Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What You Have to Say

First of all, thank you all so much for your kind comments about my blog. It’s very clear to me that you all come here for my clean-and-simple vision and don’t want me to change that. No worries on that score. I’m clean and simple to my core and can’t really DO anything else. In fact, even trying to do anything else gives me a headache.

I dislike headaches.

You also seem to be agreed that sharing my thought process about design and product is helpful, as are Simplicity Tips, frequent posts, imperfect cards, and CAS-ification make-overs.

As for new stuff you might like to see, that was incredibly varied and includes plenty of stuff I am comfortable doing. More than one person wanted to see more masculine cards, cards for children, packaging/gift tags, sympathy cards, and paper craft projects (anything other than a card). Masculine and children’s cards are hard for me, but I do make them. I just rarely post them. The others I do but just don’t post. I will post more of these.

A few things you WON’T often see are cards with patterned paper and die cuts. I don’t own a die cut machine (could write an essay about that issue!). Patterned paper and I only get along on scrapbook pages. My cards with it usually give me a headache. I see stunningly pretty CAS cards with patterned paper on other blogs and at SCS all the time. I just can’t seem to make it work for me and am totally okay with that.

A few people don’t want to see scrapbook pages or non-card projects. I get where you’re coming from and will keep this primarily a card blog, but I do feel the itch to share other stuff as well. Not often, perhaps, but I will branch out just a bit with a few different things. I got into paper crafting via bookbinding, so occasionally I’d like to share those projects.

The requests for tutorials are inspiring, and I will be doing more in the future. I will not be doing video tutorials. I wouldn’t even know how to begin, plus I prefer not to hear my own voice recorded if I don’t have to. I find it deeply disturbing when I have to change the message on the answering machine and hear my voice not filtered through my bones. Is THAT what I sound like? It’s creepy. Plus, it sounds so prissy and bossy, sort of like Hermione Granger without the English accent. Sadly, I identify strongly with that character. Is that too much information?

I will post a few articles on my craft room. It’s more functional than attractive, but I’d rather spend money on stuff rather than stuff to put the stuff in, if you know what I mean. *wink*

Thank you, thank you, thank you again for all the comments. I can’t believe we went over a hundred! Here's one for you:

stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Ancient Page, Palette Noir
paper: PTI white
accessories: rhinestones, ribbon


  1. Love the use of different sized bling - keeps it a little off balanced and therefore fun and light!

  2. Love the bling and the great Hero Arts flowers...such soft colors! Super! I'm lovin' CAS more and more...guess just where I'm at these days! Thanks for being in my corner! :-)

  3. Adorable card - love those citrus shades and little touches of bling! Thanks for a very welcome shot of spring sunshine on a rather dull autumn day here in the UK, Jo x

  4. Congrats!! And your card is so CUTE! LOVE the bits of bling!

  5. Now you have me curious to hear the essay on die cutting machines! HA! I love the colors and bling on your card today. So cheery on a dreary day, rainy day.

  6. I'm with Rebecca on the die cutting machine essay. I thought I was the only one who didn't want one. We must hear your story. Your works of art are so refreshing and I look forward to each new posting. Thanks for sharing!

  7. susan,
    you are an AMAZING talent. your cards give me that .....ah...... cleansing, refreshing, calming!
    love everything about this one including the random bling amongst the ordered flowers. wow! and thanks soo much!! marty ferraro

  8. Great card, and keep up the great work

  9. What a pretty card! Love the bits of bling--they are like little dots of sunshine or dew or drips of juice (the colors make me think of citrus--actually this would be pretty with citrus slices instead of flowers). Thanks for the daily inspiration!

  10. Love the happy bright colours and the sprinkling of gems!

  11. I love the elegant simplicity of your cards. Wonderful work.

  12. Identifying with Hermione is a good thing...she is the brains of that whole operation after all!

  13. Mmm, so fresh and sparkly! Love this!

  14. looking forward to all that you will be sharing!! and...for the record,Hermoine Granger is one of my favorite characters!!! :-)

  15. Lindsey (Cricketeer)October 2, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Another vote for a future die-cutting machine post. I can't decide if I want one (shapes! embossing!) or not. (Holy new expenses, Batman!)


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