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Crafters block...

How do you go about keeping up a blog whose subject is crafting when you have a creative block? Depression can be a bit of a hindrance sometimes when it comes to being creative. This week, I was feeling particularly uncreative, but I perservered. First of all, here is the update on my photo stitch. I tend to stitch more when I am feeling anxious. I have been feeling pretty anxious this week, which resulted in me finishing a page in record time. I only have one more page to go till it is finished.

I also took one of my other kits to work so that I could do a bit of stitching during my break. I started this on Monday.

That's quite a bit of stitching! I'm leaving the glitter parts till last because I hate working with glitter thread. It always snags. I got Thread Heaven for christmas last year, so I'm hoping this gets rid of the problem.

I didn't feel like this was creative enough, so I tried to make a card. I had no idea what to do, so I gathered together some stuff and just went with my instincts.

I dug out my old Docrafts chronology paper, and used a grey sheet for the background. I also cut out a blue hot air balloon. Then I added some red Bobunny lace along the bottom. The stamped image was from Quick Cards magazine. One thing I do need to work on is my colouring. I've got some watercolour pencils, so perhaps I will practise with those. Anyway, after adding two resin flowers from my stash I got some chipboard pieces. The red frame was coloured with promarkers, the lock was inked with frayed burlap and distress stickled with brushed cordurouy. The little frame was inked and stickled with faded jeans, and the key with pumice stone (the key is my favourite part). Finally, the 30 was painted with white crackle paint, inked with scattered straw, coated in clear crackle polish then rubbed with pumice stone.

I think if I did this again I would take out the lock and out the frame and the number in it's place but, aside from that, I'm actually pleased with this. I'm really loving the stickles at the moment. I've never really been a glitter person but, as you can see, these are no ordinary glitters. What I will try and remember to do next time I use them is to distress ink the sides after they have dried, as I keep forgetting all these Tim Holtz things are designed to work together!

Emma x


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