Friday, July 21, 2017

Red, White, and Anything But Blue Blog Hop

Welcome to the Red, White and Anything but Blue Blog Hops with Heart Hop! You might be arriving here from STEPHANIE'S BLOG. You'll fine a list of all the participating Bloggers at the end of this post. Be sure to peek in at each blog for some amazing artwork! For my "Anything but Blue" I chose Black, Grey, and Gold.
When we were at Convention in Utah, one of the speakers was the fabulous Stacy Julian. She talked about a lot of things, but one of the things that she said which really struck home with me (and there are so many) is that not all pictures are of equal importance. It's OK to scrapbook the ones that are most important to you, even if there's only one or it's blurry or you are wearing your pajamas and no make up and barely slept the night before. Ahem. I've had this photo printed from my Instagram (This is my absolute fav for printing beautiful instas) and I've been pushing it around my photo file for two years. It's one of my favorite photos, and It's OK to scrapbook what you love. It's OK.
In any case, I decided to try out the Paper Issues Scrap Soup Challenge for this special photo. Paper Issues gives you a "recipe" and then you fill it in with your ingredients as you wish. The recipe for this page was: 
  • A 6" Square: I used Poppy Cardstock
  • Alphabet Letters: I used some CTMH Gold Foil Fundamentals letters that are coming soon in August and a gold glitter Heidi Swapp mini alphabet that I think is intended for planners. It's OK!
  • 6 Embellishments: I used White Enamel Dots, Die Cut Hearts and a heart border (coming in August), Gold Foil hearts, Fundamentals Sticker Hearts, glitter hearts from the Heidi Swapp alphabet, and Gold Mini Sequins.
  • Patterned Paper Background: I used the Arrow Print from last year's Swan Lake.
  • Something You Have Fussy Cut: I fussy cut a heart and the LOVE Banner from PML cards  

I felt like I needed to scrapbook this particular picture in part because Stacy gave me permission, lol, and in part because every year when I come home from Convention I am literally burning with plans and ideas and the need to do more. More blogging, more crafting, more parties, more workshops, more of everything that I love to do. The year that I had Gabe was also the first and only time that I've earned the Incentive Trip Cruise through CTMH. I want to do that again...but what I need to do is be a mom to these special boys. I'm a wife and a mother, a chef and a home canner, a housekeeper (sometimes) and organizer, a teacher and amateur occupational therapist. I am doing a lot of important things for my family, and those things do not always feel like the things that I meant to be doing, making, and achieving in my life. This page is getting framed and hung in my workspace, because when I look at this photo, I can close my laptop and get back to the REAL business of my day with a happy heart. It's OK, because today I WILL remember my priorities...and those priorities need a trip to the Rock Museum!  

Next up on the hop is JAYMA'S BLOG. Visit all the blogs on the list below for more Red, White, and Anything but Blue goodness. Thanks for visiting today, Stampin' Friends!

Red, White, and Anything But Blue Blog Hop
BECCA
AMIE
KELLY
STEPHANIE
WENDY (You Are Here!)
JAYMA

Monday, July 10, 2017

Smile You Are Loved Card

As much as I love being at CTMH Convention, it's always nice to come home and settle back into family life...and have access to my stamp studio again! For this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I dug out an oldie but goodie, the September Word Puzzle stamp set. The Word Puzzles (one for each month) are part of a special set of retired stamps CTMH is re-releasing for this month's Stampaganza special.
I started with an oval-ish watercolor card from the ADORNit Floral Frames Paintables sheet. I colored it using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I stamped the SMILE sentiment onto the dried and fussy cut image. Then I popped up the "you are loved" sentiment onto a little banner and added some outlining with a journaling pen. The papers are from the Prickly Pear papers
I added glitter gel to the flower centers and a few glitter gems and tiny sequins scattered about the card. I also went over the letters of SMILE with shimmer pen and outlined them with my journaling pen as well. All of the stamps on my website are Buy 2 Get 1 Free this month with Stampaganza, including the limited time release stamps like the word puzzle I used on this card. If you love a deal, that ought to put a smile on your face. Hop over and grab your Stampaganza deals before the end of July!

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