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I’m pretty sure if this challenge was graded I would fail miserably in the interpretation of the inspiration.  WOW! That’s a tongue twister.

In fact, now that I’m sitting here starring at the picture for the inspiration of this challenge, I see the light pink.  No where will you see light pink in my card today.  Shoot! Phooey!

I think You're Great stamp set, Stampin' Up!

What I did see was GREEN.  Umm… now that I have my glasses on, there is no green whatsoever.  It’s maybe Soft Suede? Oh dear. How could I be SO off on these colors??

Okay, I failed miserably at the interpretation but in the grand scheme of things I like how this card turned out. I’ve sat here for half an hour looking at all the mistakes with the colors.  But I like the colors in my card.

It’s bright and bold.

It uses snippets of different designer papers and fun patterns.


I think You're Great stamp set, Stampin' Up!


It has Gold stitching… be still my HEART.

It has one of my favorite things, Filter Paper.

TIP: When punching filter paper, take a piece of cardstock and place the filter paper on top of the cardstock.  Punch both layers.  You will get a clean punch every time.  

I think You're Great stamp set, Stampin' Up!

It also has sequins… you can’t go wrong there.

Maybe this would be a good teaching lesson for my kids.  I can show them how we interpret things differently.  Of course I can hear my daughter now, “Umm Mom! Where are the flowers!” They are plain as day in the picture.

Once again, I leave you with hope. Hope that anyone can do what I do.  <smile>

I hope you also take part in this challenge and share with ME how you interpret the inspiration above.  Take on a challenge this week and share your passion, what you love so others can be inspired by YOU.

If you are up for the challenge click HERE and see what the other designers have created this week.


Meanwhile I have a prayer request.

Russ is driving today to Harlan, Kentucky taking them Winter clothes and food for the winter with other members of our church.  Will you pray with me for safe travels?  My parents are also traveling there to help.  They will hand out the clothes and food on Saturday.  This tiny little community can use the prayer and love.  They are down to 2 coal mines open from 13 total.  A devastating situation.  I pray that they can feel the love and see the gospel from those surrounding them this weekend.




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Trendy Watercoloring

Trendy Watercoloring

You should hear all the tap tap tap my fingers have done over the last 3 days.  Getting in the groove of working feels like riding a bike.  You just jump on and GO.  

I have been typing away trying to get all things updated and with great success.  I’m literally sitting on a pile of beautiful projects just waiting to be shared.  A few of them you might have seen posted on Instagram or my Facebook page.  Many were so exciting to create that we couldn’t wait to share with you.  

One of the things I strived to do when Cathy was visiting was to use many stamp sets that were being neglected.  I wanted them USED.  

Believe it or not, The Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set was a neglected stamp set.  Funny how it was on my first list of must haves yet I let it sit and collect dust.  I’m proud to say it’s been broke in.  
Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Embossing
You know me and layers.  The more the merrier and this card is not lacking at all.  

Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Embossing This card has lots of little features but my fav is the watercoloring on the typewriter. Watercolor is HUGE right now.  

Do you like to watercolor? 

Want to know a secret? 

There are no mistakes when you watercolor.  Missing a spot of ink looks good.  Going outside the lines… looks good. It’s all GOOD!  Break out the watercolor paper and play.  

Confession and a BIG secret. Yes, I have a BIG secret to tell you.  

SO, I ran out of Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper the other day.  It was quite tragic since Cathy and I were in the midst of a Watercolor CRAZE. When you get in that kind of groove you can’t stop.  Although Stampin’ Up! has next day shipping I utilize enough they did NOT have next HOUR shipping.  

So… I ran to the store that people wear their pajamas to shop around.  Let’s just say this… IF Stampin’ Up! had provided an option for next HOUR shipping  I would have paid for it to get our Watercolor Paper.  You get what you pay for. Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor paper is superb over what I bought.  Needless to say a QUICK order was placed and I’m patiently waiting for the golden Watercolor Paper.  Need some? Please, save yourself a trip!  Get the good stuff HERE.  

The Vellum banner has a hint of Gold embossing powder.  I love adding a touch of gold.  The kicker is the Gold thread in my sewing machine right now.  Cathy and I plowed through THAT thread with lots of love. 

Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Embossing
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