Hello Sweet Friend!!! - Sami Stamps Release!!!

Wow it's been a long time!  I've missed you guys so much!  But so much has happened at the same time!  My absence has been because we moved!

We were so fortunate when Matthew finally landed a job.  It had been a long, long journey for that to finally happen.  While we absolutely loved his job at Ubisoft, Montreal just wasn't working for us and we knew we needed to leave...

After several heartbreaking rejections, God finally opened a path for us to get home, and Matthew was offered a job at Motiga in Bellevue, WA.  So for the last 3 months, we have been getting everything settled back into our home here in Washington!!  I'm so happy to be here!  There is no place like home, and man...Washington is definitely home!  Our house was in pretty good condition, considering it had been rented for 4 years, but there was still a lot of work that needed to be done.  So that has occupied a lot of my time (a lot!).

It's taken me a bit longer to get back to work here on my blog, but I'm happy to finally be back at it!  My work desk is still a bit disorganized as we work to find storage shelves and what not.  But it's workable and I'm diving in!  (I'll share pics of our house later :) )

And I'm so happy that I get to return with a Sami Stamps card!!!!  There is nothing better than working with Sami's images!  This release is called Birds and Beauties...such a fitting title!  They are beautiful!  I've worked with Bird on my Knee:
Now, bear with me as I work on figuring out how I want to take my pictures.  I thought this super cute plant stand would be perfect for featuring my cards on...but the cream background doesn't work for me.  So my pictures will probably change over the course of these next few weeks as I work that all out :)

I kept this card really simple since it is my first one back and I'm dusting out the old cobwebs in my brain :)  Just some simple ink blending in the background through a triangle stencil from Winnie & Walter.  The colors I've used are the new Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber distress inks.  Oh My Gosh!  If you don't have these new colors...run and get them now!  I just got mine and this is my first card using them on, and I'm hooked!  They are amazing and I know they will not be leaving my desk for quite some time!

Oh, and the Hello die cut was colored with the Mermaid Lagoon distress ink...my heart melted when that ink hit the paper...it's so gorgeous!!

Anyhow, there is a little piece of scallop cut vellum behind the image but you can't really see it.  I did some light shading on the beauty (need to get coloring practice in again...) and then affixed her to look like she was sitting on the Hello die cut.  Surrounded her with some clear sequins and called it good!  I really do love this card!  First one in 3 months, and I'd say it turned out perfect :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for sticking around while I was away!  I love you all and I'm so happy to be back sharing my passion with you!!! <3

Also, don't forget we have a new challenge starting at Sami Stamps and it's super easy!!  Anything Goes!!!  Whoohoo!  So run on over, check out the DT's amazing creations and then join in the fun!!! <3


  1. Your card is beautiful! Welcome back:-)

  2. What a gorgeous way to start in with! Love it and so glad to have you back!