Monday 26 August 2013

mind you don't .....

fall over with shock - I've only gone and made a card!!!

Hello blogworld,

Yes well it's not perfect and I've added to it since I made it last night, but at least I've made a start!  I've got more images printed out, so you never know you might see more cards.

Oh and I think I've worked out why my Mojo / inspiration / enthusiasm for making has been so absent.  A combination of colouring envy (have you seen the amazing colourers there are out in the blogworld?); knock to confidence (I applied for a few different DTs and got a knock back for all of 'em); not getting anywhere in any of the challenges I've entered this year (another knock to confidence) and finally not selling my cards (still more confidence knocking).

So I went off into a miserable spiral of feeling sorry for myself and thinking what crap my cards are, pathetic or what!

Anyway I think I've wallowed long enough, so I've given myself a good shake and am going to stop trying to compare myself to this, that or the other person.  So what if I'm no good at colouring, it's what makes me happy.  I'm on DT's and I've been on others - so my cards can't be that bad, can they?

I'm also going to make the effort to start blogging again - I have missed you all.

And here is the first card made with my resolutions in mind:

Front shot:

Close up:

  • I coloured with my Promarkers.
  • The image is Beachy Tia from Some Odd Girl
  • Papers are We Are Memory Keepers - Whiteout
  • Embellies: - I made the little lace flower, the swirl is from Create and Craft, brad from The Hobby House.
  • A nestie made the frame.

I'm off now to enter a challenge, or maybe two.


Oh, and no progress on the extension last week - no builder!  He's due here tomorrow for the next week though, so hopefully next week I'll have more pictures.

A challenge, or two:

Some Odd Girl - August Sketch Challenge


Judith said...

Not a rubbish card in sight here Sarah! - I think we all go through these I'm no good phases - I feel like I've lost my way a bit lately don't know what my style is and can't seem to put it together like I used to - I'm hoping some Christmas cards will put me on track when I get home from my hollies ( writing here from my Florida sunbed!) - just need to decide what style to do and how to put them together....groan,,,! Have a great week hugs Judith x

Ali said...

I know exactly where that post has come from lol - I feel exactly the same xx Your card is fab colouring and layout lovely xx

Lisa Jane said...

Such a little cutie - and there is nothing wrong with the colouring .. looks fab to me
Lisa x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah fabby card Sarah!! Love it!!! dont you worry about not getting on DTs I dont either!!! I havent blogged for weeks either, think the summer has been too nice to sit in and craft. Crafting is a hobby and you shouldnt feel bad about not doing any, Sending Big Hugs Hazelxox

Pami said...

Sarah, you must stop being so hard on yourself! I think we all go through the lack of confidence phase and its just silly. We do it for fun, and you should enjoy your craft. Your card is amazing and I can't see anything wrong with your colouring! Our harshest critics are ourselves, stop it!! Pami x

Sharon said...

Stop beating yourself up Sarah - your cards are gorgeous. We all lose our confidence at times but you mist realise from bloggers comments that your cards are fab.
This is such a cute beautifully coloured image and the papers and design are lovely.
Hugs Sharon. x said...

Sarah Hun your cards are gorgeous and your colouring is fab way better than mine we all go through the period of "I'm not good enough" so stop beating yourself up and carry on my girl you are FABULOUS. Love Alison xx

Anna Sigga said...

Beautiful card and I love her shades!
Thanks for joining us over at Some Odd blog! :D

Anonymous said...

Don't be so hard on yourself, your cards are fabulous and this one is no exception, loving that fab image!
Helen x

Wishcraft said...

Sarah there really is nothing wrong with your cards, and your colouring always looks good to me... think we all go through those negative periods though, I know I do. Anyway, I love this card hun! Such a cute image and fab bright papers too :o) Hugs, Lisa x

debby4000 said...

Oh this is sooooo cute.

Christine L said...

Glad to have you back Sarah... been missing you!! It does sound like you've been having a real Pity Party!

I have a sign on my wall that says 'Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live..' Words to live by huh?

I get that same feeling every now and again, when I get very few comments on something that's really taken me an age... but I think that if it made me happy while I was making it... then who cares really? (Says I with a massive box of cards in my cupboard! - but I do sell to neighbours... then find it difficult to actually PART with certain ones!)

Your little lady is fabulous... I love the colours you've used and the gorgeous papers... looking forward to seeing MORE soon!

Christine x

Unknown said...

Hi Sarah, it's good to see you are feeling positive again, but I do know exactly what you mean. I too, am going to get back to blogging soon! We have been busy in the garden, the royal we, meaning my daughter and her chap, mainly her chap! But I have been project managing! Hope to read you again soon.

coops said...

so stunning sarah.gorgeous fun image and i love your bright summer colours :D

xx coops xx

catherine said...

A fantastic card Sarah and love the funky image and colours. Sarah I think we all feel the same at times and my confidence has had a real battering this year. But I started my blog for me and my craft so I put things on there that I like. I stopped thinking I must be like everyone else because I couldn't do it!!!!
Glad to see you back and you keep colouring!!!
x catherine

Kim. said...

Sarah this is a lovely card and your colouring is just fine! I think and as I can see the others have said we have all gone through the same at some time in our crafty experience and I think it is what gives us that kick to get back into it.
Kim xXx

Unknown said...

Good you are back Sarah. Wonderful card & look forward to seeing more of them x

Pink Dandelion said...

Fab card Sarah and she's a spit of your Emily. I haven't made a card since May but still enjoy hopping around the blogs. I'll be back at some point I'm sure. Take Care Debs xx

Unknown said...

Well, for what it's worth, I think your card is lovely, as are all your cards! Don't worry about what other people think what makes you happy! :)
Lizy xx

RiNNE said...

What a fun take on this month's SOG sketch challenge! Thanks so much for joining us! Your card made me smile! :)

scrappymo! said...

Oh Sarah...your cards are wonderful. Love this funky little girl and the cute way you "framed' her...Brilliant idea.

I get down a bit too when my mojo goes walkies. I have never been on a design team and only tried twice...rejected both times. One rejection was to be expected as it was for a challenge blog and store and others on the team have a different style than me...all are really good colouring artists.

But I did get disapointed and a little down when I didn't get on a brand new anything goes challenge blog team that I applied for.
Almost everyone that got on had under 20 followers and were the style of bloggers who rarely left comments for others.

I felt quite low and then finally decided that I make cards cuz I like to and I leave comments cuz I like the bloggers I visit. That helped me get through that low point.

Sarah-Jane said...

Sarah your cards are great and there is nothing wrong with your colouring at all. Stop comparing your creations to others and you might start enjoying crafting again. You have your own style, you don't need to be like anyone else! If your cards really were as bad as you say then you wouldn't have any followers or be on design teams.
Looking forward to seeing your next card.
Sarah-Jane xx

MagsB said...

This is such a cute card! I know exactly what you mean, I see such wonderful creations in Blogland and I feel so inadequate, but you shouldn't feel down, your cards are ace! Keep on keeping on, hun!!

love Mags B x