Monday, January 5, 2015

Victorian Lady

Well, I've finished all of my January birthday cards now. Here is the last one.
Materials needed:
Victorian lady stamp set from Hot Off the Press
Warmest Regards stamp set from SU!
First Edition patterned paper from SU! 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
White card stock
Pastel chalks/mine are from SU! but they are now retired
Hair Spray
Certainly Celery ribbon from SU!
Large oval punch SU!
Old Olive card stock 2 3/4 x 2 3/4"
Doily from SU! or Wilton's
Mementos Black ink
Stampin' Dimenionals

This is easy to make just following the design you see on the card.
I think chalk is my favorite medium, even though I don't use it that often. There is so much you can do with it and it's so versatile! When I finish chalking my image, I spary it lightly with hair spray. This is not acid free so if you are doing something that you want to last for generations, find an acid free fixative at your local store. For cards, IMO, hair spray works just fine.

Have fun and I hope everyone who receives one of your cards appreciates the time you put into it!
Have a blessed 2015!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Music Card

I've been thinking about this for several months now but just haven't had time to do much about it. So often on Sunday morning, when I listen to  a special song during church, I've thought how that song blessed me, or lifted my spirits or was just good, I've thought about sending the singer a note to encourage them and let them know how I appreciate their work. Then, when I get home, there is always so much to do that I just don't have time to make a card to send to them. I decided that I would make a bunch of cards just to have on hand for this idea. That way when I want to send a special note, all I have to do is spend a couple minutes writing out a message and then getting the card ready to mail. Here is what I did on New Year's Day.
Nothing quite like making a bunch of the same card, assembly line style.

***Quick tip: I went through my scrap box and picked out all the card stock that was big enough to cut into a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" size. I cut them (about 30) to that size because that is the size I use most often for my cards. Now I've got the card stock ready when I want to make another card.

Materials needed:
Patterned paper with music notes/design by Paper Studio 4 X 5 1/4" each
Card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
White card stock
Music notes stamp by Stampendous
Greeting stamp from Warmest Regards set SU!
Ink pads to match the card stock
Corner Rounder punch

I found 3 different designs of music related paper at Hobby Lobby and cut each into 6 pieces 4 x 5 1/4." That left me with bits of paper 1 1/2" wide.

1. Adhere the patterned paper to the card stock.
2. Stamp the music notes and a greeting on white card stock. Use ink to match the card stock.
3. Cut the music notes to be 1 3/4 x 3 3/4." Cut the greeting piece to be 1 x 2 1/2." Cut the extra patterned paper to 1 1 1/2 x 3 1/3."
4. Adhere the greeting to the piece of extra patterned paper.
5. Adhere the music notes at an angle near the top of the patterned paper/card stock piece. Adhere the greeting to the bottom center of the patterned paper.
6. Adhere this to a card base and you are ready to write a special message to someone.

I love to have matching envelopes for my cards. I don't always do this but often. I stamped the music notes on the left side of the front of the envelopes in colors to match the cards.