Thursday, October 11, 2012

I'm Back Blog Candy

Fall

It's been a long time friends.  I find it hard to believe that I have not touched a stamp in 4 months.  This is my first card and I am still finding it hard to recapture my mojo.  This card is cased from a card I created a few years ago.  The image is from Squigglefly.  It is a digital stamped image by Marla Shega and one of my favorites.  It is called Scarecrow On His Wagon

I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful stamping friends.  In the last few weeks I have had 5 different emails from stampers encouraging me to come back.  THANK YOU for that push.  I just have not had any desire to stamp.  It used to be such a huge part of my daily life.  

Where have I been you ask....



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I spent some time this summer with my dad.  He is gathering in years and is having some health issues so the time we had together was precious. It is so hard to be away.  This is his 50th year of farming and he is still going strong.  The combine rolls no matter how old he gets.   His glass is always half full and he is so thankful for a prosperous life. 



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It's official I am a baseball mom.  This ever growing little man brings me much joy and laughter in my life.  He grounds me each and every day.  You can find me on weekends with a bleacher behind and I wouldn't change it for the world. 



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This little one has also entered my heart.  I spent a girls weekend in the beautiful mountains with my daughter and this sweet creature.  I miss all my daughters.  The little one is my niece who leaves me the sweetest messages on my answering machine making me miss her more each day.  
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Now on to the fun stuff.  I am giving away a $25 online gift certificate to one of my followers.  A welcome back gift and thanking you for not leaving me.  Just leave me a comment below on one of your MANY BLESSINGS.  The winner will receive via email a gift certificate to any online crafting sight as long as they offer this online option. I will pick a winner next Thursday.  

41 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so happy to see you back, Dawn! I've missed your wonderful creations and I've missed hearing what's going on in your life! I look forward to seeing your new projects and I know they will be even more gorgeous than ever since you took some time to spend with your family and get refreshed! One of my many blessings is that my Mom may be able to go home from the nursing home this week. That truly will be a blessing and prayers answered. Hugs to you, dear friend! Welcome back!

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  2. HI DAWN! DARLING card... I might have to look up that image! It's good to "see" you, and we miss you at Flourishes!!!

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  3. I have missed you SO much friend! I've been thinking of you often. I hope that this time with people you love has been really special. You have not lost ANY style my dear. Your coloring and composition are gorgeous as always. Hugs to you!

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  4. Welcome back! I have missed your beautiful coloring, and I see you haven't lost your touch! What a gorgeous fall card! I also haven't stamped in an incredibly long time, but only because I am blessed with a cute, healthy and rambunctious 18 month old daughter and am newly pregnant with our second child. Life is good!

    Connie K

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  6. Yeah, a Dawn card :) Just LOVE the maple leaves along the bottom (of course I have more than a slight addiction to maple leaves LOL).

    So glad you been able to spend time with those you love so dearly. Fifty years of farming is an amazing milestone!! Wow!! Hope all goes well with our dad's health - will say a prayer for him. I mirror your time at the ball field
    on the soccer pitch :) Downside is we play through the winter so lots of wet, cold times on the side lines coming up :( Was joking with a mom who told me she was about ready to buy a heated bikers outfit she saw - just plug it in, let it warm up and then you are good to go LOL!

    Big ((hug)) to you and welcome back to blog land :)

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  7. So happy to see you back, Dawn! Sounds like you've been doing what's the most important to you! LOVE your darling card!

    Please don't enter me in your giveaway because I certainly don't need anything. Just wanted to say I'm happy to see you stamping!

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  8. Waving hello girlie... So So GLAD to see you posting again. Sure do miss you. The pictures are awesome, gorgeous kids. Love the puppy picture. Now for the card... You have not lost your touch at all. Colored fabulous, awesome fall card. Big hugs and so glad to see you back.

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  9. Family must always come first. I lost my Dad this summer after a lengthy illness, and time spent with Him will always be precious to me. glad you are back!

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  10. Dawn, what a blessing to have that time to spend with your family. Looking back at these days, I am sure that you will not regret the time you spent with them. It is good to have you back. You are an amazing example of a godly woman who has her priorities in place! HUGS! Loved seeing the photos.

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  11. Welcome back!! I did the same thing while recuperating from a host of a health problems for 1 1/2 yrs.
    Your family is always first and stamping will always be something fun to get to when there's time. Your card is gorgeous. Looking forward to see more inspirations.

    I feel so blessed to be healthy and my family who supports me through everything.

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  12. Oh, Dawn, it' wonderful to see you! And you haven't lost a touch of your mojo! Beautiful fall card! So glad you,took time for family...and yourself! So important! Hugs, my sweet friend! yay!

