Great Blue Heron

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Life changes......

Hey everyone.  Today is another bellariffic challenge but it is also a sad day.  I'm not good with expressing what I have to say, so I'll do my best.  Today will be my last post as a bella babe.  Yes,  I am stepping down after 3 awesome years working with Emily and all the bella babes - past and present.  A special thank you to Emily for bringing me on board.  I was thrilled beyond words when she asked me to be a 'babe'.  Life brings many changes, and I have been finding it harder each week to push myself to be creative. 
My heart just isn't it in like it should be.  Maybe someday it will come back, but for now I choose to step down so I can concentrate on other important areas such as family.

I'm not going anywhere, and will still post when the mood strikes me. I thank all my followers for all your support and I hope you continue to stop in once in a while. I do a lot of traveling with Bill on weekends, so I will keep you posted on our travels with new photos as they come along.

Okay, so lets get on with today's card.  It was a sketch challenge this week, and lucky me received my new bella stamps from Emily's last release, so I coloured up one of the new Uptown girls.  Let me introduce Uptown Sandy and her sombrero.

I stamped Sandy on bella's bestest paper and coloured her using copics and pencils.  I used spellbinder skinny rectangles to cut her out. Designer paper is Cosmo Cricket - Salt Air.

I turned the sketch upright to make it work for me.  I love when you can do this!  I added the sentiment that comes with this stamp set.  It was cut out using one of dies from Spellbinders Spendid Circles, then I cut another circle with a teal c/s and then layered it behind.

Finishing touches - ultra fine flower soft for the sand, glossy accents on her glasses and some amber rhinestones.

To see more samples done using this sketch layout, stop over at bloggabella to check them out. Leave a comment for a chance to win some bella bucks.

Next week your challenge will be to use buttons on your card.  You can email Emily your card by thursday night.

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a wonderful long weekend (for us Canadians). 

Again, thanks for all your support over the 3 years. 
See you soon,

Hugs, Pauline


Leslie Miller said...

Fabulous with your incredible coloring and her cool, refreshing drink! Love those earthy summertime papers. Pauline, I can completely understand your desire to get out from under any extra committments, especially during the summer months. It's nice to come and go as you please, and very difficult to be creative on a schedule. You're one of my favorites and I would miss your stamping, so I do hope you'll still be sharing cards when the mood strikes. I've been in the same place and I found that after a little break I was eager to stamp whatever my little heart desires whenever I took a notion. You're just too good at it to give it up and I would miss you terribly. Okay, enough selfishness on my part. Be happy, and I'll look forward to anything you share. I always love your beautiful nature photos, too, being a nature loving kinda gal, myself.

Vicki Garrett said...

She looks amazing, your colouring is beautiful!!! I hope that you still feel creative occasionally and share some of your delicious creations and photos of course. Hugs to you and wishing you the best Sistah!



Mary J said...

:( I will miss you Pauline - thank you for all of your support and love the comments you leave me. I will be keeping in touch with you so don't be a stranger!

Your card is so gorgeous and sunny - I can feel the warmth on my skin already!! Have a lovely long weekend!

Mary xxx

Leslie said...

Oh how I will miss your gorgeous cards Pauline - you have been an inspiration to me with the classy elegance of your cards. Thank you for all your kind comments on my cards. Your card today is perfect..."work less, play more, enjoy life" - that's what we all should do. I look forward to your cards whenever you feel like posting and also your first class photographs. Enjoy your long weekend. Hugs...Leslie

Tracy said...

I wish you lots of fun on your adventures Pauline. I'll miss your Bella post so much, but I understand and look forward to seeing what the mood strikes you to create. :-) Hugs!

Stampin' Granny said...

Just looking thru past posts and saw this beauty of a card! Between your coloring and the paper/colors you used, this is a stunner! I hate to see that you're losing your mojo - you are SO good at this!! I, too, have been there - actually still am. I hope you find another outlet for your creativity if you give up stamping because you really are so talented.