Making Cards Again

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the time to make cards. I’ve missed it!

In October, we decided to sell our house and move back West. All of our family live there and it’s just time to get back to being closer to them all. Once that decision was mad, however, it put a screeching halt to all non-essential activities, card making included. I did manage to get Christmas cards made and sent, but in all the hub-bub, I forgot to take photos.

Now our house has sold, we’ve moved out and are living in our RV. We’re still in Florida, but will be heading west within a month. In the mean time, I’ve got spare time again. So I’ve done a few cards.

As part of the preparation for moving, I had to get rid of some of my paper crafting supplies and tools. What was left had to either fit into our RV or get shipped to relatives in Arizona until we can get there. Even some of what has been put into the RV is so buried that I won’t be able to get to it until we have a house and we can unpack it all. The bottom line is that my supplies and tools are very limited, but I’m finding ways to get by.

One of my previous clients called and asked for cards for her twin nephews who are turning ONE. It was a bit of a rush job and this is what I made for her.

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Then we learned that a neighbor had lost her 16 1/2 year old Schnauzer. Dusty was a sweetie. We dog-sat her several times and truly enjoyed having her. So a card was in order for our friend.

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Today I had the morning free and decided to work on a birthday card for my brother-in-law. I seem to struggle with masculine cards, but this one came together fairly well. I hope he likes it. I patterned it after a card I saw in the latest CardMaker magazine.

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Soon I hope to enter card challenges again. I’ve missed that. Of course, once we get on the road, my crafting time will be minimal again. We’ll take almost two weeks to drive the 2200 miles from Florida to Mesa, AZ, including a 4-day stay north of Dallas to see the grandkids. And once in Mesa, the house-hunting will begin.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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Clean & Simple Stamping #184

Here is the sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping for this week:

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As soon as I saw it this morning, I knew I wanted to do it in white on white. Here’s my card:

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Supplies used:

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Clean & Simple #176

It’s been a busy week and there hasn’t been a lot of time for card-making. However, today, I decided it was time… especially since this challenge ends today.

Clean & Simple Stamping offered this sketch for the challenge this week:

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This is the card I came up with:

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All supplies came from my stash. The centered roses are by Prima Marketing.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

OWH #104

This is the sketch from OWH Stars & Stamps for this week:

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Here’s the card I made based on this sketch:

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This was so much fun to make. Yesterday a card-making buddy brought over papers she was willing to trade for some of mine. So now I have new papers to play with, for just the cost of some old papers I didn’t want anymore anyway.

Last week I learned how to make these triple bows from another card-making buddy. After a lot of practice, I got this one made a couple days ago. Quite by accident it was just the right color to go on this card today.

So all the supplies came from my stash, some new, some old. But what fun!

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Added later:

I am also entering this into the Stars & Stamps monthly ODBD challenge for January.

Stars & Stamps #102

Wow! Here it is a whole new year. And this is my first challenge entry in quite a while. I guess the holidays took a lot of time, leaving little for crafting.

This week’s sketch from OWH Stars and Stamps is this:

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I liked this sketch right away, knowing it fits my style pretty well. So here is the card I made based on the sketch:

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We are having a card-making party for OWH next week and this card will be among those sent afterwards.

Supplies used:

  • cream colored A2 card base by Recollections
  • purple and patterned cardstock from the Latte Stack from DCWV
  • cream colored silk flower from Ashland
  • purple paper rose from Prima Marketing

It’s a fairly simple card, but it’s gone along way towards getting me back into my card-making ways.

Happy New Year to all. And thanks for stopping by.

Shop Small Saturday

Happy Thanksgiving! And a big Thank You to all of you wonderful people who visit my blog and  make writing it so much fun. I know a lot of you are artisans in your own right and I wanted to give us all a plug for the upcoming “Shop Small Saturday”.

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Here are some great places to “shop small” and get some of the most amazing hand-made items you could ever want. You are likely to “buy American” at the same time – an added benefit!

EtsyOur mission is to empower people to change the way the global economy works. We see a world in which very-very small businesses have much-much more sway in shaping the economy, local living economies are thriving everywhere, and people value authorship and provenance as much as price and convenience. We are bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more sustainable, and more fun.

Three Sisters MarketplaceThe Main Street shopping experience — online convenience with a personal connection!

ShopHandmadeShop handmade. Give handmade.

Things People Make – A new community where artisans share their fabulous handmade items.

There are probably more places to find handmade items online. These happen to be the ones I’m the most familiar with. I’ve personally bought items from several people on these sites and have never been disappointed. Do you Christmas shopping with some of these small businesses and know that you’ll be proud to gift the items you purchase.

Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday Seminar #1

The first Saturday Seminar at OWH Stars & Stamps blog was presented this week. The topic is “Creating a Focal Point”.

“One of the most important principles of design, emphasis, is fortunately also one of the easiest to master. Emphasis can best be described as creating a focal point or a center of interest. It is the most important area compared to the rest of your composition. A focal point is the part of the card that catches the recipient’s eye first. The stronger your focal point is the better your final card design will turn out, so planning ahead can have a big payoff.”

Most of the time my cards comply with this principle (to one degree or another), but not always. Our assignment was to find a card we had previously made that did NOT fit within the standard. Then create a new version of the card using the information learned in the seminar.

I found 2 cards that were totally without focus. This first one seemed the easiest for me to “fix”. Here is the original card, made in 2005 for a friend’s birthday.

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Boring, right? And yes, there is a design on the card, but it is so weak that there is no emphasis, no focal point at all. And I didn’t even put a sentiment on it! What was I thinking!?!?

As luck would have it, I still had a piece of the same two-sided printed paper only in blue, not lavender. So I set about making another card, but (hopefully) better this time.

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The first thing I did was to leave a white border around the solid blue at the edge of the card. I felt that gave the whole thing a little more definition. Secondly, I did not press the cut and folded parts so tightly to the backing, allowing for more dimension.

I emphasized the yellow in the flower print by using a large yellow flower in the center. I also wanted a sentiment on the front and used a gold cutout I’ve had for quite some time. Placing the two items in close proximity keeps the eye moving to one single spot on the card – the focal point.

I’ll make a new posting with second card if I can actually figure out what to do to fix it. That’s part of the assignment, too – keep doing it daily. So, I’ll try.

Thanks for viewing my homework.

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