Sunday, 13 August 2017

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop - Tabs for Everything

Welcome again to our Stampin Sunday blog hop! I know you are going to love all the designs for todays hop!

This bundle was originally designed, I think, to be used when journalling, but this set also works well in card making. Its gorgeous images can be used alone, as in the samples from Stampin up! below, or, as I have done, teamed with other stamp sets in this years catalog.

Tabs for everything 

Tabs for everything stamp set and this little piggy stamp set.

Why I love this bundle-

I love to make interactive cards.
I recently did an online card class on slider cards-I used the same mechanism in this slider card. The circle tab punch and arrow stamp makes making a slider that much easier! I once sent an interactive card to a friend and she couldn't figure out how to open the card, lol, because I gave her no instructions, (she is in another state, and I wasn't present when she received it) and I didn't have a "pull" stamp. The arrow stamp fixes that issue. It makes it very easy to see what the recipient has to do to make the card "move"
I love the funky fonts in the stamp set too. I repeated the  word "love" from the stamp set over and over again down the right hand side of the card, really emphasising the statement being made.

For my second project, I decided I was going to make some gift cards, as the images are so cute. In the up coming holiday catalog there are some REALLY cute packaging for these sized cards (3" x 3") I'm not sure if I can mention them by name here (I don't want to spoil the surprise!)-but keep an eye out for them, as they would make super cute gifts! 

Tags for everything gift cards (3"x3")

Tags for everything gift cards

Tags for everything gift cards

Tags for everything gift cards

They were SUPER simple to make (I whipped up all 3 in less than 20 mins!) and would be fantastic to give as a gift!

I hope you enjoyed todays projects-You will LOVE the new Tags for everything bundle- ts such fun to work with!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Introducing the "A little wild" stamps and the "Little Loves" framelit dies!

A little Wild bundle-how CUTE is it??? Im just in love with the very cute style of the imagery in the set- and the bundle comes with dies that enable you to create the sweetest tags, with both the front and back images of your animal. Seriously sweet!

Here are my 2 samples-In the first one, I created a super simple card, by layering white on crumb cake card stock, and then adding a little DSP (retired, neutrals dsp) On top of this. I added a stitched shape framelit die-cut  which I masked the back of the animal off of the stamp, and stamped it in the centre of the die cut. Then, after colouring my image, layered it on a layering circles die-cut, and added a bit of gold thread (also retired- would look great in white cotton thread too) I heat embossed my sentiment from an old set-all things thanks.

A little wild stamp set.
In the second sample, all I did was layer some DSP on some peekaboo peach card stock, and cut a circle from the layering circles dies from the centre of both the DSP and the card stock. I then adhered this to the from of my card base, and cut the same circle from the base card too.
I chose another of the scalloped edge dies from the same die set-slightly larger-to create the border. I cut this twice, cutting the same sized circle from the card front from both of them, creating a scalloped frame.
I then stamped, colour and die cut my lion image, then snipped the single die cut into 2. Using adhesive, I sandwiched  the 2 images  on to a piece of cotton thread  and placed that thread between the 2 of the scalloped edged circles, and adhered the circle frames together. You now have a spinner!
I placed the framed lion onto the card, around my circle cut out.
I cut a strip of card, and using the banner punch, created my "flagged" ends. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set on to the banner, and adhered this to the top left corner of the card. I finished the card with a sweet little bow made from shoe cotton thread.

Little loves framelit dies.

I hope you liked my samples today, and get to check out the new annual catalog. the holiday catalog isn't far away now, so keep an eye out for it- theres some lovely stamps and die sets in it!!
have a awesome weekend!!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Fun with the At home with you and Coffee cafe bundles...

Hi everyone! Ive been super slack with posting recently. Ive been super busy, and on top of that unwell, so I've been letting superfluous things slide a little. but Ive still been creating, even if it is a bit more infrequently!
Our new annual catalog has arrived, and what a beauty it is! So many gorgeous suites to play with!
I especially  have been loving the Coffee cafe and At home with you bundles. Its like Stampin Up read my mind! I really wanted a Coffee stamp set-and-even better, with matching DIES!
Here are the recent cards I made with these sets-

Coffee Cafe-

I love the simplicity of this bundle- every image comes with its matching die (-no fussy cutting, yay!)  and in the die set, it has a.... what do you call the cardboard wrap that goes around the cup?- a coffee hugger? it has a die that makes an embossed "coffee hugger" 
the coffee beans are fantastic- I've seen shaker cards made with them-genius!-and they make a great background stamp.
In the second sample I teamed the images with the grungy looking stamps from the timeless Textures stamp set- that set has a great coffee cup stain stamp in it, that teams with this set well!
Coffee Café stamp set and dies.

