Friday KISS No.11

Happy Friday, dear friends. Did you have a lovely week? August in my corner of the world is hot and humid one week, followed by glorious weather with blue skies and white, fluffy clouds floating over head. It’s on those soft seventies days that I long to grab a book, spread a blanket beneath a tree, and get lost in a book.

Reading is a sensory thing for me; in an instant I am transported to faraway places with all five senses on high alert forgetting the worries of the day, the pressure of getting it done. It only takes a first line to grab me and hold me . . .

Open book with book mark lying on page

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Oh how Love in the Time of Cholera pulled me into the world of Marquez. I hope reading is a treasured past time for you, too. I don’t spend nearly enough time reading these days, so let’s make time. Create tranquility for yourself with a cup of tea or glass of wine, a cozy nook, and words taking flight in your being.

I wish we could all pick up a book and not put it down until we’re finished, but unless it’s a quick, thin-book read we must set it aside and that’s where Friday KISS No.11 comes in. You need a bookmark so you don’t lose your place.

A sheet of bookmarks with finished bookmarks lying on top

A dear friend mentioned how she needed bookmarks for the books she’s currently reading and that people always need a bookmark, sooo. . . I thought well that’s a great idea for a Friday KISS. Bookmarks make fine gift tags or insert one into a book you’re giving as a gift.
Making a bookmark is quick and easy. Just download Friday KISS No. 11, print on 65 – 110 lb card stock, and cut out. You can also get creative or add details.

  • Print the back of the sheet of tags with the paper file included to give the bookmark a finished look
  • Punch a hole in the top
  • Thread ribbon, baker’s twine, jute, or whatever you wish through the hole.
  • Glue a bow at the top or add a dangle like a charm
  • Use embroidery floss to make a tassel and thread the tassel through the hole. These were my favorites.
  • Get super artsy with mixed media on the back.
  • Add grunge with distress inks, paint, pens etc
  • Create a teeny-tiny pocket pocket and tuck a teeny-tiny note inside or inspirational word on a slip of paper

As aways the possibilities are as wide as your imagination!

Download Friday KISS No.11 from Studio on the Corner

Script writing that says, what you get
  • 1 8.5 in x 11 in sheet of 6 bookmarks that measure 3.75 in long x 1.5 in width. Each bookmark is decorated with an image from Combinaisons Ornementales, a collaboration between 3 artists.
  • 1 solid color paper that measures 8.5 in x 11 in to print on the back of the bookmarks

I can’t recall what I was searching for when I came upon Combinaisons Ornementales in the New York Public Library Digital Collections, but what a happy accident! Published in 1901 the beautiful art nouveau designs showcase the talents of three artists: Maurice Verneuil, George Auriol, and Alphonse Mucha. Oh the lovely things that can be created using their designs. . . dreamy sigh. If you love old and well-loved you will so enjoy the stunning designs. Once you’ve downloaded the bookmarks come back and click on the links above and you too can sigh over wonderful art from the early 1900s.

Happy creating and have a lovely Friday!

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Friday KISS No.10

Friday KISS logo w lips pursed for a kiss

Good Friday KISS day! I look forward each week to creating, posting and sharing with you on this day. This week we’re back to handy-dandy templates. These creations aren’t lovely to look at because they’re the foundation of a creation whether it’s a digital/printable or paper craft. The template allows you loads of freedom to create something that is totally you, but are so convenient. You never have to remake a sheet of 3 inch x 5 inch index cards because they’re all ready tucked into the folder where you keep all your templates. Don’t forget you can print the sheets on heavy card stock, cut them out and use them to trace around.

If you’re wondering what you can do with index cards well…..

  • Send as a post card
  • Use as a journal spot
  • Create a pocket with the index card
  • Use as an invitation
  • Keep track of information
  • Everyone’s favorite: a recipe card
  • Create an address “book”
  • Create a banner using individual index cards
  • Use index cards in mixed media art
  • Make fun flash cards
  • Use this PNG template of 3 in x 5 in index cards to create digitals in Photoshop, Canva or your choice of programs.

