Monday, 4 May 2015
I can't believe it's got to May already, its been ages since I posted on here, I've been away on holiday to France, been busy with work and been crafting away merrily making a variety of cards and I've even got more confident with cutting out stamped shapes as you can see in one of my latest projects. I love the new Owl Folk range from Papermania, I got some free papers in with the DoCrafts Creativity mag last week and went and treated myself to a set of the stamps. I used the large owl stamp to create the three owls above by stamping in to some papers I'd printed out from a free download from Quick Cards issue 85.
I finally plucked up the courage to start posting cards and commenting on other peoples cards and also taking part in the forums over at Docrafts, you can see my gallery, if your so inclined here although I may do a few posts about some of them as some people have asked how I did certain things. I've made a few new friends and been inspired by lots of stunning cards that get posted, the people are amazingly friendly and very encouraging, wish I'd got involved sooner instead of hiding in the shadows. It's amazing how my cardmaking confidence is growing, when I started cardmaking back in October last year I was firmly convinced that stamping was beyond me and so to was decoupage, turns out when I invested in some decent stamping inks and a scissors made for decoupage I can do both. Not perfectly granted, but not bad so far.
I've also started making cards like the ones above to give to my local Cats Protection so they can sell them to raise funds to help look after other cats like my Poppy & Rosie Tu-Tu. Both of my fur babies came from the Derby branch of Cats Protection, so I like to do whatever I can to help. My goal is to make 250 a year for them to sell, the owl card above is one of the cards in my pile that stands at 15 so far, so I have long way to go. I need to work on some male card designs and add cards for all occasions like weddings, births and make some Christmas cards. Before I had the idea to make cards for the CP I began to worry that I would run out of excuses to make cards, but not now, the CP can sell them at outdoor events and I plan on making some cat themed cards as well.
I signed up to the Hewlett Packard Instant Ink service as my printer, an Envy 4500 series is supported. As part of the plan I never run out of ink because the printer sends messages to HP and they send ink before I need it, you get to post back your used cartridges for them to recycle as well as part of the service. So for £3.49 a month I get to print out 100 pages, right now I have a folder full of background papers, toppers and decoupage projects to turn in to cards, when I bought my printer you got a 2 months free so I made good use of it and printed out lots of things. They do a 50 page scheme for £1.99 and a 300 page plan for £7.99, you can upgrade or downgrade your plan any time you like. I suspect that come October I'll increase to the £7.99 plan for a couple of months to enable me to print off lots of toppers/background papers and other bits and bobs to create Christmas cards for friends and family, and also to add to my CP card box.