. God bless you sweetheart xoxo

Larisa said...

Hello Holley!! It's really great to be inspired by you. I love yo see your new profects every day, and I try to creat a bit myself as I can.. Thank you!!! ANd this new girly card is very positive and wonderful as always.. :)

lora said...

It was really very positive to find a new job in your blog every day, and to participate in this marathon. It is a pity that the month passed very quickly. Thanks for the tremendous creative energy that has spilled from every post on your blog.
This card is adorable.

barbara macaskill said...

Every single one of us who has participated in your Celebration of Life event over the last 9 years is a winner! Even if we don’t win a prize we have had the honor of being a part of the best prize in the world... Celebrating the health and victory over death by an amazing woman who is full of inspiration and love for others! You are still with us because you still have so much left to share with the world and I don’t mean material things!
Your card is beautiful and I am honored to be able to celebrate with you over the last few years! My wish is that your celebration goes on for many more years! Thank you for letting me be a part of this awesome event!

Vivian Foo said...

Very sweet card. Enjoy all your inspiring cards and appreciate your hosting this annual event and sharing the joy of your good health and to many more years too. To me knowing your a beautiful & generous person inside and out. Thank you.

Laura Murphy said...

I think you are a very brave and strong woman and an amazing artist!!

Jeanie Ellis - Scrapbookingmamaw said...

Holley, what a sweet card! Love it! I'm grateful for the hard work you put into this. I've enjoyed it so much! And grateful to God for seeing you through all the surgeries!
I love anything shabby chic and vintage. I love coloring portraits.
Godspeed, Holley! xx

Blue Kube said...

Cute card and sweet image. I've really enjoyed seeing your cards everyday and celebrating your good health another year! Yay!!!

jane stillman said...

A beautiful card again today Holley. Thank you so much for your generosity xx

Mel C said...

I love making cards too, as for request: Tiny flowers to put on cards. And for stamp ideas: TX state, Barns, Boots, Teacups, Teapot. Thanks for celebrating with us, God bless you!

DJ said...

This is a beautiful card and the sentiment is awesome! As I have told you in the past, I have a cousin who is just a few years older than me who has had epilepsy since she was a teen. Unfortunately due to other health issues she is now residing in a long term nursing facility. For quite awhile she worked in a newsletter for the facility but now she has trouble typing so she isn’t doing that as much. I am so happy for you that you have been blessed with great doctors who were able to give you the relief from seizures so you could have the quality of life you deserved.
I love crafting, although I have not been doing much lately due to personal reasons but when I do I love using cute stamps - children, animals, old ladies. I also am a tea drinker so teapots and tea cups are always fun for me.
Thank you and all the companies who do generously provided the awesome prizes for this year. I know this takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to put together and I love that you share this special time with all of us.
Thank you again and hugs.

Jackiep said...

A lovely card this is my kind of stamp and good sentiment too. Can't believe month over. Hers to you celebrating anithan next year

Candy Meyers said...

Oh, I really like this image and card. Lots of diverse detail. Great job!
I appreciate you doing this give away each year. So kind of you!

Gwyneth said...

Your card looks great. You have given us a month of lovely makes to look at and fab prizes up for grabs. To have gathered so much together to give away must have taken you so mych time. I thank you.
I am so pleased that you found a doctor who found a way to treat you and your condition. And happy that you decided to cellabrate the sucess of the opps by having this month long event.

You are an inspiration to many. I can't say I have any specific requests just want to say thank you for givibg us a chance to get so much.
GG

Linda Simpson said...

Firstly I want to say what a fabulous card, love the image, sentiment and lace.

Secondly, I have been a follower for a number of years now Holley and each year in February you do an outstanding job of celebrating your life! You share with us you hopes and your faith in all that you achieve after such a traumatic experience.

I thank you as I am sure many of your followers do for your generosity each year in giving your time in spreading the love.

Wishing you continued good health.
Big Hugs
Linda xxx

Trish said...

Another gorgeous card Holley, you are blessed with this great gift. What a privilege to share this special month yet again with you. Many hugs xx

Lucie Horowitz said...

Adorable card. Thank you for sharing your talent and special month with all of us. I wish you many more years of good health.

As far as any special requests, I have none. I do love to make quilted cards and love scraps. That's the reason my room looks like a tornado has visited it. I like embellishments, peel off stickers (particularly borders and lines) and embossing powders. I don't really need dies or stamps.

Thank you again for sharing this month with us.

Dana M said...

Such a sweet and beautiful card! Thank you for bringing awareness to epilepsy and sharing your story. I have thoroughly enjoyed your celebration and wish you many years of health and happiness. I love to make cards, I'm much better at completing small projects than large. I have so many partially completed large projects of all crafty types. I enjoy new techniques, stamps, dies, inks and embellishments. Thank you!!!

Christine said...

What a gorgeous image! I love the way you've used it on this card.
Super.

Christine said...

What a gorgeous image! I love the way you've used it on this card.
Super.

Amy Martin said...

The most perfect card to end the month with. I am so Thankful to celebrate with you every year. Celebrating a miracle and your story. Im so happy to call you friend. Thank you for celebrating and sharing with us. Thank you to all the sponsors who donated prizes. And Thank you for the best thing of all. Inspiring us all.
Not much for special requests beyond what Ive already commented this month.
Cant believe we are on the last day!!! Here is to many more years of seizure free Holley!!💕💞💕

Rachel Duong said...

