Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Choose what brings you joy

Choose what brings you joy!  I hope that you are able to do that. I am so thankful that I am.  I was given a wonderful second chance at life.  I was able to stop being an electrical engineer and now I work with special needs kids at the local elementary school.  I realize not everyone can do that.  It's about a 2/3 pay cut, but fortunately my DH was supportive.  Kuddos to him.
This wonderful stamp is from Coco Palm Studio on Etsy, they have a Facebook page you can check out, Cocopalmstudio as well as in Instagram @cocopalmstudio
Question of the day:  Speaking of joyful events, which holidays are your favorite?  do you make cards for them?  Christmas, Halloween, Easter? do you have a wedding or child birth coming? do you like stamps for baby theme?  how about wine? religious?  I may have that unusual stamp topic you want lol!!

I made a lot more Christmas cards this year than usual, I always make a bunch of fun Halloween cards and a few Thanksgiving theme cards (I just love pumpkins and Scarecrows).  I will do Valentines as you have seen, but only a few of the others.  I don't have any unusual theme cards coming up.  I have a bunch of adorable Unity stamp wine theme stamps to give away....

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61 comments:

Larisa said...

Oh, nice card with beautiful lace again.. It is so wonderful!!
I like the new year's eve more. :)

lora said...

I really Love your creation and you are indeed a talented person. As for me I don't like any holidays..

Jeanie Ellis - Scrapbookingmamaw said...

What a beautiful card and sentiment! Christmas and Easter are my fave holidays. Yes, I make cards for them. I do have a wedding coming up. My grandson is getting married in August. :) I do have a relationship with Jesus Christ. :)

jane stillman said...

A gorgeous card, love the sentiment and bling. I like to make Christmas cards because it means I can be in touch with people far away, and those I've not perhaps spoken to all year xx

Frances Freeman said...

I had to purchase spa day!!!! How fun is that!!!! I really love all the images... on my favs

ionabunny said...

Cute card. Congrats on being able to pursue your dream. I went from working in a lab to Norway where I grow vegetables, keep rabbits and chickens and craft. Life is good. Money isn't everything. It's important to be happy. I love halloween, made all my own xmas cards last year and don't have so much wedding or baby stash. I love animals, especially unusual ones and llamas/alpacas are so cool. Hugz

Vivian Foo said...

Love those laces. Chinese New Year is my favorite with two week of celebrations. Stamps for wine sound interesting.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love the card. Christmas is my main cardmaking holiday, though I enjoy creating them for others, with one exception: Halloween

Susan T. said...

Beautiful card - the colors, embellishments, and image are perfect together! I LOVE the sentiment- Choose Joy is my motto! I’m so glad you were able to follow your passion. The kiddos are lucky to have you.

I make cards for every holiday and birthdays. I’ve been sending friend or “just because”cards more frequently and unfortunately, have needed more sympathy cards than usual.

sammi said...

Such a pretty card - and, as usual, love the turkish lace! I love seeing the variety of laces and also love hearing about your experiences. Such a nice, personal touch when you share your storeis. Kudos to you for having such an amazing hubby! I love Halloween and Christmas and make cards for both. I also really enjoy making pet themed cards, wedding cards and baby cards.

Karen Neil said...
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Karen Neil said...

Lovely image, and you have used my favourite colour. Such a fun card. Has pop and fun.

Gwyneth said...

Fab image and great card Holley.

I make a lot of Christmas cards every year, but none for hallween, rarely make an Easter card, never thanksgiving. As I ake cards to sell in the chapel where a good portion of the money goes to the Sunday School I do like religious images duch as nativity for Christmas or crosses for sympathy, but no wording.
Gg

sherry Brown said...

oooh love this stamp. I haven't heard of that company before. I tend to scrapbook more than make cards now, so I like religious stamps, word stamps. Any occasion, and I love to Bible Journal for the past couple of years. My card making has been strictly for my mom in the last couple years. She loves to receive hand made cards, and keeps every one of them.

Linda Simpson said...

Sassy image and again wonderful lace. I suppose my favourite is Christmas love making Christmas cards and using my favourite images, penguins and snowmen.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Yvonne Krijgsman said...

Lovely card Holley and my all time favourite time of the year is christmas..So I love to make christmas cards the whole year...

Stacy H-W said...

That’s awesome that you are able to do the work you love! Your card is great! I love that flirty image! I love Christmas the most and I do make cards for it!

monique said...

Christmas for sure yes make a lot of cards for it fab card from you

Jackie T said...

Hi Holley your card is gorgeous I love it. I make a lot of cards for Christmas but I do like making them for Easter too. Take care. Hugs Jackie

montagnava@aol.com said...

I design my own Christmas card as I am an artiest. The last couple of years I've been doing snow scenes from our National Parks. Love Halloween and especially pumpkins. Currently I am working on Easter theme and am making bunnies and Easter eggs embellishments. Would you like me to send you some. I've been making a lot of them using up my scraps.
I don't have wedding or child births now in my family. Not much on wine or religious themes.
Hope that answers all your questions.
Have a great day.
Virginia Montagna

Candy Meyers said...

