Time Out for Joy

Hi friends! This is such a busy little season. So much to do in so little time and this morning when I woke up I felt overwhelmed and beat down and like I could just fall back into bed and hibernate until July. So after I dropped the boys off at school I drove to Dutch Bros. to get an Americano.  And the car in front of me paid for my coffee!  I've done this many time for others, but it was the first time I had been on the receiving end and it totally made me smile.


On the drive home, the radio station was reading grown up letters to Santa and the one I heard was asking for the gift of time. Time to shop and time to bake and time  to spend with family and time to give to others and the one that struck a chord with me the most was time for myself without feeling selfish.  Definitely.  This gal read my mind. So with my cup of Dutch Bros. in hand I decided to let the to-do's pile up and take a little time for myself  to make a quick card.

The Time Out challenge seemed like the perfect match.  Through December 21, they're CASEing the talented Kim Heggins.  I'm not typically much of a CAS stamper, but I sure do admire those like Kim who can make this style look effortless. And I'm really wishing my finished cards were easier to mail right about now! So crossing over to the CAS side is definitely looking pretty tempting to me!  LOL

I quickly laid out some of the My Cup To Yours digis in my graphics program to a 4" x 5.25" size, then print and cut so I could do a little stress-free copic coloring.  I added some sparkle with a wink of stella glitter pen and one small rhinestone in the center of the snowflake.


To give it my own flair, I added a little black matting and skewed things just a bit with some white accents.  Quick and easy and my soul feels a little bit brighter after taking some time to refresh.   I'm also linking up to the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, because...  coffee!  {grin}  And also the December Diva Inspirations challenge, because the snowflakes remind me of a chandelier I was singing Sia's Chandelier song the whole time thinking of that fun graphic with stockings hanging from a chandelier!

Enabler's List
Stamps: My Cup to Yours digital set (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, black
Ink: laser printer, Copic markers, wink of stella glitter pen, white gel pen
Accessories: rhinestone

30 comments

  1. So pretty! Love those colorful cups

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  2. I hear you on needing the gift of time without feeling guilty! So happy you got some time to yourself. And of course, thrilled so see you playing with us at Time Out! Love your gorgeous card Julee!

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  3. I adore this card. The layout and bright colors are just perfect. Thanks for showing the versatility of digital stamps!

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  4. Love this card. I love the way you stacked the mugs and all the colors are really pretty. Thanks for the Christmas gift of the digi set. I love it and have used it quite a few times already. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  5. How wonderful to get your coffee paid for, what a wonderful Xmas joy! And I am so pleased to see you at Time Out and love how Kim's card inspired you to make a Xmas card, so full of colour and I lve how the snowflakes are stamped off the edge. Thanks for joining us x

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  6. Such a happy colored coffee tree.
    Awesome card, Julee.

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  7. Julee, really love this post. What a treat to have your coffee paid for...that's totally awesome. Good for YOU for taking time for yourself..how do you do it all? Momma to twins and a business owner...That's a super full plate. THANK you for all that YOU do and ALL of the FABULOUS inspiration. This card is absolutely fantastic.

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  8. I love the colorful cups and snowflakes. They really pop against the white and black!

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  9. I love how you layered the digis, and that black matting is stunning. Thank you for the inspiration

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  10. ADORE this, Julee!! Such a fun mix of colours and love how you pulled them into that fabulous snowflake image I just love :) Glad you took some time for you!! SO needed as a mama and one of the things we tend to push aside when in reality we need to schedule those times in. Thankful someone paid for your drink and sent you a little gift and that interwove with the radio program you had on (love how God works!) Hugest of hugs to you!!

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  11. Love your card. Glad you took some time for you.
    That was nice that you were on the receiving end of having your coffee paid for.
    Thanks for all your inspiration. I wish you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

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  12. Beautiful card with all those wonderful colors. I love the snowflakes with colors like that too.

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  13. Julee,
    This post is awesome. Good for you, taking time for yourself! AND your card is stunning!

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  14. Julee, pretty card, love the pop of black with the colorful cups. And that new pic of you and your boys is so cute. I am so glad you took some time for your self. The chores and piles will always be there. Sending a crafty hug.

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  15. Wonderful card Julee! Love the colorful mugs! So fun and festive!

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  16. Great design! I love the coloring too, tfs!

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  17. Oh my goodness this is stupendous!! Wonderful layout - loving the skewing, and I love the extra amount of black - it really does help those colours pop! Thanks for joining us at Time Out! Jenny x

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  18. Julee, this card is simply amazing! So beautifully put together!

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  19. So very pretty! Love those colorful cups!

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  20. What a fab colourful card - love your matching snowflakes too :)

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  21. Gosh, we all need more time during this season it seems. But it's always good to take some time to chill and do something for ourselves. So glad you decided to join us at Time Out. Your card is fabulous! Love those stacked coffee cups...kind of reminded me of a tree! Merry Christmas!

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  22. Great card - I love how you have used the colours of the flowers to create a fun holiday card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill

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  23. That is one fabulous tree of cups!!!

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  24. What a joy to be on the receiving end of a RAC, Julee ... and to have been inspired to find time for yourself! Rainbow coffee cups ... and shimmer ... and that sparkly snowflake bling ... what a fabulous card! Delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

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  25. Oh, Julee, the gift of time! Wow, we all need it and find it so hard to do...for ourselves. I think we should make 2017 the year to slow down...what do you think? It's hard though with your two little ones! But I do love this card and love the digi...thank you so much! I love how you've grouped the cups and colored them, and that snowflake is fabulous...great design! Love the skew too! Hugs, sweet friend, and enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas day! xoxo

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Thanks so much for taking the time to brighten my day with a comment! I love hearing from you.

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