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First Card of 2010!

Published January 6, 2010 by isisimaginings

Yes, I did say in last night’s post that I probably wouldn’t have any cards to show this week. That was correct until Jen reminded me she needed a birthday card for one of her work colleagues. I had a hospital appointment today, which was cancelled due to the bad weather, so it was a perfect opportunity to get crafty. I ended up making two cards, the first of which is this one.

The LO was inspired by a card I saw in the second edition of ‘The Complete Cardmaking Handbook’. I stamped the swirl with Versamark – my placement is not as good as it should be – covered the swirls with clear embossing powder & used the heat gun. I used a blending tool to cover the card with TH ‘Peeled Paint’ & ‘Frayed Burlap’ Distress Inks. The pin attached to the sentiment is also from TH. I coloured the Manga Girl image with my Whispers pens & attached her with foam pads. When the card was finished, I thought it looked a little flat, so I added the three adhesive pearls.

I know today is officially the last day of Christmas, so it seems fitting to show you some pics I took of the Christmas tree outside the General Post Office in O’Connell Street, in Dublin, Ireland. It’s a tree-shaped grouping of lighted spheres that change colour every few seconds. Naturally, it has divided the opinions of Dubliners, including my mom, (!), but I like it a lot. I’m developing a real fascination for contemporary forms of lighting & this ticks a lot of boxes for me.

I’ve waited until now to mention the ‘R’ word. You know; “Resolution“, (I’m whispering). Last year I made all sorts of new year’s resolutions & didn’t manage to keep any of them. So this year I have decided to keep it simple & uncomplicated. I hereby resolve to:

  • Avoid Procrastination
  • Be Creative

I admitted to myself towards the end of 2009 that I have real problem with putting things off – my failure to make enough Christmas cards is a classic example. I also know why I do it; fear of not been good enough, fear of being laughed at for daring to think I could possibly have any artistic talent, etc., etc. All the classic neuroses & insecurities that have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. If I have learned nothing else in the last two years, it is that time is finite & I have a lot to do, so more wasting it. To quote the late, lamented tenth Doctor Who, aka the gorgeous David Tennant, “Allons-y!!!”

You’ll have seen the new picture at the top of my blog, the one that says ‘Creative Every Day 2010’. I visited Leah’s blog from time to time last year & this year I decided to join her challenge of creating something every day – or as often as you can, in my case! I like that we can create anything we want, from a card, a poem, a painting, to a story, anything. Leah chooses a monthly theme, but we don’t have to use it, it’s only in case we get stuck. Her theme for January is ‘Body’ & it has actually given me an idea for a series of paintings. I’ve been turning the idea over & over in my head since before Christmas & I’m going to have a go. They’re probably going to be awful, but I’m going to be very brave & put them on my blog, where everyone can criticise them as much as they like! Of course, if you’d all like to lie & tell me they’re fantastic, I’d be thrilled!! 🙂 🙂 I hope to start working on them at the weekend, wish me luck!

Thank you for dropping by, I appreciate it. Until next time,

Love & light.