Thursday, May 21, 2009

Getting on top of the workload

I have a bit of news this week, which is a little bit exciting, but a little bit scary too. I have quit my job and decided to be a 'stay at home Mum'...Wow! I have one more shift left at work on Sunday, then I will be unemployed for the first time since I left Uni 12 years ago. I think I may try to make a bit more of a go with Stampin Up, until now I have just been dabbling and seeing what happened with the little bit of time I put in, but now ...well, we will see! Anyway, with that decision made, I feel like I am finally getting on top of things at home, as well as in my craft room. I have made this card for little Miss Ella, who is a very close family friend, and it is her 4th birthday party next weekend (yes, made a week in advance!)The true colors of the card are not really evident in the pic as it is a dark, gray morning here in Melbourne.I saw a card like this on Michelle Zindorfs site a while ago and thought I would give it ago, but with my own twist. So, I started off stamping and coloring in the girl from "a kind word" set, and the branch from "echo's of kindness" set, then clear embossed them. I brayered summer sun, royal rose & almost amethyst over the top, and wiped the excess ink off the embossed images and sponged a little elegant eggplant around the top. I then stamped some grass from the "inspired by nature set at the bottom. Attached is a Happy Birthday sentiment from the retired "Perfect Princess" set, then I punched out the border with the eyelet punch. That was when I realised I had no idea how to finish the card! I laid the images on top of a few pieces of card stock and certainly celery seemed to suit the best, so then I used my color wheel for the very first time, and matched it up with blush blossom, with a dash of regal rose! A color combo I would never have come up with on my own! I finished it off with some heart buttons from my stash. I think this card suits Miss Ella very well, she is such a sweet little girl, I can just imagine her swinging on a garden swing looking just like this! Now I am off to do the washing, vacuuming and bathrooms while I am on a roll!


Debbie Pamment said...

Good luck with not working - am thinking of heading that way myself!! I'm sure with all of your talent you'll do well with SU.

LOVE everything about this card - shhh - don't tell Michelle Z but I think yours is better!!! So perfect for a little girl! Gorgeous work!!

Enjoy your journey as a SAHM!

Robyn said...

Well this card shows that you definitely have what it takes to be very successful in your new "full time" stamping business! Congratulations on your brave decision Leonie and all the best for your last shift!

Philippa Petty said...

Wow. I don't know where to start. Beautiful, beautiful card. Have decieded to copy this one defiantly. i'm sure ella wont mind getting two of the same card. He He. This is so lovely.

Leigh said...

Leonie, this is a gorgeous card. You've done well with the brayering.

Anonymous said...


Congratulations on quiting work. Hoping it gives you more time to hold stamping workshops cause I love them. I also love you latest cards. And I am in love with designer paper now too.

Say happy birthday to ella for me.

Claire Sykes

Liam said...

Wow love this card. You have been busy. I love this card heaps I am sure it looks so much better in real life. Good luck with your decision to be SAHM. I am one I made that decision one year ago and I have to say that it was the best thing I could of done even though I was scared out of my mind to do it but I don't regret that decision. It is a very hard decision but it can be very rewarding too.


Mary said...

Gorgeous card!
BTW, I am a SAHM and love it!