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Simple Stamped Snowmen

This is a quick and easy card idea that would be fun to do with kids (or adults!) and produces some lovely, quirky little characters.  I made a whole stack of these in one evening – perfect for when you are time poor and need to make a lot of cards in one go.

There’s lots of examples of stamped snowmen on various websites, using potatoes or sponges cut to shape.  I didn’t have any potatoes (my cupboards were a bit bare this week) so I carved a little roughly-circular-ovalish shape from a leftover piece of rubber from my printing class earlier in the year. I dabbed the stamp into a moistened sponge that had white paint on it and stamped onto some mini brown card stock.  It doesn’t matter if the stamped image doesn’t come out completely perfect – it adds to the design and makes it a bit more rustic and handmade.  But you can fix it up with some more paint if you want to.  The extra details were cut out of coloured card stock and drawn on with a Pigma Micron pen (they’re my go-to for doodling and adding details to things, especially when I don’t want any bleeding of ink or smudges).

I stamped a Christmas greeting on each card to finish, and voila!  So simple and quick!  They’re really cute and you can make each snowman quite individual, just by adding different details.  Try a scarf, or some holly on his hat, or no hat at all.  I also added a bit of glitter to them to help the white shine (you can’t see it in the photo…) but you can do anything you like to make them your own.

Hope your festive season is shaping up to be happy and heart-warming 🙂

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Glad and Worthy Heart & First Homes

I made this card on a cold and blustery day one weekend when I was feeling anti-social and needing some quiet time away from the world.  Which is not uncommon for me, let’s face it.  I could probably do with a regularly-scheduled “quiet day” – wonder if I could work that into my job description at work…

I would like to say I have a glad and worthy heart myself but, at the moment, it’s more of a grateful but very weary and stressed heart.  I’m in the process of buying a house.  It’s a long process.  A long and anxiety-provoking process and I don’t know what I am doing.  Everything seems ridiculously difficult and complicated.  I cannot make decisions at the best of times and so, for something as monumental as buying your first home, I am going completely mental and am stressed to the max.  I’m also very grateful to be in the position to even CONSIDER buying a house.  Not everyone is so lucky.  But I have worked very hard all my adult life and have saved my money and lived within my means and not wracked up any debt or credit card issues.  I didn’t think I would ever be ready to buy a house – didn’t think I would ever be able to afford it on my own or be emotionally ready for the responsibility.  But when are you ever ready for such things?  And that’s what I keep saying to myself – If you wait until you are ready and feeling secure, you will never do it.  

The economy at the moment is pretty dreadful.  Australia has one of the stronger economies in the world but still, it’s in trouble the way the rest of the world is.  My job is not particularly “safe”, although perhaps safer than some other people’s in the organisation.  But if I wait for a “safe” time, I probably won’t be able to afford to buy and, anyway, who knows when that time will be?  Five years from now?  Ten?  I’m in my forties – time is running out for me to get and pay for a mortgage.

So, into the property market I go.  Tentatively and with much fear and trepidation.  I don’t know if I will even end up with the house.  There’s some issues with it that need addressing before I sign off completely, and so the settlement agent is dealing with that. I don’t want to buy a lemon, and I don’t trust the seller’s agent one bit.  He is well dodgy. But it’s altogether scary and I am so anxious.  I keep having little panic attacks where you can’t breathe and you feel really sick.  The kind that make you want to climb under a rock and stay there until it’s all over.

But, if it all works out, I will have a house of my own.  I can have cats (hooray!) and make a lovely garden and decorate how I like and not have to worry about rent inspections.  I will have some financial security for the future and a teeny bit of pride that I actually did this on my own, without help.  I can say “my house” and it will be true.

So, hopefully soon, I will have a glad and relieved heart.  Not sure about the “worthy” part, but hopefully the Universe sees me as somewhat deserving and cuts me some slack!  I need all the help I can get right now, just to stay sane.  Why do people like buying and selling houses???  It’s so tricky and frustrating and HARD!

I hope that wherever you are in life you are settled and happy, secure and at peace with the choices you are making.  And if you know a way to be like that ALL THE TIME, please let me in on the secret!

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Pigeon Card

Good morning!  Hope your day is travelling along splendidly 🙂

I made this card on the weekend and it was one of the better ones I created.  It didn’t make me swear quite as much and it didn’t take me an age to finish.  The colours came together fairly easily and I was happy with the overall look.  It’s kinda got a rustic and old-fashioned vibe.  It reminds me of a wooden sign outside a pub (for some reason).  I could imagine it being called “The Dusty Pigeon” or “The Pigeon and Twig” or something similarly ye olde English drinking establishment.

I’m assuming it’s a pigeon.  Let’s just say it is, for the sake of argument.

The little dried flowers are pretty delicate and will probably disintegrate if the card is handled roughly.  I did put extra glue on the backs of them, so they would hopefully survive any manhandling and people prodding and touching them.  I do find that, when people are perusing my cards, they tend to want to poke and touch things, or run their fingers over embellishments etc, not to mention the people who just jam the cards back into the pile, with no care or consideration for their delicacy.  They should be concerned for MY delicacy!  I am very fragile ha ha.  Besides, you don’t want the cards to be all dog-eared or bent.  I do put them in protective plastic sleeves, but people can be pretty rough.

Anyway, I digress… This card is going to have to stand up to wear and tear, at least until someone has paid for it.  Then it can fall apart if it needs to.  But hopefully that won’t happen.  Be strong little pigeon and hang on to your petals!

I’m being silly today.  Which is not unusual, let’s face it.  I’m trying not to be a grumpy-guts, which I have been for a little while now, due to one thing and another.  Making and creating eases that, A LOT, so I try and do as much of it as I can – if only to make me a more pleasant person to be around.

Thanks for dropping in and listening to my nonsense.  It means a lot to me 🙂

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