Practising Creativity

New Home Card Idea – Di's Digi Stamps Mice Mushies Digi

My niece and her partner have bought a new home, which means Tatie needs to send her a New Home card. This Mice Mushies digi from Di's makes the perfect focal point image. Do you know I've only made a whopping total of three New Home cards (this one being #3)? #2 was another card for my niece when she got her own apartment and #1 was this try-out project for Creative magazine.

And speaking of magazines, you might have noticed I haven't done any UK magazine commissions in a long time. I say that, you probably haven't noticed, but now that I've told you and you might want to know why, the main reason is Brexit, which has made sending things to the UK a royal pain (is there a pun there – Royal mail – get it?) in my French butt. It used to be so easy. Now you have to fill out a bunch of forms and the price to mail has skyrocketed. It's just not worth messing with. Ah, wonderful Brexit. Not only is it problematic for me to mail to the UK, it's difficult to order and receive things. My UK order containing this new ric rac die took over a month to arrive. Heck, I could have received it from the States in less time than that. And to top it all off, some companies I could order from before no longer ship to France at all. Grrrrr. 

It's not just Brexit though. When you accept magazine commissions you have to use material that readers can readily buy. Given the fact that all my things are retired/outlet/out of business/no-brand I can't meet that requirement anymore without buying something, which I'd rather not do.

But back to the card – I coordinated my coloring with building printed paper from the long defunct French craft company Alyssiane – Au Coeur de la Ville. I think this paper qualifies for 'collector' status instead of 'retired' – it dates back to 2010.

Even though it took a while for me to receive it, I am super pleased with this new ric rac border die. Doesn't it look just like ribbon? It's from Crafter's Companion Gemini Fancy Borders die pack. Yes, I bought something other than a no-brand die. Shocking, I know. I have a feeling you'll be seeing this one a lot (the die-cut strip behind it though is no-brand). Enamel dots give a bit of bling. Amelie font was used for the sentiment.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Alyssiane Au Coeur de la Ville
Digital stamp – Di's Digi Stamps Mice Mushies
Die – Crafter's Companion Gemini Fancy Borders, Die-namics square stax, no-brand strip
Embellishments – enamel dots
Font – Amelie
Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers
Art-n-Fly white pen

I'm linking up with the following challenges: Di's Digi Challenge 05/08 – Die Cuts and/or Punches and Addicted to Stamps and More #436 – Make Your Mark.

1 comment

  1. Sending stuff to the UK does sound like a pain, especially if you didn't have to do all that before. I hear ya about needing to craft with new items when submitting. I've often wondered how much stash published crafters have seeing as they need to keep their stash current.
    Awesome card! I love the papers and that ric rac die was worth the wait!

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