Well, the day I never thought would come has finally arrived. I have a blog. I have a BLOG! Saying that just made me giggle at myself. Who am I to have a blog??
Anyway, the reason I decided to take the leap into blog-dom was to challenge myself. Challenge myself to work harder at developing my crafting skills. Challenge myself to learn new techniques. Challenge myself to learn design principles so I can stop looking at my projects sideways and saying "Something's just not right." Challenge myself to use my supplies instead of hoarding them. Not sure how well I'll do on that last one.
I welcome you to join me on my journey of learning how to be a decent papercrafter. I'd love to hear what you think!! Just please be gentle. :)
Day One: In the spirit of challenging myself, I decided to break open my first package of alcohol inks. The result is the card below. I punched the center scallop square out of acetate and applied alcohol ink to the back. I stamped "thanks" and a leaf stem with Archival Ink on the front of the acetate. The turquoise cardstock is Papertrey Ink in Hawaiian Shores. The alcohol ink is Ranger in Stream. I should have used a little more blending solution to lighten the ink a bit more, but otherwise it's a decent match.
I added a little red bling and black ribbon, then used pop dots to raise the matted scallop square. The sentiment stamp, scallop border die and patterned paper are also by Papertrey Ink. The leaf is American Crafts. Scallop punches are Marvy pink and purple.
I'm still looking at it sideways thinking "Something's just not right", but at least I'm on the road to learning and improving. A road that is always paved with mistakes and do-overs. And lots of fun....
I'd love to hear what you think.