Thursday, 15 April 2010

Mission Statement

Hi and welcome to my blog.

Wow, my first post..........

.....I am not too sure where I am going with this, but my main interest is card-making and I have been a crafter of some description all my life. I love reading and being inspired by other peoples creative blogs, and am amazed by the world of stunning and beautiful creativity out there to share. Its such a nice way to be distracted from my studies, and I dont usually need much of an excuse! LOL

Last year when I lost my mum, I inherited an incredible amount of card-making stash, including getting back half of all the stuff we had split and shared over the last few years. It was very emotional coming across such a lot of pretty things unopened and still in packets, and I can only imagine the lovely things my mum would have made with it all. So many kits, decoupage, cards, papers, stamps, peel-offs and ribbons!

My mum used to say to me, 'if its being used, its not being wasted,' and so I have decided, in fact it is my mission to try and use as much of mums stuff lovingly, mixed in with my own, rather than leave it all in boxes untouched and really 'wasted'. Only crafters know the value and cost of that. I also dread the thought of someone being stuck with all my gubbins when I am no longer here! LOL.

I love stamping, and really enjoy making cards that are one of a kind, but so much of the stash I now have to play with also comes from mass produced and generic kits ( QVC / Create & Craft ). So I am trying to find different ways of using these kits, and trying to think outside the box (literally!). I intend to share cards that I am proud of or surprised by, as well as more original or arty stuff that I prefer playing with.

My first picture is of a card I made using a Sugar Nellie stamp that I recently won in a blog hop. One of my favourite inspirational blogs is (Marlene Ashby), and I was blown away when I won this stamp!

Its called Reflective, by Elisabeth Bell, and I think its a lovely image to colour in. I used pro-markers, HOTP papers, brads, petaloo flowers, and a few die cut leaves.


Anonymous said...

Hello sweetie,
Welcome to the world of blogging!
What a great start this is and I am really touched reading your post!
It is a great memory shared with your mum, using the stash.. especially when creating such gorgeous projects!
Big hugs,
Marlene xx

Paula said...

My first Sugar Nellie (apart from the Craft Stamper free one) was also won on that blog hop. What you've written here reminds me of how I stumbled into crafting - my Mum bought me a paper embossing kit just before she died & when she saw what I started to do with it she told me to go to a box & to have the contents - in it was some card, a small guillotine, craft mat, knife & a few other bits & pieces. She had some books & I looked but said I didn't think I'd be interested in stamping - I managed to retrieve that book before the house was cleared & now it is stamping that thrills me. Thanks for sharing your story & I'm very impressed with your blog. I stumbled upon blogland & colouring images in February.
Paula (PEP)

Kathyk said...

Not just me then! I read this introduction to your blog - went through exactly the same thing when I lost my own mum eight years ago and, like you, got back a whole load of gifts and shared purchases. I still pull out a stamp and think of my mum . . . nice blog btw and I too think Richard Armitage is a hottie!



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