In all honesty, my mojo is not really gone…I’ve got ideas, I just don’t have the wherewithal to focus long enough to get the ideas out into a card.   What I normally do to get past a slump is create a couple of 3×3″ cards as they are so quick to whip up.  It’s also a great opportunity to use some of my smaller stamps as that’s pretty much all I had until last Christmas and I have neglected them as I am enjoying making cards with larger images now.

I saw a good tutorial on SCS recently for a 3X3 box to put these little cards in so I made one of those this morning and just finished 4 cards to go in the box.  If you are planning on trying the tutorial you may want to adjust the size of the lid and the PP that goes on it.  I found that the lid is a bit loose-fitting for my tastes and I have left the top of the box undecorated for now as I might be re-doing it if I find the time. (we need to clean the basement this afternoon so I won’t be in my craft room.) 

Here is the finished set (I used choc chip, bashful blue and pink pirouette cardstock along with some American Crafts papers from the Everyday set (Love that paper!):

I also took some individual shots if you’re looking for a closer view. 

Here’s the monkey.  I paper-pieced the bananas and then ran a marker down the shaded areas to give a little more definition.  This image uses a larger nestie than the rest so I felt an extra embellishment would be too much.  If I had any brown fun flock I’d be tempted to make this into a fuzzy monkey.  (note to self – order brown fun flock!)

Here’s the bird…he’s my favourite.  I also paper pieced this one and made a little embellishment using two tiny prima flowers and the teeniest rhinestone centre.  I even dusted off my paper piercer and gave the corners a little detail:

The cow…dig the eyes.  He was a little boring because I couldn’t mat the nestie so I went a little crazy with the DTP.  The button was purchased at Walmart – great neutral colour:

And finally, the penguin.  I used some Martha Stewart Carrara Marble glitter on the top of the iceblock and at the base.  A button/ribbon/twine embellishment (Ribbellishment) finishes this one off: 

Here’s a little peek at the inside of the bird card…this is how I finish the majority of my cards – I add a small strip of pp to the top and bottom of the sentiment and then adhere the cardstock to the inside of the card.   I used to just print the sentiment directly on the cardstock but this technique works well with darker cardstock and I don’t have to worry so much about ruining expensive cardstock if the printer jams or if I make a mistake with the formatting.

So there you have it.  A set of four cards made in very little time.  They’re very addictive.  I would make them more often if I could find an affordable source for envelopes.   I should probably make my own but that’s very time consuming.

Now go make your own set of cards!