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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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