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Some days, creativity just flies out the window. I blame it on too much rain this summer. This chick is solar powered!

So, what’s a card-maker to do when everything seems destined for the trash can? Pull out those catalogs and saved pinterest boards and just make something simple! This card is based on a sample in a Stampin’ Up! catalog. While I had the stamps out, I went ahead and made a colorful coordinating envelope so it will be ready when it’s time to mail this card. Enjoy!

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Stamp Set: Thoughtful Banners

 

Greetings from little fairies

I recently purchased the cutest little stamp set from Stamping Bella. This set of four fairies just said “color me” and since that seems to be my obsession lately, I caved. (Discount code + cute image + fun money availability = mine! I think even Dave Ramsey would approve…)

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Stamping Bella Little Bits Fairy Set, Avery Elle Circle Frames Die

You can see all four of the adorable fairies in this card. I think they will be so fun to use with other images or perched atop large words! With a little careful trimming, you could also remove the smaller part of the wings and make them angels. May have to give that a try for Christmas!

Notes: All card stock Stampin’ Up!, “Greetings” die by Sunny Studios

 

Rejoice and be glad

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

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sentiment from Christ is Born by Technique Tuesday

I keep meaning to start my Christmas cards but keep getting sidetracked. I had a layout in mind after seeing this wreath card, but when those attempts ended up in file 13 (recycling), I noticed the bird paper on my desk and ended up on a different path. By the time the rest of it came together, I knew I wanted a faith-based sentiment. This one, actually part of a Christmas sentiment set, made me think of the psalm above and how the right attitude in the morning makes such a difference in day-to-day life. It will put a song in your heart and help your step be light as a feather.

Notes: bird die Small Bird Trio by Gina Marie Designs, bird pattern paper Simon Says Stamp kit, remaining supplies Stampin’ Up!

Have you tried this?

I tried something fun last week, something new to me though it really shouldn’t have taken me this long to try it. Envelope art… where you decorate the envelope for the card or note that you are sending. I’ve watched so many videos by Kristina Werner where she paints/draws the most beautiful envelopes you have ever seen and never thought to try it myself. Maybe because I can’t draw? lol

Then last week, somehow – I’m not even sure how – I ran across a line of envelope art stamps by Inky Antics and the lightbulb finally turned on in my head about incorporating this into my card making. It’s fun getting something besides a bill or advert in the mailbox; how much more fun when even the envelope is personalized?

To give myself a little more room to write the address, I masked the top and right side of the matchbox stamp before stamping. This allowed me to extend the lines and make a larger box using a pen and ruler. I finished it off by adding the matches and giving it all a little color. There is a part of me that is wondering what the postal service will think about something with matches going through the mail…

So have you tried it? If you haven’t yet – I hope you will and let me know how it goes!

Are you stretching?

Adulting is hard. Don’t let anyone tell you differently…

I was about to get all serious and share life stuff, but you know what? You’ve probably got a lot of life stuff happening right now and know exactly what I’m talking about. So instead, how about I just encourage you: keep your wheels spinning by challenging yourself in a way that will stretch you creatively, help you see some progress in your life and won’t hurt 😉

Last week, I took a watercolor for card making class at Online Card Classes. I’ve been working at my own pace, filling up the recycling bin (sometimes stretching involves making mistakes) and picking up some things along the way. Like my need to be a little more patient – walk away woman! The card above was one that survived the reject pile of exercises from the first day. I’m hoping it will be a nice surprise for someone special.

Thanks for stopping by! And if you are going through something right now, take a deep breath, ask God for guidance and take a little stretch…

Thank goodness for men who grill

I’ve just spent a good portion of the weekend in my craftroom thanks to SplitcoastStampers and the generosity of my man. SCS hosted a Virtual Stamp Night where projects get posted every hour for 6 hours on Friday night and another 11 hours on Saturday. I didn’t realize I could make a card in an hour, much less repeat that several times. Some are meh, but some are actually pretty good! lol But it was only possible because my honey and sons were willing to fend for themselves food wise (i.e., eat the leftovers I prepared for this) and also grill for dinner on Sunday while I was tackling the last few challenges.

I encourage you to check out the gallery at SplitcoastStampers. But in the meantime, here are just a few of the cards I created. I would show you the steak and fresh veggies we had for dinner but no one took the time to photograph those; we didn’t even think about it until the last morsel had been consumed.

 

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Thanks for visiting today. As always, I appreciate your feedback and hope that you saw something that inspires you!

Blessings,

A

Stamp Review Crew – Tropical Chic Blog Hop

Hi everyone! The SRC has another great blog hop set up for you, this one using the new Tropical Chic stamp set from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. There are some great framelits to go along with this set, too. Be sure to visit the other stops on the hop for lots of ideas to create and share!

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My first card was made using only the seed image in the set. Although they do look like the seeds our Pygmy Date Palm drops, for some reason I thought of a delicious summer-time treat – watermelon! The seeds were heat embossed onto Poppy Parade cardstock to keep the look fresh and vibrant.

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Watermelon Note Card

For this next card, I changed track and went coastal. Palm fronds were heat embossed on watercolor paper, then I added a wash of watercolor in both blues and greens over the entire panel. To finish it off, I added a couple of die-cut palm fronds from the coordinating framelit set; there’s a second part to this framelit that will cut out the stamped image if you wish.

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The tiny pearls were lightly colored using an alcohol-based marker. The sentiment is also from this stamp set and comes as one longer sentiment. I don’t do stamp surgery often, but I know I will use this one in segments more than together. The “love & thanks” part will probably see a lot of ink on it’s own 🙂

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Topical Chic Love & Thanks

Thanks so much for bumping through my blog. I hope you enjoyed the projects and noticed something you can use! Your next stop on this journey is Debra Burgin. I can’t wait to see what fun color combos she chose today. (Going the other way? This link will take you to Charlet Mallett and her website, painted-orange!)

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