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About clkondo

I am a teacher, mother, wife, and LOVER of all things papercrafting. It's been my sanity (and sometimes insanity) for the past 10 years. I am an Independent Stampin' UP Demonstrator...which helps me pay for my passion...

Rooted in Thanksgiving

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This month, we are entering a season to be thankful. And, for the craziiness that has been 2020, that may be hard to come by. But, the deeper we look, I am learning to be thankful for so many things, things that I don’t even notice until perhaps they are absent.

I am so thankful for my family and this shut down gave me time to REALLY connect with them. We also were able to build deeper relationships with neighbors and friends around us. I have seen in SO MANY WAYS how God’s divine hand of protection has been on my family and I am so grateful. I want to take this month with my family to really focus on thanksgiving…to be ROOTED in THANKFULNESS. Though it should be an every-day-all-the-time occurrence, I want to be sure to pause and really dwell on the things we have to be thankful for.

This leaf image comes from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, which is one of my most favorite super universal stamp sets. I used Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze for the colors.

I hope we can use the fact that ‘life’ has slowed us down this season and so we can dwell in the stillness, the slowness, and focus on what really matters. Happy Thanksgiving to you. I am thankful for all of you too!

AnneHead on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

Cutest Little Mummy

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October begins the season of pumpkins, sweaters, and a night of the cutest creepy crawlies you will see. This little mummy is no exception. The stamp set, Monster Bash and it’s coordinating dies, ornate frames definitely showcase some of the sweetest monsters of the season. (Monster Bash has retired, but the ornate frames are still available).

Fall is my favorite time of year. And, October seems to usher in all the goodness of the upcoming seasons. One good thing that has come out of this upheaval is that the world has SLOWED DOWN. I hope we can take this sense of slow, deliberateness into the upcoming season…a season that is always way too rushed and filled with obligations. This step-back that has been required of me is now causing me to see things from different perspectives and new realities. I pray that we don’t lose this new perspective as we begin to fill our holiday calendars.

Happy October to you all!

See what Anne and Cheryl have created for you today!

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Oh, little rhino…. so cute and peaceful! This is wishing 2020 will settle down in the remaining months before it ends….

I just love this stamp set, Animal Outing. It has some of the cutest animals to include in your stamp collection. They are PERFECT for coloring with the blends (which, I might add, is a fabulous thing to do when you need to de-stress and unwind.)

Real Red provides the pop of color for the backdrop and the bird, which wakens up the sleepy rhino.

I hope you can start to ease into fall and find something to rest and relax in that provides a smile for you like the one on this rhino.

Pop on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have waiting for you!

Summer-a-blaze

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August is that time of the year that my head starts to say good-bye to summer. Even though I know it’s still FAR from over, but it’s like the DUSK of the summer months. But, just like actual dusk when the sky is on fire and all of our surroundings are saturated in the golden hue of the dropping sun, I imagine August to be that time. Everything is on fire with color.

I have seen a lot of samples of this set, Beautiful Friendship, done with more muted tones. And, don’t get me wrong, they are gorgeous. But, I love the bold colors. Seems appropriate for the beginning of the end of summer. As I write this, we are on day 2 of a very unusual school year. There are so many unknowns as to how things are going to work. But, I’m thankful for this hobby, this space, and audience to be the space that I can come back to for the beauty and the rest at the end of each day and season.

I used mango medley, granny apple green, and poppy parade to be the colors this month. I love this mix…not too loud but definitely they will be noticed. Check out what Anne and Cheryl have for you this month!

Summertime Flowers

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When I saw this stamp set, I KNEW it had to be on the calendar. My favorite part of it is (besides the fantastic flowers) IT IS ONLY 2 STAMPS!

This set is called Forever Lovely and it is a Distinktive Stamp Set (no, it’s not a typo, this is how it’s spelled). And, if you look close, you can see the gradations in the poppy ink. SU puts varying amounts of texture on the image itself to create these changes. So, you can get lots of variation out of ONE ink and stamp.

There is a small trick to helping this stamp better… The Stamparatus Deluxe Foam Mat makes a perfect stampin’ surface to help give it the cushion (like a red rubber stamp…has the foam) it needs to be able to contact the paper properly. I love this mat for all my general stamping… the you can wipe off the surface… it makes a perfect work mat.

Notice the enamel dots… I did not have black. BUT, you can color the surface with your blends to change the color. So, I grabbed whatever I had and colored away. It works perfectly.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. It seems crazy to me that 2020 is half over (though, I must say, I am ready to MOVE ON).

Hop on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

Hedgehugging

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I’m hoping that we will be able to return to a time when we can be able to shake hands, share a smile, give a hug without being worried of infecting or being infected. I suppose that is coming in time. But, in the mean time, we can use this little hedge hog to give our hugs for us. This came from the stamp set Hedgehugs and it has just the CUTEST little hedge hogs (and skunks…who doesn’t love a cute skunk..??). (Sorry, the set is now retired).

