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I'll be seeing you!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Hello, everyone!!!  Wow, it seems like forever since I've been around!!!  LOL!  I hope you're all well.

I've been really busy, among other things, preparing 3 projects for this weekend.  On Friday I'll be presenting my monthly DT project over at Pam's; on Saturday I'm guest designer for Sheila's weekly challenge and I'm also participating in Jean's and Tina's "Gobble Til You Wobble" blog hop.  So I'll have two (2) project posts on Saturday.  I do hope you'll all come around to see all 3 projects I'll be presenting to you, and that you'll have some fun in the challenge and hop!!!  There'll be prizes at both!!!  All the details will be available on each individual/specific post!  Now that I have all these projects ready -- and one for today -- I can take some time to focus on visiting with you a bit later because Ive really missed you the last few days.

A bit of good news is my scan-test result showed I have an undeveloped "something" in my kidney that never developed from childhood which is causing the blood in my urine, so now I'm being referred to a urologist to find out what can be done about it-- sorry, if it sounds gross; however, it's better than being told it was cancer which, thank God, I wasn't!  So that's good news!  Isn't it funny how things always seem to catch up with you so unexpectantly?!!!  Totally caught me off-guard that I was "undeveloped"!!!  LOL!

Now on to my project for today.  With Christmas almost upon us, I decided I better get started!  I'm one of those last minute folks that never finishes getting everything done... lol!!!   What I have is a  matching card and gift box:

Here's a picture of the inside of the card:

The paper I used is Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium; I don't think you can go wrong with anything made by Graphic 45... lol!  And although you may not be able to see it,  I also used lots of stickles!!!  (Maybe if you click to enlarge it.)  Other than serious needing to get out and purchase a new paper cutter, I love how this set turned out with all the bling!!!

Anyway, normally this time of year (if you remember last year), I'd be knee-deep into making soaps and toiletries to sell to several once-a-year only customers.  As I've had to decline this year due to timing issues (and a possible vacation), I hope to have a few more holiday projects to share with you prior to this year-end than last.  And with the holiday seasons upon us and out-of-town family visiting, I'm hoping my aunt will be plenty occupied to allow me a little more "breathing" room... lol!!!

Well, I'm off to finish up some chores but I'll be back to begin my visits with you in a little while!!!

Hugs, thanks so much for taking time to stop by, and...

I'll be seeing you!


Becky Dunham said...

These are gorgeous Audrey! I must agree with your comment about G45 - there is nothing they make that I don't adore :) I am so glad you scan turned out well. It is not gross to me - I am a medical transcriptionist - blood in your urine is nothing compared to what I type every day! Sounds like you have been a busy girl. I will try to make it around to the hop this weekend - I love hops, but started a new work schedule so now I work Sunday thru Thursday and Saturday is my only day to spend with my family so I don't know how much hopping I will be able to do. Still, Louis is 19 and never home, Layna is 17 and Kira is 14 and they always seem to be holed up in their bedrooms or hanging with friends. Greg, my hubby, will be perfectly happy sitting in front of the tube or if the weather is nice he might go for a horseback ride (I do not join in on that because of my asthma), so I might be able to "play".

You always leave such sweet comments on my blog :) Hope you get some time to yourself soon.

Angi @ CokiePop said...

So happy to hear the good medical news. Hoping you feel better soon. Love your gorgeous project. Hugs!

Ohhh Snap said...

Beautiful card! You are so right about Graphic45. And excellent news!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh what a beautiful set.. and I agree Graphic 45 is so gorgeous.. AND so happy to hear that it's not cancer... and that you are just undeveloped. lol I hope that it isn't going to be too serious trying to get it fixed...
I will definitely be stopping by to see all your gorgeous projects that you have been creating... and I hope your auntie continues to let you have a little breathing spell... I know how hard that is my friend... sending you lots of love

Judy said...

Oh, Audrey, I am sooo glad you are just "undeveloped" and not anything worse -- tee hee!
Your card and "bag" are wonderful :-) You are right -- Graphic 45 is the best!

Charlotte said...

Audrey, Oh, I am soooooo glad to hear your news. What a relief to know it is not cancer. I know you feel so much better just hearing this news.

I love your cardand gift box. I just love ht elook of vintage Christmas things. This is just so pretty.

Love That Bug said...

I just wanted to stop by to let you know that I am praying for you that all goes well.
Many hugs and love to you sweetie

Patti J said...

Well, I am SO happy to hear that you are undevloped, rather than to hear that you have cancer! The is, indeed, good news. Your project is beautiful, and always! I so love Graphic 45 - what a fabulous product they offer! Take care, can't wait to see what you've been up to!!

Cricut Couple said...

