Crafting Haul

I promised not to buy too much crafting supplies but somehow I broke that promise. These will all come in useful though.

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I have a huge 8.5″ x 11″ stack that I’ve been collecting. The papers are so pretty I’m afraid to use them, but I really need to.

Making Cards and Mailings

Made a few Valentine cards to send to friends + other mailings, and a package for a swap.  I’m really loving the Silhouette Portrait I received in a giveaway a year and a half ago.  I’m surprised I’ve never really used it much for making cards.  Actually, I haven’t used it as much as I’d like to.  This year, I will tackle that goal.  I’ve got a few ideas brewing.  In the photo below, I added a little watercolor to the die cut envelope.  Watercoloring is something I’ve tried my hands at here and there too with hopes to do more of it this year.

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This was the most mail I’ve sent out in my life in one day.  There were 8 items total!  It feels great to give.

My New Silhouette Portrait

Earlier this year I was looking at the Silhouette Cameo and Portrait to supplement my crafting hobby, especially the Portrait.  The Portrait costs $180, which was something I didn’t have.  I soon started to see giveaways for the Portrait on my Facebook feed and crafting blogs I follow so I would enter in these giveaways.  I never won so I pretty much gave up for awhile.  Never winning in these giveaways got depressing and I still wanted the Portrait fairly badly so I made the decision that I’d save up for it and get one on my own.

Then one morning as I was looking through my e-mails, I came across another giveaway for the Portrait.  It was through crafter/graphic designer, Lori Whitlock, whom I’ve subscribed to for some time now, and in which I’ve participated in her giveaways before but didn’t win.  I told myself that if I didn’t win this time that I’d stop doing them and just save hard.  Well, to my surprise, I won the giveaway.  A few weeks later, the Portrait arrived at my doorstep.

SIL0147_500I am still shocked that I won this.  I’ve seriously been wanting this so badly and just knew some day I’d get one.  I just didn’t know when.  I’m a believer that if you ask the universe for something you truly want, you shall receive.  You might have to wait awhile for it but it will come.  For me, the Portrait just came sooner than I had expected and I am over the moon about it!  I’m very thankful for Lori for having these giveaways (she has them quite often) and for Silhouette for their generosity.

SIL0150_640 I can’t wait to start playing with this, and when I do, I’ll be sure to share my experience here!