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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Not A-Mused

I've really struggled for a few months to get back into papercrafting. As one of the sweet people who have visited my blog, you would have noticed that the frequency of my postings has declined drastically. Initially, after Christmas, I had attributed the lack of interest in things crafty to a little burnout ... and consoled myself with gaming in the hope that the passion for creating would build up like forest litter waiting for ignition by lightning or, possibly as a worst case, a passing firebug. But, alas, no such conflagaration has eventuated and the fire danger rating is sitting on "No Great Need to Worry".

It finally dawned on me, about a month ago, that my Muse must have absconded after I overworked and neglected her during that Christmas period. I've been imagining her flitting from country to country, enjoying the sights and sounds of novel surroundings while gifting the odd local with some inspiration to add a masterful new ingredient to an existing speciality or, perhaps, injecting new life into a tired artist's caricatures of willing tourists. I imagine her ending up in Tuscany, holed up with a poor yet talented writer - sharing cheese, olives, wine and ciabatta ... and exhorting him to finishing that one manuscript that will make his career! Of course, it would be published first in Italian and I would have to wait for the English translation to really appreciate the end result. *grin*

I think that she may have paid me a little visit when I made the following card as it took several hours to complete and I didn't notice the time passing by. I'm dedicating the card to my Muse and to Muses in all their forms ... for if you do love your Muse (like life), I expect that they will love you back.

Card made using Stampin' Up! suppliesStampin' Supplies
Ink:
Certainly Celery
Old Olive
Orchid Opulence
Rich Razzleberry
VersaMark

Stamp sets:
Cottage Garden

Paper:
Certainly Celery CS
Cottage Wall DSP
Old Olive CS
Orchid Opulence CS
Rich Razzleberry CS
Whisper White CS

Accessories:
1/16" Circle Punch
Eyelet Border Punch
Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon
Sizzlits Buttons #5
Stampin' Dimensionals
White Embossing Powder

16 comments:

Louise Sutton said...

She's back! Both Lin Mei and her Muse, I mean.

Love the cute card and thanks for enabling me - looks like I NEEEEEED that Button die now.
xx Lou

Diane Barnes said...

Such a clever idea Lin Mei - looks fab. Hope your Muse hangs around for a long while. Cheers, Di

Lin Mei said...

Thank you for dropping by, Louise *hug* Yes ... you can never have enough buttons so why not have a die to make as much as you could possibly use *smile*

Lin Mei said...

Hello Di! Thank you very muchly for your encouragement and I hope she does too *grin*

Margaret L Crawford said...

Thank you for your comments over on my blog. I wondered where Lin Mei was - now I have found her again - aMUSEing and papercrafting.

Lin Mei said...

Hello Margaret! You're welcome and many thanks in return :D

Marcia said...

hey Lin Mei, great to see you back in blog land ... gorgeous creation, very inventive!

:) Marcia

kari said...

Yay! Lovely to see you have been stamping again - and die cutting too! Missed you! K xx

PS Have given you a blog award too :)http://karigail.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/blushing/

Lin Mei said...

*hugs* Marcia! Thanks so much for your generous comments and for dropping by *smile*

Lin Mei said...

Missed you too, Kari! xoxo

Thank you very muchly for the sweet blog award as undeserving as I have been! Love the look of your vintage-y card.

Kerryl Noble said...

Oh hello Lin Mei!!
This is so cute. Very clever. Good to see you back. xx

Lin Mei said...

Hello Kerryl! Great to see you dropping by and thanks so much for your lovely comments *smiles happily* xx

OohLookBel said...

Welcome back, Lin Mei! The card is gorgeous :)
Would you mind sending your Muse my way? I have a tower of paper and stamps on my dining table that needs to be cleared out asap...

Lin Mei said...

Hello Belle! Great to see you here and thanks so much for the encouragement *smile* If I do spot my Muse again, I will give her your address and slingshot her from the roof in your direction ... perhaps, you could lay a few cushions for a soft landing for her?

Sue Madex said...

Ooh this is just gorgeous Lin Mei. I have to look away or my fingers will be tapping away at the keyboard ordering that button die!

Lin Mei said...

Thank you muchly, Sue! You know you want it ... *grin*