Thanks a Bunch

Sunday, June 15, 2014

My mojo deserted me this week.  Every night I'd get home from work and had no desire to set foot in my stamp room.  I still checked out my favorite challenges but I had no ideas and couldn't rustle any up.  By Saturday I knew I had to get in there because I felt like my card-making skills were getting rusty.  While I was in there I realized what the problem was.  Today is Father's Day and this is the first one since my Dad passed away last year.  I've been thinking about that a lot this week and didn't realize that my sadness had spilled over into my card making.  I don't mean to dampen the mood, but it feels good to "say" that out loud.  Thanks for listening. :)

Anyway, although the first card I made yesterday did not turn out right at all, the second one looks pretty good.  I used the colors from Color Throwdown (although I substituted Lucky Limeade and Pool Party) and the June Viva La Verve sketch.

I stamped the sentiment on the vellum using pigment ink because it stays wet long enough to zap it with clear embossing powder.  Dye ink seems to smudge while it dries and I heard about this little trick somewhere or other.  I also stamped the flowers, created a mask, then stamped the leaves so that they would appear as if they were behind the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Dream Big, Sunny Days, Bloom & Grow (Verve)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes), Whisper White, Pool Party, Vellum, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SU)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Pool Party (SU); Onyx Black (Versamark)
Accessories:  Pierced Square STAX (My Favorite Things); Tag Me die (Reverse Confetti); Cakewalk button (October Afternoon); clear embossing powder, thread

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7 Responses to “Thanks a Bunch”

Jackie said...

Hi Jen, I'm so sorry about the loss of your father last year. I lost my father recently. Your sadness doesn't show in you very light and pretty card. We can think about our father's today and honor their lives.

Lots of Hugs,

Zoey and the furballs said...

I'm sorry about your father. I know how that can completely zap the mojo, but from this card, I you would never know you lost it in the first place.

Marisa said...

You do Verve flowers so well, Jen :) Great card and take on the sketch. Great tip on the vellum stamping too! Must remember that!

So sorry to hear about your heavy spirit this week ((hugs))!! My dad has been gone for seven years and i was caught totally off guard in church this morning during the sermon. Was blessed to have him for so many years, but still miss him in so many ways.

Wanda Cullen said...

Yes...I can identify with the sadness that comes with those first holidays after losing a parent. You certainly came up with a beautiful card in spite of it! Always happy to see your creations in the throwdown gallery!

Karren said...

Hugs, my friend. And know that you without mojo is like a normal person with their mojo, so don't be too hard on yourself. This is another fantastic card.

Vickie Z said...

Love it! Fun use of the colors and sketch! My desire to make cards has left me at have a much better reason! Losing my dad would break my heart! You did a fabulous job...doing something you love helps! Thxs for
joining us!

Shona Chambers said...

I'm so sorry about your father. My dad passed away on the 2nd June last year. The week leading up to the first anniversary and the week after were just horrible and I made no cards at all. Didn't feel like I should be doing anything nice and happy. I know he wouldn't have liked me moping around so started getting back into my crafts this past week and I'm really enjoying it. In New Zealand our Fathers Day is in September. It was really hard last year as I didn't want to hear about it at all, wanted to pretend it didn't exist but at the same time my children wanted to do something for their Dad (my husband) so needed to celebrate him. I'm hoping it will get better in time for both of us. Sorry for blabbering away and by the way, your card is gorgeous and it really caught my eye. I love the way you used the colours, especially with the lovely green and blue patterned paper. Stunning!