Saturday, June 13, 2009


Today was a busy day between spending time with DH at the hospital and trying to get all the grass cut before the rains came ... I was sucessful at both ... and I received a nice surprise in my mailbox too!!!

There was a package from Cornish Heritage Farms!! Hmmm ... I said to myself, did I order something??? I didn't remember ordering anything at this time!! Of course, my mind has been preoccupied lately!! I could hardly wait to get in the house and rip it open ... and, there inside was this awesome vintage Historic Poster - B&O Railroad image! Wow, how neat is this!!

Now I was getting really concerned because for the life of me, I couldn't remember ordering THIS stamp!!! So I started looking at the paperwork that came inside the package and there was the answer to the riddle!! On the paperwork was a place for "Buyer Name" and next to it was the name JOANNE ALLISON!! {{sigh}} I thought I was loosing my mind for a moment there! Yes, my dear friend "from across the pond" had sent me a little surprise!! How sweet was that!! You may know Joanne by her SCS name - ANGELNORTH or her Blog name - Ambrosia and Iron. Talk about creative and adventurous ... and that's Joanne! I've always been amazed with her work. She even does things like dye her own silk ribbon using vegetable like beets! You really should check out her work ... she is totally amazing!!

Well, of course I just had to hurry and ink up this image. Unfortunately with it being a bit late and me getting tired ... I don't think this is my best work! But, I still like it and was able to use up some scraps that were close at hand. Starting with the background paper which is a scrap from the Crafty Secrets EARTHY pack. I used the vintage suitcase image from Inkadinkado and stamped it randomly over the dp. Next I inked up my SURPRISE image using Versafine black ink and sprinkled with PK Glitz gold embossing glitter then heat embossed. The stop watch is a die from the Spellbinders Shapabilities (Heritage) set. I diecut this image using heavy gold metallic paper. Looks really cool in real life! (click on the image for a closer view)The cute couple down in the corner is another scrap from the "extras" box ... an image on the journaling portion of one of the Crafty Secrets booklets but I don't remember right now which one! I obviously used the top (main image) portion for another project then tossed this into the "extras" box. The sentiment oval was also from the "extras" box ... actually from a holiday set ... again I don't remember which set. My gold button on the upper left corner was also a die cut from the same Shapabilities set. The colorful JOURNEY image in the background is by Magenta and the satin ribbon was a scrap piece but I know where it came from ... Hobby Lobby!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and thanks so much dear Joanne!! What a sweet, pleasant surprise! You have a heart of gold!!


  1. How nice of your friend to send you this wonderful image! I love your card! Its just fabulous!

    Work went much better today. No one said anything about the 'incident' from the night before. Hopefully it will be forgotten.

  2. Are you kidding me, Darlene!! THIS IS GORGEOUS!! What a beautiful layout and composition. LOVE IT!

    This is the first I'd heard that your dear hubby is back in the hospital. I'm so sorry for the setback. Sure hope he is on the mend... again. Hugs.

  3. What a wonderful friend you have! That stamp is marvelous!


  4. You are so deserving of great friends. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. You are so welcome :o) I love the pocket watch with this image - you could check that the trains are running on time, lol! The gold embossing looks great too and I love the fun combination of elements from different eras! Hope Mark is having a better day and will be home with you soon - keep smiling if you can!


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