So as I'm nursing what is feeling like the onset of a summer flu AND refusing to just lay down and suffer through it like a normal person, I felt sufficiently inspired to get into my craft room and find out if my MOJO is as sick as my body apparently is? It was a HAPPY ENDING in every way! I didn't have a plan or outline of what I intended to work on, but my stash of ready-to-go cards is nonexistent, so the need was clearly there.
Awesome THANKS for an AWESOME guy!
I'm so happy in the twilight of my crafting career to have mastered (significantly improved) my technique of masculine (or gender neutral) cards... LOL. For awhile there, I was stuck on girly accessorizing EVERYTHING! So thankful that I got that under control.
My favorite part is that small grommets (discontinued) work PERFECTLY with the camera die cut and I am the QUEEN of hoarding discontinued products.
YOU'RE AN ORIGINAL!
Vanilla Hodgepodge brads also work PERFECTLY with the camera die cut!
A framed inside message...
TEXTURE, TEXture, TEKS-CHUR... really works for this sort of "generic card" that I can stamp any sentiment inside when needed.
A DAPPER Man card
I am so drawing a blank on what I can do to fill that disturbing blank spot inside of that piece of bronze hardware? Any ideas?
Supplies: Stampin' UP! Feel Goods stamps, Dapper Dad stamps, Define Your Life stamps, Trust God stamps, Fabulous Phrases stamps, Family Reunion stamps, Bliss stamps, Chalk Talk stamps, Yippee Skippee! stamps, Linen BG stamp, Baja Breeze classic ink, Stazon Cotton White Opaque, Crumb Cake classic ink, Early Espresso classic ink, Kraft cs, Very Vanilla cs, Whisper White cs, Soft Suede cs, Basic Black cs, Baja Breeze cs, Always Artichoke cs, Honeycomb embossing folder, Woodgrain embossing folder, Manchester DSP, On Film Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Filmstrip, Very Vanilla embossing powder, small grommets, Essentials Hardware clips, silver mini brads, Sorbet ribbon originals, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Argyl embossing folder, Cloud embossing folder, Bird Builder punch, Kraft eyelets, Basic Jewels, Always Artichoke seam binding, Vanilla Hodgepodge, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch, crochet lace trim, felt flowers, Crystal Effects, mini banner punch, burlap ribbon, brass hardware.
Way back when (LOL) I used to have all the time in the world to make cards, I had loads of complaints and "nit-picking" about this and that. Now, I'm just HAPPY as a clam to have had a moment to complete a card?! KWIM?! The cherry on the icing of this accomplishment is that it is a "masculine" card... another area where I have fallen short in an EPIC way in days gone by. I guess I shouldn't jinx my short-lived and sporadic mojo with too many details, but I will say that my inspiration definitely flows when there is need, opportunity, and not a whole lot of pressure. A very cool co-worker got promoted and I thought I would try my hand at a little paper adulation. I tried to keep it really simple and kinda mellow... but little gold scooter on dubs had me cracking up. That... and the WINE.
Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip cs, Brocade Blue cs, Brown Sugar cs, Very Vanilla cs, The WHEEL Thing stamps, Road to Happiness stamps, gold embossing powder, black eyelets, embossing folders, thinlits dies.
Whew! Taking a moment to "BREATHE"... re-focus and revel in the "AHA" moment that has been the last 4 months! There is so much to tell and so many new developments, but I just can't get it all out in the fashion I would like to?! Another day, I suppose...
Right SMACK in the middle of me wanting (well, good intentions) to tell ALL about my new job and post the few projects I've had time to work on... a devastating development in Vilonia, Arkansas just knocked the wind out of me. My beautiful friend and her family lost their home and ALL their belongings in Sunday's TORNADO! My heart hurts for her, fiance Justin, and 5 children, but I'm amazed by her strength and determination. As we scramble to help out with money, clothing for children aged 2 months to 14 years, and any imaginable item to be donated... she is pointing out the rainbows in the skies over Vilonia and feeling blessed that their lives were spared.
I love you, Margaret and KEEP IT UP Girl!
First post of the New Year is supposed to be something EPIC and profound, right?! Yeah, probably NOT! It might be that I'm finally fully understanding what my mother meant by her cursory and inevitable response to our excitement over birthdays and holidays. "It's just ANOTHER day" she would say as we spontaneously deflated over her lack of enthusiasm. She is sitting at home, in this very moment, feeling pleased as punch that these life lessons were not lost on her eldest child. I'm GRATEFUL for the consistency of my life and not really embracing the idea of a "NEW" anything. I have no resolutions or delusions of grandeur about things that I'll accomplish in my 40th NEW YEAR... if it hasn't been accomplished thus far, obviously it isn't that crucial. I'll get around to it when I get around to it. I did pull out some stamp sets that had been sorely lacking my attention though, and I'm trying to get a feel for Apothecary Art? Maybe it is better suited to "altered" objects like apothecary jars and bottles? I can't remember what FIRE was lit under me to purchase it in the first place, but since I have it...
