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Think Happy

Tia's Tips: I was talking to a family member the other night and they were sharing with me that their latest Dr's appt. did not go well. The culprit? STRESS! Stress IS a KILLER! We all react to it differently and the bottom line-it's no good! The solution? Well, if I had that answer I'd be a VERY rich woman! But we all know that we need to take steps to reduce the stress in our lives and I think that is why so many of us have become crafty-creators. I love that fellow creator #carrie_ingram_triner has what she calls her "nightly coloring wind down"-genius! Continue to take this time for you. Better yet, share with someone and double down on that joy. And of course-share what you've made, putting a smile on someone else's face is wellness for you both!

The Project:

I love that Joy Clair Designs has a fun monthly challenge for you-in the name of the Monthly Mood Board! Ok-it's not really a challenge; it's inspiration! But, you can make it a challenge for yourself by following along and that's what I did for my design team card today!

I selected the floral vase from the "Sending A Little Message" digital stamp set. I think Joy Clair Designs has some of the best floral digis available! And I loved the variety of flowers in this vase, it really allowed me to use a lot of the mood board colors.

My photo editing software has a selection of wallpapers and one of them is this cute "Happy Thoughts". I copied and multiplied the word 'happy' and sprinkled it around the focal image and ended with 'thoughts' at the bottom. After printing, I die cut the image with Gina Marie's- Cloud Nested Labels found in the Joy Clair Designs shop.

Now, I did what I NEVER do-colored FIRST and selected papers LAST! I was so focused on selecting COPICS that worked from the Mood Board and then wanted to see them together that I spaced out on looking for my background papers.

Here are the COPIC colors I matched to the Mood Board:

Flowers: RV66; V06; RV55; RV13; YR14; YR15; E57; YG03; YG25

Vase: E40; E43; E44;

Stones: YG01; FBG2

Card Layout:

It was a struggle to find papers to bring the layout together. The situation confirmed for me that I am a pick your papers first and pull your inks second kinda girl. I played with hot pinks, oranges, plum-purples and yellow. Then, I really lucked out finding the plum colored houndstooth pattern paper.

The diagonal yellow stripes added to the movement of the 'happy' words on the card. Using the contrasting plum cardstock helps the focal image standout. I brought everything together and adhered it to a 5x7 card base.

The button came to be because I had this idea of creating blue/green stones in the vase. I wanted to balance green down the card and liked the idea of a button over enamel dots. Plus, the button pulls your eye to the word 'thoughts' and I really liked that.

Thanks for following along, I hope you get inspired by the November Mood Board like I did and challenge yourself to play along! If you do, make sure to upload a photo of your card to the Joy Clair Stamp Projects Facebook Group Page so we can all see.

Until next time-Get Crafty!


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