Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Old Fashioned Cards & some Crafty Tips

Sharing a couple of the cards I've created the last few days.  Still busy working away creating items for the upcoming Holiday Boutique.  I have so many ideas for things I want to do but am afraid that there isn't going to be time.  Someone stockpile the Mountain Dew!  I may need to pull a few all nighters!

Crafty Tips:
- If you need to make a number of cards but need to keep cost down, look for paper with multiple images in boxes like this one from Graphic 45.  There are 10 different images I can cut out and use to create cards with.
- Simple additions to these images, like rhinestones, Stickles or fluff, can up the wow factor quickly & easily.
- To really highlight the "olden" & shappby feel ink your image up and or distress the edges of it.
- If you'll be hand delivering your cards, don't be afraid of dimension!  And don't worry about stuffing it into an envelope either.  Create a matching paper bag to hold your card.  Check out these from one of my favorite crafty people, Michelle Wooderson.
- Just as you can alter the color of your paper, don't forget about altering the color of your embellishments!  The button on my Proclamation card was bright white.  I liked the style but the color just wasn't going to work for me.  Enter my Copics and airbrushing!  You don't have to have those items to recolor your embellishments - consider using alcohol inks, paint markers, acrylic paint or even fingernail polish!
- It's difficult to tell from the scan but this --> Santa has been given a glossy coating and had a clear glitter sprinkled over him.  Two little details that add big wow.

I've got a bunch more partially started designs sitting here beside me waiting to be completed.  I'll share them once they're done.

Lastly, I wanted to share what the house looked like at this month's 2nd Saturday Girls Night Out.  The "Girls" were completely outnumbered!  Mel ordered the UFC fight and told Bret to invite a few friends.  This picture was taken when I could still easily get into the living room.  :)  In the end there were over 20 people packed into the room.  Irony??  The big fight everyone wanted to see, lasted all of 21 seconds.


  1. too funny about the big crowd for the big fight

    happy thanksgiving to you and the family

  2. Loveeeeeeeeeeeee those cards .... and Sat. night was AWESOME! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. Great card ideas. Another suggestion would be to use vintage and public domain images on the web. There's tons of great sites offering a huge selection of these images. You can easily change sizes, colors and just about anything else on the fly.

    Funny story with the fight. Hopefully, everyone had a good time anyway.