Apothecary Art stamps, Night & Day Specialty DSP, Basic
Black cs, Whisper White cs, Framelits: Labels Collection, Edgelits: Adorning
Accents, Adorning Accents folders, basic jewels, black embossing powder, Basic Black craft ink, Stampin’ Write Markers,
Melon Mambo classic ink, silver waffle paper, silver 1/8” ribbon.
Apothecary Art stamps, Timeless Portrait DSP, Very Vanilla
cs, Basic Black cs, Framelits: Labels Collection, Marina Mist taffeta ribbon,
styled vanilla hodgepodge, basic pearls, Stampin’ Write Markers, Very Vanilla
embossing powder, Very Vanilla craft ink, Basic Black craft ink, black
embossing powder, notch punch, corner punch.
The blessing in all of this might very well be that I wasn't entirely sure that there was a such thing as a "blessing". Nonetheless, I find myself counting them and certainly being grateful... at least until I find an alternative word. A war that wages on in my head, daily. In summation of this tumultuous, momentous, accomplished, inspiring, and sometimes heartbreaking year that I've experienced... LIFE IS STILL GOOD!
Today, I was offered a position that I believe I am perfectly suited for and I ACCEPTED IT with the thrill of little children on Christmas Day! I've squeaked, squealed, screamed, laughed and cried with joy and excitement today, but I think I'm still in shock and have not entirely absorbed the day's and subsequent year's events. Give me time... I'm sure the nomenclature that captures my emotions at this very moment will not elude me for long. I'm going into the NEW YEAR, happy, hopeful, purposeful, self-assured, and a little bit excited about things to come. I'm looking back over a year of enormous personal growth and some peace with love, loss and everything in between kind of wondering how I got so lucky? Marveling over the power of people and things in our lives to fall into place exactly when they are supposed to in exactly the way they are supposed to?
One thing is for sure... I'm so darn SHOCKED that I managed to make and get my Christmas cards out on time this year! Yay ME! I'm not going to obsess about crooked cuts, ink smudges, heat embossus interruptus (I HATE THAT!), or embellishment overload! Enjoy and BE MERRY!
JUST FOR FUN... So apparently, I was going through some things and had Paris on the brain. I'll admit that ARTISTIC ETCHINGS and TRAVELS ABROAD are two of my favorite throwback stamp sets, but I didn't really sit down intending to make several versions of the same card! LOL I'm so in love with the INCOLOR palette this time around. I think CRISP CANTALOUPE is my new favorite color, followed by BAKED BROWN SUGAR and PISTACHIO PUDDING. I'm definitely just having fun playing with stuff in the brief moments I have to escape the reality of work, kids, and family. When I said I wanted to be a grownup, this crap was NOT what I expected! I need a crafting retreat to regain my composure and sanity. I had to hurry up and post these quick pics I snapped with my phone, so I could begin posting the CHRISTMAS cards that I'm currently knee deep in creating.
Supplies: Stampin' UP! Strawberry Slush cs, Baked Brown Sugar cs, Crisp Cantaloupe cs, Pistachio Pudding cs, Coastal Cabana cs, Very Vanilla cs, Whisper White cs, Print Poetry cs stack, Artistic Etchings stamps, Travels Abroad stamps, Postage Due stamps, Perfectly Penned stamps, Bliss stamps, Distressed Dots BG stamp, Elementary Elegance stamps, Rue Des Fleurs stamps, Fabulous Phrases stamps, Define Your Life stamps, Elizabeth stamps, Best Dad Ever stamps, Established Elegance stamps, Swirls & Curls Verses stamps, Melon Mambo 1 1/4" wide striped grosgrain ribbon, Early Espresso 1 1/4" wide striped grosgrain ribbon, Certainly Celery 1 1/4" wide striped grosgrain ribbon, Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Midnight Muse classic ink, Melon Mambo classic ink, Early Espresso classic ink, Crumb Cake classic ink, basic pearls, basic jewels, label punch, Melon Mambo polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, Soft Suede polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, Dahlias, nickel buttons, crochet lace trim, Cherry Cobbler scalloped polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, Cherry Cobbler classic ink, silver glimmer paper, doily die. Spellbinders dies, burlap, Stickles, Perfect Pearls Mist.
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY... HAPPY HOLIDAYS and ENJOY!!