Thursday, 30 September 2021

You Got This!

 

 I wanted to create a card for Squash It Challenge #12 but Monsieur Mojo has been a bit elusive of late. Finally I managed to emboss and sand a piece of card I was happy with and decided to make a back to school card dedicated to all the teachers out there!

"May your Coffee be Strong and your Recess be Long"

Other Challenges I'd like to enter:

613 Avenue Create - School Daze;

Alphabet Challenge "M is for Motivational/Encouragement Sentiment";

Make My Monday Challenge #158 - Embossing -  Either (I've used both);

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes


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Kate

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Give Thanks

 

Two weeks ago I was on a roll.  I was working on this card (my third Autumn spinner card) while my sister was keeping my mum company in Australia.  We knew mum didn't have long, they had refused her surgery the week before because they didn't think her heart could take it, and my sister was very anxious that night, so I was trying to keep her calm (she hadn't slept properly for days).  I showed her this card I was working on and she said it was very pretty (she loves purple and I had added that purple cornflower for her).   She said she was worried about the noises mum was making and I suggested she get a nurse to turn mum and then try and get a bit of sleep.

I kept working on the card - strange how doing something like this can bring you comfort, even if only temporarily.  I had added more flowers and foliage to this card so was looking for a sentiment that fitted and using which label since I could no longer stamp directly on the panel (forethought is not my middle name).  In the end, I went with this simple "Give Thanks" sentiment embossed with WOW! Mandarin powder on Kraft card stock.  I just finished it when my sister called me back with the news that mum had passed.

As I sat there looking at this card I had just finished, I realised that the sentiment perfectly summed up what I was feeling at that moment in time about my mother!  And so this card is going into the glass cabinet and whenever I look up at it, I will "Give Thanks" for her and "Give Thanks to her"!  I'd also like to give thanks to my sister who was with Mum till the end.  My brother had come up days before but had to isolate so couldn't give her a break.  She was exhausted!  

It's been a difficult summer.  I had hoped that, being vaccinated, I could travel to Australia during the summer months (their winter months) and spend some time with mum.  However the delta variant soon put paid to that idea!  Instead, the weekly cap of people allowed into Australia was halved and most of NSW went into lockdown.  Mum only had a handful of mourners present at her funeral but the service was streamed live for those that couldn't be there in person.  I'm very close to my brother and sister.  We talk or text most days, particularly this year as mum's health had declined!  We worked on the readings and discussed points for the eulogy and I wrote and prerecorded the eulogy and it was played as part of the service.  It was so painful not being able to be there with my family but I kept thinking of those poor souls who died alone in hospital and were buried quickly during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.  For me, it was particularly painful that I couldn't be there to sing for mum as I had for dad.  But in any case, due to current Covid restrictions, no singing was allowed.  

I wasn't going to blog about this card, but I was looking at challenges and trying to kick start my waning mojo, and happened upon some challenges that made me think someone was sending me a message.

Firstly The Day of the Month Club Challenge #31 is celebrating World Gratitude Day.

The Timeout Challenge #197 has this inspired by words prompt.   As I sit here surrounded by flowers which dear friends and family have sent me, I can definitely relate to this quote.  And the flowers I added to this card now hold a special meaning for me.


I'd also like to enter Inspired By Challenge IB188 has this lovely mix of leaves as inspiration;


Double D Challenges also has the prompt Leaves and this lovely inspiration board;


I'd also like to enter the Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #412 - I was determined to use up all of a distressed sheet of Bristol card stock I created for some earlier autumn projects and these tiny leaf dies from Tim Holtz Fall Foliage were perfect for this.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  If you leave a comment,  I’ll know you were here and can check out what you’ve been up to and we can get to know each other a little better!

Kate

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Tumbling Leaf


It's almost that time of the year again, when Luxembourg comes alive with colour!  Having come from a country where the native trees are evergreen (well ever brown really), the sight of a hillsides ablaze with Autumn colours still takes my breath away after 23 years living here!

The base of the spinning leaf was cut from gold card stock.   I distressed an A6 sheet of Bristol card stock with Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed Distress Inks from which I managed to cut 6 Skeleton leaves (I have a market next weekend and I'm hoping to finish and sell all 6 cards to raise money for charity).  I even managed to cut the "F", "A" and the 2 x "L"s (Memory Box Wooden Alphabet) from what was left.  The flowers, mushroom and acorn (Tim Holtz Funky Foliage) were cut from Bristol paper and hand coloured. The top leaves (Tim Holtz Fall Foliage) were cut from a snippet of gold which I pounced upon with some distress inks - there's a lovely subtle shimmer to these leaves. 

As you can see I constructed the card with a track so the leaf could "tumble"!  The spinning leaf is a no name die.  I did see one on the Walmart site which looks identical though one can never be sure when buying things on the internet!  The size and shape of this are ideal for a spinner element!  Here's a video to show the card in action and I even managed to take advantage of some late afternoon sun so you get an idea of the lovely shimmer!


I'm excited to enter the new Four Seasons Challenge Blog which has any Anything Fall Goes theme this month


I'd also like to enter the Inkspirational Challenge #247 - with the prompt Autumn Leaves


I'd also like to enter the As You See It Challenge #258 - with the prompt In the Air


I'd also like to enter Timeout Challenge #195 which has the prompt - use coloured card base.


I had an idea for a similar card while writing this blog post and finished it before I'd finished this post.  So here's a twofer!


And I made sure to include 6 leaves on this one so I could enter Just Us Girls Challenge #600!


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Kate



 

Monday, 30 August 2021

Busy Bee


This is another card I've been meaning to make for several weeks, having seen this lovely inspiration at the August {Pin}spirational Challenge.  


I have a market in less than two weeks - my first one for 2 years!  Cards made with this little bee stamp and matching die from Verve are usually some of my best sellers so I hope to make a few but I thought I'd make up a sample one first, to try out this new die.  I can practically make these interactive spinner cards with my eyes closed now.  Mostly I use a patterned (usually floral) card stock as the base panel - embossed backgrounds don't work very well because there isn't enough clearance provided by the magnets I use.   When I saw this honeycomb detail panel die, I thought it might give a plain background panel some interest but not so much interest that it interferes with the spinning process if you know what I mean!  It finally arrived last week so that gave me a good excuse to try it out.  Since this is the first outing for this die I'd also like to enter NBUS Challenge #29.

I'd also like to enter Timeout Challenge #195 which has the challenge to use a coloured card base.  Black isn't technically a colour, but I don't think hairs will be split over it!  


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge has an Anything Goes this week so I'll also be entering there!


So does the detailed die base inhibit the spinning action?  Here's a video I shot of the bee in action!


And a closeup of the schparkle though the sun was not very obliging today!



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Kate