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…we’re all thinking about you both.

Hi there, remember me? I had been busy with work so much so where I would be so exhausted that I was tired to have any creative energy left to create much less blog about it. But once you walk away, it can be tough to come back, then procrastination sets in. I’ve wanted to really build and create (I don’t count quick cards) but haven’t had the impetus until now.

The thing is…the card above was one of the hardest things I’ve had to create. I didn’t take a bunch of staged pictures either. Only the one above. I’m sure you’re wondering…really, Spike? The card isn’t elaborate with a ton of pearls, bling and lots of layers. Nor is it spray painted with multitudes of colour with layers of stencils. It’s somewhat simple in design.

When I’ve made cards they’ve been for challenges, tutorials, classes, showcasing products and somewhat generic Christmas cards. It’s rare that I’ll make a card for someone, I’ll usually pull one from my stash. And if I try to make one, I get something similar to writers block. Perhaps making them last minute doesn’t help either.

This card is for someone I’ve known for over 20 yrs, who has been diagnosed pancreatic cancer. With every faux stitch, brushstroke, distress blender swirl I was thinking of her along with moments. It was a somewhat meditative process. Creative mojo kicked in where certain elements just came together which is always nice too. (Mind you it happened at 1:45am which can be challenging when one realizes sleep is a good thing when having to work the next day.)
Does this happen to you when you create something for someone?

It reminds me to be very thankful and to cherish every day.

As always, thanks so much for reading. Hopefully it won’t be as long until I post again.

Much love,

Spike

Drunken Stampers Challenge #61 ~ Are you sponge worthy? With Stamping Boutique

Yep! Grab your sponges and create a sponged background for this week’s Drunken Stamper’s Challenge. The Stamping Boutique is our sponsor this week so we’ll be doing a draw from everyone that plays in this weeks challenge with a new card and not entered in any other challenges to be eligible. Prize will be 3 digis of winner’s choice. YIPEE!!! Definitely visit the Stamping Boutique to check out the fun images that lend themselves very well to colouring!

I used Copics to colour in the Swan Song stamp. Isn’t she absolutely lovely?

Now for the background, I thought I’d do something a little different. You can usually find me sponging Distress Ink for a background most of the time. So to challenge myself, I grabbed Adirondack Butterscotch, Stream and Eggplant Dimensional Pearls by Ranger and sponged those on a piece of white cardstock. The pearls have a pearly sheen but it’s difficult to photograph. You can catch a better glimpse of it when you click on the photo below.

Be sure to drop in at Drunken Stampers to get a dose of inspiration from the Drunken Stampers Divas using the Stamping Boutique Stamps!

So what do you have planned for the weekend?? I don’t have a class to teach today but I should go in to finish a few other sample cards that I need to get done! I’ve just been busy the last couple of days getting errands done plus I had an evening class that was loads of fun but kept me out of trouble! hehe

Go grab your pillows! You don’t want to be caught unarmed on International Pillow Fight Day!!! 🙂

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Love,