I have a friend's birthday coming up (so sorry friend because my timing was off and you'll see this before you receive the card!) I wanted it fresh and simple - preferably with a flower because she lives in a very wintery climate. I had this flower die in my not-yet-used stash; I love its graceful look. Then I had to use my favorite new sentiment sets - the "suites" from The Greetery.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Freshly Made Sketches and New Year Changes
It's the new year!! And it's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Judy.
A new year brings some changes for me. My husband and I became empty-nesters last fall but I was surprised that it didn't feel all that different. I realized that I still had so many "have-tos" in my life - and I wanted more "want-tos". I still have to go to work and I still have to pay bills. And I'm not paying for a house cleaner or a chef - so I still have to clean and cook. But many of the things that I enjoy in life had also become "have-tos" - the main one for this post is my cardmaking. I have been serving on various design teams since 2011. I've loved it all, but it definitely means I have to make certain cards even when I'd rather make something else.
I decided to let go of the Taylored Expressions design team. That was a very hard decision because I adore their products. They have such a fun mix of sweet, elegant, sarcastic, Christian and so much more. I was with them for four years so definitely some regrets; however, it's not like I'm banned from their store!! (They had a new release yesterday! Did you see the new Mini Strips sentiments and the new die?!) So you will definitely see their products regularly on my blog.
But I am staying on with the Freshly Made Sketches team! It's a "have-to" but it doesn't feel like it - because I can use the stamps, dies, and themes that I want to use for that week. I felt very fresh and simple this week - and it shows in the card. Besides, it's an amazing group of designers who have really bonded over the years. They are friends - and that definitely keeps it in the "want-to" category!
I want to create cards as much as I ever have but you may not see quite as many posts from me or you might see more when the mood strikes. And that's how I envision my empty-nester years!!
Stamps: The Greetery Sentiment Suite: Birthday
Dies: The Greetery Sentiment Suites Basic Die, Simon Says Stamp Floral Bundle
Paper: Sunny Studio Dots & Stripes Pastels