Friday, May 19, 2017

Miss You Blooms

Up until just recently, the Fun Stamper's Journey brand was unknown to me.  I decided I needed to purchase a couple of items to see what their product was like.  While browsing their site, I happened across this stamp set, and fell madly in love with it.  I'm warning you now, you may see lots of this gorgeous stamp set!

For the card today, I chose to go with a simple one layer card.  I stamped my images with Whipped Cream ink, and let that dry a bit, before going in with a couple of colors of pencil to add some light shading.

I stuck to an aqua/teal color scheme with the coloring.  I wanted to add some depth to the flowers, without making the floral pattern too noisy.  I stamped the sentiment in gray to allow the sentiment to stand out, without being as overpowering as black would have been.

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Much love,                                                                             

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sweet Freedom Wall Art

When I saw these papers, I knew I needed to make a piece for my house to display from Memorial Day through Fourth of July.  For those who don't know, my father was career navy, my grandfather served during WWII, and my great-great-grandfather was in the Civil War.  All three are buried in my hometown cemetery, and, for years, my family has put the flags on the veterans' graves for Memorial Day.  So I've always viewed Memorial Day as a patriotic holiday.  This paper just spoke to me, and I wanted to make something that was both pretty, and would suit both holidays.  It could easily be turned into a scrapbook layout, by tucking the bottom of a photo behind the burlap piece.

I adhered the background paper to a piece of 12x12 chipboard to add a bit of weight to the background.  At the time, I wasn't sure if I would be hanging this by some ribbon, however, I plan on getting a frame for this piece instead.

 I cut the word "freedom" on my Silhouette, and layered it over a bit of angle cut burlap trim.  A doily, cut in half, was layered underneath, and then I piled on fussy cut elements and stickers from the paper collection.

A few dimensional flowers, and a large scattering of heart and star stickers, finished out the piece.  

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Much love,                                                                             

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Endings & New Beginnings

Nearly two years ago, when I initially requested a Stampin' Up catalog, I had no intentions of signing up to be a demonstrator.  

After signing up, I had no intentions of sticking around for more than 3-6 months.  I was there for the discount on a few items and that was it.

That was 21 months ago.  

I've had an amazing time the last couple of years.  I've met some incredible people, had the opportunity to create some super fun projects, and to participate in some fun events.  I was part of a truly unique, and special, team of demonstrators, and the love and support that they offered was remarkable.  

But, as with everything in life, there has to be an end.

As of this morning, I have submitted my resignation as a Stampin' Up demonstrator.  The reasons are neither here, nor there, but please know that there was a lot of thought put into this decision, and, once made, I've felt quite a bit of peace about moving forward.  There is no drama, no animosity, and I have nothing but respect for the company and it's employees - the time was just right for me to take a different direction.

This does not mean that I will no longer be blogging, and sharing my creations.  I was blogging my cards and makes for years prior to Stampin' Up, and will continue on.  My product base has just expanded!  I may not be creating with the same products, but my creative spirit is the same.

I so appreciate those who have followed me - both from the beginning, and only since recently.  I hope you know how thankful I am for you.  You are most welcome to continue to follow me as I continue on my creative path.

Thanks for stopping by!

Much love,