The Return of the Creative Mojo

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is enjoying the sun, it’s been very hot here in Yorkshire. A little too hot for our little one perhaps, as after two full days of being out and about enjoying the weather he developed a fever yesterday tea-time and was complaining he was cold and wanted to rest. He refused to drink and became very agitated. After an hour and a half of trying to cool and hydrate him, with no success, I feared heatstroke (and brain damage!) and whipped him up to A&E. Well I say, whipped, we’re not exactly very close, being quite rural, plus there were police cars blocking the main route up to Harrogate, so it was more of a quiet 30 minutes drive on the back roads with the breeze blowing on us through the car windows. I periodically asked him how he was doing and he kept replying ‘I’m alwight’ in a very soft voice. I narrowly avoided a total meltdown when we were quite lost at one point, but thanks to modern technology i.e. a smartphone and GPS, I was able to reign myself in. Of course, in true lets-show-my-parents-up-style, he had perked up by the time we got there, fever reduced, and was sipping water. We were off back home an hour later with a diagnosis of a viral illness. Typical.

On the plus side, I feel like my creative mojo has come back with a bang since I’ve been reunited with my functioning brain! Although I couldn’t concentrate and didn’t have the enthusiasm to make a card when I was at my worst a few weeks ago, now I am feeling better my card therapy can come into it’s own. I am super busy too with lots of requests and birthdays so am making the most of it and getting a lot of pleasure from crafting. I have several craft creations to share over the next few days and hope if you are reading that you enjoy them too. This birthday card was a venture away from my usual style but I love the end result! It was for my dad’s wife and I think took around three hours to create.

Stamped portraitI started by making my own card blank using Papermill Direct Card in Buff. I cut two 7″ squares, one with a lip, and adhered the lip to the other to make my card base. I matted a chocolate pearl card on top to compliment.

Indigo Blu Juliet Stamp

The stamp is one I’ve admired previously on Indigo Blu – Juliet, but was included in a stamp set free with Simply Cards & Papercraft this month. Obviously it isn’t the high quality red rubber, but still, I think I managed a decent image from it. I stamped it in Memento Rich Cocoa and then sprinkled Wow! Vintage Champagne embossing powder over the hair and shoulders. Once embossed, I embellished with just a teeny bit of Star Dust Stickles.

Flower Bed Deep Edge

The punched layer at the bottom is made using a Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch – Flower Bed, with liquid pearls in Hot Cocoa in the middle. Over the top is the new Lisa ivory lace from The Ribbon Girl whilst a soft dark brown velvet ribbon covers the edge of the layers. The sentiment is Woodware, embossed in Wow! Vintage Champagne again.

Inside view

I matched the inside with the same edge punch.

Mulberry FlowersThe flowers are Hobby House – Chocolate Heaven, bought with a prize won at Lisa.B.Designs, and the leaves are die-cut from my Memory Box Fabulous Phlox die. The corner is a Tattered Lace die.

Card Therapy stampI really loved the way my stamp looked on the buff card in brown ink.

Time to go – another birthday party on this afternoon’s agenda for son no.1, whilst son no.2 stays home with Daddy recuperating!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black and More Challenge – May – Anything Goes

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge – Birthdays

Emma x

4 thoughts on “The Return of the Creative Mojo

  1. I have this stamp but not used it yet, I love how you cut it out of the die it is so effective. Thanks for the inspiration with this great card.
    Thanks also for sharing with us at Penny Black & More this month.
    Lynn x

  2. I love this card Emma and especially the way you have cut around her hair! Loving the colours and the attention to detail and so glad you are ‘getting there’ ! bet the recipient will be over the moon.

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