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Two sheet wonder

Firstly I have to start with a grumble. Depression sucks. People (myself included before I suffered from it) think it is sadness or unhappiness. It really isn’t that. It’s more that for me it is numbness, or emptiness, combined with despair and isolation. I can be surrounded by people who love me and I love back but feel so alone. It really is horrible. Then the anxiety kicks in and it’s like everything is there at once and you just want quiet in your head but you can’t find it. Sorry to put this in the blog but I think if this helps one person understand another’s troubles or helps another person to identify this in themselves and get help then it’s worth it!

I’ve been back to the doctors this morning. We’ve decided on an increase in medication to go alongside the other things I am trying and I need to increase my exercise (from almost nothing to something routine). I have managed a small walk to and from the shop but after only 5 hours sleep I am now shattered and heading back to bed. Not sure I will get round to any crafting so glad I have a project I can blog about already completed…

Yes as part of the yet of Use them or lose them I have another one sheet wonder (using two sheets of dsp). 

I started with some sketches from Freshly Made sketches …  number 1 to 18 to be precise and after roughly cutting cardstock and paper to size I then started teaming up brads as embellishments, black paper as the consistent matting and then card blanks… three different kinds in total.

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This is then how I left them… waiting for the right opportunity to add feature stamps and sentiments. 

A few weeks later I grabbed some coordinating cardstock scraps and black paper and the sentiment dies…
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And had a big old die cutting session. Didn’t end up doing the button dies for this project.

Next I took all the smaller cards and started assembling them with the die cut sentiment and in some cases a stamped image (or three!). Some I had added paper flowers to already so they didn’t need the stamped images and because of the jazzy backgrounds I didn’t want to overdo it!

These I will share today… the others tomorrow!

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Love how these all turned out… and how different they are because of the jazzy paper I probably wouldn’t have used for this type of project normally.

Pop back tomorrow to see how I finished the other cards from this two sheet wonder!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Thing, Sunshine & Sprinkles, Ticket punch, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #6 set 2

Hello

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I have been playing with Happy Thing stamps… and not getting blown away if I am honest.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the results and the stamps but just don’t see these being go to stamps at all.  Today I have the lemon cards I made…

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Bright and zingy papers but not a whole lot of excitement generated for me.

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Did some envelope stamping too…

Nope these are going to have to go into the Lose Them pile.  What a shame!

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

Another one for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge too!

Happy Thing, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #6

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week the stamp set that took my fancy to play with was A Happy Thing which was a saleabration set from last year. I think I have only used it two or three times so far as although I love the art work of the stamps I don’t often want to use it.

So first of all I tried with the Bird stamp.
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I grabbed some pieces of paper and cardstock from the desk (left over from a pocket page I finished a couple of weeks ago and not yet tidied up) and some embellishment bits and pieces and made the above cards. I coloured the Bird using inks and a water brush to keep the image soft.

I added the Bird to the envelope too.
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So what do you think?

Again these are lovely stamps but not sure I am that drawn to them. Maybe when I try with the lemon from the set I may feel differently?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Another entry into the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge