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Video Tutorial – Dimensional Ornaments Card

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Dimensional Ornaments Card

I wanted to share with you a quick and simple card I made. You can also use the same technique to create ornaments for your tree. You may use any symmetrical shape to make it.


How To

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Step by Step Instructions

  1. Cut you cardstock at 4¼” lengthwise and fold in half to create your card base.
  2. For each ornament, punch 5 punched pieces of patterned paper and fold each one in half.
  3. Adhere only one half of the punched piece to the second one, making sure the edges are aligned and repeat on all five punched pieces.
  4. Repeat for all the ornaments you want to add to your card.
  5. Decide how you want to lay your ornaments on your card and pierce a hole on top of each ornament and another hole on the fold of the card in a straight line above each ornament.
  6. Thread your embroidery floss through both pierced holes and tie at the bottom, close to the top of each ornament.
  7. To secure the knot, apply a glob of a strong liquid glue on each knot and attach a gem to it, to conceal the glue.
  8. Adhere the ornaments below each knot.
  9. Stamp your greeting.


What holidays are you celebrating in the next couple months? I am really excited about Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Share yours by leaving a comment below.

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Creativity Prompt – Whip Up Quick Handmade Holiday Gifts – 10 Gifts In Under 10 Minutes

Friday, December 11th, 2009
Quick Handmade Holiday Gifts
[Photo by: Ginny]

The holidays are practically here and with all the preparations involved you may feel a little bit behind. As the holidays get closer, the lines at the stores get longer and the stress level – higher.

Let me help you by compiling a list of 10 handmade gifts that can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes. That is even quicker than driving to the store or than browsing online stores.

Each image is linked to the full video + step by step tutorial:

10 minute book - openedA Cute Box Of DrawersSimple Stitched Notebook
A SIMPLE Fabric Covered Mini AlbumStapled NotebookGate Fold Mini-AlbumHow To make An Accordion Brag Book
THE QUICKEST Mini AlbumHow To Make An Art JournalKraft No-Stitch NotebookWhat are you making this year?

…and one more gift idea –

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Super Quick Holidays Cards + Free Template (Update)

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Super Quick Christmas Cards

Yesterday I posted a video tutorial and a free template on making super quick handmade cards for Christmas.

A reader has reminded me that some people may want to make handmade cards for other holidays, or for non-religious holidays, which is so true. I celebrate Hanukkah, for instance. Though I do send Christmas cards for my close Christian friends.

So I decided to make 2 more templates – one for Hanukkah and one for general holidays greetings for all of you to enjoy:


I’d love to see the cards you’ve created, so please share.

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Creativiy Prompt – Super Quick Christmas Cards + Free Template

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Super Quick Christmas Cards

Sending handmade cards is a wonderful and well appreciated gesture, but with a recipients list as long as eternity, who has the time to make them?

What if most of the work was already done? The basic design has been laid down. The greeting has been “stamped” and all you had to do is cut, score, punch and paste? That would really give the push you need to accomplish your goal of sending handmade cards to all your acquaintances.

Search no more. I have sorted out your Christmas cards dilemma for this year.

Below you can find a printable template (PDF file format) that does most of the work for you. If you are interested, keep on reading.

Tools & Supply

How To

[Watch on You Tube]

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Print the template on a cardstock of your choice (8½” by 11″). Make sure your printer’s setting is on “No scaling”.
  2. Cut your cardstock at 5½” and score each half at 4¼”.
  3. Cut 1¼” by 1¼” squares from the patterned paper of your choice. Use a punch to make this step super quick.
  4. Adhere your patterned paper squares to the squares on the template, using dimensional foam adhesive.
  5. Either stop here, right a personal greeting inside and send the card OR embellish some more.

Quick Christmas CardsQuick Christmas Cards

Quick Christmas CardsQuick Christmas Cards


If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment here, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

I would also be very happy to see your own creations, so don’t be shy and share 🙂

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Journaling Prompt – Your Freedom (and a $50 Gift Card Giveaway)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
[Photo by: H. Koppdelaney]

Today is Passover’s Eve. The Jewish people are celebrating their freedom. I think it is a great opportunity to explore our freedom today. To think what makes us “free” or what do we need more (or less) of in our lives to set us free.

What freedom do we seek? Is it financial freedom in the current recession? Is it freedom of love? Freedom of thought? Freedom from an oppressive workplace?

What tools do we need in order to obtain our desired freedom? Do we need some more courage? Do we want some less responsibilities? Do we need to take an initiative and leave or maybe to regroup again?

For this week’s journaling prompt lets explore our freedom or our yearning for freedom.

  • Do you feel you are living your life as a free person?
  • What aspects in your life makes you feel free?
  • How would you define your freedom? What does being free means to you?
  • In which facets do you feel deprived of your freedom? What would you like to change? What can you change right now?
  • Where do you seek your freedom? (Finance. Romance. Friendships. Traveling. Education. Career. Family. Art. Religion. Nationality. Physical abilities.)
  • What traits can help you become more freestanding?
  • What traits do you already have to assist you in finding your freedom?
  • Describe a life absent of any constraint. How would living those life feel like?

