I did lat night what I haven't done for quite a while - late night stamping. Actually, I made a total of three cards, which is quite something!
It still feels like a strange thing to say, though. Ever since I got hooked on card making three years ago, I've been a MAD stamper. My followers would know well how I would post at least once-twice a day, month after month, often with more than one card in a post. I never stopped for a minute loving what I'm doing, but I was dangerously close to it a few weeks back, and it made me rethink this whole "business"...
A few words of explanation is, methinks, in order.
I always said that I loved being busy crafting and it was always true. I knew that one day I'll naturally choose to slow down, what I didn't predict is that it's going to be an emergency evacuation.
Long story short, I started into the new year with what turned out to be way too much. Even for myself... even though you thought I'm some kind of card making super woman, lol
As of lately, I'm no longer a member of Spellbinders Design Team. I also recently resigned from Glitz Design DT, as you might have noticed.
I pruned a lot this year, some of these decisions cost me much stress as well, but I realized it's high time I took it easy. I left only a couple of favourite Teams and I'm enjoying more free time (family time, "me" time and much in between... ) instead.
I'm creating with more freedom, you can say I discovered a new quality of stamping. I love it. So. Much.
So, what change does it mean to this blog? Not much of it, really. Less posting. More variety on top of the regular cards. More happiness shared, perhaps?
I started with a new blog design, which was a sort of catharsis, and I can only hope that you'll still pop in for a visit :)
Now, if you're still here and not snoring yet, I've got cards to share!
(Whew! You thought I'm never going to get here, did you??)
I actually took the photos of the cards straight away last night, but I wasn't sure if I liked them. I've got much less favourable night light conditions in this house. Turns out I can't take a satisfactory photo of them this morning either (grrrr!), so instead I opted for giving you a choice and seeing which ones are better.
I picked these fabulous poppies from Stampendous (Poppy Bottles set) a few weeks ago and they finally saw their first inking. They're not everyday stamps for me, being so tall and reducing the number of layouts I can use them for. None the less, I adore them!
I stamped the outlines in Memento Gray Flannel, and the flower heads in Morocco and Love Letter. I love the subtle difference in tones.
The tiny scallops were done with decorative scissors. The design of this card was inspired by Tuesday Trigger: A Plate of Pretty Poppies. From the scallop detail on the plate, to the two tones of blooms.
It also happens to be fitting in the Stamp It! Cards Birthday Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
Next card, playing with some PTI Fruit Fusion: Apples dies here.
I decorated the apples with a button and some stamping (the apple insert, also from PTI, is barely visible; the text is from The Craft's Meow Typically Teen set - such is the big sentiment)
The gingham paper is from My Mind's Eye, I also used a MME brad and some washi tape.
The layout is from rs#18, and I'm also linking the card in the Stamp It! Cards Congratulations Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
If you got through this humongous post, you rock! Ha! Thank you. For all your beautiful comments as well. You know they rock my world. I'm always welcoming suggestions as well, please let me know about the photography!
See you a wee bit later, for the WMS sketch and my new sketch perhaps too... Saturdays are still busy here :)