Although I haven’t been blogging due to my perfectionist tendencies, I have at least finally been Creating again. I hadn’t known that I had lost my mojo because of the death of my beloved Jack (and Horation and Max) – but as soon as I welcomed Russell & Dougall into my home (& heart) my Creative Mojo just came rushing out of me.

Douglas & Russell - my little Saviours

Douglas & Russell – my little Saviours

A tsunami of Creativity.

Here’s a sampler of the cards (just the cards, mind you) that I’ve made in the past month.

Card making examples from Pia of the Purple Paper House

Cards from Feb – Mar, 2016

I’ve been ‘YouTubing‘ myself silly the past couple of months and also doing lots of blog-surfing. There’s lots of inspiration out there, peeps.

PPH's Playlists on Youtbe

All my created Playlists on YouTube

My latest card, finished just last night, is made from lots of leftover ‘bits’ that I’ve made over the past few weeks and came together to make a card I really love.

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The particular design was inspired by a monthly sketch/layout from the “My Favourite Things” blog. I loved that although it was completely rectangular in design, it actually leant itself to a more ‘out there’ composition.

MFT March Sketch Challenge

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So heres how I did it . . . .

  1. I coloured a whole A4 sheet of absorbent paper (like watercolour paper) with Distress Inks (in blues & greens) smooched on my craft mat.
  2. Let it dry
  3. I placed a mask (a DIY job) over the A4 sheet a sprayed a couple of sprays of a coloured mist
  4. Wait for it to dry completely and then cut into thirds – DL size
  5. Grab a piece of Kraft paper or plain brown/un-dyed paper – I used from here
  6. Stamp a ‘shield’ or ‘bookplate’ shape in white ink and emboss with white powder
  7. Put some ‘Pumice Stone’ or other light coloured Distress Ink on your craft mat with some water spritz
  8. Smoosh your shield or bookplate through the Distress Ink
  9. Cut two strip of light coloured or transparent paper – I used white vellum. One at 25mm or 1″ & the other at 18mm or 3/4″
  10. Cut a ‘v’ into one end of each strip
  11. Cut a matching strip of ribbon – I used a gorgeous sequinned turquoise piece from my stash
  12. Stamp a simple image on some white paper or cardstock – I used the heart shape from this stamp set from My Favourite Things
  13. Use a complimentary colour to distress the edges
  14. Stamp, cut and colour two leaves on some shrink plastic – I used this image
  15. Shrink those babies down (man, I love this stuff!)
  16. Grab three small paper flowers, squish them into some Distress Ink pads
  17. Spritz some water on them to ‘dissolve’ the Distress Ink
  18. Use a cutting machine (like a Silhouette or Cricut) or a word die cut (I used this one) to cut a single word sentiment
  19. I cut it out twice out of some dark green Bazzill cardstock ands then added some glitter glue over the top (who doesn’t love a little bit of bling?
  20. Score & cut a DL sized card from plain white cardstock
  21. Using a ruler, downsize the original coloured piece (Steps 1-4) to fit onto the DL card base
  22. Attach the shield/bookplate shape to bottom righthand corner
  23. Stagger the two pieces of vellum, with the ribbon
  24. Cut off the overhand of the vellum & ribbon – make sure to cut from the back view of the card to get a more flush cut
  25. Attach the heart, shrink plastic leaves, cut word and coloured flowers into a small vignette at the bottom right hand side of the shield/bookplate
  26. Ta da!

Aren’t you impressed?

What’s amazing about it’s design, is that it needs only a little colour change or possibly even a few tweaks with the embellishments.

I may be posting some of those possible examples in a while.

Stay happy and remember to be Creative in some small way – every day.
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