Sunday, July 21, 2019

Blessed: Mojo Refound!

Woah - it's been 9 months since I have been in my craft room!  Almost a year ago, a new twist to my job started tapping into my time and mental energy.  I found myself making cards because of DT demands rather than because it brought me joy - one more "must do" which is a crappy mindset, so last October, I resigned from my DT spots, unsubscribed from card-related blogs and emails, and totally went off the grid.  I don't think I set foot in my craft room more than a handful of times.  I just couldn't muster the desire or energy.   And then as summer settled in, a need to be creative started calling to me - softly at first.  I found myself interested in cards again and began checking out a few of my old favorite people and companies.  Melissa Bickford's blog was one of my stops.  I found Hello Lovely from Concord and 9th in her Crafty Destash section and picked it up.  This beautiful stamp set and Pinterest were the perfect combination to get me going again.  I have been in my craftroom - playing 😃 with the Hello Lovely set.  This card is all stamping, but I am putting together a collection of cards and reacquainting myself with techniques and media.

A long-time admirer of Darnell Knauss, one of the challenge blogs I subscribe to is the Twofer Challenge.  The current challenge (#18) is called Garden, so I combined two cards I created during my play time to create my entry.  
The second card is so CAS!  The sentiment and flower are heat embossed in gold and I went into my embossing folders to use the background.  I love the simple elegance!  You can't see it in the photo, but I used a stylus behind the flower to give it dimension and look rounded. . . playing again! And it feels so good!  I'm off to mess around with my Copics and some watercolors with this same stamp set.  


  1. Welcome back, Cathy! It's good to see you back again after your burnout. It's not uncommon to need a break, but I love it when the mojo and love for this creative and giving hobby come back to bring renewed joy to a card artist!

    I have that Lovely stamp and it's one of my favorites! You have done an amazing job of watercoloring it on your Kindness Matters card and I love the simple way you just used the main bloom gold heat-embossed and stylusized for your TOY card! It looks sensational against the textured dark background! Thank you for your compliment and for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #18 as your first challenge play in a long time! I look forward to seeing you again soon!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Well, I am delighted you're back in your craft room, Cathy. It's nice therapy and a wonderful way to unwind and just let your mind wander over lovely things! And I see two really lovely cards here. This is one of my favorite flower sets of all time, and you've used here to make a couple of sweet cards. Your watercoloring is really soft and pretty. Thank you for making the Twofer Challenge your first foray back into cardmaking. Bev : )


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