$50 Gift Card Giveaway for Scrapbook.com

To celebrate our freedom I am giving away to one of my readers a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to: Scrapbook.com. That means the winner is FREE to choose his/her own fabulous prize!!!

This giveaway is open for everyone, from all over the world.

This is how you can enter the drawing: (feel FREE to choose ANY of the following options. You may even choose more than one option!)

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling what would you like to see more of on Creativity Prompt.
  2. Link to this page on your blog, spreading the love to your readers. Then leave a comment on this post with a link to your post.
  3. Link to this giveaway on a forum or a group discussion board and then let me know by leaving a comment on this post with a link to your post.

Rules –

  • You have until April 14th 2009 at 10pm PST to participate, afterward comments will be closed. The winner will be announced later on.
  • The winner will be picked at random out of all the comments on this post.
  • Each person can leave only one comment per option (in total, up to 3 comments per reader).
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Inspiration Prompt – Is Freedom Manifested By Choice?

Monday, April 6th, 2009

In the coming Wednesday I will be celebrating Passover’s eve. Basically we are celebrating the release of the Israelites from the ancient Egyptian’s slavery. Sadly, the Israelites were not the only enslaved people. All through history – and in the present time as well – many people are enslaved by other people.

Penal servitude is an obvious situation where a person loses his human rights, but there are so many other kinds of servitude. For example taking the right to vote or the right to obtain higher education from a person also hinders his freedom.

For this week’s inspiration prompt I would like you to ponder along with me whether freedom by itself can be enslaving? An interesting notion to get our wheels rolling up there…

In Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell describes an extreme situation in which slavery is considered freedom. In this book it is a corrupted slogan, but perhaps some aspects of it are true?

Psychologist Barry Schwartz is suggesting that perhaps more is actually less and maybe freedom is not manifested by choice, but to the contrary. I have recently listened to his fascinating talk on TED and would like to share it with you and hear your thoughts about it:

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Does choice cultivate our freedom or taking away from it? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment on this post.

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Inspiration Prompt #32 – A New Year Brings A New Opportunity

Monday, December 29th, 2008
New Year - New Opportunity
[Photo by: Jesus Solana]

When I was young my big sister used to tell me that I should try to behave extra nicely on the New Year’s Eve & day as the way I behave then reflects on the way I conduct myself throughout the entire year. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a young girl’s small shoulders. The ability to ruin the entire year ahead based on a single day of misconduct…

But you know what – it isn’t true. There isn’t one day which can influence the entire year and the days of the year are never homogeneous. There are bad days and there are good days. Ups and downs.

One thing that the New Year Eve does represent for me, though, is: opportunity.

An opportunity for a change. An opportunity for taking your own life under control and taking responsibility. An opportunity to stop the vicious cycle of a self debilitating dialogue that goes like this: “If I didn’t manage to {insert something you really want in your life in a verb form}, I am never going to do it.” or “If I didn’t stop {insert a bad habit}, I’d never stop it”.

You can and you will!!!

This week’s inspiration prompt is all about the physiological window of opportunity that the new year brings along.

Grab this opportunity and take control – Be powerful!

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What does the new year’s eve represent for you?
What opportunities do you see in the coming year?

Leave a comment and share your thoughts and opinions with me!

Inspiration Prompt #31 – The Power Of Light

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Hanukkah Menorah [Photo by: Allison Jennings]

Jewish people all over the world are now celebrating Hanukkah, which is also known as: “The Festival Of Lights”. There is a traditional holiday song which demonstrates the power of light, by the way even the smallest flame can take away the darkness.

I am very inspired by this notion and I would like to inspire you as well. As Francis Bacon’s had said:

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.

The light is powerful, but its power can be measured only in times of complete darkness, and so do us!

For this week’s inspiration prompt I encourage you to derive inspiration from the power of light.

You certainly do not have to be Jewish in order to appreciate the power of light against darkness. Think about the glittering lights that embellish your house for Christmas or about the mesmerizing fairy lights that are wrapped around your Christmas tree. How jolly and merry they make everyone feel. This is also a token of the power of light.

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Leave a message to this post and share your thoughts. What do you think about the power of light? How does the light inspire you?

Journaling Prompt #28 – Observing The Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas [Photo by: Lin Kristensen, @ Flickr]

Everything is changing during the holiday season. Life takes a festive coat out of its closet and wear it for at least a month or so. Everything looks differently, the food is different, there is a unique aroma in the air and a one-of-a-kind mood – a jolly holiday mood. The best description I can find for the total effect of the holidays is: Merry Everything“.

For this week’s journaling prompt I ask you to open your eyes and register all the changes the holiday season brings with it.

Don’t let those fantastic changes slip by unnoticed. Don’t rush through that fantastic season, but take heed of every little thing that is different from your everyday life.

A while back I posted a series of journaling prompts designed to hone our observation skills:

Use those observation skills for recording the impression that the holiday season leaves upon you. If you followed the observation series before and wrote down your observations, you can also contrast and compare the everyday life to the festive days of the holidays.

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Leave a comment and share your observations of the holiday season with me.

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