Friday, May 11, 2018

When Life Hands You Lemons

Hello, Stampin' Friends. I swear I just wrote a post about coming back from an unexpected break, and then I went off on another break. Life has been quite the roller coaster around here. Since we last visited, I've lost my mom, and one of my sisters, and we also suddenly and with almost no notice  moved. I've barely had time to breathe, never mind put ink to paper, and that has certainly not been a happy place to be. I'm slowly unpacking and reorganizing what's left of my stamp room finally. When I ran across the May Stamp of the Month I thought it was about time that I started making space in my life for crafting as therapy, so I stopped unpacking and took a moment to enjoy the feel of inky paws again. 
I started off with this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and combined it with this week's Color Throwdown. Sometimes it helps to have a helping hand to get going! I stamped the white cardstock background with lemons and the banner dots in Lemon and Pebble inks. I layered that stamped panel with Poppy cardstock and some brick wall B&T from the new Central Park paper packet. The mason jar was stamped with Pewter ink onto vellum, and colored with a zig clean color marker on the back, but stamped with ice cubes in Lemon ink on the front. I'm also linking this project to the Heart 2 Heart Creative with Vellum challenge.
I stamped and cut out some lemon slices and the straw to slide behind the mason jar, which was glued behind the coloring so the adhesive wouldn't show. I "sugared" the lemon slice images and the LEMONADE sentiment using a shimmer pen. I especially love the tiny dot border/banner images in this set

I'm not going to promise to blog every day, or even very regularly right now. Some days I'm fine, and some days I'm super sad. I'm grateful to all of you who are still here with me while I'm learning how to make some lemonade out of the lemons life has been handing me so often of late. 

8 comments:

Joy said...

My sympathy on your losses, that is really hard. Making time to do what you love is important in taking care of yourself, and you have to take care of yourself if you are going to take care of others. Your card is beautiful and I look forward to seeing more stamping when you are able. Sending you hugs!

Krista said...

This is an absolutely beautiful card! Wish I could give you a big hug, Wendy. You've been through so much and I've been praying for you and your family.

Laurie Levorson said...

So sorry for all your losses and sending you strength as you get used to your new normal. Your card is lovely and showcases a great way to use vellum. Glad you could craft again and share with us at Heart 2 Heart!

Becca Whitham said...

Oh my goodness, Wendy! I'm so very sorry for your losses! Sending you lots of hugs and good wishes.

Vickie Z said...

First of all- I can't imagine losing two family that close to each other - let alone move in top it all! My heart goes out to you! Love your card- glad it was a little therapy! So happy you joined us at CTD!

Amy O said...

You have gone through so much these last few months. I'm glad you are able to get inky again and have some crafting therapy. I love your fun glass of lemonade. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Betty Locco said...

So sorry to to hear about your recent losses. Hope your crafty therapy helps your heart heal. I love always love seeing your creations - you are so talented and I am inspired by your work.

Jen Timko said...

I am so terribly sorry for all that life has dealt you lately. I hope that taking a little time for crafting has been good for you. Your sweet jar of lemonade is so tempting since we have been having hot weather. Wonderful card. So glad you joined us this week at FMS!

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