So Very Grateful

SO Very Grateful to all of my customers!!  

Thank you, Thank you for being so loyal, so kind, so patient and so YOU!


Every day my goal with my business is to inspire YOU. I create because I want to show that you can too.  I’m so very grateful that you put up with my ramblings, my absence and most of all let me be me.  

Over the last 4 months you have given me strength, inspired me to not give up and prayed hard.  How can I ever thank you enough? 

Today my card is just for you.  I can’t thank you enough for “sticking” with me.  

So Very Grateful, Stampin' Up!

Okay, here is the deal-io.  This stamp set always scares me at first because of the delicate nature of the image.  It’s so pretty and has so many delicate looking flowers.  My time to stamp doesn’t lend to intricate designs typically but I REALLY wanted to use this stamp.  


I opted to do a fun technique called Spotlighting.  Spotlighting is when you just highlight a portion of the image.  It’s best done by stamping the entire image on your cardstock and then stamping again and punching a portion of the image and coloring.  I find spotlighting looks best on line images, although I’ve seen it done very nicely on solid images too.  

So Very Grateful, Stampin' Up!

To recreate this card follow the steps below: 

  1. Fold Crumb Cake cardstock in half.  
  2. Ink the So Very Grateful flower image using Whisper White ink onto the bottom right corner of the Crumb Cake base.  
  3. Cover image with White Embossing powder and heat.  
  4. Stamp the image again using the same steps but onto a scrap piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  
  5. Using your Bubble Framelits die cut a portion of the image.  
  6. Watercolor the Die Cut stamped image using either a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter.  
  7. Sponge around all the edges lightly using Baked Brown Sugar ink. 
  8. Using dimensionals adhere the Bubble die cut over the stamped image on your card base matching up the images.  
  9. Using Black Ink, stamp the Thank You greeting onto 1/2″ strip of Naturals Ivory card stock.  Use your hexagon punch to create a banner on the left side.  
  10. Tuck the banner under the bubble frame die cut and adhere using a dimensional.  
  11. Using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, use the flower punch with Crushed Curry cardstock and punch 6 flowers.  Layer two flowers and attach each of them onto your card base as seen in photo. 
  12. Place Rhinestones on the center of each flower.  
  13. Attach an Antique Brad to the card base and edge of the Bubble Frame.  


What other stamp sets do you think would be great to try this technique with? Please share in the comments.  I really liked this technique and would like to play around with more stamps showcasing it.  


Again, thank you for sticking with me.  I hope you are being inspired to create.  While I absolutely LOVE you being my customer, my #1 thing I love is when I hear YOU are creating.  Inspiration is everywhere.  We just need to put those inspiring ideas to work.  


Please continue to pray for my Prince.  He has struggled this week.  He has been really tired, and progress has been slow. He knows this is natural but it’s been an emotional week.  He started to work three days a week for half days but his care taker (that’s me!) put her foot down and said NO.  He was home with me today and did his therapy.  I know it didn’t make him happy.  As much as I’m grateful to the Navy for all they have provided for us, I also know I need my Mr. around for another 43 more years.  His health takes priority.  


The emotional roller coaster is very normal where his injury in the brain is.  He can laugh one minute, cry the next.  As women, we are an emotional roller coaster.  For men, different story.  This has been a really big struggle.  

We are faithful.  We know God has his healing hands on Russ and for our family for that matter. Time heals. I won’t lie though, I  hate seeing him like this. Time.  Time. Time.  Our time is precious and YOU are precious to me. 



So Very Grateful, Stampin' Up!


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4 thoughts on “So Very Grateful”

  1. Hang in there. You are an inspiration in the way you live your life. I love the way you talk about your prince and how you both support each other, especially you to him in these last months. If you ever have “free” time you two could host marriage conferences and share your secrets of success.

  2. Carol Carriveau

    Lovely, plain and simple design…know these are difficult for you but you hit this one directly on the head! Love this technique and don’t see it as often anymore…thank you for sharing this inspiration! Many of us are happy to inspire you and you definitely inspire us in so many ways. You have a very strong family and together you will overcome this craziness that is your current life. It is sad that anyone who has a stroke has their imotions go everywhere and mostly unexpectedly. You are doing a great job as wife, friend and nurse…and know he appreciates it more than he can ever tell you. Keep up the wonderful work – all of you – and know that there are many prayers circling around you all of the time…and hopefully giving you all strength and love.

  3. You are such an inspiration. It’s hard to have to put your foot down, but sometimes you just have to. I had to convince my husband to go to the ER Sat. So thankful he went, the outcome is positive and I pray yours continues to be.

  4. Michelle Gleeson

    Thank you the details. I never saw the bubble frame lit I only saw the beautiful coloring.i cam’t wait to try this!!!
    My heart and prayers go out to you. You and the Prince are strong and will make it through these challenges even stronger.

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