It's me! I just might have had the world's longest blog vacation in the history of blogging. Maybe. The reason being is that I have had zero motivation to be creative. If you google motivation it tells you that it is a noun meaning" the general desire or willingness of someone to do something". A few synonyms for motivation is enthusiasm, drive, ambition. Yep, I was definitely not motivated.
I am happy to report that the creative bug is returning. I have spent some time in my craft room the past couple of weeks and I actually made some cards. I haven't photographed any of them yet to share, but I'll get that done soon.
So in the mean time, I thought I would share some things that I have done during my blog vacation.
I have become a pro at binge watching tv shows that are now off the air. I watched all six seasons of Parenthood. I chose that one because during Whitney and my first Warner Brothers studio tour, we got to go through some of the set. We walked through the "Braverman family home" and learned many of the "trade secrets". So it was really fun to watch the show and I totally understood why it lasted for six seasons. Then I binged out on seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls, also filmed on the Warner Brothers lot. Here is where the problem comes in. I get way to attached to the characters. It is as if I know them personally, as if they are my friends and neighbors. I become sad 10 minutes in to the first show of the last season and by the time the last episode ends - I am in full blown state of depression. It's as if I moved away for Star Falls (the town where Lorilai and Rory live) and left all of my friends behind. Yes, I know that I can go back for a visit, by way of Netflix, but it just isn't the same once you leave home. See, this is why I should not binge watch....anything.
This is my sweet little Sophie and she gave me quite the scare in December. We were on our way out to get in the car for a quick little follow up at the vet and she totally passed out. I got her to the vet and they sent us right on to Med Vet. They discovered that Sophie is in the early stages of heart failure. Luckily, she qualified for a study that was being done and lasted for five months. The meds have helped her and she will always be on them. And hopefully, she will be with me and Gracie for quite a while longer. This picture is when we left our last study appointment. Seriously, isn't she cute?
Oh, and this happened! A coworker got tickets for the Ellen show and invited Whitney and me to go with her and her son. So we made a really quick trip to LA and it was such a fun experience. Thanks Julie!
Notice the name of the horse race? Yep, it was named for me. One of my Christmas gifts from Whit and Greg was a day of horse racing and one of the races would be named for me. So, one Saturday in May we headed to the race track with some friends. This was so fun. When it is time for your race, they take you and your group down to the winner's circle area to watch the race. They give you lots of fun facts about the horses and riders. And when the race is over, you go in to the winner's circle and have your picture taken with the winning jockey. Such a fun day.
Greg and Whitney has spent the summer having a home built and will be moving in a few days. It is lovely home and I'll share a pic or two when they give me the okay to do so. I'm so happy for them.
And there you have it, what Pam did during her blog vacation.
I hope that things have been good with you.
I'll see you back here soon with some actual stamped creations.
Have a super day!
to finally make a card for the Papertrey blog hop five days ahead, then forget to post it. I know - the mind is the first to go and obviously, mine is gone.
This is the inspiration photo that Nichole posted.
And this is the card I made........that I forgot to post.
I pulled a few elements from the photo for my card. I love the combination of red and aqua, so of course that was my color scheme. There was a lot of needle point elements, so I pulled the Stitched Sentiments set for my focal point and used the Limitless Layers 1.75 Circle Dies for my frame.
For the plaid bottom I used the Autumn Pattern Pieces. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line them up perfectly. As a final detail I added the cross stitch stamp from Sew Simple Borders Mini set and added some twine.
And there you have it. A little belated blog hop card from me to you.
Until next time,
I was on vacation and it was the perfect week. Considering it is the middle of July, the weather was incredible. I got a few things done around the house, worked outside a bit, did some reading and even spent a little time in my craft room. I couldn't wait to play with this cute little set from PTI, Note Niblets. I chose the patterned paper, then chose my ink palette.
Seriously, how cute is that little envelope?! I added the cute little "hello" from the Ribbon Tails set. It was a perfect fit. Then I popped it up on a aqua mist die cut from the 1.75 circle dies.
I used harvest gold, summer sunrise, aqua mist and hawaiian shores inks for the sentiment. Once I had all of the elements in place, I had a good bit of white space......and you know how crazy white space makes me. I pulled out sequins....then enamel dots....then small buttons....they just didn't "fit". So instead, I pulled out some twine and it was exactly what I needed.
And there you have it. A little vacation ditty from me to you.
I broke the news to Sophie and Gracie that vacation time is over and tomorrow it is back to work and fun time is over. So now we will begin to look forward to our next vacation.....whenever that might be.
Have a great week!
I don't know about you, but I'm quite happy that the weekend has arrived. I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing better than the taste of that first cup of Saturday morning coffee. I sit down, prop my feet up, turn on a Saturday morning news show, snuggle back in to the sofa cushion and then..........take that first sip of hot, creamy "get me going" juice. Aaahhhhhh.
So while enjoying my Saturday morning routine, I figured it was the perfect time to pop in and share this little number. I hope you're sitting because this is two posts in a week's time. SHOCKING - I KNOW!!
Now, I'm pretty sure this is the card that Whitney received for her birthday. I am crazy about these colors! Summer sunrise, hibiscus burst and "mystery" green. HA! I made this card back in April and for the life of me, I can't remember which green I used. I have numerous brands of inks in my color collection and I'm not sure which ink pad I used, but isn't that green pretty?
I used Stampin' Up's! Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to make the lined images. I don't have many SU! sets, but I really like this one. I used an image from Papertrey's Embroidered Blooms set at the end of each of the lined images. Have I ever shared with you HOW MUCH I love enamel dots?! OK, I haven't been around much in quite awhile, so maybe you don't remember me telling you that, but I do love 'em!
The sentiment is also from Embroidered Blooms. I can't get enough of the fonts this set offers. I wanted the sentiment to be very bold, so I stamped it using VersaFine Black Onyx ink. I then added the stamped panel to a true black card stock base to really bring out those vibrant colors.
For one final touch, I added a little cluster of those images inside of the card.
Well, there you have it, a little Saturday ditty from me to you. Enjoy this first day of summer and I'll see you back here soon.