hallmark cards + easy floral arranging tips

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I think it’s safe to say, even without knowing you, that you’re a busy person. I know I am. My days are filled with kids and family and work and meal planning and playdates, etc. Depending on your stage of life, your list of to-dos may vary, but the one thing we all have in common is lots to do, and little time to do it in. But, also, if you’re anything like me, your life is full of loved ones–friends and family that you wouldn’t want to “do life” without, and you realize how important it is to show these people who reside in our hearts how much we care.

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Enter Hallmark cards starting at 47 cents. It’s a little secret of mine that I’m happy to share with you today. At the beginning of each month, while at Walmart, I stock up on a handful of well-designed, cheery cards, take them home and address them, so I can pop them in the mailbox a few days before birthdays pop up.

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It’s easy, fast, and always much appreciated, because who doesn’t love getting a handwritten card in the mail these days?

I also often add a couple bouquets of flowers to my cart–these were less than $5 each. I have a simple trick to make inexpensive bouquets look like they cost much more….want to hear?

flower arranging

Simply purchase various flowers that are similar in color, mix them up, and arrange in a simple container. That’s it! It doesn’t matter how many different kinds of flowers you mix and match; if they’re all the same color, the arrangement will look modern and fresh.

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Add to a vase (I love non-traditional vases such as milk glass vessels or glass jars), and you’re done!

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Because a picture’s worth a thousand words, here’s exactly where you can find Hallmark cards starting at 47 cents. You can’t tell from the picture, but there are several aisles and end-caps of Hallmark cards at Walmart–I was impressed at the selection available!

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So, I’d love to know. What simple tips and tricks do you have for celebrating those you love?

    


favorite fonts

Hello all! Today, I decided to jump on the “favorite fonts bandwagon” and share with you all MY current font crushes. These aren’t just fonts I like, they’re fonts I use ALL THE TIME, both here on my blog and in my shops. About half are free, but even the ones you pay for have been, in my opinion, completely worth it. Let’s take a peek at my faves and then, in the comments, I’d love to know yours!

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1. asterism
2. nevis
3. sweet pea
4. ondise
5. penelope anne
6. katie rose
7. anna clara
8. wanderlust
9. wisdom script 

So tell me, what font can you not live without?

Thanks for reading!

 

    


getting creative with graphicstock {and a giveaway!}

 Thank you to GraphicStock for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to unlock the unlimited image possibilities!

As you all well know by now, I am a crafty being at heart. A little less know fact, perhaps, is that I love online sites and tools that inspire and nurture my creativity…Pinterest, design seeds, craft gawker…all help make it a little easier for me to be my most creative self. Today, I want to share one other site with you all that I love…GraphicStock! GraphicStock is an affordable, subscription-based stock media site that gives you unlimited access to stock graphics, vectors, infographics and more (over 250,000 images at last count)! On my GraphicStock homepage, here is a screenshot of some of the images recommended to me…

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GraphicStock is offering a free 7 day trial, so you can access images for your business, Summer get together, or crafty lifestyle. But before we get into the details, I wanted to share something I created with one of my GraphicStock downloads…

hello spring frame

Cute, right? I started at GraphicStock and searched for “wreaths.” Here’s a screenshot of the one I chose…

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I opened it up in Photoshop Elements, opened a new 8×10 document, and dragged the wreath onto the page…

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I then typed in my text and added a gold overlay, though that is completely optional…I think any of the colors in the wreath would be great for the text as well!

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And that’s it! An easy project that’ll add a fun dose of spring to my home decor.

Ready to get your creativity rolling? Here’s a few more facts about GraphicStock’s simple, unrestricted licensing…

• Everything is 100% royalty-free
• Unrestricted usage rights for personal or commercial projects
• Keep what you download and maintain usage rights forever
• Start a 7 day free trial – Download up to 140 grahpics from the library during your trial
• Automatically rolls into monthly plan after the trial ends, so don’t forget to set a reminder to cancel your membership after the 7 days if you don’t want to continue

And we have a giveaway!

One lucky reader who signs up for the 7-day free trial will be selected to win a free 1-year account with GraphicStock. To qualify, please…

1. Sign up for the 7-day free trial
2. Visit GraphicStock website and locate an image they would like to use on a project of your own
3. Comment on this post, sharing a link to the image that you would base your project around if you won the 1-year account (a $588 value)!

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Good Luck!