Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice?

I know I don't have a lot to complain about in comparison with what most people in the world have to go through everyday, and of course I'm thankful for all of the blessings in my life, but the Johnson family has sure going through a lot when it comes to relationship issues lately. It has made me want to climb into a deep hole and never see another living soul other than my family for as long as I live. LOL! I titled this card 'Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice?' because even though girls can be so sweet, they can also be soooo mean. My dear son is hurting right now because his very first girlfriend broke up with him....right after he spent a lot of money on her taking her to the dance and bought her a Valentine's gift. I had the feeling she was just using him so she had a date to the dance, and unfortunately my suspicions were right. I also think she broke up with him because he was recently publicly humiliated at a school event, and you know how kids are today, instead of supporting their friends, they abandon them so they don't look 'uncool' too. Then in addition to all of that, I've had some problems with the people who run the local consignment shop in town that I sell my products too and also with a Stampin Up! customer who apparently thought she could order product from me, keep it for 3 months, then try to return it to me without paying for it. I suppose that one is my fault for actually 'trusting someone's word' when they said they 'would pay me later'. LESSON LEARNED on that one.....always get the money FIRST before you give them the product. My Dear Husband warned me NOT to trust her and give her the product, but my naive self actually thought 'No, she'd never do that.' So, I'm not very happy with people right now. To make it worse, there's even more 'people' issues, but I don't want to bore you with all with the details, I just needed to 'vent' a little. I don't know why, but my whole life I have always struggled with being 'misunderstood and misjudged' by other people. I feel like I've done nothing in my life but be kind and giving of myself and talents, and yet people always seem to misinterpret my actions. Maybe its not me, and its just the nature of sin within all people. We are all so quick to judge and to interpret situations based on how 'we feel' or 'what we think' and were often so far from the truth its ridiculous. Its times like these when I'm just so thankful to God, because I know He knows MY heart and He knows the truth, no matter what others might think. I'm sorry if this is so vague, but I can't possibly post all the details of the past week's events or this post would be several pages long. LOL! But I'm sure many of you probably know what I'm talking about and maybe by sharing my pain and frustration in this area, I've helped some of you feel better if you were ever 'misjudged or misinterpreted' by someone else too! Now, On to My Card!
I made this card for the Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. The Featured Stamper this week is juliemlacey and her original card can be seen here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1175180 I changed very little from the original card. They almost look identical! However, the rule of the challenge is to change two things: I changed the paper and I eliminated some of the layers. I can't possibly afford to put as many layers of card stock on one card as Julie did! Not to mention the cost of postage! LOL! The image is retired Stampin Up! 'From the Heart'. The papers are from Basic Grey.
I hope you all have a better 'People Week' than I have. And if your a believer, say a prayer for my son and I, we could use a little uplifting and encouraging thoughts right now.
Have a great day! Amy


  1. So cute!!! I just did that image a week or so ago. Isn't she so much fun to color?! Great coloring and dp!! Beautiful Card!

  2. I love the card, Mom! And I'm definitely praying for you guys. I wished I could have gone home this weekend since I was already in Wisconsin!
    I love you guys,

  3. I'm so sorry that you have had a terrible week. Especially for your son, poor guy. I have been burned many times myself because I used to be a pushover. Now there are very few people I trust.

    This card is a cutie. I especially like the patterned paper on the large panel.

  4. Great job on the card my friend ... really cute image and layout!

    You & son are in my prayers tonight. Just like my granddaughter ... it's so tough being a teen today!! And people can be so cruel at all ages! Hang in there and know that the IMPORTANT people love you and have your best interest at heart! {{HUGS}}

  5. People can be so cruel. :( Darlene said it best...just know that the important people love you. Hugs to you and your family.

    Adorable sugar and spice card! I love that paper!


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