New stamps, new colors

It’s nice to be home.

I’ve been on the Mainland for a couple of weeks, enjoying the change of scenery and pace.  We spent a week relaxing, hiking and eating in Northern Wisconsin in towns with an average population of 350, and a week charging through the city of Chicago – shopping, visiting museums, sightseeing, eating fabulous food and attending a baseball game (well, once the Civil Defense sirens finished and the tornado warning was lifted and the thunder, lightning and pouring rain stopped.)  It’s funny…when people find out we’re from Hawaii, they always ask “What are you doing HERE?”  It doesn’t matter if “here” is the middle of nowhere or a the middle of a big city.  Somehow, it seems incomprehensible that we would want to leave.  Ever.  We do enjoy leaving – but we also enjoy coming home.  I’m happy to be back, happy to have the laundry done, and happy to spend a few hours in my stamp room.

Happy Father's Day

  • Artistic Etchings, Wonderful Favorites and En Francais stamp sets
  • Whisper White, Early Espresso and Marina Mist card stock
  • Marina Mist and Early Espresso Classic ink pads
  • Piercing tool and mat; Stampin’ Dimensionals; retired enamel brad

I finished this card weeks ago in order to have it with me and ready for Father’s Day giving to my wonderful husband.  He’s a fabulous dad, and I realized he would be very early in our relationship when he did his best to teach me to ski…but that’s a story for another time.

Artistic Etchings is one of my favorite stamps from the new 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  The images are beautiful enough to stand on their own, but they also work well in collage form and I’m finding that style appeals to me the more I work with it.  There are a number of complementary stamps, wheels and papers that follow this style in the new catalog and I’m looking forward to experimenting with all of them very soon.


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