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Thankful

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Fall colors are my thing. I just love them. However, living in Hawaii, I don’t get to see many— (I’m sure many people must think that is such a small sacrifice compared to all the beauty that does surround me, and they would not be wrong—but I still miss it). So, when I have opportunity, I CREATE FALL COLOR!

For this post, I cheated. I used Christmas Season stamp set. But, it is a prime example of how you can make stamps work for MANY occasions!! Just a few changes of colors and BAM, you’ve got a whole new season!

The colors used here are Bumble Bee, Blackberry Bliss, Evening Evergreen, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede. These make the perfect fall pallet. I just LOVE blackberry bliss. (Ok, well I love all of them…)

Anyway, I know it is trite, but I do love this season–because it makes us pause and give thanks. And, we have lots to give thanks for. Especially now– when the world seems to be burning down around us– it’s always good to remember that HE sustains us and nothing is a surprise. He has all things to work our for our good and for HIS glory. Sometimes (a lot of the time) it doesn’t make sense, but that’s why He is God and I am not.

I am thankful for all of you too. I’m thankful I have a space to be creative and that I can connect with other creative people and that I have found a tribe on this big planet Earth that gives me such joy.

Speaking of tribe: Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have prepared for you!

And, thank you. Thank you, God for your amazing gift of grace–that we will be celebrating here in a few short weeks–but may we never lose sight of that blessing and gift.

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Hey, Boo!

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Isn’t this the cutest little ghost you’ve ever seen? But, what is scary to me… is that it is already Oct 1. We are officially finished with the first quarter of the school year and I feel like we started about two weeks ago…

Anyboo– (see what I did there???) Fall has arrived– at least in the stores. Though I woke up to some rain–that I’m hoping is the beginning of our Hawaiian winter.

This super cute little ghost was from the Cutest Halloween set (now retired) — and it had a matching punch. Putting this all together went lickety-split because of those handy little punches…

The colors here are super simple: Pumpkin Pie and Gorgeous Grape… and a little swash of a blend in the grape to outline the ghost hands and a dab of flamingo blend for the grin.

Head over to see if Anne and Cheryl have anything scary for you today!!

Oh Sunflowers…

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Glorious sunflowers. You only have to be on my blog for about 4 minutes to realize that I love sunflowers—

They’re so happy. Just giant happy smiling flowers. And. I can manage to make something into a sunflower nearly every year. ☺️☺️

This year is no different.

Artistically inked gives us the PERFECT flower to make into sunflowers. And it’s so simple. Such a beautiful stamp set that’s super versatile and user friendly. You can use bold colors for bright, happy images—. Fall colors for sunflowers— muted colors for sympathy. It’s truly a perfect stamp set. Pair it with a set of sentiments and you can make any card you need.

September is the entry way into fall. And I’m ready. Bring on fall. My most favorite season (I do love me some summer cause it means school is out— but fall is the season I appreciate for its fundamental qualities. Heehee)

Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

In Bloom

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So, if you know me, you know that I have developed quite a fondness for plants. Which is interesting, because I used to kill them. I contribute this to being BORED during the corona lockdowns… I figured out how not to kill them all.

WELL. A couple weeks ago, one of my cactuses (and I’m not sure what it is– but it’s a pretty tall one) sprouted a bud. That kept growing. and growing. And, every night and every morning I would go check to see if it opened… and kept waiting and waiting…. UNTIL:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! I was so excited! So beautiful! SO BIG! And, it lasted a day… But, these are the beautiful suprises of nature! Just reminds us to take a moment to enjoy…

Which– My cactus bloom reminds me of this month’s stamp set: In Bloom (appropriately named, I might add).

This set is SO versatile and fun! I love this color scheme… I usually don’t reach for turquoises and blues for flowers, but I love how you can use them with is set… And, you can change the colors up and have a completely different feel. (Colors here are: bermuda bay coastal cabana, granny apple green, daffodil delight, and night of navy).

August means we are back to work. These blooms help brighten my mood–since I’m sad that summer is officially over…

Go see what Anne and Cheryl have to brighten your mood today! 🙂

So Many Plants

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Who all became plant parents during lockdown?? I think it grew into an obsession over at my house…. what started with a couple ‘to see if I can keep them alive’ turned into a full fledged jungle…. OH, so imagine how excited I was with this Plentiful Plants stamp set!

