23 February 2008

A little about my cards and crafting...

You see, I'm new to this whole card making thing. I've always been in love with paper. Hoarding for years and years and never was able to make myself cut into it. But now that I've started on this "stamping journey" I don't feel so bad with cutting into my paper.

I scrapbooked for years. But I never felt that any of the pictures that I had merited cutting into my beloved paper. Sure, I still bought it and had plans for it, but scrapbooking got tired for me. I didn't feel like I accomplished much when I scrapbooked.

However, when I make a card, I feel like I've made something...even if it isn't exactly how I wanted or I don't love it or whatever, I still feel like it means more to me. Maybe because I'm using my hoarded paper? I dunno. But I am truly enjoying it.

So here is how I got started on the whole rubber stamping thing. Back in January, I promised a few of my friends some cookies. And I didn't just want to send them a regular ugly box with cookies in it, so I thought of using a paint can to decorate and send my cookies wrapped up in the cookie can. So, I got myself on the little Google search and found a few blogs that had some great ideas for covering the paint cans. And then I started reading more of their blogs and they were using these adorable papers and OMGoodness--rubber stamps to make the most delightful cards and other things. And a lightbulb popped into my head that hey, maybe I could do this! And then a bunch of the blogs that I visited mentioned a website that they all visted called Splitcoaststampers and from there, it was all over for me. I signed on for an account, read and soaked up information that those gals and guys had and started amassing MORE crafting stuff. As if I didn't have enough, right? LOL

And then I started seeing all these great stamps that folks were using from Hanna Stamps and Gina K. designs. And you see, I do graphics work on the side for Weblog Design Studios where I am a blog designer (please don't pay attention to this plain template, I'll get one made eventually for here) and a lot of the stamp images that these gals were producing were along the same lines as what I did for blogs, so they sort of "fit" my style, you see. Oh, to be sure, there were many other stamps that I love and have bought as well.

But as you have read, I'm a brand new stamper. I'm just learning the ropes from sooo many talented ladies on the site and I'm having a darn good time of it, too!

I don't know the paper company that I used for these cards because like I said, I've had some of these papers for years and years and have lost the original packaging. As much as I can, I'll tell you on the cards and other things that I make, what I've used. The girl images are from Hanna Stamps. I used Prisma Pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color them.


Thanks for stopping by!

12 comments:

Jessica Smith said...

Congrats on your new blog! Love your Hanna cards.

Anita said...

Hey Jennifer!

Stamping is addictive! I just signed up to be a Stampin' Up! demo about 1 1/2 yrs. ago cause my youngest sister had so much fun with it--I had never stamped before--yet, here I am, collecting paper (I've always been addicted to paper and colored pens and stuff-this just took office supplies to a whole new level!), stamps, embellishments, ribbon, buttons, etc., you get the idea! Welcome to the stamping and blogging world!!

Anita Van Hal
http://www.anitastamps.com

Mary Dawn said...

woot

Karen said...

your work is awesome and I wouldn't have guessed you were new to stamping! awesome job on paper piecing and your coloring is great!! welcome aboard this addictive habit (heck - there's worse habits out there right)!! :)

Tracy.H said...

These are great! I need to get this Hanna stamp...it's just so cute! :0)

cheryl said...

Welcome to the world of blogging...and SCS...and card-making! I hoard paper too! I have big plans for all of it, but I can't stop myself when DCWV comes out with a new pack. It's so cheap with JoAnn 40% off coupon that I can't resist. Looks like you're catching on fast - your cards are really nice.

Godelieve said...

These are just GREAT cards!

Donna said...

WOW! I am in awe of your 'new to stamping' creations! you look like a seasoned one for sure! I love your Hanna card!! this little addiction of ours is great, huh??? going to add you to my Google Reader so I don't miss out on what you post!

Heather said...

Amazing cards- especially the pink one with the paper piecing!

Vikk said...

You are truly amazing.

Jean said...

Wow loving your colors and coloring on this blue and green hanna!

Danyelle Kessler said...

Those are beautiful Hannah's, especially the blue and green one.