Good Day, Stampers!

Last week I spent a lot of time getting ready for my big online sale, and frankly still have more to do. This didn’t leave me much time for creativity and if I don’t get some creative time I feel, well, bummed.  Even when I don’t create something that is all my own, just sitting down and making something helps me feel better. Perhaps, that is why creative therapy is becoming a thing now. 

Being creative or making things does something to lift our spirits, at least for me it does.  For some people it’s rock climbing, going for walks, learning about new topics, serving others.  What a blessing it is that there are so many good things that we can do that help us feel better and in a lot of cases help others too.  For example, going for a walk with a friend, or taking the time to serve someone.  Making cards can be a blessing for the person who created it and the person who receives it.  I love how there are so many good ways to spend our time.  

With the craziness of late, I decided to sit down and just create for fun.  I have several items that I have purchased and have not had the chance to create with that I am afraid they might be gathering dust soon! Often I get caught in the cycle of just creating to get ready for classes and events.  Although I enjoy doing this, sometimes it adds pressure that can exhaust my creativity.  It’s good to sit down and just play with new stamps and things.  Discovery is a vital part of almost anything we do.  We learn from it, we grow from it, and sometimes heal from it. 

I decided to make a card from a set I purchased merely because I liked it and not because I needed to plan an event with it. I am not sure why I like this set so much, maybe because I really like the wreath and the dies.  The dies have a nice texture to them and I felt it was pretty easy to make a few cards in about 20 minutes.  

I took Old Olive card stock and Pear Pizzazz card stock and die cut a wreath from each color. I then took a scrap of Bumblebee card stock for the flowers.  Stampin’ Up! included three little flowers so you can die cut several at once making it quick and easy to cut a bunch. 

I stamped the large wreath image onto the Whisper White card stock in Pear Pizzazz and then layered my die cut wreaths to the front.  I  intertwined them a bit so it added some depth.  I then attached the flowers using glue dots.  You could take it a step further and add embellishments to the middles of the flowers.

I wanted to turn this into a birthday card so I grabbed a greeting from the Posted for You stamp set and die cut it with the Tasteful Labels banner die.  Rarely is a card complete with a little white baker’s twine and of course dimensional but this one was! It was a fun card to make, I feel pretty good….how about you?



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