Here is a quick flip though of my 2014 December Daily album. I was so proud of myself that I finished it last year. I'm still working on the 2015 one, but I have to work on my taxes first, then I will get back to it. But I will make sure to share it will all of you when I'm done.
I'm starting the New Year off right with a fun planner haul from Target's Dollar Spot. I hope everyone's year is filled with happiness, good times, and lots of success.
It might look like I'm really organized, and getting a head start on my Christmas cards, but I'm not. I forgot about this little card I made last year. I was so proud of it that I tucked it in with my stamp pads for safe keeping, and totally forgot about it. But now that I think about it I guess in a sense I did get a head start on my Christmas cards... and entire year early.
Cuttlebug 5-Inch-by-7-Inch Embossing Folder, Polka Dots -- Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Distress Marker - 5 Marker Set, Memories Past -- Sizzix 657228 Sizzlits Die, Snowflake No.23 by Basic Grey -- Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows Clear Stamp and Die Set - Includes One Each of LF565 (Stamp) & LF573 (Die) - Custom Set -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Christmas Red --
Just a very simple fun Halloween card with some Tim Holtz dusty concord distress ink, and Sizzix framelets
When I need a sympathy cards I usually buy them. It's just too hard for me to be creative when I'm grieving. But when I sat down to write out the cards I realized that I was short one card. And I really, really wanted to send them out as so as possible. It's one of those things that if I put it off one night then I probably won't get back to it for a week because its a hard thing to do. And you really have to be in the right frame of mind to write a sympathy card. So I started making one and of course my mind went totally blank. Grief and creativity just don't mix in my head. So I started looking through my stash to see what I could build upon. I was really lucky I had a note card already made up with script stamping on it. It was from another project that I never finished, but it was a starting place and when I went to pick up the card the stamped feather, and the Tim Holtz thinking of you sentiment fell out of the same box. A little serendipity, or divine intervention saved the day, my creative sparked, and the card was born. So thank you serendipity and Tim Holtz for making this whole process easier.
Last year my boyfriend and I were sooooo sick. This one illness wiped us out for a good 2 and a half weeks. Basically, all I could do was sleep, and drag myself to Target for tissues, orange juice, and soup. Then nap for 3 hours when I got home. The only bright spot of that time was that the tissues I bought had these adorable little foxes on them. Every time I would reach for a tissue they would make me smile. So I saved the box, and just found it last week when I was cleaning out my studio. So with Fall upon us I decided I had to make something cute out of these little guys (hoping all the while that the germs on the box had dissipated after it's year quarantined in the cupboard). So here is the cute little diorama I made with them, and now I must run to the store to stock up on Emergency C. I used Tim Holtz Wallflower paper for the project, the foxes and tress are from the tissue box.
Wallflower Paper Stash by Tim Holtz Idea-ology, 36 Sheets, Double-Sided Cardstock, Various Sizes, Multicolored, TH93110 -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Christmas Red -- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo -- 5mm CUP SEQUINS Gold Loose sequins for embroidery, applique, arts, crafts, and embellishment. -- Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents Precision Tip, 2-Ounce
Just made a quick and easy pen loop for my new planner. The pen loops I buy never stay on, and though this one doesn't look that pretty I can tell you that pen is NEVER coming off. Also, I'll probably glue something over the blob so I'll never see it. All I did was take a little piece of 1/8 inch elastic in white. Then colored it to match my planner with a copic marker (copics are alcohol based so it will color just about anything). Then glued it in place with Crystal Accents. Make sure the ends of the elastic are glued directly on top of one another. If they lay side by side then your pen will hang crooked, and that would drive me NUTS!
Here is the thing, I dearly love planners. Just like everyone else I completely freaked out when they got popular again and have tried out SEVERAL of them. I really liked my Erin Condren but spiral bound is just WAY too confining to me. I want a Kiki K soooo much, but it is WAY too expensive. And because it is so expensive I know I won't use it. I will want to keep it pristine, so no touching. Then Marion Smith came out with her first planner and I couldn't give her my money fast enough. It is STUNNING, but like I thought I love it so much I don't want to ruin it by using it. So there it sits on my shelf looking at me while I work on projects. Sometime I will look over my shoulder and look at it and smile... because I am freakish that way. With all this trial and error I have become smarter though. Instead of buying a midori I made my own and tried it out... nope didn't keep up with it. So I got a moleskine and bullet journaled. It worked for a little bit, but I need pre-printed pages to make me happy. Especially the monthly calendar, it has to have dates and holidays in it. So it utter desperation I found myself looking around target. When I always go when I'm totally desperate. And low and behold I found this little beauty. The Mead Cambridge edition 2015-2016 Weekly Monthly Planner in a beautiful sky blue (trust me the color is beautiful even if the inferior pictures don't show it). I love the layout of the pages, very clean and elegant. Of course I'm going to get weird with it because it's a spiral bound, but the calendar and weekly pages might make up for that. AND... it's small enough to fit in a little avery binder so I might uncoil it, and see what happens.
With all the Halloween stamp releases being posted I decided to pull out last years Halloween supplies, and have a little fun. I'm just completely in love with this little Halloween diarama I made. The rosettes and pine sprigs are my favorite!
Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Mini Paper Rosettes (2 Sizes) by Tim Holtz -- Martha Stewart Crafts Medium Punch, Branch -- May Arts Ribbon, Ivory Burlap String -- Sizzix on The Edge Die by Tim Holtz, 2.75 by 6.625-Inch, Graveyard -- Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock, 4.25 by 5.5-Inch, 20-Pack
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