This week's Weekly Deals are fabulous!! I cannot believe the Envelope Punch Board is on sale!! If you don't already own it, NOW is the time to get it! There are so many cute things to do with it and now that we have the new envelope paper it's a must-must have. The Bow Builder Punch is also perfect for upcoming Christmas projects and presents. As always, if you have any questions I am only an email, comment or phone call away.
A very special little lady is having a birthday party this weekend, and I have had so much fun making tags for her party favors! The theme has primary colors as background so I went with Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Garden Green cardstock and used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the sentiment. I used a stamp from the You're So Sweet stamp set and a framelit from the Tags & Labels set to cut out and cut off the parenthesis on the side.
Just as a happy little accident I discovered after cutting out the tags that I'm left with these little frames that I can use on future projects so they are tucked away in what I call my "snippet" drawer. That's where I put the little bits and pieces that aren't just scraps, but are actually ready to go on other things - random stamped images, cut out shapes, banners, etc. that weren't used for some reason. There are all kinds of goodies in my snippet drawer!
Do you keep your scraps and/or snippets or is it just me that can't bear to throw paper away?! Please leave me a comment and share how you store your scraps and tell me I'm not alone.
Wishing you "ink"spiration!
I've been MIA for quite a while on my blog and sporadic at best on my Facebook page. All of this stems from my desire to have the prettiest, most perfect blog and the most entertaining and engaging Facebook posts. I won't even go into my Instagram account! I've spent the last couple of weeks - on and off - organizing my craft room. While I'm very happy with the way things are so neatly arranged I realized it was a procrastination tactic on my part due mostly to my perfectionism struggle. You see my (faulty) thinking is that if everything is neat I'll be able to create the perfect card. It's a way to justify not actually creating anything. It's a way to justify not posting.
I also have a habit of comparing my creations to those I see on other blogs and Facebook groups. Of course, in my mind, my cards seldom measure up. Today I decided that I was going to create SOMETHING no matter what!! So I created one of those "thinking of you" cards to send to a friend who is experiencing a major life change this next week. I hope that she'll overlook what I see as imperfections in the card and will instead see my heart for her. I have been in her shoes and want her to know that she too will survive!
I share this with you because I wonder if possibly you're telling yourself any of the following untruths -
I'm not creative; I'm not talented; I'm not as good as; I'm not (fill in the blank). The truth is YOU ARE and I AM. We are each created uniquely and bring our own gifts to this world. I've decided the key is to just begin. So I'm doing something I encourage you to do if your creative juices aren't flowing. I got a little jump-start inspiration from one of the blogs I follow. I made the card shown below and put it in the mail to my friend today. I can't tell you how good that feels!! The pictures aren't the best, but I refuse to wait until I can get the perfect shot to post!
My plan is to build up a gallery of cards that you will be able to draw on when you need inspiration -- and directions! You'll be able to click on a link that will take you to a gallery of my projects with a supply list and directions to create that project for yourself.
Will you join me in just beginning?
From my heart,
Stamp :Petite Petals Clear Stamp Set  , Just Kidding Photopolymer Stamp Set 
Ink :Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pad  , Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad 
Card Stock :Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock  , Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock  , Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock  , Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper  , Brights Designer Series Paper Stack 
Tools & Adhesive :SNAIL Permanent Adhesive  , Glue Dots  , Bone Folder 
Punch :Petite Petals Punch  , Modern Label Punch(retired) 
Accessory :Stampin' Dimensionals  , Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments  , Medium Whisper White Envelopes 
Big Shot :Envelope Liners Framelits Die  , Big Shot