Tuesday 28 February 2012


well it's slowly returning, the old inspiration / mojo thingy!  It's still not playing ball altogether, but am slowly getting there.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment, it is so reassuring to know that other people have the same problem.  Jayne - nice suggestion about dancing to music, but my dancing is about as good as my singing and I frighten cats with that!!!

So this is what I produced today, what do you think?  It's not my normal style of card - tho to be honest I don't think I really have a normal style.  I seem to waver from pure and simple stamping on a card blank, to loading it up with embellishments (tho I've not been that extreme for a while!).

Ha, and it's the first time I've got that blooming butterfly die to work.  It finally clicked in the walnut that I call a brain that I could use the shims I use for my Cheery Lynn die with the butterfly die that won't cut properly - bingo, one properly cut butterfly.  Of course then I had to get it out of the die - ping, ping, ping (that's the sound of all the fiddly little bits of card pinging all over the dining room).

I almost didn't make this card - it's mainly for the Saturated Canary challenge which is no squares or rectangles and I wasn't sure it fitted the theme.  Also the ladies who enter that challenge (and create the DT cards) create the most fantastic cards and stuff and it some times depresses me looking over there.  But I decided what the hell, why not - I'm learning and, I hope, getting better so keep going there Sarah!  And I didn't want it to be Lili of the Valley all over again - stopped doing those challenges as the cards they picked were sooooo good that it really, really, really depressed me and I stopped joining in!  Oh I am so depressing sometimes, good job I got a healthy sense of the ridiculous with my make up, eh!!!!

Front shot: hmmm looks wonky, promise it's not in real life

 Close up of image:

So I used:
Sugar Nellie stamp: Simply Sassy - Hippy Chick, coloured with my Promarkers.  Die-cut with, and mounted onto, a nestie.
Card blank, and layers, cut with a Go-Kreate die.  The layers were then embossed with D'vine Swirl and Swiss Dots embossing folders.
Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish (on no I just went and looked at Dies to Die for - playing havoc with my stash diet!!!!!)
Marianne Creatable butterfly die.
White flowers and the tiny pink ones from Wild Orchid Crafts, red flower has a story behind it.  It's mine from the ones that I saved from my wedding.  This means it, and a batch of others, have been sitting around for 9 years, look out for more of them appearing.
Pearls from my stuff.

Right OK, well that was serious waffling wasn't it.  Am off now to inflict my waffle on everyone else's blogs.

Look out blogworld, here I come!


A Challenge, or two:

Saturated Canary challenge: Challenge #11 - anything but square or rectangle, hope this is OK ladies.

The Cutie Pie challenge: Flowers

Die-Ing for A Challenge: #1 - Anything Goes, best of luck with the new challenge blog!


Anonymous said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Sarah, so pretty! I love reading your waffle so please don't stop, LOL!
Helen x

catherine said...

Beautiful card Sarah and fab image. Loving all the die cuts. glad you found your mojo again and keep at it
x catherine

Wendy said...

WOW Sarah, this is absolutely gorgeous, love it...I brought that fanciful flourish die Sunday.
Wendy xx

scrappymo! said...

You are every bit as talented as that other challenge site.
Don't be depressed! I do know what you mean...I just submitted my first is scary but what the heck! I figured they all had to start sometime!

Doreen said...

Wow Sarah,this is so pretty,love the

Pink Dandelion said...

Hi Sarah glad you got your mojo back. Your card is gorgeous and every bit as good as the DT ones. I know what you mean about the LOTV though, I feel the same. Got a confession to make, I couldn't resist the Martha Stewart 4 punch set on QVC so bought it but at £19 I saved more than I spent, honest!! I have had a bonus in my wage this month for reaching all the flu jab targets so treated myself. Debs xx

Wendy Fraser said...

Welcome back Mr Mojo! What a stunning card, love it. xx

Unknown said...

Wow boy did you find your mojo!! This is totally beautiful!! I love it! :) I used to feel the same about my cards and how fantastic other people's cards are, but now I have decided that as long as I love my creations, I'm happy! :)
Lizy xx

DesignerDiva said...

You are funny Sarah, this card is as equally fantastic as any on the Saturated Canary blog, I don't know why you can't see it...we all can! Its stunning Sarah and you are not the only one to take a moment for the penny to drop about shims on Cheery Lynn dies, I actually broke my Cuttlebug with too many shims on a Cheery Lynn die, the sides popped off!
Got a new one now
Hugs Laurie xx

Jayne A said...

Wow Sarah.. this card is fantastic and very beautiful. i don't know why you are doubting yourself.

Sorry the dancing suggestion didn't work but i wouldn't worry about frightening the cat I do it all the time. Not sure what the neighbours think though!


Anita said...

Well, your mojo definitely came home. This card is gorgeous sweetie!

Patty Sue 2 said...

I love your card and I am now a new follower! Your work is lovely!

Natali said...

Absolutely wonderful card!! All dies make very pretty card and lovely "lady" with beautiful coloring in centre ))

Arabella said...

This is so pretty Sarah you silly chook! Why in the world would you feel like that? Your cards are fabulous!


Lily Anuska said...

Very beautiful Sarah. I love shape, white color you chose and all details. Have a great day. Lily Anuska

Christine L said...

Oooh Sarah... you sound so like me being hard on yourself..... but believe me, this card is STUNNING and perfect for the SC Challenge! I love all the different shapes and die cuts.... and your colouring is perfect!

So stop waffling.. (another similarity to me...) and go enter your super creation!!

Christine x

Pop's Cards said...

Sweetie this is gorgeous, thank you so much for joining our first Die-ing for Challenge, hugs Pops x x x

Berry said...

MMMmm I can see I'm going to have to talk in my big voice again and tell you off for being so silly! ;) This card is stunning! I used to have issues with my Mariannes butterflies but always shove some paper shims in to help cut them. I love the shape of this it's so pretty and don't you ever feel like your card isn't good enough, this is just as fab as any DT card (hence why you are on my DT!) Thanks for entering at SC it is a pleasure to see it! Hugs rebekah xx

Angela said...

I love all the creamy white you used and your coloring is beautiful. Oh and lets not forget about the dies you used!!! Awesome. Thanks so much for joining us over at Saturated Canary Challenges.