Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal

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Dynamic Duos #71: Kraft & Black with the Option of Wet Embossing

Hello, friends!  How’s your Tuesday going?  It’s the very last Tuesday in September 2013…can you believe it?  Today I have a fun little card made entirely with kraft and black papers.  Loving color the way I do, this Dynamic Duos challenge was quite a poser for me.  But the light bulb eventually came on, and I went to work on this Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal card made from Graphic 45’s Kraft Reflections.  The challenge also gave us the option to wet emboss our project.  Embossing powder?  Yes, please!  Here’s the color palette for the week:

…and here’s where I went with it: Dynamic Duos #71 03  Not what you were expecting?  I know…I had more fun with this color combo than I thought I would, too.  The die cuts were tapped with Versamark Ink, sprinkled with Stampendous Marcasite embossing powder and heat set.  It lends a nice vintage shine to the project and lifts it in just the right way.  I love this sentiment, too!   The older I get, the more I realize that life is not a dress rehearsal.  It’s a one time opportunity to live, explore, create, dare, experiment and love.  You know how when we are little we always say, “When I grow up I want to be….?”  Well, folks, we are there…and it’s high time to get busy living!   The inside sentiment picks up this theme:

Dynamic Duos #71 05  It says, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”  I wasted so many years of my life wishing I was someone else, trying to BE someone else, not being happy with who I was.  Well, the past 10 years have been a liberating journey for me.  I finally decided to like myself…the way I am…today.  Not 10 pounds less from now…not when I get my act together…no exclusions.  I’m just going to be me, and love being me.  I’m not talking about selfish or crude or irresponsible living…just daily being thankful to be alive and making the most of each day without shackling myself with doubts about being good enough, regrets from the past or fear about the future.  So far, I like it! 

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That’s it for me today, folks.  I hope you have a wonderful day…filled with the knowledge that you are loved right now, just as you are, no holds barred.  Thanks for stopping by the blog, and thanks for your kind comments.  They make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

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9 thoughts on “Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal

  1. candycolwell

    Really cute card, Kathy. Love the vintage feel of this. I’m like you…the older (more “vintage”) I get, the more acutely aware of life not being a dress rehearsal I am. <3 Candy

  2. Tanya

    Yes. It is time to live thankful for the unique being we are and this one grand journey here adventuring and loving. No time to look back. I was thrilled to wake up to this message this morning. We too often doubt and ultimately turn away from what would bring the most joy. This is a card of courage.

  3. ncguygirl

    Love this card! I always like vintage ladies and this one is no exception. Wonderful life philosophy and beautiful card. I think you’re wonderful just the way you are, too!

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