That’s 11 ideas to get you started.

what you get in friday Kiss no.10

A photo of 3 inch x 5 inch index cards  with lines on a sheet, 3 cards unlined and cut out, and one index card decorated with bits of ephemera from the soon to be listed kit, Fall into Autumn
  • 1 sheet of 4 – 3 inch x 5 inch, outlined index cards with lines
  • 1 sheet of 4 – 3 inch x 5 inch, outlined index cards with no lines

Download the index cards

Just print on whatever paper you wish depending on what you’re doing with the cards. I think 110 lb card stock works best. I used one of the index cards I printed on cream card stock for the mixed media index above.

How did I get that look on the cream no lines index card? I began by tearing strip of text from an old book and gluing to the index card.Next I mod podged over the entire index card, then on went white tissue paper dyed in strong tea. I wrinkled the paper with my fingers as I pressed it to the index card. Another layer of Mod Podge and time to dry were the next steps. Now I brushed on burnt sienna watercolor and Tim Holtz’s Ranger Distress Ink, walnut and vintage photo to add a look of grunge. I also used the distres ink on all the edges, no white showing please. By the way, you can find inks and so much more under the Tim Holtz section at Michael’s, Joann Fabrics and online or head for Tim Holtz’s website. I laid a small piece of lace from my ribbon scrap bag. The elements on the card are from Studio on the Corner Etsy shop soon-to-be-listed kit, Fall into Autumn. I’ll let you know the moment it’s listed by updating this post. Next, I picked through one of my button jars and found a rustic, old button to glue on. Finally, I added spatters with lamp black watercolor. I like the way my index card turned out, I think it looks rather fall festive.

Have a spectacular weekend and make something beautiful!

Color it with Coffee

Quote by Mary Oliver, "Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."

Using tea and coffee to stain paper is an old trick for adding grunge, age, and fun to paper. If you love the look of old and grungy dying papers in coffee may be your thing. My first go at coffee dying paper was 2016. Since then I’ve dyed a lot of paper and was intrigued by every piece. From the look to the sound It’s so fun to use.

A photo of paper soaking in coffee

I wish I could recall the YouTube video I used the first time I made coffee-dyed papers, but even after a search on YouTube I cannot find the very one. I don’t know that theres one way to coffee dye. I’ve never followed a particular formula, but did my share of experimenting. I tend to use left over coffee in the pot. I never add water but sometimes add the grounds or rub them into the paper. I’ve tried dipping, laying and pouring coffee over papers. I’ve used a brush, splattered with my fingers or a brush, and placed things on top like a paper doily. I would love to hang papers and pour coffee down the papers so there would be long drips running the length. This is a project for outdoors on a nice sunny, but not hot and humid, day.

I use a metal cookie sheet, pour enough coffee to cover a couple sheets and let it sit in the brew for a bit. The longer it lays in the coffee the darker the paper will be. Using metal, especially old beat up with a bit of rust, creates black speckles on the paper that adds another level of grunge and age. Once I’m satisfied, I let the papers air dry or dry in the oven on the lowest possible heat with the oven door open. It takes only a few minutes for paper to dry in the oven, so keep a close eye and check the paper often.

Can you dye colored paper? Absolutely, coffee dying as a worn patina to colored and patterned paper. Just like dyed fabric runs if not color fast, paper does the same. I’ve had much better luck dying white paper and printing after the paper is dried. I tried dying purchased scrapbook paper and that ink did not run. In fact, most of the papers looked beautifully aged.

I dyed both plain papers and purchased pattern ones for my grandson’s junk journal/baby book that I created in 2017. The blue paper had a beige cast that softened the color and turned it from sparkling blue and bright to time-worn.

Because many of the images I used in this adorable baby book were taken from my grandson’s great-grandfather’s baby book (1916) I wanted to keep with the old look.

Images from 1916 baby book of a mother hugging her child, a baby leaning over, a page with a frame that declares "Announcement" and a baby sleeping.

A true labor of love, the junk journal/baby book sits on my 5 year old grandson’s bookshelf in Colorado.

The other day I watched a video on YouTube by 49dragonflies. Oh my goodness, she creates wonderful videos that inspire and delight. Her video How to Make DIY Bubble Art for Junk Journals inspired me to give it a try. So this morning I poured the leftover coffee into a 2 cup measure, added dish soap, got out a straw and blew a few bubbles.

