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Purple Embossed Flower Cards – Set of 4

I’ve entered the world of embossing – and I love it!! Take a look at these sweet purple embossed flower cards:


 

“Ivory card’s measurements are 5″x7”, matching envelope included.

Created during a blizzard (or also known as the United State’s February 2011 “Snowpacolypse”), this monochromatic purple flower card screams spring! The large flower is so cheerful! The embossing on this card adds a pleasant texture and visual interest – I wish I could find the perfect words to describe to you the unique texture this card possesses. Blank inside, these four (4) cards are just waiting for you to personalize them!”

 

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Texture

Fellow crafters, do you ever find yourself in a crafting rut? “I’m running out of ideas…what should I create now that’s new and different?…I want to think out of the box, but which way do I turn?”

I too get stuck in ruts at times. Turn to the Elements of Art, fellow wonderer.  I’ll be touching on texture in this particular post.

Adding texture to handmade paper goods is always a nice touch. Texture adds interest and a touch of the unexpected.

Cardboard Banner

Cardboard Banner

Polyester Thread & Textured Papers

Polyester Thread & Textured Papers

Green Thread

Green Thread

Many Tiny Dots Glued Onto Card

Many Tiny Dots Glued Onto Card

Fabric & Thread

Fabric & Thread

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Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is LESS than a month away!!

I LOVE Valentine’s Day! I love the pretty red, pink and white patterns that come out in stores for this lovely day.

Tired of the same ol’ same ol’ Valentine goodies I’ve made in the past, I decided to make something new this year.  These tags took quite a while to put together, but I truly adore how they came out! Made with a dash of inspiration, metallic paint, hand-cut from card stock, a few tablespoons of love,  soft white ribbon, a cup of creativity and a fun fonted stamp, voila!:

The description as read from my Etsy shop:

“These special Valentine tags are a set of 10 (ten). A textured card stock painted with metallic paint is the backdrop for the eye catching font “Be My Valentine.” Dainty dots edge the heart and a loosely tied white ribbon may be untied and then reattached to your gift. The back of the tag is decorated yet blank, just waiting for your personalization. These tags are great for so many Valentine gift! Whether they be for candy bags, a hostess gift, or a gift box label, these “Be My Valentine” tags can be yours today!”

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Green for Valentine’s Day

Who says that Valentine’s Day tags and cards hafta be only pink and red?Let’s think out of the box for a bit:

Why not a bright green tag? With a casual ribbed blue ribbon? And a cute cardboard heart? With two kissing love birds? Accented by a fuzzy red heart?

Why not something like this?:

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3 Nifty Ideas from 1 Card

This card reminds me of my college days years ago when I gave my family this unique Christmas card.

I remember walking 2 miles to downtown Oak Park in the bitter cold to purchase card making supplies. {On a college budget where each credit hour was about $300 each, spending moola on card making supplies  and a Starbucks on the way was perhaps not wise.  However, my rationalization was that if I work hard (I juggled multiple jobs, carried 15+ credit hours per semester and later graduated magna cum laude), then I should play hard.} On my way downtown, I stopped by a Starbucks to warm my hands and satisfy my yearning for quality espresso and vanilla.  Finally arriving at my beloved Paper Source, I was once again amazed at the store front. The employees at this special store always put together fabulous window displays. Their talent for manipulating paper into something majestic never ceased to amaze me.  After some browsing and dawdling,  I picked up some spiffy blank note cards, envelopes and classy paper. There was a spring in my step as I wallowed through the snow and neighborhoods back to my dormitory. Sitting on the floor in my dorm room amid scattered piles of colorful paper,  I combined my new Paper Source finds, a piece of mulch and paint chips leftover from a resident assistant project.

There are a few nifty ideas that can be gathered from this one card:

Paint chips. These are usually free at your local hardware store (or wherever paint is sold).  The tree was made by using paint chips and I’m thinking about using paint chips in a triangle form {as illustrated in this card} but turning it upside down to be an ice cream cone. Hmm…a monochromatic cone and pink ice cream…little paper dots for sprinkles! Aha! There’s a new card series idea! Anywho…sorry for the tangent…. What was I talking about? Oh yeah…coordinate…

Coordinate the front page’s background to the inside space. The yellow and white polka dot paper was carried from the front page as the focal point’s backdrop into the inside of the card behind the personalized note. This personalization adds just a bit more extra oomph to the card’s personality.

Use the real thing. The trunk for the Christmas tree was found in the landscaping at my college. Just a perfect sized piece of mulch. Glue to attach. Pretty easy!

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Some People Have Wondered…

…”Why is it that many hand-crafted items cost more than the cards in the card aisle at the store?”

Making cards by hand is a process: percolating ideas, deciding on a theme, driving to and from the store to purchase the items (paper, embellishments, adhesives, blank notecards, etc), “drafting” the card (putting it together before adhering the pieces), then piecing together the card’s elements (sometimes the theme/idea changes in this stage), measuring, cutting, gluing, final touches (brads, glitter, etc) then signing the back of the masterpiece. And then if the artist is going to sell the masterpieces on Etsy, there’s setting up to take photos, taking the photos, editing the photos, posting the photos on Etsy, writing the description, posting the item, publicizing, then selling the item, packaging it and shipping it…then balancing the checkbook. Whew!

Here is a series of photos taken when I was working on some “Thanks” cards for this wonderful Thanksgiving season. Some of the work was already done before I took these pictures (i.e. the measuring, cutting and adhering of the background papers) but take a look at this process for 6 cards:

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What I’ve Been Up To Since October 17th…

As some of you may have seen from my facebook stats, I’ve made over 100 cards since Sunday, October 17th to prepare for the Craft Bazaar that I attended yesterday {Craft Bazaar pictures coming soon!}. You’re probably wondering, “Well, what do they look like?” Here’s a peek of last week’s creations:

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