Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Welcome back!

Well, hello there! Remember me?! Come on in!  Can I get you a cuppa? Tea, coffee, chocolate milkshake?! :)  In case you wondered what in the world happened to me I'll share a brief explanation! I have been care giving for my 99 year old grandmother for almost (going on 22 months!) the last two years.  I went to her home several states away and spent 16 moths there with her and then 5 months ago hubby and I decided to bring her back here to our home in Virginia.  If you have seen the Beverly Hillbilly's tv show and recall Granny Clampet being gently tied into her rocking chair on the truck and lovingly relocated to a new home (kicking and screaming!) then you can imagine how our move went! She has settled in nicely though and we've all fallen into a manageable routine.  Life can be a funny ride sometimes and sometimes your only option is to buckle up and hold on and go with it!  That is kind of where we are right now.  My husband has been an absolute saint!  I could not be doing this without him.  He is great with her and he and I split shifts and tag team whenever we can. He rocks!!  Here are a couple of pictures of my Gma.  These were taken at Easter.  One of her good buddies sent her this sweet bunny and she just loves it!

Being a full time caregiver is a big job!  It requires 24/7 energy, stamina, patience, compassion and love.  My gma is a tiny little spit fire! Very few dull moments around here.  Ah, the stories I could tell you!  I will save those for another time though. Short story long, (drum roll pleeeeaaaassseee!!!)  I have decided to return to stamping and my fun little business.  Finding the time will be a challenge, but I've really missed it and think it will be both therapeutic and beneficial for me to get back to it.   

So, with all that being said I finally eeked out enough time yesterday to sit and make a card!  I'm a bit rusty, but it felt great to do it!  It is new catalog time at Stampin' Up! which means lots of new colors, stamps and toys to choose from!! So many fun possibilities!!  Here is my card:

I used the Blooms and Wishes stamp set to stamp the back ground.  I stamped off the images on a scrap paper before stamping them on the card. I layered and collaged (technical term!) until I was happy with the background and then moved on to building the card layers.

I stamped and fussy cut the flower and added it with a dimensional to give it a little lift. The strip is just a scrap, so don't ever toss anything before trying it out on a project or two!  The frames are from the Tags and Label framelits set and the sweet hello is from the Hello You thinlets collection.

I added one simple flower to the inside and will stamp the envelope with the same flower to tie the whole project together.

Here are the paper colors I chose for today's card:

Here are the ink colors I used:

Here are the rest of the supplies I used:

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 I'm really excited to be back!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope to get things rolling around here and keep them hopping!  

Have a wonderful day and I will see you soon! :)


Dorlene Durham said...

Welcome back Ann Marie! Your grandma is great and good for you and your hubby for taking her in. I can't imagine how much work it is. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work again.

Carole said...

What a remarkable thing to do - you are truly a wonderful grand-daughter! I love your card - beautiful colours - you don't look at all rusty to me! xx

:: BlueInks :: said...

I love the pics of your grandma! It is such a nice thing you are doing for her and your family - well done! Your card turned out great. I like the colors together and the layout is perfect to showcase the fun embellies!