Thursday, January 2, 2014

Celebrating 2014!

Cheers to the New Year! 
Another chance for us to get it right! (Paraphrasing Oprah)

My first post of the new year. In fact, my first post since November 18th!  Oh my - how did the last six weeks of my life just disappear? There was little time for crafting, certainly no time to blog.
One of my goals for 2014 is to improve my blog stats. Actually, last year I had 34 blog posts!
Up from just 14 the year before. Yay! And I plan to do even better this year.

One of the nicest things that happened for me this past year was meeting a friend in-real-life whom I've known online for the past 11-12 years. Her son had the good fortune to land a job for a high-profile company in Seattle. Which was great for me in that his parents (my friend) came to the west coast for Thanksgiving! My friend Kathy and I got to meet and spend an afternoon and evening together. I took her to Impress and a couple of other paper stores before we went out for a yummy dinner together and I finally had to take her back to her son's condo.  Here is the photo of the two of us at Impress Stamps in Seattle. It was such a fun afternoon - one I hope we will get to repeat! (Notice that we are dressed nearly identical - purely a coincidence :)
This is card I made today using some of the stuff I purchased at Impress that day. I took my inspiration from this card by JJ Bolton. This was also my first time using sequins, a little gift my friend brought me that day. :)  I will definitely be using these more often - love the bling they add to a card.

Stamps: Savvy: Scattered Dots (Impress), Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames #5 (Celebrate)
Ink: Delicata Gold
Embossing powder: Judikins Egyptian Gold
Dies: Papertrey Ink: Block Alphabet Numbers Die, Limitless Layers Ovals
Paper: Papertrey Ink black matte; Marcos: Gold Mirror card, Cold Currency Cover, Black Glossy
Glitter Tape - American Crafts (Impress)
Sequins - my friend Kathy


IamDerby said...

Hi Steph! Thanks for the nice comment. I really like this new year card- so sparkly! How exciting to meet a stamping friend IRL! Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.

carol (krillsister) said...

Love your card. Great for welcoming in the new year.
So glad you could meet your friend. sounds like you had a great time. I understand about not posting for awhile. I became very erratic once October came. Life does get in the way of blogging.

Leigh Penner said...

Happy New Year! So happy to see you blogging again, Steph!
Your card is sparkly and gorgeous!

Danielle said...

Love the elegance of this with the gold! Gold is quickly coming back in for me, love it. Happy New Year! xo
Danielle said...

I love the card you made and I love the story about meeting your friend after so long. the two of you look like you are having such a wonderful time. I got a huge haul of sequins and haven't used one yet. lol. I better get with it. such a nice blog too.