When things go bad…

…whether you’ve got family drama or someone being really mean to you or it just seems like  a crap day. There is one thing and only one thing to do.

Go do nice things for someone else until you feel better.

Does it sound crazy? Random? Well let me tell you it works. I just sat down and sent a few random gifts, emails, and hand written letters to people both close to me and total strangers from the blog world that simply are inspiring me or encouraging or whatever.

These acts didn’t solve the current issue at hand, but they filled me with happy feelings and reminded me that there is a lot to be thankful for, grateful for, and a lot of amazing people out in this world who maybe could use some happy in their day too.

So this is my (semi-annual?) reminder to go out and add to the cheer/happy/good karma and watch how good you feel. When I’m looking for the positive, searching for the good things and focusing on those it makes all the problems, mean girls, and hard parts seem that much more manageable.

Now with my mood back in balance I will go work on the 8493020 projects, videos, and blog posts I have in my head but not yet down on paper! ;)

Let it go… and journal.

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There are new products and lots of fun happening at Simon this month – be sure to check it all out! We’re kicking things off with a fun challenge this week – to be bold!

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I cut out the letters (by hand/my own design), put a piece of plastic down, and got stamping!

1. Stamped with white embossing powder for larger snowflake

2. sprayed the heck out of it with dylusions mists

3. Stamped/edged with silver.

4. Removed plastic backing that was protecting the next page, and glued this page to it!

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I had so much fun with this one – it makes me so happy to play and ‘make like queen Elsa’ in my art journal too.

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Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

Go forth and be bold in your stamping, at least that was this week’s challenge!

Scrappy Saturday…

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We signed up for Bark Box (not my idea, so I can’t take credit) and let me tell you I am 100% impressed with the quality as well as the value of this box ‘o puppy fun. This month’s nautical theme included a jaunty bandana and look at that tissue. Oh yes – they do a great job and I’m being introduced to great treat brands that she loves, I don’t have to shop for new toys or treats as often, and everyone wins.

It goes on my highly recommended list for dogs or dog lovers as a gift – and we all know Christmas is going to sneak right up on us. Anyhow – that’s this weekend’s edition of a puppy picture (Miss Scrappy! she’s doing great!) and a favorite as well.

Hey Friday.

Three day weekend full of creating for my newest online class (yay! registration just opened!) coming right up. Going to make the most of this time without any martial arts classes or girl scouts or school drop offs.

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This last week creativity went towards the Girl Scouts (I’m now a leader – fun stuff!!) as well as Queen Elsa (Rebecca)’s birthday party!

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Good sparkly princess times over here I tell you. Now to get set for some serious pajama days, video filming, and project making! I hope you have a fabulous weekend as well…

September cards…

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Actually making cards with the September – excuse me STAMPtember Simon Says Stamp card kit? FUN! Two different (simple) cards here to share with you today.

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Hope you’re getting in some happy crafting time yourself!

Monday (witchy) challenge…

Witch Kraft is the title of this week’s challenge.

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For my card base I:

1. Embossed a piece of foil cardstock

2. Painted it black, dried it, sanded off raised areas

3. Applied alcohol inks and dabbed here and there

4. Covered in Crackle Paint (clear) and let dry

5. Coated in a mixture of PPA and gold paint

6. Added a bit of green paint

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Then all I did was to add on the kraft word stickers, stamped images, and stitch it to the base! This was a lot of fun and I love that I used the word witch and the kraft color – both words from this week’s challenge!

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This week won’t you join in the creative fun and get your witch kraft on? Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.