I have been a bit low on mojo lately. Not sure if is spring fever, the new baby, the new other stuff – but life is good and I am crafty as much and as often as I can – if not as often as I would like. Just like with energy and a body in motion stays in motion, I think the craft mojo stays fueled if keep crafting. When I slack off the pool gets lower.
This weekend was the first time I had big blocks of time to make some cards for Operation Write Home. But, alas, the mojo was nowhere to be found. I made six of these pretty red/black and white cards with a great stamp from the Michael’s dollar bin. But I had to drag that simple design out. And at this rate, I would have nothing to show for all this crafty time.
I have a Stampin UP set, Nature Walk, that I love – LOVE and really wanted to use, but no ideas. The images are a bit more vintage than I usually do, so working with them is a challenge for me. To kick start things I started on Youtube and found this video and straight up cased her card! Three of those for the box.
Next, I decided to use the google image feature and just put in Stampin Up Nature Walk cards and literally hundreds of lovely cards popped right up. I just cased my way through the list.
The pretty blue design is based on a great basic sketch I am going to go to again and only required a tiny amount of pattern paper. Would be great for that stuff we love and hoard. I used a big beautiful pearl brad from Wild Orchids and a bit of linen thread from Stampin UP. I made four of these in about an hour.
Then, I saw this masked card. I haven’t done any masking, I don’t know why! I used a nestabilitie die to pop out a square and put down some ink for the yellow background, then did a lot of that so nerve wracking direct to paper stamping. Vivid colors, simple designs – they do it every time. I added another mask of a circle and spritzed a touch of black smooch spray. Just really added that touch to pull all of those elements together. A rich red sheer ribbon was knotted around the card base. Then I layered with a matching red on top of a kraft for a good go to combination. Four of these came together in about 90 minutes and I just love them!
The beautiful bird from the same set is stamped and embossed in green. Before I stamped that image I stamped a big script stamp on cream and edged that with Tim Holtz' Tea Dye. That got a little bling and a pretty sheer ribbon and was layered on SU! designer paper topped on brown.... man I love layers. The background paper is cream that I stamped with tea dye some random bird cages. I rounded the lower corners and gave the top bottom a bit of corner detail. Add a sentiment, repeat and two more cards ready to go.
A little bit of CASE time and 19 fresh cards for the OWH box.