Wishing In Color
It’s Stamp-Off Friday – and the second day of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog Sales Period. Double fun!
This week’s challenge was to use at least two In Colors. (And now you know…capitalizing “In” in my title wasn’t a mistake, because it refers to the new Stampin’ Up! colors; it’s not a preposition. I know – you probably don’t care. But I’m a geek – or a nerd; I’m not sure which one. Whichever is cooler – if either is cool at all.)
Here are the colors we could select from. 2016-18 In Colors – Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum. I call these the “Stripper Colors,” because, really, don’t they sound like stripper stage names? Even Dapper Denim could be a Chippendale, right?
Now that you have that image in your head, here are the new 2017-19 In Colors (which are not stripper names. Well…maybe one or two). Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, and Lemon Lime Twist.
Here’s my card using at least five of the In Colors.
I stamped the well from Bright Wishes in Basic Black Archival Ink on Watercolor Paper. Then I simply watercolored with Stampin’ Write Markers and an Aqua Painter. I used Sahara Sand for the stones in the well, Smoky Slate for the roof, bucket and loose stones on the ground, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, and maybe Powder Pink for the flowers (it’s been a few days, and I was just grabbing markers and coloring like a crazy woman. It was fun! However, this may be watered down Fresh Fig), and Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide, and Garden Green (not an In Color) for the leaves and bushes. The grass and card layer are Lemon Lime Twist, which is my favorite of all the In Colors. The wood in the well is colored with Soft Suede, because this is for another challenge as well, and I had to use an “S” color (Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Sahara Sand), and the rope is Crumb Cake.
Whew! I have to say that this is one of my favorite new sets. I wasn’t going to get it, but I had some “stamping money” to spend for creating a display board for OnStage, and I chose this one. I’m so glad! It’s so fun and has great sentiments. They can be used for a get well card, for sympathy, or even for birthdays and “thinking of you.” It’s an awesome set, and if you love to watercolor, you are going to want this one. Even if you don’t love to watercolor, it’s a fun set. You can just stamp it and leave it “empty.”
Now – here’s some family stuff. (This is going to be a long blog today, so feel free to check out now. But – be warned – if you do, you’ll miss a fun story.)
You may know that Mike & I are on vacation in Florida right now. We’ve been here for almost two weeks, and we have to leave Saturday. *sad* I have a cousin who lives about 1-1/2 – 2 hours away, and we’ve tried to get together several times when we’re on vacation, but she’s super busy and it’s never worked out. So this time, I messaged her as soon as we got here to see if we could get together. And it worked out! She took a day off (which is very rare for her, and I am super humbled that she did this) and we went to lunch, walked on the beach, and talked for hours. I hadn’t really talked with her one on one since we were kids, and it was so fun to “meet her” as an adult. What an amazing woman!
Now – my cousin Dawne (who is a realtor with Coldwell Bankers, M M Parrish Realtors in Gainesville, FL, in case you need a realtor. Yes. This was a shameless nepotismic promotion. Nepotismic? Is that a word?) is only a few years younger than I am, but I got my dad’s height genes and she took after Mom’s shorter side, so she’s the cute, tiny one, and I’m the big, tall, hulking one. (Think Xena and Danielle. But I’m seriously not Xena.) While we were walking on the beach, a storm came up. We saw lightning in the distance, and I suggested we step up the pace a bit to get back to our condo.
“We’ll be fine,” Dawne said. Well, yeah, you’ll be fine, my tiny cousin. Lightning always strikes the highest object – or so I’ve heard – and that’s me. She only smiled.
Then the beach patrol pulled up beside us. “There’s a significant storm brewing, (Oh, thank you, Captain Obvious) and the beach is closed. You can still walk, but you should walk to the west of the traffic lanes.” Ummmm – you mean, on the sidewalk, not on the beach?
“No, just on the west side of the traffic lanes on the beach.”
Ok….I moved five feet to my right. “You mean here?” They smiled and nodded in affirmation. SERIOUSLY? Five feet to the right are going to save my life in the event that lightning strikes? And giving us a ride to my condo isn’t an option? I looked at Dawne, and I’m sure panic was in my expression.
“It’s ok,” she reassured me. Dawne is a survivor, a warrior, a (excuse the expression, but it’s true) badass. She can handle anything life throws at her and then she throws it back. Me? I’m a Southern hothouse flower. “You have rubber soles,” she said. “You’ll be ok.”
I looked at her in disbelief. “Seriously? You’re saying I’m grounded because these 3/4″ rubber soles (and I’m not even sure they’re rubber; they may be plastic) are going to save me if lightning strikes my head?” Oh, sure. She had the cute flip flops that were definitely rubber and matched her dress. I had the ugly black ones that didn’t match anything and may not be rubber. I was not going to be struck by lightning and have my singed body found on the beach in mismatched shoes and outfit beside my adorable cousin who was totally put together and wasn’t singed because I was taller. No way! Hothouse flower or not, I’m nothing if not narcissistic. Bring it, Mother Nature! I’m going to win this one.
We almost made it to the condo before it started raining – and we both got soaked, but it was so much fun. We sat on the balcony and talked for hours, and I realized how amazing and incredibly strong and wise and resilient and so many other positive things my cousin is. I’m the oldest of the girls in our extended family, and I’ve always felt kind of responsible for the others. This one – she’s amazing! She’s successful and happy and resourceful and an incredible business woman, mom, grandma, and partner. I love you, Dawne Nuri! You totally rock!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!