Work of Art

Remember I told you last week that I had made two cards with Susan’s color challenge? Just to refresh your memory (because it’s been a week), here’s the color challenge palette.

Susan_Color

And here’s my second card. It was the runner-up (which means “last” in this case).

Number of Years, Work of Art, Stampin' Up!

We all liked it, but we just liked the other one a little better. This one uses the Number of Years and Work of Art stamp sets. I’m sure you’ve already figured out the greenery is stamped in Lost Lagoon and the blossoms in Blushing Bride. The splatters are Mint Macaron, and the sentiment is Sahara Sand.

I love the palette. The colors just really work together, and they can be bold or subtle. It’s a great palette, so feel free to save it! I’m really going to miss Lost Lagoon when it retires in June. (Hint: Order your 2014-16 In Color products NOW. You know they’re going to retire, and once the list comes out, it’s, “Katy, bar the door!” Retiring In Colors – especially the faves – sell out quickly.)

The Work of Art stamp set is another of my mainstays. It’s so versatile, and I love the sentiments. The one on the card reminds me of all my kids. Jon – with his compassion and caring heart. Wes – whose quietness hides a wealth of wisdom. Steph – who people underestimate because she’s young (big mistake!). Adrianna – who is so smart and independent and has taught me so much. And then, there’s Amelia.

As a work of art, Amelia is a masterpiece. She’s beautiful, but as I tell her often, beauty is fading; what’s important is what’s in your heart and mind. The girl is, of course, brilliant. She remembers everything for weeks (or longer), and is quite observant. One little thing that’s different or out of place, and she hones in on it. “What’s that?” she’ll ask.

Every day she shows more kindness and caring for others. The girl is 18 months old, so most of her life is centered around having her needs met. But she’s starting to share and care about other beings. Mostly the cat, but, hey – it’s a start, right?

I learned a couple important things about her today. First – when she says, “No,” it usually means, “OK.” I said, “Amelia, do you want to take a bath?” That’s usually one of her favorite things these days, but she said, “No.” And then she headed to the tub. I asked, “Amelia, do you want some cheese?” “No,” she replied, as she tried to open the fridge.

The second thing I learned – it has to be her idea. Wow – is that girl independent! And I couldn’t be more pleased. She’s the product of a long line of strong women, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. I told her we needed to change her diaper, and started to pick her up. Whenever she doesn’t want you to pick her up, she just goes limp. (Great defensive tactic; I’m curious if her father taught her that.) And that’s what happened today. So, I said, “Ok. But we need to change your diaper. Let’s go.” I headed to the bedroom, and I was happy – but not really surprised – to hear her following me. She just wants some independence and autonomy. Don’t we all?

So – for all my kids, this card’s for you. You’re all the most fabulous works of art. I’m so proud of all of you.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!
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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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2 Responses to Work of Art

  1. debsmart says:

    I love this card, Buffy!! (I hope you don’t mind if I CASE it for my niece – she has a milestone birthday coming up, & isn’t looking forward to it!). I love the story about your family, and of course Miss Amelia, coming into her own 🙂

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