Overdue Thank Yous

If you’re anything like me, you always have the best intentions to write thank you notes. I could probably do 365 different thank you notes to send each day of the year. Why is it so hard to get those notes out on time!? The bottom line for me is to quit putting it off until the point it seems ridiculous to send them or in this case, just do it anyway. Better late than never they say!



Don’t let them intimidate you

The beginning of the year always brings about a giant push to become healthier and lose some Christmas cookies you’ve packed away at your midsection during the holidays. I see it all over my Facebook and Instagram. Shakes, powders, fitness challenges, motivational posters, and the like.

A friend lamented that it seems like the rail thin people are doing crazy diet and exercise regimes. I think we rolled our eyes in unison.

I get weight loss envy, too. It’s easy to get especially when you’ve been plugging away at it for months, even through the holidays. All of my accomplishments take the back burner and count for less when that “c” word makes its appearance. I’m talking about comparison. (What c word did you think I meant?)

Time to stop comparing.
Time to stop feeling behind.
Time to get off my behind.

No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, whether it’s weight loss or another goal, it takes dedication. Focused intensity. Forgiving ourselves when we take a step off track, but willing to get up and try again. And again. And again. And. Again.

This is a little pick-me-up card for just such a moment. With God, all things are possible.


Day 1. Already Playing Catch Up

We are at January 7th today, so I’m already having to play a little bit of catch up.
Today will be less creating and more writing. I do have a stash of cards on hand, but I generally am one to think of someone as I create the card from the get go. I realize now that this is a major reason I don’t end up sending many cards. I rarely have the time exactly when I want it, so either I sit at my craft table half asleep or I’m actually asleep in my bed and no card was ever sent. I need to let go a little more, I think! Here are some cards I will be releasing into the wild!







A Card For Each Day 2014

I’ve decided that I need a good kick in the behind to make sure I’m keeping up with my own goals in life. As a mom of 5, there’s always a couple juggling batons twirling in the air. I once had a room for crafts, but it didn’t take long before we filled it with children. Gladly, I will make a girls’ room and move out my creative mess. Now, I have reign over the breakfast nook that we outgrew. It’s my little slice of retreat. Sometimes, it feels like it taunts me as I’m doing chores. “Pssssst, Carissa… When was the last time you made a card?” I want to push over the piles of laundry and ink up some stamps, but I refrain somehow.
So, to my challenge.
365 cards in 2014. Not just made. Actually sent to someone to get something fun. I’m perfectly aware that I will not have time every day, but maybe a few days of making something and a few days off. You’ll hear about it in December if I’ve become a slacker.
So, there lies the challenge.


For All You Do (a Stampin’ Up! post)

As I wait in eager anticipation for my new in colors to arrive later this week, I bring you a card! This design is inspired by Mojo Monday, a weekly sketch that comes out every Monday. (who woulda thunk?) This card embodies one of my most favorite techniques, which is embossing. The silver flowers are the embossed portion. Embossing is a really easy way to get your card to look in a way that begs for it to be glossed over with a finger. It also looks like it would be something hard to do. Fear not! Embossing is so incredibly easy.

Here are the steps to embossing:

1. pick a stamp. (any stamp will do!)

2. have these tools handy: an embossing/heat gun (found at any craft store, and of course Stampin’ Up! carries one, too!), embossing powder (make sure it says opaque or it will come out clear), and a versamark pad.

3. Ink the image on the versamark. You’ll notice that it’s super sticky feeling and when you stamp, you can’t see the image.

4. Pour generously the embossing powder on top.

5. Tap the excess powder off the image. (make sure not to get a bald spot from tapping too vigorously) If powder is sticking to areas it shouldn’t take a dry paint brush and sweep it off.

6. Set using your heat gun. You’ll know when it’s working when it magically changes color and texture. Be sure not to overdo it, or the shine will putter out and you may even scorch the paper.

It really is addicting, and it really does look beautiful. Essentials are black and white embossing powders. One small tip for you all… dye ink pads will NOT work for embossing BUT you can use any colored pigment ink pad and clear embossing powder and the result is the color of your ink! There are even more little tricks out there, but those are the basics of embossing!

I hope you enjoy the card, I had a great time sitting in the craft room creating while Matt slaved away at shampooing our carpet in the living room. We’re quickly approaching baby time and my nesting is more involved than I can handle myself. 🙂


Thank You Card (a Stampin’ Up! post)

A thank you card

It’s been a looooong while since posting about card making or scrapbooking! As the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog debuted this month, the excitement has me itching to get back into my beloved hobby. I’m hoping to post many more cards and projects. I have a baby shower I am planning for my best friend, Amy, so I will have to share with you the excitement and cute things I have come up with. For today, it’s a thank you card. The colors I used were Orchid Opulence (a retired color), So Saffron, and Poppy Parade (in color 2010-2012) The bottom half of the card is embossed using a Big Shot and the textured impressions plate “vintage wallpaper.” This is a very quick and easy card to make. I like to keep things as simple as possible while stamping. I got the inspiration for this card directly off the online shopping page for Stampin’ Up! You can enter the storefront by clicking the paper and ink image on the right of the screen. There are tons of really cute ideas. It goes to show that it doesn’t take pioneering an entire craft, sometimes the best idea is to go with one that’s already tried and true! Why reinvent the wheel, right? 😉 We needed a thank you card for the condo we stayed at in Florida. We would not have had a vacation without it!!

Thank You Card Recipe:

So Saffron Cardstock, Poppy Parade Cardstock, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Thank You Kindly Stamp Set, I {Heart} Hearts Stamp set, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions, Classic Stampin’ Pads in colors Orchid Opulence, Poppy Parade, & So Saffron, paper clip, American Crafts ribbon (although this is almost identical to the NEW Stampin’ Up! ribbons that just came out!!), corner rounder, and pop dots/stampin’ dimensionals