I had a lot of paper. Patterns, coloured card, plain card, textured card, card templates! I had craft cutters, various glues and glitters and paints and ink pads and one or two stamps, buttons, stickers and fancy pens for writing fancy messages in home made cards. I also have ribbon - lots of ribbon. I have made quite a few cards in the past couple of years. Birthday cards, Mothers' Day cards, Thank you Cards. I have plans for making more cards- and thus using up my supplies.
I have purchased a few more craft cutters, a few more card templates and just one stack (ok, 2 stacks)of new coloured/ patterned paper. I invested in a rotary cutting tool with ruler and fitting so that I can cut straight lines in my cardboard and paper. I bought some glue dots because they work better than some of the glues that I was using.
This new creative outlet has been more than a simple exercise in using what I have. Lately, it has been a way for me to escape the reality of life. For a short time, I am able to have complete control over something. I am able to relax and make something fun or pretty or cute. I start with bits and bobs and make something that makes me smile. I also have something to give away. I have tokens of gratitude, birthday wishes or encouraging messages. I make something. Me! It is kind of good. If I do say so myself. See!
The best thing for me is being able to look at photos of cards I made when I first got started in this card making lark. I can see improvement. It still takes me forever to design the cards - mostly deciding which colours go well together or which patterns don't clash too much. I still get a little nervous and touchy about placing things properly once the glue is on. But, I do love looking at the finished product.
|Birthday Card for my Nephew March 2015|
Birthday Card for my Bro in Law- September 2015
Next time I will show you some of my recent cards alongside the cards that inspired them.
First, I have to show you the card I made for my nephew - he turns 9 this week!