We are having a miserable, wet weekend here so I have treated myself to a few hours in my craft room which is just what I need to recharge the batteries after a busy week :)
I have made a big decision to leave my job at the end of the summer and return to being a full time student in the autumn.....it has taken a lot of time to reach that decision and I am so relieved now that I have finally made up my mind! The prospect of spending a year focusing on the boys and my own development is really exciting although it means that we will have to make lots of changes as a family with one less income coming in. It will definitely mean that I can spend less money on craft supplies but I have so much already it will just encourage me to be more creative with what I have :) I am very lucky to have such a supportive family to enable me to take this time out....
Anyway, all of this soul searching has been very much about family and home so I had to play along with this week's one layer challenge at Less Is More where the theme is Home. Here is what I came up with:
I used my new Reverse Confetti stamps - The Buzz to stamp this sweet beehive and coloured in with Spectrum Noir pencils. The sentiment is from Avery Elle. I like how this simple scene turned out :)
I also made two cards for the latest Muse Christmas Visions. I used a similar layout as the fab design from Chris Blagrave but went with kraft and white for my design:
I really liked the offset wreath and the bold sentiment so that is what I focused on. I coloured the wreaths in with white pencil and the white sentiment is die cut from glitter card although that doesn't show up well here.
Here is the original card from Chriss which is so crisp and fresh - I hope you can see how I was inspired!
I will also link up at the Holiday theme at Addicted to Stamps.
Thanks for stopping by - sorry it is such a long post!
What original take of Home theme! Love it and love the elegance and simplicity of the Xmas card!!ReplyDelete
Love your one layer card, so sweet! I also love your take on the MCV card and the white on Kraft is so pretty along with the large sparkling sentiment! (I can see the sparkles when I enlarge the card). So happy that you were inspired and played with MCV this week!ReplyDelete
Well done on making such a giant leap. I gave up work last year from a very stressful job to be a full time mum. It's stressful, but in a nice way! love your cards, especially the Kraft Christmas cards. XxReplyDelete
Cool makes, every one.ReplyDelete
Good Luck with your return to the life of a student too
Wow, what a big decision you've made, well done you!ReplyDelete
And well done with these cards. I love your little beehive, it's beautifully coloured. And your white on kraft creation is gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing at ATSM and Less is More this week, Anita x
Great home card. Goodluck on this challenge, AnkieReplyDelete
Wonderful cards yet again Sarah and every good wish for your future life changes... Brave venture!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much
Less is More
What an exciting time, Sarah ... I know it's not for a few months yet, and there'll be lots to think of beforehand, but good luck with your new adventure ... hope it's wonderful! Sweet bee hive and bees BTW ... and lovely white on kraft! Anita :)ReplyDelete
What a fun card your house-card! Such a great idea!ReplyDelete
I can understand that it was a big dicission to make. Think some more time with the boys is something that is allways good and will pay off later in their lifes and yours. A brave step!
Have a good week, hugs, Gerrina
Your first card is so charming, and I love how you colored the hive and bees...so sweet! Beautiful Christmas cards, too! I love white on Kraft, and your CAS designs are really lovely, Sarah! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad to hear that you're returning to school! I did the same thing when my kids were young, and spent 12 years (part time, of course) as a homemaker/student. You'll get through the year for sure, and more time with the boys is such a gift! I wish you the very best in your new academic adventure!!!
Oh my goodness...I meant to say Thank you for playing along at Addicted to Stamps Challenge :)Delete
Adorable cards! Love the little bees!! And the Christmas cards are gorgeous!! Thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!ReplyDelete
Your card are both gorgeous Sarah! Good on you too for making such a big decision to change in your life - I hope you enjoy every moment in your new adventures:) Thanks also for joining us this week at ATSM xxReplyDelete
Congratulations Sarah! I am so happy for you!! What are you going back to study? These cards are lovely! I just love that white on Kraft. Never disappoints. And your one-layer home card is too gorgeous with its little honey bees. XxReplyDelete
What a gorgeous beehive and fab colouring Sarah!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on making your decision to change direction x
Thank you very much for joining us.
Less is More
This is exciting news and a big decision but obviously the right one as you feel relieved now the section is made (always a good sign I think). What are you going to study? I do love your sweet take on the Home challenge and embossing in white on Kraft is something I have always loved and works perfectly for the Muse.ReplyDelete
Wishing you the very best of good luck for your future decision studying and I adore your home card, really sweet. Also your two Christmas cards are stunning, talented you!ReplyDelete
Wow! what fabulous news Sarah and making such a leap is incredibly brave but good on you. Itching to know what you are studying! Well done you. Oh your cards are their usual brilliant standard. Crisp, clean and adorable! I'm loving that wreath and thinking I should know where it's from but I don't! Looks perfect on kraft. A superb card for LIM too and love your take on the challenge. Sarah LIM xReplyDelete
Love how the white looks on the craft! So glad you joined us at MCV this week, Sarah!ReplyDelete
Beautiful and CASlicious set of cards Sarah, I like the bees one, so cute and clean, so glad to see you play with us at ATSM.ReplyDelete
Such sweet cards! And love your take on the home theme, what a sweet idea!! Lovely!!:)ReplyDelete
That little beehive is adorable, Sarah, and the wreaths are so elegant on kraft. Good luck to you on your return to academia.ReplyDelete
Doesn't it feel so much better when you finally make up your mind!!! I think all the too-ing and fro-ing makes things so much worse. How wonderful going back to school and bet the family will love having you around more and not in work mode. Your home card is so sweet, love the little bee hive. Its too cold for bee's at the moment here, miss seeing them in my garden. And love your white and kraft xmas card. Its super simple and gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Hi Sarah... popped in to say love your Christmas Muse card - which I totally do, but cannot leave without saying congrats. It was undoubtedly a difficult decision to make, but an exciting one! I'm so happy for you. OH! your LIM card couldn't 'BEE' cuter...ReplyDelete
Love the white ink on the kraft paper.ReplyDelete
Two magnificent and CASlicious cards, Sarah!! Congratulations on the recognition from ATSM for your beautiful krafty wreath card!! Hugs, DarnellReplyDelete