Hey there everyone! Yep, six months...that seems about right. I haven't given up entirely on the idea of a blog...it just does not seem to fit in the reality of my life at this time! But I may as well pop in every so often and share what I can and keep you updated on my life!
Life lately has been weird at best, medical challenges that have kept me from being my best. I am currently (momentarily) on medical leave due to back pain and muscle spasms that make work more challenging than it should be, hoping to have resolution to this particular problem SOON! Also had a scare around here recently, as my MRI showed that there is a possibility that I have Multiple Myeloma. I have to tell you, this has been altogether terrifying and life changing - even to have someone tell you that you MAY have cancer is some pretty scary stuff. Right now, everything seems okay. I saw the oncologist last week, and his feeling is that "most of the time" MRI's that look like mine do not turn out to be cancer, and that I have no reason to worry... so I am going about life doing my best not to worry. But with this new and added concern to my life, needless to say, things have been crazy and stressful. If you are already in the know and praying for me - you have no idea how much I appreciate the prayers and support I have received in the last couple of weeks. And if this is news to you -- I am really OK! But I appreciate any prayers and positive energy that you may wish to send my way! This has been an excellent reason for me to rethink many things in my life, and to prioritize in new ways. I have spent time in the last two weeks talking to people I have not talked to in years, and re-establishing friendships and relationships that mean alot to me and I had let get away from me. I have had more people than I can even count tell me that they love me and are praying for me, so even if there is nothing wrong with me at all, my life is so much better today than it was last week, and if anything is wrong - I have a whole lot of people standing by to support me and my family if we need them! I have had a bunch of tests and find out more for sure at the end of the month, and while I trust and am confident that everything will be just fine, once that bug is in your ear, it is hard to get rid of it and go back to life as it was!
Since I have a Stamp a Stack coming up in August, I have been trying to use some of my free time while on medical leave to design cards for my class. I came up with 8 designs to use, and my class participants will choose their favorite 5 to complete in class. My creative juices have been a little stifled, maybe due to stress - I relied a lot on Splitcoaststampers for inspiration and ideas when designing! At any rate, here is what I came up with -- Participants in my Stamp a Stack will be selecting cards based on the card number assigned:
#1 - Simply Soft
First is a card using two new Hostess sets, Simply Soft and Perfect words. I used Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron on this card, and layered markers and white gel pen for coloring, with a little sponging around the edges. Class participants can choose from a variety of sentiments in the Perfect Words set for front sentiment.
#2 Zoo Review
This card is in response to customers request for more masculine/ gender neutral cards - I personally would be happy with all flowers and butterflies, but whatever - I guess we should send cards to guys sometimes too. This uses the new Zoo Review set, and the Family Reunion set. I think customers will love that they can personalize cards to whomever they would like using this set! and I love the animals in Zoo Review. Used the Big Shot for Houndstooth Background and Sizzlit buttons. Blender Pens and Watercolor crayons are used for coloring.
#3 Thanks Pocket Card
This is a pocket thank you card using the Hello, Doily stamp. It is heat embossed (twice) in Whisper White on Basic Gray and then Real red cardstock and scallop punched. I had a lot of fun making this one, however some of my customers have mixed opinions about heat embossing!
#4 Kindness Matters
I wish I could get a better photo of this! This card uses the GORGEOUS new set Kindness Matters - $8.95 are you kidding me! I will SO get my money's worth from this one! A little "First Edition" DSP, lace ribbon and watercolor - sigh. I love it, hope my customers do as well.
#5 Field Flowers Thoughts
This card uses the beautiful new set Field Flowers and First Edition DST. I can't even say how much I love this set. I think it might be my new favorite. And this color (calypso coral)- LOVE it!! YUM! I paired it here with Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede. This set involves 2-step stamping. I will be offering customers an alternate "birthday" outside greeting for versatility in class for this card.
#6 Fabulous Florets
Another new favorite set for sure - Fabulous Florets - I have had SO much fun with this set! I used it here in fun tropical colors (Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive) and paired it with the new set Pursuit of Happiness for the wonderful sentiment. Class participants can choose from pursuit of Happiness or Delightful Dozen as sentiment options for outside of card to personalize this one.
#7 Delicate Doilies Birthday
Here's a fun one - This uses the new fabulous set Delicate Doilies - I can see MANY fun cards with this one! and the Happiest Birthday Wishes hostess set, as well as the new Lace Ribbon border punch. I used the gorgeous new In Colors - Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Island Indigo and paired them with Riding Hood Red.
#8 Sail Away
Finally I used the Summer Mini set Sail Away for another Masculine set. I FINALLY got the Teeny Tiny Wishes set to use for greeting choices for this card - I LOVE the versatility of this set, and I know it will be a standout favorite at my stamp a stacks!
Okay - that's it for cards for today -- off to clean up my messes and make some lunch. Hope everyone has an amazing day!!
Class participants, please be sure to email your selections to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday evening! Thanks! :)