My mother always tells me (around October time), "Now, remember Christmas is coming, so don't buy yourself anything. Just put it on your Christmas List." She's said this to me for the past thirty years, and usually I'm a very good little (size is relative) girl (as is age). This year? Oops.
I think I can be forgiven, however, because...
My lovely family just don't understand crafting! They don't see the need; they don't understand my paper fetish; they are not sympathetic to my creative wants AND they do not understand the terminology. What I mean is...
"CRICUT", my son thinks he'll need an insect net!
"FISKARS", my mum thinks I'm swearing!
"ATG" ... "What's wrong with your tyres?" ~ "No, mum not ATS... my sticky stuff" ~ "Karen, behave yourself!" "WHAT?"
You get the drift, if I was to ask them for some of the crafting supplies I purchase, they'd either get it wrong or ask me to order it anyway, ("What do you want for Christmas" "I want... oh forget it"). With this philosophy in the back of my mind, I've been on a spending spree (I'll be paying my overdraft back for the next six months but, oh what a buzz!).
For a start I found the CRICUT 'Artbooking' cartridge on eBay (such a rarity to find any CLOSE TO MY HEART cartridges outside of the US, that I couldn't resist). Once I started, I just couldn't seem to stop! Next I ordered the CRICUT 'Artiste' cartridge (from US, at great expense, but I'm on a roll), I hit the internet next, I got some more supplies, a couple of digi's and more paper (yes, more! There is no such thing as 'too much paper'), then I did the ultimate in crafting financial stupidity... I watched the shopping channel! Silly, silly me... oops indeed.
So now I'm skint... and owe the bank part of my soul, but you know what? I'm very, very happy!
Back to the artbooking... WOW! I am now seriously addicted to mini albums...
My first attempt using the CRICUT 'Artbooking' cartridge... LOVE IT. I do believe the book rings are a little too big, so I'll be changing those and then putting more ribbons and fibres on the smaller ones. This mini album is destined to be a Christmas present for my mum, I think its good enough (this little cutie is my niece, her granddaughter), the envelope page (page three) is also perfect for housing the gift card that I'm also planning on giving my mother for Christmas.
All the little embellishment, like the flowers, hearts and wording are also from the 'Artbooking' cartridge, as is the heart overlay.
The papers I've used are all from the 'TERESA COLLINS' 'Fabrication' papers along with the matching brads and word stickers.
Love that envelope page! Great for holding lots more photos and/or gift cards, oohh my mum's a lucky lady!
The back of the envelope page was a little bit plain, so after I'd put another heart overlay onto it, I decided to stamp it. I've had this pack of 'Candi' stamps for a VERY long time (they were free), and had long since disappeared into my jungle of goodies (even after a good clear out!). But for some reason I'd kept the mini 'Candi's' on my desk (probably in the hope of using them up). Since I liked the colours I decided to use them on this page (now, where have I put the stamps?). After I'd found the matching stamp set, I used my 'quickie' glue pen (another seldom used item) to adhere them down.
A little pocket with tags.
Very pleased how this turned out, so pleased, in fact that I think its good enough to be a Christmas present (after I change those book rings)!
COME AND GET IT CHALLENGES - 'Gift Card Holder'
THROUGH THE CRAFT ROOM DOOR - TTCRD November 12 - 18 - 'Anything Goes'
THE CUTIE PIE CHALLENGE - Ch #57 - 'Little Cuties'
SHOPPING OUT STASH - SOS #127 - 'Use Something Already Out On Your Desk' - 'Candi'
USE IT TUESDAY - ch #67 - 'Stick It!' - Quickie Glue Pen
CHALLENGES 4 EVERYBODY - Ch #33 - 'Anything Goes'
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