My coffee mixture of leftover coffee and bubbles wasn’t strong enough to create the effect I was hoping it would so I decided to brush the bubbles on instead. You can see the looks I achieved on the still very wet papers. I used various weights of paper: inexpensive 20 lb, 65 lb, 110 lb card stock, and watercolor paper. In her video, Pimping Up Your Coffee Dyed Papers, Barbara suggested spattering pages with distress ink or watercolors. I have a good number of tubes of watercolor paint so I went that direction. She also showed how sprinkling salt over the wet papers can add texture. I tried both Kosher salt and table salt. The next time I do this, I’m going to use cheap instant coffee and make sure the mixture is dark enough. Nonetheless, I do like what I created today. I did not iron my papers because I don’t necessarily want my papers to be flat, in fact, I often wad the paper up before dying to create a wrinkled look and dark lines where the coffee settles into the creases. I suppose if I want to create a package of my coffee dyed papers for Studio on the Corner Etsy shop I’ll have to iron them so they scan well.

It’s such fun creating! I get excited, impatient to see the final results, and then the imagination takes over when considering what I’ll make with these DIY coffee-dyed papers. Do check out 49dragonflies YouTube channel and her shop. Try coffee dying yourself, you will find that no two papers are ever alike and there truly is nothing quite like dyed papers added to journals, planners, and paperie crafts of all kinds.

Have a lovely day/evening,

Friday KISS No.9

Quote, sunflower, and butterfly
Quote, butterfly and sunflower

Let’s write a letter and send it through the mail. I’ve created a little package of stationery with the hopes that just a couple people will be encouraged to write a letter to someone special. I don’t know about you, but I miss the days when I went to the mailbox and discovered recognizable handwriting on an envelope. I just knew a story awaited me, with bits of comings and goings, and life moments that would catch me up. There is something so very special about opening a letter, sitting in a rocking chair and reading the latest news from someone you love. Oh how I wish we would embrace letter writing again, not because it’s the only form of communication, but because it is wonderful to send and receive a letter.

Friday KISS No.9: Sunflower stationery

The Sunflower stationery package includes:

  • 4 pieces of stationery, 2 lined and 2 no lines
  • 1 lined paper to print on the back of your stationery if you wish
  • at the bottom of each page you’ll find either 3 butterflies or 3 sunflower images to fussy cut and use to close your envelope

I hope you are encouraged to write someone special a letter. Or use the stationery as an invitation, in a journal, a planner or whatever your creative imagination conjures up. Click on the link below to download.

SotC Friday KISS No.9

Have a lovely weekend!

Inspiration & Treasures

Hello August. . . the time of the year when robins become quiet and the cicadas sing to their heart’s content. In this corner it’s hot, a bit humid, and quite green. Yet, there is a subtle foreshadowing when corn tassels show and the white-tailed deer seem to disappear. For most of my life I was led by the rhythmic dance of the seasons. Living on a farm demands you pay attention to changes in weather and nature. It was a 25 year lesson that has served me well. at times, I miss those dog-day summers of August respite. A bit of rest from straw and hay making, long days and evenings doing what must be done, meals in fields, and late nights waiting. And then there was my garden…my beautiful never finished garden where change occurred on a daily basis. So what does all this have to do with inspiration and treasures? I’m not sure except that every day is a treasure trove of inspiration found in unexpected places.

An old Notebook with writing inside, a list of spelling words written by a child in the 1920s, and an adorable 1921 Primer.
Old ephemera and a primer book from my stash of goodies

This morning I decided to work on an Etsy listing that was added to Studio on the Corner Etsy shop in 2015. It’s a digital scrapbooking kit called School Days. The kit is my own art with some vintage images added. This kit was listed before I decided to keep the focus of SotC to be old, vintage, retro. The digital kit will remain, but a printable package will be added for those who want to download and print. Because I want this package to be larger the search for school type items began. One of my favorite bits of ephemera is the old Note Book. The pages are so very fragile. A student from long ago took notes, wrote a poem, and worked on arithmetic leaving behind a touching look into this then young man’s life. The list of spelling words was the work of a little girl and the primer belonged to 2 sisters who left behind a legacy of love. So you see, these items are not just ephemera, but family treasures that keep the past alive.

Then there was the McGuffey Reader. When I opened it, the book fell open to a page with a blue feather.

