TGIF Challenges!

I took the Challenge! 

I needed some fun after having a rough combo of 9 months Pregnancy, Laryngitis, & The worst Sinus infection.  So I followed Ashley Van Camp’s suggestion to participate in the TGIF challenge #109. So glad I did. #TGIFC109

CLICK HERE to Visit TGIF blog

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Part of the Challenge was to head over to Rochelle Blok’s blog, she’s one of the current Artisan’s for Stampin’ Up!, kind of a big deal! Little did I know that I had copied and admired about half of her projects!  So I didn’t need to search long for a million projects I wanted to Copy and Change this time.

I choose this card…

Watercolor ButterFly FAV

Gorgeous huh?! 

She glued each of those beautiful butterfly pieces onto the black butterfly!  Wow, I have a whole new respect for her!

My project looks pretty close to hers.

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Boom, there it is! I had a blast making this card!

  • I used watercolor paper, wet the paper first and added Lemon Lime Twist to the center and Melon Mambo to the outside. I glued on the Die cut rose from  the Rose Garden Thinlits. The two leaves are from the Stylish Stems Framelits. I stamped a flower from Petite Petals and punched it out. The Thank you phrase was stamped with Thoughtful Banners in Melon Mambo. To embellish, I used a Melon Mambo Enamel Dot, the Metallic Sequins, old Doilies (couldn’t find the new ones) and Basic Black Baker’s Twine.

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  • Watercoloring the rose was by far my favorite part!  It was best to start with the lighter color in the center and add the vibrant/bolder color on the outside and blend really well.  You can use your Heat Tool on level 1 to dry it faster. I used Tombo glue to adhere it and Dimensionals on back.

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  • The Black Baker’s Twine was added on top of the Doily and layered three times and tied in back.  I made a cute bow and adhered it on the rose with a glue dot.  The sequins and flower were put on with glue dots.  The  “Thank You” saying was placed with 1-half Dimensional.

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Thank You for visiting! A big Thanks to Rochelle and TGIF for challenging me and allowing me to just play!

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Live your Passion!

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What’s your passion?


When you woke up this morning what was your first thought?

Ready to laugh at mine? It may make you want to pee your pants!

  • Being 9 months pregnant, I jolted out of a deep sleep and ran to the bathroom, thinking “hurry don’t pee my pants”.  Hilarious huh? Sadly, this is common for me these days! It’s funny how easy it is to float through a busy day with little thought… but what if there’s more? Do you believe in the power of the mind, like the idea that you can do anything you put your mind to? I sure do! I think that what we think, what we entertain, & what passions we aspire to drive our actions and help us succeed. So while we must survive & especially not pee the bed, what if we added a bit more substance or meaning to our lives. What if you had a clear and defined view of what you really wanted?

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“Do you believe in the power of our minds? You can do anything you put your mind to? I believe that’s true. What we think and entertain & what passions we aspire drive our actions to succeed.”

  • To learn our passions, start by soul searching.  What drives you to live? We’ve heard all kinds of motivational phrases all our lives, “live your dream”, “Live Laugh Love”, “Wish upon a Star” or “Just Do it”. These are great, but first we need to know what our passion is. This will change often just as life changes. What makes you feel alive? Here’s how I better understand my passion. I do this exercise often. Close your eyes, take a second to relax, let your shoulders just sink, clear your mind, and ask yourself what is the most important desire or passion in your life. Once it comes and it sure will… write it down.  It may not make sense at first, take time to understand it.  It may be one huge, central drive or many little steps. It doesn’t matter just write it down and take time to absorb it.

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  • Now here’s the challenge, making your hope and desire into something real.  Let it grow! Having a goal always improves my life. In fact, the only reason I am writing this blog is because I made my goals for the day and chose which was most important to me. It felt important to write this. Think of some simple goals, write them down, think about them often.  This will give your life more direction than simple waking up & running to the bathroom! You CAN do it! There’s no limit.

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  • I want to step outside my comfort zone and be brave today!  I will share one of my most inner passions with you!  It’s not simple or straight forward and I imagine I have more to learn about it, but it feels substantial to me. It is broad, so please be patient with me as I discover and break it down. While I was relaxed and clear this vivid thought came to me… “Add color to the world.” What is silly sands does that mean?!
  • The name I chose for my Stampin’ Up! business is Color Me Crazy. There’s a reason I chose to use the word “Color” in my name. To me, color means depth, vibrancy, fun, meaning, hope, healing, and individuality.  You know that really good book and now movie THE GIVER? I love it! It shows that life and even meaning is lost without color. In the story, color represents what made life worth living, both good and bad. It added diversity and joy. It allowed people and even objects to become independently brilliant.

