Monday, April 16, 2012

Friends Fur-ever Is Retiring...

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  It Just Takes One Action To Begin Again!
With all of my travel lately, my exercise schedule has been less of a schedule and more of a haphazard occurrence.  If you follow my blog, you know that I have been working through the P90X and P90X2 dvds.  I was very disciplined when it came to P90X - a little less so with P90X2 - giving myself a day or two in between workouts.  With travel this past week, that "day or two" turned into 5 days.  It may not sound like a lot, but when you become accustomed to the feeling that exercise provides you really do miss it when you don't do it.  The emotional "high" that I get from a workout, really keeps me in a positive place - a place where I feel like I am taking care of myself and being good to myself.  So yesterday I took action!  I put that dvd into the tv and did my workout!  All of the thoughts of the past 5 days washed away as I jumped and stretched and squatted and lunged.  It really does just take one action to begin again.  Why not take that action right now?
If you are a Stampin' Up! fan, you know that the new catalog transition is a very exciting time!!!!  This year it is happening even early, since Stampin' Up! is changing the timing of the new catalog.  The new catalog will begin on June 1st this year!  In preparation for that transition, Stampin' Up! just released the retiring stamp set list yesterday.  You can download a copy by clicking HERE.  The lists for retiring accessories and Definitely Decorative items will be available April 25th.  It is always a happy and sad time for me when I see the list of retiring items.  Inevitably, some of my favorites are going away to make room for new and exciting designs.  I was sad to see the Friends Fur-ever stamp set on the list - it has really turned into one of my most favorite stamp sets!!!!  So, as an ode to the set I decided to make this little birthday card.  The birthday greeting is from On Your Birthday which is also retiring.  I created the background paper by stamping with the bottom of a tin can :)  I hope you like it :)  If you have any questions regarding retiring stamps or the catalog transition, please don't hesitate to place a question in the comments section and I will respond to your question in my blog!  To order retiring stamp sets, feel free to shop with me HERE.


Lorraine said...

I love the background - how creative. And the colors are so pretty. Lovely card. Sad to see some of my favorites are retiring. Even sadder are the ones that didn't get much love.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adore your card, Michelle. I went back into the archives and looked at your other Friends Fur-ever creations. All precious. I have this set and love it, although I've only made one card, so far. Retired, or not, it's staying in my collection.

I chuckled when you described how you made the background. I should have known!! And here I was wondering where you'd found paper with such a fun pattern.