Oh Audrey, sounds like very good news! Of course, the best news would be nothing wrong at all, but you sound very relieved. Your projects is perfect like they always are and you are SO right... you just can't go wrong with Graphic 45. I got some Christmas stuff from them and it's so pretty that I am afraid to mess it up, so it's still just sitting there. Sometimes, I can be such a paper hoarder. Hee! Hee! Can't wait to see all your Christmas goodies, but I hope you get to take time to enjoy them. Nothing worse than having to craft in a rush. It's supposed to be fun. Hee! Hee!

Rhonda Emery said...

what a gourgeous gift set audrey it is amazing I too am on the blog hop with you this weekend yea hope you get better fast.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super card and matching box! Stay well!

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

So glad to hear you are undeveloped! haha, no cancer, that is GREAT news!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be looking forward to your upcoming posts!

Great job on this card. I like the vintage feel of it! The box is awesome, I love the shape you used!

Hope your aunt has plenty of company to keep her company for a while! You take care of yourself and I will be praying for an easy treatment for your underdevelopment. :-)

♥ Hugs girlie! ♥

Ladybug said...

Audrey --- firstly, that's great news that your results didn't show the BIG "C". WhoooHoooo!!

Secondly --- LOVE your card!! Looking forward to seeing your upcoming projects. :-)

Take care, my friend!

Jean said...

Great card and box Audrey!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Glad to hear the good news, and what a lovely set you created, awesome!!!

PinkBlingCrafter said...

Great news Audrey!! Take care of yourself:) Love your projects with the beautiful paper chosen!! Love them

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

I was just thinking about you and your holiday projects last year...I am glad you are not going to overwork yourself, I am sure some people will be sad about not having your products.
Girl, I swear you are the busiest person.
Glad your results are no cancer...wheww!
Your box and card are beautiful and such a fun project to share

lovemypaper said...

Super cute card and Box! We all love good news take care of yourself!

Monique Barr said...

You go God, I rejoice with you and your husband for this awesome news. I just love this set. We are okay, got some new things going on and have not been around a lot also. Have a bless day

Vee said...

What a beautiful card and box - good idea for christmas. I've followed your wonderful blog for a while now - although never commented before - and am always inspired by your creations.
Great "medical" news.
Vee xx

Staying Crafty said...

love your card and box :) I'm glad the medical news was good, those types of things can be so scary until you have answers.

Carole P said...

A lot of greats, today, Audrey! Great news about your kidney not be cancerous. Great card, great gift box and great paper. I agree about Graphic 45! A great way to start a spectacular project!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wonderful news about your test results!
Love your gift card/box set and you are right you can't go wrong with those papers! Can't wait to see all your projects.

Mary said...

Look at you with making cards! I love it! Hey, what toiletry recipes do you have? I LOVE the soap and am looking to make a lotion to go with them for Christmas presents, Any ideas, lol. Glad your scan was good news.Hugs~Mary

Beebeebabs said...

Thanks for stopping by Audrey - I have a lot of catching up lol. I am so glad to hear your scan test was not too serious - but I am still praying for the best of health for you. I love love love your project you always use the right choice of paper tfs!!!

Peggy T. said...

Audrey, So glad to hear the results of your scan showed no cancer. Hopefully the Urologist will have a simple fix. Your card and gift box are GORGEOUS. I've never used G45 paper. Where do you get it? How have I missed this.

Lisa said...

I as so glad to hear that your test results were not too serious, Audrey!! I'll keep you in my prayers for continued good health! Your card and matching gift box are simply amazing! I love the vintage look! The paper you used is so awesome!! I'll be back for all of your events this weekend!! Have a great evening :)


Barb's Boys Inspired said...

Hi there girlfriend! Glad the news wasn't serious! You're always so sweet to leave comments...love hearing from you...and I love your Graphic 45 paper and your matching card and gift bag set!

Nancy said...

So happy that your results were good and not cancer! What a relief for you! I love your card and gift box. So vintage looking! I will return to see the rest of your projects.

"Um Buggin" said...

Hi Audrey, how are you my friend. I have been slacking on blog hopping myself lately, but I sure appreciate your visits to my site. I am so happy to hear you are busy with D/t projects, its has been a challenge for me to get in the crafting mood since the lost of my sister, but I am trying, Love your card and gift box, just perfect for a lovely little hidden treasure inside. Stay safe, catcha soon, over the weekend.

Hugz, xx


Pam said...

I am glad Audrey that its wasnt the C word. Get better soon sweet friend. Love the card and purse/bag.

~BridgetL~ said...

Audrey that is absolutley wonderful news. Thank God it wasn't the big C. With all you have going on you always keep so upbeat. That is what I love about you. Love your card and matching gift box. Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Take a little time to just chill :)

The Archiving Angel said...

Audrey, so relieved to know it was NOT the "c" thing. I truly appreciate that in spite of these crazy things going on you remain optimistic, cheerful & crafty. We all love seeing what you bring us.
Thanks for sharing it with us. This project here is so lovely.
You are on a roll!
Keep generating those gems.