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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Eastern Palace Suite!

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The Eastern Palace Suite and NEW in-colors are AMAZING!

Get your hands on them before

the NEW catalog launches in June!

Contact me for details!


What are the NEW in-colors?

Every year Stampin’ Up! comes out with 5 NEW fresh, trendy, & vibrant colors, they stay for 2 years.

It’s so exciting, just like Christmas!

I am a kid at heart, aren’t I?!

I often gasp at the sight of the new colors & usually my mind wanders to how I can use them to create!

I LOVE COLOR, life is full of inspiring colors!

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Do you want to see some more samples of the 3 out of 5 new colors I’ve been using?!

Here it goes… (I sound like my 3 year old boy as he lets his toy train drop down a steep slide)!

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Tranquil Tide is the deep green found in the Peacock like patterned Designer series paper!

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This card uses Fresh Fig as the paper and stamped flowers. Gorgeous color! So Regal, you’ll love it!

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The Splashes of Gold are done with Embossing Powder.  No new colors here, but the Eastern Palace Stamp Set is featured.

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These leaves are featuring Lemon Lime Twist! It’s such a “WOW” color isn’t it?!

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I used the Fresh Fig tassel from the bundled suite and a splash of Lemon Lime Twist!

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I used Lemon Lime Twist to water color inside the Flower.  It’s a perfect party and accent color.

I just love it! Beware, I will use this color often!!

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I used my Aqua Painters to water color these cool flowers.  I blended the colors together.  This uses all 3 in-colors, just stunning!

All Done! I hope you liked my post.

I have more coming!

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Retiring Items on SALE!

Retiring Products

Stampin’ Up is offering up to 50% off select retiring product!

What does this mean?!

It means, some really amazing product is retiring (maybe even your favorites!) and will only be available while supplies last. YIKES!

It also means, great new product & a new catalog is on the horizon! NEW product can be ordered June 1st, 2017!

 Some items are discounted! Be sure to check if your favorites could be gone soon and get your order in quickly!

Also, many bundles will be going away, so take advantage of the bundled price while you still can!

 


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Click here to find out which items are on sale & may be gone soon

get your favorites before they are gone!

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So many cards to share!

I have been busy! 

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Made using Detailed Floral Thinlits & Water Color Wishes Stamp Set. Melon Mambo Card Stock.

Last month I had 3 events –

  1. My Club,

  2. a Stamp Buffet &

  3. a Technique Class making pop-up cards

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As shown in Stampin’ Up!- Annual Catalog (with Crazy About You Stamp Set).

Colors- Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy.

 I have 3 family events this month  (I made 20-50 invites for each!) 

  1. My Grandfather’s 90th Birthday Party

  2. My son’s 3 year Birthday Party

  3. A friend’s Baby Shower

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Card made with Number of Years, my original design

I participated in two card swaps, so fun!

I attended by first Stampin’ Up! Live FaceBook event,

Glitter Baby- FAV baby & bday Calss

My design. Moon Baby set, Lucky Stars Emboss Folder,

Sweet Sugarplum Sale-a-bration Glimmer Paper and New! Watercolor pencils.

I enjoyed all the great rewards and sale items for

Sale-a-Bration, now over   🙁

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Tasty Trucks, Design by Kimberly Van Diepen, www.stampinbythesea.com

and I am just months from having my baby girl join us!  Life’s GRAND!

Baby Floating on Clouds! Juana Create

Card designed by Juana Create, Stamp Set- Moon Baby

That’s not all…

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I made tons of cards to display, here’s one. I made it with the Jars of love & Helping Me Grow stamp sets.

Colors- Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, and Wild Wasabi

Designed by Allison Okamitsu, nicepeoplestamp.blogspot.com

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Designed by Mikaela Titheridge. Used the Special Reason Stamp Set, Rock n’ Roll Technique (I stamped on lighter color and sponged on the Pumpkin Pie to the outside), & Sparkle Emboss Folder. Colors- Pear Pizzaz, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie.

Ice Cream Scopes- Ashley Van Camp (Design With Ink)

Soft & Sweet Sicle- bold Colors

Layers of Popscicles- Design With Ink (Ashley Van Camp)

All 3 cards designed by Ashley Van Camp (Design with Ink). “Cool Treats” Stamp Set is one of my all time favorites!

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I CASED (copy…) this card from Brani Barnard’s daughter, we made it at a Card Buffet Event.

Uses the Tasty Treats Designer Paper, Cool Treats Set, Stylized Birthday, & Swirly Bird Set for the Splatter.

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Inspired from Brandys Cards (YouTube). Moon Baby Set.

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Bella & Friends Stamp Set. Water colored with Aqua Painters & Ink

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My Design, uses the FREE set from Sale-a-bration (not currently available) Hey, Chick Set.

Light House- Natalie Woll

Card designed by Natalie Woll, Stamp Set- High Tide

Wedding Rose- Suite Card Exchange

Rose Wonder Stamp Set

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Card Swap, Card by Lois Brown. Big on Birthdays Stamp Set.

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DSC_2172 Designed by my New Demo (she joined my team!), Paula Skeen.  Way to go Paula!

