Tonight I got out the cardmaking things and ended up knee deep in pretty things as I experimented with colours and patterns for a birthday card for my baby. It was one of those projects where you think ‘all I’ll need is the Cricut machine, card and adhesives.’ Several trips to the craft cupboard later and my living room floor looked like a craft shop that had been looted. (It’s a good job my husband was at work-he spent this afternoon tidying!)
It’s been a while since I’ve got so involved in a cardmaking project; I normally go for a ‘quick and simple’ approach. It was rather nice to just wallow in a sea of crafty loveliness and get lost in it all, adding things and using new techniques. I ended up using 3 different Cricut cartridges, my cuttlebug and some chalks. Something new which I tried today was chalked edges to add depth. I’ve used inks before but wanted something more subtle and also didn’t have all of the ink colours needed. I quite liked the effect, especially where the chalk ‘took’ to the cut edges of the shapes.
I prefer to design things around the recipient, rather than randomly making and hoping someone likes it! I knew this card needed a bunny and a doll on it as they are Jess’ absolute favourite toys. The Doodlecharms and Stretch Your Imagination cartridges were perfect for these, and Cindy Loo provided a beautiful font. For a while there I considered selling my cricut machine as I use it so little but today I realised how versataile it is and how much I actually love it. Maybe it can stay for a bit longer. I might even try to use it more than once in a blue moon!
Now to tidy up all of that mess, my least favourite part of crafting…