Coffee Café and Timeless textures stamp sets.

At Home with you-

I love the homey-ness of this stamp set. The versatility is brilliant-thank you cards, to welcome home cards, this set has got you covered!
The Images are great for colouring, so, get your markers or water colour pencils out-The first sample I added a shading to an already coloured door ( I stamped on Dapper denim card stock) by using my blended pen and Dapper denim, and night of Navy inks. I also used an old chalk pen, dipped in craft white ink to lighten the bee on the door surround. the door matt is white embossed versa mark ink.

On the second sample I used embossing paste with the brick stencil to create the back ground-(Im in love with the embossing paste in this years catalog!!) and then, this time I stamped the door in archival black onto white card stock, and then used Emerald envy ink and a blender pen to give it a distressed look. To finish I again used an old chalk pen, and dipping it into the craft ink pad, I lighted any noticeable blender pen stroke marks, and smoothed the whole look out.

I used the clever peek-a-boo door die to create a hidden message-I love it! I die cut the stamped and coloured door and its surround, and then cut a second image using the same die on a piece of plain white card stock to have a blank layer to stamp my hidden sentiment.
I then die cut the peek-a-boo, opening door, (using a specialty die that only cuts 3 sides of the door) and adhered the stamped image (that now opens) to the blank die cut with dimensionals, and adhered this the front of the card.

At home with you stamp set.

Enjoy the At home with you Bundle! 

At home with you... with a secret message!

At home with you Stamp set, and At Home framelit dies.

I hope you enjoyed my sample cards today, I loved making them, and If you would like to purchase these, or any other items from the new catalog- remember to use this months Host code to receive a free gift from me!
Have a great weekend!!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Embossing Paste... teamed with Climbing Orchid, Eastern Palace and Bike ride stamp sets!

I've been having some fun of late with the NEW Embossing paste in the 2017/2018 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.
 I LOVE how easy it is to create either a subtle texture, or a real POP of colour (by adding re-inker)to your background. 
You can even versa mark and heat emboss the paste (As I did in Carls Anniversary card- Happy 24th Anniversary babe!!) The stencils I have used in these 3 samples are from the Pattern Party decorative masks-theres also an AWESOME cloud stencil!! (well worth the very small $10 price tag!) 
The embossing paste is only $11.50, and the Palette knives are $9-so if you consider the heat gun for heat embossing is $50- and you have to add embossing powder as well-Embossing Paste is a REALLY cheap way to add unbelievable texture to your projects for a very little cost! 
you can buy stencils-but remember, any die cut is a stencil as well.... the eastern palace dies would provide AMPLE home made stencils for you to play with, if you wanted to hold back on getting any stencils for a while- they do double duty!

Climbing Orchid stamp set, with Embossing paste background.

Eastern Palace dies, with an Embossing paste background, then gold eat embossed.

bike Ride stamp set, with an Embossing Paste background.

Tips and tricks- 

  • Our Stampin Up silicone craft sheet (#127853) is a MUST-Its GREAT for mixing the paste with re-inkers to get gorgeous colours. Highly recommend getting one if you don't already!!
  • The Paste drys fairly quickly, so you don't ruin any stencils you might be using, its a great idea to have a tray nearby with a little water in it, that is  bigger than the stencils you plan to use so you can dunk the stencil, the palette knives and your silicone mat into so the embossing paste doesn't dry onto your new tools. 
I LOVE this years Annual catalog, and I hope you do too-if you don't have one, feel free to browse the digital copy at the top of the page, OR feel free to email me HERE and I'll organise an annual catalog along with the up comping holiday catalog- coming out in just a couple of weeks!
I hope you find time to get creative this weekend!
Petra xxx

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop - Color Theory

Welcome to another Stamping Sunday Blog hop-You are going to love todays hop-We are focusing on the Colour Theory suite of products-this encompasses a lot: Colourful seasons Stamp set, Seasonal Layers Thinlit dies, Colour Theory Designer series paper, a card stock pack, ribbons, Glitter Enamel dots, and Colour Theory memories and more pack. 
You will see lots of these items used in gorgeous ways today, but I have focused on the amazing stamp set and die bundle.

