“Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” Helen Keller”
While starting a blog may not seem altogether adventurous to most in this technology-based society, for me, it’s a daring adventure. I have only recently become adept at using my Google Reader!
Born in rural Vermont in the 50’s, I remember party lines, two-room schoolhouses, black and white TV, the first space launch and life before microwaves, computers and cell phones. Yet here I am, writing my very first blog post. Why? That’s a good question, and one I will try to answer.
Ever since I can remember I’ve had a absolute fascination with paper. Notebook paper, construction paper, stationery, origami paper (although my attempts at origami were an epic fail) and any kind of paper you could pair with pen, ink or paint. I’ve also had a life long love affair with greeting cards. My mother was person who instilled in me this affection for beautiful images paired with meaningful sentiment. Let me share with you how this came about.
When I was a young child, I had what they called “weak lungs” which led me to have numerous bouts with bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory ailments. This resulted in many weeks spent at home, confined to bed. I missed going to school, and missed time spent with my friends. My mother, being a very wise woman, encouraged me to keep in touch with them by sending them greeting cards. I crafted these using newsprint paper and Crayola crayons. While primitive, these simple creations served multiple positive purposes. They gave me a constructive and happy occupation to enjoy while stuck at home, recovering from illness. They took my mind off myself and my circumstances for a period of time. And, they kept me connected to the people who were important to me.
So, about 6 years ago, after life handed out consecutive years of caring for aging/ailing family members, dealing with the aftermath of their deaths and the deaths of other people who were dear to me, I turned to paper and ink as a source of solace. I was in a bit of a funk, and I thought if playing with paper had helped me as a child, perhaps it could be therapeutic for me as an adult. And thus, my magnificent obsession with paper was re-launched.
I began making simple ( embarrassingly simple) cards and gifts for friends and family. To my surprise, they sought me out to create cards and gifts for their friends and family. And before I knew it I had turned my dining room into a crafting space, subscribed to crafting magazines, and started selling a few items at craft shows. I was hooked. Every spare minute I found in my day I wanted to devote to playing with paper.
Then, I discovered that there was a whole world of papercrafting available to me via blogs. I began to follow several artists whose work and style appealed to me, learning from them as I went along. As is often the case, I began to form cyber friendships with some of these fine folk, and they began to urge me to start my own blog. “I don’t have time.” “I don’t like working on the computer.” “I’m a terrible photographer.” My list of reasons for not starting a blog was long and mostly true. But then, one day, I realized this is a way for me to connect with other people out there. People, who, like me, love paper, ink and paint. And it’s a way for me to share what I love with the world. Who knows, maybe I’ll even meet new people and make new friends along the way.
And so, here I am. My first blog post. I have no idea what I am doing. But I’m launching my little craft into this vast ocean called the blogosphere.
And here is today’s card:
Core-dinations cardstock,Sizzix embossing folder,Graphic 45 Paper: A Place in Time/January Foundations and cut-aparts,Crafty Secrets Clear Acrylic Stamp (I don’t remember the set)card blank from PaperWishes(5″ by 6 1/2″) Paper Wishes Card Blank. Paper Wishes Tool Kit #1. Flowers and bling from my stash.
Cardstock was cut to 5″x 6 1/2″. It was centered in the embossing folder and run through the Cuttlebug. I then sanded it using the Tim Holtz sanding tool. I then stitched around the edges.
Graphic 45 images were fussy cut and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I attached ribbon from my stash to one of the border pieces using Scor-Tape. The January calendar was torn into two pieces, then layered behind the flourish and the border. The image of the girl in the hat was coated with Glossy accents and set aside to dry. I stamped the sentiment with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Panels were cut and matted with Core’dinations card stock. I used Paper Wishes tool kit #1 to create the bracket edge on the larger panel.
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