Firstly, a very happy New Year to all of you. I hope 2019 brings you all health and happiness and all the wonderful things you wish for each other.
Before Lou and I left for our Christmas cruise, I did a major sort out and re-organization of my crafting space. That sort out - and the break - left me energized after what was a long and sometimes stressful year. Being re-energized meant that I was able to do some crafting! It took me quite a long time to get into the rythym and make my first card, but once I got going I managed to make 12 cards. Might not seem a lot - but that's more cards than I have made in a long time!
I needed some inspiration to get me going and went in search of some of the challenge sites and found a great sketch across at Freshly Made Sketches and a theme from Watercooler Wednesdays.
I needed to make a card for one set of our besties who live in England. They love the cafe culture, so I thought a coffee themed card would be a good idea. I brought out an old set from Fun Stampers Journey called Le Cafe. I love the images in this set and realized that two of the images would fit perfectly onto the circle from the sketch. I had fun coloring them in. Here's a closeup:
Hopefully you can see the shimmer and shine I added to make the croissant look glazed and the coffee wet :-)
I found some very old patterned paper in my stash. I think it came from a Simon Says Stamp card kit from a couple of years ago. The color was perfect - my friend loves pink! I added that behind the focal image, along with a couple of strips of metallic and textured paper.
Here's my card:
Of course, I had to put a sentiment into the inside and found the perfect one from Altenew's Coffee Love. The steaming cup image is also from the Fun Stampers Journey - Le Cafe.
Then, I added a little touch to make the envelope special. Both the blackboard and sentiment stamp are from Le Cafe.
I don't generally do soft, feminine colors, but I know my friend loves these soft shades of pink, so I think they will appreciate it!
On a personal note:
2018 did pose a lot of challenges - I won't bore you with them, but it did impact a lot of areas of my life, including my creativity. I'm a pretty organized crafter and like a very clean space in which to create, but with so much going on, I found that I wasn't as organized as normal - and that really impacted my ability to craft. Also, I generally practice the "one in - one out" method of keeping de-cluttered. The last six months or so, I hadn't been doing that either. Consequently, I found that I had a lot of stamps that I had purchased but just wasn't using. That made me feel guilty every time I went into my craft room. I felt that I SHOULD be using the things that I had bought, but they just didn't "fit" when I tried them out. Am I the only person who feels like that?
I also had left over cardstock from my SU days - anyone remember Kiwi Kiss? I had 3 packets of it... I do still love the color, but so rarely use colored cardstock, that I decided it was time to go through EVERYTHING in my craft room and clear out. Let's say that our local charity store got a lot of unexpected crafting items just before Christmas. It felt so good to clear out and sort everything. I also found things that I had forgotten about - and was so happy to see them and use them - like this Le Cafe set!
Once I was finished clearing out, I cataloged the remaining stamps so that I could look through them all at a glance whenever I sit down to create a card. I cannot tell you what a huge difference that has made to my crafting!
Anyway, I'll be back tomorrow morning with my Addicted to CAS challenge card. In the meantime, a huge thanks to all of you who have patiently waited for me to put up a blog post and haven't given up on me and unsubscribed. I really do appreciate that - and I appreciate all of you. Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar white 110#
- Stamps: Fun Stamper's Journey: Le Cafe. Altenew: Coffee Love