Saturday, 17 July 2010

Finding inspiration again...

You'll never know how close I have come in the last few weeks to throwing in the towel on my crafting. I don't know why, but I had lost complete motivation and hadn't even wanted to set foot in my craft room. The frustration of not being able to think of anything to create was overwhelming and I very very nearly gave up.

But then suddenly a spark of an idea took hold, and brought me back from the brink!

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I decided to make my cards for this week's CAS-tastic challenge. The challenge is to use at least 3 of the following elements:
Stamped or printed image
Inked Edges
Masking
Paper Piercing
Lace
Embossing

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This card has all elements except inked edges, not bad eh? I've dry embossed two lines down the left hand side of the card, masked off a panel to stamp this beautiful Anna Griffin design, paper pierced my circle and added some black lace!

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I've used Paula Pascual's fab circle sentiments for all of these creations, I just love them.

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To make these loops I just put one circle Nestie inside another. The gorgeous acid green cardstock is by Bazzill.

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And one final card to complete the set...

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Well, all I need to do now is keep up the momentum and pray that the creative spark doesn't disappear...it was a very close call to me giving it all up and I don't want it to happen again!

33 comments:

lamanuelle said...

Magnifique!! Dommage de ne pas parler aAnlais pour te dire mon admiration pour tes créations! Bises. Nadine

Jackie said...

When you get a glimmer of an idea you really do come up trumps. These are beautiful and ver classy, and your Christmas bauble look fab with green and cream :o)
Jackie

Fiona said...

All stunners Sarita. If your card doesn't make the Top 5 I will eat my hat! Know what you mean about losing motivation, but in my experience it usually comes back if you take a break for a while. Your newly decorated room is lovely and SO you, as are the xmas decorations. Fancy even thinking about them matching the decor, it wouldn't have even crossed my mind!
Have a lovely weekend.

Fiona xx

Vicki said...

OMG don't you dare give up! You have far to much talent to waste, I think we all get a bit of a mental block sometimes especially when life is so busy. I just love your new colour scheme in your living room it's actually given me a bit of an idea because my colour scheme at the moment is red & gold but is ready for a change I feel and I too would have to change all the tree decs.....lol
Anyway your cards are stunning as usually and the designs are amazing ;)

Have a lovely weekend

hugs
Vicki x

Chris said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Sarita and I love the colours and what you did with the circles, they look great. You made me laugh about the Christmas decs, I would have thought about that in the middle of December and ended up paying a fortune for new matching ones LOL! Glad your motivation came back, I'd hate it if you stopped crafting but sometimes just a little break is needed and then something like your colour scheme sparks the ideas, I'm glad it did for you. Have a great weekend. Love Chris xx

Emma said...

As I always come to expect from you...beauty, elegance and yet more stunning cards!

I love these colours together and will be on the lookout for that acid green Bazzill card!

Hope you have a lovely weekend,
love and hugs...
Emma
xx

joey said...

Hi Sarita

LOL out your coordinating christmas decs, that is not sad at all that is just something I would do too, although my kids are little so I dont make my tree to pretty as it gets yanked at alllllll the time! they are stunning decs as is your room.

I am so glad you didnt fall over the brink, those cards are stunning and so elegant I adore the lime green!

Joey.xxx

Georgia said...

Oh wow Sarita, these are absolutely beautiful - such gorgeous colours and I love the gems! Wow, I absolutely love your living room, that chaise longue is gorgeous, I might have to pinch it, lol! :) Love, Georgia xx

Paula Pascual said...

They are gorgeous cards. I am honored that you use my designs.
It is normal to go through dry creative periods, it happens to all. Just don't become obsess with them, let them pass.
Paula

Riet said...

Ohhh wowwww Sarita,What a beautiful cards and creations.
I love the papers and the colours.

hugs Riet.xx

Sue C said...

Stunning Sarita, love the colour scheme and your attention to detail is excellent, as usual. I think the loss of mojo happens to all of us at some point (I've been there one or two times), but normally something will happen to kick start it. Hope it sticks with you. Sue C x

Lynne said...

Well, what can I say that hasn`t already been said? Beautiful room, gorgeous cards... even matching Christmas decs!
Mojo does sometimes take a break but then it returns refreshed and rareing to go. Enjoy your weekend.
Lynne xxx

José said...

