Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Look Back........Hawaiian Hibiscus Card

(A look back to one of my early card creations from the summer of 2008. This was one of the first larger cards that I had ever made) I was very much a newbie to crafting when this card was made : )

This month marks my one-year anniversary of hand-crafting cards. My journey began after leaving my job of 16 years to finally become a stay-at-home Mom. After a couple of months of not working, I had a craving to do something productive AND creative. I sort of fell into the world of card making via ebay. I have sold on ebay for quite some time and a friend encouraged me to give selling my cards a try on ebay. I justified this by hoping that it would become a part-time job for me and that I could earn some extra money selling my cards. With this dream on my horizon, I wondered how I would get someone to want to pay for one of my cards. Being someone who had never made a card before, what were my chances? I have always loved art and creating, so I figured at first that I had nothing to lose by giving it a try. Of course, I became addicted to this craft almost immediately. Even though I was not very good at all in the beginning, I had such a craving to learn about this art and become better. I have had so much positive encouragement from my friends, buyers and other sellers, that I had come to really enjoy and look forward to sharing my creations with you. I can't believe that a year has come and gone already and how far I have come from those first cards that I attempted. I continue to learn every day and find much inspiration and encouragment from looking at the work of many others and talking with so many fellow crafters out there with tons of talent. Thank you to all of you that made my first year fun, creative, enjoyable and exciting. I really look forward to another great year with you all.

I may share a few of my first cards that I made over the next few weeks, just so that you can see the difference in my work from then to now.

Thanks for dropping by to share a look back with me!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle, Happy one year anniversay! Wow, how time has flown, mine will be June 30th. This was one of your first cards? You obviously have a natural talent:) Can't wait to see more of your past creations.

Lovely Linda said...

Carolyn, I have just read your post and can totally idenitfy with you - I have been going for 15 months...and I love your work - I too love to look back and see how far I have come - as card makers we are ever evolving, through the work of others, like your self - thank you for your inspiration!! Thank you also for your commment on my card on SCS - I am loving the Midnight Madness - it so describes my cardmaking - a lot of which happens after midnight!! LOL!!
God bless you

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

Hi Carolyn,

I love that card and the colors - very nice. Happy Anniversay to you, Happy Anniversay to you ...

Jodi said...

Carolyn...ALOHA! That card sure brings back memories! Congrats on your one year anniversary!

Carolyn said...

Thanks everyone, and a special "Thank You" to Jodi there for introducing me to this world to begin with. When are you going to join in, Jodi???

Welcome to my blog, Linda! I am thrilled to have you here and look forward to seeing you around alot. Can't wait to see your next challenge card!

America said...

Oh what a beautifully designed Hawaiian card. Im totally reminiscing my days of living in Hawaii! ahhh, thanks for sharing!