Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy World Card-Making Day!

Happy World Card-Making Day! I hope everyone is able to sneak away to stamp for even a moment to celebrate this wonderful pasttime! I know there are several people that are celebrating with very worthwhile, charitable events today. My upline, Marilyn, is hosting a stamping workshop with several other demonstrators across Massachusetts to benefit the Making Strides Foundation, which is a Breast Cancer Awareness foundation (since it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month!). If you wish to donate, the link is HERE. If you live in the Boston area, you can probably attend this event which is located at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Burlington Massachusetts. I wish I was home to participate in this worthy cause! I believe you can also purchase the instructions for the cards by clicking on the link above if you'd like to donate but are unable to attend.

Instead of stamping today, I am in western New York State to attend a very special award dinner this evening in honor of my father-in-law. I made two cards for him today, since it is also his birthday today. Happy Birthday Pa! I'm only sharing one card that I made for him though. The other card is my husband's birthday card. Yes, it was my husband's birthday last week and I, as usual, didn't have a card prepared. Yesterday, I was on a roll! I made a total of 4 cards! The first one I shared with everyone for my Friday Blogger's Challenge group. I will share the last of the 4 cards early next week when I return home.

  • Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
  • Paper: vellum, SU! Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Embossing Folder, punches (Ticket Corner punch, 1/8" handheld punch), gold brads, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon
  • Ink: markers (Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Peach Parfait)

Contact me if you have any questions!

This is the card I made for my husband yesterday. The recipe below will basically explain the card, but again, contact me if you have any questions. I did rough up the edges of the textured brown since wood-grain is a little bit rough in real life.

  • Stamps: Autumn Days, Fundamental Phrases (may also be Teeny Tiny Wishes!)
  • Paper: SU More Mustard, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Texture Plates Kit #4 (woodgrain look), Punches (photo corner, 1/8" hand-held, Modern Label, Word Window)
  • Ink: Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, markers to color partridge stamp

I should just explain one part of this card. In my sentiment, you notice that I stamped the "For You" and then punched out the sentiment. When I mounted the sentiment on the Modern Label-punched piece, it was too long to fit between the brads. I cut off about 1/4" on each side of the sentiment, then squeezed it back into the Word Window punch in order to get a nice evenly rounded corner. This process works with this punch because the Word Window is even along the length of the punch (in other words, it doesn't work with a punch like the Modern Label because the punch is narrow in the middle, and gradually widens at the ends). You can also do this process to lengthen your word window sentiments, and I will demonstrate that someday soon!

Enjoy your day today! I have an announcement to make next week too, so please check back!


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