When I was a kid, we never went back to school before Labor Day, The holiday weekend was officially the end of summer and September was all about the back to school vibe. I can’t say September was Fall because I live in Florida and it’s still hot in September, but September isn’t summer. While I am looking forward to pumpkin spice everything and crisp, cool temps, I am not ready for summer to end just yet. If you’ve been listening to the Bewitched Crafts podcast (find me on Google or iTunes!), you know I’ve really gotten into the habit of working my planner this year. It’s helped me to get clear on the experiences I want to give myself each month outside of the to do list of running my house and keeping my job. Every month I play a game with myself I call The Big Three. I choose three things to be the first entries on my calendar. These are the things I do for myself to fill my own cup, replenish my energy, and get my creative juices flowing. The Big Three is not about what I should be doing. It’s making time for an evening of swing dancing not scheduling my eye exam. The Big Three are on the vision board I create at the beginning of the month and they typically show up on my scrapbook pages at the end of the month. In July I decided to add a second vision board to my planning with seasonal vibes. My summer vision board is all about savoring my favorite treats from ice cream to beach days. I had so much fun putting it together that I thought I would share some of my favorite ways to celebrate summer. If you’re like me, different times in
I admit it; I am feeling a little spoiled with all the new stamps and papers this summer! I fell in love with the Crisp Air paper collection in our July – September seasonal book and now, just a month later the new annual catalog has a tempting selection of new ink colors. What’s a crafty girl to do? I want it all!
I’ve always said you can find paper crafting inspiration everywhere, but even I was surprised to find a really great image on Facebook that seemed too perfect for a card front. Facebook gets more polarizing every day. I know a lot of people who either love it or hate it, but very few people are neutral about it. I usually enjoy it, but this particular post sparked my creativity, stopped my scroll, and had me running straight for my Close To My Heart catalog. This image was created by artist Marjolien Bastin. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had the stamp sets to create a similar look for a card! In fact, our January – February catalog features both sets, Barn Door and Feathered Friends. Take a look at this card from the catalog. I can’t wait to get started with my own version of this card. Have you found card inspiration in unexpected places? Be sure to tell me about it in the comments!
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Many years ago, I was a young Navy wife living far away from my family and friends. I found the long days of deployments challenging. Very often the bright spot in my days was time spent at my craft table creating scrapbook pages and handmade cards. I left the military life in 1996, but I never stopped paper crafting. Now I am excited to share my passion for stamping, scrapbooking, and handmade cards with our local military community. Join me for Military Spouses Night Out!