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  13. I checked in here last week to see if you'd returned...and now here you are...so glad to see you back. Have missed all your inspirational work and I don't think you've lost your mojo at all. xx

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  14. I am so glad to see that you are back. I have missed your beautiful creations. Even though I have you on google reader, I came to your blog a couple of weeks ago just o check to see if I somehow missed your return. Welcome back!

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  15. So happy to see you back!! Your card is wonderful and captures autumn perfectly!!

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  16. Welcome back Dawn!!! I know you have had lots of changes this summer... and all for the good! Sometimes it's good to step back and get all our priorities figured out and realign our lives! I applaud you for doing what you needed to do to feel better and I hope you can just enjoy stamping for the fun thing it can be, and not feel like it's overtaking your life!!! I have checked in several times to see if you were back.... and I'm so glad to see your awesome fall creation! I love this stamp and your gorgeous coloring!!!

    Can't wait to get together. Since our last email I have been to a Dr. 3x a week, and then this vacation so my time has been so limited. I too am trying to get a few things (pain levels) under control so am praying the things I'm trying now will help!

    So much catching up to do when we can! I've missed you!!!
    hugs,
    Grace

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  17. Dawn, you have made my whole week! I have checked daily to see if you were back yet & have wrestled so many times with whether or not to email you but always decided against it. I knew you needed some time off & didn't want to intrude. I know your summer was well spent & was something you really needed. I'm so glad you were able to spend time with all those you love. Family should always come first. But I am so glad to see your beautiful cards again. This one is no exception. (Your beautiful framed card is still hanging above my desk as an inspiration) I am DELIGHTED to have you back!

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  18. What a beautiful card! and I love the embossed leaves. So glad you got to spend some time with your dad. I remember the last days of my dad's life and I will never forget those important moments. I'm so glad you are making time for him. My dad was the exact same way. 1/2 glass was always full. In addition, it's nice to see you supporting your son. That is so fun isn't it? :P To be honest with you, I've been slacking on visiting blogs so I had no idea that you had taken some time off. But, how funny I started catching up with my friends' blogs and voil! There you are! heehee Great timing! :P
    So glad your back. I got burned out too. I started to branch out into other mediums. Mixed media, art journaling and the like. Now I've come back to card making with a renewed perspective. I wish you the same too my friend. *hugs*

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  19. Kerry Piader (kerry2 on SCS)October 12, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    What a wonderful start to my day when I opened my email and saw that Dawn (My Stamping Thyme) was back. I am not writing this for the gift certificate......I'm writing just to say how much I have missed your beautiful card creations. You are such an inspiration to me and I appreciate that so much. I, too have taken some time off as we recently moved and it has taken time to set up our new home and completely redo a room for my card studio. It's been a year since I made a card but each and every day I feel that I still have the passion to continue this hobby that I love even though other things get in the way. I have seen where some of the best card makers have burned out and lost their creativity from being on design teams and that breaks my heart. In my eyes, you never lost your creativity. So glad you were smart and took some time out for yourself. Your photos display a wonderful family (and adorable dog too) and it was so nice of you to share those with us. Your fall card is just beautiful and I have to say again, I am so glad that you are back!!!!l

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  20. I'm so glad your back! I really missed you! Love your fall card!

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  21. hi dawn, welkom back so glad!!!!! i have realy missed you and your beautiful creations!!!!! beautiful pictures from your family!!!! and your card what can i say..... its gorgeous!!!
    see you soon xx petra

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  22. Dawn - I'm so glad you're back!! I can't believe you haven't even touched a stamp for four months!!I sure have missed your posts. Your card is wonderful - you haven't lost your touch, even if your mojo is slow in returning. Your pictures are awesome. What a great looking family. I have so many blessings in my life. One of my greatest is having one of my grandsons with me every day - I SOOOO enjoy having him here while Mommy and Daddy are working. There is just nothing like it!

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  23. What a wonderful card.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  24. YAY! It's so good to see you back creating Dawn! Sounds like you've had a jam-packed life for a while and you know what....that's wonderful considering what it's been packed with. :-) Your card is lovely as all your creations always are. Blessings? I have so many I can't count them all, but like you my family is my biggest one. Missed ya. :-) Hugs!

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  25. ((Hugs)) to you and welcome back to the stamping and blogging world...missed you bunches! I've always admired your work and you've been an inspiration not just with stamping, but for your priority setting and making God and family first in your life! So happy you got to spend time with your dad and other family members. I'm looking forward to flying to Ohio the weekend before Thanksgiving and will get to spend the whole week with my dad and my two brothers and their families! Oh yes...I love your card, too - lol! Kinda went off on a tangent there...

