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


  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))!

  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!

  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 can I use this on a card?

  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!

  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! :)

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

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

  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!!

  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.

  10. Awesome card! Love the collage look.

  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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