Enjoying the Journey

Yup. It's important. Enjoying the journey. Each day is a part of it and, in a way, a journey in itself. I honestly think it is so important to not be constantly waiting for Friday, waiting for our favorite season, waiting for vacation... waiting...waiting...waiting. Nope. Stop waiting. Enjoy THIS moment. Breath it in. Be.

Here... Smile. No, like, for reals, do it. Right now. Now laugh. Even if it's fake, just laugh. Even fake laughter actually makes the body feel better, happier, and more alive! And the best part is...then it can turn into REAL laughter and be even MORE fabulous! 

Enjoy the Journey

Enjoy. The journey.

Enjoy the Journey (detail)

You can find links to the products I used below. 

Have a Happy!


Sometimes Flowers and Pastels and Stuff Happen

I tend to work more in bolder colors. I am a fan of brights and primaries and neutrals, however, I don't do a whole lot in pastels. I like them, though, so.... I should be using them more. For reals, though. When I was making a card for my Mom's birthday a bit ago, I decided that I wanted to do pastels, so I went for it! I pulled out some fun stamps from Lawn Fawn and from Winnie & Walter for this pretty card.

Happy Birthday To You

I used mint, cotton candy, and surf blue inks from the Simon Says Stamp Ink collection and then used black and Audrey Blue for the sentiment to make it stand out more. I used the larger stamp in the Lawn Fawn set as inspiration, but actually stamped with the individual stamps to create the floral look I wanted around my sentiment.

Floral Birthday (detail)

A bit of patterned paper, die cut with the Avery Elle Custom Panels curved die, some May Arts string, and a couple of wood veneer hearts round out the design. I added a bit of sparkle with some Hero Arts gems.

This was a fun challenge for me, as it was outside of my normal color choices and the stamping was a bit tricky, too, but I really love how it turned out. I love challenging myself to do things I don't normally do. Sometimes I think it's easy to forget that there are lots of fun ways to use what we have!

Have a Happy!


CAS-ual Fridays C134 and Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #C134! If you came from the CAS-ual Fridays blog, you already know that this will be the final challenge for 2014. It's all good, though! We'll be back with more CAS-ual greatness in 2015! But, for now, you will NOT want to miss this final challenge of the year! It's a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge and we have prizes GALORE!

Here's the Challenge: Create a CAS project using any Tic-Tac-Toe pattern on the board. Up, down, left, right, diagonal, whatever floats your boat, folks! The choice is yours! I went straight down the middle and used Black, White, and Grey for my card today.

Wicked Stoked Dude

I used the awesome heart dies to cut through my sentiments and add dimension. I stamped the words in grey on a white panel and then, behind that, I layered another panel that is edged with my Wink of Stella black brush pen to add some sparkling black. This one is SUPER CAS and I love that about it!

Wicked Stoked Dude (detail)

So, this week you have LOTS of chances to win! First off, each Design Team member has a giveaway on their blog today! Woot! Woot! The challenge AND the giveaway both run through 22 August 2014. To enter the challenge, link up on the CAS-ual Fridays blog with your Tic-Tac-Toe creation, as per usual. To enter the Giveaways, leave a comment (or do what is requested) on each of the Girl Friday's blogs!

To win the $20 Gift Certificate here on my blog you have three chances!

1. Leave a comment on my blog telling me something interesting.
2. Like my Just Jingle Facebook Page and comment on a post over there. Leave a comment here to let me know you did!
3. Follow me on Instagram. Leave an additional comment here to let me know you did!

All winners will be posted on the CAS-ual Fridays blog after August 22.

Have a Happy!


Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Hiya! I have a quick one for you today, but it is stuffed with silver linings! No, like, literally...it's a cloud... with a silver lining.


I used the super cute new Clouds set by Miriam Prantner for Neat and Tangled. I kind of love this set. It is super stinking cute! I combine the stamps with some great papers from the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Paper Pad and a great Postage Stamp Frame dies from Simon Says Stamp. I used a silver pen to add the outline or, lining, if you will. I kind of love it.

Silver Lining (detail)

And there you have it! I should probably add some pun about silver linings or something witty, but, what can I tell ya, folks? I'm plumb out of puns today. It happens. I know. Sad story. Sad. Story. But, alas, I still can provide adorable card-ness, so there is that. I do what I can to please. HAHAHA!

Have a Happy!!!


Because Creamsicles are Delicious

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Mmmmmm! Yes. They. Are. I'm a big fan. Which is funny, because I'm not actually a huge fan of oranges, I mean, they are okay, but not something I reach for often. And the orange flavored jelly beans really aren't my favorite, either, but for some reason, the minute you mix an oragey flavor with creamy goodness, I am in heaven, my friends! HEAVEN! I do so love creamsicles. And creamsicle flavored drinks with alcohol in them. For reals, though... those are awesome. Just sayin'.

ANYWAY, when my August kit from Simon Says Stamp arrived at my door, I saw creamsicles as soon as I this stamp set fell into my  hands! And what better way to create that refreshing, creamy look, than with watercolors?! Yup. I'm in love. With creamsicles. All over again.

So Cool

The new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, yes, afterall, that is the reason we have gathered together today (Nope, not MAAAWAIGE this time, folks.... or for this thing called life... nope, not that one today, either. Although, now I do really want to listen to Prince all day and watch the Princess Bride. K. Tangent done. Moving forward.). Right. New challenge. It's EMBOSS IT! Yup! We want to see you emboss! You can heat emboss, dry emboss, use embossing paste, WHATEVS, folks! Just EMBOSS IT!

you're cool (detail)

I used the super awesome matt dull embossing powder from Wow for my image and then watercolored over it to create a resist. For the textured background, I mixed embossing paste with glitter, because glitter, and then spread it over a stencil to create the dotted background. I kind of love it. Lots. For reals, though.

You're Cool (detail2)

And now it's YOUR TURN! One lucky participant will win a $50 Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store! Yup. Dudes. You know you want that. SO, all you need to do is create a NEW project (up to FIVE) with the EMBOSS IT! theme and link it up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog! Happy Crafting, folks!

You can find the links to the goodies I used to create my card below! 

Have a Happy!