This is the simplest page, and using a couple of markers and early espresso ink. But, it’s the simplicity that makes it nice… just like a smile. or hug.

So even though we have to smile at a distance, and send paper hugs, we can still do that to brighten another’s day. And, at this day and time, we need even more of that now than ever.

Check out what Anne and Cheryl have for you this month!

Abounding Beauty

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Wow. The past month has really slowed us down. And, though it has been shocking and frustrating and crazy, I believe the slow down has been good. There’s beauty in every situation if you take the time to look.

For this month, I used the Beauty Abounds stamp set. Which most people purchase it because of the butterflies (which are beautiful and coordinate with punches and they’re great). But sometimes looking past the obvious reveals more beauty. Like this flourish stamp. I just love it. Though it comes many other stamps in the set, this stamp can hold it’s own as a artistic centerpiece on any card (or calendar). Kind of like the space we are in now. Slowing down, looking at what we have as opposed to what we cannot do. Realize that the slowdown has helped us strengthen relationships. Build (and test…hahaha) the sibling bonds, create connections with neighbors. Value life. And there’s beauty in all of that.

I am CONTINUOUSLY amazed at how God has PERFECT timing in all of his plans. I don’t always understand, and I’m realizing that I don’t need to understand. Just appreciate. We had a major health scare. And, (I realize that I’m being completely egocentric here…) this global shut down actually came at the PERFECT time for us to weather the health scare. We’re off work and can concentrate on recovery. And, I’m realizing one of our vehicles is probably in need of major repairs… but ALSO PERFECT TIMING… as we only have 1 driver and no place to go anyway! Now, all of this really hurts when you think about the negative. But, searching for the beauty helps me realize that this is perfect timing for all of this to happen…

I’m more anxious than anyone to get back to ‘normal’ (if that is even possible). I miss my students. I miss my freedoms. But, it’s important to stop dwelling on the parts we’ve lost and realize that , “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

Keep trying to find the good.

Go check out Anne and Cheryl today, on this Beautiful May Day.

Beautiful Promenade

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April, of course, makes me think of Easter, Spring, and all things pretty and pastel. Though I now live in the tropics, I still feel that sense of spring time coming and shaking off the cold dreariness of winter and making all things new and fresh.

And, that’s exactly what I wanted this flower to be! Something new and fresh. It’s the simple flower image from the stamp set, Beautiful Promenade.

I love the simplicty of the flower, and it gave me PERFECT opportunity to color with my blends. (I cannot tell you how much I enjoy coloring with these.) I decided to use the Hyland Heather and Purple Posey variations to create my lavenders in this flower.

Coloring is such a relaxing past time for me. And, I think it is a good one to occupy my time during this ‘extended at home staycation’. Speaking of, how’s everyone doing? Hope you are staying well. I must admit, I was a little worried (and still am) about being home for 5 weeks WITH littles, non stop… but, I am kind of enjoying it! (We’re only a week in…) But, we’ve been working on some projects as a family and it’s been GOOD. Productive.

Praying for your safety and continued wellness. Our thoughts, prayers, and gratitude are with our front line health care workers. I’m praying that we come out of this with a greater sense of care and understanding for those around us.

Stop by and see what Anne and Cheryl have done for you today!

Happy Little Spring Piggy

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I am not sure what it is about pigs that makes them so cute, but…my, they are cute. Stampin Up’s This Little Pig set is no exception. When I saw this set and the pig dancing with the flower, I just KNEW it had to be part of my calendar.

The Stampin’ Blends make coloring this cute little piggy a BREEZE. I love that you can layer on the color to add intensity and depth. And, having two hues of the same color really helps to make the shading possible. I love the fact that the alcohol ink doesn’t leave the streaks that regular markers would either.

I’m happy to be welcoming spring with This Little Piggy celebration! Stop by Anne and Cheryl’s blogs to see how they’re welcoming March!

You Otter be my Valentine!

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When I saw this otter I just KNEW he had to be my Valentinefor this month! This set is from the 2019 Occasions catalog (so it’s now retired) called Hey Love.

And, Flirty Flamingo was, in my opinion, a great pink to use here because it’s vibrant and fresh. Not TOO pinky and not to pale.

I hope you can spend this Valentine’s with those you love!

I still have a small handfull of the 2020 Easel calendars left! If you’re interested in having one of your very own, message me and I can work out payment and shipping details with you.

Also, Hannie Joy and Co is on Instagram! Come follow us overthere too!!

Stop on by to see what Anne and Cheryl have created for you today! And, Happy Valentine’s Day to you!