Life has really changed for me in the last year, I struggled with leaving my career for health reasons and I have had to make my health the first priority. It took me awhile but I have accepted that this new life is what it is and it is time to move on gracefully.
Accepting Heather's offer to be a member of her design team (My Artistic Adventures Challenges) fits well into the rather vague ideas I have had in the last while. I am going to start the year by trying to; get back into creating in an organized way, reconnecting with other creative souls, making use of the incredible stash I have collected over the years and get back to creating Christmas throughout the year.
One of the best pieces of advice I have read is to create more than one piece at at time by using the leftovers of the project you have just completed. Like most of you I am sure, I save all the bits and bobs ...for years and often don't get back to them.
I used two copies of the Hugs and Pooches collage sheet to create my Valentine Spoolie so I had a fair amount of material to work with. I found the pink stripped tag, card stock and patterned paper in my scrap box. I purposefully looked for small pieces of trim and ribbon to use. The last piece of music background I punched into small hearts which I will use on the back and inside of the pieces and the envelope.
I have often given the advice "start as you mean to continue"...taking my own advice.