oh my stars!

Kit-052614Happy unofficial start to the summer!  (I’ve learned that it’s rather “un-PC” to wish people a happy Memorial Day, but for those you have the day off, Happy-No-Work day!)

I felt a little red, white and blue might be appropriate for today.  This is just a quick card I put together with the Sizzix Stars & Swirls embossing folder, and the Sizzix Stars Framelits dies.  I added a little Stardust Stickles to the smallest stars, though in hindsight, I think I should have just put it on the white stars and left the blue and red alone.

I also popped the small stars up on foam. One of the best buys I’ve made was a big stack of foam sheets in different colors.  I love having all those colors to choose from.  I don’t buy “dimensional adhesive” at all anymore – I just make my own foam squares, or like here, I actually used the same dies to cut matching shapes.

I couldn’t come up with an appropriate sentiment, so I just didn’t put one.  (Okay, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t finish this card until today, and since it’s clearly too late to mail it for Memorial Day, I just might use it as a 4th of July card.  Is that cheating?)  🙂

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

an angel’s agenda

Angel Agenda 1Yes, two posts in one day – I have to make up for lost time!  This post is a little different – if you’re just looking for card inspiration, my earlier post might be more to your liking.  I had a few friends ask me about this, though, and I thought it might be of interest to my fellow Angels – and anyone else looking for organizing ideas.

Being a Chemo Angel has really become my passion.  With multiple regular “buddies”, and special assignments, it can get very confusing trying to remember what I sent to whom, and when.  So I created an Angel Agenda.

After trying something on a smaller scale, I decided I needed a full-size (8-1/2″ x 11″) binder, with custom sheets for tracking the things I needed to track.  So, I started with a Five-Star 3-ring Hybrid NoteBinder.  I just love these things!  The rings allow me to add my own pages (absolutely essential), but because of the flexible spine, I can fold over the cover and it will lie flat like a spiral-bound notebook, taking up less space on my desk, and making it easier to write in those margins.  🙂

This one has a customizable cover, so I could add some of my favorite patterned paper, and some little punched envelopes.  On the inside cover, I added a few happy words, and a little pocket for holding re-positionable labels.

Angel Agenda 2For my cover sheet, I chose a quote that seemed to fit me right now.  (Die-cut letters on a piece of patterned paper, then laminated.)

Angel Agenda 3I used a Brother P-Touch to create labels for my tabs.  (I’m in love with my Brother P-Touch.)  The binder came with a few nice pocket dividers, but I bought more so I could really customize it.  I’ve got a calendar for keeping track of things, a place to keep notes on my regular buddies, another for special assignments, one for friends and family (yes, I send them cards, too.  :-)), “card stuff” for things like color matches and card ideas, dreams (my goals, short and long-term) and misc. stuff that doesn’t fit elsewhere.

Angel Agenda 4There’s also a tab for wish lists. (The quote at the top is a favorite of mine, from the movie Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael):Angel Agenda 8There’s a tab for postage – I use the handy pocket for storing stamps, and there’s also a chart here for remembering how much postage it takes for some of my more unusual mailings:

Angel Agenda 9Under the “buddies” section, I actually keep details about each of my Chemo Angel buddies – their likes and dislikes, and notes about what I’ve already sent them.  Sorry – the details are Top Secret, but I think I can share one of the pages:

Angel Agenda 7Looks rather cryptic, huh?  It’s my secret code.  🙂  I have lists of various card sentiments – quotes and poems and things that I write on the inside of my cards.  Each one is numbered.  Once I use one, I mark it off this list.  (I have a separate list for every buddy.)  That way, I don’t keep repeating the same thing in every card.  I do something similar for card designs, and also for the topics I share in my letters.  It’s working pretty well, so far.

And last but not least, I have calendars.  First, there’s my “perpetual calendar”.  I have two pages for each month, and I list every birthday, special occasion, and misc. holiday.  This way, I have a quick reference for years to come.  I can add things as needed, so I don’t forget anything important.  I found a great reference for holiday dates:  Holiday Insights.  My goal is to eventually make cards for all sorts of wacky holidays.  It hasn’t happened yet, LOL – but it’s good to have goals.  🙂Angel Agenda 6And here’s a look at one of my dated calendars:

Angel Agenda 5I will probably have more fun with these as time goes on.  Patterned paper, stamps, stickers, washi tape – no reason why being organized can’t look good, too.  🙂

How do you keep organized?  Any ideas to share for keeping track of your card-giving?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

long time, no post

Kit silver butterflyOh gosh, it’s good to be back!  I had some Internet difficulties, but finally resorted to a new provider, and now I’m back in business.  🙂

After a visit to the amazing Jennifer McGuire’s blog, I just had to play around with some two-toned heat embossing.  I actually ended up embossing a whole mess of butterflies in different combinations because they were just so much fun!  That’s how this card started.  I chose a butterfly, and then created a card for it.

For the butterfly, I punched it numerous times from a Martha Stewart punch, just using a plain white cardstock.  I then glued together four of them to give the butterfly some dimension.  I covered it with VersaMark ink and then covered it with silver embossing powder, giving it a good, even coat.  Then I just added more VersaMark to bits of the butterfly, and added a ruby embossing powder.  I actually ended up putting a bit more silver, and then a bit more ruby, until I was happy with the result.

For the card, I found a nice burgundy cardstock to match the butterfly, and heat-embossed it in silver, with a French text background stamp.  I die-cut a bunch of little stars and hearts, some of which I layered and heat-embossed, and others I left plain.  It’s really hard to see in the photo, but there are some teeny-tiny hearts and stars in that burgundy cardstock, scattered here and there.  It’s very subtle even up close, but it just added a touch of dimension.

All the embossed parts were attached with Glossy Accents so they’d hold.  Then I just added a banner sentiment with foam adhesive, and attached the whole thing to a grey card-base.

Like the sentiment on the card says, I hope your day is awesome!  Thanks for stopping by!