Monday, February 26, 2007

Thought provoking!

You may have noted that over the past 2 weeks or so that I have started posting way more cards than I used to.
Well I decided to start making cards that I like. Let me clarify, much as I love Splitcoast, I was caught up in the comments/views race and I was completely paralysed by fear. I was so busy trying to make the perfect card that I ended up making nothing at all.
So I sat down and thought about why I craft. Why do I make cards? Do I make them for me? Or do I make them to try and impress the rest of the world? I lost why I make cards, I hardly ever send a card anymore and that was why I started, I wanted to make something filled with love that would cheer someone else's day.
Then just as I was deciding this, I read a post on Joan's blog here that completely encapsulated how I was feeling. It really brought home that I should be making cards that I LOVE, if I get 50 comments, great, but if I get 1 comment, that's fantastic too, one other person in the world took the time to comment on one of my cards and that's a gift!
So that is how I have now started to develop a style that I am really enjoying at the moment. I have simplified my cards, no more how much of the latest trend can I chuck on one card at the same time, no more agonising about will this impress people. I'm just having FUN and playing with sets that I have bought and haven't used.
This card I love! It is In Full Bloom embossed in gold on Fabriano card and colored using REally Rust and Old Olive reinkers. Then I just tied gold organza ribbon around the card and voila a simple, but I think, really elegant card.


Dorinda said...

Amen sister!!
You rock! This card just screams elegance!! I have not used my IFB set for a very long time, you have made me want to dig it out and use it now!

Sharon said...

Wow! This is so simple and elegant! Just gorgeous! I haven't used my IFB set in a long time either. I may need to get it out after seeing your card. :)

Jen said...

This is so beautiful Alli!!!! And I love your post!

stampin_melissa said...

This is gorgeous Alli! I love your work! Hugs,

Taylor VanBruggen said...

You go girl! I too need to stop worrying about using the lastest and best and just get back to fun stamping!

Beate said...

What you said! LOL
What a gorgeous, elegant card!

Kimberly said...

Gorgeous! I love the simplicity of the card.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do something. You're on track and do what you love and what makes you happy girlie!! Your designs are beautiful

mjb coffee said...

Lovely card with one of my favorite SU stamp sets! Beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Hear, hear! I quit obsessing about comments, too, on SCS and have managed to "cure" my addiction to seeing every single card put up every single day. I've been learning more from blogs, lately, and have seen some stunning cards. Gold embossed, then colored! WOWZER! I'm not going to make a google account, so I'll just be "anonymous", but you know who I am!

Nicki said...

Alli... I did the same thing!! I avoided that gallery for along time... it made it so stressful to create! I still really only fequent my friends galleries! Hugs!! You are an AWESOME stamping Artist!