I just love how many different greens we offer to make different plants– as well as this set having so many plant and pot varieties. You can use it to make anything! Here I used jade, garden and olive greens and the pots were out of cinnamon.

The background paper is also cinnamon (the lighting seems a bit off in that first picture…) Can you spot the jungle overgrowth in this picture below? 🙂

Hope everyone is enjoying summer! July is sort of bitter sweet for me— even though it’s still a couple of weeks away…. I do return to school in July– so just starting the month hints to me that the lazy days of summer will be coming to an end here soon….

Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have created for you today!

School’s Out!

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I’m writing this post on the very last day of school…. just counting the minutes until I can leave… Glorious summer. Every Teacher’s dream. 🙂

Needless to say, I’m excited. And I have a cheery happy flower to share, that matches my current mood.

This comes from the stamp set called In Symmetry, and I just love how easy it is to use. I sponged petal pink and flamingo on the stamp to give it the ombre look and then stamped it right on. Super easy and fast!

Here’s wishing you a fantastic summer! I hope you get to spend some time with people you love and have a chance to stamp!

Go see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

Always a reason to Celebrate

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I love celebrating. And I love flowers. So, I knew this Celebrate With Flowers stamp set needed to be part of my collection.

I mean, just look how happy it is! I was attracted to the simple line art and the quirkiness of it when I saw it, and I just love the variety of ways you can make it work. I also love that it lends itself to a unique style of card (think slim-line) as well. The inclusion of the vertical Happy Birthday is also what attracted me to this set–different than the norm, and unexpected! (I will include a pic of the images below).

So, for April, I hope you can find something to celebrate! And, while doing so, make some pretty flowers to go along with the celebration!

Go check out what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

PS: This stamp set is currently available, but it will NOT be available for much longer! It’s being retired at the end of this month (but, will only be around while supplies last!) So, if you want to own one, you better snatch it up FAST! If you message me, I can help you do that!

Joy to the World!

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Christmas brings such JOY to me! I love this stamp set with the bold declaration of “JOY”!

All the images come from the stamp set Peace and Joy. And, they’re great for mixing and matching–and adding the large script with a small block print. It works perfectly here and would be great on a Christmas card too! I used real red and old olive for the images. Expresso is used for the block text. Super simple, super easy, but a striking declaration of the season!

I can’t believe we are at the end of the year! It has come so quickly! I pray that you can know the Joy that has been declared to the world through the birth of our Savior! We celebrate Him this season!

If you happen to be on Maui, stop by our street! Come shop local makers and small businesses to finish up your Christmas lists! As an added treat, the Maui High School Choir will be caroling through the streets! Hope to see you!

Have a wonderful Christmas! And head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have in store for you today!

With love and aloha!!– Crystal

Happy Little Pumpkin

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Happy October! It’s here! Officially fall and sweater weather (well, I can dream, right??) I currently am diffusing a harvest blend so that I can pretend I’m enjoying fall while I am sweating away in my office…

SU released a set called Harvest Hello (now retired) and it had a coordinating ‘apple’ punch to go with it. But, you could use that apple to also make pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns! I love using punches that coordinate with stamps… Makes it super easy to create cute projects. This little pumpkin would be a cute bag topper. It would even be cute just dimmensionaled (like how I turned the SU product into a verb??) to one of the snack size candy bars! And, because it’s so easy to make, you can make DOZENS in no time at all!

With the page turn to October, it makes my mind start thinking about the upcoming holiday crafting. And, then the panic that always comes with the ‘…I haven’t started my holiday crafting’ realization. So, if you need me, that is what I will be doing this month… 🙂 Namely starting on the 2022 easel calendar! See you next month!!

Check out what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

Thoughtful Blooms

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AAAAAHhhhhhhhh…. August. The month that is both full of excitement and trepidation…. Funny how the ONE event can have both feelings…. but, alas, school is starting again.

I am very excited to go back to school. I have missed students! But, I’m also anxious about it because it means getting back to the busy. I am trying to find a way to keep the ‘slowness’ of the shutdown alive a little longer…

This beautiful stamp set is called Thoughtful Blooms. And, it was an Sale-A-Bration offering from last year. (No longer available) It also had the coordinating flower punch which makes this set really pop!

I love paring smoky slate and flirty flamingo together. They are such a good combination… the peacefulness of the gray with the excitement of the pink. Kind of the balance I am searching to create in my own busy.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy back to school! Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!