Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Journey

Sometimes the journey is as much fun or even more fun than the destination.
What we learn about ourselves along the way can make the experience 
even more rewarding.
Three years ago I started a journey to a new career. I went back to school
part time to get my certificate to be a Teaching Assistant. I was extremely nervous but 
with the support of my DH and family, I am  thrilled to say that I will be
done in about 2 months!! While this journey has had it's struggles, 
it has had so many more rewards.

Another journey I have embarked on is to become healthier.
I lost my father 2 years ago February, and I almost lost
my mother a year ago. Along with some of my own health
issues, this has sparked my journey to take better 
care of myself.
And most recently, I started this blog. This has been something that I have 
wanted to do for some time now. This is my creative journey and I am thrilled that you are experiencing it with me.

Today's card was made with a couple things in mind. I've
recently challenged myself to make more masculine cards - 
although, looking at this card now, I think it would be a good card for anyone.
Also, I recently saw a video over at StampNation
showing how to use negative space - this card does that.
This morning I saw a post on My Favorite Things
for a sketch challenge that I thought fit this card
and decided to enter it there too.

Here is my card

If you haven't used sketches for inspiration, you should give them a try.
They are a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing.

all products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted
card stock: crumb cake 120953, basic black 121045, very vanilla 101650,
core'dinations card stock: 129954
stamp set: the open sea - clear 123032 - wood 128454,
journey script from stamp-it australia
ink pad: crumb cake 126975
big shot: circles collection framelits 130911, decorative dembossing folder (SAB),
woodgrain embossing folder 127821
accessories: linen thread 104199, vintage trinkets 118764

Happy Stampin' 


  1. OMG!! You card is too CUTE!! I LOVE your take on the challnenge the Design and your elements are PERFECT!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! =)

  2. Susan, I saw this over on the MFT blog and had to pop on over and see it and of course, comment! LOVE this so much! Great use of the negative space!

  3. thank you Ladies - this is the first time I've entered a challenged and I have to say I was a little nervous

  4. Hi Susan!! Congrats on your many recent accomplishments!! Such a fantastic way to start out the New Year!! The MFT challenges are SO fun and the Design Team is always so delightful and full of inspiration! I'm thrilled for you that this is your first ever challenge!! YAY YOU!! Your anchor card is great!! I do love the way you've used the negative space! And you're right...a wonderful card for anyone!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  5. Thank you Meredith! I am really enjoying blogging and the blogging world - I still have so much to learn but I m enjoying it.

  6. Susan this card is amazing love that anchor & your color choices what a great card for anything! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thank you Linda :) It's a great stamp set for masculine cards.