Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pink Paislee - Christmas Cheer


Christmas cheer. Every year in preparation for December, I seem to get more and more excited. I think for me it is knowing it is coming and embracing it!

When I worked retail, I have to admit, the Christmas season's joy wasn't there. I think it got squished out when I got ran over by a customer's cart while they stormed into Target's Black Friday. It might have also been when my team was told to hold off the second line that started at opening and we heard the crowd rumbling, "They are small and skinny, we can just run right through them!" Or maybe when one year I went upstairs with my team at Black Friday's opening looking through the dark windows down at the sales floor. When the doors opened and I saw the sales floor swarm with people like ants. It hit me then - I didn't want to be a part of that.

It wasn't until after I hung up my red and khaki that I was able to enjoy what "Christmas cheer" was all about. The key is "attitude". No matter what happens around me this season I am going to focus on what Christmas is about for me and my family.

It is about joy, love, giving to others, sacrifice, thoughtfulness, anticipation, family, and most importantly celebrating a baby's birth. It is when I focus on these things that the season brings me cheer.

Create Well: Choose cheer.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Beautiful

Beautiful @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies #artdesignbpc

It has been a long time since I picked up my Faber Castell gelatos. Kind of makes me wonder why. This entire Art + Design class I am taking at Big Picture Classes, has had me wondering why is it that my first love of painting has been put off. I keep having to be reminded how much I can put paint and paper together.

Beautiful @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies #artdesignbpc

Wilna encouraged us to use a clear embossing resist technique with the gelatos and I tried it out with Heidi Swapp's Make Pretty Stuff stencil. It gave the paint a little bit of texture.

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I also enjoyed using the new Heidi Swapp Beautiful Sticker available at Hobby Lobby stores. I have always loved large titles but this one filled with glitter makes me happy. You know, the kind of glitter that doesn't rub off and give me anxiety attacks. That kind - makes me happy.

Beautiful @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies #artdesignbpc

Beautiful @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies #artdesignbpc

I added Heidi Swapp September Skies stamping along the bottom of the page. I love that it almost looks like part of the watercolor.

I am taking time out this weekend to play a little more. I am kind of finding my groove again - meshing my styles into one. I like where this is going.

Create Well: Take creative exercises for a spin. Let it shape and mold you into a better artist.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pink Paislee - Wishing You a Merry Christmas Card

Merry and Bright Card @pinkpaislee @creatoften #pinkpaislee #christmas #card #diy

My favorite thing to do right before the holiday season begins is go to the Molly Mo's Holiday Treasure Antique Show. You would think that year after year the style of the show would alter or change, but it doesn't. It always stays true to "antique" white, linen, burlap, script, lace, and a lot of glitter! The art that is sold at the show changes with the trends and so might the antiques, but the colors and textures always stay the same. 

Merry and Bright Card @pinkpaislee @creatoften #pinkpaislee #christmas #card #diy

Thinking of the holiday show coming up inspired this card. Pink Paislee's Merry & Bright collection is perfect to get that antique look. I de-embossed white cardstock with Maggie Holmes' Crate Paper Doily Embossing Folder. Then, trimmed it with May Arts ribbon and SPC Lace. I tied a bow with Heidi Swapp Seam Binding and misted it with water to crunch it up. This kept the loops nice and high so that the words on the Merry & Bright ephemera tag could be read. Lastly, the snow flake was added from the ephemera pack as well!

Create Well: Go and visit your favorite holiday shops and take note of textures and colors. Let that kick off your next project!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Don't Forget to be Awesome

Don't Forget to be Awesome @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies

Have you ever needed to just take time out and find your artistic self again? I am so thankful that Jamie Pate invited me to take Big Picture Classes' Art + Design by Wilna Furstenberg. I haven't taken a class in forever and to be able to take it with a friend is always better (even if you do live in different states!). The class has actually been quite therapeutic for me. I dusted off my watercolors and have been having so much fun.

