2/16/11

I Can Never Keep Up with Cards, But I Try!

I've always loved giving cards to people and not just for special occasions.  It was a "natural" for me when the handmade card-making craze started.  In the beginning, it was a "cost-saving" & sweet gesture to make cards for people.  Then it really caught on and the cards became extremely elaborate & heavily embellished, so store-bought cards were less expensive.  Now we've made another swing.  Have you noticed how expensive even a very simple Hallmark card is?  Well, none of this has anything to do with why I make cards.  I do it because I simply enjoy the process.  Mine are seldom very elaborate or fancy, but they come from the heart.  I love composing the wording to fit the personality of the person I am making the card for.  The following are just an assortment of cards that I worked on last week.

I had several Valentine cards that I made for some special people.  All I did to personalize each one was to use different colors of paper, several different stamps & the wording inside, of course.


I like to use both rubber stamps & acrylics.  My ink of choice is by Stampin' Up.


I also use a lot of Stickles for outlining & embellishing just to give some extra sparkle!


I love adding ribbon to give the card dimension.


While I was playing around with Valentine cards, I decided to go ahead and make some birthday cards for upcoming B-Days.


When I design a card that turns out super-cute, I usually duplicate it, but with some slight variations.


I love adding buttons, & try to keep a good (meaning large) stash.


I'm also keeping my eyes peeled for flower frogs.  That's what I used to hold the above cards for the photo-shoot.  They are great for holding small photos where you might want to change out the photo frequently and don't necessarily want a frame.  Love how they look.


And now what kind of grandmother (aka: Nanna) would I be if I didn't include a couple of pics of our new little Avery at 2 weeks?  

   Her daddy has mastered this "Anne Geddes" pose, & Avery loves it and falls asleep almost immediately.


Avery is doing her interpretation of the Gerber Baby!  It's okay, ya'll can say "Awwww, she's so sweet."
You won't get any argument out of me!


Today I'm going to work on some scrapbooking, so maybe you'll get to see some of those pages in the near future.  Thanks for stopping by, and for allowing me to be a doting "Nanna".  Hope you come back soon.
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