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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Well, here I am, finally!

Hello everyone! I have been absent from my blog for awhile.  Things have been hectic and chaotic.  My husband was diagnosed with a serious illness and I've been kept busy caring for him.  Things are starting to settle down some and I've found a little time to craft and relieve some stress.

I took inspiration from the Inspiration Challenge at the Altenew blog.  I've used some of the colors from their inspiration photo, but mostly I used the feeling of a "relaxing vacation," that I took from the inspiration photo.  My husband keeps telling me I need a vacation getaway to recoup from all that's been going on.  I agree, but, with me having been out of work to care for him, we cant afford a vacation right now, and I've exhausted all my vacation time and FMLA time, while I was off caring for him.  So, for now, my Spring Like vacation getaway will be in my mind, and depicted in this card. Any place tranquil and quiet would do just fine!

Along with the photo inspiration, I've used the Birch Land stamp set from Altenew, to create this tranquil vacation scene.  I fell in love with this stamp set as soon as I seen it, but I admit, once it arrived, I felt a little intimidated by it and all the elements.  I  am very happy with how it turned out though, for a first attempt.  The tree was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink and has been colored with Arteza watercolor brush markers.  (My first time using them - There is a learning curve, which I'm still riding! LOL!) I stamped the lovely array of leaves in various gorgeous colors of Altenew crisp dye inks.  (LOVE thier inks! So awesome!)  I sponged the bottom with green ink to create a hillside.  I drew the birds by hand with a Versafine black marker. The clouds were done with a stencil and Altenew crisp dye ink. .This was my first time using the cloud stencil and I struggled with figuring out the positioning of the stencil.  All in all, I think it turned out decently and is the perfect getaway vacation in my mind.

I'm still deciding if I'm going to turn this into a card, or frame it.  What do you all think would be the best choice?


This is my first time entering challenges this year! I have just been so consumed with RL, that crafting got away from me! It's so good to be back into crafting again!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

15 comments:

  1. Your scene looks so beautifully tranquil - I could just go there, sit under that tree, close my eyes and listen to the birds! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore March Challenge, “Anything Goes”. Good Luck and hope to see you again next month!
    Carole x DT

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  2. Hi Sammi welcome back you have made a very beautiful card

    gr karin

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  3. WOW. That is simply stunning! Great choice of stamp sets too! Thanks for playing along with us in the March Inspiration Challenge!

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  4. Gorgeous card!Thanks for join us at
    ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Hope to see you again and good luck.
    Gr.Kaija Dt-member

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  5. This is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations. Good luck!
    Rene

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  6. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Sparkles, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  7. This is so pretty! I think you should frame it! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week xoxox

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  8. Such a restful scene! Thank you so much for joining us at Lemon Shortbread for this challenge.
    Laine - DT

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  9. Such a beautiful card, love the fabulous tree.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    luv
    Debby

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  10. Beautiful card:)Thanks for playing with us at Brown Sugar Challenge:)Ines DT
    http://inka-mojmalyswiat.blogspot.com/

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  11. your card is fantastic!
    Thanks for joining us at the hanna and fiends challenge.

    Sternenglanz

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  12. So glad that you've found time for your crafting...this is such a gorgeous scene that you've created for us! Thank you for sharing with us at Scrapbook Stamp Society!
    Take care,
    Beth

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  13. Pretty card!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

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  14. A wonderful card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional birthday” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    Hugs,
    Melanie
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Stempel-Magie)


    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…

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