Quite a quick post today. I've made my Mother's Day card. It was simple to make with some papers I got from Crafter's Companion free downloads but I liked the colours; turqoise/light blue and brown are my favourite colours together for this year. I just copied a design virtually from one of their samples. The flowers, tag and topper are all raised for dimension. I put glossy accents on the gold band of the badge on the ribbon. I'm wondering if I should've added some glitter to the wet glossy accents too but since the papers have been distressed, I'm not sure that glitter would be suitable. There is a strip of lace down the left hand side which this photo doesn't reveal clearly. You may think this is not a great deal of effort for my mum but believe you me, this year she celebrates her 70th birthday and she will be getting spoilt 'big style'! I did have to buy the right colour Baker's Twine but that's no hardship :-)
I do love in many respects that there are so many facilities available for us crafters for free. If you're 'canny' (money smart) then you could do very well. You do need a good printer and the right paper/card though or it's false economy. I have a HP Photosmart C4480. It's not much use to be honest, especially now since I've lost the disc for it so haven't been able to install the software on my new laptop, so now I can't scan or re-size. Yet May Flaum has one and says it's fine, as this issue was discussed recently on the BPC class message board. Epson seem to be popular in America, especially the 810. Some people use an online printing service but I'm never organised enough for that, so I want the photos there and then; not when I get time to order them and then wait a few days for them to arrive. I'm also very impatient. I sometimes need unusual sizes, so that hinders me from going to places like Asda to get them printed on those self-service machines - perhaps should look into what sizes those machines will actually print at though, rather than assuming.
Don't forget that Mother's Day is only 9 days off now! - I do hope that my daughter reads this! :-)
Take care out there