Miss You

This card may also be seen in Cards magazine October 2011 issue.

Hey! Thanks for your comments on my video + card yesterday. I also appreciate the clarification of the penny farthing bicycle stamp I used. Obviously, I’m not an expert in bikes, but I’m glad you all set me straight! Now, I’ll say proudly, “penny farthing” bike! I noticed that the type of bicycle may also be called a “high wheel.” I really like that term because it reminds me of my “big wheel” when I was a child. I digressed a bit, but really just wanted to say thanks for setting the record straight on that term for me! I learn something every day! I love that!

The card I’m sharing today took two days to complete. I wanted to share this with you all because all cards are not created in a jiffy for me. Some of my Twitter and Facebook friends shared a similar challenge I’ve been facing recently about losing the creative passion after working full time during the day. Here’s what happens just about every day – I get excited, get an idea, concept, or motivated. When I take a break from my work tasks, I’ll usually jot down the idea or sketch something out really quick so (1) I won’t forget and (2) I can jump right into the idea when I return home. Well, when I get home, I sometimes just sit there, staring at those ideas and drawings written on paper. All of that excitement and creative passion somehow dies down. Oh how that frustrates me. Sometimes, I fight through it and try to create anyway. It works sometimes. For instance, with this card concept, there was not a pre-conceived idea or sketch, but I started with the patterned paper, black strip, die cut pinking circle with par avion circle die cut and just got stumped. I had no idea what I wanted to do next. I stared at the doily, some baker’s twine, and just left it there. I really gave up on the card and thought the next day, I would just start over with a new idea. Low and behold, the next day when I returned, I picked up where I left off, die cut and embossed the crown and finished it off!

Sorry this is a long story, but I wanted to share how my creative process is sometimes longer than expected. I’m grateful for my job, but sometimes it takes my energy away. I just want to share some encouragement with those of you who create in the evenings and at night after a hard day of work (whether it be taking care of your family or working otherwise), take some time to breathe. You may have to step away, but continue on and don’t throw things away! If I threw the card I started away, this card probably would never be shown here.

Creative Passion at night…I miss you.


I die cut a small pinking circle from red cardstock. Then, I die cut the par avion circle from an airmail envelope and adhered them together. Next, I die cut, embossed, and stenciled the crown. The par avion embellishment was adhered to the crown center.  The patterned paper is cut to about 4″ x 5.75″. I added a black cardstock strip, then wrapped bakers twine around the entire piece multiple times and tied it in a bow.

Next, I used a scrap piece of doily and adhered it to the patterned paper. Then, added the crown die cut using foam adhesive. I carefully lifted the bakers twine to add some on top of the crown. I inked the tag and stamped the sentiment. Attach the tag to the patterned paper with foam adhesive and make sure it’s nestled under that twine bow. I threaded some buttons with twine and adhered them to the tag.


Here is another view of the card to show the dimension of the layers. The card measures 4.25″ x 6″. Thanks so much for coming by today. I hope you have a fabulous Thursday. I’m so excited the weekend is within arm’s reach and it’s a long one too!

Stamps :: Papertrey Ink – mega mixed messages
Ink :: Ranger – tea dye + antique linen; Close to My Heart – cranberry
Cardstock :: Papertrey Ink – fresh linen + true black
Patterned Paper :: 7 Gypsies – lille collection 6×6 paper pad
Embellishments :: Craft Supply – doily + baker’s twine + airmail envelope; Papertrey Ink – buttons
Tools :: Fiskars – pinking scissors; Spellbinders – S4-297 nested crowns + S4-172 pinking circles sm + GC-001 grand calibur
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  • Shemaine Smith - love this post Ashley, I wear several hats working from home and at night lately I am just outta gas. I miss my creative crafting at night. Thanks for sharing that I am not alone. Wonderful card too! Need that Spellbinder die!ReplyCancel

  • martha g. - Ashley, Thank You! I love looking at your creations. But this post really touch home! Love the final out come. Great Job!ReplyCancel

  • Mona L. Pendleton - Beautiful card Ashley! Love the stenciled crown and the red baker’s twine!ReplyCancel

  • Angie Tieman - Wowza! This is a beauty! Totally worth two days! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kalyn - You have no idea how much I needed to read something like this. I can’t thank you enough for sharing. I just went from part-time to full time at work and was terrified that this meant I would lose all my crafting time. I’m happy to know that while it may not be easy, there are other designers out there making it work! Thanks, Ashley and what a gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • Sudha - Wow, its so adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Great incorporation of the doily.. nice card..ReplyCancel

  • Diane Jaquay - Beautiful and unique, love the twine/button/tag treatment, and the way you used the doily on this card!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia L. - Thanks for sharing your creative process. Hope you don’t mind that I shared your link in my blog. http://virginialusblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/live-love-laugh.html
    Somehow we all need to be reminded that stepping away with a mess on the desk may not be a bad thing…I mean, look at this beauty!!! Love everything about this card!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia L. - Sorry it is this post, not the previous one.

  • Paulette S. in MO - Ashley,
    I love this card! I’m glad to know that even the best get stumped sometimes. I hate it when it happens to me, but I’m reassured that I’m not the only one. LOL Some ideas just don’t come together on paper like it did in your mind’s eye. I kind of fly by the seat of my pants anyway. And I love you girls who do videos because I’m so visual, it helps me with my planning and deciding process so much. I love how you gave the crown a bigger presence with the doily, it really brought it to scale with the card size. As always, I love your style. =DReplyCancel

  • Ruth S - Love your card Ashley – thanks for sharing 😉
    I know how it can be as I work full time too in a stressful job with tough deadlines every three weeks. Commuting too is enough to take it out of me sometimes, so my mojo doesn’t always flow as much as I’d like. My resolve is just to take it as it comes and be joyful for the time I do have. So what if the house is not always perfectly dusted, I need to have some space and time for nurturing my soul! That’s what creating is about for me. Best wishes with making your own nurture-time 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia/LittleTreasures - The working world is a zapper. Energy levels disappear by the time you are home and still many things to do before you can really relax. Your work is beautiful. Sometimes you just need a day off..when spring arrives take a walk and get yourself “ME TIME”
    You have a great talent with desgin. So have faith it will all fall into place.ReplyCancel

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