Happy Monday, my crafty friends! I know Mondays get a bad reputation, but today will be a lovely day for me! I sing with and accompany a community choir in our area, and we had concerts over the weekend. So today is my day off, and I’m going to enjoy every second.
My card for today uses all current products that will be returning to the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog in June.
I used the wonderful Beautiful You stamp set for this. Stamp the lady on Whisper White Cardstock in Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Ink (ok, that’s retiring), then color her with Watercolor pencils and Blender Pens. She’s mostly Flirty Flamingo. Wait, what, you say? Flirty Flamingo isn’t one of the Watercolor Pencils. No, it’s not. But it is in the Lots of Happy Card Kit in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog (and it’s carrying over to the 2018-19 Annual Catalog!) You’re going to want this beautiful kit – as well as refills! The cards are lovely, and it’s the only way you can get Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist Watercolor Pencils. Bonus!
Die-cut the stamped image with the Layering Ovals Framlits Dies and Big Shot, then sponge the edges with Bermuda Bay Classic ink. Stamp the sentiment on a strip of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock. Emboss the front of a Bermuda Bay card base with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, then layer the Flirty Flamingo panel over it. Add the stamped and die-cut oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Done!
Why I Love this Sentiment
This card is a good reminder to me. I’m a perfectionist, and I tend to obsess over mistakes I’ve made. I only got a 98% on a test? I might as well have failed. I missed one note in a piece of music I was playing? Just pack up the music books and sell the piano.
I realized this weekend that I was obsessing so much over what I might mess up that I wasn’t having fun. Sure, you want to do the best you can, and you need to practice and prepare for a concert or recital. But when you stress so much over every little detail and worry about what you might miss, it takes all the fun out of it. So this weekend, I knew I was prepared. I knew the music. So I decided to just relax and have fun (like I did in the old days before I became so obsessive!). And things went well. Did I make a mistake or two? Yep. But if you didn’t know the music, you probably wouldn’t have picked it up.
And that’s the whole deal about life. Things aren’t going to be perfect. Bad things are going to happen. It’s not always going to be the party you planned or hoped for. But if you worry and stress over everything, it’s not going to be fun either. And life should be fun. We only have a limited amount of seconds/minutes/hours/days/years, so we should enjoy every one, don’t you think? No one wants to end life with regrets about what they missed because they were afraid they’d “mess up.” So go live!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have an amazing day!