Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Fusion #5 ~ Live the Life You've Imagined!

Okay so I know that this month is supposed to be about saying goodbye to some of our favourite retiring products but when my preorder arrived yesterday afternoon I just could not help but say HELLO to a few *NEW* goodies!!!

Here is the card that I made for the Fusion Challenge this week... Featuring some FABULOUS NEW IN COLOURS, and a new colour being added to the Neutrals Collection!!!

There is a bit of a story behind this card design for me. This is something that has been very difficult for me to come to terms with but for the past 5 months I have been suffering with Postpartum Depression. I have had such a hard time being honest with myself about this because after all the pain and sorrow we went through to have our daughter how on earth is it possible that I would not be over the moon now that she is here? I could not imagine a more supportive, amazing partner and father of my children so when I reached a point where all the smiling and shrugging off the sad, lonely, dark feelings was just not working I knew it was time to ask for help. 

I am happy to say I have a fabulous team and after starting medication 4 weeks ago I have finally started to get back to the old me and it feels amazing. I feel as though the haze has been lifted and I am back to feeling the love and joy that I knew I could in this tremendous life that I am living :) So this card represents me, the bird Living the Life {I} Imagined outside of the cage I felt I had been in for so many months! 

I felt that it was important to share my story because Mental Health is something that still has such a stigma and it really is a shame because if more people felt supported in seeking the help they needed so many lives could be saved in so many ways!

My Challenge:

My Card:

Take the time to let your creativity bloom!

Card Recipe

Card Stock:

  • Smokey Slate
  • Whisper White
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Quatrefancy Specialty DSP
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Baked Brown Sugar
  • Crisp Cantaloupe


  • Betsy's Blossoms
  • Really Good Greetings
  • Basic Pearls
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch
  • Labels Collection Framelits Dies


  1. Hayley - I love this. wonderful colors.

  2. Very pretty! I'm sure it was healing just to create it!

  3. What a great card and post...I'm so glad that you're feeling better! Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

  4. I'm so glad that you shared your story with us Hayley. It's so important to share that with us that may be going through the same thing! So glad that you're feeling better :o)
    Sweet card, too!

    1. Sorry....meant to say "those that may be going through the same thing"

  5. Your card is beautiful. ;-) I love the pretty elements you've used. And I appreciate the experience you've shared, from one momma to another. I am glad to hear you are doing better and enjoying your sweet little one more! We struggled to have children, so I related to what you said about that. ((HUGS)) and Best Wishes to you! Thank you so much for joining our Fusion challenge this week. ;-)

  6. FAB stamping Hayley! Thank you for sharing your story too - so glad you are on the path to finding your old self again.
    So glad you joined in the experimenting @ FUSION - hope to see you again soon :)