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An Attitude of Gratitude

This week is theme week at TGIF CHALLENGES, so you can use the theme of gratitude to spark your creativity.  The designers have posted an amazing assortment of “Thank You” projects that you simply must see!  CLICK HERE to view our post and remember, we’d love to have you play along!

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The past few months have been so chaotic and I’m realizing that I’ve used very little of my Holiday catalog supplies so far.  I always need to create Thank You cards during the holidays.  We often have patients bring in baked goods and small tokens of appreciation.  It’s nice to have the thank you cards ready to go.  So for my inspiration card, I used traditional Holiday products to created a card that would work any time of the year.

All Things Thanks

The background paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I’m loving the Buffalo plaid, aren’t you?  I added a Foil Snowflake, some Real Red ribbon, and a few Black Rhinestone Jewels to accent the focal point.  The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set.  I find it to be incredibly versatile and one of my go-to stamp sets.

 

TGIFC Designers

Finally, I just want to tell you how thankful I am for these ladies above (and a few more that aren’t pictured).  They are amazingly creative and sweet.  I am truly blessed to know them and to get to work with them on a weekly basis in the TGIF Challenges.

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Monday Montage 99

Welcome back to the Monday Montage blog hop! Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring paper craft projects. Be sure to visit all the stops….you don’t want to miss anything!

Daisy Delight Thank You FMS301

Today I’m sharing one of the Daisy Delight cards that we made in Card Club this month.  This one is super easy!  It features unusual angles and a trendy color scheme.  I used the sketch below from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout.

For my Card Club, I design 5 projects and try to focus on one stamp set, coordinating designer series paper, and a limited number of ink colors.  I want my customers to see all the variation they can create with just a few supplies.  This month, we used the Daisy Delight stamp set, Daisy Punch, and Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.

 

The Daisy image was stamped twice with Tranquil Tide ink onto Whisper White card stock, then punched out.  To create the angled edge, I simply placed a ruler and drew the lines before cutting.  The “Thank You” sentiment was stamped along the angled edge in Tranquil Tide ink.  A few of my club members chose to leave the sentiment off so that they could use it for a different occasion.

 

Daisy Delight Thank You FMS301

As a finishing touch, I scattered a few Clear Faceted Gems onto the front of the card.

The Card Club tutorial will be available in the blog sidebar tomorrow.  It includes all the measurements, so you don’t have to figure it out for yourself.  My customers really enjoyed this class and the simple beauty of these cards.  I hope you do, too!

Daisy Delight Cards

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Coffee Cafe in Celebration of the 300th Sketch for Freshly Made Sketches

Coffee Cafe FMS300

I think my crafty mojo decided it needed an end of summer vacation.  I’ve got so many new goodies to play with in my stamp room, but unfortunately I’ve had no time or energy to speak of lately.  This always tends to happen when life gets hectic and I’ve found a few tips that help with getting my mojo back .  I’ll be sharing those tips at the end of this post, but my first tip is to attempt a simple project.  I find that picking a single stamp set that I haven’t used and pairing it with a sketch  is a great way to start.  For today’s card, I’m using the Coffee Cafe photopolymer bundle and the 300th sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

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I’m not much of a coffee drinker.  I might partake in the occasional cappuccino, but that’s about it.  However, this stamp set is absolutely adorable and hard to resist.  I love the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and there will even be an additional stamp set to coordinate with the dies coming in the Holiday catalog.  You’ll definitely want to add it to your wish list!

Coffee Cafe FMS300

As you can see, the layout is very simple.  The card base is Crumb Cake card stock.  The layers of designer series paper measure 2″ x 4-3/4″ and 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″.  I accented the card with a corrugated heart, a Garden Green enamel heart, and some linen thread.  The larger coffee cup was stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake (cup) and Early Espresso (lid), then die cut with the Big Shot.  If you are wondering about the smaller cups, they were simply die cut directly from one of the patterns in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  You’ll find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

 

 

Coffee Cafe FMS300

Tips for Getting Your Crafty Mojo Back

  1. Clean your work area.  I know this one stinks!  However, I find that if I’m avoiding my craft room, it’s usually because I don’t want to tackle the mess.  It’s much easier to create when your work area is clear.
  2. Don’t look at blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. for ideas.  Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?  Besides it being a huge time trap, it can also be overwhelming and even demoralizing when you compare yourself to others.  This is why I suggest picking a suite of products and combining it with a sketch instead.
  3. Use a project kit.  When I’ve really hit rock bottom, I’ll grab a kit.  It might be a Paper Pumpkin kit or a card kit from the catalog, but all the hard, creative work is done.  Sometimes, you just need to simply enjoy making something, anything before you can put forth effort to create on your own.
  4. Grab a friend.  Crafting is always more fun with a buddy.  Earlier this summer, I met members of my downline at a coffee shop early on a Saturday morning.  We had a card swap and just enjoyed sharing ideas for an hour.  I know that everyone left inspired to create.  Why not send a card like the one I’ve shared above to your crafty friends and see who might like to spend some time getting inky?

 

I’d love to hear from you.  What do you do to get your creative juices flowing?  Leave me a comment below.

I should have at least one more post for you this week.  Don’t forget to check out the BOGO sale on Facebook.  There are still over 100 great stamp sets to choose from.

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Whole Lots of Lovely #TGIFC 120 Sketch Challenge

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Hi Everyone!  I’ve been swamped at work the past few weeks so there hasn’t been much time to stamp lately.  Sadly, we’ve had several patients experience the loss of a family member within the last month and I am out of sympathy cards.  My husband let me know that my next stamping project needed to be restocking our sympathy cards at the office.  I needed something quick & easy, but still beautiful.  The Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper was a perfect fit with the sympathy greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I paired those two with this week’s sketch from TGIF Challenges to create this clean & simple card.

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I plan to recreate this card with multiple patterns of the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  Here are the measurements that I used:

Polka Dots:  1″ x 4-3/4″

Floral:  2″ x 4″

Whisper White:  4-1/4″ x 11, scored at 5-1/2″ (card base)

Whisper White:  4″ x 5-1/4″ (front layer)

Sympathy TGIFC120

I stamped the greeting, label outline, and a couple of leaf images, then die cut with the Rose Garden Thinlits dies and the Big Shot.  An additional flower was die cut from Tangerine Tango to place behind the sentiment.  All in all, this card took just a few minutes to create.

Sympathy TGIFC120 close-up

If you love sketch challenges, color challenges, technique challenges, and more, be sure to check out the TGIF Challenges blog.  We post a new challenge each Friday and our designers are amazing with their inspiring projects.  You are welcome to upload your creations to our blog using the INLinkz at the end of each challenge.  We announce a winner every Friday, too!

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Monday Montage 98

Welcome back to the Monday Montage blog hop! Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring paper craft projects. Be sure to visit all the stops….you don’t want to miss anything!

 

I have just returned from a relaxing weekend at the lake with my family and friends.  Since I didn’t do any stamping this past week, I am sharing my Card Club projects from July.   We had a Christmas in July theme and I focused on using the Merry Mistletoe stamp set on all of the cards.  These are quick and easy cards that you can whip up with a minimum of supplies.  I’m listing the basic supplies used below.  Of course, I also used punches and dies, but you could easily substitute whatever you already own to recreate any of the cards.  A simple square shape would even work for most of the greetings and/or focal points.

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Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe

 

The tutorial for this collection of cards will be available in the blog sidebar tomorrow.  It includes all the measurements, so you don’t have to figure it out for yourself.  My customers really enjoyed this class and the simplicity of the cards.  I hope you do, too!

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