Its VERY cold here in Tasmania at the moment, and I haven't been well, and I think the set really spoke to me-celebrating the seasonal changes, is something I like to do in the projects I make. It's SO easy to do with this set. All the seasons are represented.... and it's so fun to express the season you are experiencing currently, (or might like to experience when the weather gets bad!!!)
Autumn is one of my favourite seasons in Tasmania. It is very prominent. The leaves change, and harvest time arrives-its a time to really celebrate with good food that you might have grown yourself!
To thank those that might have shared their bounty is such a lovely thing to do. Autumn was only a short week or 2 ago, and the last of the leaves are still hanging on... and this colour scheme seemed appropriate.

Colourful seasons bundle, and the Window box Thinlit dies.

What I love about this suite-

  • STUNNING sentiments in glorious fonts.
  • All the seasons are represented, which means its great for seasonal decor pieces.
  • The dies are GORGEOUS. Some are framelits, meaning they "frame" the stamped image. and some of them are stand alone dies, like the tree branch. (theres even a great border thinlit!!)
  • I haven't used the DSP, or memories and more pack in these samples, but I bought them, because the colours are just STUNNING. I'M SURE you will see some of these in the hop today, and I know you will agree with me, when I say they coordinate SO WELL with the seasonal theme...Just beautiful.

Colour fun seasons bundle.
Colourful seasons stamp set, and Seasonal Layers Thinlit dies.

 The Colourful seasons Bundle and the Window Box Thinlit dies

I know some of the other designers in todays hop will use the amazing colours in todays feature suite to good effect, and I was feeling autumn-y, so I chose to use a bit of Designer series paper from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper pack. I'm not sure why, but, just recently I have used a lot of Calypso coral in my projects..... So I was drawn to this particular piece. 
I think its just LUSCIOUS-especially when paired with Gold foil accents!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects today-please take the time to check out all the amazing creations of the other designers today-I KNOW you will be inspired!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Falling Flowers For the Global Design Project

HI everyone! It's midweek madness time! a bit of creativity to get you to the end of the week! lol!!
I really wanted to play along with the Global Design Project's challenge this week- its a CASE the designer project. I discovered Shawn De Oliveira a while back, when Carl started card making. It' s so refreshing to see men releasing some stress by creating. 
Shawn is an amazingly talented designer. I really enjoyed casing his design today.
Click here to be inspired by all the designers, and entries, cased from Shawn's design.
 I have only JUST got this bundle. 
Crazy I know. 
After I got the retiring list, I always check to see any bundles that are carrying over into the new catalog, and buy them BEFORE they retire (as bundles), because I know I will lose the opportunity to get the 10% discount on them as a bundle. The reason I waited so long with this bundle is because in last years (still this year I guess.... I've already transitioned!) catalog, there were SO MANY awesome flower stamps and dies. I think I got overwhelmed with my choices!!! LOL
I'm a little sad I didn't choose this set earlier though..... some of the dies are framelits (meaning they "frame" a stamped image) and some are stand alone dies-"thinlits" and they are so fun to play with!

A mix of the thinlit cut flower and images that are
cut with the matching framelits, from the Falling
Flower bundle.

Get the stamp and Die bundle while you can at a 10% discount-until May 31st.
After this is WILL be in the new catalog- but not as a bundle!!

