One of the things I love most about being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator is the relationships I make. About six or seven years ago, I was on the Stampin’ Up!® forum and saw a post by a New Yorker named Susan. She wanted a decal for her car so she could advertise her Stampin’ Up!® business. While we had decals that attached to the outside of your car, that wouldn’t work for her. Susan lives in upstate New York where they have two seasons – Winter and July. Decals on the outside of her car would never work.
I had purchased some clings for the inside of windows, and after I added some to each of my cars and the door to my studio, I had a few left over, so I offered one or two to Susan. All I asked was a card from her.
Oh. My. Gosh. The card I received from Susan was over the top amazing. She is such a wonderful artist. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything she’s created that I didn’t like. Everything she creates is artistically balanced, and she has the most amazing color combinations. I CASE (Copy And Share Everything) her a lot! Susan quickly became my cyber bestie, and I was so thrilled to meet her at a Stampin’ Up!® Leadership conference shortly after.
When I found out I was going to be a grandma, Susan was a little jealous. But then, a few months later she found out she, too, would be a grandma. And then again. And again. And again. She has three granddaughters and a grandson, and they’re all adorable. I’m so happy for her, even though now I’m a little jealous. (Just a little jealous. After all, I have my one grand almost every day, and hers are a little farther away, so she only sees them every few weeks/months. But still, I’m jealous.)
Susan and I have been cyber BFFs for years now. She’s probably my closest friend – cyber or otherwise – because we share the same things in life. We hold Stampin’ Up!® classes, we’re building businesses and only buying Stampin’ Up!® products we can actually use in classes, and we’re moms, grandmas, and wives. (Ok, that list is probably totally backwards in priority order.)
Susan and her awesome husband Rob bought a lake house a few years ago. It is amazing, and they enjoy the most beautiful sunsets. Here’s a photo of one of her recent sunsets.
How gorgeous is that? I have to admit, Susan’s sunset pictures are always amazingly beautiful. But this one made me want to recreate it.
Oh, seeing them together makes me realize I cannot ever compete with God. But still my awesome Mike was impressed.
I worked on this card without writing down what I used, but…
I masked off the center of the card and added Terracotta Tile ink to the top and bottom of the mask. I used some blender brushes that aren’t Stampin’ Up!®, but I can say they will “change your life!” The sunset wasn’t quite as magnificent as I wanted, so I added some Lovely Lipstick Ink to the mix.
Moving outward, I used some Smoky Slate Classic Ink and Basic Gray Classic Ink to the Whisper White Cardstock.
Finally, I masked the outer colors and added Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to the center of the card. Then I added some silhouettes to the mix. Honestly, I can’t remember all the stamp sets I used, but I know I used some Waterfront, Rooted in Nature, and Painted Harvest Stamp Sets. I also added more color using Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends to brighten up the sunset.
For the final touches, I added some “waves” using Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. Finally, I die-cut the sentiment using the Well Written Dies and Basic Black Cardstock.
This is an obvious example of how you cannot outdo God. But I’m still happy with my results!
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