Warm-up Cards

After several weeks of unpacking, sorting, and organizing, I’m finally done. As excited as I am to focus on something other than getting a 1,945 sq ft/2 car garage house crammed into an 1,100 sq ft condo with no garage, my mojo has fled. I really do believe that creativity is a muscle that you have to exercise frequently to get the best results.

To get back into the swing of things, I spent a few hours yesterday just playing with things with no goal in mind. I like to think of this as warms-ups. Something fun to prepare my brain for the creativity I hope to cultivate this upcoming weekend. I especially love to work on cards during warm-ups. They are quick and easy to finish.

I am still in love with white on kraft. It’s my go-to background for cards when I don’t have any other ideas in mind. I went into my stash of paper scraps and used a stamp I had forgotten I had. The best part of my unpacking and reorganizing process has been rediscovering things I had forgotten about, like these older embellishments from October Afternoon. They had perfect sentiments for the front of my cards.

I had fun with this Hero Arts Chevron stamp. I stamped it quite a bit and punched some shapes just to have on hand to use in future projects.

Do you have any special plans for the long holiday weekend (Monday is a holiday here in the U.S.) ahead? My Dad’s birthday was this week but we are celebrating this weekend. I’ll go see my parents on Saturday for a dinner party. But other than a possible BBQ on Monday with friends, I’m going to catch up with the DVR and fire up Netflix and scrapbook all weekend. I’ve earned the break!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Love the cards and such a great idea to use white on kraft. I love that look. 🙂

  2. Love your warm up cards!! That background stamp is fabulous!! What white ink do you use?

    Thanks for the weather update, let’s hope it can stay nice for one more week, we’re leaving on the 2nd!!!!! So, SO excited 🙂

    Enjoy your long weekend, must feel fantastic to have everything settled.

  3. Such cute cards!
    I do like white on craft, too.
    And love your punched and stamped embellishments!

    We are going to be busy this weekend, but nothing huge.
    Just family time and hanging out.
    Hope to scrapbook a little, but we will see.
    Have fun this weekend!

  4. Cute cards Tammy. I hope they’ve sparked your mojo for the weekend. I’m having lunch with Robbie today, then cropping with friends for a few hours this evening. Tomorrow we have lunch plans with friends we haven’t seen in a year, then we need to make an appearance at a HS graduation party. Mostly relaxing on Sunday & Monday, probably throwing something on the grill & maybe catching the Men in Black 3 movie.

  5. So glad you are settled – what an adventure it all has been for you! I have that stamp and love it! The white on kraft is a great look, I’ve also used a tone-on-tone effect that I love. Sounds like great weekend plans!

  6. super card!! love chevrons!!

    have a wonderful weekend and enjoy!!!

  7. Really cute cards! I’ve lost my mojo too. Hoping I find it before the long weekend since I’d like to get some scrapping in!

    We downsized a couple of years ago and it is hard to make everything fit. he got rit of a lot but it was still difficult.

  8. Cute cards – glad you are settled and can look forward to some serious scrapping now that you are warmed up. Have a great holiday weekend!

  9. Those are your warm up cards ?!?!? Wow they are awesome.
    I thought that your fronts were pattern paper 🙂
    Your weekend sounds perfect 🙂

  10. Great cards! I am so loving that chevron stamp. I agree that the white on kraft looks really good.

  11. Your cards are pretty and I love that chevron stamp! Happy to hear you are finished unpacking 🙂 I am going to my aunt & uncles new condo (they just moved in) with my sisters for lunch today 🙂

    Hope your weekend is going nicely.


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