Friday, April 28, 2017

Card of the Week

Funny thing about setting a goal for yourself – you have to figure out how to keep it going. My goal for 2017 is to post here weekly and write a weekly letter. The letter part is easy, because I don't have to share it. The cards and posts are harder, because I try to tell a little story without rambling. I'm not sure I have much of a story this week. 

Today is the twenty-fifth day of #The100DayProject, and this is not the card I posted (go to @lettersarebetter on Instagram to see that one), but of all the cards I made this week. This is my favorite. It's a simple design and I really like how the colors blended on the daisy, plus I am always fond of a textured background. Ahh! Hello Weekend!

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gift Card Envelopes

Gift cards are often appropriate tokens of appreciation, but the basic envelopes they come with are a little bland if you are not putting them inside another card. I have an envelope template that makes short work of a nice piece of decorative paper, and since I used my flower stamps and punch, I was finished in a snap. I think I will make a few more just to keep on hand!


These are all to say "Thank You!" to the girls from whom my daughter borrowed prom dresses this past month. She attended three dances and borrowed three dresses. Paying for dry cleaning and a few gift cards was a bargain! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Card

 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:9-11

Sentiment byUnity Stamp Co. heat embossed with gold powder.
Wreath die by Penny Black. I trimmed it to create the crown.

Happy Easter!
He is Risen!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Starting 100 Cards

For a second year I am participating in The100DayProject with Elle Luna. It started this past Tuesday, so I am a full three days in! My goal this year is to use my flower stamps and push my creativity within that limited focus. I may complete a card each day in the process, or I might just complete part of the process. 

Last year I discovered as the days passed the creativity almost multiplied, or at least the creative vibe flowed and the ideas seemed close at hand. I expect I will enjoy the challenge just as much this year. Participants are asked to create a unique hashtag for the project which makes it easy to follow the progress. Mine is #pz100stampedflowers.
Daisies colored with Prismacolor pencils and mounted with foam tape.
Daisies are stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with copper powder on cream color cardstock and again on copper metallic paper.
I love making a single layer card with a rainbow inkpad. Ink by Kaliedacolor.

So, why did I include PZ with my hashtag? My childhood nickname happened like this: Patsy = Patz = Pz. 


Friday, March 31, 2017

The Cure for Anything Card

When I first heard this wonderful quote I assumed it had to have been written by a woman. When I found the stamp at a show last summer, I was a bit surprised to see a man given the credit. So I looked him up and I am learning this as I type – Isak Dinesen is a pseudonym of Karen Christence Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke. She also used the name Pierre Andr├ęzel. She lived from 1885-1962 which explains (sadly) why she wrote under men's names. Oh, but a bit of joy to discover, that indeed, a woman would know the cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. 

The quote stamp is by Verses Rubber Stamps;
the girls above and the boats below are older stamps by Stampin' Up. 

Her notable memoir is Out of Africa, and now I believe there is a movie I need to watch. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Baby Pink Cards

One of my daughter's favorite teachers is having a baby, and I am happy to have a chance to make a baby card. Since I made teddy bear cards last week, I chose non-traditional baby images, but I used pink ink, because the teacher is having a girl. 
I made thank you notes with the Dickens stamp when I was pregnant with my first daughter, and used it for the birth announcements of my second daughter. It is such a precious quote, and I use it often for baby cards. That stamp company is no longer in business; the angel is by Stampin' Up. 
Local King Rubber Stamp makes the giraffe stamp and the set includes Mother's Day and parenthood sentiments plus another cute mom and baby giraffe. The "hello baby" sentiment and the punch are from Stampin' Up. This is the card my daughter wants to give her teacher. 
If the phrase "baby blue" immediately conjures a color in the mind's eye, why not "baby pink"? It is different from "bubble gum pink" and "cotton candy pink", after all. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bear Hug Cards

Whenever I don't have a story, I google some element of my cards and go from there. Today it's bear cliches such as baby bear, mama bear, and Yogi Bear, who is better than the average bear. I can be hungry as a bear, wonder if bears poop in the woods, or read Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My cards depict the best ones though–– bear hugs and teddy bears!

Sentiment by Simon Says Stamp is heat embossed in black.
The bear is an older stamp from Stampin' Up colored with Prismacolor pencils.
Background stamp by Local King Rubber Stamp.

One thing you won't find in my blog is bare naked cards. Oops, wrong bear.