Another cute card. Great job, Holley.
I love Christmas, Easter and birthdays. Yes, I do cards for all of them.

Gaye Valle said...

I really like the colors in this card. No wine for me. I make cards for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and I did make some Valentine's this year. I especially like nativity stamps and dies. I am a Christian. We do know a young couple who are expecting a baby and I enjoy making baby cards and scrapbook pages.

Sandra said...

Love this card, great image and sentiment!!

I make birthday cards, Christmas cards, a few Halloween ( just because I love Halloween, never send them out to friends here, only to USA if I don't forget), and wine cards for my sister, just a little joke between the 2 of us, :D

Dana M said...

Such a fun card, gorgeous lace and pretty sparkle! I make Christmas cards but rarely do other holidays. Lately I have been on the hunt for stamps for baby cards and welcome to your new home cards.

Pat said...

Love that lady in red, Holley! When it comes to holidays, I am like you in that I am the mistress of the dark, the bony and the sexy. Halloween is my ultimate favorite season. I love to decorate, make cards and create a few mixed media/assemblage pieces to add to my growing collection.
Christmas is #2, and I can always always use birthday anything. The men in my life are gone, so father's Day, Anniversary and Valentine's Days are out.

Shabneez said...

Super card Holley - we are fortunate to be able to do what we love with the support of our families. I don't use alcohol on my projects other than pens - haha! I craft for most of the holidays certainly Christmas, Valentines, Halloween (I have limited supplies for this), Mother's and Father's Day and make new baby, teacher, wedding and birthday cards often. Shabneez x

Lucie Horowitz said...

Cute card! I love Halloween and Christmas cards. I sent over 150 Christmas cards this year. I participate in an ATC swap called the Halloween Broom Ride. I can't find that many wine stamps, but I don't search for them.

Karenladd said...

How wonderful that you are able to share your talents for education, and making a contribution in such a direct way. I love making cards for Christmas, Valentines, Halloween, and birthdays. Don't make cards for St. Paddy's Day, or Mothers and Fathers day as my parents are both gone. I don't use any religious themes but I like cute Easter images and designs. Always up for fun animal stamps, especially cats and dogs!

bissecat said...

Wow lady in red.Love this card .I like make cards Christmas.Baby and Wedding cards is my favorite.Vine stamps i dont have .

Christine Telega said...

Great card. My favourite holliday is Halloween. You must have an endless supply of that lace. It looks perfect on every card.

Audrey R said...

Holley- you are an inspiration! I make cards for all holidays except for St Patrick's Day. I also make birthday, baby, wedding, sympathy, friendship, graduation, thinking of you .... masculine cards, sewing, quilting, golf, classic cars, the card game bridge. I love cupcakes! I have been looking for sayings to go with eye glasses die cuts I have and don't have any bicycle stamps or dies! Thanks for caring.

Kaye Greening said...

Wow, I love this stamp.

barbara macaskill said...

Love this sassy stamp!
You are an amazing woman! Working with special needs children is a hard, enriching, stressful and challenging job and anyone who can do it deserves a special place in Heaven! For all the hard parts of the job there are also so many wonderful things about it. Watching a special needs child master something and knowing you had a part in that victory is so rewarding and heartwarming! I am so glad your husband supports you!
I make Christmas, Birthday, Sympathy, Thinking of You, Baby Shower, Wedding, Bridal Shower, Friendship, Valentines, Easter, Back to School and all other types of cards. My favorite ones are Just Because for the simple reason that they are always a surprise when they arrive and you get to choose what, if any, reason you sent it!
I am always looking for wine/beer themed stamps and dies. I would love a set of word stamps that can be combined to make some sassy sayings. Sorry, NOT Sorry!, Sorry You are Getting Older, Older isn’t better, It’s the BEST! Just a few ideas of words to combine to make your perfect sentiments Realistic race cars like stock cars,, maybe a racetrack with cars, flags and trophies to make racing scenes. A smaller set for cards and a bigger set for canvases or mixed media projects! A small set of numbers so the cars can be numbered included in the racing sets! Thanks for asking such great questions! You are taking my mind off my issues and I really appreciate that!

rachel duong said...

I really love this card, I am realizing that I love your people stamps. They are so expressive. For you question- I really like adorable babies and maybe stamps to do with pregnancy. I have nieces that just got married and it would be awesome to have those stamps ready to go! I love that you work with youth. I enjoy promoting the value of art for kids through our school district. These kids are our future and I also have a dream of stamping with seniors ( I am almost there!).

SHartl said...

Wow, this is another amazing and beautiful card Holley. Love that you are so talented and giving and I'm happy to know that you're doing what you love.
I like making Christmas, birthday, Just Because, Easter, Valentine,Halloween, and Thank you cards. I like to make cards that are humorous, and I love animals, food themes, and fun themes like circus or carnival.

No specific occasions coming up, but I don't have many stamps or dies for men and boys.

Christine said...

Once upon a time I had a young man serenade me with the Chris de Burgh song "Lady in Red". It was late at night and he was quite drunk but he insisted I stand there in my red coat while he sang to me!!! Quite a crowd gathered and they all applauded afterwards. He just took a bow and wandered off into the night ....
Thank you for reminding me of a happy memory.
X

Christine said...

