On the bright side

Those of you that are with me on Facebook will know that yesterday I set about the mammoth task of re-organising all the kit and paraphernalia for my job. When it’s not being used, everything, and there is a lot, is stored in my garage at home. Many of the boxes have been around for almost seven years and were beginning to show signs of wear and tear. So I set about re-boxing and re-organisaing the lot, ditching quite a bit on the way. I did the classic thing of losing the will to continue but had made such a mess I had no option but to see it through to the end. Take a look:

junk a

At this point, it all seemed fairly manageable. All I had to do was take everything out and put them into my bright new shiny boxes with proper lids. Then it all got a bit messy:

junk b

It won’t surprise you that it was at this stage I lost heart. But I did it and everything got cleared away:

junk c

Someone said it looked like I had cleared up a murder scene! However, that blood-like stain is actually rust left behind from a skip! Anyway, despite my aches and pains I feel so pleased to have tackled it and done it. I now need to do the same with my crafty stash. As I’m feeling much brighter, although VERY achy, after my labours, today’s project reflects that:


I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is to use bright colours. The base is one of my old Stampin’Up invitation postcards that I’ve covered with card. I used up what was left of my Dylusions ink sprays to create the background and did a little ghosting with a circle stencil, also by Dylusions. Then I stamped script and leaves using three different shades of green to try and create depth and layers.


The bird was stamped, coloured with distress inks and then paper pieced.


I used vintage photo to stamp the little butterflies – these stamps are from the Darkroom Door String Inspiration set that you see me use so frequently.


To finish I used my rotary stamp for the words and my favourite Dylusions border stamp around the edge.


I’ve created two or three pieces using this postcards and have a stack more to use up. I’m thinking I need to put them altogether in an album or journal of some kind. Any ideas?

Thanks for buzzing by.


On the bright side — 14 Comments

  1. Lisette, congrats that was a real hard job I am sure, I hate to organize, but I hate more when things are laying around! It’s also a beautiful piece of a bird, I love the idea because I was also inspired by singing bird actually birds, love your background and those butterflies, you always still my heart with your butterflies 😉

  2. Now you know when you organize it ALWAYS get worse before it gets better lol! Good job! And You managed to make an adorable card too! I love the print on the bird!

  3. Wow, amazing job sorting out your garage, huge job but so worth all of that effort. If you ever get the bug to do that again feel free to come and sort out my craft stash. (A much bigger job I am afraid.)

    Your postcard looks fabulous, wonderful zesty colours and great job with the little bird.

    Dionne xx

    • Ha ha – I wish I could apply the same vigour to my crafty stash then I’d gladly come and do yours. The hardest part is deciding on which size boxes and what is to go with what. I think about all that and then give up!!!! xx

  4. Bet you feel good now that its done! Lovely postcard, love all the pretty shades of green and your bird is beautiful. ~Diane

  5. LOVE this… I would pop them all onto a bit of card (each one, not the most massivest piece of card in the world lol) and then bind them with either a Bind It All or book rings… make some altered covers and voila, a gorgeous book! I am SO late visiting… I have blinking good excuses, 1, I have actually been out and about enjoying meself and 2, I have actually felt like death and today is the first day I can actually put a sentence together! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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