Confidence taken a huge bashing so whilst I have been crafting away continually since my last post I've not felt able to share anything as comments about my work have left me wondering if it is worth me bothering to carry on crafting.
Then I decided I bloomin' well love crafting whatever the results ... the smell of the ink and papers, peeling off the backing to the double sided tape, firing up the Vagabond, cutting and trimming and matting and layering and ... well, you get my drift!
Then I reminded myself why I started my blog in the first place ... for ME! Doesn't matter if family & friends don't "get" what I do ... I will make and give them their card and they can throw it out but I'm going to carry on and keep calm and all that and harden myself to all the negative comments. Don't get me wrong ... I don't expect everyone to like what I do and I am very happy to receive constructive criticism but comments like "what a daft idea" don't inspire me to carry on much at all.
I am posting a few photo's of the few cards I bothered to photograph and am including them here so I can drag my blog up to date :
This is an example of the card that caused the most controversy! I made several ... some in my favourite browny colours and then some in pink for the girls! I had a few "Big O" birthdays this year and thought celebrating the passing of time with little fob/pocket watches might be an idea.
Well, it was an idea but didn't seem to go down too well (hence the "what a daft idea" comment mentioned above).
To be fair the recipients seemed to like them - although one did go, "Oh!" and gave a puzzled expression upon opening the card!
I'd inked and stamped and embossed acetate and alcholol inked and worked long and hard on these cards but guess you can't win them all, eh?
This one went down quite well! Made two the same ... one being for my nephew's girlfriend ... I like doing number cards like these for special birthdays even if they are a bit naff.
This was a new home card for nephew number 2 and his girlfriend ... doesn't show on the photo but I glossy accented the word "HOME" and there is a little key hanging from the ribbon. The message was printed onto acetate.
All my birthday cards this year followed a theme ... butterflies for the girls and cogs for the boys ... have posted cards made earlier this year already but am including this one because the recipient of one exactly the same as this rang me last night to thank me for "her wonderful card" and to ask how I had done the "calendar" as a card-making friend of hers wanted to know.
This was made for a 70th birthday and I did one the same for a 40th too.
My sister's birthday card. She sat beside me when I gave it to her. She opened the envelope. Took out card. Read it. Put card back in envelope. And didn't say a word. Guess she didn't like it! The inside was pretty too!
I am about to start my Christmas cards and have a sort of idea where I am going with them (probably to M&S to buy them and save all the Shock! Horror! Debbie, what were you thinking!!! ) They do 3 for 2 offers, right?
Am now quite determined to keep my blog up to date and am going to spend time catching up with all of your blogs so bear with me!
My name is Debbie and I am a crafter ... no matter what!!!!!!!