Saturday, January 28, 2012

Craft the moment

Ugh it is nearly 40 degrees here in Perth today, it is hot and it is dry!
We spent the morning at the beach, it was perfect, the water cool and refreshing and so salty to the point it stung your eyes.   That kind of weather where it is just to hot to do anything despite want ever urge you have to craft.  Mix that with a dose of home sickness and missing my friends greatly of late and understandably my miserable mood & mojo just wanted to sit and troll the www and my blogroll.

That was until I saw the Day 333 At This Moment challenge over at 365 Cards.
Has it raised an eyebrow for you too? 

So here is the deal ... As you're reading this post, think about where are you at this very moment, whether it's the exact place or an activity you did today, that should be the thing that inspires your card.   

For me I am home sick and feeling blue missing my friends back home :'(  Hmm I can craft to that! I can make a card for a friend back home that I am missing immensely!   Blue will be my focus as I am feeling 'blue', but what should I make?

Welcome Day 332 Itsy Bitsy at 365 Cards - Make a teeny tiny card - less than 3" by 3" - otherwise the dimensions are up to you. Hmm ... now that doesn't just sound interesting, that sounds challenging! (specially for me as I love my 6" by 6" cards with all their details.)

 That was all I needed, I was off on a mission and I knew exactly where I was heading and what I wanted.  I wanted a sweet sentiment as focus, blue with white (so out of character for me), a flower(s), some embossing, ribbon and lace (a must have), bling, pearls and swirls and some how I wanted to get layers on a 3 by 3!

So .... 
How do you think I went???
Yep, it is 3" x 3", with 3 layers, lots of embellishments and loads of texture and dimension!
And was so much fun to make!
Side view to show some of the dimension to this little baby.

To tell truth, I was gobsmacked when I finished this.  Not only for it's tiny winy size and it's ability to capture my home sickness mood, but because it turned out so beautiful and was so much more than I ever expected or dreamed it could be.  I can not wait to get this in the mail back home to a very dear friend.  It has no personal message inside, and I did dwell on this for a while, but I really do not think it needs it as it says everything already.   I don't need to pop my name on it as the recipient will know who it is from and in worse case, my name is on the back of the envelope :))

The sentiment is a freebie from Gingers House that I have edited to spread over 3 parts of the card.  The words are so true and touching and perfectly capture my mood of the blues for friends back home.  

I hope you like what you see and thanks for dropping in on me.
Have a great weekend!

Challenges this creation is entering with the help of the Feline Playful Girls:
ATCs & Cards With Attitude - #5 Anything goes W2/2Fri E1/-
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge -  #5 Thinking of you missing you W1/2Fri E1/3
Pattie's Creations Design Challenge - #36 Embossing W1/2 Fri E1/2
Stamp Man - Embellish It W1/2Fri E1/1Card
Stamping For The Weekend - #2 Embossing  W1/2Fri E1/1
Stampin With The Dragon - #2 Anything goes W2/2 Fri E2/-
Totally Paper Crafts - Pearls and Lace Fri E1/-
Winter Wonderland - Pearls & Swirls Fri E1/3
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - #92 Anything Goes E1/-
Paper Crafting Journey - #1 Floral 2/2Thurs E1/-
PaperPlay Challenges - 12/2 Lovely Lace Thurs Thurs E1/2
Shelly's Images - Text me (text as focus) Thurs E1/-
Crafting For All Seasons - #19 Blue & White W1/2 Wed E1/-
Flutterby Wednesday's - #187 Embossing Wed E1/1
The Paper Shelter - Pearls and Swirls Wed E2/3
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes Wed  E1/-
Whimsy Stamps Challenge - #23 Pearls or Bling Wed E2/3
Creative Craft Challenge - The color blue W2/2 Tue E1/3
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - #17 Sparkle Tues 
Everybody Art - #175 Swirls Tues E2/-
The Stamping Boutique - #24 Die Cuts Tue E2/-
Paper Makeup Stamps - #20 Winter Blues  Mon
Pile It On - #4 Lace Sun E2/-
Sentimental Sundays - #86 Die Cuts Sun E1/3
Saturday Challenge - Ribbon(s) Sat E
Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C121 Layer it on, layers and lots of embellishments Sat

For such a small card it is amazing to fit it into so many challenges! 
Thanks again Feline Playful Girls!

44 Treasured comments:

Lisa Jane said...

oh this is so soft and pretty ..a really beautiful card
Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week
Lisa x

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Leesa. Oh wow, what a beautiful creation. Stunning colours, lovely verse, lots of lovely textures and the flowers, lace and pearls are just so very special.
Whoever the lucky recipient of this is, they should treasure it always.
Love it. Have a nice weekend.
Love Sandra xxx

Nannieflash said...

Fabulous card design love your colour choice to. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

DesignerDiva said...

This is just so precious Leesa, I'm sat here feeling much the same only in much colder temperatures and trawling through blogland now I've seen this I want to go and make a mini wee card!
Hugs Laurie xx

Jennifer_GlitterInMyHair said...

Oh oh ohhhhhhh! This is so so so gorgeous!! I am glad you found some inspiration and took some time to craft - no better way to lift the spirits right? I hope that you regain some energy and some happy soon - it's no fun to be missing home! Thanks for joining us at 365 cards though - maybe we can be your home away from home! :)

Camilla said...

