Freshly Made Sketch For You

Ladies & gents, boys & girls… I think I will start my countdown clock with this post!  NINETEEN days and a wake-up!  If you don't know what I'm talking about you'll have to rewind my posts and start reading here.

As my clock winds down and I begin another long journey to the motherland this card is dedicated to YOU!  Yes you!  You are here reading and I am grateful you enjoy reading my card blog.

In the last 5.5 months I have literally received hundreds of emails, cards, and prayers from so many of you.    I've been deployed three times and this has been one of the best one's ever!

Why?  Because this is the first time I carried my hobby with me.  I said I was living proof that this hobby can be taken anywhere in the world… and YOU have faithfully me followed me.  A million Thank You's is never enough.

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I'd also like to WELCOME to the Circle of Pals… Veva S., Jennifer G., and Shari A.  I am beyond excited to have you on my team!  The PALS is one of the BEST teams to be in with Stampin' Up! and the support is like no other!

FMS Final 107-001

This card is brought to you by Freshly Made Sketches 107.

Doesn't this stamped image look like a framelit label?  Well, don't let your eyes fool you.  It's a negative image…LOL.  I cut out the Chalk Talk Framelits label out of the Venetian Romance designer series paper and stamped the actual card base in Gold Emboss Powder.  It looks deceiving because I used Neutrals Candy Dots on the edges.  I absolutely LOVE IT! 

At my fifth month point the Envelope Punch Board was revealed and I just had to get one… not because I wanted it, but because I NEEDED it… LOL.  Now, it has become an extension to each card that I make.  I love to give a card with a matching envelope.  Do you have your yet?

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Stamp Set(s):  Chalk Talk
Inks/Color:  Real Red
Tools/Punches/Dies:  Chalk Talk Framelits

Hello Morning Post


HI friends!  At least once a week I cruise through my favorite sketch challenges and if there's enough time to enter it I get right to it.  This one is no exception… I immediately knew I loved it the moment I saw it!  It it quick & easy and I absolutely love the clean and simple layout.

Sketch Challenge

A last minute entry into the Freshly Made Sketches #104 Sketch Challenge.  I decided at the last minute to enter this challenge because the clean & simple look to this card.  I love these layouts.


I love the Crushed Curry ink letters against the Tempting Turquoise card stock.  They really just pop right at you don't you think?  Do you make cards for friends/family just to say hi?

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Stamp(s):  Morning Post Alphabet
Paper:  Venetian Romance
Inks/Color:  Crushed Curry
Other:  Basic Pearls


I accomplished two things this last week:  1)  I passed my annual fitness test with a score of 98.3/100%.  Last year I received a 97.4%, so I guess you can say I've improved.  I shaved a whole minute off my run… LoL.  My goal is still to score 100% before retirement… and I'm not competitive… LoL.  It's just a personal goal.

2)  I ran the Air Force Marathon (10K) in one hour and 7 seconds!  Yippee!  I've ran 5K's in the past, but I took the leap and made it the 10K.  I was told I'm an official runner!  I seriously HATE running, but I had so much fun doing it.  My secret is that I didn't run for time… but for pleasure.  I set my own pace and didn't slow down and only sped up during the time I actually experienced a runner's high…LOL.  I think I was strung by the run bug… LoL

Thank you so much for following My Paper Journey with me.  Have you visited me on my Facebook page?