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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Happy as a Bee on a Sunflower :)

Depression and low mood has completely kicked my arse this week so I have found myself wanting to create bright and happy things to try and snap myself out of it. I am so very, very tired and no matter how much sleep I have I can't seem to feel lively in any way. It is times like this I feel completely trapped and I am just so thankful for my cardmaking and my little craft room of joy.

It is week 3 of the progressive freebie challenge at Delightful Inspiration and Faith gave us a lovely row of flowers with a choice with and without the sentiment. I chose to go without and created a little scene with the flowers, a row of bees above them from Happileigh Scrappin' and a sentiment from TLC Creations. The image is coloured in with Promarkers in happy bright colours.

I used a sketch from Sketch & Stash for the layout and as my image is quite large I used an 8" scalloped edge card. The main paper is from a Dovecraft pad from the First Edition range. The other papers in oranges, yellow and brown are from a really old HOTP Citrus Cardmakers pack that I have from QVC, gotta be about 5 years old!!

I used a Fiskars punch on the yellow paper and added a chocolate suede ribbon on top with a Papermania ribbon bow and a red star gem centre. I added faux stitching to the edges of the orange strips to make them stand out better from the main background paper. The image is mounted onto 3d foam so it adds more dimension to it.

Around the edges of the card I have added loads of Craftwork Cards Candi. I had initially put all the flower patterned ones on there but it looked too much so changed it to a random colouring of one patterned one plain and I am a lot happier with how that looks.

Paul has just come home from work and said he loves my card :)

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-
Card Size - 8" square scalloped edge
Paper - Dovecraft & HOTP
Sentiment - TLC Creations
Embellishments - Candi from Craftwork Cards, Bow from Papermania, Suede Ribbon & star gem from stash
Tools - 3D Foam & Scissors, Promarkers, Fiskars Treading water punch
Techniques - punching, faux stitching

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


DC said...

You did a great job with this card. Love the boarder!

Sue said...

really pretty card, such pretty papers and colours:)

Thank you for using my sketch and for joining us at SnS


McCrafty's Cards said...

A really lovely card, Great take on our sketch, Thanks for joining in with us at Sketch N Stash.
Kevin xx

Kristie W. said...

I am glad your crafting is a bright spot in your life. Your card is sunny and cheery :) I love what you did with the candi!

Unknown said...

What a bright and gorgeous card Mandy, yes cardmaking really helps. I am sorry you are feeling that way, me too feel like that most of the time, you are not alone... xxx

Jane said...

Oh Mandy...sorry to hear you're having a bad week. You need to just sit n' look at this brilliant card...that should cheer you up. Luv that patterned card candy too and I have that First edition paper-pad & it's almost too lush to use (may have to get a 2nd pad, just to stroke!) You know this will all pass soon, Luvs yer xxx

Shirley said...

I just saw your beautiful bright and cheerful card on the Make it Monday linky party and popped over to say hi. It made me smile when I saw it. When I just read that you had been depressed and down I thought of all the people you had cheered up with your gorgeous card.
I hope it cheered you up when your husband said he loved your card.He is the most important critic in your life and If he is like mine, he will be truthful with you.
Good luck in all the challenges you have entered and I hope today is a better day for you.


Julie said...

What a sweet card. Thanks for joining us at DDSC

Jackie Rockwell said...

Hi Mandy, Your card is so very happy and bright just as you intended it to be. Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for playing this week's challenge at Whimsy Stamps!

Stephanie (Arty Carty) Lee said...

I hope you feel better Mandy. Your card sure is happy and bright and I love how creatively you used those candi. Thanks for sharing this with us at Tuesday Throwdown.

Jac’s Playground said...

A great card, love how bright and cheery it is and I love your border of card candi it looks awesome. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week.

Stef H said...

paul has excellent taste! this card is fabulous. sorry you're not feeling up to par but you sure sound upbeat - yay. keeping you in my prayers.

have a fabulous weekend!

hugs :)

Jill said...

gorgeous card Mandy love the bright colours and the card candy thanks for joining us at Sketch n stash hugs Jill xx

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

This is really a totally awesome cheerful card...just like what you said you wanted to do. Those candis around it are awesome too. Fabulous card....and thank you for joining in on the Catch the Bug challenge this week. It's definitely a very happy card!

Debs M said...

it certainly is a bright and cheery card, it's fabulous and i LOVE the card candi!Hope you are feeling better after some time crafting x Thanks for joining the ‘Anything Goes ’ Challenge’ at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges. We hope to see you again next week!
Debbie Dt x

Audrey Ernst (hippieaud) said...

Love your bright and cheery card Mandy, so pretty. I can totally relate to the depression and need to snap out of it. Sometimes so hard and so frustrating. So thankful to have met you through crafting!! Hugs my friend and thanks so much for playing at WHOOPSI DAISY and THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR this week:)

scrapperjulia said...

This is such a bright and cheery card! Love the flowers and the bees! Thanks for joining us at The One Stop Craft Challenge!

Carrie's Corner said...

Super cute card and you did a great job with the color challenge! I especially like the candi's on the border. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley Challenges.


tootsie said...

This is super gorgeous! This card will definitely brighten anyone's day! Love it!

Thank you for joining us in our anything goes challenge over at The PaperCrafting Journey!


Dragonlady said...

Lovely bright cheery card. Thank you for playing at Aud Sentiments.

Hugs Ali x

Marilyn Webb said...

Beautiful happy and cheery card! Thanks for joining us this week at Catch The Bug.

Becky G said...

Such a cute and colorful fun card! It makes me happy just to look at it!
Thanks for joining us at Catch The Bug!

:) Becky

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card, certainly bright and cheerful - made me smile. Love that card candi too. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley. xx

Lisa Minckler said...

What a lovely and honest post and I agree, thank God for paper and embellishments, it is one of the best therapy measures out there!
Your card absolutely brought a smile to my face and I thank you for sharing your amazing talent.
Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Make It Monday!
Lisa xx
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Dr Sonia S V said...

Mandy the candy border you have created is so cute-- never seen this before and I am so thrilled that you made the spinner card!

Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V

Andrea said...

This is lovely. Thanks for joining us at the Ribbon Girl this month, we hope to see you again soon

Linda Anderson said...

Oh what a gorgeous card, I love your bright colors!! Thanks for joining us at the Freshly Brewed "HOT" Challenge.


Shirl said...

Love all the bees and the sunflower. The candy is just amazing. Hope you feel better soon.

Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.

Hugs Shirley x x

Sara I. said...

So sorry to hear that you're feeling kinda down and droopy. Hoping that you feel better soon and sending hugs from Jersey!! The card is adorable - love all the candy on it and the bees are just precious!! Awesome card that definitely puts a smile on your face! xx

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you've been feeling low. Praying you are able to get more rest and feel more like yourself soon. Your card is so wonderfully cheerful! Love the bright colors and all those fun brads around the edges. Thanks for sharing this at Tuesday Throwdown. :-)

Gem said...

a fab creation! Thanks for sharing with us at AUD sentiments! Gemma :)

Dana said...

I hope you are feeling a little better Mandy! I am so glad you have crafting as an outlet and this is sooooo very cute and cheerful! I love all the doo dads around the edge! Thanks for sharing with us at One Crazy Stamper and sending you hugs sweetie!

Krafty Kows said...

I love this card - it's so colourful and cheerful. Jeanette