Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kards for Kids continued

So I managed to get some more cards done for the Kards for Kids program. All Halloween cards except for one Thanksgiving card:

I love this card!!! It uses the Beware of Pirates set that retired this year. I just had to order this one as my son is a big fan of Jack from the Pirates of the Caribbean. He had to ask me if that was Jack on this card.

This card uses the Haunted Forest a la carte stamp from the upcoming Holiday Mini. A la carte stamps are a great way to get a special occasion stamp. Some sponging gives this card the various shades of colour.

This two cards were CASEd from the upcoming Holiday mini and use the Out on a Limb stamp set. Such a cute set and very versatile.

This Thanksgiving card is made using the French Foliage stamp set. Love the fall colours.

Finally, I prepared a couple of altered mini notebooks for the parents to use for medical information, if needed. These notebooks use the Faith in Nature hostess set. One of my favourite hostess sets in the new catalogue.

All of these projects presented a challenge for me in that I was not able to use embellishments of any kind. You all know how much I like my bling so this was really hard!! Challenges are good though and forced me to come up with other ways to add texture and interest to the cards. Now I need to work on some fall home decor to decorate my entrance way. After that, I really need to start working on projects for the local Farmer's Market and upcoming craft shows. Hopefully once school starts I can dedicate more time to my crafting. I'm excited to get working on my crafts but extremely sad that summer is over.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Kards for Kids

I have been working on some Halloween and Thanksgiving cards for the Kards for Kids program. Here are a few that I have managed to get done:

I love using punch art to make pumpkins and spiders!! The spider web embossing folder adds a great touch. I have a few more ideas for more cards and will post as I get them done.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

More thanks

I managed to get another thank you card done today. This card is for my wonderful neighbour who looked after our house and yard while we were away:

This card incorporates some new product from the new catalogue and from the upcoming holiday mini. The card base is crumb cake which is embossed with a new embossing folder, Houndstooth. The stamp set used is Always Thankful which will be available in the holiday mini starting September 1st. The wheat stalks and bucket were stamped on water colour paper with soft suede ink and colored in with a blender pen using soft suede and daffodil delight. The corners were accentuated with the new mini brads. These brads are tiny but oh so cute!! Grateful was stamped on daffodil delight card stock using soft suede ink and then punched out with the decorative label punch.

Here is another card that I made up before the surgery and gave out to some of the wonderful nursing staff:

Everyone we dealt with at the hospital was so kind and understanding. It was important to me to thank the people that went out of their way to make things easier for us. This card uses the stamp set from Touch of Kindness found in the summer mini. This mini is only valid until August 31st. The image was also stamped on water colour paper and coloured with a blender pen. Crystal Effects was used to highlight the water drops and the flower in the sentiment. The sentiment comes from the mini hostess set, Swirls and Curls Verses.

I think I may be done with thank you cards for now. It's time to get working on some Thanksgiving and Halloween cards for the Kards for Kids program. I will post pics as soon as I get a few done. Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thankful for family and friends

There are tough times that really make you appreciate your family and friends. My husband recently had scheduled major surgery. The surgery went well, thank you God, and he is making a speedy recovery. In addition to worrying about my husband, I have a six year old son that I needed to consider as well. My wonderful niece and nephew stayed with me during a stressful time to help look after my son and they did an incredible job of distracting him from missing his Daddy too much. My wonderful sister-in-law sat with me through the hours of surgery and recovery. It was my belief that I wanted to be alone at this time but it turns out I really needed her there with me to comfort me and keep me company. Of course, even though I thanked them over and over again, I still needed to make some cards to express my gratitude:

This card is for my SIL and uses the My Friend stamp set. The card base is basic black and the layer is pacific point. Dazzling details works perfectly in the rain drops. The flowers are stamped tone on tone using pacific point on pacific point.

This is the card I made for my niece and nephew. This card uses the Language of Friendship stamp set and the bird builder punch. The card base is soft suede, the bird and flowers are stamped with soft suede on baja breeze and layered on a vanilla scallop circle cut with the Big Shot and the large scallop circle die. A layer of soft suede pattern DSP edged with baja breeze trimmed with the ribbon punch holds some baja breeze seam binding ribbon. The final touch was the ivy from the Vintage Vogue stamp set stamped with soft suede. The basic pearls add a nice soft touch to the flowers.

I need to get some more projects done soon, once my hubby is recovered a little more. Thanks for stopping by.