Crafty Cardmakers have a fab challenge this week which has made me come over all nostalgic! It’s called First and Latest and Greatest
In January 2010, DH bought me a Xyron PCS Machine asI had expressed an interest in starting to make cards. He did offer to buy me a cricut but I declined because I wasn’t sure if I was going to like card making – how I regret that now! hehe.
Although I cringe at it now, this is the first card I ever made
Awful isn’t it? But back then, I was so proud of my little balloon card hehe. I didn’t have any rubber stamps, had never heard of Magnolia Stamps, Promarkers, Papermania, K&Co, Basic Grey and the like. I had a small supply of scrap paper and some glue and that was it!
How rapidly time flies! I have been totally addicted to card making for the past 11 months and can’t see it ending anytime soon. In July, I started selling cards and toppers on eBay and sold my 150th at the end of November. I’ve learned so much from watching technique videos on youtube and buying card making magazines.
Hubby hasn’t yet grown tired of the “what do you think about this one?” question and even Meadow, my dog, has found a new favourite napping place at the side of my craft table. I’ve been guest designer for MyGrafico.com for 3 months and a designer for Sarah Paris for about the same length of time. In January my next DT adventure begins on Paper-Crafting Journey. So all in all, an exciting year!
This is my latest project. I love the combination of Magnolia Rubber stamps and doilies at the moment. They suit each other so well.
I’ve used DP from K&Co, the Tilda stamp is Fairy Dust Tilda and the sentiment is by Bits of Ivory from CuddlyBuddly.com. The doily is from eBay and the ribbons and gems are from stash. Tilda has been coloured with Promarkers.
If I had to give any tips to a newbie, although i consider myself to be a newbie – it’d be to watch the youtube videos if you can’t get the magazines. Enter as many craft challenges as you can. Shop around for your supplies and most of all, practice, practice, practice (and have fun while you’re practising! )