TGIF Remix! I know I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus for the past few weeks, but things are getting better… just SLOW. I wanted to take part in this weeks TGIF Remix challenge and I’m so glad I did. My stamp room has been begging me to come back, it’s just finding the motivation and mojo to jump back in. Not easy lately. I’ll explain more at the end of this post.
This week’s challenge is F.U.N. Honestly, I was a bit confused at first which is not surprising. I wasn’t sure what the remix meant. It’s pretty easy once you know. LOL. All you have to do is check out the TGIF Challenge blog and pick two of the challenges from this month and put them together. It could be a sketch and color challenge, or whatever you choose.
I decided on the sketch and theme to combine. I love how it turned out and more fun was using new stamps. It was good to use some new colors too.
I started with Mint Macroon cardstock for the base of my card. Oh is this an awesome awesome color. It’s a hint of blue/green and really beautiful. Almost reminds me of the color of our Pensacola Beaches.
I also used the new In Color Tip Top Taupe. Love this fine looking beige. Reminds me of Crumb Cake but a little more deeper in color. PREETAY!!!
The Bohemian Borders stamp set was used on the 2 1/2″ circle punch. Just a little simple design to add a little splash of texture to the card.
The designer paper I used is called Cherry on Top. Super cute 6 x 6 paper pack filled with fun designs.
I hope you can play along with the challenge. Each week we have a ton of FANTASTIC entries from designers all over. Make sure to check out the blog, create and then link your card to your site to enter.
The past couple of weeks seem like a blur now. It was quite busy as Russ and I were on the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip to Hawaii. This trip was probably the BEST ever because I did ABSOLUTELY nothing. No excursions. Na Na. I know some people probably think how in the world could I go to Hawaii and not do anything. Well… I’m normally so busy go go go here at home, I just wanted to CHILL. I wanted to sit by the pool, work on a tan, not THINK and enjoy. So I did.
Russ was able to go diving with his dear friends while we were there and I think that might have been our highlight. This was the one day I sat poolside a little worried and thinking of everything that could go wrong. I was grateful for my friend Dawn Griffith’s husband Rich and Christina Crawford’s husband Jake for taking Russ and of course bringing him back safely. They had an amazing time and Russ was walking on the clouds the rest of the trip.
Although my time has been spent taking care of myself over the last month, I get asked a question A LOT that I want to make sure get’s answered right away. Am I quitting Stampin’ Up!?
NO WAY JOSE’!
Couldn’t do that, EVER! This trip to Hawaii kinda sealed that deal although I was not thinking about quitting. It showed me exactly why I love this job of mine. Seeing my husband wrap his arms around grown men after not seeing them in two years took my breath away. I always think about myself and my friends that I’ve made, but the reality is he has GREAT friends through this company as well. The Stampin’ Up! staff was also SO SO KIND to Russ and I loved that they would seek him to see how he was doing. Just made my heart BIG.
So there, I’m not going anywhere just taking time to heal. I do see light at the end of my dark tunnel. I’m still on this weight loss journey. 12lbs lost so far. Still going to physical therapy for my hip pain which is almost gone. I’m so thankful. This has been a lot of work (exercise) but it’s paid off tremendously. I am working out daily and I feel SO MUCH better. It’s feels so strange to even tell you I”m working out because it’s never been a part of my vocabulary. I even started running a bit. Get this… NO ONE was trying to rob me, and there wasn’t a fire and I was running. If you know me at all, you know that RUNNING is also not a part of my vocabulary. Crazy as it sounds, I’m kinda digging it. I do enjoy the walking much more. <grin>
The counseling is still on going. Definitely helpful although I fought it BIG TIME. Dealing with the anxiety of “what if” this happens again (stroke) has been the hardest to come to grips with. It’s a DAILY struggle. As with anything, time will heal and in time things will be okay. I’m just not the most patient girl in the world.
I want to say thank you for all of the sweet emails you have sent. I was a bit overwhelmed with so many. I’m grateful beyond what I can express for your continued support and love. I just need to care for Kimber and soon I can conquer the world again.
Love to ALL of you!!