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Genuine (Art)icle

A crafting weekend is a good weekend.  Unless everything you try to make fails badly.  I didn’t have the most creatively successful weekend over the last couple of days.  I made a few really dodgy cards (probably won’t show you those) and a couple of OK ones.  This ones comes under the OK heading, I think.

I wanted to do a quirky card.  One that would make someone smile.  Something with a bird image (naturally) and probably a hat or a crown (goes without saying).  I also wanted to go with a different colour scheme to the ones I would normally use.  I have SO MUCH paper and I use SO LITTLE of it.  I just always go for the same colours and patterns/themes.  So, I stepped out of my comfort zone here.

I’m happy with this one.  Cutting out the tiny wee feet drove me batty but I succeeded in not snipping any toes off, so that’s a good thing.  Her crown is a little wonky but that’s ok.  None of us are perfect 🙂

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Something Fishy

A couple of slightly more masculine cards today (if I am allowed to use that gender-specific, un-PC term..).  I took a bit of a detour from birds and hats with these two.  I spent ages on the first card, agonising over what word or phrase should be added to finish it off, before I realised it actually was finished and didn’t need anything else.  Sometimes words get in the way anyway, right?

Hope your day is going swimmingly 🙂

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Weird Sister

To all my “Sisters from other Misters”……..

I quickly made this card on the weekend from some leftover scraps of lace, paper and an old vintage image of an elegant lady.  She’s a little less elegant now…looks like she’s been op-shopping or playing dress-ups.

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She has bling on her hat and a label in case she gets lost or forgets who she is 🙂

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A little bit of vintage lace is always classy…

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I decided she need some earrings too, so she got some dainty pearls at the last minute (not shown in top picture) with a dot of Liquid Pearls.  She’s ready to roll now.  Off to a tea party or crazy hat convention.  I foresee cupcakes and crochet in her future for some reason.  Maybe a little white magic and fairy dust too (I stopped short of giving her wings).

Thanks for stopping in – Hope your day is wonderful 🙂

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Amazing You

Hello everyone – it’s Monday again!  How does that happen?  I’m convinced there are at least three Mondays a week now…they seem to be here ALL THE TIME.

I managed to get some cards made on the weekend and I am actually happy with them – you know that never happens to me.  I didn’t sleep in, got up and dressed reasonably early and crafted all day.  Didn’t even stop for lunch – just had a carrot, celery and apple juice to tide me over and stop me from nibbling.   I’m not eating much at the moment anyway – a bit down in the dumps and not even feeling like comfort-eating, which is unusual for me.  But a vegetable juice is filling and at least fairly nutritious.  But I did walk around the house for hours with an orange moustache, without knowing it, so that was attractive.

Anyway, cards… This is one I made without too much fuss or swearing.  I like the colours and composition, and of course I like the egg and bird. No hat on the bird this time.  I’m trying not to be a one-trick pony ha ha.  Ooh…ponies… I could do ponies with hats!

Hope you are having an amazing day.  If you can, on a Monday 🙂

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And one more…or maybe two

So, I thought I was done with these birdy cards…but then I found two more prints so had to alter them too.  I really like these two – I did them quite late last night.  I like the additions of the speckled eggs.  Maybe birds and eggs and hats together have magical properties and encourage artistic mojo?  I should just use them all the time.  Although, the red bird doesn’t have a hat.  He made do with a bling-embellished egg.  A hat would have been pompous, and he already looked a bit haughty 🙂

Hope you’re having a good day.  With or without a hat.

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Birds with Hats (When all else fails…)

Last weekend I was trying desperately to make some decent cards.  Sometimes, the creative Gods turn their backs on you and you have to just struggle along on your own.  That’s what happened to me last weekend.  I mucked about for ages, trying to put things together that I liked but, sadly, I ended up not achieving very much and being less than impressed with anything I did manage to finish.

To the rescue came IKEA.  That beacon of light when all is darkness and you can’t see the woods for the badly-collaged trees.  I’ve had these little bird postcards for AGES – I can’t remember exactly when I got them – and they’ve been sitting, propped up, in my bookshelves.  It suddenly occurred to me that I should try and incorporate them in my own card-making.  Mostly because they’re birds, and I love birdy-related things, but also because they were a good background piece that wouldn’t need much embellishment.  Basically, I was lazy and wanted a quick fix to my creative dilemma.

With a few tiny scraps of paper, text, lace and other bits and pieces, I made these quirky little cards.  They’re not perfect, but I kinda like them, their simplicity, and the fact I finished each one really quickly.  Plus, you know I love a bird with a hat.

A friend has already nabbed the yellow (finch? canary?) one and I will probably use the other ones myself or just add them to my sales stock.

It would be nice if we could fix our lives this easily, just by donning a hat (although, I haven’t tried…maybe it could work?) and bunging on a few bits of text (I wonder what mine would say?).  But, if all else fails, there’s always IKEA – that fixes everything.  Or at least distracts you for a few hours while you wander around looking at all the pretty things and stuff you don’t need and trying to figure out how to pronounce things.  Which is a bit like life, really, ie wandering around bemused and confused and getting sidetracked.

Hope you’re a happy little birdy today and always

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