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Turning Upside Down

Turning Upside Down

I’ve been meaning to blog for awhile about what’s going on in my world, but every time I start I just end up deleting.  I guess that is par for the course when you feel like everything around you is turning upside down.

Have you ever felt like you are constantly in a raging war with life? I guess that is the best possible way I can describe my thoughts.  A raging war… every single day!

Even as I start to write this, I have the compulsion to just delete and start again another day.  Although I know it may be therapeutic to get a little bit of my raging war off my chest, as I know I can’t possibly be the only one feeling the way I am.  In fact, I know thousands and thousands suffer from the same thing.  It’s called anxiety!

 

The Vicious Cycle

Interestingly enough in June, I decided that I wanted to go back to school.  I started the process to complete my bachelor’s degree in Religion with a minor in Christian Counseling.  But as with anything I’ve done over the last 3 years the inevitable happens.  Something in life blows up and it feels like the devil is standing in front of me saying, “Not so fast, lady!”

I cannot tell you how many times this has been the case with my business.  I start something great, then an illness, life crisis or something chaotic happens preventing me from following through.  Time and time again this has happened, and if I’m honest I believe it’s one of the sources that brought on some of the anxiety I’ve felt the last 6 weeks.  Although this time it really did me in.

 

Time to Cancel

The beginning of July Russ and I were set to board a plane to Thailand with our first stop in Hawaii for a few days of rest before meeting up with all of our Stampin’ Up! family. We look forward to being reunited with our friends and spending quality quiet time with them.  This year there was a change in plans.

Two days prior to the trip I felt like I had a sinus infection brewing. That turned into actually being a dental issue (the big battle I’ve had for 4 years) and there was no way flying 30+ hours was going to happen.  Telling Russ to “unpack” his suitcase was awful and I cried for days with disappointment. More disappointment in myself than anything.

Russ was amazing as any good husband should be, but how could he not be disappointed?

It was time to push past that and take care of the issue at hand.  A trip to the oral surgeon, one tooth extracted and I was hopeful the issue was cleared.

Not so fast….

4 days later that sinus infection I felt brewing was rearing its ugly head. This started a trip to the doctor, then back to the dentist and then to the doctor again. It wasn’t until about 2 weeks ago when my internal volcano finally erupted.

 

Impending Doom

I was sitting in the church nursery about two weeks ago when all of a sudden I felt really odd.  I could feel my heart rate climbing out of control and everything around me felt like it was fading. My first reaction was to jump up from my chair.  I felt like I was dying.  It was panic.  This horrible feeling of impending doom.

As awful as I felt, I couldn’t bring myself to tell the other nursery worker what was happening from sheer embarrassment. I know, ridiculous.  You don’t have to tell me that.  Thankfully, church ended quickly I grabbed my kids and we headed home. Russ had just left for a business trip that morning so I was alone with the kids.

We weren’t home 20 minutes when a friend called from church to ask if I was okay.  I guess my abnormal quick exit was a clue.  Typically I am one of the last ones to leave because of my Chatty Cathy self.  Not that day.  I ran to my car.

So here I was on the phone with my friend and I couldn’t even tell her what I was feeling.  But she could sense I wasn’t my normal self. Not long after she offered to come grab my kids.

 

Alone and Panic

After the kids left I sat to try and gather my thoughts.  Only I couldn’t do that.  In fact, I noticed my heart rate was a steady race, and I just felt like crap.  With no one around, I was starting to panic more.  My parents were just driving in from Kentucky after being away on a mission trip.  How was I going to explain this with a phone call?

Literally, as they pulled into their driveway I was calling.  My mom knew something was wrong just in my voice. They were on their way to get me.

I sat with them for a few hours before agreeing to be seen just in case this was something more than anxiety, and I’m thankful I did.

Of course with my heart rate sky high, I was quickly shuffled into a room as a cardiac patient. My heart was running a race but my feet were not.  Truly exhausting.  This is clearly why I don’t run.

I was blessed with the kindest doctor, and for once in 3 weeks I felt like someone was listening to me.  I shed many tears, and my thoughts were overcome with worry.  What if something was wrong with me? I couldn’t shake that thought.  What was happening to me? What happened to this strong girl I’ve always been?

Dr. Lucky

Even though I was scared out of my mind,  I knew God was with me every second.  Dr. Lucky (yes, that was his name) spoke with the softest voice, showed concern, held my hand and I was able to calm down.  I was also thankful to have my mother sitting next to me.

With a diagnosis of anxiety, continued sinus infection and labs drawn I was given some great meds and I was on my way home.   I followed up with my regular doctor last week and went over my labs.  That was interesting.  It appears that my hormones are in FULL swing and menopause has begun.  All I can say is poor Russ.  This probably explains why my kids are running around the house with hoodies and I’m half naked in my house.  Who knew?

 

Light at the End of the Tunnel

This past Saturday was the first day I felt GOOD in 6 weeks! It was like a Christmas miracle.  I spent 4 hours at the beach with my kids enjoying the sunshine, laughter and the kids from our youth group.  I loved every minute.

