This week's one-layer challenge theme at "Less is More" is leaves. This card, made with the holly leaves from Bells & Boughs popped into my head one night, I could hardly wait to put it on card stock (Naturals White):
I traced a sewing pattern that I've been wanting to try, finished reading The Book Thief, washed the dishes and did some other chores. Monday I looked over my list of challenges, colored in an image with Cherry Cobbler and More Mustard for the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary but gave up after realizing I should have used Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White. I played some computer games and reorganized the book shelves while attempting to choose a book with a lighter subject matter. The Book Thief takes place in Nazi Germany; I started it after the break from reading I needed when I finished The Kite Runner, which takes place in Afghanistan in the '70's-'80's. I don't know what I was thinking.
This evening I started the laundry while reading the $2.99 Kindle edition of Everliving, which seems to be a ghost story romance. I thought possibly I needed a break from stamping, but again, I don't know what I was thinking. Between chapters, I checked my email and found the encouraging comment that sweet Lauren made on my Jingle Belles card, and found my card-making motivation again! I also found three more blogs I *need* to follow, one of which - Freshly Made Sketches - posted the sketch for this:
While I was fiddling with the image that I stamped on Whisper White, I tried it on Bashful Blue using sketch #229 at Stamping 411. It wasn't colored right for that either, but I liked the card, so I colored yet a third version:
Thanks to Lauren for her kind comment, and really to everyone who takes the time to comment - it is so nice to find encouragement when your motivation deserts you! Now, if I could just figure out where Blogger hides the word verification setting, so I can turn it off - Mandi and Chrissie have asked ever-so-nicely, but I just haven't figured out yet how to accomplish that.