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  • Back to what drives me, individuality. Yes, we are all like colors that are meant to stand apart but compliment one another. Without all the colors the world would be bland, boring, basic, and even without progression. OH MY, that’s not cool! I assume that to color the world I must know who I am and be true to that. This means I should develop myself, even love who I am, and be willing to show this to the world in small ways, everyday. I can spread inspiration and hope, add depth and fun, vibrance and healing just by being my best self. No doubt I studied how to heal others as a nurse for 8 years and now I teach others how to create and grow confidence by learning to paper craft. But overall, one of my deepest passions is to raise a family, so each child will have confidence in who they are, be themselves and give to the world.

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  • “Make the World a Better Place”, that’s a wonderful song that illustrates my main goal in life.  I want to add to it. Could I make a difference in my own way? YES!  I often think, there’s already so much color in the world, does it need me? YES! There’s only one of each of us, we are our own color. Do you think you make a difference? You do– you add to the world, if you chose to. You are important. I promise this does not need to be profound.  I think it’s just knowing who you are, what drives you and being determined to do a little good each day.  Take time in your life to figure out how to really live and “Just Do it”! You are full of good to share with others. Your thoughts, talents, gifts and passions will color your world and those around you. Are you ready to really LIVE! So am I… I want to add more to this beautiful world of color, no matter how simple it may be!

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  • I hope my thoughts were uplifting and helpful.  I sure feel more clear and more motivated.  Please leave me comments on my FB page. CLICK HERE to do so!  Thanks for taking the time to read this and respond. I appreciate you all!

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Some of my Favorite Oldies!

It’s Retiring time! 

I promised to showcase some of my FAV projects using the retiring product.

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This beautiful card is CASED (copied and changed) from a card seen on Pinterest by dreamingaboutrubberstamps.com.

The Stamp Sets are Flower Patch & Helping Me Grow. I used Melon Mambo and the NEW in-color Fresh Fig for the flower, and Wild Wasabi for the leaves.

This is called the Ghosting Technique, I think of it like a shadow effect.  First stamp in Craft Whisper White and let it dry before you stamp the Melon Mambo.  Last, use the enamel dots in the center of each flower. It’s fun!

 Circus Tent- both colors

Circus Tent- Berry:Lemon

Circus Tent- Pacific Point

Made by helenedenbreejen.nl in the Pacific Point and Real Red.

I had to make a girl version with the NEW in-colors, Berry Burst & Lemon-Lime Twist. I used Early Espresso for the Birthday greeting.

Stamp Sets: Carousel Birthday & Tin of Tags (retired)- stars.

You will want the Stitched Shapes Dies with the BIG SHOT and the Triple Banner Punch that makes the arrow tags.

Randomly stamp the stars (one by one) in the background, this part is fun! I used a Dimensional behind the Circus Tent circle. Done!

Love You- Navy

Love you- Wisteria

CASED from a card made by Brandi Barnard’s husband! I love the layout.

I used the new Delightful Daisy & Wood Textures paper seen in the NEW catalog (can be ordered on June 1st, so soon!).

I cut the card at 4-1/4″ (vertically cut 1 paper to make 2). Scored at 5-1/5″ and cut off 2″ from the 11″ (cut at 9″ mark).

Daffodil Delight CS (card stock) is cut at 2-3/4″ by 3-3/4″. White CS is cut at 2-1/2 by 3-1/2.

Colors used: Night of Navy or Wisteria Wonder, plus Daffodil Delight on both.

Punch out the YOU heart with the Sweetheart Punch.

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My design using Over the Rainbow and current Beautiful You Stamp Sets.

I embossed the background using the Lucky Stars Emboss Folder & the Big Shot.

I picked Soft Sky or Sahara Sand for the card base.

Ink colors: Daffodil Delight (stamp twice), Soft Sky (stamped off), Flirty Flamingo & Staz-on Black ink.

To stamp the Vellum, use Staz-on. Beware of sliding while stamping, also make sure it has time to dry!

I simply stapled the vellum on, no need for adhesive.

Botanical- FAV

This one has got to be my favorite! Both to make and look at!

CASED from Stempelwiese (past Artisan).

Card Base is Crumb Cake, the flower is Melon Mambo, and Wild Wasabi for the leaf.

Stamp Set: Timeless Texture (stamped off with Crumb Cake) & Labeler Alphabet.

You will need the Botanical Builder Dies (currently on SALE)! & the Big Shot.

The gold splatters are done with Gold Wink of Stella (retiring).

To stamp the saying of your choice, simply stamp one letter at a time to get this look.


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