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July 22 – a note of explanation

I’ve tried to leave this post just as it was originally written because it was a heartfelt response after a very traumatic experience.  But I’m sometimes clumsy with words and even when I think I am writing clearly, there is always the reader who doesn’t know my heart or doesn’t hear the words the way they were intended.

I feel as though a few people have taken what I said and twisted it. When I wrote my post on Friday, I had a grand total of eleven blog  followers. Yes, eleven. I generally post on facebook and have had a loyal little group of readers that numbered thirty or so. That is who I generally write for.  People who know me  know that I dislike talking on the telephone. I’d pretty much rather clean a toilet than spend time on the phone. I…

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Lori

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Graduation Card

Graduation time is here!  I made a very simple (and feminine) 5″ x 7″ graduation card.  The color combination is a little different but I wanted the accent color of goldenrod to bring out one of the colors in the butterflies on the patterned cardstock.  Graduation cards can be very simple or complex.  However, one of the aspects of them that I really like is that you can interchange the colors of paper you use to coordinate with the school colors of the graduate.  This card does not do that as I made it to coordinate with the favorite colors of the recipient and, she loves butterflies!  So, as you can see, graduation cards can be very versatile.  The inside of the card can also contain a favorite inspirational quote or sentiment.  In this case, it contained money.  A graduate’s favorite gift!  To hold the money, I cut a rectangle out of the butterfly cardstock at about 1″ x 3″ and used  glue dots (one in each corner) to adhere it to the center of the inside page.  I folded the bill and tucked it under the cardstock rectangle and voila, a money-holder card.

Items used:

  • Patterned Cardstock – DCWV The Spring Fling Stack
  • Card Base – Bazill Basics Paper “Pinkini” – cut to 7″ x 10″
  • Contrasting Color – Hobby Lobby Goldenrod
  • Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Fleur de lis Rectangles” Die
  • Offray Ribbon “Goldenrod”
  • The Paper Studios “Congratulations” Rub-on
  • The Paper Studios Butterfly/Flower Stickers

ttyl, lori

The Back of the Card

I don’t like to leave the back of my card blank.  Some people do, and that’s ok.  However, I like to make my cards look as professional as possible.  All the big brand companies put logos, barcodes, prices, etc. on the backs of their cards.  I don’t put all those things but I do like to put something that will catch the eye.  In the past, I have used a stamp that says something like this, “Handmade for you by . . . . . ”  Now I have changed that to a more elaborate selection of graphics and text.  Here is a picture of how it looks.

I use Print Master, which is  very inexpensive graphics program to accomplish this.  I open a blank project and change my dimensions to the size of the card.  I just add a piece of clip art and the text and there you go.  Now I do keep these saved as files on my laptop.  I have them pre-made to fit several different card sizes and for cards folded at the top or the left-hand side.  I also have them pre-made for different clipart that fits the idea of the card.  The other day I made a “Congratulations on your piano recital” card.  Instead of the bouquet, I used musical notations.  I also changed the verse to reflect one that included a musical reference.  So you see, it is really easy to create a professional look on the back of the card to match the beautiful creation on the front.  Try it yourself, it’s lots of fun.

Love, Lori

May is Graduation Month

May is an awesome month. Spring is in full swing and quickly running into a beautiful, hot summer. Also, school is winding down as summer continues its fast approach. I love the warm weather and being outside without the threat of contracting frostbite. OK, so I am being a bit dramatic. Temperatures here in East TN can get very cold but usually they do not, even in the midst of Winter. Nevertheless, I adore the warm weather and the feeling of the sun as it beats down on my shoulders and face . . .  Hmmm . . .  Oh . . . Sorry, I think my mind took a vacation in St. Maartens Island, but it’s back now. {sad face} May holds many things.  My favorite thing about May is that it is Graduation Month. It presents a wonderful opportunity to a card-maker, such as myself, to make many, many cards. Now my daughter is not graduating this year, however, we have many friends who are. So I know that I will be making quite a few of these cards this year. This is my first one of the season.

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This card, at least on the outside, does not mention the term “graduation.”  It is for a young man who is graduating from high school so it needed to be subtle and masculine. I didn’t want puffy, bright flowers or bold colors. It would also be appropriate as an encouragement card to be sent to either a man or a woman.

Instructions:

  • Cut a 10″ long x 7″ wide card from Kraft Cardstock
  • Score and press down center of card to make a 5″ x 7″ card with the fold at the top
  • Using a Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad and a simple flourish stamp, impress the image onto the center-right portion of the front of the card
  • I made the Artisan Label and the Artisan Border using a Silhouette SD die-cutting machine. However, a similar label and border can be purchased or punched from cardstock.
  • Place the label and border on card front as shown
  • Glue eight (8) clear gemstones above border as shown.

I used the Artisan Border because it mimicked the points in the Artisan Label and caused that design to flow throughout the front of the card. Because this card was for a young man, I kept the overall colors neutral with just a splash of color in the border. If you would like it to be more bold, simply change out your colors to suit your need.

Happy Graduation!

Paper Crafts Introduces Card Creations 10

Ok, let me be perfectly clear. My favorite magazine of all favorites is Paper Crafts. My favorite “card” magazine/book is “Card Creations.”  I think I have everyone of them. Well, now#10 is out on the shelf! I can’t wait to get it.

Isn’t it beautiful! Officially on sale tomorrow, this very “special” issue features 300 fresh card ideas for every occasion and holiday.  Click here to see Paper Crafts web post about its debut. Enjoy!

My Pink Stamper NSD 2011 Challenge #1

Here we go again! Another year has come for National Scrapbooking Day! Our first challenge was to produce a project on kraft paper. This is a very simple card:  I used a background stamp with Versamark Watermark Ink for the background. I then placed  a   1-3/4″ strip of tan paper (that I embossed on my Cuttlebug) vertically on the card. To finish it off, I picked an oval scalloped die cut and stamped “SMILE” on the front of it, using dimensional adhesive to make it pop off the card. Hope you like it!

Silhouette SD Cutting Machine

I own a Silhouette SD Cutting Machine and I absolutely love it! So many great shapes to cut. I especially like the fact that I can pick and choose from thousands of shapes, cards, phrases, etc. instead of buying a cartridge with only a couple of shapes that I really want. If you don’t have one yet, I say “Buy it, now!”

The Silhouette Website

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