Monday, 12 August 2013

The return of Mr Mojo - Long Post warning !!

I always consider Crafting to be my way of relaxing.But over the last few months I have to admit I've been struggling to find motivation and inspiration and haven't done anything much other than my DT samples.  I'm wondering though if, rather than finding relaxation by crafting, I've been too tired and stressed to craft. Anyone else ever found that ? This last week though I had some time off work - wasn't going away, didn't really have any plans, just had a week the time I reached Friday I was feeling chilled and rejuvenated and over the weekend spent hours at my craft desk, creating, playing, getting inky and messy :-) ! I'm so relieved, was beginning to wonder if I'd lost my Mojo completely ! This is one of the things I made - 

It started off life as a plain sheet of A4 hammered cream card which I layered some moulding paste on through a sequin waste stencil and gave the painty treatment on my Gelli plate (both sides)
You can see the score lines on this pic - and I also trimmed the edges that hadn't quite been got by the paint. 
Close up of the textures - I coloured some Golden Bead Gel with distress re-inker in Dusty Concord and perfect pearls before applying through a doily stencil - it's a bit messy, I haven't done this much so need to practice ! 
 I added a strip of folded card down each side which I scored using the same spacing as the bottom. 
..and of course I had to add some stamping. I'm using my new folder to keep some part completed tags in  
 AND THEN - I had some coloured bead gel left over so I used another stencil and applied to a tag  (you can just see poking out above) later in the day I finished it off -
Was happier with stencilling on this one. I applied Distress stains over the bead gel, then stamped the feather (Stampendous)  with 'Waterfall' Big and Juicy ink pad, the peacock is stamped in the same ink. I loved the background so much I didn't want to put too much else on it. Phew...still with me, well done! I've loved my creative weekend and am sharing my creativity in a few challenges -
Folder -

A Mixed MediaColour Challenge - purple, blue, green
A colourful journey - Gelli Print Party
Make My Monday - Add some dimension
Sarah Hurley - Texture and dimension
Tag -
Vintage Stamping - Wings and things
Penny Black and More - In the Garden
Sorry it's been so long winded but I was just excited to share  !! Thanks for visiting....Esther xx


  1. So Pretty! You definitely have your mojo back! LOVE the peacock and the gel beads! THX for plying with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  2. What a terrific project! Love the embossed design and beautiful peacock! Thanks for joining along with A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  3. We've all been there! Your mojo has definitely returned! Great project Esther. Enjoy the week.

  4. Your mojo is def back :) these are all gorgeous !! Debi xoxox

  5. Gorgeous new wallet. I so know how you have been feeling my own mojo fell off a cliff a year ago and for months in fact up until quite recently it was just commitments and nothing more. For me it followed a period of hypa activity and I put it down to that. We are creative people and can take from this the comfort that every dry spell comes to an end.

    Your wallet and tags is really inspiring, no listing this evening perhaps I'll have a little play! XOXO

  6. Wonderful project.. Fab results Px

  7. Just back from my hols so popping in to say hello and look at your work which is great at always and thank for sharing at PB&M. Catch you again as soon as the dreaded washing is done.

    B x

  8. FAB project - mojo definitely back "in da house"!!!


  9. Absolutely gorgeous, Esther! Yes, I definitely think stress kills our creativity. Glad you had a break,

    Lucy x

  10. Wonderful way to use a gelli print! I'm loving the bead gel too! So glad you shared this with the party!

  11. Fab project thank you for joining us this week at MMM, Laura DT xx

  12. Fabulous project, you've got your mojo back!
    Beautiful tag!
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and More Callenge, good luck;-))m

  13. Gorgeous project, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  14. Love what you did with this project! thanks for the inspiration!!!

  15. What a fun pouch you made! Love all the texture!!!

  16. I'm on a few DT's and do find that crafting for them takes over sometimes so I try and do all my Dt work at the beginning of month so I have some time left over for 'me' crafting. It's good that you are feeling better now though and your creation is stunning - thanks for joining us this week at MMM - Jacqueline xx

  17. Oh I hear you! I think it is just at certain times, we have so much "life" going on and it is just difficult to find a good way to balance it all! My Mojo has been hiding as well! This is so gorgeous and I just love all the texture and wonderful colors! Enjoy!

  18. So glad your week off rejuvenated you Esther and I think we all know the feeling you have just described. Wouldn't have known your mojo was on walkabout as everything you make (especially this one) is gorgeous and very inspirational.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  19. Love these, glad to hear your mojo has returned, thanks for joining us over at Sarah Hurley this month.
    C xx

  20. Gorgeous creation Esther. Such lovely colour and texture.
    Thanks for joining in at MMM this week.
    Fliss xx

  21. Love that beaded gell - what a great folder you created to hold your unfinished business in!

  22. Stunning design. A brilliant creation. Thanks for joining us at Sarah Hurley's Challenge. Jxx


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