Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I wanted to chat a little bit about craft items we buy and then wonder why we did it.
Lets talk about the card with the pumpkin and little boy. I loved this digital image when I bought it. Made what I thought was a pretty cute card with it a few months ago. My first Halloween card of the year. A couple of months ago I was going through my box of Halloween supplies and what do I find? Last year a friend sent me some leftover vintage images she had and here was one of this little boy. Full color and so sweet. The shop I had bought the image from had reworked it into a digital version. Had placed a jack-o-lantern face on the pumpkin. Now I could use Copic markers for years and never be able to color like the original picture. Maybe someday I will reuse this image. What I really want to talk about is the pumpkin shaped Nestabilities. I just HAD to have this set. Paid over $18 for it. Every time I have tried to use it I just can't seem to make a card work. Money down the toilet.
On to the card with the cat. This was done with a large Sizzix die. Got it on sale for $10. Yes, I had to have it even knowing that I don't use the few dies I have. I must have cut a dozen of these cats with different papers and just plain black. I wound up using one. It just looked to darn plain on a card. I had a real problem giving it some eyes that didn't look stupid. I am a far cry from an artist. Erica finally did some eyes for me. I added some little green gems that were the right shape so it does work. The background is a digital image from Digital Two For Tuesday.
Probably my costliest buy was an air compressor for my Copics. I thought about it for months before I leaped. I would like to leap back. That cost me almost $200. What I have not splurged on? A Cricut. We won't even talk about the money I have put into Copic Sketch markers. I have somewhere around 225 of them. You do the math.