Blog Vacation

Hello my friends! Wow, it has been 41 days since my last post…amazing and a bit distressing.

Sometimes, life just gets overwhelming and when that happens to me, my creativity takes a vacation…resulting in a vacation from my blog!!

I had SO many ideas for projects and was really engrossed in the 30 day card challenge from my Stampin’ Up!’sΒ up-line’s up-line. All of which resulted in complete overload.

I realize it’s April, but I’ve decided that my “word” for 2016 is going to BALANCE. I’m going to work for it and remind myself every single day that it’s all about balance!

I wandered into my craft room and wasn’t exactly sure where to start as there are unfinished projects everywhere…

So I grabbed a pile of cards and began. I don’t know if you are guilty of this as well, but when I’m in a creative flow, I can’t be bothered to EVER stamp the back of my cards and many times I will leave the inside blank as well. Thus, as soon as the cards have been blogged…they go into a pile and sit. The pile gets higher and higher so I start another pile…sigh.

Blog Vacation-Finishing Cards

But, for today at least, I can say with pride that ALL of my cards are complete inside and out and coordinating envelopes as well!! Can I get a woot-woot?? lol

I have made some cards in the recent past, mostly for my card classes. Here are a few:

Blog Vacation-Class CardsThis card was inspired by this card by fellow Pal Windy Ellard.

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

I think this is mine and not a CASE, but if it is and I need to give credit, please let me know!

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

This is a sample based on a card in the Occasions Catalog, page 13.

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

This a swap card I received in Phoenix recently and I plan to CASE the daylights out of it πŸ™‚

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

CASE’d from this card by Stampin’ Up! Β Artisan Design Team Member Inge Groot

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

This is one of my most used and favorite basic layouts ever. I used paper that’s been in my stash for eons and used various products. I used a sentiment set from Clearly Besotted and let my ladies pick which ever one suited their fancy πŸ™‚

Blog Vacation-Class Cards

I just whipped this one up for me. I got stuck because I realized that I used a masculine patterned paper and then added flowers…whoops! In the end I added pearls to make it more feminine. I’m sure someone will appreciate a very un-fru-fru birthday card!

I have more cards from that pile to share, but I’m gonna make you wait for it πŸ™‚ Β lol.

I’ll be back with you more! I hope you are still out there and can understand my need to walk away from all the pressure that I created in my mind πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for visiting me today!


  1. Kajcyika says:

    Welcome back! I understand you taking crafting vacation – sometimes this is just needed. πŸ™‚ Don’t worry, we are still here. πŸ™‚
    Great cards! I love every single one of them β™₯
    xx Kaja

    • Shannon Jaramillo says:

      Thank you Kajcyika!! I bounced back to your blog and see you are several time zones away from me…I’m amazed at how the internet has made the world so small!

  2. Sandy M says:

    Good to hear from you, Shannon! A great gallery of cards, and good for you that you completely finished them off. I get that feeling overwhelmed part. I think I may be ready for a crafty vacation myself!

  3. Karen L. says:

    So glad to see you back. I was getting worried!! Every day that I would check in to see what you had crafted & there wasn’t anything new, I worried that something bad had happened. So, am relieved to see that you are refreshed & back in the blogging world. Take care of yourself. Love your creations!

    • Shannon Jaramillo says:

      Karen, that is very sweet of you! If I take another blog-cation, I will be sure to put up a post so no one worries!

  4. Karen says:

    “Snipnsisters” and I have spoke often of you and hoped you were alright and suprise here you are and with such a beautiful display of cards. Thanks for bringing sunshine and smiles back to us. Everyone need those breaks now and then but you have been missed, just wanted you to know.

  5. Chris vanKoeverden says:

    I love your “masculine pattern paper” birthday card! Don’t always need all the fru fru! Love your ideas!

  6. Karen says:

    Hello Shannon, I know exactly what you mean. I think we have all been there more than once. Your cards are really nice. I may case a few of them if you don’t mind.

  7. Sue C says:

    Balance is good! We could all take a lesson from you. Welcome back, can’t wait to see more of your creations.

  8. Joan VanCourt says:

    Hi Shannon. I love seeing all your cards. Well, I have a pile like that too. I get so much inspiration from you. Thanks for sharing.

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