Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

With all your heart...

   Hello sweet bloggie friends.  I apologize once again for my blogging absence. I know that I have been much more hit and miss than ever lately.  I feel badly about it falling to the bottom of my priority list because it has always been such a happy part of my creative life.  Recently though, I've been struggling with the hardest thing I've ever been faced with and I just don't feel much like my old self any more.  If you follow my blog you may know a few things about me.  You may know that my family is the single most important thing to me in the whole world.  You may know that my husband is my very best friend, truly my better half, my rock and the happy that makes my heart flutter  (still after 26 years).  You may know that my sun rises and sets around my children and that they are the first thought on my mind when I wake up and the last before I go to sleep every single day.  You may know that my Mom means the world to me and has always been my biggest cheerleader, my dearest friend and the hero that always makes the world seem manageable. Four months ago I lost my beautiful, courageous Mom and then 5 weeks later my grandmother passed away too.  My grandmother was 99 and 11/12's and hubby and I had been her 24/7 caregivers for 2 years.  My Mom had been battling illness. She fought like a true and graceful warrior and although her illness was ongoing and had lasted five years since her original diagnosis, her death was unexpected.  It was a cruel surprise as she had been maintaining and doing very well.  For that reason there were things that I never got to say to her, things that I'd give anything to be able to tell her. Things that she should have gotten to hear because she was amazing and deserved to hear them one more time.  Up until about a week before her death we talked every single day.  During her last week though she was unable to send email or even talk on the phone and I was receiving around the clock updates from my Step-Dad. I will never forget the minute I heard the news. I will never forget that feeling that sits uncomfortably on my chest still and I wonder now if it will ever go away.  I will never forget that I had to mentally remind myself to physically breathe, because for what felt like an eternity I think I had actually forgotten how to.  My world forever changed in that instant; I changed forever in that instant.  I keep hearing that it will get easier and that things will hurt less and that it will become less challenging with time to celebrate holidays without her or do fun things without being able to share them with her or even that I'll just be able get through the day without crying.  Maybe that is true, but right now I am having a hard time believing it.  I miss her more than words can begin to describe. I force myself to get up every day and try to put on a smile and make it as long as I can before my resolve weakens and then I give myself yet another pep talk and attempt another smile until my resolve weakens and then I force another pep talk...   Loss is a very strange thing.  I fully understand that life goes on.  I will continue on and life will happen around me.  It's the process, but I've also come to understand that it sincerely leaves you a different person to experience such a loss.  I miss my Mom very much and I miss the person I once was.

   I have decided to take up journaling to put all of these emotions somewhere, so lengthy sad posts like this one will not be the norm here.  I wanted to share a bit of an explanation with you though as to my absence and my thought processes. I do want to get back to creating and blogging and sharing and will try to be more consistent about it.  I do hope you'll join me again as I attempt to re-navigate life on my new terms. Today  I am sharing one of my favorite pictures of my Mom and I.  She was happy and fun and sweet and just an amazingly, wonderful human being:


   Ok, on to a project.  The new Stampin' Up! cattie is out and is full of lots of wonderful goodies.  I spent some time playing this morning and put together this little card:

It's a simple card with a powerful meaning.  Life is short, so you really should appreciate and enjoy all the moments.  You should definitely laugh as often as you can and most importantly you should love with your whole heart and then some.

It's a gentle color combination with just a touch of sparkle and excitement.  I stamped using the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.  I quadruple matted my sentiment to make it pop.  I built the bow using the Bow builder punch.  I punched a 1" circle and tucked it under my sentiment and scooped up a scrap strip of gold to add to my Blushing Bride strip and finally embossed the bottom of the card with the new very awesome Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder.

Words to live by. 

If you see anything you just can't live without, feel free to pop on over to my store and add it to your collection.  Click the pics below and it will magically take you right to it.

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I will be back soonest with more to share.  Hope to see you here.  Have a really great day.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Don't quit your day dream!

Hello there!  Hope you are doing well today! I've been hard at it in my stamp room this morning! I love sneaking out here and playing with colors and designs and all my fun stamps.  There is just something so therapeutic about creating.  I find it to be a wonderful stress reliever and who couldn't use a little bit of stress relief on a daily basis, right?! I put together another card this morning and wanted to share it with you, so thank you for stopping by! :)

I am loving the new Hexagon Dynamic Impressions folder!!  It just adds so much to a project! I used it today for the background and the small center piece of this card.

I wanted there to be some substance to the look of this card, so I threw caution into the wind and went with multiple shapes! LOL  I matted both of them against Crumb Cake to kind of break up the pinks and purple.

Isn't that texture just too darn cool?!!  I plan to buy every single dynamic folder that Stampin' Up! comes out with!!  I just really, really love the looks it gives.

This sentiment is from the Designer Tee stamp set.   It is one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration sets you can earn when you place an order of $50.00. So much fun!

Here are the things I used to make my card today:

I am practicing time management and still have a bazillion things to squeeze into the rest of my day, so I must scoot!  Always nice visiting with you!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

You are totally awesome!

Hello! I count my lucky stars every single day for all of the wonderful that I have in my life.  In fact, I often feel like the world's luckiest person!  My wonderful hubby and I have 4 amazing kiddos.  My sun literally rises and sets around them.  I became a mom young and decided that my career would be raising those kids.  (Rotten hours, minimal vacation time, no sick days, raises are not a thing, but oh soooo many benefits!)   It has always amazed me the amount of love that you can feel for your children.  When they are happy, it makes you sincerely happy!  When they get excited about something you feel that excitement too!  When they struggle though, it hurts you just as much as if it were your very own struggle.  One of my kiddo's is facing a bit of a challenge right now and it's very difficult to watch it happening.  Although there is no doubt in my mind that this kid will show the situation who is boss, it still stinks having to get through it!  My card today is inspired by the strength of my children and the incredible love I feel for them all! Corny...yep!  Mushy....definitely!  Life is so short though, so I believe it's worth mentioning to them every chance I get just how much better they make the world. :)

I used the new Hexagon Dynamic Impressions Embossing folder for the background.  It is so pretty!!  It leaves such a deep image in the paper and it just pops out at you!  

Lots of fun layers on this card!  I used the Layering Squares framelits for the sentiment collage and added flowers from the Grateful Bunch stamp set.  I added some stamped splatters and polka dots to add some visual texture to the flat pieces. I wanted to try to pull the whole look of the card together without going overboard!

Up close view of all of those layers.  I am just so impressed (pun intended! *giggles!*) with that embossing folder!  

Here are the things I used to create this card.  Cllicking on any of the pictures will take you to my online store where you can purchase all of these goodies! :)

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Ok, I am off to tackle more sheet rock today!  It's not going to finish itself (much as I wish it would!)  Have a good day!  I'll see you soon!