It’s my life

I’m writing this post from my laptop. Not so unusual, right? Now let me give you some context. I’m sitting in the back of my SUV, parked in the garage with the trunk open so I can be close to my newborn, who is sleeping in his car seat, while maintaining a close eye on my 2-year-old, who is doing his MOST favorite thing– playing outside. He lives to be outside, it’s seriously the first request out of his mouth when he wakes up. We just wrapped up a game of kick-the-ball, now he’s raking up pine needles into his dump truck. This is my life! This is as real as it gets.

The best part about all of this is that I can still fit my Stampin’ Up! business into my reality, and make it work. Yes, I don’t always have the chance to write a consistent blog post. Yes, I have pictures of projects that have collected virtual cobwebs waiting their turn to be shared with you. Yes, sometimes I struggle to figure out what a healthy balance actually looks like for us as a family (which, by the way, I believe is highly individualized). As we welcomed our 2nd precious son into our world about a month ago, the scales of balance shifted yet again. Our life is dynamic; not a static, rigidly scheduled machine. I enjoy impromptu play dates with friends and on-a-whim stamping sessions as much as I like having a clean and organized home. I need both ends of the spectrum to feel like my life is well-rounded, calm as calm gets with a toddler and newborn, and full of joy.

So, for the sake of dusting off a few virtual cobwebs, here is a card I made for my friend who had her second beautiful daughter a few weeks before I had Luke. It was a card I copied almost exactly from a fellow demonstrator, Dawn Olchefske. My friend and team member, Rachel, sent me a gorgeous thank-you card using this technique, so I was thrilled to stumble upon Dawn’s Triple Time Stamping post and technique video to get to work on my own rendition. CASEing (Copy And Share Everything– our driving design philosophy as demonstrators) is a great way to get creative without spending large amounts of time and energy designing projects from scratch. I do a mixture of both CASEing and creating from scratch, but if you’re really busy, struggle with the creative process, or are new to stamping and are working on developing your skill set, use CASEing as your jumping off point. It will save you a lot of frustration in the long-run because of the predictable outcome, and you’ll have an abundance of beautiful projects to share so your friends will assume you’re a creative genius. Don’t worry, I’ll keep your secret :o)

P.S. This post sat in my WordPress drafts since October. It’s now January. My newborn is now almost 5 months old. Life happens, and I’m busy participating! Now if I can learn to participate and share, we can all benefit. Enjoy, nonetheless!

Create the look

Tips: You will need a temporary adhesive to hold the three layers of card stock together before stamping. Did you know that our Multipurpose Liquid Glue can be used as either a permanent or a temporary adhesive? Adhere the layers together while the glue is still wet and you get a strong, permanent hold. Wait for the adhesive to dry (spread a very thin layer in a small area using the wide tip so you won’t have to wait long) and you’ve created a re-positionable hold, kind of like a sticky note. Multipurpose Liquid Glue is my go-to adhesive, it’s what I use on virtually every project (along with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add depth).


Stamps: Sweet Essentials (126455- wood mount, 126457- clear mount), Creative Elements (122645- wood mount, 122647- clear mount)
Ink: Melon Mambo (126948), Pink Pirouette (126956)
Card Stock: Melon Mambo (115320), Very Vanilla (101650)
Terrific Tools: Paper Snips, for cutting out the intricate details of the sentiment piece (103579), Stamp-a-ma-jig, for perfect alignment of the sentiment (101049)
Exceptional Embellishments: Linen Thread (104199), Vintage Trinkets (118764)


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  1. […] masculine cards, but this card totally changed my perspective. Rachel’s card also inspired my “hello, baby” card. Basically, this card changed my life! LOL Here is that life-changing beauty, posted with her […]

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