Happy Holladays to All


The holladays are here! It’s our last full week in the studio and we’re working away on some super cool projects. Even Buster wants in on the fun. I am still enjoying how beautiful the Dreambox looks even though the rest of the work desks and tables aren’t quite as picturesque. It’s great that one thing in the studio always looks amazing and super organized when the rest is caught up in seasonal chaos. Even then, it’s still a bit of a work in progress… I’m still not sure what to put in the jars on the left door. Any suggestions?  

Holiday Happiness


The great thing about happiness is that, unlike holiday lattes and music, it is acceptable and available year round. There’s no “season” for happiness except the moment you’re living in right now. There’s also no expiration date on it, either. It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hype and prioritize giving and receiving instead of stopping to truly savor the special moments we have with loved ones. Honestly, what we remember most in our lives isn’t actually things– it’s the people, laughter, and love shared together. 💛

Easy Steps for Spreading Cheer


It’s time to ring in the season with some joy and color. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, it’s important to do what you can to spread some cheer around your community. I wanted to do something special, so I decided to #MoveFor prettying up some sidewalks around town with some holiday inspired designs and sayings. Hopefully when people see these, they’ll pause, smile, take pictures or simply feel inspired to do something creative themselves.


Of course, all this running around town meant I needed to feel comfortable. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect sneaker, so I can move around the way I need to and still look stylish and not have to worry about spending all day in the same shoes. I was so excited when Easy Spirit reached out to partner with me for this project because it was the perfect pair of shoes for the excursion– especially because you all know how I feel about shoefies! If you would like to see how the project turned out and how to do something like it in your own community, keep reading for easy steps!


Step One: Figure out what you’re going to write! You could just think about what messages you would like to stumble upon. Of course the internet is also the place to go for this. If you need a good place to start, check out my Word board on Pinterest for inspiring quotes and thoughts.

Step Two: Decide where to write. Pick out places in your town that people will see and that would benefit from the decoration. I chose a couple sidewalks near a school.


Step Three: Go and do it! This can be a solo adventure or a trip out on the town with your tribe. Be sure to wear comfy shoes!


Step Four: Document your process and handiwork.


I loved doing this project because it’s focused on what my work is all about: bringing a little extra joy and sunshine into the lives of others using art and positivity. Try chalk lettering around your town with uplifting quotes as a "gift" to everyone. What will you do to lift the spirits of others this season?

This post is in collaboration with
Easy Spirit, all ideas and opinions are my own. As always, my creative partners and I appreciate the support.

Zinia’s Washi Vortex Layout

Hello everyone, it’s Zinia here and today I’d like to share with you a really fun way to use your washi tape stash to create a scrapbook layout.


It goes without saying that I’m crazy about washi tapes. And just like most crafters out there, I have so many rolls in my stash that are good for a lifetime. So I’m always really excited to find new fun ways to use my favorite washi.


This idea was actually inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Looking at the vortex shapes of the brush strokes on the sky of this painting I thought I can recreate a similar effect with small pieces of washi tape on my background. So I grabbed my Shine On washi tapes and a few more products and I got to work.

Before I started sticking the washi tape pieces, I covered the bottom part of my page with a piece of light blue pattern paper. You can definitely cover the whole background with this technique but I wanted to reserve some space for my journaling.


To make the process faster, I cut pieces of wash tape in bulk and stuck them at the edge of my working desk. I had around 6-7 pieces of each color at a time and once I adhered those on my page, I just cut another batch to work with.


To embellish the page, I chose some floral images from the ephemera pack and sticker book that had some sort of curvy design. I did that to carry that movement of the washi vortex on the rest of the design as well.


I really hope you enjoyed this page, until next time, happy crafting. -Zinia

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Altenew’s Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello Crafty Friends! Welcome to yet another amazing blog hop. Not only will you get to see projects from me and so many other members of the crafting community, you’ll also have the opportunity to win some incredible products from Altenew!  


I'm so excited to be part of Day 2 of Altenew's Crafty Friends Blog hop. If you’re coming from Olga Moss and you’re new here - welcome! Please check out all the other blogs in the hop and see the amazing creations people are coming up with all these Altenew stamps, stencils and dies. 

The next stop on the hop is Therese Calvird. But before you head over to the other posts, be sure to read all the way to the end of this post to see all the blogs that are participating in the hop and learn how to enter into a big giveaway opportunity!


For this post, I wanted to share something I made in what I call my “Hopes and Dreams” journal from Archer & Olive. Because it’s more of a free flowing book, I just gave myself some time to freely play with stamps and watercolors for the most part. Altenew stamps have a special place in my crafting heart because they do so much to bring a page or spread together. Adding stamps to empty spaces can also help alleviate that sinking feeling when you miss a day of journaling or crafting. Stamps are great because they add layering and depth to any spread and you don’t have to worry about your drawing skills if that isn’t your strong suit. 

Journal page by Amy Tangerine

I started with the stamping and then ended up doing the watercolor and journaling in bed. It’s amazing what you can do with your supplies!

The journaling came from the heart. Part of the inspiration came from a friend going through a tough time right now, and part of it was just a reminder to myself that though we all go through struggles, within us lies a light that is meant to shine bright.

Journal page by Amy Tangerine

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us! Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win! 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs (for the big prizes) and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - The winner is Teresa Doyle - Congrats! Please see the response to your comment for instructions on claiming your prize! : A $30 Gift Certificate is also being given away here. Leave a comment and a winner will be chosen and announced on this post. Good luck!