Dear Summer Living- Picket Fence Studios

Happy day! Today I couldn’t wait to share this adorable girl and her flamingo floaty from the Dear Summer Living stamp set! I really am enjoying Picket Fence Studios Ocean theme release.

Let’s Create!

To start this card, I stamped the image in Lawn Fawn’s Jet Black ink onto a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of X-Press It Cardstock. When I started creating this card, I wasn’t 100% on the direction it would take. For one reason, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to color the entire background or die cut the sweet image. Interestingly enough, this cute stamp set, Dear Summer Living, has a coordinating die cut along with a few for the sentiments. As I started coloring, it was apparent I was going to use the entire card front and eventually trimmed this front panel to 4 x 5 1/4″.

Since I colored the entire image, once it was colored I used the My Favorite Things Blueprints 29, die cutting the stitched rectangle and popped up the colored image over the leftover die cut. I love how this gave dimension to the card front. Finishing touches include white splatter and adding the sentiment. Make sure to check out the Dear Summer Living stamp. I think you will enjoy coloring this cutie!!

Copic Markers Used

  • Hair: E18, E15, E13, E11
  • Flamingo & Hair Bow: RV29, RV14, RV13, RV21
  • Skin: E13, E11, E00, E000
  • Swimsuit: Bo2, B00, B000
  • Hill: YG03, YG01, YG00, YG000
  • Sky/Clouds: B00, B000, B0000 N2, N0
  • Flowers: Y08, Y04, YR04
  • Light House/House: T5, T3, T1, T0
  • Fish: Bo2, Y08
  • Water: B99, B95, B91

Chatty Update:

Last story time I left off stating I’d come back and talk about my sweet girl. Honestly, this is the first time I’m shedding light on the situation in a public fashion and my thoughts are a bit jumbled. Like how do you explain a two year nightmare. LOL! I’ve had many emotions regarding her situation, especially sadness knowing all that she had hoped and dreamed did not turn out.

It all started with a dating app as she was finishing up her senior year in high school. Although I’m a girl from the 1900’s and a fan of traditional dating, I’m not opposed to dating apps, yet I had conflicted feelings regarding her situation. In my experience, not all of these “dating experiences” work out. Her situation is a case in point!

Red Flags

Personally I could see some red flags based on the fast pace the relationship had taken. AND, doesn’t help that I’m a therapist where red flags are something common I see. He was a young handsome military man going to school here in Pensacola. Things escalated quickly, despite some open conversations and uncertainty of the relationship, the two ended up engaged and quickly married five months later. Seriously, just weeks after she graduated high school. During that time, many thought Russ and I had lost our minds “letting” her get married. However, the truth is, at 18 years old, you are an adult. She gets to decide.

The wedding happens, they move across the country to San Diego and my mama heart was broken. Then… things started going downhill fast. While I could write a book on all the “things” gone bad… I’m not here to publicly humiliate her, him or either family. MANY mistakes were made along the way from all parties. Once the two of them moved to Orlando, it was evident to Alexis there were bigger problems. We made a visit to Orlando to check on her wellbeing and literally the day we were leaving, sometime in the middle of the night he left unexpectedly returning to his home town. No goodbye- just left.

It took a year, but her divorce was final this past January. Over the last year, my girl has pulled herself up by the boot straps and pushed forward, working full time and going to school all the while feeling the “feels” divorce brings. The good news, she’s doing great and continues to thrive and survive!


Okay, until next time…

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