In the first week of August, as I was making a birthday card for my dad, I suddenly realized that this meant I had been crafting for one year. Crafting as in spending insane amounts of money on rubber, photopolymer, sticky and glittery stuff, as well as inks that left my hand looking like a child’s who has just discovered Crayons.
I had started this without realizing what I was getting myself into. All I wanted was to make a nice Paris-themed card set for my dad last year because I was giving him and my mom a trip to Paris for his 80th birthday. He’d been talking about going forever, and since it’s just a two hour plane ride from where they live, I thought it was about time. (Yes, they went early this year).
These cards were among the first that I ever made … you know, professionally 🙂 I cranked dies through the Sizzix Big Shot, used generous amounts of foam squares, and happily squished paper inside of embossing folders. Those were the days…
Now, one year later, I’m slowly finding my style. There are so many fun techniques and supplies out there, I sometimes feel like being torn in all directions at once. I want to try everything, because almost everything is a ton of fun. The crafting community is incredibly friendly and supportive and I’m happy that I’ve made some friends (it might be too early to call them that, but at least very good acquaintances who never shy away from sharing some tips or a few laughs). And even though this hobby eats up more money than it should (self-control, where art though?), I’m having a blast.
This is the birthday card I made for my dad’s special day this year – forgive the horrible photo quality , I only have my iPhone with me and no “real” camera. I wanted to share it and enter it into a challenge early in August, but after I sent it with his presents, I accidentally deleted the images from my camera before transferring them to my Mac. Never happened to me before, but hey, the card got where it was supposed to go and that’s what counts 🙂
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