Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Never too late to "Sparkle and Shine"

Hello Blogging World!

I'm back! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season. I took a little more time off from crafting and blogging than I had originally anticipated. However, I'm a firm believer that if you don't have the heart or desire to do something, then you're probably just not ready to do it. I thought a lot about whether or not I wanted to return to crafting and more importantly blogging. My thoughts centered around two questions:

1. What do I do with the cards and projects I create? I love to make them; but then I sometimes feel like after they are finished, they just go into a box or a basket and I don't do much with them. Well, after a bit of thought about it, I decided to 1) send more cards to Splitcoaststampers Cards for A Cause; and 2) to explore the idea of sending/selling more cards to friends, family and well...anyone who would like to purchase them. Card making is fun to do; but it isn't without its expenses, that is for sure. Most of the cost is for consumable items: paper, adhesive, inks etc, so it is minimal.

2. Is anyone reading my blog? Or am I doing all this work for 3 or 4 people who may or may not actually stay on the page long enough to read what I've written? If you're a crafter AND a blogger you know that it's a LOT of work. Most bloggers in other areas, think about what they want to write about, type it up, snap a few pictures and then hit publish. Crafters have to actually create their blog item, photograph it, edit the photos (which in and of itself is a painstaking process!) write about it and then publish it. It's a long process! Some crafters are hugely successful bloggers...I wish I was one of them; but I'm not. Try as I may I don't think I ever will be either. I don't have a fancy camera or video set up; and I have pretty limited computer skills, so my blog is never going to be anything fancy. I wish I was one of those people that designed for big stamping companies; but I'm not...

So, why then continue to blog? Well, I think mainly because I feel like it gives me a bit of purpose for the day. I realized during my hiatus that I missed the "work" feeling it gives me. I'm a SAHM and my kids are all in school during the day. Crafting and blogging give me a way to feel like something beyond my role as "domestic goddess!"

Ok, I know that was a lot of mumbo jumbo. If you read all that and you're still here with me, you have my deep and sincere gratitude! Let's get to what I have to share with you for today, shall we?!

 While I was creating my Christmas Cards, I received my December Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. I set it aside to work with later and finally pulled it out last week. So, the cards I will be sharing over the next few days are all from that kit. This kit was fun to play with, although I have to say, I didn't care for the gold embossing powder in the kit. I found it really hard to work with, and it just didn't seem to give me the results I wanted. The colors in the kit were gorgeous, however. In fact, probably one of my favorite color palettes yet in a card kit!


Have a fantastic day, thank you so much for visiting with me and I'll see you all again tomorrow!

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