So what will it be? (And a Christmas card, too!)

Thanksgiving is now a memory and my main batch of Christmas cards has been mailed off. It’s hard to believe that the month of November is almost finished and soon we will be celebrating the new year. It’s not a new thought that “time flies”, but it seems this year had extra wings to help hurry it along.

As I look towards the new year and all that it will bring (one son leaving to continue his education and the other starting at a local university), I recognize it as another year to fine-tune myself, one area at-a-time. Last year, my focus was grace – towards others and myself. Somehow, in trying to figure out my own medical issues and changing my diet to a healing one, I had become very type-a. I heard someone define me that way and it startled me. Honestly, I felt like I had been struck. Being organized and aware is one thing, but was I giving the impression that my way was the only way? In some ways… yes. That was a year of paying more attention to my interactions with others but also the things I was telling myself about myself. 

2018 has been more about intentional commitment. Why do I spend my time doing what I do? Where is the value in it for others, even if it’s just being exposed to a better me? When I dropped my previous blog and started this one, my intent was to share more about my life and thoughts. Yes I love card-making (and I have one to share today – promise!), but there is more in my life and I realize that many of my experiences are not unique. Sharing that side of myself just might help you and I can’t think of a better use of time than that. When the urge to shy away from writing posts with anything personal hits and I forget my why & the value, intentional commitment reminds me to refocus and try again. It may be that I need more time with this focus, but it could be that, like last year’s grace, they are meant to remain a part of who we are and a work in progress.

Well, one area where I remain committed with little need for reminding is making greeting cards. (I’m even better at actually sending them these days! Woohoo!) I need just a few more Christmas cards for co-workers and a few to donate, as well. Inspired by a lot of the decor on pillows, clothes and even Christmas trees this year, I created this simple but bold design in just a few minutes with the help of the Buffalo Check background stamp by Stampin’ Up!

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Add detail to your check design with pens or markers. A simple black line was added here using a Copic Multi-liner and ruler.

Thank you for visiting my tiny blog today. If you read the post above, I would love to hear your feedback on what I shared and if you have a focus word or something similar you employ. If you stopped by just for the card, I’d like to hear that, too! For another idea using a check/plaid background, be sure to check out this post which includes a link to a 16-site blog hop featuring the above stamp. 

SUPPLIES → Stampin’ Up! supplies: Whisper White, Basic Black card stock; Cherry Cobbler ink; Silver Twine and Enamel Dots (retired); tree die-cut is from Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (retired) Other supplies: Copic Multiliner pen, sentiment from Flamingo Bells by Avery Elle, ruler

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

 

Fab is a frame of mind

Today starts a new adventure. I blogged for years (here), but decided to put that to rest a few months ago. While I don’t miss trying to sell product, I definitely miss the flow of sharing ideas and inspiration with such friendly people and can’t wait to share craft, home and food ideas in this fresh new spot.

Today a card 🙂

Fab Fri posted a fab layout which called for using a fab sentiment. And a fab flamingo, too!

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MFT Tickled Pink (sentiment), Avery Elle Flamingo Bells (images)