Old McGuffey Reader with a small blue feather tucked inside.
McGuffey Reader with blue feather tucked inside.

The charm of the feather carefully tucked inside touched me to the point of tears. I don’t know why tears except that my mind creates stories with with each discovery and I wonder who placed that feather between the pages? That someone must have been as enchanted by the feather as I was. These small moments become my inspiration for creating.

Where is inspiration found? For me, it’s found everywhere, but we must be open to it with eyes wide like a child. It’s fleeting, it’s random and it’s absolutely wonderful!

See you on Friday KISS day with another freebie! Have a lovely day and keep creating!

Friday KISS No.8

I keep reminding myself, “Keep it simple, silly!” I tend to over-complicate my creations, ideas, and even my life. Friday KISS is suppose to be about useful and simple. I ponder what we, as paper crafters and digital creators, need. It’s my goal to pay it forward with freebies of value. That value, may at times, be something frivolous and fun.

Friday KISS No.8 is 4 super simple, blank notecards that should fit into an A-6 envelope (4.75 in x 6.5 in) Each card features an illustration from the late 1800s or the early 1900s.

A photo of four note cards with illustrations of a high bicycle, a lizard, a crabby cat and a late Victorian lady lying on black and beige checks and stripe papers from Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.

How-To

Keeping with the simplicity theme:

  • Print the blank cards. I used a 110 lb cream and soft gray color card stock
  • Fold in half
  • A pocket inside holds a bit of birthday money, a gift card, bookmarks, or tuck a letter inside. The Studio on the Corner Farmhouse Halloween papers worked great for creating pockets and adding a side accent when I didn’t get the fold centered. After printing papers #3 and #9, decide what style of pocket to create. A simple triangle, a rectangle, or square.
  • Decorate these plain cards as much or as little as you like.
  • Cards always add a bit of fun and mystery to your paper crafting, junk journals, planners, scrapbooking, mixed media art or whatever is the project of the day.

Download Friday KISS No.8

I’m still working on making a video that I can share on YouTube. I’m getting one step closer to making this endeavor a reality. Believe me, when I get it all figured out and have my first video up you’ll be the first to know!

Have a lovely day/evening and keep creating!

A Remarkable Resource

Poem and cat in the bower hat illustration from the book published in 1899, Lilliput Lyrics edited by R. Brimly Johnson, illustrated by Charles Robinson. A black cat with head covered in a billycock (bowler) hat.
Illustration and Poem from Lilliput Lyrics 1899

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the black cat in a bowler hat makes appearances in Studio on the Corner Etsy shop, blog, Pinterest boards and on my printables as part of my logo. Just look at my very plain header and there you’ll find the cat in a bowler hat sitting in the C. This was one of the first public domain images that I downloaded once I decided to keep within my realm of passions, which is all things old, dingy, beat-up, tattered, torn, and well-loved. Where did I find this little gem? While browsing Flickr. Yep, I stumbled upon the British Library Flickr site. It’s truly an amazing offering to the entire world and remarkable resource.

First page of British Library Flickr site. Shows heading and a few albums.

The British Library decided they wanted to share the wonderful, old, seldom-seen books and illustrations from long-forgotten authors and illustrators by digitizing their collection. Other large libraries have done the same, but the British Library encourages people to use the illustrations and words in new ways and to me that is beautiful! By doing so, these publications will not just be gathering dust and bookworms, but will flourish and be seen once again.

Using the British Library Flickr site

The British Library Flickr site is so darn easy to use and a great resource for images in the public domain. Take a moment to read the About page. Here you’ll find information that is good to know as you search. There are 14 PAGES of albums/themes such as Book Covers, Portraits, and many pages of Map albums.

Another way you can try searching is to Click on Photostream and then the magnifying glass on the right side of the page.

Image of British Library Flickr site showing Photostream with fingers pointing to Photostream and magnifying glass.
1. click on Photostream 2. Click on magnifying glass
Image of British Library Flickr site with search box in corner highlighted.
3. Type into the search box what you’re looking for

Notice I typed in bears, now let’s see what comes up… Lots of bears, but many other images, too. Get a closer view by clicking on an image.

Image of a bear found on the British Library Flickr site.