While the last 6 weeks have been extremely trying, I am thankful for a God that never leaves me. I am thankful for the love of friends who have prayed every single day, sent cards, texted, called and lifted my spirits.  The past 6 weeks felt like an eternity at times, but the light is bright at the end of my tunnel and I feel better! Now to get my cheerful self back in the groove of life and get back to my happy self.

 

Something Pretty

Lastly, I have something pretty to share.  It felt great to stamp and use products collecting dust on my shelf.  I thought I would start with a set that made me smile, Message in a Bottle.

Turning Upside Down, Message in a Bottle, Stampin' Up!

 

This set brought a smile to my face with the whimsical sea images.

Turning Upside Down, Message in a Bottle, Stampin' Up!

 

I added the gorgeous Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I love how the planked wood looks with this set.  So pirate!  I ran the Crumb Cake cardstock through the Seaside Textured Impressions Folder and I love how this looked in the background.

 

Turning Upside Down, Message in a Bottle, Stampin' Up!

 

Lastly, one of my favorite embellishments I added to this card was the Copper Trim. I love how it pulls apart and reminded me of fish netting.

 

I hope this sheds some light on my absence.

 

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Special Reason For Special People!

Special Reason For Special People!

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Although I never need a special reason to stamp with friends, every month I do get an extra special reason to stamp with a group of ladies I love.  My stamp club meets once a month at my home, and it’s always so exciting to have them.  To hear them laugh and enjoy the company of friends all while stamping is so good for the soul.

This month at stamp club I was excited to use a stamp set I had not used, Special Reason.  After I had created the project and cut all of the supplies, I found out this was a stunning bundle, and it was sold out.

At first, I wanted to cry. I loved how the card turned out and wanted my stampers to create it.  The thought of changing the project crossed my mind, but then I said no way.  We went ahead with the project, and I added another project to their list of cards to create.

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • I stamped the flowers using Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride ink.  The leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzaz.
  • I used the largest flower from the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and die cut the flower in the center.  To add color to the flower, I used a 3 x 3 piece of Watercolor Paper, then watercolored the paper using Calypso Coral.  To create dimension, I placed dimensionals on the back of the Whisper White cardstock.
  • There is two label dies in this framelit set.  I die cut both of the labels, then attached them together to create a faux embossed look.  The greeting was stamped onto the smallest label.

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

 

  • Lastly, I added pearls and splatter to the card front.  I also added dew drops by taking my Fine-Tip Glue pen and dropping small dots of the glue randomly around the flowers.  I set this piece to the side until the drops dried on their own.

 

Surprise on the Inside

One thing I’m typically not good at is stamping the inside of a card.  Not the case for this card.  The greeting I used for this card was meant for a surprise on the inside.  I love how it turned out.

Special Reason, Stampin' Up!

 

I stamped the flowers using Blushing Bride ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The greeting was stamped using the Archival Basic Black ink.

 

While I’m disappointed this stamp set and framelits are no longer available, I can see why.  This set has beautiful floral images and greetings.

I’m sure many of you have this stamp set, and if anything I have inspired you to create another card using it.  If you do not have this set, the design itself can be duplicated with the many floral sets Stampin’ Up! does have available.

You can see a list of the products I used for this card in the clickable links below.  

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If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to see THIS post on Autism Awareness.

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Spring Break Beach Days

Spring Break Beach Days

I know here in the USA many are enjoying spring break.  Our spring break was a few weeks ago and the funny thing is, the beach was never seen.  I’m not sure how that happened, but we did enjoy 4 days seeing Mickey.

Living here in the Florida panhandle, you know the time frame for spring break.  Getting anywhere in our little town of Pensacola means you might take longer than the average 15 minutes.  Beach traffic is high but I have to say it brings me happiness.  I love to see so many people come to enjoy our beautiful white sandy beaches.  They are simply beautiful.

 

Day at the Beach

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

 

If you missed yesterday’s post using the Day at the Beach stamp set, make sure to see the other card I created with this set HERE. This stamp is so much fun and especially with the beautiful line art.

The images from this set are simple to watercolor with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter and the line art makes fussy cutting quick and easy.

Tips & Tricks 

A few tips to create this card.

  • I started this card with a Whisper White Thick cardstock base 4-1/4″ x 11.  Then I added Daffodil Delight cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″ as a card layer along with a piece of Gold Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate over the Daffodil Delight at an angle.
  • I created a background for the stamped images by using a piece of Watercolor Paper and creating a fun watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink.
  • The images were stamped onto Whisper White cardstock then watercolored using a Blender Pen.  I fussy cut each of the images.

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

  • Lastly, the greeting comes from the hostess stamp set Iconic Occasions.  It’s in the Occasions catalog on page 3.  I love these tiny greetings perfect for banners.

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

Going Going Going!

Yes, sadly I realize the Day at the Beach stamp set is on the Retired List.   You can find this stamp set HERE if it’s on your wish list.  Remember, this stamp set is perfect for all kinds of crafty projects and especially fun for scrapbookers.

Click HERE to download the retired list.

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

 

You can find the products used for this project in the clickable links below. 

