Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Did they remove my mojo too?

I'm back today to share some cards that I've been working on for various challenges some of which have now come and gone with posting deadlines.  That's OK as it was more about just getting a chance to create something than to try to win a prize.

I had surgery to remove a large ovarian cyst (10 cm) at the beginning of May.  The cyst was not cancerous, thank God!  I truly feel blessed to be resting at home and on my way to recovery.  My energy has been slow to return, and with the doctor's restrictions on no lifting more than 10 pounds, no housework, etc.  I'm pretty limited in what I can do right now.  I had to sit with my feet up on the couch for pretty much the first week at home.  I did some reading, a bunch of napping, and caught up a little bit on the TV shows taped on the DVR.  I wasn't in pain, just uncomfortable when I tried to sit and make a card.

When I could sit comfortably for a long enough period of time to make a card, I started with the first sketch I saw which was Amber's VLV sketch for March.  I was drawn to the simplicity of the sketch and went with a CAS style interpretation. 

Stamps:  Verve "Everlasting Life"
Papers:  White, yellow, green, dp from Brenda Walton "Small Wonders Girl"
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Recollections mini rose
Size:  A2

The next sketch was Amy's VLV week 3 sketch for May.  This one was a little more complicated for me.  I have been really wanting to use up the last of this Small Wonders Girl dp.  I had a bunch of little pieces on my work space, and I tried to make them work with Amy's sketch.  Here's where I started to wonder if my mojo also got removed.  I tried and tried so many paper combos, and this is the one I liked the best.  I think it's a little busy though. 

I added a little tag which reads "Wising you a fabulous birthday."  The flower covers it more in this picture, but it was the picture that had the most accurate colors.  For some reason, it was looking really peachy colored when I tried to angle it differently to show the tag better.  I had intended to enter this card in Papertake Weekly's "In the Garden" challenge but that one is over.  It does qualify for the Oldie but a Goodie "Things with Wings" challenge.  I used a little Verve butterfly, colored it with Copics, cut it out, and popped it up on foam tape.

Stamps:  Verve butterfly from "Chicks Rule" and sentiment from "Birthday Surprise"
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Papers:  cream, green for leaves, dps from Brenda Walton "Small Wonders Girl"
Other:  Recollections pearl flourish, MS leaf punch, Recollections flower, foam tape
Size:  4" x 6 3/4"  (made to fit an extra photo card envelope leftover from Christmas)

The next sketch was Mojo Monday #241.  I had intended to combine the sketch with two other challenges:  Our Daily Bread Designs SLC108 which was a photo inspiration challenge along with Cute Card Thursday "A Touch of Sparkle."

I used inspiration photos 1 and 3 for the colors, the flowers, and the round shape.

Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs "Birthday Blessings" image and sentiment
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Cream, pink, burgundy, dp from Brenda Walton "Small Wonders Girl"
Other:  Nestabilities, Copic markers, Recollection glittery flower, Tim Holtz edge distressing tool
Size:  6" square

With my final card, my mojo seemed to be coming back.  I used Amber's VLV sketch for May week 1, and found I had just the right pieces of dp scraps to fit this sketch.  I did another "odd" sized card to fit those leftover photo card envelopes.  This sentiment just really spoke to me, enjoy each day and take pleasure in the little things.

Stamps:  Verve "Blessings"
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Papers:  Cream, green for leaf punches, dps from Brenda Walton "Small Wonders Girl"
Other:  Sizzix flowers 3D die, pink felt, thin twine, flower button from stash, ivory ribbon, Bow Easy, MS leaf punches
Size:  4" x 6 3/4" (photo card envelope size)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. such lovely cards, glad to hear you are on the mend & no cancer.

  2. What beautiful cards - pretty colours
    Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a Goodie this fortnight
    Lisa x


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