New Year's Resolutions + Finding My Love for Card Making Again

The holidays are officially over and the new year has kicked off. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and loved ones and I wish you all the best for 2018. ⭐️ One of my New Year’s resolutions is to rekindle my love for card making. Because the past couple of months have been so busy I rarely had time to make cards. When I did have some time I would usually have to hurry up and rush. That’s not relaxing at all. So in 2018 I want to find my mojo again and make more time for card making. From experience I noticed it’s not always that simple to get your creative mojo back and keep it flowing.

Below, I’m listing some tips and tricks that are hopefully helpful to both me and other card makers.

CARD SKETCHES AND COLOR SCHEMES

Sometimes an eye-catching color scheme is enough to get your creative juices flowing. I have a Pinterest board filled with color combinations. In the past these combos have helped me when stamping a background or when coloring images. In addition to color schemes, card sketches can be a quick option. There are many card sketches out there. In fact, My Favorite Things has a fun challenge blog with both card sketches and color schemes.

CARD INSPIRATION

I often read my favorite card makers’ blogs to see what they have been up to. These crafty ladies inspire me every time they post a project. Why not make a card inspired by  your favorite card maker? You could incorporate their favorite techniques, colors or products. Another option is to CASE one of their cards. That means you “copy and share everything” from their original design. Make sure to give the original designer credit, though. 😄 By the way, you don’t have to necessarily copy the full design. When I CASE a card, I usually switch up the colors and products to make the design my own.

DON’T BE AFRAID

The most important thing to remember, card making should be fun and relaxing. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Like my dear friend Julia said on Instagram a couple of days ago, the cards you see on blogs and social media are the result of trial and error. Mistakes happen. Don’t judge yourself or compare yourself to others. So what if a card doesn’t turn out the way you’d planned? It’s just paper, stamps and ink. 🤔 Experiment with new techniques and products and don’t put pressure on yourself.

Writing these tips make me want to go to my craft room right now and make a card. That’s a good sign, right?
Do you have any tips on how to find your creative mojo? We’re here to support each other. 💡❤️

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Hi friends! Just popping in quickly to wish you a very Happy Holiday season and give you a little update on things.

I wish you lots of love, happiness and joy with your friends and family. Thanks for being such sweet and loyal blog followers. Hopefully I’ll be able to share a new card and video before New Year. I’m preparing for exams since those will be kicking off on January 10. Eep! Wish me luck.

Merry Christmas! Big hugs!!!! Xo

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Hi, friends! Welcome back to a new blog post. It’s been way too long, but I promise I will make it up to you as soon as I’m done with college. Today I’m joining Taheerah for her Advent Calendar Extravaganza since Christmas is just around the corner. How fun!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

For my project, I’m featuring festive products from Sunny Studio Stamps. I made an interactive slider card that I think you will love! Unfortunately, I don’t have a video tutorial this time. I made this card in bits and pieces in between studying and working on college assignments. So next time I’ll have a video for you! 🙂

I started out by masking off a snow hill with masking paper. Then I used Tumbled Glass ( HLM | AMZUS | ELH | SSS ), Broken China ( HLM | AMZUS | ELH | SSS )and Faded Jeans Distres Ink ( HLM | AMZUS | ELH | SSS ) to create a winter sky. To add some texture, I used Texture Paste  HLM | AMZUS | AMZUS | ELH ) and a stencil for a snow effect. I sprinkled on some glitter from Tonic ( HLM | AMZUS | SSS ). I’m in love with this glitter! It’s so sparkly and has a very fine texture. However, it’s SUPER messy and it gets everywhere. But it’s really worth it.

After creating my circle base, I stamped a cute penguin from the Snow Kissed stamp set from Sunny Studio Stamps ( HLM | SNN | SSS ). I colored this little guy with Copic markers and then used the coordinating die to cut him out. Next it was time to create my slider piece! I used the Slider dies from Lawn Fawn ( HLM | SSS | ELH | AMZUS ) for that. Finally, I used a sparkle pen from Spectrum Noir ( HLM | AMZUS | ELH | SSS ) and the Clear Glaze from Tonic ( TNCUK | AMZUS | SSS ). You know how much I like to finish a card with some shimmer and shine! 🙂

GIVEAWAY

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Sunny Studio Stamps so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too!

You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

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