Thursday, August 11, 2011

Molly Blooms

I absolutely love this range of stamps and so I am pleased that The Paperlane are again asking us to use them for their challenge this month. The theme is shades of summer and I started off by choosing my backing paper and colouring the image to match. I am not sure how well it shows up in the picture but the paper has a glittered effect on some of the flowers. I matted the image with co-ordinanting card and then used a matching piece of pink lace ribbon to finish it all off. I hope this has created a simple but effective card that can be used for many occasions as I have not included a sentiment this time:

I am entering this card in:

The Paperlane Challenge

Competition win



announced she was doing the race for life in June I was more than happy to sponsor her as it supports the great charity Cancer Research UK. I know several people that have battled various types of cancer and sadly not all of them have won the battle, so the more research that can be done to help more people survive in the future can only be a good thing. Anyway Paula was approached by the owner of

Old Maiden Aunt yarns

to offer a couple of prizes in a raffle to those who sponsored her and I was lucky enough to win a skein of yarn. My first choice of colour had been discontinued so I picked another and went with the colourway of Jasper and the package arrived today:

The yarn is just gorgeous and so soft as well as being a really unusual colour and unlike anything I currently have in my stash. I also thought the little packet of sweets and badge were a lovely touch too especially as this was a competition prize. In fact I was very impressed from start to finish as I didn't expect to be able to choose the colour of yarn and to receive the little extras was a great bonus.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Mums birthday card

As it is her birthday today I can show you the card I made for her:

As I mentioned in my previous post it is another Josephine Wall image and I am pleased with the result this time and mum was happy with it which was the main thing.

Talking of my cards I am starting to tip my toe in the water towards trying to sell them by putting a few on ebay. I have had plenty of people looking and even one watcher but I really don't know where to start to seriously look at selling them. I have thought about an etsy or folksy shop and there was an advert in the local paper last week about a new shop selling home made goods who were happy to be approached by local crafters but I don't know what is the best way to go. I don't expect to make alot of money from it as it is primarily a hobby but a bit of pin money would be nice as well as giving me a practical way of making room for further cards I make. I think what makes me the most nervous though is that I have little confidence in my own abilities as I am highly critical of my own cards and dread selling something only for the buyer to come back and say it is rubbish and they want there money back. Family and friends always say they are nice but that isn't real feedback and some of the cards that people show online make mine pale into insignificance. I suppose it is hard to really know what will sell as people's tastes vary so much so even iflike it that won't necessarily be the case for everyone.