Wish it could have been a sampling of mojito instead. Actually I have never tried one. They might taste like toilet cleaner. Also, for the record, I have never tried that either.
My mojo has been totally and completely absent the last couple of days. Not the tiniest, tiniest little bit of inspiration was to be found. Then, today, I saw something in a shop window that was grey and only-just-off white. Whilst not exactly a lightning bolt from the gods of craft – more of a damp bit of kindling that fell off the barbecue really – it has at least started me off again, a bit. A tiny little sapling of mojo in an otherwise barren land. Still think a mojito might have been better.
This is not perfect, but it is a restart, which will do me for now!
I used my Polka Dot stamp from The Ton. The vellum butterflies are made using a really old Cuttlebug set that has one shape die and four embossing folders – brilliant. The smaller butterflies are made using a Martha Stewart punch.
Another one of those days when you want to achieve so much and it all goes horribly wrong. The bin is now full of Altenew aberrations, Craftwork Cards catastrophes and I just hope nobody heard all the expletives. Still, determined to produce SOMETHING I carried on. Really, on a day where you have found yourself telling the cat not to chew on the Eiffel Tower (so that is also now residing, damply, in the bin) you know that you should have retired gracefully. There is no chance of winning the battle, because it is already over and the victors are in the bar, slapping each other on the back and drinking from the trophy, whilst you lick your paper cuts and secretly hope they get hiccups.
Casting around for something, anything, I came across yet another paper pad I have bought and never used. It’s called Sweet Paris and, unsurprisingly, is all Frenchy-looking, with a few florals thrown in. I don’t now have time to give it a great deal of thought, so I just have to dive on in and see what happens. I chose the paper with the Eiffel Tower as the main image. I could have die cut another but didn’t want to find the cat munching on it for dessert…
I almost stopped at just the background paper and panel, but wasn’t sure if that was because I was embracing minimalism or losing the will to continue. Caffeine ensued, followed by lace, pearls and little flags of other papers from the pad. Sometimes this is a good way to introduce a bit of extra colour. I think now I wish I had not added the lace.
The crown is Glamour Dusted (every crown should be!) but you can only tell in the zoom shot:
And what would Doris say? Que Sera Sera, of course. Sometimes only the wisdom of Doris (Day) will do.
Same card, but different…
I guess this might be a bit dull for an onlooker, but I don’t suppose I am the only one who, having made a card they like once, more or less does the same thing again. I didn’t mean to, but as I was browsing and wondering what to do next, it occurred to me that the effect I used in my previous post would work well with this Craftwork Cards More Than Words paper. The kit also had some pretty hearts and sentiments, but no pennants. No problem, they are easy to make yourself from scraps.
Can I invoke the rule of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ here? Or is it just that I might as well have two for the effort of one? Well I am trying to diminish my stash, but productively, so anything which helps this happen has to be good. Plus I really, really wanted to make something with this lovely paper!
I was going to layer it all on to black, but plumped for grey in the end. I think either would have been fine but today is a day for soft, not dramatic.
Craftwork Cards again, this time the Correspondence range. Soft, vintage colours, postal images, a definite French feel and right up my street, banging on the door and demanding to be given a good home. Who was I to argue? This is such a simple card to make – one sheet of backing paper, most of a page of hearts and pennants (there are still some left). Ink the edges a bit, and curl and gently crease some of the shapes a little for extra dimension. Add pearls, a smudge of glitter to the butterfly’s wings and a couple of baker’s twine bows. I am almost 100% happy with it, I just wish the bows had been a little bit softer and that I had left the tails a little longer. There’s always something, isn’t there?
No long list of supplies – the only thing I didn’t mention was that the ink used was Tim Holtz Old Paper!