Easy and Fun Homemade Stamped Holiday Cards

Well, I am to share a brief post on the joy of making Christmas cards, and to share some tips that make it fun and easy to do, even at the last minute! Also, with the snowflake, theme I used they can easily be New Year or Winter “Hello” cards, if one were, say perhaps, late with their Christmas card list. I love to make cards, but I am not really 100% very artsy or crafty. By this I mean, I don’t sweat the small stuff, minor mistakes, and imperfections that come along with handmade cards. They’re not perfect but they are perfectly done! I made one hundred and two cards this year. It’s not the first year that I have made cards, but it is the first year I made so many, made them alone, and enjoyed every minute of creating these little Christmas joy bringers. At least I hope they are- they were for me! So, I want to tell you, I just used what I had on hand, except that I had to buy envelopes, which I bought through Amazon Prime for a very reasonable price.

Pictured below are the various cards I made. All by whim. I do really enjoy, making some uniquecards, and then doing some assembly line style! The latter way is the best way to go if you want to do a lot, but I did them in November, over the course of 3 or 4 sittings. One could easily do 25-50 in one sitting if you stick with one style and stamp away assembly line style.

As I mentioned I did one at a time for about 30. But the majority I laid out and stamped in lots of 9-12.
I would choose color themes for the night based on my mood, and then stamp away. Please let me know if you have a question about anything I used, which is also grouped in a picture below! I favor this Snowflake stamp set I got through Stampin’ Up, years ago. It is so versatile. Plus, I love snow! I also used some of my Creative Memories punches, and tools. And sparkly fairy dust. One can never have enough sparkle, in my opinion. It’s actually called Glamour Dust by DecoArt. I love sparkles. I also had random pieces of paper and card pieces I implemented.

Some of the cards are very simple, maybe even too so, by some standards. But, each was made with love, fun and my imperfect style! It’s not to late to make a few for the New Year, or one for a special teacher, friend, or loved one.

Except for paper and  a few stamps, this is everything I used.

Well, I still am in the process of prepping them to mail out. 
As I am writing, I have a chance to hold each person up in my heart and to God for prayers and thanksgivings. Soon they will be in the mail and I pray they will be a blessing. 
Do you still send Christmas Cards? 
Do you like to get Christmas Cards in the mail? 
Linking with Create with Joy for Inspire Me Monday!


Also linking with Carissa for the last Miscellany Monday
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The Writer’s Triad: Journal Keeping, Writer’s Block and Perfectionism (RJD Link Up)

Meet my therapist and faithful friend. The Journal. Currently my therapist is a brown, perfect for traveling in my purse sized, Genuine Bonded Leather companion, made by C.R. Gibson under the name Markings. Perhaps I should call this current journal Mark for short. This is probably one of the favorites I have ever carried and it is durable, good looking and perfectly portable. Not too big, but not too small. That is key, after all. As far as journal companions go, right?. The right size is crucial.

Today, I am bravely sharing from my current journal. The reason I am doing so is to share a few words on journaling in hopes of encouraging you to be ever more vigilant in your journaling journey!

I hope to cover three basic points concerning the act of writing of all kinds.
I randomly decided to call this the Writer’s Triad…for obvious reasons. Plus it just sounded cool.
For me the act of writing anything, usually begins in my journal, so I will share a few thoughts on journal keeping and the power and possibilities therein. Secondly, I am no expert but I know what it is like to have to write something and feel the weight of pressure that blocks the mind, creativity and flowing words. The writer’s enemy across the board is Writer’s Block…but perhaps we can explore how it might be accepted as a gift, and see how this shift changes our perception, and ability to set words free again. Lastly, I believe the only thing potentially worse than dreaded Writer’s Block and deadly to creativity of all kinds is Perfectionism. I hope that my words today on these three areas will bring a fresh insight or two, or just a refreshing splash of inspiration to your writing life, wherever it is at this moment.


