Hello! Welcome to 2022!

Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to a promising year this go around!  I sure am!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I was having a bit of a hard time with having lost my “MOJO” for a period, feeling really down and not myself at all.  Christmas came and then on top of it, I’ve gotten sick.  I am starting to feel a bit better now, so I decided that the only way to get through all of this is by doing what I’ve always felt to be therapeutic, which is to keep on creating!  I just need to get back into the mindset of it again is all, but I do enjoy it when I’m creating as I’m sure my fellow crafty friends can relate to!😉  Appreciate your kindness to me always.

Since I really haven’t created much lately other than Christmas cards (as you can see from my previous post below), I’m going to share some projects that I had done at the end of last year including some commissioned cards I was asked to do:

Last month was a birthday card for my dad, so I’ve pulled out a special birthday kit that came out sometime last year from Simon Says Stamp.  Everything I’ve used on the card including the embossing folder, stamps, sentiment strips and paper all came from the kit.  It may be hard to see in the photo, but I’ve foiled over the “super happy” sentiment strip that was included with the kit and glued it over top of the cake slice.

I’ve added some glitter over the candle flame, the yellow stars and the inside of the white embossed “birthday” strip under the cake slice.  I pulled out the blue colors from the striped paper to color the image with using Copic markers and die cut it out to glue over top of the sentiment strip and embossed oval layer.

And speaking of birthdays, I was commissioned to do a 50th birthday card for a guy that is a professional painter and enjoys grilling outdoors.  The first image that came to my mind was this really cute LOTV image.  I printed him out and thought it would be fun to incorporate the birthday number above “the painter” to make it look like he’s in the process of doing it while the paint is dripping everywhere.  So while the boy painter was printed out, I stamped and embossed the numbers above him.

My husband had the idea of the little grill along the edge going “up in smoke”.  So I created a “ground” area for the ladder and the grill to be on.  I stamped the grill image, colored it in and then a liner pen to draw the line to establish the separation.  I then ripped the corner above the grill and sponged some Black Soot distress ink around the grill and corner edging.  I didn’t want the background to be white or black, so I dug out some brick style pattern paper to place behind that corner area before attaching it to the card base.  Hopefully there were some chuckles from it!

So for the inside of the card, I thought it would be fun to take this corner border die that I received from a Halloween class and make it look like the red paint drip continued on the inside.  Then I found this really funny sentiment to go along with the grilling bit too!  I also sponged some more of that Black Soot distress ink around the edges.

These were really fun cards to do and I enjoyed the coloring process so much!  I find that coloring images really helps me get through some creative blocks…even if it’s a simple image or something that I don’t use, so I’m thankful to at least to be able to do that.  Hopefully I can get back into what I enjoy doing here.

I know people sometimes struggle with masculine style cards, so here are a few examples of cards that I came up with for men.  Hope it helped with some ideas for you too!  Thanks for stopping by today and I’m glad you did!

Challenges:

  1. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes
  2. Stamping Sensations – Anything Goes with stamping + use a die (top card only)
  3. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – #173 Anything Goes
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes

27 thoughts on “Hello! Welcome to 2022!

  1. Happy, creative year to you, Vicki. Hope making cards will get you to the old Vicki again.
    These cards are gorgeous and lovely.
    xxx Margreet

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  2. Glad to hear you are feeling better Vicki -fabulous cards Vicki love the colourful birthday card for your Dad-and the 2nd card is absolutely brilliant love the burnt edge talk about inspiration!!! I know what you mean about missing mojo -TBH the journal page was made a while ago and it was in my drafts with a couple of other cards ready to blog as had a manic couple of months here and no inclination to craft-good job I keep a few “just in case” lol
    Carol x

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  3. Happy New Year Vicki,I hope you’re fully recovered soon. Two fabulous fun makes,the birthday cake looks so delicious and the 50th card is brilliant,love how all the elements came together,take care Meg x

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  4. Happy New Year! It’s so good to hear from you and know you’re on the mend. I too lost my mojo over the holidays and I’m still trying to find it again! LOL These cards are both really cute, but that 50th birthday card is just brilliant with all the personal details you added both outside and inside! I’m just loving how you put that all together!
    Keep up your crafty goodness and I hope all is well with your family these days too! Take care, sending hugs!

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  5. Happy New Year Vicki, so great to see you here and with two fabulous cards as well, that cake looks good enough to eat, I think my mouth watered a little bit, and the painter chap is adorable and love all the sooty smoke over the edges is a great idea, hope your New Year 2022 is wonderful and stay safe..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  6. I love this tasty piece of cake, I definitely want it.
    The second card is so amazingly designed, Vicki !! I love this brick wall that looms on the shore. Your idea for this stamp is amazing !! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Make this a great year for you and your family, Vicki!
    hugs,
    BożenA

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  7. Oh my goodness! Both of your cards are wonderful. I love the brick behind the “burn.” What a fab idea! Thanks for joining in with us again in 2022 at PIP Challenges

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  8. These are fantastic Vicki, especially the painter boy! Great ideas to use the birthday number and your coloring for the smoky grill is marvelous. 😀 Good to see you posting again, my friend.

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  9. Happy New Year! It’s so good to see you here again! Your cards are amazing! I am completely smitten with the 50th card…love that you even carried the painter theme over to your envelope! Great job, as always! Kudos to your hubby, he’s got a creative mind too! Hugs, and well wishes!

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  10. Two beautifully bright and cheery Birthday cards sure to bring s smile to the recipients faces, many thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations January challenge.

    B x

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  11. Oh what awesome masculine birthday cards. I see everyone is smitten over the boy painter – what a great card and love how you put all the elements together. I am sure “he” will love this card. Hope you are feeling better – fingers crossed – nothing here to report as far as sickness. Hope it stays that way.

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  12. Happy New Year, Vicki!! These are so FABULOUS!!
    Glad you’re starting to feel better! And boy do I completely understand about losing your ‘mojo’…I’ve been dealing with the same thing. Hopefully, we’ll find our mojo and it’ll stick with us! 😉 Take care, my friend. Hugs

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  13. Happy New Year to you too! Your cards are awesome. I love the background with bricks. Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create. DT Vesna

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  14. Super fab card!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

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  15. Sweet Vicki, I am deeply sorry that you’ve been battling illness and the loss of your crafty mojo at the same time. That is a good deal to shoulder all at once. Thank you for letting in on some of what has been transpiring in your life lately and for sharing this timelessly beautiful b-day greeting with us as well.

    Thinking of you, my lovely friend, and sending a bevy of healing energy and countless happy wishes for a safe, cozy, creativity-filled 2022 coming your way.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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  16. Hi Vicki I love your cards especially the DIY one with the matching inside fantastic colours, image and design, I apologise for my absence but my beloved mum passed away this week
    hugs
    lorraine x

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