When I sold my first (and so far only) note card a few months ago, I received payment via Pay Pal, a service I’d never used before. Not knowing what to do with $2.10 in Pay Pal and not needing to immediately transfer the money into my bank account, I hit up E-bay to see what über cheap things I could find.
Apparently Chinese rhinestones are indeed super cheap with free shipping (a package of 800 4mm for $0.30 anyone?). So, I bought $2.00 worth and am very happy with my purchases (so long as they’ve all come in–I’ve kind of lost track).
Now tiny rhinestones are tiny, in case you didn’t know this. So, found myself fumbling with them even though my fingers are equally tiny apparently my ring finger is size 5 3/4). Months ago while doing card making research (i.e. drooling over what other people have created) I stumbled upon posts mentioning wax pencils and I wondered what they were used for. Apparently they pick up rhinestones.
Well, if you can’t tell by me snapping up all the $0.30 rhinestones, I don’t have a lot of money to spend on crafting materials. 90% of what I use came to me via gifts, swaps, and stealing from work (hey! I literally take the stuff out of the recycle cans, unless of course I’m able to snap it up before it physically makes it into the recycling because that’s where it’s definitely going to go otherwise). 5% of what’s left I only get because I’m justifying the gift giving potential of said item before it becomes “leftovers”. So only 5% of what I buy is purely for my own playing pleasure. I’m not going to justify spending money on tools that my fingers could do if I just try hard enough, at least until I’ve exhausted every other option.
Did I mention that my mom used to buy me crayons all the time up until a few years ago? Or that a few years ago I was given a vintage-looking small crayon tin with the classic 8 package of crayons as well as some stamps within?
Aren’t wax pencils and wax crayons awfully similar in composition? Hehehe. (Yes, that is my evil laugh).
As I started to get frustrated with my rhinestones I remembered what I’d read about wax pencils and thought “what the hell?”. Turns out that for this chick, those crayons do a terrific job! And were free without having to ask for wax pencils for Christmas. Woo hoo!
I’m behind in posting my latest creations for sale, but here’s a few that are available right now!
Still working out the kinks in my Shop Handmade store. I’m having trouble changing my “about” section since I’ve changed my methodology of listing items. Oh well. The price to list (free!) is too good to pass up, so I’ll take whatever quirks and bugs exist in the programming.
I have a new (to me) camera, so now I can take all the pictures I want! Here’s some of the cards that got listed this week. I’m slow with listing cards because it’s a tedious task and despite what I do at work (i.e. nothing but tedious tasks) I actually hate those, haha.
I enjoy making cards but I’m always afraid that every one of my cards will end up looking the same simply because I lack imagination. I’m simply not an inventive person. I’m great at recreating something put in front of me, but ask me to come up with something out of nothing…yeah…it’ll take me forever. I have to have a good source of inspiration at the right moment for brilliance to happen. And that’s what happened this afternoon.
Here’s the sketch we’re supposed to follow:
And this is what I came up with:
Yep! I totally didn’t follow the sketch verbatim! I’m planning on submitting my entry into the contest, but won’t be offended if I’m disqualified for being too different. I’m too excited by how much I really like the way this one turned out! These are all items that I’ve already been working with this week, but I doubt that I would have come up with this design without the sketch challenge. It’s a little outside my comfort zone.
Coming up with the design was really organic (from seeing the sketch to final card couldn’t have been more than 30 minutes). I knew I was going to use the butterflies in place of the star and since I didn’t really have any other shapes to work with I was going to make a pile of the black and white butterflies with a colored one on top. The pile idea quickly revealed itself that it would look muddy, so I started spreading them out and using larger sized ones. I really liked the red striped paper, but had a little trouble figuring out what color I wanted to use for the bottom of the card. It was totally an accident for the blue to take up as much of the card as it does–I had intended for it to better match the sketch, but when I went do glue it down, it got away from me. However, since at the time I hadn’t figured out what to do with that honking rectangle that was supposed to be in the middle of the card, what ultimately ended up being the sentiment looks fantastic on the oversized piece of blue (in my opinion). I was flipping though all the sentiments I had to work with (I cut them out of a single piece of 12×12 that was it’s own collage of “signs”) looking for one I intended to go in the middle like it was supposed to, but this one caught my eye as being a perfect compliment to the bunch of black and white butterflies and one blue one. Plus the color was a great match with the red stripes.
Like I said, this card just presented itself to me as I flipped through my purposefully limited stash. I could have gone to the Cricut Design Space and found the shapes to re-create the sketch exactly, but I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have been as excited about that card as I am about this one. Who cares if it doesn’t look like the sketch–without the sketch it would never have been born!