Don't Forget to be Awesome @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies

My son actually understands when I tell him, "I am doing my homework right now." ;) He actually will watch me and not interrupt because he knows I am "learning" in my "art class". I love that! Ha!

Don't Forget to be Awesome @heidiswapp @createoften #heidiswapp #hsSeptemberSkies

This page was using a cut file from the class focusing on "typography" as a design element. It looks completely different compared to the class sample, but I stayed true to using the quote as the large title for the page. Heidi Swapp's floral patterns from her newest September Skies collection are making me so happy right now.

I have more pages to share from class and I can't wait! With each one I feel my free-spirited artistic personality coming back out in me - and it feels good!

Create Well: Take a class with a friend and let the teacher help you let loose and be you!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pink Paislee - Merry & Bright Card

Merry and Bright Christmas Card @pinkpaislee @createoften #pinkpaislee #ppmerryandbright

I went into the store this last weekend and the Christmas department was already set! While everyone was elbowing their way through the Halloween costumes, I strolled down the empty Christmas aisles looking at everything for the first time. I love checking out the color trends; mini ornaments that make great package toppers; and testing out the glitter ornaments to see if I could handle that kind of glitter in my home. Unfortunately, the glitter got put back - but I found this wire tinsel! I knew right then that I needed to make a "snow globe" wreath card with Pink Paislee's new Merry & Bright collection!

I started creating a "package look" by adhering burlap ribbon to the front. I built my "snow globe" by using a Shake It shaker card pouch by Impression Obsession. They are just great! They already have adhesive on the back so all you get to do is dress it up inside and out! I made a little snow scene inside using a Swiss Dot embossing folder to white cardstock, then added trunks to the Merry & Bright ephemera trees. I have clear confetti also inside so that it really shakes like snow globe snow!

The tinsel wire was in the "miniature tree" section at the store and was created to be mini garland. But, I just love it! I just snipped it with wire cutters and hot glued it to the rim around my shaker.

This collection is so much fun and I can't wait to make some more! I am having a blast!

Create Well: Think outside the box and find items that are small enough to add to a card that might not necessarily be in the crafting department.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Boo Bucket!


I have always wanted to try out the new Booing tradition in my own neighborhood. When Heidi challenged me to create an "off the page" Halloween project using her new September Skies collection, I had to try my hand at making a boo bucket! You can see my full post about it on Heidi's blog right here!

I originally got the "boo bucket" idea from Craft Warehouse last year.  I spent some time designing these free signs for Craft Warehouse but didn't even get a chance to use them! So, when I saw these little legs by Darice and that they matched the paper I wanted to use and also the sign I created, I had to get them! 


You can get this free printable and the free boo poem download that matches right here!

Create Well: Spread some random acts of kindness in your neighborhood.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Heidi Swapp - World Card Making Day!


Happy World Card Making Day! You know, it wasn't until I started working with Heidi Swapp's products did I fall in love with card making. I dreaded making a card years ago. Since then, I have found what makes a great card is the joy of the person making it.


Happy thoughts make happy cards. Happy cards make happy recipients.


My twin sister is quite the card maker. In fact, this is her holiday ;) She makes cards that make me fall in love with stamping, small details, or embossing all over again. I am always excited to get one of her cards as a gift. I feel special when I get it in the mail.

That's how it should be for everyone that gets a handmade card. They should feel special.


This card was made with Heidi Swapp's new September Skies collection now in independent scrapbook and online stores! I love the sentiment stamp from the new collection and built the card around it. I had to add this Lawn Fawn bear, from the Love You S'more Set, to the card because he is just so darling. I also customized him with his little heart.

When my son saw him, the first thing he said was, "Ahhhhh!" Mission accomplished.

Join me and the rest of the Heidi Swapp Media team with more card inspiration on Instagram! Start right here at Heidi's feed!

Create Well: Happy thoughts make happy cards. Happy cards make happy recipients.
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