Back in Business!

Hi everyone,
Well, I am back from a fabulous trip with my family to Disney World (and we added a 3-day Disney cruise to the start of the trip so that there would be something relaxing about this trip!) ๐Ÿ™‚

My sister and her 2 kids joined us for the Disney World portion of the trip and we had a fantastic time!

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Obviously! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is what I was doing before that:

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I had made all these cards in the last month (before leaving for Disney)!!!  WOW!!  I impressed myself with all this stampin (and a few other people, too)!!  I had been in a bit of a funk for some time, and my dear hubby gave me the time I needed to really get on a roll!  What a treat!

I am excited to share the fruits of my labor with you!  I believe that I have enough of a working knowledge of my mac to get them posted (mostly I took pictures differently).  I do apologize–I really have had quite a bit to share with you, I just have not been able to get along with my computer long enough to get them up…frustrating is a word that doesn't even cover it!  Everyone keeps telling me once I get the hang of things it will be fabulous!  I have a dot of hope that that is still true!  Let me tell you that I am truly feeling old that this transition has not been easier!  Sheesh!

One of the things I noticed on my little creative explosion is that we have too much stuff!!  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!!  I have not had such a successful Stampin Up Career without you all knowing that! :)  So, I found that when I limited what I allowed myself to use, I had a lot more success stamping!  Also:  SIMPLIFY!!  or "KISS" Keep It Simple Sister!  Here is the perfect example of that:

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I pulled out a few sets that I wanted to use and I had a color pallet that I wanted to use (I copied the colors off a different card I saw somewhere)

This card uses several of my FAVORITES (and those of you who know me know I have lots of favorites):

-Flower Fest:  This is the easiest set to use, it coordinates with a bunch of punches (most of my regular customers have all of them) and it is one sheet of cardstock with a couple of punches.

-"The Donna"  This is the technique I learned many years ago from a FABULOUS Stampin Up Employee, Donna Griffin (she rocks!)  Basically you ink your stamp, stamp it once, pick it up a little, then repeatedly stamp the reamainder of the ink (like you repeatedly tap it on the cardstock).  It leaves a little halo of lighter stamped images around the initial full-strength one, looks great and makes it look like the image is colored in nicely!  AWESOME!!

-Bling!!  I found with all those cards I made, the vast majority of them have bling on them (pearls and/or rhinestones)  LOVE them

-it uses the Boho Blooms punch…I believe that this is one of the best punches (besides the punch pack) in the catalog.  It can add so much!!

-Punch Pack (yep, I used that one, too!!)  The pack of 3 little punches…the best punches ever….

-One sheet of cardstock (that makes cutting simple)

Colors:

Very vanilla cardstock, Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango, and Pool Party (surprise!)  Not! ๐Ÿ™‚

Greeting is from Blessings From Heaven (p. 161) I really like that saying, and it is so true!

Come back tomorrow for more!

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