Thursday, 24 March 2011

Bursting your own bubble

We live in a strange bubble. Brian Molko

There have been times in the past, whilst suffering with depression, I had described life as like a bubble, or living within a goldfish bowl and feeling everyone was looking in and observing me like I was a ruddy big goldfish or something.  Then, one day, the bubble burst and I was able to breathe more freely and see myself and my surroundings for what they really were.  I made some big life changes and have never looked back.  I am happy, I am loved and I love.  Most importantly, I stopped caring what other people thought of me and decided to be happy within myself and focus on the more important things in life.  Having fancy holidays and financial security does not shape my life at all now, instead I am happy with what I have and am surrounded by people I love and that is what truly matters in life don't you think?

I love trying something different and learning new skills and being into crafty things, this soft spot of my personality comes in very handy indeed.  I take inspirations from anywhere and anything and if I spot a technique or style I like, I am away to my craft desk to try and emulate it and master whatever it is.  One of the card styles I like is foldy cards.  I have done quite a few easel cards in the past year and ventured into trying different sorts of folds, but I spotted a different sort of fold on my travels and decided to have a go myself.

The image I have used is Michelle Perkett's Princess Oceana, a wonderful digi stamp I chose as part of my prize for a challenge I won.  Isn't it just fab?  I love the way her hair can be coloured in more conventional colours or totally differently in blue tones like I have done here.  I have used my newly acquired technique of colouring dark to light with promarkers and I think it looks like waves of water.  Well that was my intention anyway!  I trimmed her using my favourite deckled rectangle nestie and then cut a bigger one with brown paper and sprayed it with white pearl shimmer mist.  The spray adds an almost water bubbles effect I think.  I then added a couple of clear blue gems to the corners of the image.

The base of the card I folded to create three waves using dark blue card which I had sprayed with white pearl and it has come out looking like a myriad of tiny bubbles which was perfect for my plan for this card.  The papers on each wave are from stock, I can't remember where I got them from, sorry (though I think it might be papermania?) and were cut to leave a border visible on each wave to show off the effect on the card.  I think the papers look quite shell like and fitted in wonderfully with the blue and brown theme I had planned.

The next bit was a new idea to me, incorporating acetate into a foldy card... wasn't sure if I would be able to do it, but it worked.  I always worry when I do a foldy card that the recipient won't be able to stand it up on display as not everyone in the world knows what an easel card is.  Here I have used a piece of acetate sheet stamped with silver bubbles and cut to size to hold the whole thing together, so when it is folded into an envelope, it will come out and almost pop up so it will be obvious how it stands up!  The acetate is secured to the card with brads so no glue or tape is visible and therefore can't come undone (another of my fears of sending cards through the post - the recipient opening the envelope and random pieces fall out loose).

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Michelle Perkett Studios - Colour Challenge Blue and Brown
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Do it more than once (more than one fold)
Karen's Doodles - Challenge 55 More than one fold
Shannon's Sentiments - Unusual Fold


  1. OMG! This is over the top stunning! Thanks for joining us at Michelle Perkett Studio this week. Hope to see you again!

  2. Wow, what a brilliant card! I love the folds and acetate, and you colored the image beautifully! Thank you for joining us this week at Michelle Perkett Studio.

  3. Sarah - your card is wonderful - love that you have used acetate - I like using acetate too. Thanks for entering the challenge at the Michelle Perkett Studio Blog.

  4. what a fabulous card - love the use of acetate
    and as a sufferer of depression myself i totally agree with your first paragraph
    Lisa x

  5. Fabulous card and great coloring! =)
    Thanks for joining us this week at Michelle Perkett Studio! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous - thank you for joining us at MPS!!!

  7. Before I start about your card... thanks a million for sharing that story above it! I've been there and know what you mean! For me life now is as you describe it! It is a pleasure to read about yours. Thanks for being so open and honest! That is brave and takes courage! Woman, you rock!

    and then your card! you choose my favorite image from Michelle's images... Oceana is a pleasure to color! And you did a fantastic job. That you made this card with Acetate makes it even more special!!
    Truly a work of art!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge. Hope to see you back next week! Hugs Marion

  8. hi Sarah, what a stunning card - wow I love the fold, the acetate and your gorgeous colouring! Your story is a real inspiration too, its so good to hear how happy you are now.
    Thanks for joining us at MPS and good luck
    Claire xx

  9. What a gorgeous card!! You did a great job. Thanks so much for joining us this week at MPS. Good luck, Shelley

  10. glad to hear you have found a way to pop the bubble and move into a happier place.
    I love your card such clever use of the image as the inspiration

  11. Oh, Sarah, this is such an amazing post, you are such an inspiration for all you have overcome and what a positive attitude you have toward life, I love it! And I just LOVE your Princess Oceana card, its stunning! Her hair is so beautifully colored and i love all of your pretty embellishments! Thank you so much for joining us at MPS this week!



  12. WOW! i am not sure what else to say this is just amazing! Stunning!

  13. Gorgeous card! Love the folds and the acetate. Gorgeous colours :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  14. This is beautiful!!!!! I love how you used the acetate. Thanks for playing along with our Sentiments challenge.

  15. Wow,twhat a amazing card!
    Thanks for joining fab'n'funky this week

  16. This is a wonderful card! The way you used the acetate and the bubbles on it, great!

    Hugs, Henny, (GD Karen's Doodles)

  17. Wow, what a fab card! I keep meaning to try these fancy folds cards, but never quite manage it!

  18. fab card, thanks for joining us at FnF :)

  19. Fabulous more than one fold card!
    Thanks for joining us at Karen's Doodles NL.


  20. Very pretty, love the transparancy!

    Liefs, Karen's Doodles NL!


  21. Fantastic creation! Thanks for playing at MPS!
    MPS DT

  22. Hi Sarah....
    Congratulations on winning this weeks challenge at Michelle Perkett!

  23. LOVE. This. Card. Not only the interesting fold, but the image! Gorgeous! I think it's high time I try one of these beautiful pop out cards.

  24. what a lovely card so pretty
    gill x

  25. LOVING those bubbles on the acetate... you are genius!!!! Thanks for playing with Shannon's Sentiments!

  26. Sarah, how right you are. Too many people set too much store on fancy possessions, the latest card, expensive holidays, great clothes, when what really matters is to love and be loved! I'm glad you have that now.

    Now onto the card. Gorgeous! I love Michelle's work and this is just so beautifully coloured and you're right, the hair colouring does look like waves. The BP matches perfectly and I love the clever idea of using acetate.

    I also have that fear of bits dropping off. I once made my christmas cards a month or so before they were due to be mailed and had them on display in my lounge, just cos I fancied doing that, lol. Imagine my horror when I looked up one day to see lots of bits had just fallen off the cards. I was using that photoglue that they used to sell on C&C. I avoid that like the plague now.

    Lin xx