This past week has been filled with “all the feels” – there are so many wonderful things to celebrate and to feel happy about. Earlier this week I shared with you the incredible opportunity I had to share crafting with the foster care families of Georgia’s Division of Families and Children at their annual celebration (you can see that post here). What a thrill! I’m still overjoyed from that day – and now I have a personal milestone to celebrate.
Today is a special day for me. Fifteen years ago this week, I was on a cruise in the Caribbean when I suffered a massive stroke. At 29 years old, I was healthy, happy and had passed my annual physical with no concerns. When an artery in my neck unexpectedly tore (possibly from a years-old neck trauma), though, my body created blood clots to cover that tear. Those clots, one after the other, traveled to the base of my brain and blocked the flow of blood. I am so fortunate to have come out the other side of this experience with very few residual effects and am so grateful to be alive and healthy fifteen years later.
To honor this important milestone, I’ve created a sweet-and-simple card with some new products I love. I think this just about says how I feel right now:
- Life is a Beautiful Thing. Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp set Colorful Seasons is filled with lots of great sentiments and images that follow all of the seasons of the year. Whether you want to showcase an Adirondack chair in Summer or soft, sweet flowers in Spring or gorgeous leaves in Fall or beautiful, lacy snowflakes in Winter, this set and coordinating Framelits have it all – and you’ll be happy to use it all year long. What I love most is that the set seems to celebrate life at every turn – every sentiment seems to offer a smile or offer good advice for life. I adore this stamp set and the entire suite of products that’s showcased with it in the catalog on page 147.
- Pick Pick a Pattern. I don’t want to pick just one, but I think Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper is THE BEST! Despite having lots of great papers from the new catalog to play with, I keep coming back to the fun, playful pages of Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. While most are childlike in their appeal (dinosaurs, mushrooms, bears at a campsite), this page of white patterns on a black backdrop are stunning to me – such a different page from the other patterns, but that’s what makes the paper so versatile. Here’s a look at Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper:
- Color Combination. I wanted something bold and bright to accompany this black-and-white Designer Series Paper. I played with several different combinations until I arrived on this one. I love the pairing of Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry (they don’t seem like they’d go together, but they do!), but they are intensified when combined with the panel of black and big circle of white. If you like this combination, too, please save this:
BONUS – In my blog post write-ups, I normally focus on three things I want you to know about a project. Since today’s project has such a profound meaning, I wanted to share one aspect of the design that I love. I had created a straight-across-the-card-front-of-the-card band, but I decided to angle it just a little bit. Why? Because life can be a little wonky sometimes, and we can feel a little unbalanced. We just have to adjust and keep going. While the banner is at an angle on the card front, the sentiment is positioned straight up-and-down to find balance in the unbalanced band.
Stamp Sets: Colorful Seasons Papers: Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Thick Whisper White Inks: Archival Basic Black Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I’ve had a couple of scares over the years and have undergone lots of tests because of those scares. In the end, though, there haven’t been any long-lasting deficiencies from the stroke. I’m so grateful. On a side note, it was after the stroke in 2002 and during my long recovery that I decided to spend some of my “down time” with a craft. I wanted to make Christmas cards and started buying a couple of Stampin’ Up! items from a friend. I took a lot of time away, but I’m so glad I found my way back to this wonderful artistic expression.
ONE MORE REASON TO CELEBRATE. In coordination with my (can I call it an) anniversary, I’m rolling out a short, but wonderful, promotion that will go live starting tomorrow. Be on the lookout! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by today!
2017 ANNUAL CATALOG PRODUCT SHARES & DSP SWATCH BOOKS. Yesterday I shared my product shares and swatch books for this amazing, new catalog. If you’d like to join in to get a taste of all the new papers and ribbons in this catalog, please join in one (or all) of the shares. To learn more or to sign up, CLICK HERE.BRIAN’S BULLETIN. I’ve created a fun newsletter and want to share it with you. To sign-up to receive Brian’s Bulletin, please click on the link below:RETIRING LIST. Stampin’ Up!’s retiring list was announced last month – you can see all the items that will soon go away here:
NOW AVAILABLE! Stampin’ Up! is giving some great products an early release! Until May 31, customers can now order select items from the Eastern Palace Suite! There are two bundles being offered – and they are both AMAZING. I can’t see why you’d pass up the Premier Bundle with the Eastern Medallion Dies – they are incredible! To read more about this suite, CLICK HERE.