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

Now the question is…. what are you doing for spring break? Are you going to enjoy the beach? Disney? Or maybe the best spring break to me is a staycation.  Ahhh… to just sleep in my bed past 7am!

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Hello, I Miss You!

Hello, I Miss You!

Over the years and many moves due to the military, I’ve left behind the dearest of friends.

While we may be miles apart the friendships stay fresh always.  One way to keep the friendship fresh is through a handmade card.

Today, I’m sharing a card using the Vertical Garden stamp set and one of my favorite Sale-a-Bration sets, Hey Chick.

 

Vertical Garden

The Vertical Garden stamp set is now available and perfect for many projects.  Make sure to check out the Vertical Garden Project kit, a home decor kit you will adore.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Begin stamping the hello image using Delightful Dijon ink by stamping off several times and then stamping.  Each time you stamp, the image should get darker as you work your way towards the bottom of the card.
  • The small scallops were created by die cutting a large scallop square from Calypso Coral cardstock.
  • Attach the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate over the Delightful Dijon cardstock.

 

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

  • Attach the ribbon, acetate and cardstock using a stapler.

 

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

Lastly, one of my favorite kits in the Occasions catalog is the Vertical Garden Project Kit.

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This is a perfect kit for spring,  I’m thinking a lot about spring with the recent cold snap here in Florida.  Click HERE to view the Vertical Garden Project kit and order yours to create today.

Be sure to see this kit in the video below.

 

Be inspired with more ideas using the Vertical Garden stamp set HERE  and HERE.

Plus don’t miss my favorite card using this stamp set HERE.

Take Advantage of Sale-A-Bration!

Sale-a-Bration is here and in full swing.  The Sale-a-Bration catalog is filled with great products to fit all different types of projects.

You may have seen this recent post using the Hey, Chick stamp set.  This set has become one of my favorites from the Sale-a-Bration catalog and you will find tremendous inspiration on Pinterest using this set.

Miss You, Vertical Garden, Hey Chicks, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Use Watercolor Pencils to color each of the stamped images.
  • Archival Basic Black ink is perfect to use for all of your watercolor needs. Heat set the image before you watercolor.
  • My favorite tool to use for watercolor is the Aqua Painter.  Two pens come in a pack with a medium and fine brush tips.

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  • The Urban Underground Suite offers the perfect coordinating products to compliment the Hey, Chicks stamp set. My favorite is the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This folder creates a deeply embossed image.
  • Use the Tags & Label dies for the greeting.

 

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Creative With Color Using Best Birds Stamp Set

Best Birds Stamp Set

Have you ever started creating with colors and think to yourself this could be bad?

Sometimes one of the hardest parts for starting a project is color choices.

I have this mentality that I have to be “different!”  Like someone else hasn’t used the colors I’m about to use EVER.

Over time I’m learning that I don’t have to be different so to speak… but I can be creative.

I started out with a completely different color scheme for today’s card because I wanted to keep it traditional.

That idea quickly wound up in the trash and I unleashed the creativity.

Sometimes this works, others not so much.

 

It Doesn’t Always Have to Be Traditional

The card I’m sharing today is one that I had shared at an event at OnStage using the Best Birds stamp set.

This is another timeless set like I shared yesterday.  I’m branching out of the traditional blue bird so bare with me!

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

I’m in love with the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper and the gorgeous backgrounds this paper can create for projects.

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

This is where the creative coloring came into full play when I started this card using this paper.

I started with three ink colors and my Sponge Brayer.

The first color used was Peekaboo Peach.  Without cleaning my Sponge Brayer I added Calypso Coral and then Watermelon Wonder.  The beautiful thing about the Sponge Brayer is the clean up.  Simply place the brayer under water and rinse.  Let the brayer air dry and then its ready to be used again.

This brayer places a smooth coat of color every single time.  I love it.

 

Tips & Tricks

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

Here are a few tips and tricks to create this card.

 

  • The bird was stamped onto Watercolor paper then colored  using and Aqua Painter with Watermelon Wonder, and Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink.
  • Texture emboss a 1-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock using the Woodgrain Texture Embossing Folder.
  • After coloring the bird and branch,  use the Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies to die cut the stamped images.
  • Add a small 1/2″ piece of Moroccan Designer Series Paper across the Woodgrain Texture along with a 1/2″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock.
  • Lastly, the greeting was stamped and die cut using the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies- one of my favorite die cuts.

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

Add your favorite accessories to the card to complete and give it the finishing touches.  A few products I used were the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (one thread), a few sequins, and of course a small piece of a doily.

 

Be Creative

Like I’ve always expressed, it doesn’t matter if you have a pink bird or a blue bird.  As long as you are happy with the creative process that’s all that counts.

One thing for sure, the Best Birds stamp set is timeless.  Regardless of what colors you love to use this can be a stamp set you can run to for years.

 

Save MONEY!  Remember that this stamp set is a bundle therefore you can save money when you purchase the bundle.

Click the photo to see more details and pricing on this stamp set.

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

Click the clickable links below to purchase any of the products used to create this card.

Document Your December 

 

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Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

A few of these products are on SALE this week only!

 

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

Have an amazing Tuesday!!