I was talking to my good friend Sue R. not long ago about scrapbooking, and how that 12x12 page can be totally overwhelming. Like, totally overwhelming. It doesn't seem like a lot of space, but sometimes it's WAYYY too much. This is one of the many reasons I love cardmaking - the size is less daunting, and it's easier to put a few embellies and your sentiment and be done!
The main reason I love making cards is because it's a) something people don't really receive anymore - cards, with actual handwritten notes on the inside, and b) totally personal, coming from your heart to the person/people receiving your specially made card.
I've said in the past that all my Christmas cards that I make each year are totally unique. Well, it's not just my Christmas cards that are unique - my thank you notes are the same way.
With the exception of last year, when I made these --
- I always try to make each card different.
Since Christmas just passed (ok...not just...it was 2 weeks ago....), I decided it was high time I started making my thank you notes to send out.
I won't give them all away - I haven't mailed any of them out yet - but here are a couple of my favorites so far -
I'm not normally a fan of really bright colors, but I loved this paper & embellishment pack from Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook line. The stamp I used on the "guest check" is from a Kelly Purkey set that I just love. She has some of the greatest stamp designs out there.
And lastly, on the back, this pretty little stamp from Kelly Purkey tells the recipient I handmade it just for them :-)
That wraps it up! These smaller surface areas are much easier for this ca-ray-zy girl to handle and not be overwhelmed ("I know you can be overwhelmed....and you can be underwhelmed....but can you ever just be...whelmed??" love that movie!) by all that empty space in a 12x12 layout. 4x6 cards are much more manageable :-)
Until next time, my friends....go forth and be crafty :-)
Well, Christmas has come and gone already...which I can hardly believe. There's always so much excitement about the Christmas season, and when the actual day is here, it feels like it just flies on by quicker than you can blink.
But I still love Christmas. Love it.
As you may or may not know, I handmake the Christmas cards that I send out every year. Yep. Takes a sh-- ton of time, but I think it's worth it. This year, due to time constraints, I mass produced a few -- usually I make each one totally unique. This year....not so much.
I saw this way cool tutorial over at Tim Holtz's blog (he is beyond creatively talented. the things this man does with ink & paper? totally amazeballs.), and decided I wanted to give it a try. Seemed easy enough, and the result is totally awesome.
The tutorial series is all about tags, and in this case, specific to Christmas. The pic above is all the tags I made and then distressed by inking the edges and using a paper edger to rough up the sides. Some tags I used were kraft paper; the others were manilla. Same technique, different look, all of it easy & awesome. LOVE.
Taking these tags, I then dressed up some Paper Source card stock, and this is the end result --
They didn't all have the same patterned background paper, but they all look pretty similar to this. I'm definitely going to be repeating this design! Make sure you check out the original tag over at Tim's blog - so totally cool.
Next up: glitter embossing powder. I hate glitter. Like, hate it. It gets ev-a-ry-where. You end up sneezing glitter for months, because it's so fine you breathe it in without knowing it...random specks end up all over your face...in your hair........uggggggh. BUT....when it's embossing powder, which means you get to heat it to make it adhere to your page and never come off, then I'm all about it.
Enter watermark ink pad, awesome Santa stamp, and red glitter embossing powder...
Where there's red glitter, there's also green.....
I also had a little too much fun with the "quantity" function on my Cricut....so I was able to just keep repeating some of the cuts I made....
This "Noel" made quite a few appearances on my cards with different background paper. I used the Teresa Collins "December 25th" cartridge for this image, along with "Santa" and a few others that I totally forgot to take pics of, so I can't share them :-(
So there you have it! A little snippet of some of the cards that I sent out this year! Maybe if you're lucky, you'll get on my card list for next year, and get one of these for your very own! :-)
Much love ~~~
I have a very important question for you all: how and when did it suddenly become 4 December????? I feel like it was just July and I was down the shore on vacation. Honestly. I need a pause button for life. There are not enough hours in the day for me to get everything done that I want to get done. I do not count cleaning, because no one actually WANTS to clean. And if they tell you that, well, they lied to your face.
Being that it's going to be mid-February next time I blink, I figured it was time to get moving with the rest of the Christmas cards I'm making. I hope to send them out before Christmas 2015. HA!
I won't show them all to you, because then you'd be yelling at me for taking up too much download time with all the pictures, so I'll just give a small sampling of what I have going on in my craftroom these days....
This one's a smidge dark (sorry 'bout that...not sure what the heck happened...) but this one continued with my Vintage Christmas theme that I showed you all the other day. I used my Cricut "Joys of the Season" cartridge for the ornament. Love my Cricut. Love.
I'm sorry, but how freaking C-U-T-E are those penguins???? I had to incorporate them into something, so this is what I came up with. The one lil' guy is all tangled in lights!! Hahaha!! Sooooo cute!! Oh, man. Cardmaking is addictive. I almost regret getting myself sucked into this nonsense.
I WILL have stitching updates for you soon. I PROMISE. I haven't been able to stitch much, since I spent a lot of time on my sister's apron, and I've been trying to meet my goal of making cards for people this year, instead of buying them.
I hope you all are trying to stay calm through this crazy holiday season. Do something creative each day to help calm your nerves.
Or, just drink some mulled wine. That usually does the trick.