Sunday, 21 July 2013


Don't know if this is old enough to qualify as NBUS (never before used schtuff), but this Memory Box die is about a year old and I can't think of when I have ever used it! Oh my goodness,...some of you know that I have memory problems from an accident...this NBUS idea may need some tweaking!!! lol

This is just another page of 6x6 Prima Lyric collections with a few added dies and embellishments. This is another card in my series of inspirational cards. I have bloggy friends and some IRL friends who are struggling a bit at the moment. Life can get so busy and it is hard at times to get the right balance of work, play and family life.  I think these cards could be pressed into service to send to someone so inspire them about the better days lying ahead...or adding a sentiment of Soar...its your day could be added and presto, it becomes a Birthday card.

I have written of my struggles to learn Windows 8...well the keyboard on this new W8 laptop needed adapting. I can not access the question mark, the apostrophe etc. So if my posts seems stilted or misspelled,  it is due to not having access to those keys.
It is being taken in to the geek squad to have the keyboard adapted and to have a shortcut installed to download is about a one hour process to download and get access to pictures. If you have any choice...I would take Windows 7 if you could find one still!

Here is a bit of a closeup so you can see the depth of the 3D nest etc.

Card Base - from my stash; Michaels Recollections brand square textured white card and envelope
DP - Prima, Lyric collection 6 x 6 pad
Card Stock - from my stash; snippets of kraft used for the Memory Box dies
Dies - Memory Box; Small Birdcage, Songbird and Corner Bow
Embellishments - from my stash; K and Co birds nest and kraft ticket (maybe 7 gypsies or TimHoltz)
Burlap - from my stash ( a friend gets me new burlap coffee sacks...they cut up nicely!)
Bling - blue diamonds from my stash; Dollar store

I am entering this card in the following challenges

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets the kraft cardstock used for the diecuts were snippets.



Jules said...

Hi Mo

What a lovely card. I love all the detail.

Each time I look at it I see something different.

Great use of your snippets .. .. and I bet your die will get lots of use now!

Have a good week.

Love Jules xx

Christine Harrop said...

This is so lovely Maureen. As you say, with different sentiments it can be used for all sorts of occasions. Gorgeous. Christine xx

brenda said...

Sorry I've been such a bad blogger the last few weeks Mo and hands up and admit this is mostly copy and paste, but just wanted to thank you for your visits whilst I have been poorly, hopefully when we return from holiday I will back to normal - whatever that is !

B x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

It looks very inspirational Maureen! Love the design of it and the pretty die cuts with the nest! I have heard Windows 8 is not very good, although to be honest I don't like the Word in mine - I can't find the undo button anywhere!! Susan x

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous, adorable card and what pretty details.

Mrs A. said...

I like the composition of this card. The colours look super together.
My son is an It Consultant and he oesn't rate windows 8 very highs and is not using it.
Hugs Mrs a.

Connie Mercer said...

love the nest!!! such a fabulouse page!!! The 3D is an awesome look!!!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

WOW - I love this card. Very chic xxxx

brenda said...

Just shows my state of mind Maureen, just left you a message on an old post wishing you a lovely trip.

B x

downrightcrafty said...

this is gorgeous hun and great colours
Hugs Kate xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maureen,

This is a very sweet card. A nest, bird and inspiration - perfect!

Isn't it funny how every operating system comes with quirks.....


McCrafty's Cards said...

This is gorgeous Mo, I like the bird & nest, the die cut swirl and the cage.
kevin xx

Sassy Raggedy said...

Love this...The nest is awesome but I really love the way you have the birdcage hanging from the flourish...Very creative...Hugz, joann

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Very pretty card!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, hon, you know me, I play fast and loose with "rules" if they're my own. If you can't remember whether you've used the thing before, who else is gonna know? You go ahead and call it NBUS, that's what I'm doing! (And the thing doesn't have to be old/ just never-before-used. It can be something you just bought yesterday.)

You've made an adorable NBUS/snippets card here! I love it, Maureen!!

I'm sorry you've had to go through so much trouble with the update and I hope they get it sorted soon. In the meantime, if you make goofy words and leave out punctuation, well, I'll be honored that you're CASEing my style, LOL!!

Sue said...

This is so pretty Maureen I'm hoping my laptop and computer last I don't like the sound of Windows 8 LOL huggles hun Sue xxx

MaryH said...

This is so lovely. Your bird & nest & little fence were precious. Don't you just love those MB dies? They worked so well with the pretty paper. And I like your inspirational card idea...we have several blog buddies who could prob'ly use a little cheer & know they're thought about. Good of you to think of that. My pc guru told me to stick with Win 7 for the moment. So far, I'm listening to him. You just confirmed my plan!!! Good luck. I'm sure it will get all sorted. TFS

Shoshi said...

That's gorgeous, Mo! Love the little eggs in the nest. Delightful!

Thanks for your lovely comments - so glad you are enjoying the progress of our new house and especially my new ARTHaven!! We were over there again today and I've just updated my blog.


Tracy said...

Such a pretty card.
Good luck with getting your computer in tip top shape :)

Shelby said...

This is a lovely card and of course the die qualifies as never been used:)!


Di said...

Hi Maureen!

Wow, what a stunning card - so many beautiful details. Each time I look I see something else - and I'm sure the ticket is a Tim Holtz one as I have some of those too :) Love the way the sentiment reflects the whole birdie theme of the card - lovely colours and the burlap is just perfect too.

I abandoned Windows well over a couple of years ago now. I have Linux operating systems - Ubuntu on this baby pink laptop I'm using right now, and Linux Mint on the big laptop in my craft room. After a looooong career in IT I was finally so sick of Windows I took Len's advice and switched - and I love it! No hanging/locking up on me, no mahoosive and very time consuming downloads (the updates are now so fast it's incredible), every sort of application I could wish for - plus it's so clean, crisp, SAFE and fast! Even better, it's FREE!!! I would happily pay for what I have now I must admit - Windows got thrown outta the window :) Food for thought?

Hugs, Di xx

Shoshi said...

Thanks for another lovely comment, Mo - yes, the house is really coming on now, and my ARTHaven should soon be finished!


Hettie said...

This is beautiful Mo. Love all the layers and textures. It kinda reminds me of the card you sent to me which is still sat on my puter desk.
15 days til we hug! I promise they will be gentle hugs.

Pia S said...

This is a great combination of die cuts and textures, and I like how you've popped up some of the elements for dimension. You've put everything together so beautifully on this card!

Asha said...

Sooooo sweet. I love the bird and nest images dimensional. I want to reach out and touch it. Gorgeous!
xxx Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

Cathy said...

Love all of the details Mo, I have the bird cage too and haven't used it. I love the "stand" yours is hanging on :) Cathy x

Karen Petitt said...

I love the corner bow! May have to get one of them! That birds nest is super cute too - another lovely card Maureen! Karen x

Glenda Atkins said...

I know all about trying to adapt to Windows 8, what a nightmare! I am gradually getting used to it but what a shocker at the beginning:O) Your card is a delight, love the dimensions and the wonderful die cuts!