boy do i love being home for the summer! i have spent some wonderful time in the woman cave just creating, thinking about creating, wondering what i'll create next...just being! i should be working on my swaps for convention, however, lee ann's sketch for seize the sketch #23 caught my eye. i have wanted to used the bloom with hope stamp set...and this is what i came up with:
i'm really digging the blendabilities! i think i'm getting the hang of them, thanks to all of the great tutorials out there! this card was pretty straight forward to make...again-gah-i had to fussy cut!...but only a little bit this time. a little side note here-when the edges of my cutting are not perfect, i take a regular stampin' write black marker, and using the brush end, run it along the edge of the not so perfect cut to 'finish' the look. i think this is a must to making your cutting look close to perfect! also, this great tutorial from linda coughlin at the funkie junkie will show you how i made this great bow without wasting ribbon.
stamp sets: bloom with hope, blooming with kindness
inks: memento tuxedo black, crumb cake
blendabilities: cherry cobbler, old olive, pumpkin pie
cardstock: crumb cake, black, vanilla, cherry cobbler
embossing folder: beautifully baroque
framelits: labels collection
edgelits: finishing touches
ribbon: cherry cobbler seam binding
my dear friend laura, a stamping newbie, was here this evening getting some tips and techniques on cutting paper. after i showed her a few other tidbits, she asked, "you're going to start up the stamping clubs, right?" that simple question nudged me into thinking...am i ready to take a leap of faith with my stampin' up business? i think i have been afraid to go past the hobbiest that i am because i'm afraid of failing. i was really good at this ten years ago...and now for some reason or another, wonder if it will be different. so i sit here tonight reminding myself that a leap of faith is a personal willingness to take a chance. i have to trust my own strength and ability to handle whatever that leap may bring. it may be different this time around, but maybe a better different and not a different i should be afraid of! so i proclaim here and now, i am ready to take a chance at letting my dreams become my realities. (whew! that's exciting to say out loud!) i'm excited to watch my business grow...as soon as i get back from convention, that is!
the academic author and professor at the university of south alabama, louise e. boone, wrote: "don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. the saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have and should have."
thank you for stopping by...i appreciate you!
peace be with you