Thursday, July 11, 2013

Work less, play more, enjoy life

Hi everyone,
When I logged in yesterday to view Kathy's card, I had this sense of reverence and anticipation. LOL!  You have to understand, she roped me into this stamping business and I still remember the day I went to my very first stamping class.  I had just flown in from a long trip and I had absolutely NO interest (I was a scrapbooker for heaven's sakes!)--but I went along anyway.  We had Chinese food for dinner..and then we went (to a Stampin Up party)...and then the rest was history.  Hooked---line and sinker!  Never in our dreams did we ever think we would ever have our own blog, MUCH LESS enter challenges, and MUCH LESS be on a design team.  I remember the first set of cards we made for a fundraiser--we were so proud of them but looking back now, I'm so embarrased! haha  SO, that being Kathy's first post as a DT member--was a huge landmark in our history. :)  

Well, on another note... my package is off to the girls and now I need to get started on my next cards.  They'll be going to the beach soon so I've been looking for some beachy stamps since I didn't have any in my stash.  How lucky to find that Stampin Bella just put out a beach girl...and so did Unity!

Today's card features the Stampin Bella card.  Originally I was going to send this one to my older daughter Julia, but once I started creating it, I thought to myself, "Who am I kidding?  This one's all Claudia":  The large orange hat, the big ol' sunglasses, the purse...and did I mention the ORANGE?  And the sentiment, which goes with the stamp, is SOOO Claudia.  Wish I was more like that girl--she manages to enjoy life as much as possible and still do a fine job at school and never stress out about it.

Anyway, this design was inspired by the Sweet Sketch Challenge: SSW214  I love the paper I found in my stash by My Mind's Eye.  It looks a little like mandalas and sunshine.  I'm starting to think there's a pattern here.  I never look at what brand of paper I get...if I like it, I get it.  Then after going through my stash today I found that most of my paper is either MME, Doodlebug, Theresa Collins, or Simple Stories.  How's that for a pattern...

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the sketch and take a little heed from the wise sentiment before summer turns to fall. Thanks for stopping by!  Next card: Unity Beach Girl...  Margaret
PS.  I added a closeup--no good card goes unstickled which I put on the stripes of the bag and bathing suit!  ;)

Stamp and Sentiment: Stamping Bella
Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Die cuts:  Spellbinder and Papertrey (Banner)


  1. Hi Margaret I totally love your card, what a great image ( I so wish I looked like that in a Bikini)LOL. Love your colours and great papers and embellishments. Great card and thanks so much for sharing your card with us over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
    Kathie SSW-DT

  2. I just love this, what a fun Summer image and fantastic coloring. Super work. Thanks for joining us.
    Hugs, Heide SSW-DT

  3. What an adorable card. I love your darling image and yes, we do need to slow down and enjoy life more. Thansk for joining us.
    Nancy SSW-DT

  4. Fabulous creation! Love your image and beautiful papers. Perfect indeed. Thanks for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.


  5. Perfect Summer stamp and creation! Love the Stickles too! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Peace & Luv,

  6. Wow, did you ever capture Claudia's essence! This is way too cute for words! Just love that dp! Great job!!!

  7. Fantastic image ... love the big hat. Thanks so much for getting sketchy with us this week over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
    ~Jo, SSW-DT

  8. Awesome card!! Love the image and colors you've used!!
    So glad you played along with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!!
    Blessings to you!!
    Sally SSW-DT

  9. Such a fun summer image! Love your colors. Arlana@SSW!!!

  10. Terrific card with a really fun image. Love the added glitter to spark it up. Thanks for joining us at SSW!
    Sharon, SSW-DT