Now you can see a larger image of the bear, get lots of information on the image including who, what, and where it was published, the year which was 1878 for this bear. You can even check out more images published in the year 1878, read the article online, and view all the images from this particular publication. How cool is that?

Ready to download? Click the arrow button on the right corner. Choose the size which I always select original size. Download it to a folder where you can find it and use it to your heart’s content.

You can get lost in the wonderful public domain images of the British Library Flickr site. And then get lost again using them in your projects, whether they’re printed and used in mixed media collages or you want to create a digital paper or embellishment for junk journals… this is a resource that is priceless to all.

I hope this little article helps you find what you’re looking for. As for me and the cat in the bowler hat we wish you well and joyful creating!

Friday KISS No. 7 & a Story

Here we are…another Friday KISS coming your way from the Studio on the Corner. I wanted to create something pretty for you, yet useful. Sooo… let’s make a coin envelope! Once printed, cut out, folded and glued into place the envelope measures about 3 1/8 inches x 5 1/4 inches. These little gems are great for keeping track of small bits and bobs. Tuck a letter or a gift of money inside. There’s always room for one more envelope in your junk journals, planners, and all manner of paperie projects.

3 coin envelopes in a violet pattern from the Friday KISS freebie download with a cup of coffee, stationery and pen all resting on a cream colored napkin with a cut-out in the corner.

Download Friday KISS No. 7

Just click on the link above and download the single JPG file. Once downloaded you can print, the sheet of one coin envelope in darling little violets that includes a label and a round closure with a butterfly in the middle. Print as many as you like. You can even share the link with family and friends.

My goal was to have a small learning video to share with you today. However, it is no where to be found outside of iMovie. So this is a tale of trial and error, try again, and hopefully making something happen in the near future. If I may explain: I have tried repeatedly to get myself out there, noticed because an online business requires it. It’s either be seen or be forgotten. How is this accomplished? Through social media. My definition of social media: a very scary, black hole where being heard in the cacophony means screaming with color and presence. So here is my woe-begotten journey to promote Studio on the Corner Etsy shop and my paperie/digital/printable creations.

My dear friend, MJ, and I tried podcasting. She is so much better than I am at talking to strangers, but we did it! Just talk between 2 old friends that might interest other women of a certain age who embrace the creative. The audio went fine, but getting that 30 minute chat on the internet failed miserably. We tried several times to create a podcast but ran headlong into that brick wall of technology and time. Beyond the Clothesline fell into the dusty attic of also tried.

I have always wanted to do tutorials to share my bit of knowledge about starting an Etsy shop, learning Photoshop, and creating with others. What better way than through a video. The phone sat on a stack of books, the video button punched, audio on and I began giving a tour of Photoshop aimed at the frightened and confused learners. If I could do it, anyone could! Well, this anyone couldn’t create a decent tutorial. It was scrapped and tossed on the pile of Oh well…perhaps another time.

A website is what I need! I researched platforms and settled on Square Space and gave myself one year to make it work and pay for itself. It took me way too long to just get the site up and going and once again no one visits if they have no clue you exist, so it’s promotion time. I’m not good at tooting my own horn. Enter crickets. I deleted the website after one year rather than pay for another year.

My first venture on the information highway was a blog I started on WordPress. It was an opportunity for me to ‘journal’ online. I have a wee bit of background in creative writing and I do enjoy writing very much. To make a long story short, I have had several blogs since about 2008 and after a hiatus I decided that a blog is best for me and what I’m seeking. I have no intention of giving up this blog anytime in the near future and in fact, hope to get more posts of value up. Stay tuned.

Now we come to the video and YouTube. Many moons ago I created a YouTube profile/account with the intention of creating videos for my Etsy shop and sharing tutorials, resources, and inspiration with kindred spirits. I set up my brand new phone holder that attaches to a desk or table. I gathered everything I would need and began to introduce myself to the unknown. A quiet giggle erupted that grew into guffawing. I laughed so hard tears ran down my chubby cheeks. I pulled myself together and began again…giggles. I turned off the video and watched it…laughing the entire time. Back I came after walking away for a bit. I could not bring myself to make a video.

