Sympathy #Bereavement Cards 2015

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Sometimes you just want to give comfort to others.

Scooby Doo Snacks #SpinnerCard

Lately I’ve been on this spinner card kick. I’m tickled over this one.

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2015 Graduation Card #graduation #SpinnerCard

I have wanted to make a spinner card for a while now. A recent high school graduation gave me the opportunity. Of course I made it a large combination “spinner” easel card. Quite happy with the result. Congrats graduate!

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Thinking of You Card

I made cards for my in laws who both fell and were hurt and bruised. I thought I’d try my hand at a “wiper” card. I really enjoyed making these.

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#Christmas cards origami style 2014

This year I studied a lot of burlap and earth tones so when I saw a tutorial on Christmas cards with a vintage look I thought I’d give it a try. I used Kraft paper, distressed inks, glitter and patterned paper. The best part was the origami paper folding.

Origami Christmas Tree Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13yFSs8mDvw&list=PL2R6L7NSm7KLJ0JT4Uk5gM2jmRC-MCtvp&index=21
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Sympathy Card 2013

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Recently a longtime acquaintance lost a family member. I made this card for her. It brought a smile to her face.

Graduation Card 2013

A relative’s son recently graduated so I decided to make a card. This is a modified graduation card that I saw on the internet. I added a handmade tassel. Soo cute. Congratulations graduate!!
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Korean Drama Valentine Card 2013

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I’ve worked long and hard on my new passion. The more you learn, the more you realize there is to learn. My paper quality was bothering me. After much research, I discovered there were more choices of paper weight than what I was finding at this particular craft store. The hunt began. Meanwhile I decide to make up some Korean Drama Valentine cards for my online shop. I was so excited and stayed up many late nights making these cards perfect. I took more than an hour to set up my shop parameters because I was being very careful and didn’t want to make mistakes.

My Card Making Journey

This card making journey has been two years in the making. At first I wanted a sturdy card base on which I could display my original cross stitch designs and maybe sell at craft shows. Well I think I spent a whole year just learning about the different card styles. The basics are bifold, quarter fold. Through internet research I discovered that there are many many more card styles. Wow. They have names like easel, twisted easel, scalloped, shutter, spinner, glider, push/pull, pop up. There are different weights of card stock too. There is plain, textured and glitter card stock. There is also designer paper which comes in 8.5″ X 11″ and 12″ x12″. Some of the 12″ X 12″ is even double sided. There are special glues and adhesives. There are special mounting tape, adhesive dots and strips and myriad of tape dispensers. I feel like Alice & I’ve fallen into Wonderland. There are scrap booking/ card making retreats. There are brand name companies which sell paper making products. There are even special inks! There are die punch machines, binders and punches. There are even software programs to go with the machines & free templates, and something called Svg. files. I’m hooked.

I decided to narrow down what style card I wanted, sizes and themes. I learned that custom sizes are not a problem because you can always make your own envelopes. After buying so many supplies that you have to create a special space then I decided I may as well make cards to sell. I also decided to save my paper scraps to reuse with a mold and deckle to make my OWN paper! Oh, did I mention I got a stamp making machine to form my own original stamps? I wanted everything of mine to be unique. Well it’s year two and I’m closer to opening an Etsy shop. I have about 30 different cards to make which includes at least five different themes. What have I done? I’m having a great time on this journey and I’ve been able to get help from online friends in critiquing my cards. Is this scary and new? Yep. Is it worth going forward to try something new? You bet! Have fun on your paper journey.

Thank You Anniversary Easel Card

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Our local volunteer group is in our 25th year. I thought we should have a memento so I decided to make “thank you/ anniversary” cards. I made Eighty-five of them! What was I thinking?

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