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I stumbled upon a huge stash of composition books while cleaning out cubbies in my studio. With good intention I tossed them all into a donation bag- but of course had to go back out to the garage to grab a couple of them later that same afternoon. 
This project took all of about 30 minutes, from start to finish using up little scraps. 

OK, so if you count the time it took for the Stickles to dry I suppose it was longer but I just left it on my work table overnight.
I've got a new notebook for work tomorrow!



don't forget to play!

This year I'm making a conscious effort to play. 

No plan, no schedule. Just grab a bunch of stuff and see what I can do.

I adore tags- there is something about them that fills me with ideas.
Many times I use manila shipping tags- they're great. This time I had a piece of watercolor paper laying on my table (because I was too lazy to put it away the night before) so that's what I used. Just cut it to a random size and away I went...
Fussy cut flowers, machine stitching, sequins. 
My latest obsession- I like lots of layers and lots of embellishment, but lately need to keep things as flat as possible (been doing a LOT of traveler's notebook pages). Sequins fit that bill perfectly!
Added to the back of the tag is a lined card that can be used to write a sweet message.
Just a little more sparkle and some beautiful silk ribbon to finish it up.

Give yourself permission to get out there and play!



this year...

...And another year begins.
I love the fresh beginning each new year brings with it- the promise of a clean slate, filled to the brim with hope. Take whatever lessons you can from the past year and apply to your life ahead. 

Twenty eighteen was a tough year for our family but I'm ready to face what this new year is bringing with Her. It feels like my creativity has been on hold for such a long time so that all my energy could be focused on the challenges that were in front of me. Well, goodbye to all that. 

So long 2018. Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

It's with open arms I welcome this bright shiny New Year!



the adventure begins...

It's been ages since I last posted. Sometimes life doesn't go as planned and we can either crumble under the weight... or pick ourselves up, dust things off and move on. This much needed respite has left me feeling re-charged and embracing creating once again!

Graduations are upon us and this project was created for one of my favorite graduates. 
I didn't want anything too fussy, it was for a young man, after all. While digging through drawers to find anything that looked masculine, I found the gold skeleton leaves and hoped to find a spot to tuck them in, even though they didn't exactly scream "guy". 

The entire thing was built on a long kraft envelope, perfect for tucking in good wishes and a little spending money. 
I had so much fun creating the layers while trying to be mindful of not over-doing it. For someone that believes more is MORE, that was quite a challenge!
Here's to all the graduates out there- 
               ...time to let the adventures begin!



merry and bright...

It's hard to believe Christmas is only days away... there is still so much to do!

Lots of wrapping to finish, cookies to bake, candy to package and- as always- just a couple more cards needed to tuck into those goodies.
I've got a clean and simple card that fits the bill!

Tammy Tutterow's Merry & Bright stamp was perfect to play with. It is SO stinkin' cute!! I stamped it onto some green patterned paper and again onto a plain white card stock, then once more onto a red-framed label. A little fussy-cutting and layering and it was done. Colored pencils took care of the details on the white layers. The fun little tree lights and star topper are rhinestones!
CAS is a style I admire but find difficult to mimic. Once I added a simple ribbon and some decorative photo corners I was satisfied with the overall level of embellishment. 
"Less is more" is really tough to do!!
This stamp would also work perfectly stamped onto some shipping tags, colored in and tied up with pretty ribbon- what a nice way to finish off your gifts.

Wishing you all a holiday filled with love and laughter!

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