Wonderland (Finally!)

Hello, friends! How are you?

Remember when Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was going though the forest chanting, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my!” Well that about sums up our August. Except for us, it’s been: Hospitals and surgeries and doctors, oh, my!

This has been my view for way too much of the time:

Hospital

I am happy to report, however, that none of it was serious or life threatening, just par for the course when you’re the mama of multiple special needs kids. My kids are brave and strong and I love them so much. Everyone is now healthy, recovered, and thankfully, it is all behind us.

That means I can get back to playing with my stamps and sharing with you!

The first set I reached for when I finally got back to my craft room was “Wonderland” from the Holiday catalog, which YOU can order starting September 1st.

While this set was designed with Christmas in mind, it is so much more than that. For this card, I wanted to create a masculine design with the feel of a sunset, so I stamped the trees in the new archival black ink (also available September 1st) and sponged around them in Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.

Wonderland Stampin365

I added a layer of vellum and a wooden element colored with a black sharpie to make it pop. Linen thread adds a bit of texture.

Wonderland 2 Stampin365

This set is just one of the many new items I am thrilled about. If you love stamp sets that can be used for many occasions, you are sure to love this set, too!

Supplies: (First two  items not available to purchase until September 1st.)

 

All of my customers will receive a complimentary copy of the amazing new holiday catalog, which should be arriving soon. Also, if you find yourself without a demonstrator and would like to become my customer, I will be happy to send you one! You can reach me at stampin365@gmail.com.

And to all of my customers who have ordered over the past few months, thank you! I appreciate you beyond words.

I have more fun projects up my sleeve, so be sure to come back soon.

Until then, happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

Hi There

Hey S'Up?

Eighteen years ago, our oldest son was born. It was the beginning of October. He was due at the end of December. He weighed in at 3 pounds, 1 and 1/4 ounces. (Quarter ounces count when you’re that tiny.)

We were told he would be a vegetable.

We were told he would never go to school.

They were wrong.

While he is severely disabled physically, and uses a wheelchair, the predictions about school turned out to be completely false.

He is now in his senior year, in a regular school, with regular classes, a full schedule, no modifications, and is earning a 3.8 GPA.

To this I shout- “Way to go, Dude! NEVER let them get you down!”

 

We are going to celebrate this huge milestone with a “Hey, Dude!” party theme, and I really wanted to create a special card to honor him.

I was inspired for the layout by this week’s sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I can always count on them for incredible ideas.

Here is the sketch:

Freshly Made Sketches 156

 

And here is the inside of the card, which I created on my computer and printed on very vanilla cardstock:

Hey S'Up? Inside

 

If you are reading this, and you have been told discouraging, even devastating news, my heart is with you.

I have lived devastation.

But I have also lived with the incredible joy that only a perfectly able (even though severly disabled) son can bring.

 

“I will sing of Your mercy, that leads me through valleys of sorrow, to rivers of joy.”

                               (From “The Valley Song” by Jars of Clay)

 

Wherever you find yourself right now, may you find “rivers of joy” too, friends.

Michelle