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21 January, 2016

More Rose Wonder

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I know I originally said that I'd see you tomorrow, but I thought I'd surprise you and post today instead! :)

The amazingly talented Mynn, co-owner of House of Cards, has just launched her first challenge over at her other blog, MHK Designs. As you likely know I'm on the DT at HOC, so I had to join in with the challenge at MHK.

Here's the photo inspiration...

For my card, another using the Rose Wonder bundle from Stampin' Up!, I've primarily gone with the colors, but incorporated the leaves from the photo too, die cutting them from the whisper white card for a negative effect...


Card: Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana (retired), Lost Lagoon and Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo
Stamp set: Rose Wonder
Tools: Rose Garden thinlits
Adhesive: Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
January/ February at MHK Designs
#295 AAG at Craft Your Passion
#212 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground

The MHK Designs challenge runs until February 15th, so I hope you'll support them.

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


18 January, 2016

Black, White & Elegant with Rose Wonder

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments after my last post, where I explained my plans for this year. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

As I explained in that post, although I'm not creating as many cards as I have done previously, I am still getting some time to create. When I saw the latest challenge over at Can You Case It, Black, White and Elegant OR Fun, I knew that the new Rose Wonder bundle from Stampin' Up! would be perfect for an elegant card. AND it's their 3rd birthday, so I HAD to join in the celebration!

Although I've had a play with the dies from the bundle before, this was the first card I created with the bundle and I'm already hooked! I love it and hope you do too!


Card: Whisper White, Basic Black and Whisper White Glimmer Paper
Ink: Jet Black Memento
Stamp set: Rose Wonder
Tools and Embellishments: Rose Garden thinlits dies, Deco Labels framelits, Petite Petals punch, Crystal Effects and Itty Bitty Accents
Adhesive: Snail and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...

#103 Black, White and Elegant at CYCI
#212 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#295 AAG at Craft Your passion

I'll be back on Friday with another creation. Yep, you get to see me twice this week, so I hope you'll join me then.


11 January, 2016

From my Heart ~ A Preview of 2016


Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

This post, by it's nature will be a long one, so please stick with me to the end. Although this is my third post of 2016, it's the first chance I've had to truly wish each of you all the blessings that can come with a new beginning, such as that offered as one year ends and another begins.

It's also the first chance I've had to explain my somewhat sudden disappearance from your inbox or Blogger reader. The truth is that while creativity is, and indeed will remain a priority for me, I am, after all "Creative Em," for some time now what you see on this blog hasn't been my priority. I've always been a writer and for the latter part of 2015 that has been what I've been focusing on.

What does that mean for this site?
Don't worry, I'm not abandoning you, my beloved readers and friends. Nor am I abandoning the creative side of me which I post about on here. Yes, it was a conscious, much thought about decision to refocus. But so too was to reapply for, and be accepted onto the House of Cards design team for the six months through June 2016.

While I can't, right now, say how frequently I'll be posting to this site, two monthly posts are guaranteed, my HOC posts on the 1st and 10th of the month. I'm also still available for commissions and will post creations on here as often as I can.

Will we see you elsewhere?
YES! I will still be visiting you, reading your posts and commenting. So while you'll not see me so often here, I'll try and keep up with all of you on your sites.

Also, for sometime now I've had another blog, Creative Thoughtfulness, where I've posted my writing and musings. An abridged version of this post with a similar title, has been simultaneously posted to that site. I'd be honored if you'd consider following me on that site, because with the exception of this post, I won't be posting the same thing twice. I'd never want to spam you!

Alternatively, I will be posting all posts to the Creative Em Facebook page, so if you've not liked it, please do.

So what's your writing about?
There isn't a single answer to that question and you'll find different subjects over on Creative Thoughtfulness. I'm blessed to be able to write in a number of formats, from short verses, to journal-like pieces, blog posts and even longer works.

For years now, almost as long as I can remember, I've had the ideas for a number of novels in my mind and I'm hoping that by refocusing on writing, I'll be able to devote at least some of the time to those works. Only time will tell, of course, but as the image above says, they are mine to tell and I only I can.

And anyway...

HUGE THANKS to each of you for your love, support and understanding. AND for sticking with me to this point in the post. Each of you truly does mean so much to me. Indeed words can't describe how I feel about you. THANK YOU!



10 January, 2016

HOC Team 2

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Team 2 are sharing their creations with you today for our current challenge!

Use Embossing and/or Colors.

Here's a reminder of my card...

I'd love you to take a peek at what my Team 2 teamies have got for you...







I'll be back later this week, so hope to see you then

01 January, 2016

Embossing and/or Colors for House of Cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know! Happy New Year!

I'm incredibly honored to have been asked to continue on the design team at House of Cards for another 6 month term! Our theme this month would normally be appropriate for the winter, but this one has been unusually warm with not a snowflake in sight!

There are two choices this month, to use embossing and/ or the color palette below...

However, immediately I saw the image it screamed at me to use my as yet never before used (NBUS) window die from Stampin' Up! SOOO I'm not only using embossing and the colors, but I've also pretty much CASE'd the image too...


Card: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow and Vellum
Ink: Soft Sky (curtain detail)
Stamp set: Happy Scenes (I used the snow stamp for the curtain detail)
Tools: Brick Wall TIEF, Hearth and Home Thinlits, Deco Labels Framelits, Bird Builder Punch
Adhesive: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
January Linky at DL.ART
#156 AG at 613 Avenue Create
#208/209 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground

Please take a look at what my other amazing teamies have created. We're welcoming some wonderful new members to the team and they are indicated with an *, so please do leave them some love!

Cohenna | Donna | Dotty Jo Em | Emily | Heather
Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarzyna Ewa * | Katy | Leslie* | Linda
Merethe | Merlina* | Michele | Paula* | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley* | Steph | Sue N. | Sue T. | Susan* | Tina* | Toni

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.