Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Looking for something to post...

Sooooo... my design wall hasn't changed significantly in over a week... and I don't have a sock finished... and I want to save pictures of my cross stitch till Sunday... so what can I post here?  Oh Oh  Oh... I can show you some of the cards I've made and mailed in the last couple of months.

I use to stamp a lot... I was even a demo for Stampin' Up for a while, but did it mainly for the discount. I amassed quite a stash of stamps and inks and papers and dies and embellishments of all sorts. When I moved I got rid of a lot of the stamps and the inks but I kept a lot of the paper... I love patterned paper... it reminds me of fabric!  Now when I first purchased a lot of the is stuff I found it hard to use... What if I used it all up?  What if they never made anything that pretty again? What can I make with this? So much dithering...

As  a result I still have  lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of paper... bur I'm finally able to use it...hooray!  I do more papercrafting than stamping these days and playing with the papers and making cards to send here and there is a very satisfying way to spend an afternoon. Here are some of the cards I've made. In looking through my camera I realized there are a bunch more that I forgot to take pictures of...oh well... you can see these...



These cards use a lace doily kind paper laid over a base card made of Basic Grey Grunge paper... I love Grunge as paper or fabric!



Pretty paper cut with a wiggly die and embellished with a cute butterfly!


A birthday card with a flower made from cupcake liners!


Another cute die and the paper has a quilty pattern with buttons on it !                                                                             

Cards with a patchwork look and some stitching and a button!

I don't make elaborate  cards anymore... I really enjoy just playing with the pretty papers. I get a lot of the layout ideas from sketches others have used. You can see some of the ones I've pinned here on my Pinterest board.

In an age of digital messages I think everyone still enjoys finding a card in their mail so I continue to make them.  When I'm making cards I think about when I was a child playing with construction paper ... I enjoyed it then and I enjoy it now.

Do you like getting cards in the mail?  Do you send cards?  Store bought? or home made? Actually I prefer the term hand-crafted... makes me feel like an artist....LOL!

Hope your week is going well!

happy card making!
carol fun



4 comments:

  1. They are all so beautiful. I used to teach rubberstamping

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  2. I've always loved paper too and have been hard put not to get sucked into the card making/scrap booking world. I try to keep blinders on when I'm near those aisles at the craft store and have for years.
    I love your cards--you are quite the jack-of-all-trades!!!

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  3. I can see the similarities between fabric and paper. Your cards are beautiful and I love getting special cards in the mail!!!

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  4. Before fabric took over my life, I had a paper addiction. :) I loved scrapbooking and making cards and I really should get back to it. Like you, I have a ton of paper and a collection of stamps.
    Your cards are wonderful and I wished you lived closer, because I could use a card-making buddy to inspire me. :) Thank you for sharing your pretty designs - looking forward to seeing more!

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