Tips and Tricks- 

  • As you can see in the picture of the Stamps and Dies below, there is this gorgeous "swirly" image. I clear heat embossed this "swirl" on both ends/edges of the layered card stock. I then applied the new Lemon lime twist with an aqua painter to these areas. I then layered this card stock with the lemon lime twist card stock.
  • I then stamped and coloured the images (I coloured the berries, but not the leaves... just to "lighten" the design) I wanted to use, and I also die cut the page Thinlit flower image. I love that you can see the berries peeking through it!
  • I then stamped a sentiment from the sending thoughts stamp set twice. (another retiring stamp set!!!) One stamped in lemon lime twist, and one in archival black. I was too lazy to mask the image to get a 2 toned effect, so I just die cut them both out with a stitched shape Framlit, and cut the lemon lime twist sentiment in 1/2 and layered this over the top. 
  • I wrapped some seam binding white ribbon (retired) ribbon around the base of the card, and tied a bow, then arranged all the elements around the bow, glueing them down with either Tombo liquid adhesive, or dimensionals.
  • I felt it needed a tiny but of bling, so I added one of the new Glitter enamel dots in the centre of the Thinlit cut flower. 

Falling Flowers bundle
I really enjoyed making this card today-I hope you enjoyed reading about it! 

Get in quick and get this bundle for the reduced price. The sentiment stamp set-Sending thoughts is at reduced price as well, because its retiring-get in quick!!

 Spend over $50 and Use this months Hostess code (May- AXHWKMJU) to receive the Lovely Lace embossing folder-FOR FREE as a gift from me! while stocks last)
Make a purchase in my store, using this months Hostess code,
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Make today great, and CREATE!!
Petra x

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Nadine Köller

Welcome to our crazy crafter blog hop today with the talented Nadine Köller. 
If you haven't checked out her blog, click on the pic below to go and visit her blog. I highly recommend checking it out, even if you cant understand the language-it's well worth a visit-Nadine's photos and style of crafting are superb!!
Click this pic to visit Nadines blog! 
I loved the combo of crisp white and the new lemon lime twist-with pops of gold. It's a gorgeous combo. I decided to put the sentiment in the middle, and add the gold via gold foil card stock, under one of the die cut portions of the card front. because I really wanted the lemon lime to stand out, i added a thicker border.... Which I'm regretting now actually-I love that on Nadine's card the tiny peek you are getting actually emphasises it more- gorgeous! I also added for a little extra gold, some retired gold thread. Im in love with the eastern palace bundle, and I hope you can see its value and versatility too. 
Eastern palace card in lemon lime twist!

I loved her card that much I decided to make the cased version of her card my customer cards this month. I also made a quick video tutorial of how easy these cards are to make. In real time these 4 cards took me exactly 22 mins. Ive sped up the tutorial, and you will only have to watch 6 mins of me fluffing around, but all the things I used, and details of sizes of cardstock ect are in the video. I hope you enjoy it!

Please check out all the CASE-ed versions of Nadine Köllers cards in the entire blog. The Talented crazy crafters LOVE to honour talented Stampin up designers, all around the world. I KNOW you are going to love their designs too!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Kylies International Stampin Up! blog highlights- Masculine cards.

Welcome to Tailored Craftiness! 

I wanted to participate is Kylie Bertucci blog highlights this week (If you read my Wednesday blog post for last week, you will understand why... lol) But had no clue what I wanted to do...until yesterday, when I was looking at a card in which I used the new stamp set Eastern beauty- and noticed that one of the circle stamps when over lapped looked like a tennis ball! so I went with that, and created this unique masculine thank you card

Eastern Beauty stamp set, from the Eastern palace bundle.
It was very easy to create the tennis ball by layering and white heat embossing the circle stamp from the eastern beauty stamp set, and then die cutting it using a die from the layering circles die set, on so saffron card stock.
Along with the tennis ball, I used some retired Designer series paper, (Go wild) which I layered with crumb cake and Dapper denim. I created the "bounce" by tracing around 2 sized ovals from the Layering ovals set of dies.
Don't you love unique sentiments? The Labeler Alphabet allows you to say what ever YOU want to say-I love Puns- so its especially handy to be able create them whenever I want!

I hope you enjoyed todays post-Please void for me, so I can participate in the winners blog hop in a few weeks time!!!
If you like my project please VOTE for me HERE- My card is number 59! 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Stamping Sunday Blog hop- Lovely Friends Bundle

Welcome to our very FIRST super inspiring-Stampin Sunday blog hop!
 I was so Excited when I was contacted but the SUPER talented Sara Levin, a demonstrator from Pennsylvania, to be a part of this INTERNATIONAL hop which, highlights some of the amazing things from the new 2017-2018 catalog. 
It will be hosted by Sara every 2 weeks. I hope that you will Hop along with us- prepare to be INSPIRED by NEW products!!
Even though the Catalog isn't officially "open for business" yet-as demonstrators we get a brilliant opportunity to play with some of the new products early-this month we are starting with the AMAZING Lovely friends bundle. 