After 9 years of all this it’s time to pull up my big girl bloomers and do what needs to be done. So I gave it another go changing the video format… just hands creating. No speaking, no introduction, just doing. It’s not a great piece of work, but it’s a beginning. Now I’m learning to use iMovie to edit the video and then…F I N A L L Y…I will upload it to YouTube and share it with you. Learning does not come without frustration, sometimes tears, a whole lot of watching tutorials, reading step-by-steps, and trying, trying, trying. I WILL be sharing the link to this video that is as simple as putting together a coin envelope from a Friday KISS download. You’ll be the first to know when it’s ready for viewing!

That’s all I have to say except… have a lovely day/evening creating!

Friday KISS No.6 on Saturday

Friday KISS Logo w pair of kissing lips in red
Friday KISS logo

Happy belated Friday KISS day! I am so into the gorgeous images I collected from Gazette du Bon Ton. The illustrations from the French fashion magazine, circa 1912-1925, are simply luscious so I created six journal spots or atc cards for you to use in your personal and or small business projects.

The Gazette du Bon Ton began after the end of Art Nouveau (1890 – 1910) and the beginning of the Art Deco (1920s) movements. The colors plates create wonderful papers, pages, embellishments and PNG images. Take a look at the magazine on Smithsonian Online. Now, let’s get to today’s freebie.

Friday KISS freebie: One 8.5 inch x 11 inch sheet of 6 journal spots or atc cards, 2.5 inch x 3.5 inch cards. Each card has a background of pale blues, pinks, peaches, and beiges with an image from the French magazine Gazette du Bon Ton, 1922.
Friday KISS Freebie

Download Friday KISS No.6

You’ll download one 8.5 inch x 11 inch sheet with 6 journal spots and/or atc cards that measure 2.5 inch x 3.5 inch each. I used a lovely texture from 2 Lil Owls for the background. The images in mostly black and cream have a wee bit of blue to the outlines and dots. The images were cleaned up, backgrounds removed or faded and then added to the cards.

Super easy to make just:

  • Print
  • For a finished look, print a patterned paper on the back of the sheet
  • Cut
  • Punch a hole and thread a ribbon or string through for a gift card

Use the cards for multiple decorative additions to:

  • Journals
  • Planners
  • Mixed media collages and art
  • Gift cards
  • Card to mail in an envelope
  • Whatever your beautiful imagination conjures up
Studio on the Corner Summer Sale Holiday Edition. 50% off holiday items with images from Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentines Day, Thanksgiving, and the 4th of July.
Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop Sale

The Summer Sale continues with the Holiday Edition until Wednesday, July 21st with 50% off holiday items. It’s never too soon to get busy on holiday projects and gifts. Hope to see you there!

Have a lovely Saturday and create with joy!

Friday KISS No.5

A month or so ago I came up with an idea for sharing a freebie every week. After a wee bit of pondering, Friday KISS (keep it simple silly!) became the title with a goal for me. A friend pointed out that I have a tendency to want to make it difficult for myself and sometimes for you, too. So this is my effort to give you a freebie every Friday that is easy for me to make and beneficial to you.

I began putting Friday KISS on Facebook, but for now I will not be posting on FB. Going forward Friday KISS freebies will be available here and on Pinterest. Below are the links to the first 4 freebies:

Friday Kiss No.1 (Envelope and Labels template)

Friday Kiss No.2 (PNG image of colorful fish)

Friday Kiss No.3 (Tags of various sizes template)

Friday Kiss No.4 (PNG image of cats)

This is the fifth week of Friday Kiss and because you like to DIY and start early on projects that add a uniquely you aspect to get togethers, parties, and holidays this week’s freebies are 2 templates for mini Hershey candy wrappers. candies wrapped to coordinate with your theme make wonderful party favors or just look fun in a bowl.

  • 1 – 8.5 inch x 11 inch PNG image of 15 outlined mini candy wrappers
  • 1 – 8.5 inch x 11 inch PNG image of 18 outlined labels with text: Happy Hallowe’en, Boo!, Boolicious, frightfully Delicious, Trick or Treat, and Fright Night

Download Friday KISS No.5

The papers in the above image are from a WIP, Hallowe’en Antics, that will be available at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop just in time for next week’s SummerSale, the Holiday Edition 50% off all holiday items.

That’s it for now. Have a lovely day and happy creating!