Not sure if I meant think, or thing…either way interesting to look back on where our minds are in a point in time- #journaling

  Journal Keeping
I usually start my day writing. Every day. I grab my coffee and current journal, and on most days – not all- my Bible. During this time I am certainly not legalistic in my approach. I might read a few chapters in the Bible, or I might just sit, watching the birds, listening to the quiet as I rock gently, out back, in the veranda. There are days when I sit when words come easy, pouring forth from my pen after reading passages, listening, praying. Other days, I barely scratch out a line. But it is the showing up, day in and day out that pays off. There are days I need to ponder more deeply my words, revelations, thoughts. There are days I need to listen harder to that still small voice within. Oh and then there are days when busy-ness and life intrude. No worries, the Good Book and the Journal travel well. But if I have one, I carry my journal. The Word is engraved into my Heart, but my journal must be with me wherever I am. Just in case, I receive a word, need to vent (I go to the journal most times, not the phone, friends), need to feel the connection between myself and my God. Because for me the pen is my chariot, bringing me ever higher to the heavenlies. Even when it pours forth ugliness. Our hearts are more naked than we know, anyway. We are all ultimately laid bare. It is a worthy goal to have no pretense in living, and writing. The biggest thing about my journal keeping is it is where everything else in my life (especially creatively) more or less springboards. Prose for poetry, blog posts, and other writings are natural outflows of my journal writing time. I am not writing for audience when I journal but certainly what starts privately in my pages prompts most of what you see published by me here at some point. Sometimes I just scratch out a title, a thought, sentence or paragraph – randomly while journaling that gives rise to more. I scribble the idea seed on the page and return my mind to the prior writing entry before the little seed burst forth interrupting my train of thought. Is it my ADHD, or is it just the creative spark in action. Either way when you journal regularly, those seeds come. Which leads me to my next point…Writer’s Block and the writing life.

This is how the poem The Apple looked in my journal as it flowed from one of my journal times. I like to share poems with the dVerse group on Tuesdays but also would like to publish my unpublished poems at some point. I know I could improve greatly…but it is a journey I am willing to pursue, as God leads, in His time.

Random is as random does…grocery list, blog reminders and calendar sketches
OH MY! It does not get more real than toothpaste, right? 
Writer’s Block 
Deadlines. To Do’s. They either make you swoon with anticipation or slow your every ounce of creativity to a torturous drip, drip, drip. It’s one thing to write when you are excited about the topic, but what if you have to write for a deadline, for money or commitment. I can’t speak to the writing for cash (I am willing write for cash FYI) but for a scant job or two many years ago. I wrote a poem for a jewelry company about birthstones for a pittance. So, my experience is too little to speak on that fairly. Of course the dreaded endless papers written for college and presentations are another issue. The word deadline can be the kiss of life or death for creativity, right? But here is my two cents…my pittance, if you will. Because I write in my journal so frequently, my richest times of creativity flow are already poured out. Often when I feel dry, I just look back and pull from my more fluid days of writing. Guess what that does…it surprises me and releases me from the clamp of Writer’s Block because obviously, I can see I had a plethora (love that word!) of ideas, and ramblings just awhile back. Perspective is important for the days when you feel the impending deadline coming and stare at the computer screen or blank page as a deer staring into the headlights. You know what’s coming but you just can’t move. Well, get out of the road and read your old stuff. For a real shocker, read some of your college papers. Or old journals, secret hidden writings, blog posts etc. Read your own writing. It will do more for you than reading anyone else’s. Before you conclude I am an eccentric egomaniac, I hope to assure you, I am. No, just kidding. I read myself, because I am real in my journals…and I need to remember who I am, warts and all when I am in the desert with my writing. Or afraid I can’t make or live up to the deadline! I also see how my writing has changed, grown. I like to edit my older writings. I catch things that I missed on previous edits and simultaneously, I am reminded that I am not a totally sucky writer. Hooray. The same is true for you. Will you try it and let me know, the next time you feel ready to choke your computer?  


No perfectionism here folks. Just a random line or two that I could not get off the ground.
This is how I write for real. It can be a little frightening to decode at times. Actually this one. Um. No. But I may change my mind…someday.



Perfectionism

So you treated yourself to that pretty new journal. Yet when you look at the pages you want to try and well, ya know…be perfect. Sigh. Listen to me. Forget this being perfect crap. Go look in the mirror. Go! Now! Get a wooden spoon from the kitchen draw, and hit yourself Repeat to your reflection, “My messy is just fine, I don’t need to be perfect, or write perfectly, I just need to keep it real and the rest will flow.” Now see that fresh new journal page. See all the empty pages before you? I want you to grab a cup of coffee, take a big, sloppy, sip and let it trickle down the outside of the mug. DO NOT get a coaster or a napkin. Instead take it and set it in the corner of the first perfect page of your journal. Let it sit there for a minute. Now pick it up and have another sip and do whatever you want with the cup. See that stain? Good. Now you don’t have to worry anymore about how everything needs to be so perfect in your journal, writing or life. Life is messy. Let your writing reflect what is real. Whatever your message is, needs to be filtered by only one thing, your own authenticity. I mean, your messy, coffee stained, crooked life is the one that will keep you connected to who you really are beneath the surface. Your voice comes through beautifully when it’s a bit mussed up. Let all you write, create, just reflect the real you. Obviously your journal holds safely your musings before you polish and shine them up for the world to see. But, the more you allow yourself your journal space to hash it all out, the more powerful your authentic voice becomes publicly.