What I love about this bundle-

  • Super large sentiments.
  • I love the Stunning Fonts.
  • Gorgeous two stepped stamping flowers.
  • .... and top of my list of things I love-THE POP UP DIES!!!!!
The dies are to die for - Seriously. Here is my sample-

Lovely friends
How stunning is the font on this over sized sentiment? Swirly and girly-I just love it!

I  heat embossed the sentiment onto our lovely NEW Designer series paper, (called-Colour therapy) and layered this on to Old olive cards stock. To accent these I used some Old olive ribbon, and the NEW  glitter enamel dots.  (more about the DSP and embellishments next month.....) 

Lovely friends meets Best birds.

Lovely Friends Pop up wreath, (used a bit differently)

Its INSIDE where the magic happens though-the Dies create a pop up wreath or Laurel (like a wreath, but with a bit cut out) Its super easy to create the wreath-But I wanted to create something a little different. We don't use wreaths a lot in Australia-(maybe in the winners circle at a horse race... or occasionally you might see them on doors at certain times of the year, but not often, really) When I saw the foliage that the dies create, I immediately thought of pairing it with the best birds stamp and die set, fortunately its in next years catalog as well!

Lovely friends meets Best birds

Tips and tricks-

  • I first of all attached 2 pieces of the same designer series paper that I used on the front of the card, one each side of the fold line.
  • I then die cut ONE of the  laurel dies TWICE, and stamped randomly over the die cut foliage a  leaf image that comes in the set of stamps. It's not one that pairs with the dies exactly, but it creates the feeling of lots of greenery. 
  • Positioning was a little tricky, because I didn't want my foliage to hang out of the open card (this wouldn't happen if you postponed it as it is made to be used. It's just that I was using it differently.) 
  • I stuck one down with liquid adhesive, and then played with the other until I was happy with the position. (Liquid adhesive gives you that little bit of play time to get the positioning right. I didn't get it 100% right, though and in the end I trimmed a little bit of the foliage down any way. I don't  think it's too noticeable.) If you plan to do this-make sure you clean up the glue thoroughly afterwards-you don't want your card being closed and then being glued together permanently.
  • I then stamped the sentiment on a 7 cm x 2.5 cm  (2.5" x 1' roughly) piece of whisper white, and then attached some old olive ribbon with a stapler on one end. I then adhered that with dimensionals to the card.
  • I then stamped and die cut the small flower images out of the lovely friends stamp set, and  cut the 2 of the die cut bird images out of the best birds die set. Position these where you would like to on the "branches". I later glued a large flower over the middle connection- don't do this- it stops the mechanism working. place it to the left, or right of the middle only. (see picture below)
  • The die cuts make great accessories for treat boxes and bags! (see picture below!)
if you want to add a large flower, add it off centre-
otherwise it will effect the pop up mechanism- lovely friends bundle

Lovely friends Gift bag punch board bag.

Carl took one look at the dies, and wanted to have a play- he saw a tri fold card. he made his own "designer series paper" by stamping the background randomly with some of the stamps in the set, then die cut the foliage out, and added the sprigs to the from of either side of the trifold card. then to finish, he added some bees from the dragon fly dreams bundle. the super large sentiment was added to the inside of the card- for a real "wow" effect. he added a bit of hessian texture by stamping the background stamp from the best birds bundle- cool huh!

Create with Carl- lovely friends tri fold card.

Create with Carl, tri fold card

What a great sentiment! Create with Carl, lovely friends bundle.
I hope you enjoyed todays post- Make sure you go and see all the lovely things you can do with this bundle by getting to all the blogs on the hop- you are sure to be inspired! Make sure you come and hop with us in a months time- For more peeks into the new catalog!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Weddings- Jar of love.

