What I love about this card is the colors in the flower! My ever-so-inside-the-box brain would not have thought to use a blue/green . . . but I love it! The vertical strip is a zip strip taken from our Avonlea papers.
This is an intriguing look! Kraft cardstock is rounded and lightly sponged around the edges. Then the floral is stamped with pigment ink, which adds almost a velvety look. It's a great way to bring a different texture to your stamping. No heat needed - just let sit to dry.
Single strips of stamped paper create a "faux washi tape" look here. The bright colors make this a "happy" card! What better to stamp the sentiment with, then, than a stunning black to bring a sharp contrast? And do you know what I think ties this whole card together? The swirly look of the word "heart" connects us to the phrasing marks in the music stamp . . . . perfect.
This box is created with Close To My Heart's Artiste cartridge. The kraft lid is stamped with pigment ink, making a beautifully strong impression. Flowers, that we can make in ANY size adorn the lid, with some bling for centers.
Now here is a "WOW" card! It's the kind of thing I love to see, but don't ever create, myself! Distressing and lots of ribbon bring a shabby chic look here. Much attention is paid to detail in the coloring and cutting out of the floral arrangement. Top the ribbons off with some bling, and it makes a VERY romantic card!
January is the perfect time to
I can promise immediate
Open your file drawer.
Start at the front.
Set aside all the papers you'll
need for your 2012 taxes.
Toss the receipts you were
keeping 'just in case'.
Weed out the out dated policies
Get rid of evidence of paid off
Ditch the manuals for products
you no longer own.
Shred or recycle all the
paperwork that is no longer relevant or necessary.
(If the shred
pile seems daunting for your home machine, Staple and Office Max will shred it
for you for less than $1 a pound. How much is your time worth?)
Rethink your filing
Consider on line bill paying to
reduce the paper that comes into your home.
You can set up
regular withdrawals or pay as the bills are due.
Scan important documents and
eliminate whole categories of filing.
Decide if a file drawer is the
best place to be storing some documents and papers.
Should some things be in a safe
or safe deposit box?
Could some items go in a
Sentimental or Memorabilia Box and be stored in less prime real estate?
Could you find the information on
instructions, recipes, travel information, benefit explanations, etc.
Make filing as fast and easy as
possible by filing in broad categories.
(Chances are you're never going
to go back for the paper anyway)
But if you do; spend your time
then looking through the papers.
Organize your files in a way that
makes sense to you.
Some people prefer
Others prefer frequency of needed
Perhaps you're a color coded kind
No matter your preference,
simple is best.
Every step you add makes it that
much less likely you'll follow through with the process.
By eliminating the unnecessary,
out dated, redundant, and really should or could live else where, you will be
able to reduce your four drawer file cabinet to a two, your two to a one, and
maybe your one to a small case.
Talk about weight loss you can
If you have questions or concerns
about which papers you need to keep and for how long, I have list I can email
Or talk to your accountant to
find out what your specific needs might be.
There will always be paper coming
into your life and house.
By developing some simple
strategies for dealing with it, you can keep it managed.
Little Valentines. Don't they bring back memories of elementary school, when we decorated lunch bags for our desk and traded valentines? This little 3 x 3 card takes us back . . . The single colored rose is sponged and cut out, then mounted with 3D foam tape, as is the sentiment.
Shannon uses the color scheme from Avonlea here . . . although she chooses to use the simple look of plain cardstock. The floral background and fancy border stamped along the bottom bring a balance to this card. And what could be better for framing the sentiment, than a romantic Cricut frame cut?
La Belle Vie! These are the romantic papers featured here. Pink and black make another wonderful Valentine combo. Maggie has shaded her alcohol markers here to paint a beautiful bloom for the focal point. Our "Haunted Assortment" provides the bling to the left. It's not just for Halloween . . . ! ! !
This card features something that I love . . . the large floral image stamped in the upper corner. The partial image like this, stamped in a complementing ink on solid cardstock makes a very pretty background that draws your eye and yet doesn't compete with the sentiment on the left.
Just a little bit stunning, don't ya think? :-) This traditional color scheme of red, black and white makes a very grown-up Valentine! The sentiment is embossed in white, which provides a lovely, glossy message.
This card almost looks like it could be a section of a quilt . . . so much texture, it almost resembles fabric layers. Random stamping with the largest image from the set is on the base cardstock. Then come two layers of BT paper - reverse sides of the same sheet. Then the focal image, colored in with our alcohol markers. Lovely!
Do you love this layered look? It's a REALLY FUN technique that I would love to teach you! Grab a few of your friends, and pick a time - - I'll come to your house with everything we need to make a card like this . . . And YOU can earn some free products when the day's orders total just $150 or more!
I’d like you to meet my grandniece, Hayden. She turned two this
At a recent birthday celebration for my sister, Hayden’s Grandma, we went out
to dinner, where we were entertained by a two-year-old’s fascination with and
love for . . . Ranch Dressing. Her mother warned us, “Don’t let her see the
Ranch Dressing until she’s eaten some real food first. Because once she sees
the dressing . . . she won’t eat anything else!” And she was right. Once the
dressing was spotted, Hayden would agreeably use a French fry, or a carrot stick
– but merely as a means to dip. Once she accidently bit off a little piece of
carrot before she realized it . . . but she only made that mistake once. Ranch Dressing . . . She adores it! She relishes it! It's what she loves more than anything! It's her passion! And to watch her enjoy it, you' know that nothing else could possibly be more important in that moment. What's your passion? What's something you'd like to enjoy, during this open and vast year of 2013? Think about what makes you smile and go, "Mmmmm....!!!" Give it some thought, and then be intentional about it this year. Make time for it. Clear space in your schedule. Allow yourself to smile and go, "Mmmmm...!!!" What's your Ranch Dressing?