Thursday, January 16, 2014

Long time, no updates!

Life has been crazy busy for me. Anyone who follows my main blog knows how crazy it's been. But, I really want to get back into the swing of crafting. I've made some changes in my "stuff" and I'm ready to get going. I made a sweet hedgehog card for a friend who has been bedridden for years (she was in a terrible car accident several years ago and has been in declining health since then). I hope she likes it.



Once I get some cards made, I'll be back into posting them. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

PrintRunner.com giveaway

This giveaway comes to you compliments of PrintRunner.com.

PrintRunner.com was established with not much more than a small printing press and a dream. Ten years later, the company has become one of the foremost quality printers in Southern California. They have a commitment to provide the best possible value and high quality full-color printing at affordable prices. This commitment to quality and value is what has helped the company excel and grow. PrintRunner is located in Chatsworth, California.

Disclaimer: I want to thank PrintRunner for providing us with this giveaway. As a “thank you” to me for hosting, I will be receiving a set of postcards.

The giveaway is open to US Residents, over the age of 18, only.

PrintRunner.com is giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win 100 high quality 5x7 postcards! This is a great deal, especially if you’ve ever wanted to have some special printing done. They will be printed on 14 PT UV coated (front) paper, with rounded corners. Colors will be 4/0 front-only printing (this is a blend of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black). The printing term “4/0” refers to these four colors on the front and no color on the back. No proof will be provided to the winner, so it is up to you (the winner) to proof-read and verify the information you are providing to PrintRunner.com. Once PrintRunner.com receives your information, the postcards will be available to ship in four (4) business days.

Before I agree to host giveaways, I research the company offering free items. I have to say I’m impressed with PrintRunner.com and their ability to let you print online. They have a lot of services and I can see why they’ve grown so well. They offer everything from stickers to banners; bookmarks to brochures; and business cards to bumper stickers. They offer a wide range of products; in fact, I found several things that I’d like to have. You all know how much I love paper stuff - I’m very impressed! You can create your postcard file and then print online!

To enter, leave a comment here on how you’d use 100 postcards. I can think of a few things… birth announcement, business news, large-size business cards (just think of the people you could reach with those!), and so much more…

For an additional entry, go to Facebook and “like” PrintRunner.com and then come back and tell me that you did.

I’ll use Random.org to find a winner.

This giveaway is open until May 14, 2012 and prize will be awarded on May 31, 2012.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Christmas card idea

I am so NOT an artist. I can see things in my head but have never really been able to figure out how to get them out of my head and onto paper. That was before the Cricut machine came along... Thank God there are artists out there who have seen what I want to create and have done the hard part.

I decided I wanted to do a diorama type of card and knew that it would have to be a pretty big card to encompass everything that I wanted to put on it. I started last night and worked for hours - and I do mean HOURS. I didn't go to be until 2:30 AM (Ron is out of town) and got up at 8:45 this morning and hit it again. I'm still not finished but I've been writing down what cartridges I'm using and what sizes I've made my cuts. I've had several failed sizes so writing them down will help me when I make more. I will make more, if only for my own grandkids and a few other kids I know. To sell, this would be a $7.50 card (easily, and probably worth $10 in time and effort).

The outside (not finished yet)...
Can't decide exactly what I want to do here. I may leave this one as is and experiment with adding a night sky for the next one. We'll see...


The inside, also not completed. I plan on adding a table with cookies/milk for Santa, some presents under the tree, and a pet curled up by the fireplace. The card base is made with a 12 x 12 piece of white cardstock, cut in half. Then, each piece was scored at 6 inches. I glued the right side of one to the left side of the other to make a three-panel card. The "wall paper" is done with double-sided cardstock (12 x 12). The middle and right is made of two 6 x 3 pieces and the left side is two 3 x 3 pieces. The chair rail is cream ribbon.


So far, the cartridges I have used are Christmas Cheer and Winter Frolic. Not sure what other cartridges I'll be using to get the cookies/milk, table, and pet.

I still need to add the Christmas sentiment and maybe a few "decorations" on the walls.

I hope you like it.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thank You Cards

I was sitting at my workstation this morning trying and trying to get the lettering exactly perfect on my cards. They're a special order and I just want to make sure that everything I make to give away or sell is as perfect as I possibly can. It suddenly hit me that I was fighting a losing battle. God doesn't expect perfection in us, so what business do I have in expecting perfection in myself? God wants us to do our very best, which is what I always do. But, there is no perfection in this human flesh.

In order to remind myself to expect no more of myself than God, my cards will always have some sort of imperfection in them. They won't be perfect. Just like me.

My pictures aren't perfect either. They were taken with my cell phone and the colors are not as 'true' as they really are. They are black and white with different shades of green as accents. I made all of the flowers, except for the two neon green flowers.





Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thank you cards

Amy received a TON of stuff from a lady at work who recently had triplets, two of them being girls. She gave Amy all of the stuff the girls have outgrown, plus a bouncer, plus loaned her a pack-n-play with a basinet sling in it. Needless to say, Amy was thrilled and deeply touched.

As such, she wanted to give Tina a special thank you card, and not something that just anybody could go buy off the shelf. So, I made her this:


I put a picture of it up on my Facebook page and another friend saw it. She messaged me and asked if I could do something similar with neon green. So, I made this one to show her:


She liked it so well that she ordered 10 cards. They are all going to be Thank You cards and she wants them all to be in the same color family. I'm not sure if the accent color is an issue or not, but I'm going to make a few and show them to her. If she wants them all exactly alike, that's OK - I'll just buy enough papers to do them all the same. If so, I'll have some extras to put up for sale. If she's happy with the accent colors, then we'll be good with that.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baby shower is over!

I've been meaning to get this post up but life has been a bit hectic... Everyone enjoyed the shower and Amy got a lot of really nice gifts. She totally loved all of the decorations and how the cake turned out. Here are just a few of the pictures.



Topsy-turvy cake made by my sister; I did the animals



She has Anna's room just about ready for her. Now, all we have to do is wait. Five more weeks...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Early cards

My sister and my mom have been in the process of cleaning out my mom's cedar chest. She's been saving things and putting things away into that cedar chest for most of her adult life. It holds a lot of treasures, including such things as what she wore on her wedding day.

It also contains "treasures" that she received over the years from her children. I knew she probably saved some things (don't we all?), but with seven children it's hard to say how much she could realistically save from each of us.

Well, it seems that I've been doing handcrafted cards, complete with embellishments, way before it became the "in" thing to do. I don't even remember these items, so that tells you how old some of them must be.

This is a selection of cards that I made over the years. I "love" the tissue paper flower on the Mother's Day card:

For this card, I went all out. I think the best "touch" must be the artificial flowers that are STAPLED to the outside of the card.

The inside:


On Mother's Day 1964, I was not quite eight years old (would have been a little over three months until my birthday). Too funny... In retrospect, I did a pretty good job on this artwork for a seven year old.