Sunday, June 24, 2012

This card was inspired by one I saw on Shelli Gardner's blog. I love the new In Colors and used two of them on this card.  I also love the Elegant Bird Bigz die!  The bigz dies are able to cut so many different materials that the possible projects with it seem endless!  I can't wait to try some of the ideas I have for this one.  
Stamps: Reason to Smile* and Very Vintage wheel
Inks: Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit
Card stock: Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit
DSP: Paisley Petals (retired)
Accessories: Elegant Bird die, Scallop Edge Border punch, Antique Brad

*The Reason to Smile stamp set is brand new and will be available only in July for $5 when you spend $50!! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Father's Day card for my wonderful father in law. 
Stamps: Packed for Dad (retired) and Woodgrain
Paper: Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Pacific Point, SU markers
Punches: Word Window, Modern Label
Accessories: Twill Tape

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Did you know that making cards is good for you?  Hobbies such as painting, sewing, scrapbooking, woodworking, and photography are more than just ways to have fun or make gifts for others.  They are powerful art forms that can “distract the mind, soothe the soul, and de-stress the body.”  A few of the ways they contribute to the mental, physical, and spiritual health of people of all ages are that they:
  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Give an opportunity for self expression
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase confidence
  • Provide a sense of accomplishment
  • Distract from the stress of work
  • Provide an opportunity for social interaction
  • Offer an excellent way to express feelings that might be difficult to put into words
Arts and crafts that include mental challenges, such as the math and geometry in quilting, protect us from cognitive decline as we age.  The rhythmic repetitive movements of knitting help prevent and manage stress, pain and depression by activating the same areas in the brain as meditation and yoga.  And, using bright colors in arts and crafts is uplifting!

So stop putting crafting and creativity at the bottom of your "to do" list or feeling guilty for taking time to relax instead of doing something productive.  According to Robert Reiner, PhD, a New York University psychologist, "the act of performing a craft is incompatible with worry, anger, obsession, and anxiety.  Crafts make you concentrate and focus on the here and now and distract you from everyday pressures and problems. They're stress-busters in the same way that meditation, deep breathing, visual imagery, and watching fish are."