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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 Festival of Trees Christmas Cards

After several false starts to make my Christmas cards,  beginning with:

I stamped a sheet of card stock with one of the tree stamps from Stampin' Ups Festival of Trees set using their Garden Green ink pad, scanned it into my computer and printed out enough for 150 cards.  I hand cut out all the trees and then used a gold metallic gel pen to color all the balls on the trees.

The next step was to use the star stamp from that set to stamp strips of card stock using a metallic gold ink pad...which did NOT show up as being gold.  Oh, the stamp was gold, my fingers were gold, but the image on the card stock was definitely NOT gold!  The fix for that was to  use a gold metallic gel pen to color each and every one of those 150 stars.  After hours of coloring and then cutting out about twenty of them, I realized I could have used some gold metallic card stock and the Cricut.  I spent probably an hour getting the stars sized at 1/2 inch and lined up on the screen then had the machine cut them out.  Once cut, I realized they were NOT the same style star as what the screen showed - the top point was taller than the other four points.

After using up the peel-and-stick sentiments on 25 of the  dry embossed  snowflakes on the card fronts, I stamped the sentiment then dry embossed the snowflakes on the next 125 fronts.   I cut pieces of plain white card stock at 1.5 inches by 4 inches to wrap the ribbon around and tie with a knot.  I cut the grosgrain ribbon at nine inches and started tying knots.  When I went to Walmart to get more spools of 3/8 inch Christmas green ribbon, I found not one spool.  In fact, the whole ribbon section was a colossal mess.  The few spools of green ribbon I managed to locate were mossy or pea green or way too wide.  So it was back to my ribbon stash to see what other green ribbons I have on  hand.

 I found some half-inch organdy ribbon so I cut lengths and proceeded to use up all that ribbon.

(I just counted the finished cards to discover that somehow I actually made 140 cards and I don't know where the other ten went!)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December 2014 Cards for Kids

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 This is this December's card for the sick children in the hospital.  I put the gingerbread boy on a woggle I made, and embossed the card front with snowflakes after I printed the sentiment.

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 After printing out these cards (I made the mistake of printing them as two on a 5x7 image instead of the way I had done them last year as two on a 3x5 image) and cutting them out, I split them into groups of four for each card.  I made a pocket for the inside of the card to put them in.  The inside of the card said, "Pick a card and do what it says!" and "love from your Secret Pen Pal."

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 2014 Secret Pen Pal Card

This month's card is a copy of one I found on Pinterest a couple weeks ago.  The inside says, "And always number ONE with ME!"
After making these cards for the kids in the local hospital once a month and sending kids' cards to Operation Write Home the past few years, I'm about out of ideas and afraid I'm going to have to duplicate the cards.  That's not a happy thought.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Apple of Someone's Eye

This card was very easy to make:  I have had this dried corn paper for some years, the apple was part of a stack of die cuts I bought at a thrift store for a quarter, the sticker is from a sheet of stickers I found in the classroom/teacher section of Dollar Tree.  I traced the stem and the leaf then cut them out and glued them onto the die cut.  The inside of this card says, "You are the Grade A, #1 apple of someone's eye".

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Secret Pen Pal Cards

The cards for the kids in July are gone; I didn't take a photo of one.  We had just returned from our two-month RV trip to Oregon a week prior and I guess I was out of snyc.

I had made a similar card using yellow and white figured paper, inked the edges, and gave to our granddaughter for her birthday with the appropriate sentiment.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June 2014 Cards for Kids

These cards are all different as I used the four sticker sheets I found at Dollar Tree that had Angry Birds game characters.  The background paper does make the cards hard to see here but are very colorful in real life.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 2014 Card for Kids

This card is a copy (as close as I could get it) to one I saw on Pinterest some months ago.  I had intended to make this a 'woggle' head card but I just couldn't bring it to fruition.  This one has an inside message:  "Hugs and kisses for an out of this world kid".  The stars are from a sticker pack I bought at Dollar Tree.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Card for Pediatric Patients

This is the card I made this month:  I had run across the grass paper and the sky paper in my stash.  The stamps are from Operation Write Home's fundraiser some months ago.  I put the bunny on a 'woggle' so it would have 'action'.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Latest Shipment to OWH

After slaving away (lol!) despite being sick (hacking cough & slight fever) for about two weeks, I finally filled the large Priority Mail box with 346 cards that I've been working on since after Christmas.  (If you click on the photo, you can see the individual cards better).  This shipment was mostly blank cards and 'miss you'.

This card is a set I ordered from the Stampin' Up SaleABration catalog which I then mounted on a "background" to make it be an A2 card size.  Just wanted a different kinda card choice.

It's really hard to see the detail from the outside...It has the two 'button' closure with baker's twine.

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