Once upon a time I had a young man serenade me with the Chris de Burgh song "Lady in Red". It was late at night and he was quite drunk but he insisted I stand there in my red coat while he sang to me!!! Quite a crowd gathered and they all applauded afterwards. He just took a bow and wandered off into the night ....
Thank you for reminding me of a happy memory.
X

Laura Murphy said...

Christmas and Valentines Day are my faves...I used to make tons of cards but my crafty MoJo has kind of taken a vacation the past few years...

Blue Kube said...

Super cute card...I love the sassy look of Coco Palm Studio stamps. I like to remember people on their birthdays.

Jackiep said...

A cute card and saying and I'm glad you were able to do a job you love with help of your hubby.
Only holiday I make cards for his Xmas.

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful card Holley

I love making christmas cards but you didn't know that hahahahaha
Gr Karin

Mel C said...

I make Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving cards & Wine cards are fun to make! (also make lots of Birthday and some Anniversary). Your card is cute, love your embellishments!

DJ said...

Christmas, birthday, Valentine, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Anniversaryand Thinking of You cards are my primary cards. I like to make wine cards too ( have many friends and family who enjoy a glass or two). I also have at least one grand baby being born this year.

Shelley said...

Love the red bling on that sexy lady card! I do make Halloween cards, not really any other holiday cards. I send cards for no reason, lol. I particularly enjoy the odd images, crystal balls, psychic, mermaids, freaky people and things, birds. I do not make baby cards or wedding cards.

Fikreta said...

its stunning card!
my favorite holiday is halloween
made cards for all holidays!

Jean said...

A lovely card. I enjoy making thank you cards instead of holiday cards.

StampNK said...

Most of the cards that I make are for Christmas, birthdays, get well and sympathy. I make a few cards for Halloween and Easter, but most of mine are Thinking of You etc. I don't make wedding or baby cards and don't have any unusual occasions coming up.
I always love seeing how well you color your images Holley, as I'm not very good at it myself. I love nature themes and animals and wouldn't mind a wine theme once in awhile.

Cindy Holmes said...

What a pretty card! She's very lovely! Hmmmmmm my ultimate favorite holiday? Easter for sure! Special cards types really no special type! I am kind of a newbee so for me any type is good!

cjknick said...

Super cute card & image. As for me, I wake up every day choosing joy but as life is, they days don't always turn out that way. But that's ok! My favorite holiday is my kid's birthdays. The biggest events of my life.

Scarlett said...

Love your card - I mostly make Christmas cards to send out. Much nicer that bought ones for sure.

Gail Hutchinson said...

Beautiful card. Christmas is my favourite celebration and my favourite for making cards as well

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DonnaMundinger said...

Love this sassy image! What a cute card. You had me at wine theme! Wine brings me great joy! LOL I love making Christmas and Halloween cards. Also birthday. Rarely send them out, though. My BAD! Love when I can hand deliver. xxD

Amy Martin said...

Love this card!! And the sassy image. I do more thinking of you or Thank you cards. I like funny and sarcastic so wine cards would be great. Also do masculine cards.

Denise Bryant said...

Great card! Love the textures and colors!
I do love making Christmas and Halloween cards! Those are my favorite holidays to make cards for. Maybe a little Easter and Valentines too. Fall is my favorite season as I love the colors and the leaves. I do like wine theme too love Unity stamps. I just bought a wine glass die from MFT to make some fun shaker cards. I figured I could use it with some cute confetti shapes and sequins for any holiday or event!

Rhonda Miller said...

Great card. I like Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day and Halloween. I usually make at least a couple cards for most holidays, but make quite a few for Christmas. I have a few weddings coming up and there are always babies on the way.

Kathy said...

Beautiful card! I make tons of Christmas cards. I usually start around the beginning of May. I personalize each family card and also some for close friends. I wasn't familiar with Coco Palm so I was pleased to find a Coco Doll perfect for one of my nieces. I do birthdays, weddings, babies, graduations, new house, and almost every other special event you can think of. Recently I've had several retirements. I do other holidays when the mood hits me. I'm working on some St. Pat's cards for the family children--should be a huge surprise for them all.

Melodyscraps, mixed media goddess said...

Scrumptious lace! I love things that bring me joy!

Wine theme stamps could be fun!

Twylia Bell said...

Your coloring is so good on your card! I make a lot of Christmas Cards; birthday cards through out the year for family; Valentine cards; retirement cards; anniversary cards--my in-laws just celebrated their 60th!; Easter cards; wedding cards; sympathy cards; and I'll be making a card shortly to welcome our first grand-child! So baby cards and children's birthday cards are in my future! I don't like wine stamps; but I do like the religious ones especially when they have scripture verses. Encouragement cards are ones I have begun to make as well as some Graduation cards!

Linda Dicks said...

Super cute card of encouragement. Favorite topics are religious and encouragement

Jennifer Dillon said...

Love this fun card Christmas and Halloween and I have a wedding anniversary and a baby Birthday card and a baby card also.