Mindfulness Crafting

On Friday 25th January we said farewell to my mother. She had battled pancreatic cancer for 18months and succumbed on Sunday 20th January. The days in between have been a whirlwind of planning and arranging that I’m really only now know coming to terms with her being gone.

I am struggling to not dwell on her not being here anymore, so I have gone into my craft room to distract myself and try to reset my mind or at least get some balance. So to get inspiration, I have gone to my list of challenges I tend to follow to help me today.

First up is a card for CAS Colours & Sketches and CASology.

This was a quick and simple card to make thanks to the sketch. I used a new Stampin Up DSP for the squares called ‘How sweet it is’ and the sentiment is from Power Poppy called ‘Big Scripts’. I added a little bit of gold thread and sequins for the finishing touches.

Next up is a card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

For the main panel I used a piece of DSP from Stampin Up called ‘Botanical Butterfly’. I chose one of the black and white butterfly pieces and lightly coloured one butterfly with my Stampin Blends in Pink Pirouette. The sentiment is from Avery Elle called ‘Handwritten Notes. I really love how this card turned out.

Next up is a card for the current Less is More challenge.

I thought this was an interesting sketch and loved the cards created by the DT. I decided to use one of my previously made alcohol inked background pieces and heat embossed the sentiment from the Stampin Up set ‘Itty Bitty Birthdays’.

Next up is a card for the current Alphabet Challenge for the letter ‘V’ for vehicle.

I used another stamp set and DSP from Stampin Up called ‘Geared Up Garage’ and ‘Classic Garage’. I inked up the car and coloured it with my Stampin Blend Cherry Cobbler marker. I die cut the gears with some silver foil paper. You can’t see it, but I’ve used some crystal effects on the car windows and headlights.

Lastly is a card for the Time Out Challenges and Addicted to CAS challenge. I’ve not played with them before, but who could resist the quote they have for inspiration.

I used a stamp set from Stamping Bella called ‘Uptown Girl Wilma loves wine’. I stamped her in Memento black ink and coloured her in with my Prisma pencils. This image reminds me of the cruise we took with my mum last Easter where we had so much fun, laughing, drinking, sightseeing. Here’s cheers to you mum.

Well, thanks for looking through this very long post and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

39 thoughts on “Mindfulness Crafting”

  1. Your cards are beautiful and I sure can identify with your loss. Glad that crafting is an outlet for you; it sure has helped me when I’ve needed it the most. Your mother’s loss is so sad; hopefully, you can rely on loving memories of your time together to get you through.

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  2. I’m happy that crafting helps with your loss. I know it helped me when I lost my Mum 15 months ago. Time heals Tristan and you will never forget her. I miss my Mum too

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  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. But you have created some beautiful cards as you try to distract yourself. The beautiful big butterfly is just gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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  4. I’m sorry to hear about your mom, and am grateful you had time to spend with her, though not enough. She would love knowing you are sharing your artwork with the rest of us just now. I am wow’ed by your imaginative take on each of the challenges, and the wonderful colors and designs in each. Beautifully done. Sending gentle hugs, de

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  5. I am sorry for your loss. My mom was my cardmaking buddy, and I miss her!
    Your cards are lovely. The butterfly is a beautiful image for the sketch. Thank you for playing along in this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge!

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  6. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    I’ve popped across to admire your LIM entry and to say what fab colours you’ve used but … all your makes are fabulous in post – Good Luck with your other challenge entries too

    Kathyk

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  7. Great set of cards! Love the cheerful colors you’ve used for the sketch. Thanks for playing along with us at CAS Colours & Sketches this week. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

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  8. A great selection of cards Tristan, you never cease to amaze me! Love your interpretation of our sketch and a great way to use up some alcohol ink pieces! Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More.

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  9. So very sorry for your loss. Sending a big hug your way!

    Love the sweet gummy bear paper and how light hearted the overall design is! (…& now I’m craving gummy bears!)
    Thank you so much for joining us over at CASology! 🙂

    Your other cards are wonderful too! I love the selective coloring on the pretty butterfly card, the beautiful alcohol inks you used on the birthday card, all the fantastic details on the masculine card and the fun factor of that girly card! Wonderful therapy, I’d say!

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  10. Wow, you’ve been one busy crafter! Amazing CAS cards here. Love your use of alcohol inks in your LIM card -those dramatic colors really pop from the white base. Your card for TO makes me smile -such a sweet image and your soft coloring looks great.Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT and Less Is More!

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  11. I’m so very sorry for your loss, it must be heart breaking and a relief her suffering has ended. I’m so amazed you were able to come up with some incredible cards during all this, maybe it is good to do something else to take your mind off things. I love the card for our challenge, the image is fantastic and loving all the crisp, white background, really makes the central image pop. I’m so glad you joined us at TIME OUT and hope you take care of yourself over the next few weeks, months. xx

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  12. I enjoyed seeing all of your wonderful cards, Tristan. The pun on the last card caught my attention and the image if so much fun. Thanks for sharing that one with us at Addicted to CAS.

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  13. So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing Tristan. You will never forget her, and your card making must be a wonderful distraction, but make sure to look after yourself too as families always lean on the mother for support.
    Lots of love, from Mary FitzGerald The Basin. xxxxxx

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