Saturday, 12 September 2009

I'm back!

Hi everyone! I'm back - hope you missed me!!

This is the first card I've made in about 2 months. I've SO missed my crafting but my mind literally felt so exhausted and overloaded with everything, it's like I couldn't fit in another thing- even something as simple as crafting. I feel a bit better now as we managed to get away on holiday for 3 weeks (where I bought a ridiculous amount of stamps!!) so I really want to get back into my crafting again as it helps take my mind off things otherwise I'd probably be in tears 24/7.

I can't wait to visit all your blogs this weekend and get back into blog-life and challenges etc. I hope you like my first attempt back! x

Anyway so here's my first card in yonks and it's for Sketch Saturday Challenge (sketch is below).

I used my new Inkadinkado stamps. The gorgeous butterfly is from a set called Mindscapes. I embossed it with glitter embossing powder (which you can see more on the close up below) and then went over some of the design using my new All Night Media Liquid Embossing paint which made it pop a bit. I cut around it and put a gentle fold down the middle and raised the wings up a bit when I glued it in place so that it was a bit 3D. The swirl is also new from an Inkadinkado set called Gemstone Flourishes. I added champagne hot fix crystals in places to add bling. All the paper is from the Old World Stack and the sentiment is by Clear Stamps which I stamped onto paper and then ripped to give a more vintage feel.

I hope you can see the glitter a bit. It's really pretty in real life!

And here is the Sketch Saturday sketch. I hope you can see what I've done with it. Instead of using individual elements, I used the flourish stamp as it seemed to follow the shape of the elements. I hope it's allowed!

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Inkadinkado, Clear Stamps); Paper (DCWV); Assorted cardstock; Hot fix crystals (London Bead Co.); Ribbon (recycled); Brad (Michael's)


LOUISE said...

Hi Steph, welcome back, so glad to see you are back with us, I sure have missed you. This card is beautiful, love the colours. Hope to see more of you now, and hope you are well. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Lots of hugs Lou x

tracie said...

Oh wow Steph this is stunning, love this fabulous butterfly image and gorgeous details..Thanks for joining in the fun this week at SS..enjoy the rest of the weekend
Tracie :)x

karen said...

well the only way to cheer yourself up is by buying lots of craft goodies!!!!!! so glad you are feeling better and what a stunning card to welcome you back. enjoy using your stamps and it is good to see you back in the land of blog x karen x

Liz, said...

Hi Steph, lovely to have you back and glad you are feeling a bit better. Great card to get you started, looking forward to seeing more.

Liz x

strawberry fields said...

Steph this is absolutely gorgeous! It was a lovely surprise to see your pretty card as I haven't blogged for a couple of months.
Fi xxx

Sarita said...

Hi Steph,
It's so lovely to hear from you and I'm so glad you are feeling better.
Boy are you back with a bang! This card is STUNNING!! I love the butterfly and the beautiful jewel stamp,
Gorgeous work Steph, and so glad to have you back with us,
Love Sarita xx

Natalie said...

Gorgeous card Steph, great to see you back. x

cats whiskers said...

Welcome back sweetie you have been missed, I love this card sweetie it is just stunning colours and that butterfly looks as if its redy to fly away
Hugs Jacqui x

Crissy Armstrong said...

This is just extremely pretty, wow! I am in awe!

Littleted62 said...

Welcome back Steph, and what a comeback - this card is stunning! You've put a lot of work into this one and it really shows. Take care hun, and be well. Hugs, Nicki

CraftyC said...

Welcome back Steph, nice to see you again. Your card is beautiful and I just love the colour combo!