SSD #40 A Hop, and Note, and some Breathtaking wings!!!!

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“Always here” 4X6 has finally arrived! 

The breathtaking wings of “Always Here” combined with the amazing Word art of “Kryssi Ng”.  Available starting today  Click here to buy.


This set has such a special place in my heart.  From the Emerson sentiment that echoed through my dreams, to the delicate winged creatures.  I have never spent so much time on just one set of stamps.  I must have gone through 5 or 6 versions of each of the winged creatures.  Each time going over the lines and making this curves a bit more graceful, those details a bit more delicate. You see, lately things have been challenging for me.  Going through a divorce, being a single mom, and running a small business.  When things get tough, I turn to my sketch pads and pick up my sharpened black Prismacolor pencils.  I forget about my trouble, and pour my heart and soul out onto the paper. (Don’t get me wrong.  I also rely on a “higher Power”. But I think he gives us gifts that are there to bring us comfort.) I created these fragile wings from the hope that all things are possible.     I know it is silly to be attached to designs, but these designs have helped me heal some heartache, and begin to dream again.  These “wings” have been carrying me for a while now.

  Now it is time to share them with you. As I send them out in to the world, I  hope their beauty lifts your spirit.  May their fragile, and yet capable wings remind you that anything is possible. That beauty is all around us, everywhere you look. Down to the tiny details of a flying creatures opalescent wing.  I hope they give you faith, when life makes you doubt yourself. May they help you share your strength as you comfort a struggling friend.  I want to finish  this little note, with the entire Emerson quote.. (the rest of which will appear in a special set coming out in October…..)

“What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wishing you faith, and miracles


Welcome to Skipping Stones Design’s Blog Hop to celebrate the release of a new stamp set, “Always Here”.

Combined with the blog hop today, it’s also Skipping Stones Sketch Tuesday which means the Design Team is showcasing another fabulous sketch from Maren Benedict! We’d love for you to play along with the sketch and link your card at the Skipping Stones Blog. Just remember to use the keywords SSD040 if you are uploading to any online galleries.

Sketch SSD #40 ~ give it a try!

This week my inner critic was very loud.  You know that (sometimes not  so little) voice that tells you that “you can’t do this” or “your butt looks big in those jeans” Well when my inner critic saw this weeks sketch it had a good hard laugh~.  “HA” it said. “A sketch with 2 stamped images, instead of one?  No Way! Are you going to get a card done using that sketch, this week.”  See I was scheduled for an invasive oral surgery on Wed. I knew I wasn’t going to have time to get the card done before the surgery.  But that is not what my inner critic was getting at.  It was betting that I wouldn’t have the “guts” to attempt the sketch after I recovered from surgery.   So Wed I survived the surgery and was “out of it” for the next few days. By Saturday postoperative infection and a high fever had set in.  My inner critic was feeling quite smug about then.  Early Sunday morning  when I got the call from my (almost ex) husband in the emergency room, where he had been taken by ambulance…. my inner critic was doing the victory dance.  At which point I mentally pictured duct taping my “inner critic’s” mouth shut and shoving it into the back of my mind.  ~Does anyone else get sick of their inner critic or is that my pain meds talking?  Being that I couldn’t let my inner critic win, I forged out the time to deal with my “2 stamped images” phobia along with the rest of what life was throwing at me.  Yes, in the last 36 hours I have dealt with: a badly injured (almost ex), my own raging post surgical infection,getting back to school supplies, the first day of school , and TA DA made 2 cards following the sketch~ That will show my “inner critic” where to stick it!

The musical background below was created using a stamp from “Timeless Textures”


I used stamps from “Wise Men”(coming next month) on these cards  


So I hope if this sketch makes you inner critic start yapping at you, that you go ahead and try it.  When we stretch ourselves outside our comfort zone, we grow our creative muscles.  Not to mention it is SO MUCH fun proving your own “inner critic” Wrong!

Here is the list of the Amazing and talented Designers hopping with us today!!!!!!

Make sure to leave comments as there is TONS of BLOG Candy to be had here, *wink *wink, and at other stops along the hop!

Kandi Phillips
Kryssi Ng
Maren Benedict
Amanda Sewell
Alice Wertz
Dina Kowal
Jen Ingle
Heidi Van Lar
Vanessa Menhorn
Peggy Russell
Wendy Price
Michelle Giraud

I’d love to hear from you.  Are you going to brave a  something new creatively speaking this week?  What is your favorite sentiment or image from the new stamps?  What quote most inspires you???Who’s creativity inspired you on the hop???  Lastly don’t forget to show us what you did with today’s sketch! Link below:

Comments 14

  1. I like the saying ‘change can be beautiful’. It reminds me of when I was pregnant. While many women hate being ‘fat’ I loved my new rounded figure (which is a bit too round to start with!) because of the possibilities it represents. Boy or girl, quiet or happy? Such a wonderful change.

  2. What an inspiring story! Sometimes I get caught up in my internal thoughts, and need to step outside myself to re-gain appreciation. Thank you for sharing!

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