Thank You Berry Much

Our youngest son, Michael, works at a local nursery.  One of the great benefits of this job is he brings home fresh fruits and vegetables from his boss's garden.  I wanted to thank them for their bountiful blessings shared with us, so I made this card.  :)  

Some of the fruits are "double dipped" in 2 colors of ink.  I took a sponge dauber to blend out the two colors in hopes of avoiding a harsh line.  This was a quick easy card to make.  I hope they like it!

Stamps: I Pick You (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Bellini, Grass Skirt, Melon Ice, Midnight, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Rockin' Red, Sauna, Tiara (CPD)
Accessories: Wonky Stitched Dies (My Favorite Things) 


Dream Chasers

Every year I choose a word for the year.  If I'm being honest, most years the word finds me.  Sometimes I hold onto for longer than a year.  The first year I wrote out my word to use it was Focus.  Life was chaotic and too many things were pulling my attention.  I really felt like it was important to Focus on one task at a time and see it through completion.  I worked on setting up a schedule to help me focus.  I started using planners again and started a bullet journal planner with FOCUS being the very first page.

The following year my word remained Focus, but this time it was focus on being in the moment, especially with my children.  This started with turning down the radio in the car and truly engaging and listening to them as I took them to and from school.  My oldest was in middle school and I realized all too soon they would be gone.  Some days I wanted to just turn up the music or talk radio to hear another adult, but I could do that on the way home.  When they were in the car I had their focused attention.

Fast forward to last year.  My word was DREAM.  Not just dream, but I felt like God was telling me to dream bigger.  To dream beyond what I thought was possible and to dream what I had never dreamed before.  It has been an interesting word with endless possibilities.  The problem was that 2017 was filled with heartache for me.  Dreams just didn't seem possible.  I still held onto that word though, and when opportunities came, I took them.  Here is the thing about dreams.  They can remain beautiful or scary or exciting or even heartbreaking, but to make your dreams a reality you have to do more than dream.  You have to do the work and chase those dreams.

My Rodan + Fields team is called the Dream Chasers.  Why did I choose that name?  So we can always remember what we are working for.  We are not just hoping and wishing, but we are running after those things we want.  We keep dreaming bigger and brighter, but we also have our feet on the ground running. 

This card was made with my Dream Chasers in mind.  I created the background by masking off the outer edges, using a waterbrush to brush water over the center and then add soft swatches of color.  Once it was dry I added some stamping.  It is a clean and simple card, but captures the dreamy look I was going for.

What are you dreaming about?
What is your word of the year?

Stamps: Believe (Clearly Besotted)
Ink: Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet (Distress) All That Jazz (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Bristol (Strathmore)
Accessories: White Superfine Embossing Powder (Wow) 


Wonderful Mother

If you read my post a few of days ago, you saw the card my husband didn't choose to send to his mom.  I can't say I blame him.  I'm pretty sure she would love this one too.  She once told me that yellow roses are her favorite, so I try to include a yellow rose on her cards when I can.

This card is a combination of "old" and "new" (at least to me) products.  The layering flowers and leaves are new to me, and although the puffy diamond embossing folder isn't new, it is new-to-me.  I have to admit my embossing folders have been collecting dust for a few years now.  That is why I held off so long on getting this one, but after loving every card I saw using it, I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and get one.  Then I "made myself" use it before putting it away with the other lonely embossing folders. Perhaps I need to start using them again more often.  I do love the texture and look they give to cards.

The ribbon, sentiment stamp and cross stitch square dies were all happy to be used again.

Stamps: The Sweet Life (PaperTreyInk) You Are Wonderful (Clearly Besotted)
Ink: Bellini, Tiara, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs) Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Blushing Bride, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Cross Stitch Squares (My Favorite Things) Organza Ribbon, Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder (SU)  Silver Watercolor (Kuretake)


Feel Better with Copic coloring

The moment I saw this stamp, I had to have it.  I've been on something of a stamp buying freeze because I wasn't doing much stamping and did need to do anymore collecting if I wasn't going to use it, but I just had to color this image!  I'm so glad I did.  I've tried watercolor and Copic so far.  Next I think I will pull out my inktense pencils and see how that goes.

Speaking off too much schtuff to buy more... I have a serious "collection" of patterned paper, but the past couple of years my style has been more on the clean and simple side.  Plus, I love making my own backgrounds, so my paper hoard (let's just call it what it is) has grown to the point I can't justify buying anymore pretty paper.  Not to mention I have no place to put it when I do.  The only way to remedy that is to start using up what I have.  I suppose I could make a big bonfire with them and eat s'more's.  S'mores are good, but I just can't bring myself to burning my pretty stash.

Stamps: Handlettered Encouragement (Simon Says Stamp) Mondo Sakura (Essentials by Ellen)
Ink: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah) Fairy Dust (Kaiser Craft)
Accessories: V0000. V000, V01, V04, BV20, G21, 0 (Copic)  Wonky Stitched Dies (My Favorite Things) Mondo Sakura Dies (Essentials by Ellen)


Just Because

There are still a few days left to play along with our Calling All Sistahs black & white encouragement challenge.  I decided to bend the rules a bit and add a POP of Purple to my card.

The background was made in the same way as the sympathy card I posted on Saturday.  Clicky if you missed it.  This time I added outline florals.  

Sadly the Loving Thoughts stamp set has Sold Out.  It was one of my all time CAS-ual Fridays Stamps set.  There are still a few Deeply Discounted pieces available on the retirement list.  Grab your favorites before they are gone forever!  Don't forget to use the discount code below.  Yes, it works on the already discounted.  Michele is super cool like that.  ;)

Stamps: Loving Thoughts (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Lilac to Purple (Hero Arts) Basic Gray, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up) Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories: Enchanted Butterfly (Catherine Pooler Designs) Clear Embossing Powder (Wow) Wonky Stitched Dies (My Favorite Things)