Tuesday, 5 November 2019

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul…

Sharing a non-fold card featuring Curvy Girl Is Busy from Stamping Bella Stamps.

This is one of those cards that aren’t on your yearly list or tied to a particular date.  But it’s the sort of card that can really make someone smile and it was prompted by my need to do a card for the Bizzy Bec’s DT.  I had no idea what to make and started with lining up my latest order from Bec and hitting up my favourite challenge sites, where a couple of challenges got my mojo rocking.

First was the inspirational words over at Time Out, in particular the “be grateful, laugh lots”.  I’ve been grateful for the laughs one of staff shares with me in the mornings before the rest of the team arrive.  Grateful for her hard work and dedication, for the way she challenges me in my thinking and to be a better leader.

Add to that the word prompt over at Addicted to CAS of hero and I knew I needed to make this card and finally raid my stash like I’d be meaning to do for a while for supplies she could use to get back into scrapbooking.  What’s scrapbooking supplies got to do with heroes especially when there’s no hero image on my card?  Well first it’s an anti-hero because the prompt got me thinking about her relationship with her dad, you know, the man who’s supposed to be every little girl’s hero.  Unfortunately, hers is an emotionally abusive person who stole her creativity by constantly belittling her scrapbooking efforts through her teen years.  I only learned about this after offering to help her make a card for her mother’s birthday.  She told me the story but it was the joy shining in her eyes and smile on her face as she made the card that made me start thinking I needed to help her get back into her scrapbooking.

That thought has lingered for a while in my mind but I didn’t do much about it.  Work has been crazy busy and life has, well, been full of adulting.  But with those challenges, the “give love” at Time Out made me realise I could do that, give her the love of creating back and, from Addicted to CAS, maybe be her crafty “hero”.  Add in that I had the Curvy Girl is Busy stamp sitting among my Bizzy Bec purchases and I could so see her hands full of scrapbooking materials and, well, this card just had to be made.

I’d seen the water colouring challenge at Mix It Up while looking for inspiration so I water coloured my image before handwriting my sentiment.  I mounted the water colour panel on a couple of green mats and voilá I had a card to go with the crafty items I found in my stash that I thought would make the perfect travel scrapbook to bring back an old love through a new one of my colleague’s; her travelling.

And in case youre interested, heres the simply beautiful card she made for her mum.

Inks & Paints etc 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Aged Paper, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn and Tea Dye 
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock ~ Marshmallow 
Creative Memories ~ Green Designer Paper
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Granny Apple Green 
Stamping Bella Stamps ~ EB791 Curvy Girl Is Busy 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I am so happy we inspired this card and love how you describe your thought process and your co-worker is just going to love this-and the sentiment is oh so true. Thanks for leaving us a lovely comment on our blog and thank you for joining us at Time Out

  2. Dear Emily what a beautiful card. It's so nice to see that our Challenge inspired you and the lady is so lovely. I just love how you watercoloring her.
    Thanks for joining our Challenge at Mix It Up an hope to see you soon again.
    Hugs. Veana R.- DT

  3. I love that you chose this stamp for your hero! Beautiful coloring and what a wonderful sentiment! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS!

  4. How sweet is the reason and your card is absolutely gorgeous. Love your colouring, but the sentiment does it for me!! Thank you for taking time out and join us at Time out challenges. Hugs ~ Ishani.

  5. Stunning Cardand such a lovely thing to do. Her Card is Stunning too and for sure her Mother would have loved it. xxx


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