caring hearts card drive 2016

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Caring Hearts Card Drive 2016

Hi card-making friends!  This is just a quick post to share a wonderful way to spread some paper joy this holiday season.  THIS, the Caring Hearts Card Drive, is the reason I haven’t been blogging the last couple of weeks.  Well… this and whole bunch of real-life busy-ness that I won’t bore you with.  😉

I first heard about this on Jennifer McGuire’s blog, but you might also want to check out Vera Yates’ blog for even more details.  These two special women have been doing a home-made holiday card drive each year for a while now.  They collect cards from cardmakers like us, and then distribute them to nursing homes, where they can bring some cheer to seniors who might not have much to celebrate this season.

My little contribution

Well, this year, I’m super excited for this card drive because I have the opportunity to contribute a whole lotta cards.  A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I received the most incredible gift – boxes and boxes of “card fronts”  (see my TONS of happy mail post).  Well, I’m taking all of the holiday-themed card fronts, and fixing them up for this card drive.  Each card front gets attached to a nice, thick card-base in a coordinating color.  I add a nice little message on the inside, and then pop it into an (unsealed) envelope.  If there are any blemishes or booboos (some of these have suffered a smidge of damage from all the handling), I can usually perform a little card surgery to fix them.  There are so many!  This is just a start:kit-caringhearts2016I am having so much fun with this!  But it’s a HUGE project.  Not to mention that I’m also working on my own personal holiday cards, for friends and family.  (Those I am making from scratch.  I’ll share them after they’re mailed.)  I think it’s safe to say that there is going to be quite a huge mess in my craft room for the next few weeks.  But I will get back to new cards and new blog posts as soon as I can.KitEndSig2

So, who’s with me?  You don’t have to send this many – every single card can bring a smile to a lonely senior.  Check out the Caring Hearts Card Drive today!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a magical day!

 

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autumn window card

Autumn flowers and leaves window card, by Kitty

 

 

Autumn at last!

We’re finally getting a taste of some cooler temperatures here in central Florida, so I’m feeling inspired to pull out my Fall-colored papers.  This Autumn window card is very similar to one made by Shari Carroll, for the Online Card Class called Insider.  Simon Says Stamp’s Flag Card Die makes this card super easy, but there are many different ways to adapt this general design.

Card Details:

I started with a piece of plain white cardstock, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using a nice, leafy stencil, I blended on a mix of inks in various warm tones. I then cut the “window” out of that piece, as well as a piece of orange cardstock cut to an A2-size card.  For this type of card, you want to make sure that your windows line up.  I then “sandwiched” a piece of clear acetate between the inked piece and the card-base before gluing everything together.

Because this card has a pretty large window, I wanted to cover up a bit more of the acetate, to allow me more room for a message on the inside, so I die-cut several different large flowers and adhered them to the lower left-hand corner of the card front.

Insides matter:

And because these flowers would show through to the other side, I die-cut those very same flowers, flipped them over, and adhered them to the inside of the card, carefully lining each one up.  I also decorated each side of the little “tag” that the window die provides.  Here’s the inside view:Autumn window card - inside view.

A Place to Write:

To maximize the amount of space I had for a personal message, I punched out a small envelope from coordinating patterned paper, and attached it to the inside, just below those big die-cut flowers.  I will be sticking a tiny note inside it, before it is sent off to its new home.  When the card is closed, you really can’t see the envelope.  However, it probably wouldn’t matter if some of it peeked through, since the color matches.  Another idea for the card would be to create an envelope or pocket on the inside that is actually part of the design, and clearly shows through to the front.

Finishing Touches:

I added lots of teeny-tiny die-cut flowers and leaves to both the front and inside of the card, and  I stamped “Smile” on the inside, hidden on the front by the tag.  There is a little room at both the top and bottom for more stamping or writing.  The inside is a bit “busy”, but I like it.  Here’s a side view, so you can really get an idea of how this window thing works:Autumn window card - side view.

Some General Tips:

Any large shape die can be used to make a window – try hearts or stars.  You can use all sorts of leftover plastic for your window – recycled packaging, or, if you have a laminator, I love to use the leftover clear bits, when I laminate something that doesn’t use up the whole sleeve.  Using tape adhesive instead of liquid can help you to avoid glue smearing on your window.  If you choose to add elements that will show through on the reverse side, keep in mind that you will need a “mirror image” of that element to apply to the other side.  These flowers looked fine when I flipped them over, but a symmetrical design would make this even easier.

