Saturday, January 3, 2009

CASEing Myself and a Word About Resolutions

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Lately I've been on a Pacific Point kick. I'm working on swaps for Leadership next week and I keep going back to that color! Now I have to say, that when I first saw the color on the Bermuda Cruise (Thank you SU! - again!) my first reaction was YUCK! You see, I am not a fan of Brilliant Blue - although it has it's place, it's not a color I choose to work with very often, maybe once every 2 years........
Anyway, Pacific Point reminded me so much of Brilliant Blue, that I was sure I was never going to use it either!

How wrong I was!

Pacific Point has just the right tones of green in it to make it gorgeous with just about any thing you partner it with. I love how it adds just the right amount of vivid color without overtaking a project.

This particular card is not for Leadership but was one that I made originally for my Convention Swaps. That time, I used red and yellow tones. You can see the original post here.

For this card, I used the Rock and Roll technique on one of the flowers from Happiness Always, a soon to be retired Hostess stamp set. I also used the technique of Graduated stamping, meaning that I stamped it multiple times with out re-inking the stamp.

The Rock and Roll was accomplished by stamping first in Baja Breeze, then lightly rolling the stamp on the Kiwi Kiss ink pad. Finally, rolling just the edges in Pacific Point. This created a multi colored image. By Graduated stamping on this card, I was able to give it depth as well. My cardstock echoes these colors with a layer of each mounted on a Whisper White card base.

The button and jewel accent is created by popping the jewel out of a Rhinestone Brad - may SU! NEVER retire these! - and mounting in on a button from the Button Bouquet with a mini glue dot. (Speaking of Retired - the Retiring Accesories list comes out this coming Monday at 2 pm! - I'll post the link as soon as I'm able because, as always, it's first come, first served on those items with NO backorders. Once gone, they are gone.)

The sentiment at the bottom is also from the Happiness Always stamp set and is one of my favorites. It seems especially appropriate for this time of year, when we are all planning ahead and making Resolutions for 2009.

I try to live with a "No Fear" resolve year round, meaning that I don't face life with apprehension about what is to come next, but with ANTICIPATION of the future! I've discovered that in being open to what God has in store for me - and I know He only wants the best for all His children - I can look forward to the future, even if a particular moment in my life seems bleak. 2008 was a wonderful year for me, my family and my SU! business in many ways, but we have faced several challenges on the home front lately. Even so, my life resolve to embrace my circumstances and to be thankful in ALL things has not wavered. God is good, ALL the time.

I hope you all live in ANTICIPATION of everything that 2009 has in store for you and yours. It is my prayer that God will watch over you and keep you and that you have a firm foundation on which to stand.

Stamped Blessings,

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