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From December 2008 through December 2011- our group of ladies have sent 6,117 cards to the troops.


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Containers for Cards

This Christmas I made 10 greeting cards (various themes, get well, sympathy, thinking of you, thank you, etc) for my 3 sisters and 2 friends as Christmas gifts. I searched for quite a few weeks for a container to decorate and put the cards in. I wanted an opened container, no lid. Well one day at Dollar Tree I came across these plastic vinyl containers which fit the cards perfectly. I made my own dividers labeling each with a theme also using my stampin up roller to decorate the dividers. Then I attached the silk flower(bought a bunch from Dollar Tree and took them apart and then reassemble and used a brad to attach them to the vinyl container. To create the tag I used my Cricut to cut the letters for the word "cards", and then stamped the words "Hand made with love" and attached the tag with brads to the vinyl container. All three sisters, love their gifts.

Then I needed a 5th container to put additional cards , so I ended up using the box that the envelopes came in. I cut away the top flaps and made dividers. Used pattern paper to decorate the box. I also used some butterfly 3-D stickers that I had. My friend, Peggy loved her cards and container,

Here are a few more of the greeting cards that I made for Christmas gifts. The following cards I used 2 sheets of solid cardstock that was doubled sided, 2 different pattern papers, series G clear stamps from Michael's, stampin up ink spots, stampin up scallop punched, round corner punch, ticket punch, pop up dots, creative memories square punches (large and small size). I was able to make a total of 12 cards with this cardstock/pattern paper and still had a few pieces left over. Some of the series G stamps I stamped on ivory cardstock, then cut out and attached with pop dots. I am so glad that I discovered "Sheets Load of cards" blog, because I was able to create a lot of cards in a short amount of time. It used to take me forever to match papers. The paper for the cards came from one of the stack so all the paper pretty much matches. The card on the left (picture on the right) was a sketch layout from "Sheets Loads of card". I really liked the color combo that I used to make these cards. The colors are so cheery. I love the small flower stamps from the Series G stamps. I have used them quite offend on my cards.

It has been so much fun creating cards and giving them to others. I know that one of my cards was recently used to send to a co-worker (Get Well). I am always searching for sentiments for my cards. If you stumble upon any good sites with sentiments please send them my way. I have to say that I have really put my punches and stamps, and ink stamp spots to really good use making cards. I hope everyone enjoyed my cards. Don't be afraid to try something new. The more you create cards you will see an improvement in your work. Please share some of your cards with me. I so enjoyed viewing others work. Leave a comment with a link so that I can go check out your work.
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12 cards made from a few sheets of pattern paper/cardstock

While I was surfing through the “Sheet Load of Cards” blog it inspired me to see what I could come up with using a few sheets of pattern paper and cardstock. Other items used were the Stampin Up scallop punch, the series G clear stamps from Michael’s, Stampin up ink spots, and the sentiment on the inside of the cards were ones that I found on the internet.

On this card I used my ticket punch (Stampin Up), and some small pink jewels. Ink spots (stampin up), you can notice in the picture that I need to change the blade on my cutter. Notice the rough edges. I love using the ink spots to ink the edges of my cards. In the Series G clear stamps from Michael's which are $1.00 for each small card of stamps. I have used quite a few of them in my card making

These are a few of the cards that I gave to my 3 sisters as a christmas gift. I have made it a challenge to use pattern papers that I have held onto for quite sometime now. I am please with all the cards they are very pleasing to the eye.

Used the ticket punch and the round corner punch on the two cards to the right, some of the small pink square jewels, also used the Itty Bitty Background stamps from Stampin up. I like the color combo, the pink and sage green, and ivory.

So a total of 12 cards were made using a pattern paper, pink, sage green and ivory cardstock. The flowers on the card to the left, started out a square, cut the square diagonally, then cut each of those pieces in half to create each flower.
The card in the middle with the small circles was a 1-1/2 square and I use a small circle punch. The sentiments stamp was gift from one of my email pen pals. Thanks Carole. The card to the right the photo corners was a 1-1/2 square that was cut into photo corners.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sheet Load of Cards

I was surfing the net when visiting "Flossie’s Follies" I notice where she mentioned that she was on the design team for Sheet Load of Cards - of course my curiosity peeked and I just had to skip over to "Sheet Load of Cards" to check it out. It is a neat blog where you can print out instructions each month to make 6 cards using a few sheets of cardstock/pattern paper and one card sketch.

By the way, if you post on your blog and list "Sheet Load of Cards" in your link list you can enter to win some Studio G clear stamps.

Take a few minutes to go and check the site out.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Creating is such a joy

REMINDER: if you need to see details in the picture, click on the picture and it will enlarge.

