Hello stampers. How ironic and sadly profound that I chose to  feature Winds of Change today. Last night I got a phone call that made me very sad. My dear father’s lungs are shot and there is nothing the doctors can do for him any more. Granted, he is 92 and still living in his own home with my dear mother and they are as much in love as they were 61 years ago but you are really never ready to let them go are you? Of course I don’t know how long he still has but I have decided to go there this evening for a few days and just let everything go. Time with him is more important than anything.

 

When I first saw this stamp set in the new catalog I was thrilled with it because it perfectly captures my new situation, in love with someone from “the old country” a place with many cherished memories and a long family history. The sayings in this set are as beautiful as the images.

 

Winds of Change is a new Stampin'Up! set that is great for colouring and or embossing.

 

I love windmills and tulips and bikes and I love the font of this set, so all of that makes this a big winner for me! It makes me so happy to create with this art. Let’s take a look at my card.

 

I used Stampin'Up! Blends to colour this Winds of Change card.

 

I used Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Highland Heather Blends to colour the tulips with Old Olive on the leaves and Soft Seafoam in the background. You can’t see it in the picture but I used Wink of Stella which is an amazing glitter brush, on the red tulips on the side. Instant wow factor! The windmill was coloured with Soft Suede and Smoky Slate. The sky was coloured with a glycerin sponging technique and balmy blue.  Here is a video I did a while ago showing how that amazing technique works.

 

 

Here is the inside of the card, nothing fancy, and also on computer paper so that the recipient can easily remove it and regift the card. I only coloured the flowers and the basket on the bike. For the flowers I just randomly stippled with the fine point of the Blends. No need to get finicky!

 

Inside of the Winds of Change card stamped in Memento Black ink and coloured with Blends

 

We never know what the future holds and that is probably a very good thing. What we do know is that love is indeed the most important thing. Without love we have nothing. Today I wish you much love. Thanks so much for stopping by. My paper is supposed to arrive today and I hope to get it chopped up and packaged for the paper share as well as a shipping estimate for those who are not local but would love to have a piece of every 12×12 patterned paper in the new catalog. Ribbon is being ordered today for the ribbon shares. Can’t wait to share with you!! As always, if you want to order anything and you live in Canada, just click on the images below and you will be taken to my online store. Gratification is only a click away! Live in the States? Click on the shop with Julie icon in the sidebar.

 

Before I forget, thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on my last two blog posts. Winner of the stamp set is Lena. Congratulations Lena, please send me your full name and address so I can send it to you. I hope you all realize that you are such an important part of my life and my business. Every comment you leave, every card you pin contributes to my success and allowing me to continue doing what I do. Owning your own business, especially in the crafting world can be a daunting task. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to be successful. Making pretty cards and doing fun videos is not enough to guarantee success, so hats off to you for every little thing you do to help! We all need a tribe. I’m so happy you are my tribe.

 


 

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