Color Me Happy Artisan Hop

It’s time for another Artisan Hop and this time we are inspiring you with the Color Me Happy Stamp Set.  I fell in love with the little chubby birds in this stamp set. You know I love birdies, and it’s even better when they are chubby.  SO dang cutely.

I’ve also written a little update on my life at the bottom of this post.  It’s WAY overdue.

Color with Stampin’ Blends 

It’s great to have Stampin’ Blends as another coloring option.  I find the coloring of any kind relaxing, and this just gave me something else in my line up of coloring tools.

As I was creating my card to share, I realized the images in the Color Me Happy stamp set could be used in so many ways.  In fact, when I first started this first project I was moving towards a Christmas theme, but then suddenly changed it to the sweet birds saying hello to each other.

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

Mix Up Your Coloring Tools

I started this project with watercoloring and a simple watercolor wash on my Stitched Shapes Die Cut circle.  The birds were colored using my Cherry Cobbler and Pool Party Stampin’ Blends.  I start coloring with the lightest color first; then I like to add highlights to the edges of the images using the darker Stampin’ Blends.  The last step is to blend the colors using the lightest Stampin’ Blend over the entire image.

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

I decided my chubby birds would look even better fussy cut and sitting on the branch.  Tip: I stamped the branch using Early Espresso ink, then went over the image with my Aqua Painter to create a watercolor look.

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

The last touch for this card was adding some embellishments.  You can see the complete list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post.  You know I’m a fan of layering embellishments and this card is no different.

Party Lanterns

I wanted to share one more card with you that I created for my stamp club using this stamp set.  I love how this card turned out, and it was a big hit with my stamp club as it gave them the chance to use the Stampin’ Blends.

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

Again, this is reasonably simple stamping with a few layers to add interest to the card.
Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

Be Inspired!

It’s crazy that the Artisan year is coming to a quick end.  Just one more blog hop with the current team, and then you will be inspired by our new team.  Exciting times for everyone.

Take a tour of the blog hop and be inspired by our Amazing Artisan Team.  Your first stop is Louise Sharp. Just click the button below to follow the hop.

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Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

Update Time!

I’m sure you have noticed quite a decrease in the amount I’ve been posting lately.  The truth is I’m swamped with my classes.  I added a class for the later portion of the Fall schedule, and I’m quickly finding out that two classes are BRUTAL.

The amount of reading is the biggest obstacle.  I find myself reading EVERYWHERE. Average per week is around 90-120 pages. I love to read, but even that is a lot for me.   The books go everywhere with me and if I get the chance to soak up a few pages, I will.

This semester I’m taking Philosophy and a Global Missions class.  The classes are amazing, and I love both of them.  Philosophy has my eyeballs spinning most of the time, but it’s so exciting.  The key is I’m surviving, and my family is super supportive.  Makes my heart happy.

Happy Kids!

It’s also been a hectic year for the kids.  It seems like there is always something going on.  Honestly, it’s never a dull moment. I must admit that I love that also.  The kids are super happy, doing great in school and overall enjoying life.

Happy Husband!

Russ is busy fixing up his Mustangs, and our garage now looks like a car shop.  I’m happy that he’s happy and has found something enjoyable to do in his spare time.  His new job that he’s been involved with has been great, and the transition from military to civilian life is finally setting in.  For those of you that have done this before, you know it’s not easy.  The change was challenging.  It’s a new way of life, but God is so good, and he’s blessed us abundantly.

We are a super grateful people.   It’s pretty impressive when I look back FOUR years ago when Russ had his stroke, and now he’s putting Mustang parts together in the living room.  This is precisely what I mean when I say God is GOOD.

Trip of a Lifetime!

Next month Russ and I are taking ourselves and our kids on a trip of a lifetime.  We are headed to Israel to visit the Holy Land.  I am beyond excited and happy that we can take our children to experience this with us.  We are also over the moon that we will be experiencing this with our Pastor and his wife, and he will be narrating the biblical portions of our trip.  Oh, my word… I’m giddy.  I will let you know how that trip goes and I’m sure there will be an abundance of pictures and my thoughts expressed.

Season of Life

While I know blogging has taken a back seat during a new season of my life, please know I’m still at work in my stamp room, just at a slower pace.  God has placed me in this season for a reason, and I love the journey.  If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000x… MY plans are not HIS.  I’m following His plan, and it’s SO good.  It’s not easy, but most things in this life on earth are not.

Next month I will be sharing my last project as a Stampin’ Up! Artisan.  It’s bittersweet.  It’s been such a fantastic experience over the last two years.  I’m thankful for Stampin’ Up! whose giving me such a wonderful opportunity and most of all believing in my abilities.  Who knew 14 years ago I’d be able to do something so awesome like Artisan? Two years in a ROW!!  What a blessing.

You are Loved!

Lastly, I love you for reading, the comments you have left and the sweet emails.  Your encouragement is heartfelt, and I can’t express enough gratitude.  XOXOXOXO

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11 thoughts on “Color Me Happy Artisan Hop”

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  2. Michelle Montemurro

    Sounds like you are doing it all and having a wonderful time of your life. I do miss your blog updates, but am very happy for you.

  3. What an inspiration you are! I love your artistry and blog posts. thank you for all of the hard work over the last two years as an Artisan, it’s been very inspiring to me and my SU business.

  4. So thrilled to hear that all is going well for you and your family. I have always been drawn to your stamping style and have been inspired by your designs, sometimes CASEing a project (with changes to simplify for workshops). I have been following your work for years through cards, MDS, Tutorial Bundles & Artisan posts and will continue to look for your project posts for inspiration. All the best to you and your family this holiday season and into the new year!!

  5. Your card is adorable, those birds are so cute. The party lantern card is bright and cheerful. So glad to hear that you and the family are doing well, that’s always nice to hear. WOW, Israel, that’s amazing, have a wonderful, safe, blessed trip. Can’t wait to see all the pictures.

  6. glad to hear you and the family are doing okay, Isreal is on my bucket list so i am looking forward to lots of photo’s i have missed your blogging so its good to know you are all doing well.

  7. Glad to hear all is well, seek first the kingdom of God and all else will fall into place!! God is good even during our trials; we just need to step back and see what lesson he’s teaching us. Blessings ?

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