My creative journey started when I discovered stamping and card-making in March, 2010. At the time, my husband asked, "how long is this one going to last?" A fair question considering my recent passing crazes: beading, triathlon, cycling, dog-training to name a few. I couldn't articulate an answer at the time but I knew that somehow, this would be different. What I've discovered is that stamping is not just a hobby to help pass the time or to keep my mind busy; rather, it has therapeutic qualities in itself. When I am making a card, the whole world shuts off as I focus on my design and concentrate on putting together the bits and pieces of card and ink. The creative process builds my self-esteem, calms my mind and delights my spirit. And I know that the card itself will also bring joy or solace to someone else one day. At the moment I firmly believe that crafting is a gift from God in my life and I am exploring ways to use this gift in some form of ministry for Him.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This is my first effort at a one-layer card with my new pack of Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury White. And the verdict is...pure luxury! The card is so thick and gorgeous, plus it didn't even pill with my watercolouring. Normally I use only watercolour paper for an image like this bear. Admittedly, I didn't spend much time blending, just a basic colouring but I'm really happy with the results. I made this for a friend who just had her first baby, a boy. So excited to go an meet him tomorrow morning and I really hope she likes the card.

Stamps: bear image: unknown but I think it might be Penny Black. Sentiment: Gina K. Designs Fanciful Tags
Ink: StazOn black plus mementos and Tombows for colouring.
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