Finally! Started a giveaway on Instagram, had an anniversary, and I haven’t crashed my website in 48 hours!

Image by #mamaelephant - 21st Anniversary card
Me and My Yeti

For those of you dropping by thanks to my IG giveaway, welcome!  I hope this is a first visit of several!

I confess that I’ve been reluctant to start this site–I have so little free time, that making cards has been winning out over getting this blog up and running …. for FIVE months.  Wow, I can really procrastinate with the best of them!

So, why blog, anyway? Well, I have a little daydream about being on a design team, and doesn’t seem achievable without a website, near as I can tell. Hence, essiecards.com .  And since I mostly write for a living, this shouldn’t be too bad, once I synch with the technology.

The giveaway:  Some of my favorite companies and favorite stuff–because I wouldn’t run a giveaway with stuff I don’t want.  So, enter away and then, if you win, I hope I get to see what you make!

And now I know how to use Instagram overlays and even how to use ye olde Random Number Integrator.  Given that I predate the era of computers, I’m darned proud of myself.  And my kids think I’m kinda cool, which is never a given.

And today is my anniversary.  It’s been, as my husband says, “21 magical years.”  And they’ve flown by.  Am I the only person out there married this long who still hasn’t cleaned and “preserved” her wedding dress?  Hmm.  Maybe I’ll dig it out of its bag for another post.  It’s VERY 1990s.  Lots of silk, lots of pearls and pretty over the top.  Probably the birdseed people threw at us is still caught in the skirt.

The post:  the anniversary card from me to the one I’d marry all over again in a skinny minute.  He’s the best thing that ever happened to me.

 

Don We Now . . . Our Ugly Sweaters

I have a thing for ugly holiday sweaters. I don’t own any (these days), but they remind me of my childhood and college days–when everyone sported a big bright bulky monstrosity during the holidays.

So I was thrilled when my favorite Etsy seller/digital stamp maker, Kimma of Le Petite Market, put together a digi collection of the best of the worst. And I’ve had a great time coloring them this weekend, in between internet bargain hunting (that’s fodder for another post, I think), and enjoying some quality time with family and friends.

I LOVE digital stamps–so easy to use and they don’t take up room in my overloaded craft lair! And Kimma’s images are just the cutest and always feel thoroughly original! I’ve used them tons in the last few months–just check out my Instagram feed to seem more. Oh, and Le Petite Market is running an amazing sale–you almost can’t afford not to try them out! (gratuitous shout out…I have no business/other relationship with this lovely Etsy seller, I simply like what I like).

Anyway, I colored the entire set of six sweaters/vests, cut them out using my Brother Scan-n-Cut (this machine makes me smile every time I use it!) and made two of the images into finished products already (one card, one gift tag).

Finished card and tag

The rest are waiting for another burst of inspiration.

Welcome to my Blog – First Post

Hello new and old friends!  After acquiring this website…nearly six months ago! I’m determined to go live and learn by doing!

This is a place for me to share my cards, and a little more informations about them than I can cram into an Instagram post.  Maybe, from time to time, I’ll blog about  some new crafty techniques and perhaps even the occasional non-crafty post.  Just because.

For tonight, I’m sharing a card from earlier this month–the image is by the delightful and talented Marcella Hawley who owns Power Poppy stamps–some of the most beautiful floral and whimsical images I’ve found.  Her stamps always make me feel like an artist, and make me willing to try new things.

For this card, I embossed Ranger watercolor paper (which is precut to 4.25″ X 5.5″ and a great bright white–so easy to use!) with copper embossing powder by Wow!  I had expected the embossing to be raised–as it is when I emboss on less porous paper (like Neenah Solar White 80 pound–which is my go-to).  That’s not what happened:  the embossing powder sank into the watercolor paper, leaving me with a very different, more exacting process when I added my water color.  But–in the end, I really like the result.  It wasn’t what I planned, but I like what I got.

And that’s a good lesson for me:  Keep going.  When it starts to go in a direction you didn’t expect, just keep going.

 

And that’s enough for a first post.   Thanks for dropping by, and if you have comments for me, that’s terrific!