Make stuff. Be happy.

This is my new mantra. During a conversation with Michelle from My Little Scrapbook Store, I decided that. We were talking about people who are negative and get upset about silly things or try to affect us in a negative way. I replied, “Look, I just want to make stuff and be happy!” Now for those of you who know me well, you know I didn’t actually say “stuff.” I used a more colorful word. However, I thought these words were a good reminder of why we do this.

Sometimes I just need to spend a few minutes amidst everything else to just pause and make something. For me, art = therapy. It brings me peace, calm and settles my soul. As much as I love getting into a detailed project with a lot of messy steps, sometimes I just need to make something. Something sweet and simple that feeds my soul.

This is a simple card, easy to make and can be done for any occasion. First I stamped the flowers on white cardstock. Next using my blender brushes I smudged on Oxide inks, purposely keeping it loose and messy. Oxide inks definitely give a softer feel then regular dye inks. Then to soften it even further, I splattered some water droplets. Once it was all dry, I embossed it with a texture embossing folder to give it a linen or more fabric look, again keeping the soft, muted, more organic feel to it. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. The final touch was just a few sequins from Doodle Paper Playground’s Juniper Berries.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day is filled with peace and calm. And don’t forget to “Make stuff and be happy!”

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