I hope you're all well and getting plenty of time to craft - whatever form that takes! I was invited to do a demonstration of art journaling to my church group on Wednesday night. I wasn't nervous but I didn't expect people to think much of my paltry efforts, but actually when I explained what had lead me to make each one, they were very well received. I demonstrated different inks and what they do, plus masks, spray inks etc and everyone really seemed to enjoy it.
I've noticed in my own crafting a shift in style recently too. I think I've been influenced by Project Life and some of the funkier designs around at the moment. Because I work in a care home and mainly make cards for the residents there, they tend to be very pretty and nearly always have some kind of flowers on them. But there is another side of me that's really appreciating some of the more funky creations I'm seeing on Pinterest recently.
This has been reflected in my own card making, as you can see below:
This first card uses the SU woodgrain embossing folder. I loved the colour scheme. People have used the SU hostess set, but I had so many similar stamps that this came together really easily. I even hand-drew the arrow. Very brave of me, don't you think?
This card was for the same recipient:
The dsp is the old SU Spice Cake paper, which I truly love and am rapidly running out of as I am using a lot of it in my Project Life folder as well.
I had a ball making this, using my Polaroid dies, my lovely foxy stamp (free with a magazine last year) and some lovely leaf die cuts (Sizzix). I have a Dymo label printer, which I used for the word Celebrate. This was a card I wanted to keep, rather than put in an envelope, so I'm really glad I took a photo of it. I have seen some fab ways of using the Polaroid die on Christmas cards, which is something I'll definitely be exploring soon.
The final card is the one I've made for the November challenge (to use a die or a punch) for Aileen Skene. I've used my new SU file tabs die. I am so obsessed with this, I can't stop playing with it, it is such fun.
I'm also loving the Tap Tap Tap stamp set and want to stamp the typewriter on everything!
I can't see either of these items being hidden away in a cupboard any time soon. Of course I'm using the tab die in my PL folder and having a ball.
So no, not every card I make has a flower on it, does it? I think I have a quirky style, but it really makes me happy. And that's what card making is all about, isn't it?
Thanks so much for looking in today. I really appreciate that there are so many fantastic blogs out there but that you've made time in your hectic lives to come and have a look at my little corner of blogland. Your visit has made an old lady very happy!
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