Friday Affirmations – To Keep…

To keep the spirit of the holidays in your heart — keep it simple.





In order to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in my  heart, and all the holidays my friends are celebrating, I felt it was important to keep it simple this year.  Make a few things but take the humble approach figuring my friends would rather receive a hand made something rather than a purchased nothing.  All day Wednesday I spent making Christmas post cards, gift tags and a duct tape journal(from a collage pack and some embellishments from Pink Paislee called City Sidewalks).  It had just the touch of nostalgia I was looking for and I  played with paper and some halo pink gold paint and the washi.

***I am giving the journal away to someone who comments on this post.*** You have until next Friday’s Affirmation post and the Superhero will draw a name from his Kris Kringle hat, so if you would like the journal, leave a comment here.  I though it would be a nice way to play with washi which you all know I love and send a little spirit out into the world for someone to tuck photos and cards of their own into.  Today I will stitch the pages in and do some meditating on what the season means to me.  You can see more pics of the stack in the gallery below.(just click to make them bigger).


33 Responses to “Friday Affirmations – To Keep…”

  1. Nina Lise@Mrs Moen November 23, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    You truly are a master of upcycled art, Corrine, everything looks gorgeous! I love how you have made each card different and yet they all look like a collection in style and colour scheme. Do put my name in the Kris Kringle hat please!

  2. Dorthe November 23, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    I LOVE your stacks of wonderful christmas cards, Corrine,,
    the reddish colour is just perfect, and the items used so sweet.
    And I would LOVE to win your fabolous journal. How exiting, dear.
    Wish you a wonderful weekend.

  3. Patricia Q November 23, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    My birthday was in October and I wish there were yearly calendars that started on your birthday, but there are not. Therefore, if I’m lucky enough to receive your journal I will use it to create my personal calendar…it will only be a ten month one as my prize would probably arrive in December. I would be delighted to be the owner of your art!

  4. smartcat November 23, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    What a charming thing to do. Your journals are always so visually exciting……I would be proud to have one.

  5. Snap November 23, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    What a wonderful way to spend your day! I love vintage look holiday decorations. Don’t have any idea why, except they make me smile. Perhaps I’d like to believe it was a simpler way of life. Such joy in their faces! I love all of your work — filled with such fun, color and LIFE! Through my name in the Kris Kringle hat! 😀

  6. lyle baxter November 23, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Every thing looks great! would you come to my house and make my cards too! I so enjoy seeing what you are up to!

  7. Marilyn J. Rock November 23, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Love what you’re doing here! Your cards are amazing and so visually pleasing. Who wouldn’t want to have your journal – thank you for the opportunity.

    I hope your Thanksgiving was joyful and peaceful; I love your post about keeping it simple!

    Thoughts of you always………………..xxoo Marilyn

  8. Sue November 23, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    You must have been bursting with energy and full of creativity, Lots of lovely creations.

  9. Lynn November 23, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Beautiful beautiful work as always! I love the vintage red! & the “keep it simple” approach. I woke up this morning thinking something similar about my friends appreciating a hand-made something and thought I should get a start on it. You’re just the inspiration I needed. (&I hope my name gets pulled out of Santa’s hat! 🙂

  10. sherry g from illinois November 23, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    You have been touched by the Christmas spirit!
    Happy Holidays! : D

  11. Janet Ghio November 23, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Wow-look at all this wonderful, colorful art!! And a chance to win a piece of it!!

  12. Karen November 23, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    wonderful, thoughtful, beautiful, meaningful gifts and giveaway.

  13. Christie November 23, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    What a wonderfully thoughtful way to approach the holidays! I would love to receive one of your beautiful journals. Who wouldn’t? I, too, try to keep it simple and will spend today making gifts and gift bags for the holidays. Thank you for offering such a lovely giveaway.

  14. Kim Mailhot November 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Handmade with love. There isn’t anything better in my eyes !
    Enjoy the creating and thanks for the chance to share in it !

  15. Jessica Sporn November 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    wow – great pictures! You are going to make a lot of people very happy. I would love a chance to win your journal! Have a wonderfully simple weekend — in all the best ways.

  16. Jo Murray November 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Corinne, you are amazing…and very generous. Such beautiful work! I’m on the other side of the world and postgae would be prohibitive BUT, if I won this, I would consider it an honour if you would let me pay the postage costs.

  17. Judy Shea November 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    That is eye candy for sure, Corrine. Lots of love put into that art. How generous of you. A great give-a-way for being thankful and blessed this time of the year.

  18. Kat November 24, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    Hello Corrine, yes you too are getting in the mood with all of this, it’s always fun to make cards and create with Christmas!

  19. Dianne Nunn November 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    I love the idea of a simple approach. Mind you your work is not simple it is simply beautiful.

  20. Anni November 25, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I love your wonderful christmas cards and tags, Corrine, the colour is just perfect,
    and I would love a chance to win your wonderful journal. Wish you a creative new week.
    Hugs Anni

  21. audrey November 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Of course, everything you touch turns into fun colorful works of art. What a great idea to spend a day making art as Christmas gifts. I would feel quite lucky to win this journal. Will keep fingers and toes crossed !
    audrey xo

  22. Janice November 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Yay for keeping it simple…always! Love all the tags and the journal. Your work has such a happy, energetic vibe. Love it all!

  23. Annie November 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Absolutely agree with you about the handmade something rather than a store bought nothing! Your friends will love the cards. I also really like the hot red and lime combo, it’s so poppy and fun!!

    I hope your thanksgiving was warm and full of yumminess, Corrine!

    • Barbara Dunn November 26, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Yum! All that handmade googness, will surely spread Christmas love! Makes me want to head right down to my studio. I have made many gifts over the years, at Christmas, and it has made the holiday more special for me and others. Simplify!

  24. Kimbucha November 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I already have one of your wonderful journals so don’t count me in but I just had to remark upon how it makes me feel to see your bundle of paper play. You were my number one inspiration on my journal making journey. I’m yearning to get back to creating some more.

  25. Gill November 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I would be thrilled to win!
    Thank you for your generosity!

  26. Jenny Lee November 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Oooh! I want this. How pretty. Your friends are so lucky!

  27. Emma November 27, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Your work looks just like Christmas should – bright & loving! I hope Kris picks me!

  28. Linda Vincent November 27, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Well that’s amazing Corrine….what a treat for someone!
    And I LOVE the idea of pink gold paint – I must get some 🙂

  29. Terrie -Creative Explorer November 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    What a great idea to give away a piece of your creativity! I loved the duct tape journals made for MMSA and can only imagine how cool yours is! This looks like a totally yummy prize pack to win! Whoever gets it is one lucky lady!

  30. annie! November 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Okie dokie. You know I’d LOVE to have this totally awesome journal.

  31. Lisa Graham November 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Oh how fun! May I please be included for a chance at a sparkly pretty journal? Pretty please?

    I am with you on the reflecting on what Christmas means thing.

  32. Bleubeard and ELizabeth November 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Sorry I’ve not been around much lately. I finally got my head out of my basement so I could stop by! I’m late for the giveaway, but that doesn’t mean I can’t tell you how awesome the journal is. Very impressive. I love recycled things, and this journal spoke to me.

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