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Missing Mojo

Front of card

Like many people who craft, it is my antidote to stress. But sometimes even card making isn’t enough, and my mojo goes awol. Such has been the situation for the last month. Although I’ve made a few cards, getting started on them has been a struggle. When that happens I turn to challenges & YouTube videos to spark my creativity again.

One such challenge is the one at Die Cutting Divas where the theme of challenge 323 is Wedding/Anniversary. A recent Ebay purchase of a few sets of Hero Arts Stamp & Cut stamps included the one I’ve used above, Congrats.

It’s my brother & sister-in-law’s 35th wedding anniversary soon so I used a mix of Distress Inks to create the background, which was cut with a stitched square die. Then I die cut the Congrats die several times in white and also from the background. I layered up 3 white die cuts then added the coloured one on top, offsetting it slightly.  The “on your anniversary” was a combination of stamps from other sets, stamped in Versamark then in Distress Ink to match the background. I then embossed it in clear embossing powder.

To keep the overall look simple, I stamped a few hearts from one of the other Hero Arts sets & embossed them in white.

Close up of front

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Spray, Mist & Splatter

Front of card

Where has the last month & a half gone? I haven’t done much card making lately – take it from me, broken Cuttlebug plates & a house full of builders doesn’t do much for your mojo! Anyway, a brand new Big Shot Plus for my birthday and a lull in the building works has helped to kickstart the creative process.

The card above – to my husband for our 28th wedding anniversary – was inspired by the Spray, Mist & Splatter challenge at Virginia’s View, although I’ve just discovered I’m too late to post it there!  I cut a heart shape & used it as a mask; the spray was homemade from a small piece of a red Gelato diluted in a Mini Mister filled with water. The love was a stamp from my stash and the U was a chipboard letter covered in patterned paper.

Close up of detail

Silver Blooms

Front of card

I loved the card which is the inspiration for this week’s Muse challenge. Although it’s a very CAS card it has lots of little details in the die-cutting and I knew I could recreate this with some dies which I purchased recently off that well-known auction site.

The dies are by MFT and I cut the background from Docrafts adhesive-backed silver paper. The oval dies are by Spellbinders and the gem is from my stash. The greeting is by Papertrey Ink.

Detail on front of card

Pearl Wishes

My brother & his wife celebrate their pearl (30th) wedding anniversary in a few days and this card is from my mum to them. I liked the sketch over at Retro Sketches so it’s based on that. I’m also entering this over at Creatalicious Challenges, where the theme is Ribbons & Pearls – plenty of the latter here!

Pearl anniversary card

The embossing folder is Tied Together by Creative Expressions, and the pearls are also CE. The numbers are a Robert Addams die and I’ve “blinged” them up a bit with some Wink of Stella which of course is really difficult to photograph but I’ve tried to capture it here:

Close up of numbers

Two for the Price of One!

I normally only post one card at a time, but today I’m posting two cards, which will be the last ones I’ll upload to the Online Watercolour for Cardmakers gallery. The first uses one of the background techniques from day one of the course:

The background uses a stencil I cut on my Sizzix Eclips and Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour paint. The glasses were also cut on the Eclips, and the greeting was stamped in Memento Rhubarb Stalk. Here’s a picture showing the background a little more closely, although you can’t see the sheen of the paint, unfortunately.

The second card also uses the Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent paint, this time on a faux handpainted Hero Arts stamp:

The stems were painted in an olive green colour from my Whispers brush markers set, and I think I’ll make this my final entry into the challenge over at Stamping Sensations, where “Anything Goes”.

Something romantic!

No, not a Valentine’s card, this time it’s for the first wedding anniversary of some friends of ours who will, sadly, be attending the funeral of the husband’s Mum on their special day.  I wasn’t sure that “Happy 1st Anniversary” was appropriate but I hope they’ll still be able to celebrate in some way.

I was inspired by this beautiful card but have varied it slightly, partly because I don’t have the same dies & embossing folders but also because I never like to copy someone else’s work exactly.

Base cardstock: Xerox Colotech 300gsm
Embossing folder: Tied Together
Nestability heart die
Pearlised card & heart charm from stash
Computer-generated sentiment