Change is…

painful. 

hard. 

a new door opening.

a learning experience.

endless possibilities. 

Two weeks ago I mentioned that we were having a major life change here at our house but I didn’t really clue you in on what was happening. In the span of about 12 days, my husband accepted a promotion and moved to another State. We made the difficult decision for me to stay here with the kids for a multitude of reasons I won’t get into here. It has been a painful two weeks. And hard. But a new door has opened for him career-wise when his job here in California was coming to an end next week. It will certainly be a learning experience for all of us. He’ll have to learn how to cook. I’ll have to learn how to do some handyman work around the house. And the kids will have to learn some self-sufficiency, which was coming anyway since they are both in High School. I am hopeful that this change will lead to good things for his career in the future. And, that it will lead him back home sooner, rather than later. 

I made today’s project with the hope that it will remind me to be patient in all things. The Colorful Seasons stamp set was high on my wish list. I love the sentiments in this stamp set, especially the one I used for today.17-5-26This is a mini clipboard that I found at a local store and I covered it with our brand new Color Theory paper. Then I heat embossed the “just breathe” across it with the Copper Emboss powder. The flowers are made using the brand new Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating Daisy punch. 

Take a close look at my flowers. I stamped both sides of the petals! Oh. Em. Gee!!! This Daisy stamp is a mirror image of itself, which means all of the petals are evenly spaced and the same length. This also means that you can stamp one side, punch it out, and then stamp the back side. WHOA!
17-5-27This totally makes me so happy that this stamp and punch were designed this way. I don’t know if it was intentional or just fortuitous. But it is seriously awesome. The flowers are layers upon layers upon layers. If you want to recreate these, just keep stamping and punching and stamping and punching until you have a big enough pile to work with.  

For the center of the flower, I used a strip of Lemon Lime Twist that was .5″ x 8.5″. Using my fringe scissors, I cut down the entire length. I used a strip of Tear & Tape along the length of the piece and then rolled the entire strip into a ball. I glued it to the center to the flower using my Fine-Tip Glue. Once it dried, I shaped the petals around the flower center and just kept working them until I was happy with them. And since both sides of the petals are stamped, they look amazing curved slightly inwards. Amazing.

I’m trying to remind myself to take it one day at a time, as I look at my crazy-long to do list. And remember to just breathe.

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