Hello Fellow Stampers ~
Happy Monday!! It's the final full week of July - Whew! I'm struggling with that one. How about you? The kids head back to school here in our area on August 15th - so hard to imagine!! It just seems like we should have plenty of Summer left yet!!
I've been doing some sorting and cleaning out of my fabric drawers in the Studio - Oh My!! I found all sorts of old cross-stitch and quilt projects that I obviously thought I'd love to do at the time I bought them - LOL Needless to say, a lot of things have gone out the door to charity again this past week. I'm trying to bring my focus to the things I love and know I really want to do.
And yes, I am going to be getting back to some sewing and quilting and other crafty things. So I may share some of that with you here from time to time as I get myself organized and rolling. In fact, I started a brand new project kit over the weekend that I just got last week. I'm so excited about having this placemat and coaster set for August!!
I will definitely share with you as I finish this project; and other fun things I delve into this Summer and Fall!! Yeah!
I've decided I need a little more balance in my life, and not so much paper crafting all the time. This business has taken up my life 24/7 for the past 4 years, and I've come to realize that I'm burned out, no longer happy, have impacted friendships over it, and lost some of the things I love the most - like curling up with a good mystery. So please please bear with me while I try to find some balance in my life and get my mojo back. I do want to create cards, and I still love Stampin' Up!, but as long as I have a full-time "regular" job and a future husband in my life, and so many other things I love as well, I need to try to not give all of myself to just one endeavor. There may come a time when I can give up the regular job and focus more on my crafting, and then I may be able to give more time to Stampin' Up! Don't worry -- I'm not going too far away, I just don't plan to blog as much as I had been these past years; or spend as much time at the Studio table on card making as I had been. And when the cold weather months start to sink back in later this year, it will feel more like curling up in the Studio and crafting too.
In the meantime, I want to share a wonderful project our local group made last month with you -- because . . . I have another one of these I desperately want to make in the next week and share with you; and they will go together - ALL about Summertime!!! LOL Soooo, I hope you will feel as inspired as I have as we play with "samplers."
This Sampler was CASE'd off of a sample picture one of my downline gave me. I made a few changes, and worked with images and sets that I love - but it's similar to the "original." I don't know where she found the original, but the inspiration was wonderful! The thing that I love about Samplers - kind of like quilting or cross-stich samplers - is the number of different stamp sets you can end up touching and using to create a piece like this. It truly showcases so many wonderful products in our collections.
This sampler is set to center around a stamped image from the Sheltering Tree stamp set (stamped right on the background 11" x 11" sheet of cardstock.
Everything else is worked around that focal point.
The squares are cut with the Layering Squares Framelits dies (in Blueberry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist, and Very Vanilla)
The stamp sets and dies featured in the top row (from left to right) are Daisy Delight w/Daisy Punch, Brushwork Alphabet, Painted Harvest w/Leaf Punch, Varied Vases w/Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
The Second Row (from left to right) features Jar of Love w/Everyday Jars framelits, Sheltering Tree, Dandelion Wishes, Brushwork Alphabet.
And the Third Row features (from left to right) Love What You Do, Touches of Texture, Bike Ride w/Build-a-Bike Framelits, High Tide, Colorful Seasons w/Seasonal Layers Thinlits, and the final square uses Touches of Texture, Rooted In Nature, and Colorful Seasons.
And of course we finished everything off with lots of wonderful rhinestones, baker's twine, Wink of Stella, and lots of other fun embellishments.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this project today. As always, I love to read your comments. This week is Christmas in July week, so stay tuned. I'm planning some fun through the rest of July. And I'll be sure to share my finished Sunflower placemats and coasters once they're complete!!
Until Next Time . . . Puppy Hugs!