A Splashy Congratulations to Always Dreaming

Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge Simon Says Stamps Painted Congrats Congrats card idea Michelle Gleeson

This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend The Kentucky Derby. A Bucket List event of a lifetime and the experience was everything I had hoped it would be and more.

On Friday we toured the Buffalo Trace Distillery a National Historic Landmark that remains is fully functional today. We had an amazing tour guide Freddie Johnson who’s heartfelt stories of his grandfather and father, who both worked at the distillery, made the tour so personal. Then we toured Winstar Farms where we saw Pioneer of the Nile the sire to American Pharaoh. Isn’t he handsome?

Pioneer of the Nile

That evening we attended a beautiful pre-derby party. Believe it or not five days earlier this was a fully functional barn! It was an incredible evening with a band from Atlanta that was out of this world. We never stopped dancing once they started playing.

Dixana Farm Derby Event 2

Dixana Farm Derby event

And then the derby…

Derby time

So my card today is a Congratulations card to the Derby winner Always Dreaming . Ironically one of the owners of Always Dreaming was on my airport shuttle when I arrived back to Naples this morning. It was crazy and so exciting to talk to them about the next race in their pursuit of the triple crown.

My card today was created using splotches from Stampin’ Up’s Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set (retiring on May 31st) and Simon Say Stamps Painted Congrats Framelit. What looks like grey splotches are really three sequins from Pretty Posh.

Congrats to #AlwaysDreaming the 2017 Kentucky Derby Winner.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Oh Michelle, it sounds like a wonderful trip!!! Come to Maryland for the Belmont! I love your hat and your smile says it all!!! We have a family tradition for the Kentucky Derby…we mix mint juleps, pick a horse and the donate $1 to the pot…winner takes all! If your horse wins you get paid double. Lucky Ariane for picking the winner yesterday! Hope you did too!!!

  2. What a delightful, fun card!!! And the pic of you and the hubby was delightful too…..So glad you got to experience such a special time.

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