Beautiful card inside out! Thank you so much for joining us at Deep Ocean Challenges for the Sparkling and Glitter Challenge.
Hugs, Camilla

Linda Wescott said...

Absolutely fabulous card Leesa, sorry you suffering homesickness, must be so hard. Take care, hugs lin (from Feline)

Sandra H said...

This is so beautiful Karen:) Sandra H

fatmonica said...

It's a stunning card!Thanks for entering the ATCs with Attitude challlenge.

downrightcrafty said...

a gorgeous creation and lovely use of the ribbon, thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx
ps I have candy if you are interested :)

Barbara said...

Absolutely stunning.

downrightcrafty said...

oops forgot to say, thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us at the Winter Wonderland this week
Hugs Kate xx

Unknown said...

Very cool!! I love that you made a little inspiration book! Thanks for playing at PMS this week!

Beverly G said...

It's always fun when you create something that comes out so much more fabulous than you imagined, and you hit a top note with this project. Thanks for entering ATCs & Cards With Attitude.

Barbara said...

Hi Leesa,So glad you have found your mojo! Your little card is just stunning, love the colors you chose and the special sentiment. You are such a thoughtful friend. You can send some of your heat north..we are in a snow blizzard right now!! Glad you are settled in your new home. I hear that Perth is a lovely city. Enjoy...Barbara

Karen Letchworth said...

Leesa: This project is just stunning. Thanks for playing along in the Text Me Challenge this week at Shelly's Images. We hope you will come back next week for another fun challenge.
Karen- Design Team Member

Jenn Zeeb said...

Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at “Pile It On” for the Lace Challenge.

Jenn Zeeb

Stampalicious said...

this is gorgeous, thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop challenges this week, hugs, martina

Ashley said...

OMG! What a GORGEOUS card!!! I absolutely LOVE this, and the embossing on the card is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Pattie's Creations!

Pattie's Creations DT member

Carly said...

Yes we have been feeling the heat here in Victoria too! Temps around the low 40s and high 30s .... It looks like change is on the way for the next few days for us though.

Well your card may be tiny ... but it sure packs a big bang! Its stunning! Those blues and shimmers are just delightful! What a fabulous card ... and even all the better for brightening your day ... along with the lucky recipient.

Thankyou so much for sharing this gorgeous card with us at Crafting For All Seasons.

xoxoxo Carly

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous little card, and my favourite colour too! LOVE all the texture and yummi lace too!

Thanks for joining in with us at Pile it On Challenge this time, Come play again soon, hugs Samantha :0)

Joanne said...

This is such a gorgeous card, I love it. Thank you for letting us see it at ATCs and Cards with Attitude.

Heather said...

An adorable card, such wonderful colours and design, I love all the beautiful details with all the textures .

Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp challenge
Heather xx

Olivia said...

So pretty and the embellishments and layers are just perfect. I am sure your friend will be deeply touched! Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays. Olivia

Pattie G said...

This is perfect for our challenge at Pattie’s Creations. Thanks for joining us!
Pattie ♥

Anonymous said...

Very cute... and elegant..

thanks for playing with us at PMS Challenge..


Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous...Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week.
Wendy xx

Darlene said...

WOW this is awesome! Thanks so much for joining our "TEXT" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!

Shelly's Images DT

Redrottie said...

such a beautiful project - thank you for joining in the fun at stampin for the weekend x good luck with your entry.. karen (Redrottie)

Karen Wilson said...

Oh, this is just beautiful and you're right, it did capture how you're feeling. I love everything about this card. Thanks for fluttering with us at Flutter By Wednesday and hope you feel better soon!!

Jan Ltc said...

This is great, thanks for joining us at CFAS xx Jan

Squirrel x said...

Oh this is just gorgeous hun, thanks for playing at Winter Wonderland with us this week. Hugs, Sxx

Nikbee said...

A beautiful card. I love all the bling. Thank you for joining us at Creative craft.
Nikki x

Juliet A said...

this is a perfect example of why you win so many of the challenges that you enter - this is stellar, absolutely stellar!

Anonymous said...

Sooooooo gorgeous and love all the sparkly gems. Thank you for joining us over at ATC's With Attitude this fortnight, we hope you will be able to join us again soon xx

Ginger said...

What an amazingly beautiful card!

Sandra DeFalco said...

Leesa, beautiful card!
Thanks for playing in our 'Embossing' Challenge #36, and for using a Digital OR Stamped image!
♥ Sandi
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

happyscrapper said...

Gorgeous card I love it. The colors and sentiments are prefect. Thanks for joining us at CCCC and hope you come back again.
Christine Dt at CCCC

Cards By MI said...

It's a wonderful creation that you should be really proud of. I love it! Thanks for playing with us over at The Paper Shelter this week.
Love n hugs

Im just me - Marleen said...

What a beautiful card. Thank you for joining the stamping with the dragon challenge xxx

Siobhan Fyffe said...

Beautiful project with lots of gorgeous embellishments. I also live in Perth but in Scotland. So considerably colder than your Perth!!
Thanks for joining us at the Stamp Man challenge.

Bettina L. said...

This is just gorgeous. Can't believe that card is so small. You've got so much going on there;) Love the colours, embossing, pearls and design. Thanks for playing at Digi Doodle Shops Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back for the next challenge;) Bettina xx

Linny said...

Thank you for joining in at Secret Crafter Saturday challenge. Love the colour scheme on your card.Linda x

Helen said...

Beautiful card - so pretty!
Thanks for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

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