I did a silly thing-You will Laugh.  
Any one who knows me will shake their heads. I thought the international highlights were on this morning. 
As you know, Ive had visitors, and been very busy, and  I don't read things properly.... I skim read.(Kylie is going to laugh, because she knows this is true. Sorry Kylie.) 
They are NOT on this morning. 
The highlights were 2 weeks ago. and I completely missed them. The WINNERS of the highlights have a blog hop this morning, and, seeing that I didn't even enter this month, that DOESNT include me. LOL! 
Ive actually had a couple of weddings that We have been invited to, or wanted to send a card too, which is why the highlights theme has been in my head, I think.  
Any way, I made this card for the highlights that were on 2 weeks ago that I didn't enter, this morning. I got up specifically at 6am to create this card for the non existent highlights. so, enjoy. lol.

Jar of Love stampp set, wedding themed card.

Jar of Love stamp set. 

Jar of Love wedding themed card.

Tips and tricks:

  • I used the "zip lock bag "smoosching technique" (in pink pirouette ) to achieve the background. It's a quick easy way to achieve a watercolour look background. 
  • I added another layer of smokey slate over the pink pirouette, using the zip lock bag, I sort of sponged the smokey slate from the zip lock bag, over the top.
  • I stamped the fern-y stems (below), and fine stringed bow image (up higher) from the stamp set, directly onto my background.
  • I punched a 1 3/4 sized circle and layered my bouquet on to that. I, at first, glued directly to the circle, then added dimensional backed flowers for texture and hight. I then set the bouquet aside.
  • I stapled the very vanilla lace to the background and then added my bouquet over the top, adhering with Dimensionals.
  • Finally  I added my stamped and layered (with silver foil card stock) sentiment, some winkastella to the flowers, and pearls for effect.

I hope you enjoyed my post for today and got a laugh.
Want to see the ACTUAL international highlights winners Blog hop?
 -click HERE

Make it a great day, and CREATE! 


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Eastern Palace therapy.

I haven't Blogged much this week-Carl's Dad from Western Australia came for a visit! It was So nice to see Dad and Mary again-Its been too long! 
As you can see by the photos, Winter has come a few weeks early to Tasmania- It snowed down to 400 meters last night- so it was Freezing when we went for a walk to the Evandale Markets! 

Carl decided he would like to do something creative after Dad and Mary left on the next leg of their journey, (Victoria)  and asked me to give him a challenge. I immediately thought of giving him the new Eastern Palace suite of products, to see what he would create.

Here are the bits I gave him to play with: some card stock and DSP, and the new in-colours, (well, the ones I have!) as well as the new eastern palace stamps and dies. 

 Carl decided to look for a sketch to help him along, and after googling "card sketches" he found this one by Susan Stringfellow, which he decided would be perfect. With Spotify on in the back ground, he began, and I left him to it!

Carl hard at work!

Carl eager to play!

This is his GORGEOUS creation-isn't it AMAZING?!?

Eastern Palace suite

 Well- after I saw what he made, I decided to have a go. Ive been a little flat of late-I have been so busy with work, and prepping classes, its been a bit overwhelming, and my mojo has taken a hit. Seeing what Carl created really made me have a go- I think the competitive side came out in me! lol.

Heres what I created:

Eastern Palace suite. 

 I like the effect that double stamping the sentiment had-It gave it some extra punch! 
The dies, as Ive said before, are superb-the Layering circles dies are a MUST for when you get this set-they more than double what you can do with them-I used them to cut circles of gold foil (only cutting what I needed-no waste!)  and layered them underneath those lacy cut outs that one of the dies from the eastern medallions Thinlit dies were able to cut out. its added some glorious sparkle to the card. 
The new catalog is on its way to all my previous customers, free of charge. Are you excited to see all the glorious new gear? I can honestly say the new suites are just phenomenal this year-you are going to love them!
Have you ben inspired, and would like to get this set? Its in the new catalog-but its available for PRE-RELEASE to the public from May1st-so its AVAILABLE NOW!!! 

I hope you have enjoyed my post today- and have been inspired to get Eastern Palace yourself. Remember to use Mays Host code- AXHWKMJU -when making any purchases for a FREE embossing folder-My gift to you! Have a great weekend- squeeze in some creative therapy for yourself too!