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Friday, April 16, 2010

Thank you for a great school year!

Hi Everyone!

I have been learning many things as I write my blog. I have learned that no matter how excited I may be about a card I should wait until daylight to take a picture of it. I have learned that if I rest a piece of white tag on the edge of my kitchen sink in front of the kitchen window, place the card on the center of the tag, and turn off my flash before I take the picture, I don’t have any glare on the picture.

I also realized something last night. Although I create cards almost everyday, I have only been sharing some of those cards in this blog because I haven’t been showing cards that I created using dies that are no longer available. I realized that I don’t always have the dies or papers that are shown in the magazines and blogs that I read, but I still enjoy looking at the pictures. More often than not those pictures trigger ideas for cards that I can and do make. So I plan to show you more of the cards that I create and hope that they will trigger ideas for you.

I am going to be attending my first craft fair in May. I have purchased some graduation, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stamps to create some seasonal cards. I didn’t start stamping until last summer so I don’t have any of those stamps already. I have also decided that I must make myself work with the thousands of sheets of scrapbook paper that I have here and not run out and buy more paper. I am going to attempt to limit myself to only purchasing consumables like glue dots and ScorPal tape and work with all of the ribbon, glitter, Stickles, paper punches, dies, brads, and embossing folders that I already have.

Last night I decided to create some End of the School Year thank you cards. I used an assembly line format so that I could create many cards in a short time. I have a Zip’eMate apple die that I used to cut out the apples. The middle punches out of the apple when the die is run through my Cuttlebug machine. I wanted to add more interest to the apple so I separately cut the stems and leaves out of brown and green paper. I created a template for "Thank you for a great school year!" in Printmaster. I used my pink circle Marvy Uchida paper punch to punch out the circles. You normally need Printmaster to be able to open a Printmaster file, but if I save it as a PDF anyone can open it. That means you won’t be able to alter the file, but you can print it and use it as it is. If you would like to get that file please e-mail at and I will send it to you.

The apples looked too "flat" when I glued them directly to the card so I put mini 3D dots behind them to add dimension to them. The paper that is behind the apples is mostly from the DCWV School Days block. The apples, stems, and leaves are cut from Martha Stewart’s School Days Multimedia Paper.
Have a great day!


Unknown said...

I like how you printed out the saying and then cut that out. Very clever!These cards would also be a great way to thank the co-workers, just change the phrase. Now I have to pull out the sizzix!

Peggy Burns said...

I like the different backgrounds.