Hello everyone, Christmas is over, but let’s keep celebrating to the New Year! I just love a new start, don’t you? On New Year’s Day I pack up all of the Christmas decorations and get my house back in order. I do this because I like to start the year at least attempting to be organized and because my teenager daughter is a New Year’s Baby (by a few days) and we like to celebrate her without a Christmas tree in the background.
One of my New Year’s traditions is to get a jump on making some handmade cards for upcoming celebrations, or just keeping in touch. The week between Christmas and New Years proves to be pretty quiet for our family so it’s a perfect time to get in a little crafting. Recently I discovered that if I cut one of our large Giant 8″x9″ Dazzles™ stickers into quarters that I can make a set of 4 cards! This also gave me the opportunity to use Earth Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Set, which I love, and because they are Spectrum Noir™ pens they blend beautifully. I filmed a speedy little video demonstrating how to cut, place and color these versatile Dazzles™ stickers.
Another New Year’s tradition for me is to buy a new calendar and family planner. Have you noticed how popular planners have become again? I like to think it’s because people are tired of scheduling events into their electronic devices. We want something tactile that the whole family can see at a glance. I also really like the planners that let me be creative by personalizing it with color and fun design. That’s why I’m so excited about the Be Happy Coloring Planner! Not only did I get to color the front and back covers, but each month I can color a new cover page. There are so many cute features to this planner too: Monthly and weekly calendar views with blank dates squares so you can start any time of the year. Also weekly sheets for those all important “to-do” lists and side bar areas for notes. I found the Brights Spectrum Noir ™ Pens worked well for coloring the Kraft paper cover and this set of 24 pens has such a wonderful array of colors! I like to add a little sparkle (who doesn’t) to my projects and the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens were just the thing! The Sparkle pens are water based and will not blend or smudge your colored designs, they just add some WOW to your projects.
Don’t for get to check out What’s New Wednesday and keep your eyes peeled for the New Winter 2017 Paper Wishes catalog arriving the first week in January (or if you are up late celebrating the New Year why not check it out online on December 31!). Next week I’ll have another new project for you, featuring Distress Crayon techniques. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!