Thursday, January 2, 2014

dare to be you in 2014

I'm a bit rusty here since I haven't blogged in a while, but I felt compelled to stretch out my creative muscles and do some crafting today.  After all, it is the beginning of the new year -- time to recommit ourselves to our passions and set our intentions for the year ahead.

I can't even count how many conversations I've had with friends lately about how we want to just follow our dreams...for once.  Many of us have experienced several bouts of professional burnout and personal challenges, and many of us have drifted far from the hobbies and interests that bring us true happiness.  So, this card is dedicated to my late 30 and 40-something friends who are contemplating or are at the verge of taking a leap.  I've got your back and so does the universe:)

This card is also dedicated to Paulina of Pretty Pink Posh.  I just had to craft today because this is the last craft dash hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.  This saddens me -- the Craft Dash was one of the first challenges I entered and its format is perfect for a scatterbrained person like me -- yet I completely support our generous hostess Paulina on her decision.  She has taken a creative leap herself and is following her dreams.  Congratulations to Paulina on all of her success..her Etsy shop looks fantastic!  What an inspiration!  2014 looks like it'll be a great year for Pretty Pink Posh.

Note: I finished this card with 38 seconds to spare.  Honestly, I think the only reason I was able to finish in time is because I'm spending the week at my sister's house.  She has 10x as many crafting supplies as me...including that super-awesome and fast automatic die-cutting machine.   No more cranking, just flip a switch?!  Saving up for my own now!  Oh, and the washi tape is a little nod to the first Craft Dash I entered (see here).

Happy New Year!  May 2014 bring you much love and laughter...and the little push you might need to follow your own  dreams:)

***EDITED TO ADD: I just saw that CAS-ual Friday's challenge is called "In a Word", and so I'm linking up this card to their challenge as well.  The words on my card pretty much sum up my 2014 resolutions as well as my hopes for everyone.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Bubble Talk; Verve Make a Statement and Dare to Be
Dies: Mama Elephant Inline Letters; Papertrey Ink Bubble Talk; Verve Make a Statement
Inks: Memento (tuxedo black); Stampin' Up (melon mambo); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (peacock feathers)
Other: washi tape


  1. Wow, great time on your fabulous card, Lorraine! I love how you pulled everything together on it!

  2. Such a sweet card, Lorraine. So glad you're back in the craft room, and hope your new year is everything you hope for. Bev

  3. Oh, what a lovely happy new year card. Thanks for playing along with us in the 10 Minute Craft Dash.

  4. Beautiful card, Lorraine!
    Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!
    Sylvia xx

  5. What a great story behind your card ... this would be perfect to nudge one of your friends to follow their dreams. Love your layout, and how your eye follows your sentiment. Thanks so much for joining the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, Lorraine!

  6. Very cute card and such a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CAS-ual Fridays!