Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sunshine for My Soul

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! One of the things I've chosen to focus a little more on in my life is time management. I thought I was a pretty good time manager until two little souls showed up to prove how wrong I was. Now I'm trying to make peace with the fact that my time is no longer my own. So instead of focusing on all the things I can't do, I'm trying to focus on the things I CAN. Even if it's just in short little micro-bursts. {I'm the type of gal that likes to finish something when I start it, so it's a bit of mind shift to try to break projects up into more manageable tasks.} However, one of the things I want to do more is get into the studio. I'm a creative gal and my soul starts to wilt a bit if I spend too much time without a creative outlet.

So today, as soon as the nanny got here for my work day, I set aside 30 minutes to make a card. Now, that's not enough for a typical card of mine, but I recently read a bit about the freestyle collage style where you combine things that on their own wouldn't work together, but together they work.  I thought that was something I could do in about a half hour.


So here is my 30 minutes or less card... I used the Doodled Occasions set, because I just love the sentiment... you are sunshine for my soul. A few scraps from the Soho Garden collection were on my desk, so I went with those, added in some washi tape and some rosette lace. The sunshine is stamped on a scrap of pattern paper, then punched with a circle punch. I slit in between each ray with my scissors than rounded out the shorter rays. The face is paper pieced on top and I added a bit of glossy accents to both the sun and the sunshine portion of the sentiment to give it the look of an epoxy sticker. A library clip and a few little rhinestones finish things off. Don't you just love that little blue heart? It's actually from a nail art kit I saw at Claire's around Christmas time. (I totally got drawn in to the store by a HUGE Hello Kitty display!) The rhinestones were 50% off and I knew they'd be so fun to add to cards. I was right! {grin}

Okay, I have to get back to my work day, then a dentist appointment, so I better skeeeee-daddle. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Doodled Occasions (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Soho Garden (American Crafts), scraps
Ink: Black
Accessories: circle punch, petite and petite scallop ovals Nestabilities (Spellbinders), tiny attacher (Tim Holtz), library clip (SU!), washi tapes, rhinestones (Claire's Boutique), embossing folder (Sizzix), corner chomper

11 comments:

  1. I can sooo relate to the wanting to get something done when you start. That was a huge adjustment for me too. Heck, if I got a shower I was happy LOL! Great plan :)

    You totally rocked the technique too! L ove the mix of scraps and well done with the nail art goodies!! Had to giggle at the reason for your going into Claire's wink, wink :)

    Hoping everyone is pretty well healthy again too ((hugs))!

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  2. Great card! Now I am going to have to start scouting out the nail art department! Bet the adhesive is really good on those gems a well!

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  3. Very cute! I love the little blue heart. My hubby got my 6 yo a nail art kit (fun times for my girl and I) and of course I was thinking...how can I use this on a card?

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  4. Oh my goodness...that is 30 minutes of well spent time! I love the end result. A gorgeous card...the sunshine is my favorite part!

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  5. Julee, I love the look of that embossing folder with the font for Doodled Occasions and your papers...such a pretty mix! Ha...Claire's who knew?...must check that out for embellies...thanks for the tip! :)

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  6. I really enjoy all the bits and pieces that went into creating this card and the sentiment is great.

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  7. Love, love, love this sunny card!!
    Very sweet - great combination of papers and embellishments. TFS.

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  8. Oh my gosh! I love this, Julee! The mix of papers, the fun layout and the sweet stamps!!! Glad you were able to get crafty!!

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  9. A very delightful card with great contrast. Actually I love black with any colors on white as it makes the card POP and this combination is no exception! Cut little Mr. Sunshine, too.

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  10. Awesome card! Love the collage look.

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  11. Julee, I really like this card - you've pulled it all together in a beautiful way. I love the addition of the little nail art heart.....what a great idea. And yes, it totally works.

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