Feb 08

Hello, sunshine (I’m back!)

Written by: iwona    48 Comments

It’s been a confusing couple of months, craft-wise. I had my fingers itching more than once; I’ve been pulling out paper, stamps, touching them, but never actually stamped. I did enjoy the freedom of having more family time, I sent my older girl to school for prep year (which she’s loving!) and was more at peace with the attention I devote to my two little turkeys, and one big one ๐Ÿ™‚
At the same time, my heart bled watching the first WPlus9 release of 2015 being another smashing success, knowing that this time it’s without me and that it was my conscious decision to make it so. I also turned down a few *amazing* Design Team inquiries, which honestly were some of the hardest decisions I ever made. There are certainly many perks of being in the midst of an action, so to speak, but life is about choices and I think I made mine wisely.

Last night I poured myself a drink (for encouragement purposes) and attempted a card. I LOVED it. I’m relieved to know that I still have it, because for someone who crafted like a mad person for years, I’ve gone a bit rusty for sure.
I based my card loosely on the inspiration from ric#77 (below) and went with the style I’ve been most comfortable with last year, using some of my favourite stamps and dies. Hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚


I started by die cutting the ferns with the Hero Arts Palm die and sponging it with WPlus9 Lake House & Nautical Navy inks. I stamped the flowers from SSS / Mama Elephant Summer Garden set on a piece of old Teresa Collins patterned paper and fussy cut them. I do actually own the matching dies but I wanted to border to show around the petals.
I arranged them in a cluster on a white cardstock panel, along with the fern. I then placed the sentiment across the left side, mixing the WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello die with the matching stamp set. Lastly I die cut the branch from dark grey cardstock, with WPlus9 Foliage Frame die and tucked it behind the cluster. The panel was adhere to the PTI Soft Stone card base.

I will see if I can make it with another post sometime soon. Would it be selfish to say that my mailbox has been missing receiving blog comment notifications somewhat fiercely? *wink*

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48 thoughts on “Hello, sunshine (I’m back!)

  1. It’s absolutely lovely. I love the colours, blue leaves would never have occurred to me but I love them. You enjoy your little ones (and the big one), they grow far too fast and you can’t get these years back.

  2. Stunning creations!!! Good to have you back. Always enjoy the time with the kiddos, they grow too fast…you can craft whenever you like but once these beautiful years go by you can’t get them back!!

  3. When I saw your card it actually took my breath away! Love the texture, color, and design! Your take on the inspiration is absolutely fantastic!! LOVE IT!!

  4. How fun!!! Love the beautiful colors and loved seeing a new blog post pop up in my email from you! Glad to hear life is well!

  5. OH yes! You definitely still have it! This is stunning! The colors are beautiful and I love the blue palm leaves with the beautiful flowers!! So nice to see your lovely work again!

  6. Life is full of hard choices. Often we’re walking away or saying “no” to things we love in order to say “yes” to other, more important things we love. It’s never easy or without sadness, but in the long run we know it was the right choice. We, your followers, miss your more frequent creative inspirations, but with stunning cards like this one, we know it’s worth the wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Very happy to see you are creating again. I’m not on any dt’s but have my hands full making cards for family and friends. Took a break myself and have been spending more time with my son but went back last night to rediscover my craft room. So nice to create again and I am glad you are too. I think it must be very stressful being on a dt and constantly producing! Enjoy your time – you can never get that time back because kids grow so very fast. Things will change and you will get back to it later! Of course you still have it, and you always will!

  8. Lots to love here! I’ve always wanted that Palm Die! Looks great with that branch from WPlus9! Now why don’t I remember to stamp on designer paper and save myself some ink? Love it, and pour yourself another it work good here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Happy dance time – a Chupa creation ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it. Your talent is simply amazing girl. Glad you found some time to get inky and proud of you for sticking to your guns and putting family first. Things will come full circle and before you know it.

  10. Woot, woot! So so happy to see you creating again. Beautiful creation, as always –and so inspiring! Hope to see more soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Welcome back! Your ‘return’ card is nothing short of stunning! I don’t think you’ve ‘lost’ anything, but rather, have returned with a spring in your ‘creative’ step!

  13. Wow! I’d say that you are back with a bang!! I am in awe of this beautiful interpretation of the inspiration photo and am so glad to see that you’re working your way back to finding a level of creative activity that suits you and your family! Thanks so much for playing with us at the Runway Inspired Challenge – we’re so glad you did!

  14. It’s always a treat to see your cards, and of course, I’m enjoying seeing your little ones on IG!
    Glad to see you back, even part time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. I wish my ‘rusty’ turned out that well!!! This is absolutely stunning ๐Ÿ™‚ moreover, I hope you ENJOYED making it, because that’s what it’s all about isn’t it. There can be a lot of pressure, which I’m pretty sure we place on ourselves(!), to get in amongst it and blog as much as possible. It’s all about the enjoyment of creating and sharing though, so as long as you still have that then I’m happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    This card is gorgeous!

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