This is a adorable card. I love my little dogs and this stamp is so cute. Thank you and congratulations for sharing your story with us. I admire your strength and courage to tell others about yourself so that it makes a positive impact on all of us. I wish you many years of health and happiness. This month has been a really fun celebration and I will miss seeing your creations and learning about these companies I have now discovered. I will think of Turkish lace when I see your entries on Facebook. It is beautiful! Cheers to you!

Kathy said...

Darling card with beautiful embellishments. Thanks for sharing your celebration with all of us. Your story is inspiring and I am so grateful you chose to share it. Here's to the next great year! Cheers!

Yvonne Krijgsman said...

Precious card Holley special for those who have epilepsy..Thank you so much for this great month with all those lovely prizes that we can win here..And thank you for making all those beautiful cards.XX So much work for you this month but I think you did it with love....XX

monique said...

thanks for everything you inspiring not only with your cards but also as a person

BethW said...

Wishing you continued health. Thank you again for sharing your recovery by gifting so many people. Please and love always.

Melodyscraps, mixed media goddess said...

Today's card is gorgeous! I heartily agree with the sentiment. I am glad to have you here. You inspire me!

I am just a little ink crazy right now. I'm trying new things I've never tried before, and trying to use colored inks more. If I was going to wish for any "extracuricular" thing it would be ink.

Linda Dicks said...

Love love love this card ! Unity is great. It has been a fun month. You are a very courageous person. You are definitely to be celebrated. God is Good !

Jackie T said...

Hi Holley this is a stunning card I love. I can't believe that February is over now. Congratulations on all you have achieved. Take care. Hugs Jackie

StampNK said...

This really is the best card to end the month with, and this is such a cute image. I had dogs in the past but can't have one now, so that little dog is the next best thing. What a great milestone for you, celebrating your 9th year of health. Next year will be ten years and I imagine that will be a real occasion for you. Thank goodness for medical advances that made this possible. Thank you for such a fun month of inspiration and cheer.
My only requests are for dies that aren't too intricate because I have trouble gluing tiny pieces. I'm also not a very good colorist so people stamps are also difficult for me, but I do love cats, dogs, animals, nature, and images like the TE set A Glimpse Inside. That's about the extent of my coloring skills. I will be grateful for any prize that I win, and will put it to good use.
Thank you again and here's to another healthy year for you!

Audrey R said...

Holley - I love your card! I agree, a wonderful way to end the month! I will love whatever you give to me. Thanks so much for your generosity!!!

Pat said...

Holley, it has been a pleasure and an honor to celebrate your second chance of a normal life with you. Bless Dr. A for his successful surgeries and for your courage and patience throughout your ordeal. Thank you for your creative generosity and inspiration over the years. You were a major influence on my creative confidence, style and growth. Thank you! I hope you enjoy many healthy and happy (and creative) years to come. Take care.

Shell B. said...

Wow time flies and this February is no exception! Thank you for all the wonderful cards you’ve shared as well as all the wonderful sponsors that have contributed to helping your celebrating and most of all letting folks know about that there is help out there for those suffering for seizures.

I had a really bad scare recently and almost lost my female Australian Blue Merle Shepherd, veterinarian still has no idea what she came in contact with. I ended up having to administering IV’s at home to keep her alive.....Just thankful she pulled through, she’ll be 9 this August I tell ya they are your furry kids and loved ones.... I was a mental wreak!
Thanks again Holley for a fun month celebrating You!

Shelley said...

Holley I have so enjoyed celebrating with you over the last several years. My granddaughter has suffered from brain damage for 2 years now from an accident and has "mini" seizures, headaches, etc. Your results give me hope that she can also be "cured" someday. As for requests, I think I've made enough, lol. Although I am incorporating more stencils in my art these days. Thanks for a fun month!

Anonymous said...

What a perfect card to end the Month of Give Aways with. Your cards are something to aspire to. Your coloring is always perfect and the embellishments always compliment the image. I look forward every year to this February Event. It means one more your of good health for you.

Kaye Greening said...

Well done Holley another year accomplished..... keep up the good work...
Having this competition each year proves just how many cardies check their emails each day.
Thank you for your blog it is an inspiration ...xxx

Frances Freeman said...

Holley this was fun and fabulous and you did a terrific job.... wow you did so much work and organizing to get throug this. Thank you sooooo much for all the new places to get images and the look at all your fabulous projects and all your lovely lace. Thank you again for all your hard work.....💕

Jennifer Dillon said...

Holley I am so happy for you thank you for sharing your talent I love your blog and all your projects. I love this card the puppy is adorable.

Kathy said...

Love this Holley, its fab

Rhonda Miller said...

I love your card. Thank you for sharing all your inspiration.

Fikreta said...

Wonderful card!
Funny thing is that I have mess in my craft room past 2 weeks.
but pssst dont tell anyone :D

Sylvia Ames said...

A beautiful card as always Holley. We all enjoy joining you in your celebrations and wish you many more years of good health. You are always so generous at this time of year but it is not about the prizes you offer but being able to overcome serious health issues and having a positive outlook on life like you.

Sylv xx

Jan Ltc said...

Adorable card Holley xx Jan