Friday, October 13, 2017

Best to Stock up on Sympathy Card While You Have the Time!

i dont know about you but I never seem to have enough sympathy cards. For years I would make them as I needed to suit the deceased. Call me slow, but I finally figured out that that is not an efficient way to do things. And the family of the deceased will be pleased to get a card at all, let alone a handmade card.

So I spent some time last week during our weekly Skype call with my in-laws making 16 simple sympathy cards in pretty generic, will suite just about any sympathy situation, white and soft sky (pale blue). i actually looked up recommended colors for sympathy cards online.

The reason for 16 is the way the cardstock cuts, makes for easy math with the card fronts - 4 to a sheet.

After I had cut the Soft Sky layer, I cut 2 Stitched Shapes ovals out of each, in the middle, so it wouldn't show. this way, I do not have to waste extra paper or use up a bunch of odd shaped scraps. I intentionally planned so I could do this with my layout. The greeting white oval did have to be cut from scrap, because there was no way to hide that. I still saved paper.

I used the Thoughts & Prayers quite old stamp set. I don't remember what year it came out but it was a very long time ago. 2009? Anyone remember? Stampin' Up! has a newer sympathy set, which came out in 2015 Annual Catalog, but I have struggled to use it. It is beautiful but I just cannot seem to get the layouts to look nice. I know, it is just me, being honest...

Sorry the lighting is a little soft. I didn't want to run to my studio downstairs to use better lighting. Plus it seems to fit the somber theme of the cards.

Anyway, the 2 hour (yes, it was) Skype call I pretty much finished these up. I did stop to talk and such. But what a great use of my time. I don't like being on camera that much either. Its my hubs parents and the focus should be him anyway.

Next step, getting these signed and out the door. I know, even if I am a few months behind, people will appreciate me thinking of them during their time of grief.

And next batch of cards is sympathy cards for pet owners, cats and dogs. I have Bella & Friends for dogs and Pretty Kitty for cats. I will likely make up a bunch of thank you and other pet related cards at the same time. No, I don't think I need 16 of these but maybe 5 of each should last a while, then again, a lot of friends have lost their pets in the last few months.

Thank you for stopping by today. Remember I am on Facebook and I try to do Live at 5! Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays. Stop by and see what I am covering that day. Honestly, some days (okay, mot of them) I plan it about 15 minutes before. Wednesdays was about 5 minutes before. I am a planner by nature, and don't like to be rushed or procrastinate, but I am finding it is kind of fun to see what I can whip up on short order.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Silent Deer Roam at Night

Now is the perfect time to start planning and prepping your Christmas or Holiday or Annual cards set to family and friends. Here is one idea to get you thinking "seasonal".

Using the Carols of Christmas stamp set and framelits bundle from the Holiday 2017 card, I had made this card back when this bundle was an early pre-order item.

Purchase your Carols of Christmas bundle HERE.

I cut out 3 deer framelits in navy. I cut to width the dazzling diamonds glimmer paper (for snow) and tore the paper to make more realistic "snow".

The stars and moon are cut out using the card topper type framelits included in the set. The large simple greeting is also from the Carols of Christmas set.

Carols of Christmas Framelits set

Carols of Christmas stamp set

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope this inspires you to think "seasonally". Keep being your creative best, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Great Card Layout from Live at 5!

My Live at 5! on Monday October 2nd, I showed my new favorite card layout. I have been using it quite a bit as it is easy, and really is a good way to showcase our DSP. The best part of this layout? You can get 12 pieces out of one 12x12 inch sheet of DSP Designer Series Paper, which is on special right now for B3G1 FREE.

Plus this layout can go several ways, fold on the left, opening on the right, fold on the top, opening on the bottom, or fold on the bottom, open up on top (have not made one yet). Orrrr, maybe I will have to try this, make it an envelope with card liner that slides out for a greeting. Hmmmm, thinking...

Tools needed: Simply Scored by Stampin' Up!, maybe your Big Shot Die Cutter

  1. Score your cardstock base at 5 1/2" by placing it so the short side run sideways across the top of your Simply Scored. 
  2. Cut your card base on the long length at 4 1/4" and again. You can get two cards out of the one full sheet. You will see that the back of the card forms your standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card size.
  3. Cut Your DSP Designer Series Paper to 2 3/4" x 4, you get 12 pieces per sheet. Make sure it is facing the direction your card faces (see above on layout ideas). 
  4. Cut your card liner to 4 x 5 1/4"
  5. Stamp on your card liner (optional).
  6. Create your focal point, greeting, image or other. I find circles and ovals and scallops work the best for this part, but knock yourself out. Best to use at least two layers. It should be at least 2" in diameter or the whole card will look off balance.
  7. Adhere your papers - card liner, DSP.
  8. Adhere your focal point together.
  9. Place your adhesive, to adhere your focal point, on the card, rather than the object. I found after making a number of these layouts that is the way to make sure you get the glue or tape only where you need it. 
  10. Add your embellishments - rhinestones, bows, buttons, etc.

DSP Designer Series Paper sale runs all October. Shop Now!

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Keep being your creative best, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy