Thursday, 21 January 2016


Hello and a Happy New Year!

Yes, yes, I'm a bit late. As usual. But there's a reason. I gave up making new year's resolutions ages ago - I knew I would never be able to stick to them so I didn't bother trying. Then last year in that post-family-Christmas-visit, house-is-a-disaster-zone, still-flippin'-working, hate-this-dark-wet-dreary-weather feeling of miserable anti-climax, I realised something quite ridiculous. I have done virtually no crafting for myself since I went back to work in September 2013. That's 16 months ago.

Not that I've been idle. In 2015 I made: one frantic, massive, 50-page scrapbook for the departing vicar. 48 birthday and anniversary cards for everybody else. 54 Christmas cards to send out. 20-odd candles for the church. 130-odd hearts for the church. And for me? A handful of candles. WHAT?? What's happened to ME? I've disappeared - got buried under a heap of the rest of humanity's needs and requests. Look, even my blog still has last summer's background photo on it. This has got to stop!

So for 2016 I HAVE made a new year's resolution, for the first time in years: to stop saying "yes" to others, if it means saying "no" to myself. I'm going to craft. I want to get back into scrapbooking, but not doing DT work and setting challenges and administrating stuff for others. I'm going to scrap for myself. Cards are for other people of course, and I'm going to continue to enjoy making them and sending them out. People who don't reciprocate will be taken off the list, sent bought cards or birthday wishes on Facebook.

My goodness, I'm sounding HARD! Too harsh? NO! No, I'm going to stick to this. (Besides, the church has enough candles and hearts to keep them going for a while...!) It's going to take a while to get back into it though. Today (day off) I decided to make a card for a few challenges, as I used to do regularly. It took 3 sittings, with me getting up and down, frustrated with an aching back and playing hide-and-seek with my mojo. I don't even know whether I like what I've created, but it's done now, and ready to send.

Less is more: the kissing technique. I "kissed" the clouds, the leaves and the tree stump, although only the clouds were completely solid stamps. The green ink I used on the leaves didn't work very well.
Simon Says Stamp: Create with critters.
Stamping Sensations: anything goes with a die.

Oh man. I've just realised that foxy looks as if he's got a tree trunk stuck up his... drat, drat. I'm so out of practice at this...


Sazzle Dazzle said...

What a super cute little scene and gorgeous stamp kissing here.
Loving your stamp collection and thanks so much for playing along this week!
Sarah xx
Less is More

creationsnz said...

wonderful scene, those kissed clouds are darling!

brenda said...

A sweet foxy image Squirrel and beautifully coloured, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Chrissie said...

I love your curlicue clouds, what a fun card you made with the kissing technique!
Thanks so much
Less is More

Neets B said...

I think you are exactly right to make time for YOU. I need to do that to some degree as well. I sent out about 100 handmade Christmas cards and some people I've known for years didn't even return the favour at all, even with a shop bought one. Time to have a proper cull and just concentrate on the peeps that really appreciate me.
Back to you those clouds and great kissing on all the elements you included. Lovely to see you at Less is More.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

Amanda said...

Good to see you back crafting and blogging Rosey.

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x