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  26. It's great to see you back Dawny and with such lovely family photos and a wonderful card! You may feel that your mojo isn't quite up to scratch but believe me - that is not evident from your card. Fabulous colouring and lovely textured design! I can't wait to see what you make next time! Hugs, Lesley

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  27. Hi Dawn!
    SO, So Glad your back......!
    Four months is a long time but not to long to spend with your precious family and friends! You know it's the best time you've had because it was such a big decision to start posting again.... But I'm glad you did...
    Love the pic of you Dad with the corn... how Lovely is that, holding what he loves to do!!
    And your son up to bat like a Pro!!!! He is having the time of his life too!!!
    What a Too Cute Pooch!! he steals the show you know!!! is he your?? or the Girls??
    Such a Beautiful Family, no wonder you had such a hard time posting again...
    I truly hope you continue to post and share your BEAUTIFUL Cards with us... I so enjoy them...

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  28. Dawn,so glad to see you back on your blog ! ... what a beautiful card ! I love the leaves and your fab coloring ! I just know that your mojo will come back fresh and inspiring. Hugs to you !

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  29. Your card looks beautiful! How great that you could spend time with your Dad and with your family. That's what summers are for.
    Hugs and smiles

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  30. Welcome back Dawn! Glad you spent time w/Dad and family and were able to relax! Your card is gorgeous! Love the coloring and textured leaves! Your mojo is at your fingertips!

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  31. Dawn, it is so good to have you back....I have missed your creations so much. When I saw your card I was so happy! I love your card. It is wonderful with the leaves and the way you coloured your scene is outstanding. I too find you need time away from the hobby to enjoy sooo many other things!

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  32. Simply beautiful CARD! It is always nice to spend time with family. Nice to see you are back & crafting!

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  33. Dawn it is so nice to see you back in the land of blogging, and to hear that you have enjoyed your family time and that you are ok. If Mr Mojo is lacking your card definitely doesn't show that at all, you haven't lost your touch. Love the addition of those leaves. Welcome back xx

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  34. Hey there, friend!! I am happy to see you back, and love your pictures, Dawn. Your card showcases the warm and rich colors of Fall, and it is beautiful!! Like so many others, I can see you have not lost your touch. Have fun with your blogging!!

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  35. Oh, I'm so glad to have you back, Dawn!!! Maybe also at Mo's:)I agree a bit of time off can do only good and spending time with your DAD worth all the cards in the world! You have a wonderful family sweetie, thanks for sharing those beautiful smiling faces with us!
    Great card and wonderful pics you have here! No idea why you girls are so concerned about that mojo...lol (you and Dorcas too), your cards are delightful, they've always been and will always be!
    Thanks for coming back!
    Hugs, Iulia

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  36. WELCOME BACK!!!!!! I see you've been enjoying life and that's so important. Smiles all the way around for that! And, seeing the smiles on your kids faces (and dad) is sooooooo heart warming. Gosh, I think even your pup is smiling! :-) HUGS GIRLIE! Love ya!

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  37. Welcome back Dawn!
    I saw another card of yours over at TSG and I got all excited that you were back. I do know how you feel,I have not really wanted to make a card in a long time. I know I have to make one once a week for my DT. It has been so crazy busy around here I am just not into making cards like I use to be, hopefully it will return.
    So on to your question... I am blessed that because I am so busy with my Children and there activities and get to spend this precious time with them because it goes by so quickly!
    Happy to see you back.
    Hugs, Heide

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  38. I have missed your talents these many months. I kept checking back to see if you were doing anything and low and behold then morning, there you are! I am blessed in so many ways but I guess I'm mostly happy to be a retired lady with time to do the things I love most. Gardening and crafting. I am also blessed daily by my grandson. He is becoming a wonderful young man right before my eyes!

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  39. A HUGE welcome back, Dawn....I used to check every week and had not been checking for the past few since I've been so busy. But, I'm glad to see you back and designing...I missed your cards! This one is lovely, as is your usual. I'm glad you got to spend time with your dad...mine is getting on in years too and every day is precious now. Welcome back!

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  40. Welcome back girl! I love the cute scarecrow with the embossed leaves. :)

    Such amazing photos. I totally understand why you would want to spend time with your father. Life is too short for all of us...we need to enjoy it while we are on this earth.

    Hugs~

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  41. So glad that you are back and that you got to spend precious time with your wonderful family! Your card is just gorgeous!

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