Hey guys! Today I’m going to not only be showing you this adorable card, but I’m going to talk to you about the most important thing about crafting. I’m going to share the secret of the number one most important thing about crafting right now. Are you ready?
Craft what you love.
Seems simple, right? Wrong. And I will tell you why.
Crafting within Your Means
This is topic we often overlook. We see a project and we NEED those products right now to make that specific project. Trust me. I’ve felt that feeling. I do all of the time. But you know, I’m a lady on a budget. Crafting is my hobby, and it’s just that. Running out and getting the latest and greatest isn’t alway a reality for all of us, including me. I’m so happy that I get to share what I can when I have the time and I hope you enjoy it too!
Never feel like you must have every tool and product that you see online. Some of the ladies you see crafting on blogs or on YouTube are paid designers. This means they get paid in money or product to produce cards and projects for customers to see (Isn’t that the dream?). For us hobbyists, that can be daunting.
Personally, I only purchase the craft products I really plan on using. I work a full-time job, I’m a part-time independent consultant for Jamberry, and keeping up with a blog/YouTube channel. And you know what? Sometimes it’s hard work keeping up with all of it and family life. My husband and I are currently saving up for a house and sometimes the money needs to be saved instead of spent. I completely understand that.
That’s where the other options come in. As well my part-time status as Independent Consultant for Jamberry, I also participate in rewards sites, such as Swagbucks, InboxDollars, and Ebates. (I will provide more information on them in future posts). If you find one that works for you, that’s wonderful. I never recommend sweepstakes sites because I never ever seem to win anything. Guess I’m not that lucky!
When I do save up some of my hard-earned money for crafting supplies, I want to be sure that I get the most for my money. I’m sure you do too!
One of my favorite online shops is Amazon. I find great prices on there. Sometimes they’re in the form of the Amazon Warehouse deals, but if you read the fine print, you can see what to expect with those purchases. Another thing I love it coupons. One of my local craft store usually does a 40% off one item weekly coupon, so if I’m only looking for one particular item, this saves a significant amount. I also check out sales at Joanns. They sometimes have their entire paper crafting section on sale (Win!), except for select items.
Let’s face it, the less financial stress you have about your hobby, the more you will enjoy it!
Crafting with a Purpose
I am all about trying new techniques. So much to the point where I will start a project just to try the technique and then become bored with it. And you know, that’s a waste of time and supplies (and therefore money, well!). I also find myself sometimes making projects that I have no idea what to do with when I’m done with them, and that’s also a waste.
My newest mission lately has been to craft with a purpose. If I look at a project or products that I am thinking of purchasing, and I can’t come up with some ideas of what I can use them for right off the bat, I don’t need them. And it’s as simple as that.
If you all are looking to make cards, but really have no one to send them to, I would encourage you to do a google search for some charities that accept cards. There are quite a few out there. Make sure your cards match their requirements and get crafting! They’re a good purpose as well.
What You Can Expect
So what does this all mean about my craft blog and YouTube channel?
Well, it means that you can expect me to be honest with you. If you have any questions about if I earn money from my blog, you can read more about it here: Disclaimer. It means I am a craft hobbyist like you, so anything I show, you can definitely do. Sometimes you may see some crafty fails because if I can save some of your supplies from my mistakes, I will sure try.
But most importantly, we will be doing what we love together. If you’d like to link you blog or channel in the comments, I would love to check to them out. If you have an tips or tricks that you use, I would love to hear them. I would love to be your crafty friend!
The Card Front
Now onto this card! I started this card off by stamping one of the Mama Elephant Playful Pups holding a super cute envelope with a heart on it with one of his bones with some Memento Tuxedo Black ink. He looks like a little French Bulldog. So adorable!
I colored him in with Copics. For his body, I used:
I kept the colors very simple for the Copic coloring and for a little added texture, I added small dots with the tip of my nib.
For the envelope and bone images, I used:
- R20 (for the little heart)
I masked him and the bone off with some rubber cement (which is currently my masking fluid of choice).
I die cut one of the Grassy Trios from Mama Elephant to use as a stencil. I held it down with some wash tape and used distress inks to create the sky and the grass.
- Tumbled Glass
- Peel Paint
- Mowed Lawn
Finally I stamped a “Thank You” in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I die cut the white card stock I used with the second largest Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die from Mama Elephant. I added this piece on a piece of patterned paper from my stash with I die cut with the largest rectangle from the Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die from Mama Elephant.
For a touch of shimmer, I added some Wink of Stella to the envelope and some glossy accents to the envelope and bone. I also added some Silver Uniball Signo Broad gel pen to the spikes on his collar.
My matching envelope is a plain white envelope with paw prints from the same Playful Pups stamp set. I covered the solid paw prints with some Wink of Stella and I filled in the open paw prints with some clear Stickles.
Hindsight is 20/20
Looking back at every project, I find something that I wish I would have done a little differently. In this project, I would have die cut the grass for the background from a thicker card stock. I had some problems when using the mini-blending tool with the distress inks on the very thin card stock. It kept lifting.
Most of the products I used are listed below along with links to some shops you can find them at. I definitely encourage you to shop around and find the best prices on the products you plan on using for your future projects! Happy crafting, friends!