September 27, 2022
September 24, 2022
FUSSY CUT FLOWERS
Have you ever had a sheet (or two) of Designer Series Paper where the images are so huge that you hesitate to use it for anything at all because the grand scale of the images would completely overwhelm whatever you wanted to create? Besides, when you cut the sheet into a smaller size, for example, 4" x 5 1/4", all these beautiful images are reduced to pieces of images.
The only way I can see to get around this situation is to . . . yes! Fussy cut the beautiful oversized images.
To create this set of six cards, that's exactly what I did. One fine summer day, I sat on my deck with a sheet of this DSP, which, by the way, came from a Sale-A-Bration pack, and snipped away. Ah. Bliss.
After I'd finished the fussy cutting, I wasn't sure how I wanted to use these lovely floral stems. But, following are the photos of what I finally came up with.
September 20, 2022
SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS
The July 2022 Paper Pumpkin, Sending Good Thoughts, had some wonderful little sea themed stamps that I found completely irresistible.
I have to admit that I still haven't put the kit together as per the instructions, but I certainly have been having a lot of fun with the seahorse (isn't she precious??), the starfish, the dots and the sea weeds.
To make my card, I stamped these tiny stamps randomly all over a Very Vanilla panel, stamping some lighter than others by stamping off first.
September 17, 2022
Surfing the Web recently, I came across a card with a really interesting fold. I changed it up quite a lot to make it my own, but I did borrow the essence of the folds. I'd like to thank Jessica Taylor for her wonderful idea. A video of hers can be seen HERE.
I call it a Double Card because that's what it really is: one part of the card opening normally, the other portion opening unexpectedly backwards. Confused? Read on!
September 13, 2022
A month ago, I published a blog post in which the card background was created by using the Blending Brush and ink through the "stencil" left over after punching out some strawberry shapes from a long ago Paper Pumpkin kit. The card I'm referring to is strawberry birthday.
Well, at the same time I was working on the strawberry-shaped "stencil", I also had one with blueberry shapes, i.e., just circles.
Using that same method in a different color scheme, I came up with this card.
September 10, 2022
I love the bright cheeriness of red with yellow together on a card. Add in flowers, bling and ribbon, and your recipient cannot help but be uplifted when looking at this card.
September 6, 2022
WOODEN LEAVES AND TENTH BLOGIVERSARY
Yesterday was milestone time for paperseedlings.com. I started this blog on September 5, 2012. My tenth blogiversary! This is blog post #1137!
For several years now, I have been very faithful about blogging twice a week, writing my posts on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Without fail. All the blogging experts advise bloggers to be consistent with their posts, in that, if my readers expect a post from me on those two days, there'd better be one.
Another thing that I am very proud of is the fact that I have never deviated from my reason for starting Paper Seedlings, and for calling it by that name. All through these ten years, I have continued to share with my readers little paper seedlings of inspiration that I hoped would grow into full-sized wonderful and satisfying paper creations. Another reason for starting my blog was that I also hoped to grow my business through my blog, asking readers that, if I inspired them in any way, to maybe order from me as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator once in awhile. That has never happened.
I have been ruminating on blogging for some time now.
My daughter, a wonderful artist, tells me constantly that blogging is so out of style. That NO ONE blogs anymore. She is somewhat wrong about that, in that I subscribe and link up to many wonderful blogs.
It does seem that bloggers who host Linky Parties on their blogs are becoming fewer and fewer. Those Link-Ups seem to be where most of my traffic, what little there is, comes from. So, I am indebted to those bloggers who continue to hold these events, mostly on a weekly basis.
Let's look back a bit.
My very first post, on September 5, 2012, had 243 views. Not bad for a beginner. Just a few weeks later, on September 27, an autumn post went pretty big on Pinterest and boasts 19,104 views! While that enormous number was a wonderful fluke -- I thought -- the rest of that year did well with many of my posts reaching in the lower 1000s. May 3, 2013 saw an even better surprise: 19,283 views!
Just before my second blogiversary, on August 20, 2013, my White Wedding post -- WHOA! -- had 36,741 views. Another Pinterest surprise! On my first blogiversary, September 4, 2013, I had a so-so blog post, and even that one garnered 998 views. That second year of blogging was OK, nothing so astounding, but holding in the thousands much of the time.
For my third blogiversary, I posted a card that gained 941 views. Hmmm. That year hummed along sort of boringly, but still maintaining high 100s and into the thousands at times.
A delighrful surprise greeted me with the February 3, 2016, post, Love You Quilt. 18,015 people checked it out! The rest of the year was very similar to the previous one.The next few years found views more in the high hundreds than in the thousands. This continued until the Pandemic hit, when viewership fell into the mid-hundreds for the most part. Huh.
All of a sudden, long about mid-April 2022, I have been consistently at under 100 views per post. I am actually excited if a post exceeds 100 views. I do not know what happened. I don't think my work is lacking.
Anyone have any clues? Has something like this happened to you, if you are a blogger -- and had been doing really well before?
I don't know if people are just not interested in cardmaking anymore. Or just stamping in general. Once a month, I do a post on the drawings I'd done from Terry Runyan's #dailycreating group. While, in the beginning, they seemed to have been well-received, but not lately.
I have been racking my brain, trying to come up with something that would instill more interest in my blog. So far, however, nothing.
Today, I share with you a bit of autumn decor that I created. Last week, I discovered at the Dollar Tree some wooden leaves on a white beaded ring. One side of the leaf had an initial. ??? Don't ask me why. So, I put two of these leaves in my cart to make them more "me".
September 3, 2022
#dailycreating APRIL/MAY 2022
My apologies. I haven't been drawing just too much as part of Terry Runyan's #dailycreatiing Group. In fact, what I am sharing with you today is the complete portfolio of drawings from TWO months (instead of the normal one), April and May, 2022.
I will include above each drawing what the prompt for the day was, as well as any other pertinent information I may have on my subject matter.
whiskered tree swift / malaysia