Creating is such a joy and challenge (to see if I can accomplish the project) to me. Lately I have been a little blue due to family issues, and it has been very hard to dig deep down and found some creativity. But last night I just force myself to seat down and create a gift bag and some cards, not my best work.

Tonight (Dec 11) is the Scrappin Packin Mommas (SPM) Christmas Dinner, eleven (11) of us will gather together at Café DiBlasi in Terrytown, Louisiana (for the out of towners that read my blog, Terrytown is across the river from New Orleans). After our dinner we will play the "White Christmas Game"(stealing game). The snowman bag is what I will put my gift in. I made the snowman using my cricut machine, the only thing not cut from the machine was the snowman’s nose, and the holly /berries. I use the Basic George cartridge. The arms of the snowman is the letter "Y" modified just a bit.

Here are 2 homemade Chrismtas Cards that I received one from my sister, Cathy and the other from a friend, Linda. I really like how Linda took a recent picture of the St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarters and created a local Christmas card. I love the Christmas colors that Cathy used on her card and the diamond pattern paper. Cathy used 2 simple stamps the "date stamp" and "Happy Holidays" what a creative way to use both of the stamps.

Here are two (2) sympathy cards that I am late making. I have to put them in the mail today. Not totally happy with the outcome. I had trouble with the stamping - I found it hard to line up the double stamping. Any tips with double stamping. I do like the inside of both of my cards. I have surf the net and have found some really nice sentiments for the inside of my sympathy cards. I have about 6 sayings now.

Here are a few cards that I made this morning before leaving for work. A thank you card, a thinking of you card, and friendship card. All 3 cards were made with 8 x8 paper that I picked up from Michael’s. I love using the clear stamps sets that Michael's sells for $1.00. The other day while in the store I notice a few new sets and of course I just had to have them.

Follow this link and you will find instruction for a 3 D Christmas tree card. Thanks for sharing with us Cathy.

Monday, December 10, 2007

A new card maker

My youngest sister, Cathy has shared some of her Christmas Card creations with me and I would like to share with all of you. Why don’t all of you share a Christmas Card that you have made with all of us.

She said she got tired of the tradition red & green, and started focusing on her sticker / tag and came up with these wonderful cards.

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More cards from our new cardmarker ...... Cathy.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

While surfing I stumble upon these projects.

Projects that you can do using your CROP-A-DILE

here a tip for you that applies to Stampin Up.

A use for Versamark
PRESERVING CHILDREN’S HAND PRINTS - Versamark is a great pigment ink to use on little kids' hands to make embossed hand prints, because it is clear and cleans up easily. Grown-ups should do the embossing of the sweet little hand prints since the powder can be messy and the heat gun is hot. But let the little ones watch their handprint turn to gold or silver before their eyes they LOVE it! And I'm sure you can imagine how the moms, dads, or grandparents will love their precious one's little hand print preserved in gold!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

What great finds.

Back in November while visiting with my younger sister, Cathy. We stopped in at a flea market and she bought a shoe rack. She went home broke off all the "U" shapes that held the shoes and had her hubby cut it into 2 pieces and mount it on her wall. She used large paper clips instead of badge clips to hold her embellishments.

My friend, Michele informed me that one day on the way home from work she found 2 lamp shades, and she was kind of enough to pass one my way. Her daddy is suppose to be making us some type of stand for the lamp shades. Thanks Michele.

Check out the halloween stamps and ribbon - Martha Stewart brand. My sister Cathy and her friend Christy went shopping at Michael's in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and found these wonderful finds. The stamps was regular $9.99 and they were able to purchase them for 99 cent each. The ribbon was like 5.99 and was able to purchase for like 59 cents. What great finds. Thanks Cathy.

So how many of you decorate the envelope of your cards? I love decorating the envelopes. I love getting pretty mail. What about you? I used my stampin up rollers to decorate my Christmas envelope.

Here are a few good places that you might want to visit:

You just might want to take a skip and hop down cyberspace to the blogs listed below there are a few quite projects that you might be interested in viewing.

Here is a really good tip on how to reink your stampin up markers.

I am back in cyberspace

Well it has been a while since I last updated my blog. I have been on vacation for the last 2 weeks and did not have a computer to use. Well I have been busy making Christmas cards. I have made a total of 71 cards. 49 for me, 10 to a friend's son in the military. This past Wednesday I went to a stampin up card
camp and made another 12 cards.
I have to say I have totally enjoyed making all the cards. I also enjoyed gathering with a great group of ladies at the card camp. We worked with glitter and I thought tha card came out really pretty. But ... I hate using glitter it just seems to get all over the place is their a secret to using glitter without getting it all over the place.

I also learned how to do masking it was really fun and neat to do. I plan on doing this technique quite a bit more.

Can you believe that Chirstmas is right around the corner. Are you ready I know that I am not ready for Christmas.