I think I'm ready to say I'm going to jump in with both feet and start back to work. Over the last month we've taken a lot of time for our family to readjust back to the normal family routine. Like I said before transition is not always easy especially if you have a 10 year old son like mine who still believes he is the MAN of the house. We asked Brandon a few weeks back while sitting down for dinner who the "man of the house" is now that Daddy is home. Without hesitation he blurted out, "umm, of course I AM!" I looked at Russ and he looked back at me and we knew we had a few things to work on. All is well and Brandon is realizing (not always on a good note) that Dad is back! It's a process and it takes time but all will be good soon.
Our Christmas was extra special with Russ home and being in Florida with all my family. The kids had a blast and seemed pretty happy with everything Santa and family had given them. They played non stop with their cousins and I'm always grateful for how well they get along. Here are a few photos of the kids and my mom while we were in Florida.
We are unpacked and all the Christmas decorations are put away until next year. Sometimes I think Christmas is just a blur. I hate that. I want the spirit and season of Christmas to last forever. The only thing I could do without is the sweets that come with it.
With all the craziness that has been going on in our little world the one thing that has been lacking is the stamping. Today is the first day in three weeks that I came down into my stamp room and was ready to put a few stamps and ink together. I felt the creative block coming on pretty strong but I finally pushed forward and just started grabbing new products from the Occasions Mini to play with. This new mini is one of the best in my book. Lots of great products. The excitement of playing with the new stuff brought back all my warm fuzzies I have for Stampin' Up! products and the company. I'm working on a plan to get back to my normal business schedule and start putting classes/workshops together again. It's been a long time but I wouldn't change a thing. It's just time to get busy again!
I'm excited to show you what happened in my stamp room today. Let me share!
As I was playing with all the new products in my room the one thing I kept saying over and over was WOW, I love this paper. Stampin' Up! really tickled me pink with all the new DSP they have in the Occasions Mini. It's just girlie and pretty. The base of the card is where the FUN begins. I folded a piece of pool party cardstock in half and used my new Edgelits Die called Adorning Accents and the new Adorning Accents Embossing Folders. WOW WEE what a difference these little things can make to a card. This card became elegant in a matter of seconds! I think you have to have one!! I used the new stamp set Apothecary Art. Lucky for you I don't have to pronounce this set. My tongue does not like to say Apothecary! The beauty of this stamp set is how it coordinates with the Framelits Labels Collection on page 6 of your mini. WOW. Love this label and love these dies. I stamped the image with VersaMark onto Naturals White cardstock and then embossed the image with Pewter powder. I colored in the small flowers with a blender pen and made this very simple. I used the Attic Boutique DSP which is stunning and pared it with the Pleated Satin Ribbon that makes me smile every time I touch it. Gone are the days of pleating my own ribbon while I have this beautiful ribbon on hand. I used the Pear Pizzazz ribbon. If you look closely enough you will notice that I used the scallop edge from Adorning Accents Edgelits under my pretty Designer Series Paper too. I dazzled the card with a few tiny pearls and a few of the new biggie ones too. Last thing I added was a little shimmer and my Spritzer tool with Early Espresso and Pool Party markers. Viola! Kimberly STAMPED!!
Hopefully by seeing all of these exciting new products you are ready for a few yourself. You can find them all HERE! I like to call this my little Vintage Shop. Boy is it filled with lots of things I love.
I'm getting ready to turn the lights out for a few hours and then I'm coming back tonight to play a little more. That's HOW excited I am!!