January 14, 2023


Here I am, playing with Designer Series Paper again. I know, I do that quite often. 

I realize that I call my entire papercrafting/cardmaking process Creative Therapy. And that is definitely true. I just get lost in the process, and all my cares and negative thoughts go sailing away. Well, at least, while I'm creating. But it is always a nice respite from the cares of life, no matter how long -- or short -- it lasts.

If I am really down and don't have any creative ideas, however, what helps more than anything is the act of coloring in with Stampin' Blends any Designer Series Paper that is black and white.

This particular piece was busy busy busy. It took a loooong time to color it in. So, that provided a good break for me. 

I used Stampin' Blends in Light Old Olive, Dark Soft Seafoam, Dark Parakeet Party, Dark Pineapple Punch, Dark Mango Melody, SU 700, Light Pumpkin Pie and Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo. Yes, it is something of a fruit salad!

A closeup of the colored flora and the sentiment.

I love the sentiment (from Through It Together on page 69). It should really be my mantra. I wanted to do something extra besides having the sentiment way over to the right side. And I wanted the white strip to be the same length as the width of the colored portion.

After putting on my thnking cap, considering various options, I decided I wanted to use up the rest of the blank white space with two swipes of a gold cord. But, how to do that . . . I am sure lots of you have a method for doing just that, but I didn't.

I finally made a small hole in the strip right before the sentiment began. By threading a large needle with the length of gold cord, I was able to pull it through the hole, and secure it on the back with tape. 

However, the hole was unsightly.

I fixed that by tying a teeny bow from the gold cord and adhering it over the hole. 

To finish off the card, I adhered the colored piece to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Parakeet Party cardstock, since that is one of the colors I used, and added the whole thing to a Flirty Flamingo card base.

I don't think I am going to send this card to anyone. It is going to live in my work space to serve as a daily reminder.


Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, 
shift your energy to what you can create.
- Roy T Bennett, The Light in the Heart -




  1. This is so beautiful! I am visiting you from Linda's place. God bless you in this new year!

  2. That should be framed! And the sentiment should be imprinted on our hearts!
    Thank you for joining the link-up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2023/01/shakshuka-love-this-dish.html

  3. That is lovely but I bet it took quite a bit of time!

    1. Thanks, Joanne! Yes, it did take a long time, but think of how I benefited from stress relief! That's the best.

  4. beautiful card, thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty Link Party

  5. Such a pretty card. I find almost all crafts creative therapy too! Do you ever check out #craftingismytherapy on Instagram, lots of people feel the same I think :-)

    1. Thanks, Julie! I just checked it out on IG -- tons under that hashtag! Interesting stuff too!

  6. A beautiful card Linda. Who doesn't love flowers? I am happy to feature this lovely card at Love Your Creativity.

  7. What gorgeous colors in this floral print! Thank your for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 49.

  8. I love the sentiment behind this pretty card, Linda, and I am so happy you kept it for yourself! Thank you for sharing with Hearth and Soul. I've featured this post at the February edition, which is now live. Hope to see you there! Have a lovely Sunday.

    1. Aw, thank you ever so much, April! I hope you have a wonderful February!