She used the Watercolor Words Stamp Set, Whisper White and Very Vanilla Card Stock. I love this card!

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Post-surgery update!

Time for an UPDATE!

I am doing amazing after my Lower Back, Spinal Fusion.

To fill you all in, I had emergency surgery at 12 weeks pregnant.

Since that time, we’ve found out our baby’s GENDER!

Want to know?!

Here’s how we revealed it!

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A gorgeous layered cake, what’s inside?

PINK= GIRL or BLUE= BOY!

The cake was divine. Thanks Abbey, our masterful baker!

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Each guest put their bet on the gender board,

so the excitement in the room thickened as we cut the cake!

So EXCITING!!!

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Can you spot the color of the cake yet?!

Keep looking!

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IT’S A GIRL!!!

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See how beautiful this cake is!

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We took a family photo to remember this moment.

(I didn’t plan wearing pink and my hubby wearing blue but odd enough that was our guesses!)

We wanted to have a boy and a girl, so we are overjoyed!!!

I had a strong feeling this baby was a girl!  I have had way more nausea, the babies sitting higher in my belly and

I’ve had completely different cravings. Instead of meat, I want oranges!

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Being a card designer, I made a card about this cute baby jumping into our lives.

I will use it for a baby shower I am throwing with a good friend! You may get one in the mail!

Our baby girl is due mid-June (be prepared for minimal blogging in June!).

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Her name will be SARELL– after Sara! 

It’s the name of my dear grandmother and my middle name!

 


So now you’ve been on our exciting journey of discovering our baby girl’s gender! It’s been a dream, just like my card implies!

If you are still reading, I’d like to share my recent surgery story. I’ve been asked to share updates. I will not disappoint!

As you may know, I’ve struggled with some scary symptoms in my legs, hips and back for sometime. My legs and feet would go numb, tingle, and grow weak. My hips hurt and my spine would curve in odd ways. My back had become stiff and spasmed often. My legs were my most persistent problem. I often could barely move them & I’d find myself confined to bed consistently. One night, I ran from bed at the sweet sound of my son knocking on our door, as I ran, my legs just stopped moving mid-air and I collapsed to the floor.  Embarrassing! This is when I decided it was time to get serious.  No more kindly suggesting I had a problem with my back and legs, I needed to be seen by the right doctors. Some suggested I could have a serious progressive disease, SCARY!  In fact, the first test done was a MRI of my brain for Multiple Sclerosis.  This process started about a year before we got pregnant.  It took so long to get into a neurologist that I was PREGGERS and they didn’t want to do the MRI of my spine. “WHY COULDN’T A DR. HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE?!” I admittedly screamed in my head often!

“Hope is on the horizon!”

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Haha… I laugh at the process now!  In the end, it all worked out, but at the time, it tested my patience!  I faithfully did PT for 3 1/2 weeks and the sciatica pain only worsened… when I say worsened, I mean it was unbearable, the worst pain I have ever felt. I pride myself in my excellent pain tolerance and I’ve had several injuries and health struggles but this…. this was a whole new MONSTER of pain! It burned, it felt like my joints and muscles were being torn from the bone. I could not sit, stand, lay or walk for long.  I had to consistently change positions… what did this mean?! The pregnant lady was getting nearly zero sleep and was starting to go crazy!  I have run half marathons and raced my guts out (not literally, but close)!  This was like running at full sprint for a marathon.  I was exhausted and it burned!  Every doctor told me to go to the ER, so what did I do? I went to the ER… long story short, I got an MRI, they found a MONSTER herniated disc on my L4-L5 spine.  Yep, it all makes sense!  They operated the next day because my nerve was under immense stress from the herniation.  The hope was to avoid permanent nerve damage.  While in surgery, they discovered it was even worse!  My ligaments were torn from my vertebrae in one spot, this meant my bone was sliding around and I imagine it pinched on that nerve, who knows  how long!  CRAZY!  So no MS, no more pain and I am healing beautifullyI feel so blessed.  My foot and leg are almost back to full functioning and the feeling is almost normal.  MIRACLES!  I now see how being patient and thinking positive can help any situation. It didn’t make it go by faster, but it’s nice to know there was an end.  I’m not sure what trials you face, but please keep going. Don’t give up!  I believe it always gets better.  There will be bits of heaven to help you out and hope is on the horizon. It’s been over 10 years of this trial for me, I am so happy to see it ending! Please share your stories and thoughts on my Facebook site, Color Me Crazy, https://www.facebook.com/cmcstamps/ I sure appreciate you all and thanks for visiting!

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I am BACK!

Hello fellow friends and stampers!

I am back! I am recovering from an emergency back surgery, while still being Pregnant! So fun!

 


How would you like to see a video all about MAN CARDS?!

Great, I will show you a super fast card, how to step it up quickly, and share some other sample ideas.

Check out my video!

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!

It’s here… The holiday season! 


However you celebrate, celebrate it with me because I LOVE Christmas!

I love the snow, the lights, the decorations, the peace, and focusing on helping others in need.

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Here’s a few cards I’ve worked on!  

Stay tuned for some more Holiday MAGIC!

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I wish you a BRIGHT and FABULOUS holiday season with your loved ones!

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