Your cards are gorgeous as ever!! Love your new look in the living, it's the same as in mine! I have al accents lime green as are the chairs at mij dinertable.
Hugs José

Eileen said...

Ohhh these are awesome cards. Love the colours and designs. Don't know how you could even think of giving up when you can come up with cards like these. They really are amazing. Love your Christmas decorations too. Eileen x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Great elegant style is yours. Cards jewels, your home, all is perfect and very tasteful.
Wish you a nice weekend,
hugs Anja

Chris said...

Oh, how beautiful. I just love your colour combination and the style of your cards. I even ordered Paula's stamps!

Fancy thinking Christmas in July! lol At our house my daughter chooses the tree colour scheme one year then my son the next. Neither one of them matches the decor!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

OMG Sarita - you must never give up your crafting and creating - you are far too talented to give in. These projects are just divine, as your work always is - I love them. And no, you are not sad to change your Xmas baubles to match your new room decor (which looks fantastic by the way) - colour coordination is a girl thing, and should be allowed at all times!
One other thing - I LOL when I saw your sidebar picture with the cute kitten and the gun - don't know where you found it but I love it!
Keep up the brilliant work - love and hugs, Sylvia xxxxx

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi again Sarita - just a short note to thank you for the cute kitten pic. I have never had any moggies - just doggies, but it really appeals to my sense of humour! Lots of love, Sylvia xxxx

Karen B. said...

What a way to make a comeback. These cards are grand.

Kerry said...

It would be a crime for you to give up crafting Sarita - PLEASE DON'T DO IT!!!! LOL

Gorgeous picture of your living room and the cards are just so different. I love those sentiments.

Love kerry xx

patriziawithaz said...

Oh! Sarita I'm going to have to get a thesaurus because I constantly use the same words to describe your work - gorgeous,stunning,etc,etc. and I need new words to describe your gorgeous/stunning work !!!!
PS. Don't you dare give up xx

Rufus said...

So glad that you got pulled back from the brink! All of us would be the losers if you were to stop crafting. Should have known that your living room and Christmas tree decorations would be as elegant as your cards! And no thinking of Christmas in July is not sad, it's perfectly normal. At least it is to us "crafty" types!
R/

mckinkle said...

Your mojo must have been just on it's summer break! Thank goodness its flown back home now though! lol!

Im stunned that youve adapted your xmas decs already, you are one very organised lady!

Fab cards, the colours are quite beautiful!

Keryn x

Deb Neerman said...

Fabulous!

Thanks so much for joining us in this week's CAS-tastic Wednesday Clean and Simple "S.I.M.P.L.E." challenge!

Julie said...

Lovely work Sarita, great layouts and design

Sue said...

Hi Sarita
luv the new colour, gorgeous, did laugh at the xmas decs!! awesome cards, now when do we get to buy some of your beautiful drawings?? your creations are stunning hun, sue,x

Smita said...

Heavenly creations!! love the cards, the loops, the colors everything.!!

And I am glad you didn't stop ;-) Motivation sometimes is just hiding deep within :-)

Love the couch and those fab cushions as well :-)


Hugs,
Smita

Fiona said...

Well Done! What did I tell you?
lol.

Fiona x

Juls said...

wow!!! you are just so creative! Love how you altered your home decor items!- Fabulous!!!

Your cards are gorgeous! Love the colours, very retro chic!! Love it! Hugs Juls

Grenouille Greetings said...

Give up? ! ? ! ? No, no, no!!! I am so pleased you got your mojo back, Sarita. And with a citrus bang too! Love the lime, green and black combo - it's very now - and I can see how you would have been inspired by the introduction of green to your living space. Fab cushions BTW! Stunning cards! Warmest wishes, Lesley

Grenouille Greetings said...

ps - you made me laugh in reference to your Chrissy decs. They look fab! WW Lesley

E.T said...

these are sooooooo goood! i am sure they will sell like hot cakes! the green really is a killer here,loves! you have soooo much talented that it is not even funny! i love the pattern too, i think its a stamp?

Paula Gale said...

How on earth could you ever think of giving up your crafting???? You produce some of the most stunning creations in blogland and it would be a much 'sadder' place without your postings. I'm here catching up with everyone today - taking it easy... I love all of these creations. Also - needed to tell you that the cushion at the front right is one i had - only the negative (green with brown flower)... love your colour scheme and love your ruffle cushion too.

Paula x x x