It took me a long while to decide how to share my cards and crafts. I was very close to have a new blog for this purpose but I really don't like the idea of having many tiny and less-active blogs. On the other hands, how attractive can be a bi-lingual blog? Would this push my audience rather than adding new ones? Ah...I know this sounds silly but this was a hard decision for me. Anyway, obviously the decision is made to go on here. But what I will do to differ the craft ones, is to use a proper label, which I haven't used this feature of blogspot properly yet. So here starts my new label: Witchie's Crafts!
I have always been into stationary; papers, notebooks, pens, pencils, stickers, markers, clips, highlighters, agendas, calendars, etc. On the other hand, my card making adventure started only 3 years ago, when I found tons of christmas cards at the paper recycle bin. Our landlords, Armstrong family, is a well-known and old family here. So they get probably hundreds of christmas cards every year, and surely it can't be possible to keep every one of them. I should also add this information to the attention of my non-UK readers that card sending/giving is a serious thing here in UK! People give cards in addition to their birthday gifts, and what I understand is, this is nearly a must! On Mother's day, Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas and even on Halloween, people send/give cards. Can you see what a haven this is for me?! Yeah, so what happened when I found tons of christmas cards in our paper bin is, surely I grabbed the nice ones to recycle on my own way =) I cut, paste, glitter and God knows what else I have done and created new cards our of them!
Would you like to have a look at my very first handmade cards? It is interesting to see the progress actually =)
This was made in 12/09/2011. Independent of finding christmas cards, I have already bought some card making kits when I was in Germany. So I used some elements from those kits and a bit of my own design.
To tell the truth; the idea might me nice but it was really not successful =) Thanks to my dearly friend to got the cards, appreciated this effort.
Before I stared to make cards, I have found myself struggling with lots of tiny, colorful threads; known as cross-stitching =) Everything started with this little star! Yeeep, this is my very first cross-stitching! And when I put my hands onto cards making, surely these tiny pieces of art were my prior elements to use. To tell the truth, I quite like that star and the card itself.
I was way ahead on cross-stitching than card making in the year 2011. Though obviously I was way more patient to glue all those silver stars one by one!
There were some cross-stitches that I loved too much and didn't want to waste them as cards, so I found a way to make them lasting all year as calendars:
Well, I think this is enough for the first post. Please stay tuned, there are more to come soon!