A turning point in my life…where have I been? Where is this blog going?

A turning point in my life…where have I been? 
It may be an overused phrase, however, this does indeed mark a turning point in my life and the content of my blog.  While what I have done over the past years has been an amazing experience in itself and allowed me to enjoy some “trips of a lifetime” with my family, what really comes to mind is my husbands words to me at the beginning “Are you sure you want to turn something you love into a job?”
My answer at the time was yes, and still is actually, just with some major adjustments!  What my personal struggle has been is balance.  
So, I took an almost year long hiatus from blogging, social media, and many, many miscellaneous things in life.  I have been slowly “gearing up” for entering the online blogging and crafting world again, just with a bit of a twist. Over the past few years I have been slowly collecting and playing with jewelry making tools and accessories (I still love paper too!).  Like many folks I just like to create with my hands, but I didn’t want to feel like I was so tied to one product and hobby as my focus.  
Balance…I have Marie Kondo’d my life!
No matter how rewarding it was, I needed to choose a different path for me. A balance of home, family, God, and simple joy. In other words I have  “Marie Kondo’d” my life and I am excited to see what happens.  I have been purging like crazy.  Where before paper crafting had literally taken over, NOW you can see from these pictures there is better balance!  It’s till a work in progress though.  I’ll keep you updated!  The left is of my loft teaching space, and the right is my personal studio.
Last year I started to serve in our church media room. I have loved learning and am happy I found a way to serve and give back.  My friends and I have also started a bible study that meets at my house twice a month. Right now we are doing the Beth Moore study “Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit Of The Spirit”. I have really enjoyed the time spent with these ladies and I am looking forward to continued growth.
What is happening to the blog?
My intent going forward is that this blog will be a reflection of those changes, much less structure, just simple joy.  I want to create and share blog posts for fun, not to meet SEO ratings or a monetized YouTube…lol…  Yep, even though I did well with both it took the spontaneity out of it (and in full disclosure, I was monetized until YouTube changed the parameters last year)   It is a common misconception that running an online business is easier.  It’s just not, at least for me.  I can, in fact, say that from experience, having owned a brick and mortar business for over 20 years.
I STILL want to share my paper stamping! The picture above is the So Many Stars Bundle in the New Holiday Stampin’ Up! Catalog.
However, I want to also share my wire weaving (yep, those are my very first attempts), metal stamping (still learning), and metal etching creations with you. ( I LOVE my Foredom Flex Shaft and my Optivisor!) Sometimes, I just want to share my quirky, silly life, too! I have become a collector of inspirational quotes and Bible verses, I love them!  And, life confession, If it weren’t for my husband and child I really would have a house full of cats and plants!
Where did all the details go?
Going forward if you have any questions about anything, simply leave them in the comments and I am happy to answer.  I don’t want to fill my posts with information like dimensions and product that not everyone needs just to fill space.  This blog adjustment will be a work in progress for a while.  I am even changing the blog look and name, the cats STAY though…lol… because they make me happy.  Meow.

Stampin Up Little Elephant Bundle Baby card

Stampin Up Little Elephant Bundle Baby card

Today’s fun post features the Stampin Up Little Elephant Bundle Baby card, which uses the Delightfully Detailed laser cut DSP.  Super simple and super cute!  I love the Iridescent Sequins used for the water spouts!

To make this card simply start with an A2 Very Vanilla card base cut at 11″ x 4.25.  Score and fold in half at 5.5″.  The second layer is Mint Macaron cardstock cut at 5.25″ x 4″.  Stamp the elephants in mint Macaron and use the Elephant punch builder for these and the ears!

Attach all the pieces and remember to make the envelope pretty!

And here is the Stampin Up Little Elephant Bundle Baby card video tutorial:


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Stampin Up Rooted in Nature Treat Holder

Stampin Up Rooted in Nature Treat Holder

I just love the simplicity of today’s fun Stampin Up Rooted in Nature Treat Holder!  Quick, easy, and elegant using the Natures Poen Designer Series Paper and some gold accents!

I was fortunate to have earned the Alaska Cruise incentive trip this year from Stampin’Up!  So I made up some cute 3D treats for one of my swaps on the ship.  I love Ghirardelli Chocolate and they make the perfect little treat for travel!  I started with a 2″ x 6″ piece of DSP, sored at 3 1/8″ from EACH end.  Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch on each end and close with a glue dot.

Stamp the sentiment on a white die cut leaf, and then layer the die cut leaves together with snail adhesive.  Attach the gold thread and the gold library clip.  Finally, finish it off with a knot of the gold edge ribbon.

And here is the Stampin Up Rooted in Nature Treat Holder video tutorial:


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