Hi there friends! Glorious Sunday morning to you!! I have a card for you today and a little bit of chit chat about what’s going on with me. First the card, using another new design by my sweet friend Suzanne Cannon with Quietfire Design and her lovely penmanship turned to rubber. The sentiment is A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration and I layered it up with my favorite Spellbinders in a colorway I simply love (I have another card already made up using the same).
Lots of Layers
I love to add bits and pieces for layers but they are only suggestions, certainly a more simple card can be created using less but I have them – why not use them, lol! From the bottom up I used Spellbinders Gold Elements One, Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, Spellbinders Grand Ovals, Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance, the small piece from Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight, Spellbinders Classic Ovals LG. I simply stacked them up with two of the Gold Elements separated into two corners as a base to build on.
What’s Up with Me
I haven’t had much to say lately but want you to know that this is a very, very good sign. This has been my year. I tell friends that it’s almost like I’ve been in a deep freeze or a coma for a long time and this year I woke up and realized how much work I have to do. I’m coming up on the four year anniversary of John’s passing and the last five have been a blur I barely remember. I consider myself a functioning crafter, meaning the past years have been so very hard to put one foot in front of the other but somehow the one thing I could manage to do was to sit at the craft table for hours on end and create. I was so fortunate to find an outlet for my grief and hope to encourage others to do the same.
Lately, periods of silence found me diligently working behind the scenes on my dreams, fixing up my house and even yesterday I savored a day of pajama lounging (although I was getting work done). Last week I had a milestone birthday that has me smiling and rejoicing simply being alive. In this awakening I find myself teased by all the things I like to do – am I going to the beach? picking up my crochet? renovating the house? reading that book? sitting at the sewing machine? going out with friends? or making a card? As you might guess, over the past months I’ve found time for all that and even caught up with old friends! Oh, and yes, I’m still passionate about papercrafting. With age I’m consumed with living each day to the fullest and consciously choosing joy. The wonderful thing is that it’s still there. it’s been waiting for me all along :-) Thanks so much for letting me jabber on about my life – many of you ask so I thought it was high time for an update….
|CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED
|Rubber Stamps: Quietfire Design – A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White – 80 lb smooth, PTI – Pure Poppy, Kraft
Ink: Tsukineko MementoLuxe – Love Letter
Accessories: Spellbinders Gold Elements One, Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, Spellbinders Grand Ovals, Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance, Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight, Spellbinders Classic Ovals LG, Hobby Lobby Satin Ribbon, Paper Studio Button, Paper Studio Pearls
Thank you so much for stopping by!! I’ve reached out to folks on Facebook and Instagram and continue to work on my blog in the background. I’m looking forward to some changes that will make it easier to engage with you here. I’ll get there, it might take me some time since I wear all the hats here, but I’ll get there!! Stay tuned!!
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