Dancing Through The Rain Of Life’s Challenges – Encouragement

So, you can say we’ve been stuck in one of life’s challenges for almost a year. It stinks to be caught up in difficult times. However, instead of allowing it to get me down on life, I’ve been leaning that dancing through the rain isn’t so bad.

Dancing Through the Rain of Life’s Challenges

Dancing through the rain of Life's challenges

I feel this stamp set, available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, speaks volumes to me. Seriously, my husband has been out of work now for almost a year. That’s bad…and scary! However, month after month, we continue to survive. One month at a time.

Dancing through the rain of life's challenges, beats succumbing to the gloom any day.

From the very beginning of Rob’s unemployment, I have felt that he is being led to something greater. Over the past 11 months, he’s had many interviews but none have led to gainful employment. So, we’ve had plenty of disappointment. However, through it all, God has provided us with enough.


Watercolor Pencils With Blender Pen / Aqua Painter Combinations

I created this card using the Beautiful You stamp set two ways. Both of the cards are made with the Watercolor Pencils, but I made use of different Blender Pen / Aqua Painter combinations.

Dancing through the rain throughout difficult seasons of life.

With the above card, I first colored the image using the Watercolor Pencils in Melon Mambo, Old Olive, and Basic Gray. I then blended each color with the Aqua Painter. However, I wasn’t thrilled with how the Aqua Painter left a slight water mark with the Basic Gray below the girl. Honestly, it was probably user error rather than the paper / Aqua Painter combination.

When the watercolor dried, I took out my blender pen and used it with the Basic Gray Watercolor pencil. I think that helped even out the watercolor mark.

Dancing through the rain during difficult seasons of life.

With this card, I stamped the image, but then used my Soft Sky Ink Pad and and Aqua Pen to create the soft blue haze around the girl. Then, using my Watercolor Pencils, I colored her hat with Melon Mambo, using a heavier hand on the top of her hat. I then colored her dress in Old Olive but pressed a bit harder on the creases of her dress and what would be the folds of her dress. Lastly, I used the blender pens to blend the colors on her dress and hat.

I like how both cards turned out. There are subtle difference with each. I think this is one of my favorite stamp sets with this year’s Sale-A-Bration. The sentiments are very thoughtful and the girl is so feminine and chic!


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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.

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