Monday, 27 November 2017

Losing Mojo and Refinding it with Yellow Themed Cards

We can all lose our crafting mojo especially at this time of year when many of us are working on lots of projects as part of our jobs and work rather than doing them for the fun of it alone. When crafting feels like work and becomes pressurised it can lose the fun and relaxing edge and add itself to our list of stress and anxiety inducing activities around the festive season.

I've been ill for a while and I think the virus killed off my crojo (crafting mojo) altogether and I was struggling to find it, but then I realised I'd not entered the Joy of Sets monthly challenge and really wanted to do so and that got my creative mind back on track and I enjoyed immersing myself in something I didn't have to do but just wanted to do.

Sometimes that's all it takes, to get into your crafting space and make something from start to finish with no purpose other than because you want to make something. Having a theme helped and that's why I love groups which run challenges as they push me into creative mode.

I made two cards for the challenge and both are on my You Tube channel in one video where I also talk a little about that loss of mojo.

The first card is this one using the Birthday Memories DSP, I chose to use the Poodle pattern and just loved it. I've not even noticed it before now and have had it in my stash some time.

The card base is a simple 8 x 6 inch of Daffodil Delight folded in half and then a whisper white mat which measures an eighth of an inch smaller all around added to that and two panels of DSP, one the poodle pattern and the other from the colour theory DSP stack. These measured half the size of the whisper white layer with a quarter of an inch reduction. I added some Cherry Cobbler ribbon to bring out the red in the pooch's ear bows and then a square of whisper white backing up a stitched framelits die cut of Colour Theory DSP with a sentiment from Crafting Forever stamped in Cherry Cobbler to finish.

For the second card I use similar materials, starting again with a Daffodil Delight card base of 8 x 6 inches folded in half but this time I added a mat of DSP from the Delightful Daisy DSP stack which was an eighth of an inch smaller all around. I rounded the corners on all of the layers using the back of the Envelope Punch Board. I added a half inch smaller layer of DSP from the Birthday Memories stack (this design is the reverse of the poodles) and then used a punch to cut out some daisies in the same DSP I'd used plus a very vanilla one and I popped these together using tombow and attached using a dimensional after sticking a multi faceted gold gem into the centre.  I used the pretty labels punch to cut out a very vanilla and green DSP label shape and stamped using retired Delightful Dijon ink. To finish off I added two corners of very vanilla satin ribbon.

I hope you manage to hold on to your mojo and that if it does escape it's only for a short time.

Have a great week.

Andrea x

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