Color Makes Me Happy

Color Makes Me Happy

I’m stuck on a color combo that makes me so happy right now.

It has taken me almost a year to fall in love with the color Watermelon Wonder.  No clue why this has happened, but it’s not a color that my hand reached for.  Now I’m stuck using it and trying other color combinations that make me smile.


One that’s been rocking my world is Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, and Hello Honey.  Oh dear!

It screams Spring or even Summer.  Fruity.  Happy.

I can think of many more emotions it’s causing… but you get my drift.

Home Sweet Home 

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I think this card pulls my happy strings for a couple of reasons…

  • bright fun circles
  • the colors

I used the same set that I used this past Friday, Happy Notes.  You can see it HERE.

I used the same technique I used on the previous card as well.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Use a Sponge Dauber to apply the following inks to the car image: Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Hello Honey.
  • Punch circles from the coordinating cardstock using the following punches: 1″, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″.
  • Attach punched circles all over the Whisper White cardstock using Snail adhesive.  Trim the edges to create a clean edge.
  • Splatter over the stamped image was created using an Aqua Painter and the Gold Wink of Stella Brush.

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You can see all products used in the clickable links below.  

Life Updates… 

Before I close today I thought I’d let you in on a few things going on in the Van Deep in Trouble household.  Things have been BUSY and only going to get busier in the coming weeks.

In the weeks to come we have exciting things happening but it’s all slightly overwhelming too.

The first big news…

We are leaving in a couple weeks for our big Mediterranean Cruise and extending to see London and Paris.  The excitement is taking our children with us.  The kids have been counting down the days and I’m looking at the calendar in panic.

I wish I could be organized and have all my ducks in a row before I leave but the truth is I’m going to be doing good to make sure everyone has underwear packed.  Last week I ran around like a lunatic trying to get work caught up and while I made a little progress…. it’s not even close to where I’d like to be.  Nothing unusual really.

On Sunday after a wonderful church service and dinner with my family celebrating all the mothers in our family I came home and planted my tush on my couch.  4 hours later… my hair a matted mess…  I woke up.  I said Happy Mothers Day to myself and then was a little mad at myself for wasting 4 hours of my Sunday knowing there is so much to do.  But ya know what, this is how I roll.  I get my panties in a bunch when I have a long list of to-do’s and find myself spinning my wheels and nothing getting done because I am tired. A 4 hour nap can help anyone from being tired.  <grin>

Not only do we have this big trip coming, but the Prince is retiring from the Navy on June 10th.

This is such an exciting time for Russ, but it also comes with a lot of uncertainty.  What next?

I can’t even go there right now otherwise I won’t be able to see what I’m typing.

Yes, it will be okay.  It will be different.  The Navy has been good to us.  Things were much different 3 years ago.  Our future was different.  God had a different plan and it’s one that we will trust. I’ll chat more on this soon.  It’s been a long process and bittersweet for my Prince.

Russ and I didn’t feel like June was busy enough so we tossed in a Mission trip to Kentucky at the end of June as well.


See, it’s all great stuff.  Now to let it all play out and I can come back and tell you about it.

So, the list of things to do are long.  My big idea is to blog while I’m away…  just know that my big ideas don’t always play out that way.  I know others are so organized and blog ahead… well…. Kimberly is not organized. There ya have it.  It might happen… it might not.  I’ll re-visit this as the time gets closer.

Meanwhile, I have been a stamping machine so be on the lookout for some fun ideas coming your way.

Best News of Today

I can’t help it… I have to share.  Brandon turned 15 today.  15!  15!!!!!!

Where has the time gone?

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Ya’ll have watched this kid grow up and I’ll tell you, he just keeps getting sweeter.  Yes, he has his moments.  In fact he had a few last week.  He ended 14 as any teenager should… being a quirky teenager.  Overall, I am so proud of this kiddo and he just melts this mama’s heart every day.  While he is quickly growing up before my eyeballs, he still needs to be told to shower and longer than 2 minutes.  He still loves to play and work is an afterthought.  He still gives his mama kisses and hugs in public and for that I’m grateful.  His sense of humor cracks me up and he always knows how to bring a smile to my face.  He is Brandon.  My Brandon.  He’s 15.  Sigh…

Thank you for letting me spill my guts tonight.  I think I’m feeling a little emotional along with being overwhelmed.  Retirement, children getting older… so many amazing things happening.  You always seem to listen to my rants, raves and cries.  You are all very special and I appreciate you taking the time to read. I really do.


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4 thoughts on “Color Makes Me Happy”

  1. What a bright cheery card. It doesn’t even look like you put the circles down, it looks like the paper is like that. Love it. WOW, can’t believe Brandon is 15. I hope he has a wonderful birthday with many blessings. OMG, my son wants to go to London in the worst way. Maybe, a cruise is the way to go 🙂 Have a great time, be safe and enjoy. I’m sure your Prince will find something to keep himself busy. Or you could do a honey do list for him. 🙂

  2. I enjoy your writing so very much. Stay in the moment and keep being you! Being organized and having all your ducks in a row is overrated, boring or a myth I can’t decide which hahaha be spontaneous ???????

  3. I have followed your life journey for years and watched your children grow up. You have no idea, how sharing all your personal stuff (yup the dirty laundry) in the last three years has been an encouragement, to your sisters in the faith. You have put it out there, for all to see that we shouldn’t be ashamed of our character building trials, that His Word has said we would go through in our spiritual development. Not only has this caused us to pray and support you, but to admit that the trials do and will come, yet He will never leave us nor forsake us. This life is not a party, but the training ground for what lies ahead, and the crazy thing is that by our transparency, we are able to encourage others through the devastating things that we go through and be a blessing-so don’t stop sharing, as we are here for you!
    An Aloha girl living in Kiwiland

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