March 9, 2016


I must admit that life has been a bit difficult for me lately. For various reasons.

The other day I especially needed a little pick-me-up. So I decided that some Creative Therapy would help -- temporarily, at least.

So, I went to my box of Project Life prompts and selected a card at random. Of course, I was hoping that this random pick would be super inspiring. 

But . . .

What was my random pick??

A piece of graph paper. 


All I could think was, well, this is gonna help a lot. Not!

Sure, I could have trimmed it up with stamping. But . . .

I had been playing around with lettering a bit lately. Well, why not?

Since I was feeling sort of down, I decided the perfect focal point for this card would be a simple word, SMILE. 

The graph paper was framed in a bit of Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay. So, I, of course, based the rest of the color scheme upon those two colors. 

And, this is what I finally came up with:

A very brief intermission . . .

This is GREAT!

Just now, as I was typing this blog post, I heard through my winter-closed window the sound of a bird. Thinking, hoping, it might be a robin, I jumped up from my chair (well, not jumped . . . ) and went to the window, searching for that first robin of the season. No robins, but, high in a tree, there he was: a bright red cardinal!

And, what did the sight of that handsome dude do for me? It made me

Anyway, as I have learned through the struggles of what life tosses in our paths, 
a lot can be gained if you just 

and, of course, a little PAPER CRAFTING!



  1. Your card made me smile too! Creating lifts my spirits too! Thanks for sharing with Let's Play!

  2. I enjoy a good handmade font, and that is a very fun and cute homemade font. Excellent.

  3. Lovely hand lettering! Your card has an endearing, homespun feel to it! Love the little buttons and the dotted background!

  4. Well this certainly made me smile! Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

  5. I love your smile! I'm looking forward to seeing cardinals again.

  6. Lovely card! Sometimes we all need a reason to smile x #FridayFrivolity

  7. For feeling down you did a lovely job of the Smile card. I do hope you are feeling much better.
    Kind regards, Kathleen

  8. So simple yet so cute! Would definitely make someone smile! :)

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!