Rooted in Nature

Good morning and happy Sunday Fun Day with the family! It has been way to long since I have posted on here. Life and work seem to have a way of happening like that. I took some much needed time to crop this last week at a retreat in Central Arkansas at the lovely Budd Creek Church camp. They kindly allow us to use their facilities in the off season for scrapbooking retreats. We had scrappy friends from as far as Jacksonville Florida and Las Vegas Nevada. It was an amazing time with friends to learn new techniques. I had a chance to play with some stamps I had never inked up and I fell in LOVE with the Rooted in Nature stamp set by Stampin Up. The images are so calm and serene and relaxing. I love that they can be overtly masculine or soft and feminine and they come with the matching dies available.

Such a simple and uplifting card. Take a few moments out of your day and send a word of encouragement to someone.

I used Soft Suede, Pool Party, Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay for this simple card you can make up in minutes. Take a bit of time away from a hectic day. RELAX and sit down for some crafting therapy. It takes mere moments to make this card and you will be thankful you did.

I spent some wonderful days with good friends even if it did rain all week!

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Wetlands thank you card


Today’s card was inspired by my love for the beach. It has a whisper white cardstock base with Pool Party blue matting and ink. I used my Aqua Painters to get a watercolor effect. The stamps are all from the Stampin Up Wetlands set which happens to be a favorite of mine. This set has been around for awhile but is still in the annual catalog and gets inked up a lot. The fence is my favorite part of this card and it is a piece of rough burlap that I pulled threads to get that effect. The sand pipers are just darling and make me want to make a quick trip to the beach this weekend. There is not much better than sitting on the beach all day with my family along with my best friend and her children. We make an annual trip to the beach with several families and it is something I look forward to every year.  
Someone actually asked me if we gathered up all the kids on the beach and took this picture and I laughed and said “no”.  This happens to be all friends and family.