Sunday, October 19, 2008

150 Cards Later....Well, ok, 149

I did it.

I made 150 greeting cards. Minus one.

I started out making only one card, then got creative, and ended up making about 10 or so different designs. While I was making one kind, I would think of another and before long, was making the second, then the third, fourth, and so on. It was actually fun.

Throughout this endeavor I found that I am more creative under pressure. It's no surprise, because even during my daily 9-5, 40 hour week I am more productive when someone shoves something under my nose and tells me they need it yesterday. Gets the blood flowing, the adrenaline pumping. I'm no scientist, but I bet adrenaline is driving force in creativity- I'll have to look that up.

I got each and every card mailed off to the "little promo box" yesterday. They will get there just in time for all of those boxes I am sure are going to sell. I hope that my work sparks some interest and draws more buyers. If nothing more, at least I pulled a few good ideas out of my head.

Funny thing is, I still have a few ideas swirling around in my head and I can't wait for the next challenge.

Oh yea, the 150th card? It just didn't pass inspector 13 so I had to keep it.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Another Day, Another Card

White is always such a difficult color to photograph, especially if you are not very good at photo taking. This is one of my promo cards I plan on including when I send in my Little Black Box Promo items. This cute little card is made with paper lace doilies. They never look good under a chocolate cake, anyway. I put three pretty sparkles in two of the opposite corners, heat embossed congrats in shiny silver, and topped off the whole thing with a hand tied bow . The lace is backed with some really pretty pearly paper. I love that stuff. It always makes any card look like a million bucks.

I didn't get my 75 cards done, but I did get fifty finished. Deadlines always seem to bring out the best creativity in me. I wish I had more deadlines.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

150 Cards

This weekend is going to be BUSY for me! I decided to participate in the Little Black Box Promotion. It's a box full of goodies that have been sent to promote a sellers items from their Etsy shops. Sales haven't been really stellar for me, so I thought I would do what you have to do-spend money to make money, and promote promote promote! I'm including this really cute card I whipped up last weekend. It's something simple, but cute. I am also going to include one Christmas card in the hopes of boosting some holiday sales.

I've also restricted myself from buying any more supplies for a while. I have enough paper, ribbon and embellishments to supply a scrapbooking store. I sit here fidgeting because I know that Hobby Lobby closes in 50 minutes and boy what kind of stuff I could buy in that short span of time. I think I have a problem.

Well, that's all for now. I am going to try to get at least 75 of those cards finished before the end of the week.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Out from the Shadows

I SWEAR...I should post more often. I think I get a little nervous about sharing my thoughts about anything. I realize it's a problem I've probably had my entire life. I hope to stick with this blogging for as long as I can. I have plenty to say, but sometimes just not sure about the words to use.

I'm still making my invitations, only now I spend a little more time on greeting and note cards. I look back at my work from a year ago and compare it to now, and I finally see some improvement. I was soooo afraid to try new techniques, and I was just discussing with my husband last weekend that I really needed to learn more than I'd been learning (which was NOTHING) and that I needed to use the best resource on the planet- the internet to search blogs, youtube and the like to get inspiration and instruction from those much more experienced than me. I know I could go to classes, but that just does not appeal to me. I'm a homebody, and I like it on my own. Besides, I prefer to learn twhat I want to learn on a whim, and not on a montly schedule. I KNOW, strange.

This card has by far got to be the best card I have ever made. I've called it Triple Blossom. Not fancy schmanscy, but I like the name. I really like how the pinks, peaches, and reds blend so well with the sage green. I used a rubber stamp to create the flower, then shaded it and when finished, sprayed with acrylic matte sealer, then cut out. I then layered them and finished them off with texture paints and a ruby red acrylic gem.

Well, I got my feet wet for the day. I hope to be back soon.