Friday, June 27, 2014

choose happiness-the paper players 201

hi tracey, momma and friends old and new!

my dear husband treated me to a box of goodies from stampin' up for my birthday...boy, have i been having fun!  i feel like a child at christmas, finding it difficult to decide what to play with first.  I think it is no surprise i chose my new blendabilities...stampin' up's new alcohol markers.  well, needless to say, it has been a process in learning.  i have watched many tutorials and have gone through a great many flowers trying to find my style/technique...and...i'm still working on it!  i will not give up!

i had fun creating this card using a sketch by nance from the paper players.  if i told you how many marigold's i colored in and have only one card to show for it, you may actually feel sorry for me!  however, it was fun just relaxing in the woman cave, with some country music playing! (i swore a long time ago you would never catch me listening to that genre, but boy oh boy, i am hooked!)

ink:  chocolate chip, crumb cake
cardstock:  old olive, chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, naturals ivory, crumb cake
stamp sets:  choose happiness, hardwood, flower patch
misc:  blendabilities pumpkin pie and old olive, burlap, naturals candy dots

for the 'fence', i stamped hardwood in chocolate chip on crumb cake and then cut the pieces apart.  i sponged the edges to give it the weathered look.  i reassembled the parts to get this really neat effect.

*this card was chosen by ann from the paper players' design team as her top pick!  i'm am giddy with excitement!

my sister always says, "fussy cutting' again, are we?"  i can't help it...i need an intervention!

today is the first day of summer for me.  my beach bag is already packed and i'm hitting the road with my book and iPod as soon as i press 'post'.  it has been a wonderful school year and one i will hold in my heart for years to come.  the students were wonderful...full of character, wonder, insight, humor...and i loved mostly every minute of it.  this past week, i received so many lovely gifts from my class, but believe me when i say, it's the notes that the students and parents write that i love.  their words of gratitude and love remind me of why i do what i do. 

on the flip side...a couple of dear friends are leaving my building.  raylene is moving back to kansas to be with her family and alejandro is going to a different school district.  these are truly two of the happiest, kindest people i know.  they were such a presence in our school...and their absence will be felt throughout the school come september.  it is said that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  i'm truly blessed to have worked with both of these amazing people i can call friends.

I leave you with this...

“I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” 
― Jon Katz

thank you for stopping by...i appreciate you!

peace be with you


  1. love the pop of orange against the wood background and the burlap tag! beautiful

  2. Great card, Leslie! Love how you built a little fence for your background and your flower seems to be growing out from under it. The safety pin is cute, too. Thanks for playing along with us this week at The Paper Players!

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to send kind words!

  3. What a stunning creation...your deep, rich colors really make this card stand out! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Paper Players this week!

    1. Thank you, LeAnne! I so appreciate your kind words!

  4. Wow, Leslie what a clever take on the sketch! The garden gate is lovely and your bold coloring beautiful! Thank you for joining the sketchy fun at The Paper Players!

    1. Thank you, Nance, for such a great sketch i will certainly use time and time again! Thank you for your warm fuzzies!