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Design a Day Challenge: Day 22

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I forgot to post my design! Can you imagine that?! Truth is, I was so excited about the arrival of my ink that I completely put this on the back burner and didn't remember until I woke up about, eh, 16 minutes ago.

So my design for yesterday is as follows---

I love the colors and the mod look. Textured sea blue card stock, textured apple green card stock, all on a white linen flat note. A little modern looking 'hello' finishes these up. Plus, there you'll see another wonderful colored envelope that I just recently added to my shop! So bright and bold! These are my new faves! ;)

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Design a Day Challenge: Day 20

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Where has the day gone?! I can't quite believe that it is 9:15 and I am just writing this at the moment! Today was a very productive day, I must admit. I got back into my yoga routine, reorganized my entire work area, went through the shipment of paper and envelopes that I received today, began copy editing work for a friend that is self-publishing a novel, ran to the post office, and tried to finally buy a bike (more on that later). I made three new designs, made dinner, and watered the plants and flowers outside. Which of course, that meant a thunderstorm with heavy rain just had to roll through. That's how it always works!

So anyway, on to the design aspect of today. I went back to the basics. No printer again since the ink won't arrive until Wednesday. While reorganizing my paper stash, I found some great stuff to accompany my new envelopes. Today was all about cutting paper, which is how this all started anyway, and I love it!

I love the texture of this card. While there are unfinished bits in the design of this card, there are also neat and geometric circles. The two compliment each other well. And as a final addition, I included one of my new periwinkle envelopes-- the quality of this envelope is absolutely phenomenal!

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Design a Day Challenge: Day 19

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Disclaimer: This design was printed with ink that I will not be using again. Am I happy about that? No not really. In fact, I'm super disappointed. I had a bit of an ink emergency. It involved a new recycled ink that I was trying out. As you may know the majority of my paper is recycled and produced using wind power. I am a bit of an environmental tree-hugger-- I'm not going to lie. Even my students call me a tree-hugger, and I accept it for what it is. So I like to offer environmentally friendly products as well. I've accomplished that on the paper front, so I wanted to conquer the ink as well.

It didn't work.

The colors were all messed up.

I did a ridiculous amount of trouble-shooting that involved lots of ink being wasted.

I gave up, for now.

So here is my design--

--but those aren't really the colors they should be. So yeah, I'll give you an update one I get some of those glorious Epson printer cartridges back in my hands. The difference will probably amaze you as much as it amazed me. Let's just say that the pink should be cotton candy pink, the brownish/orange should be a mango orange/yellow, and the blue should be a dark iris purple. And had I used Epson cartridges instead of my poopy recycled cartridges that's exactly what they'd be. Oh boooo. But hope you enjoy the design anyway! :)

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Design a Day Challenge: Day 18

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I'm feeling in a happy birthday kind of mood recently. So I've cooked up yet another birthday card design. This may be the last printed card you'll see in the next few days as I had a bit of an ink emergency this afternoon. But I won't go into that for now. Back to the new design. Simple lettering on white and gray pinstripes. Plus, a super cool square card with rounded corners.

I kind of wish someone else would have thought of this design and given this card to me for my birthday. I love simple, as you know, so this is just right.

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Design a Day Challenge: Day 17

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It is depressingly dark out today. Rain, rain, and more rain. And when the thunder comes the clouds get even darker. I've been stuck in the house today with nothing to do so I decided to start designing. Today, I came up with five new designs. I'll share the sunny one with you just so my day will seem a bit brighter.

Ahhh! That's more like it! Get some sun into my life and I feel better already!

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