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Anything you like, or don’t like, about this card?  What would you do differently?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Have a totally wonderful, magical day!.  🙂

Supplies:  the tiny envelope was made with an old punch, by McGill.  The patterned papers are from Stampin’ Up.  I’m afraid I didn’t make note of all the colored inks I used, and most of the flowers were cut from various paper scraps from my stash, but here are a few of the key ingredients from today’s card (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going.  Thank you so much!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


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star wars wedding card

A handmade Star Wars Wedding Card, featuring the Millennium Falcon.

May the force be with you… on your wedding day.

Yes, I made a Star Wars wedding card, at the request of a friend.  When she first asked, I had zero confidence that I could pull this off… and I’m not entirely sure that I did, LOL.  (Can a wedding card be “campy?”.)  But I sure gave it a good try.  Wait… that’s not right…  “Try not. Do, or do not… there is no try.”  🙂

Use the force, Kitty

I wish I could share my secret for making a Millennium Falcon, but the truth is that there really is no secret.  I Googled a ton of images for the ship, and then proceeded to cut out a whole bunch of various pieces of gray cardstock.  The circles were made with various circle dies, but the rest was just cut with scissors, or a craft knife.  I just sort of sketched it out, to get an idea of the dimensions, then used a ruler to measure, and get straight lines.  I knew it was not going to be “lifelike”.  I just wanted it to be recognizable.  There was a TON of trial and error here.

Measure… cut… crumple… toss… repeat…

Once I had all my pieces cut to size, I used some grungy stamps and gray ink to sort of “dirty up” all the pieces… which felt really weird for a wedding card, but if I remember correctly, the Falcon wasn’t exactly all shiny and new.  Once they seemed dirty enough, I glued everything together.  It’s adhered to the card base with foam adhesive, for some dimension.  I then added some paper “tin cans” with a bit of twine, to the back of the vehicle, and added the “just married” banner.

“The force is strong with these two”

All of the words were done with my computer and printer.  This enabled me to personalize it (the names of the happy couple have been erased, to protect their innocence).  It also allowed me to use that cool Star Wars font for the banner at the bottom.

This card ended up larger than an A2:  6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, I think.  I popped the ship up on a heavy-weight white cardstock base, which I covered in some shimmer mist.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but it gives the card base a “fancier” look and feel… which seemed appropriate for a wedding card… but I’m not sure if it goes with the Star Wars theme.  In hindsight, a “night sky” background might have looked better… but I just couldn’t wrap my brain around the idea of a mostly black wedding card, LOL.

“Much to learn, you still have.”

I think this has to be labeled as my most ambitious card to date.  I’m not sure if it’s my best card to date, but it stretched the limits of what I thought I was capable of… and that was a wonderful thing.famous-inspirational-sayings_16493-1

Have you stretched your limits lately?  KitEndSig2

One of the best things about card-making is that “it’s just paper”.  Go ahead.  Try something new.  🙂  Thank you so much for stopping by, and May The Force Be With You.

Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going.  Thank you so much!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


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TONS of happy mail!!!

A wonderful gift of card-fronts.This is just a super quick post to give a shout out to a wonderful friend.  There is a Stampin’ Up demo in our community, named Sue, who teaches a weekly card class here.  And, where there are cards, that’s where you’ll find me.  🙂  So, I’ve been attending her classes for a little over a year now, and she knows that I truly am card-crazy, and I find good homes for every card I make.

Well, she’s been clearing out some clutter, and she found that she has a whole mess of “samples”.  When she teaches each class, she makes two “examples”, which are basically finished “card fronts”.  She’s been storing these forever, and realized that she really had no use for them, so she asked me if I could find them a home.  She first brought me a small bag of these, and I was thrilled.  But today, she asked if she could stop by, and she brought four more boxes full of these!  Thank you so much, Sue!  You totally rock!

All I have to do is glue them to a card-base, and put a message on the inside, and they will be ready to go.  I love to make cards, but I’m not the world’s quickest crafter.  With this gift, we will be able to send paper joy to so many more people!  Many of these will be going to the Caring Hearts Card Drive that Jennifer McGuire is getting ready to do.  (She talks about it here.)  Others will go to cancer patients, seniors, and others who need a little lift.KitEndSig2

Thank you so much, Sue!  You’re the best!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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