If you all remember my recent “One Night in Boston” posts- here are scribbles from the journal as I randomly planned upcoming posts AND our parking receipt.
I stick paper mementos in my journal as well!

Drawing is not my thing but occasionally I sketch things out. This is for an upcoming post.Maybe. Maybe not. I share less than 50% of what I have written. 

In conclusion, journaling helps me to pour my heart out and in this process I am able to redeem some things worthy of sharing. Remembering. We are all birds at the birdfeeder of life, yes?

I know this is a long post. Not sure how many of you will make it to the end, but if you do, I pray it encouraged you in some way.

Now go and set your words free.  
Journal on.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about journaling, journals or journal writing thoughts.

Please join us this month for Random Journal Day Link up!

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What’s an ICAD? (Glad You Asked!)

 

Well friends, in case you did not know, I am participating in my very first ICAD challenge. 
What’s an ICAD challenge you wonder? Well a wonderfully artsy kinda gal named Tammy has a place called Daisy Yellow, and all these other artsy (and otherwise, like yours truly) peeps create a little piece of artwork daily for 61 days.All ages are welcome, and my girl has been creating a bit as well! 
The cards are basic index cards in sizes 3X5 or 4X6 only. You can paint, draw, doodle, sketch, collage, scrapbook, scribble, dribble or whatever…and it leads to loads of creative juices flowing. And you even surprise yourself. 
I am having fun and encouraging my daughter to join in at her own pace. She tends to be a bit more perfectionistic than I. Me I slap glue and paper together and squeal! 
There are prompts but I have not used them yet (except the first card which was Zebra!) just because I have not had much computer time!
So here are the first 9 cards I made which I shared on the Facebook group page:
Here are the cards I created (individually)
Days 1-9:


Here is my initial post about it: Getting My Creativity On (ICAD 2013)
Oh FYI- you can jump in anytime – no need to catch up! Just great inspiration and who knew an index card could be so …artsy! Already loved them for my fave scriptures but this is a whole new realm of index card love for me! 

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What’s On Your Work-desk Wednesday #161

In case you thought that I am not messy, I want you to know the truth. 
I was so overwhelmed with the kindness shown through visits and comments 
when I joined in with WOYWW for the first time two weeks ago;
 I felt I needed to share my messy desk as I prepare to vacation in Maine, 
and squeeze in some creativity before I go. 
I have a number of projects I am “working on”,
which means, sitting in the To Do pile waiting for some attention. 
One is my Psalm 119 Calendar Revamp. 
I did a page in that today and it felt nice to take a creative break from 
the “other” to do list of my life.
I was hoping to make a collage cover for my journal, 
but that will have to wait, since tonight there were Fireworks 
and festivities to attend with friends celebrating Independence Day.

I posted the other pages I did earlier this year (before I got sidetracked):
Thank you Julia for Hosting! 
Thank you everyone for allowing me to see your inspiration places! 

My Creative Cave

Currently heavy on the writing…I love to brainstorm here sometimes
or just stare at beautiful Aurora.
I am linking up with a wonderfully creative community for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW) It’s a little intimidating, as there are some super creative folks there. But I like to swim over my head…it helps stretch the creative muscles, it does!
Welcome to my Creative Cave!
My modes of creativity :
Writing, Scrapbooking, card-making, Journal Writing, random creativity and inspired, spontaneous, crafting; studying/writing/planning prep for teaching or leading (Sunday School and small groups).

Oh, Picture taking.

However, my camera recently broke. I am coincidentally also broke. That’s the end of the story.
Believe it or not, my camera phone is on the blink,  too!
What will I do? I may have to start …drawing?
OK, no.
I’m a word lover.

Writing, which is what you are seeing my desk- as I have a number of writing assignments.
I am a bit behind. Book reviews are on hold, temporarily.

Below is the desk I blog from and do most of my edited writing . 

The blogging station.
My desk accessory and faithful assistant, Aurora.
She is always in her basket while I work at my desk! 
Funny I have taken pictures of my Workdesk regularly, 
but just found this community! 
PS- creative explosions take place frequently in my Creative Cave and on my desk.

Patsy and Peggy are the sweetest new friends who have inspired me- so here I am.
You should check them out.
I adore their amazing creativity and hearts for God!


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