“In the English language there are orphans and widows,
but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
oWe've forgotten how to mourn. Social media is full of self-righteous platitudes about the rights of us all, but we've forgotten to put aside our philosophical differences and grieve at the loss of innocent school children. We should be reaching out to comfort and support the families left behind, not protesting in indignation upon a political pedestal decrying the rights of man. And because of this, we've become numb and lost sight of the tragedy that is amongst us.
As a child, we drilled for earthquakes and fires. Now children know the words 'Code Red' and can recite lock down procedures and know where the 'safe places' are in case they are separated from their class. They understand phrases like 'Run. Hide. Fight." They flee in terror and then have media cameras in their faces as they describe what it was like to step over the bodies of fallen friends. And we're embarrassed by a distraught mother on television, who vocalizes her angst, despair, and anger as she made funeral arrangements for the 14-year old daughter she will never see again.
Put down your politics for long enough to mourn. To grieve at the loss of life and innocence. To understand the senseless violence that is all to commonplace should not be our new norm. This isn't about your rights. Would you be touting your rights if it were your loss, and not a stranger's? Let our politics not separate us, but bring us together to contest the violence. Let us all hold on to hope.
“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn,' and I accept it. I've got nothing that I hadn't bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Base: Powder Pink 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Black 5 1/8 " x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Powder Pink 5" x 3 3/4", embossed with Petal Pair Textured Embossing folder
Layer 3: Basic Black Layered Scalloped Oval
Layer 4: Powder Pink Stitched Shape Oval
What's black and white and Lemon Lime Twist all over? This ah-mazing Yay! Friend card using the Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper and Fruit Basket Stamp Set from the2018 Occasions Catalog. And you know what I like about this card? It's all about the color. There isn't a single fruit basket insight. Talk about versatility of Stampin' Up! products.
I love how the Lemon Lime Twist becomes the star of the show by pairing it with such stark contrasts of Basic Black and Whisper White. It certainly has a very modern feel to it with the contrast between the crisp angles of the banners and Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder paired with the softness of the scalloped circle This design is crisp, clean, and tailored, with a bit of understated elegance.
This card was designed by myStamping Bee friend, Amy Bryson. I love being able to showcase cards made by my teammates! Amy's going to be holding classes of her own soon, so be sure to watch for more stunning designs by her. And be sure to check out how to become a Stamping Bee! From free tutorials for all my classes, to special recognition and stamping parties, there's something for everyone!
The Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper has a little bit of something for everyone. From and luscious fruit to bold and vibrant patterns, it's easy to see how it can be used for any occasion.
Base: Basic Black, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4" and emboss with Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Layer 1: Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper, Kiwis, 4" x 2 1/4"
Layer 2: Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper, Black Stripes, 3 1/2" x 2
Layer 3: Lemon Lime Twist Scalloped Circle
Layer 4: Basic Black Scalloped Circle
Layer 5: Whisper White Circle
Pink...blue....I couldn't decide so I made them both! Love doesn't need to be expressed in red candy hearts. It can be subtle and modern, like these modern floral silhouettes from the Petal Passion Memories and More pack. It's funny how a simple black and white card can come to life with just a hint of color.
So...happy Valentine's Day. Shower those you love with love, not just today but every day.
Base: Basic Black, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: ***Powder Pink 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Petal Passion Memories and More Card, trimmed to 5" x 3 3/4"
***Or Pool Party
I love butterflies and hummingbirds. I have a pollinator flower garden in my front and backyards so I can sit and watch these marvelous creatures all spring and summer. And when I saw the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks, they reminded me of a trellis of climbing vines of flowers. And what comes with that of course? Butterflies!
We made this card in my monthly card club this past Sunday. We had a lot of fun because it was the first time in several months that we'd used embossing paste. And you should have heard the "Ooohs and ahhhs" when I showed them that there was glitter already in it! This Shimmery White Embossing Paste is the best! No more adding your own Stampin' Glitter; this has it already mixed in! And with Brusho Color Crystals, you can now create your own custom colors of embossing paste to match all of your projects. It really doesn't get much better than that!
Base: Daffodil Delight, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Layer 1: Basic Gray, 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 2: Watercolor Paper, 5” x 3 ¾”
Layer 3: Vellum
Date: Saturday, February 17 (Register and save your spot by 2/9)
Time: 10 am - 11:30 pm
Where: My Studio in Chapel Hill (Directions provided with RSVP)
Lower calorie than a cookie exchange, but just as fun! Bring 10 cards (of the same design) and exchange (swap) with others. You'll have a fun morning out and go home with new cards.
Card Exchange (Swap) Rules
If we fill one group, we will open another. No more than 10 per group. You can sign up for multiple groups. If you do, your card designs must be completely different.
This is most important...have fun! Let's enjoy our hobby and support each other.
If you ever have questions, please contact me.
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