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I don't have a lot to share with you today but I did want to announce a personal accomplishment of mine as well as announce our winner of Group A Spellbinders Blog Candy Giveaway.

First of all it has taken me longer to get back with you all because I have been adjusting to a life-changing event.  For the first time in almost 50 years I do not have a job! This is all so foreign to me and I am at a loss of what to do next.

Its bittersweet, and yet I feel like I've lost a loved one or a family or something...who would grieve not having to get up at o'dark thirty to drive 30 minutes to a job to stress over for 9 hours and then drive another 30 minutes to get home to plan to repeat the same stressful day all over again.  Just silly ole me I guess.

So it is my intent after this initial shock, to embrace this new found freedom and opportunities with a grateful attitude.  And to start this off I am going to share a card of "Thankfulness" with everyone that was inspired by Lexi Cards. Thanks Lexi.

Introducing "Lomasi" an adorable little image by Sylvia Zet for Wee Stamps.

I colored her up with copics and stuck with different shades of my two favorite color combinations, aqua and chocolate.

I do like browns because they blend so well with so many colors just like whites and blacks.  At first I thought I would use lavendar but then decided to stick with Aqua.  I used four different patterned papers from MME collection, the flowers are WOC, and the leaves and flourish come from Marianne Designs.

The inside like the front is layered with browns and aqua just to maintain continuity.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

DRS Challenge Thursday - #199 Pile it High (11/11)
Digital Delights - Monthly Challenge#4 (11/11)
Crafty Girls - Creations Challenge #8 (11/16)
Aud Sentiments - Challenge #144 Bingo + a Sentiment (pattern paper, digi stamp, favorite color) (11/16)

Now for my last announcement and that is the winner of Group A Blog Candy Giveaway.  The first winner never claimed their prize so I added it back into the pot and our winner selected by Random Generator is:

Entry #7
Congratulations Maxine D.!

Thanks for your comment:

Gorgeous Christmas cards Lesia, 
love the way you have made the most 
of the paper in the second card.


Claim your prize via email to 
before Thursday, November 12th.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by
Come again real soon
Hugs From Texas


Maxine D said...

Oh Lesia - what a shock to be so suddenly unemployed - I hope it is the beginning of a fulfilling retirement for you, rather than a time of stress . Love your card - yet again you have made another mini-masterpiece!! Gorgeous colouring, and I do love how you have used the flourish.
Thank you so much for drawing my name - I will be able to share the dies with a friend of mine who does not have, and cannot afford, to buy much 'stuff' for her hobby.

Karen Petitt said...

Gorgeous card hun and please ignore my comments on the give away page I am exhausted and should not be hopping about looking at every ones beautiful creations when I'm this tired lol! I thought the candy was still going but must have misread this the first time.
Sorry to hear you have lost your job and your delayed reaction is normal, I promise! I too am hoping it will be an early retirement which will give you more time to craft and play with your supplies. Rest well before you decide what you want to do next and know that there is no hurry, hopefully you are okay financially. Big hugs being sent your way Karen x

vinita jain said...

Gorgeous creation Mema, beautiful coloring and layering as always!
Sorry to hear that you lost your job! So don't be panic and keep your mind calm! When I also had taken retirement from the job it took me approximately one year to adjust! It was so stressful without a job and then because of my crafting passion, I entered into this wonderful crafting world through internet one day:) and enjoyed every day!
Lots of hugs!

KT Fit Kitty said...

I went through the same thing 3 years ago but unfortunately my health declined and I am unable to work. We all knew it was coming due to the economic downturn of our industry - our company closed down after 80 years in business - but it was still a shock and a huge life change for over 300 people. I worked there 29 years! I hope you find some peace with what's happened and take some time to decide what you'd like to do next. In the meantime, enjoy the extra time with your crafts! Your card is gorgeous, inside and out!

Chasing the Dream said...

Hi Sweetie, I totally understand. It took me two years to adjust of not working. I now am busier than when I was working. It is a blessing in disguise. Embrace it. This is such an adorable and sweet image, love the composition and palette on this beauty. Have a fabulous weekend.

ellyscard creatief said...

Congrats to the winner, thanks Mema for the chance.I hope everything will be better for you. Beautiful card.
Blessings, Elly

Dawn Lancaster said...

Hope you are settling in to your new found freedom!
Gorgeous card!
Dawn xx

Papercrafting Princess said...

I've been there and 8 1/2 months later I found employment and I love it. In between your next opportunity, enjoy the journey. He is preparing you for the next chapter in your life.

Cute card....Love the layers!

Terry Quinn said...

I love this and the image. Very sweet! Thanks for joining us at Digital Delights Challenge! Blessings, Terry

nwilliams6 said...

I see great things in your future without all this stress. You have a gift as evidenced by this gorgeous card and you are going to have so much time to devote to this gift and to others. I can't wait to see what you create now if you are already such a great artist. Wonderful card and we are so glad you have shared it with us in the DRS Designs challenge! Sorry I am late commenting!!!

Annie said...

Great card inside and out - love it. Thank you so much for joining our challenge at Aud Sentiments with such a stunning piece of work. Annie xxx

Helen said...

A great card - thanks for joining us at the Crafty Girlz Challenge.

Helen x

Marjeta said...

I believe you will find a new , better job. Until then wish you a lot of sunny and crafty days.


Mary J Scrapper said...

Lovely card and patterns. You always do beautiful work. Congrats on the retirement and welcome to the club. Enjoy your new found freedom.

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