Creativity and the plague…


I’ve been doing some heavy duty mulling lately…it may have tipped into ruminating actually…about my crafting (or lack thereof). So far this year my crafting has been defined by the phrase “avoiding it like the plague.” But that does not mean that I’m not being creative. No siree. In fact, I have realized (after my mulling) that I have been working on Me…and My Life.  2014 started out with the realization that I had kind of burned myself out by the end of 2013 and some recuperation had been highly necessary.  Currently, I am focused on getting some processes in place to feel less overwhelmed and more clear about everyday things…I’ve got things to share with you – yes I do – give me a bit more time.  I’m also re-building trust with me…I’ve had a tendency to come up with ideas and make plans (with myself) that I don’t keep – that is getting to be damaging and it is going to have to change ASAP.

Here are 5 things that will support me in ridding myself of the plague:

1. Focus on Progress not Perfection. This is a tough one for me…it’s about baby steps and I’ve always been more about giant leaps.

2. Stop Using the Word “But”. The word negates everything that came before it so why bother saying it at all? And when I use this in talking to myself it can be sabotaging

3. Stop Using the Word “Busy”. I fully adopted the perspective shared in this article about how being busy isn’t respectable anymore –

4. Follow Through with You. If I (really) intend to do something I will add it to my task list and set a date for it to be complete + I will outline the small steps to make it accomplishable (see #3).

5. Be a Morning Person. By FAR the HARDEST one that I will try to accomplish.

Have you been working on you?  What’s going well? What is super hard?



Santa Puzzle

I had every intention of creating a digital page out of the sketch for the As You See It Challenge this week, but my cardstock was calling my name.


All those boxes are just dying to be filled with photos and journalling…will have to do that later this week me thinks.  But, for now I have made a super cute Santa Puzzle card.


My son Liam saw it when it was almost done and he said it was like a puzzle. I agreed…a Santa puzzle.


Yah, I noticed it was December…thanks for mentioning it.  While we were away on the weekend, we did not drop off the Earth.

I have just not yet had time to get organized for our advent calendar….that is until today. Well, partially anyways.

Here’s the scoop…

I love the advent calendar. I grew up with the traditional chocolate one – even though I wasn’t a big fan of the chocolate (WHAT?!?! Yes, it’s true.).  But the countdown and the anticipation of the upcoming celebration is what gets me grinning.  I have organized a few different things for advent calendars in the past…. One has these teensy tiny board books that are also little ornaments with three pictures each day (this is a favourite and we pull it out year after year). Last year I made one up and divided lego kits with several new pieces each day.  This year will be different again.  I wanted to make something that would make memories, which would make us create space (and time) for holiday-ish stuff.  So, each day will have something for us to do together. I started by making up the advent pieces in My Digital Studio today.  Wanna see how them… They turned out pretty cute (if I do say so myself)…

Advent-001 Advent-002

Tomorrow I will print them out and write all of our activities (after I consult our family calendar), punch them out, and add the to our homemade advent calendar…then Bobs your Uncle I’ll be only a couple days behind….not too shabby.

I will try to update with a photo of the kiddos with the “final product”.

Stampin’ Up Supplies:
Paper: Joyful Times Designer Series Paper, Lemonade Stand DSP, and Glimmer Paper
Stamps: Days in December, Jolly Bingo Bits, Be Brave, and Lemonade Stand
Punches: Circle, Star, Modern Label



Survey says….10!

The design team gals over at As You See It Challenge have been so enjoying these challenges the past 10 weeks.  I can not wait for the next 10! Lots of super fun projects to come.

Here is the sketch challenge for this week…


Lots of layers and dimension.  Here is my card that I made….


I love how the colours in this card really all come together.  And this stamp set has come in so handy so many times…really glad it was one of my first Christmas purchases this year.

Hope you play along with us…you have a week to try out the sketch and link up your project over at AYSI Challenge #010.

A little bit tricky – AYSI007

I’ve been wanting to try something a little tricky and the As You See It Sketch 007 this week gave me just the opportunity.

AYSI Sketch 007 –


And my card:



I cut out the letter with the big shot Letter Dies…twas a bit tricky, but got it to work.  Lovin’ all the Chevron-goodness and the cute swirly “hi” from the Label Framelit Card Dies.

Anyways, hope you will play along with us at As You See It. I think that this sketch would also work great for an MDS page…hmmmm…maybe that’s what I’ll get up to in my spare time this weekend…

Stick it out

I had a tough time with the sketch from As You See It this week, but I “stuck it out”….you’ll get that pun when you see the sketch –


The aspect of the card that stood out for me was the piece that was sticking out from the side of the card, but I just could not get a circle like the sketch to work for me, so I went in a different direction.


I masked off a circle around the “Thank You” and spritzed with illuminate, but it’s quite subtle.  Of course, the strip on the right is the washi tape, and where the sentiment is I instead added the Cherry Cobbler hearts. What do you think..can you see the sketch?

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamps: Another Thank You Photopolyer
Paper: Whisper White Cardstock

Ink: Smoky Slate and Cherry Cobbler, Illuminate Ink Refill
Accessories: Season of Style Washi Tape