Christmas Challenges for the Past Weeks

I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, and at this point, find WordPress particularly hard to use. I have blogged for six years, but for whatever reason, WP decided to change their look and now I can’t use it that well anymore. Anyway, here are the cards I made for the past weeks’ Christmas challenges on a Dutch E-mail group. I did get some help cutting out the edges on the second card and writing on the third. The 3D cut-out Christmas bell was also pre-made by someone from the aforementioned group.

Christmas Card for Week 5


Christmas Card for Week 6


Christmas Card for Week 7

A Few More Cards Using Torn Paper

I seem to like the torn paper technique, which others told me makes cards get a vintage look. I have no clue what vintage means, but like the word, which is why I tagged this post with it. Here are two more cards using torn paper. The white shape on the second card was made using the Big Shot when I tried it out last week. I just love the wooden embellishments of which I put one on the first card. Bought them at the local craft store when looking for a glue stick, which I also found and have been using with great success.

Torn Paper Card 1


Torn Paper Card 2

Some Christmas Cards

On a Dutch cardmaking group, we have a weekly Christmas challenge running from January through to NOvember. Here are two cards I made for this. The third card was inspired by the owner of the American group about which I wrote on Sunday. She is trying to help me learn to make cards, and suggested I try tearing papers and making layers of those. I only realized the torn papers could look like a Christmas tree after I stuck them onto the base, so then I decided to add the star.

Christmas Card 1


Christmas Card 2


Christmas Card 3

Crafting Frustration

Yesterday, I went to visit a cardmaking acquaintance to try out her Big Shot. It was fun, and I could actually work the thing independently. Today, I feel a lot less good about myself, since my swap partner on an American cardmaking group received my card. She is the owner of the list the swap was for, and told me privately that the card was not appropriate for swapping. She did offer to teach me, and was relatively discrete in her criticism, but this is just the umpteenth time I notice how my hobbies aren’t working out. I tried polymer clay modeling yesterday, and noticed I couldn’t even make good sculptures with molds. This may be because it was my first attempt at sculpting except for a rather childish figure I made on Monday without the use of any equipment. After all, the problem was getting the models out of the molds without damaging them. However, I want to be able to be creative, and not at a six-year-old child’s level. Tomorrow at recreational therapy, I will be making an effort at making the embossed and die-cut images I created yesterday into an actual card. If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what does.

First Polymer Clay Creations

A few weeks ago, I picked up the idea of trying out polymer clay. I have been a bit disappointed in my cardmaking skills, and wanted something where I would be less dependent on my non-existent vision. I will continue to make cards, and in fact just this morning signed up for a cardmaking day in October, but I want something else too.

The drawback of polymer clay and other 3D crafts is that they can’t be laid under a scanner, but my husband offered to take pictures for me. So here are my first two polymer clay creations. The first is a figure that a nurse here said looks somewhat like Barbapapa, a Dutch children’s animation film character. The second is a key chain with both handcrafted polymer clay beads (the purple ones) and glass beads (the green ones) on a wire.

Barbapapa

Key chain

Going to Try Out a Big Shot

Next week, I will be visiting a fellow card crafter to try out her Big Shot. A Big Shot is a die cutting and embossing machine. Until very recently, I didn’t know what either of these meant, other than that die cutting is obviously a form of cutting and embossing makes things raised. I was sent a beautiful card made with a Cuttlebug, another die cutting/embossing machine. I looked online for information on how these machines work, but couldn’t figure out whether I’d be able to use them without vision, so I wanted to try one out.

I’ve been a member of a few cardmaking E-mail groups for a while, and asked around if someone could recommend a store in my area. I normally buy my craft supplies online, but figured this should be something I’d buy in a physical store, given that the thing costs about E80,- and I have a history of buying craft supplies online that I end up never using because I cannot work them. Someone from a town near where I live E-mailed me to invite me to try out her Big Shot. I had asked about a Cuttlebug, because this is the most commonly used die cutting machine, but the Big Shot has some advantages anyway. For example, she said it requires less strength to operate, is more stable and usually cheaper too. So next week I’ll be trying out the thing, and then may be buying it myself.