Welcome to Cardesque – my blog where I share my creative journey. I am Jackie Elwin, a 60+ married housewife who whiles away the hours playing with pens, paper, paints, stamps and pretty card. Back in 1986 I broke my back in an RTA resulting in paraplegia. Over the years, I have had many hobbies but in 2005 my mum showed me various embossing techniques which sparked my interest in card making. My card making hobby soon encompassed scrapbooking and art journalling too. Often the same techniques used in card making can be use on many other projects so I now dabble in all sorts of crafts. My inspiration comes from many places: books, blogs, DVDs, magazines, you tube, quotes, songs, colour combinations, natural pattern formations, nature, wildlife and even microbes. Sometimes I just doodle, sometimes I join in challenges, and sometimes I just spill my thoughts onto the page. Learning new techniques piques my interest in other art forms and so my arty crafty journey continues.