As most of you know, I've been following Kristal's blog pretty much as long as she has been blogging. I found her by accident shortly after she started blogging and was hooked, I mean - hook, line and sinker. She has the best tutorials, videos, giveaways and most of all INSPIRATION!!! There are days I have been down and out and I go back and reread previous posts that she has written just to lift my heart a bit. It seems as if she is talking directly to me and makes me wonder how she can know exactly what I am going through. Then I look at my "problem" and remember that I am not the only one who has a rough time. We all have our "days" and think "my life so so bad", but someone else is going through something today too. They are thinking the same thing...so pick yourself up and change what you are so unhappy about and turn that frown upside down. You are the only one that can change your attitude. Sure others help, but it's up to you to pull up those boot strings and make it a better day...Remember "Today is the first day of the rest of your life"! Sometimes we just need to simplify our lives...to much baggage and to much drama. I am starting to see that now in a brighter light. Unemployed means a lot of time on my hands to think (and yes, job search), but I've come to realize that I have everything I need right here at home!!! I have a great husband, that supports my crafting lifestyle, even if he doesn't understand it. I have a great daughter and son in law who are expecting their 2nd child. I have two sons who help out at home and love that mom can hang out with them and watch tv or just sit and chat. I have a beautiful granddaughter that I absolutely adore and a craft room full of "stuff". What more can I ask for? Sure...I can't go out an buy those really good specials at Michaels or the newest toy right now because the extra money isn't there, but I can shop my stash and revisit oldies but goodies. Sometimes we tend to forget what's right here at home...so here is what I found for you today.
If you all remember Kristal used to sell her SVG files online. She has made some of the cutest files and oh how I have bought my share...LOL I could own stock in her company...hahaha. Well, when she came out with her stamp sets, not only did I buy them, but I love them, just like I did her files. I was looking to make a card the other day and I was looking at her "Food for Thought" stamp set (that's how I get my inspiration) and I remember I had purchased this "Orange You Sweet" file of hers. So I dug way deep into my computer of files upon files and found it and came up with this:
|I added some fake flowers and attached some bling |
for the centers as embellishments
|Of course I used the "Food for Thought" stamp set and |
stamped directly onto the ribbon. I love doing this
to add a bit more to plain ribbon
|The E-craft also draws so this was pretty cool. |
The drawback to that is that the E-Craft only
has black pens, but it worked for this.
NOW, onto the winner for the Operation Owl Thank You blog hop for Kristal...you ladies were amazing. Thank you to everyone that participated and to those of you that have donated stuff for the grand prize...Also to those of you that added cards to the linky. I will be getting the package for Kristal together this Friday as I am leaving on vacation then. If cards come in while I am on vacation, Kristal will get a bonus package...LOL
so, without further ado...the winner for the Operation Owl Thank You blog hop is..........................................
Very cute card Brenda. I made a little something for Kristal. I was just getting ready to send it to her when I heard the news that she was moving. Can I send it to you and can you get it to her?