Saturday, December 20, 2014

New Home Cards - Assembling a Kit

Moving house can be quite a stressful time, but there's nothing more special than turning a house, or flat into a home. I'm Angela, and I have a number of friends and family moving house at the moment. I like to send them a blessing card for their new home. There's also some short-term rent houses in our neighbourhood, so having a few welcome to your new home cards in my stash is always useful, and helps them to settle well into our little street.

When making a batch of cards, it's great to have a card making kit. So what have I found in my stash to put together and craft with?

  • My starting piece was a sheet of house paper from Amy Tangerines's Ready Set Go, that I pulled for my November kit, but didn't use.
  • Country feel papers to match from the Pebbles paper pack by Front Porch.
  • sheets from an old DCWV 6x6 textured card-stack
  • Bricks embossing folder by Darcie. There was a sample piece of co-ordination card stock included with the folder, and it colour matched nicely. I ran it through the embossing folder and sanded the raised areas.
  • Red & Green ribbon
  • Papermania mini brads and buttons that I've had for years.
  • Stamps & Rub-ons.
  • Wooden keys
  • Card blanks.
I made a set of wooden house embellishments for my kit from some scraps of marquetry wood I inherited. You can find a tutorial on how I made these over on my blog.

This is the first card I have made using the kit, only it's already been whipped off my desk and given away. If you come back tomorrow I'll show you the rest, and share some places where you can get free templates for some extra special New Home Cards.

Happy crafting, and be blessed.
from Angela.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Get Well Cards - Part Two

Hello again, Susanne here.  Back today to show you more get well cards that I made from my kit, and to point you in the direction of some great card inspiration.

While digging for stamps to use with my kit I realized that I don't really buy "Get Well" stamps.  I buy other caring sentiments like Thinking of You and Praying for You (these were in various Stampin Up sets).  I find these sentiments are more versatile for sending to those who are chronically or critically ill.

If you click over to my blog, you will find a few more examples.

When I am stuck on getting started or short on time to create a card, I regularly turn to stamp company catalogs like Stampin Up, Hero Arts or Close to My Heart.  Another avenue of inspiration is my stamping sister-in-law Trenna.  Her card style is different than mine, so I hope you will find the variety inspiring.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Tomorrow you will find Angela posting about New Home cards.  See you then.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Get Well Cards - Part One

Hello, Susanne here today working on a kit for Get Well cards.  Making cards is something that I procrastinate about, and always regret later.  So this month's friendly little nudges here @  CKC will do me good.

I started my kit by using  . . .  a kit.  Foul! you cry.  Now wait just a minute.  It is a very simple card set from Stampin Up that is meant to get new stampers stamping.   Well, it might just work for old experienced stampers too.  Basically, it contains card bases, envelopes, stickers, twine and rhinestones.  Being more of the scrapping sort than stamping sort, I have added to the kit.  See now, there's fair play.

I found large paper scraps from my last several counterfeit kits in complementary colors to the card bases.  Then I searched my stash for buttons, small flowers, twine, washi tape and ribbon.  I think that is enough elements with which to start work. For stamps, I pulled sentiments from various Stampin Up sets. I might use some punches as well.

Here's my kit excluding the stamps.

And here is one of my first cards.

You can pop over to my blog for another card.  And then, I'll see you back here tomorrow with more examples to inspire you.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sympathy Cards - Part Two

Hi, it's Jemma back with some more cards made with my Sympathy kit from yesterday:

Jimjams - Sympathy Card #2

This design is quick and simple - any scraps of patterned paper get the serious treatment from the black mat and edging my sympathetic phrase with toning ink ties it together. I punched flowers from the same card as the base and added some clear gems from my stash.

Jimjams - Sympathy Card #3

I cut one of my sentiment phrases into a banner shape and topped a circle of the yellow patterned paper from my kit with tiny punched butterflies ... almost a sunflower?

With a bit of luck I have managed to share my MS Word Document containing a variety of Sympathy sentiments below.  But if not, here's the link direct to the document.  It previews rather strangely but should download properly!

And here are some more examples from the web that inspired me:

Sympathy cards don't need to be dull!
Love the pretty punched posy
Wonderful white on white card
And of course sympathy is appropriate if someone is ill too ... and then you really can let rip with the cheery colours:

A rainbow will brighten up anyone's day!
And sometimes it's nice to send a card to someone who is feeling blue:

Brilliant use of tiny heart punches!
Finally, it's important to know what to write inside a bereavement sympathy card.  Here's a great article with suggestions for around 50 "dos" along with a dozen "don'ts" and Hallmark have some great tips too.

That's it from me for this year, I'm already working on January's Counterfeit Kit and hope to be back to scrapbooking and blogging with renewed energy in 2015.  Until then have a wonderful festive season.

Merry Christmas from Jemma xxx

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sympathy Cards Part One

Today it's Jemma's turn to share a card kit with you: for Sympathy cards.  I have to admit I have never made a sympathy card before and was wondering how to make them slightly serious, but still pretty, so I turned to Google for inspiration!  I found lots of beautifully stamped cards with heartfelt sentiments such as this one from Diane Cramer in the Splitcoastsatmpers' Gallery:

I love the clean lines and the subtle touch of colour in this soothing card.  However, I'm not a stamper and have neither the right sort of images nor sentiments.  So I knew that my card kit would have to feature patterned papers and I would have to find a solution for the wording.  I decided a mix of black, white and grey patterns with a couple of sheets of coloured patterns to add a little cheer would be the way to go:

Jimjams - Sympath Card Kit

A few toning ribbons and trims plus my Martha Stewart butterfly punches would add texture and form.  Grey and white card will form the base with some black for matting.

That left me the problem of the wording.  I used a MS Word to create a table of sentiments in a variety of fonts and added a sentiments to circle shapes.  I printed this out onto white card:

Jimjams - Sympathy Sentiments

And here is the first card that I made with my kit - using a 1.5" circle punch for one of the sentiments and adding a couple of blue gems from my stash to brighten up the butterflies.

Jimjams - Sympathy Card #1

I'll be back tomorrow with a few more of the cards made from my kit and some links to inspiration on the web.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sketches are our Friends - A Friendship Card

Hi there, neighbor!  It's Lynnette again and I'm back today with another sketch to speed up your card making.  Here's a great one to use up those scraps on your desk.

 Just weave them along, any way you fancy, add a few embellishments and you are ready to mail a card out to let your BFF to let her know how much you care.

Here's the one I created:

So remember to quickly pull a few supplies together and  check out card sketches on Pinterest to speed up your card making process!  Your bestie will be glad you did when she receives your handmade card!  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kits are our Friends: A Friendship Card Kit

Hello there!  It's Master Forger Lynnette and I'm here to show you how quickly you can pull some supplies together to create some handmade friendship cards.  You know those times you just want to let someone know how important they are to you?  Maybe when they need a little pick-me-up?  Sure, you could drive down to your local Hallmark store to get a card, but ain't nobody got time for that!   You've got the supplies, so let's use them.   And since you'd probably send a friendship card on a whim, you want to make your card making fast.  My secret to fast and fun cardmaking?  SKETCHES!  Just go over to Pinterest and search "card sketches".  You'll be amazed at what comes up.

First up, here's my kit.  We all know from Counterfeit Kit Challenge that kits are a super way to make assembling any papercrafting project easy.  Take a look at just the few supplies I pulled together:

Next, here's the sketch I found on Pinterest:

BasicGrey Card Sketch | Susan Stringfellow

Last, here's the card I created:

Stop back tomorrow when I'll share another sketch and card with you!  Happy cardmaking!