I order my postage stamps in bulk amounts from the US Postal Service in all shapes and sizes so I might not be the right person to ask, but when I read that the USPS reported a $5 Billion loss in 2013 it’s sort of makes one think!
Last year I made a decision to participate in a Happy Mail Campaign to bring a little cheer to mailboxes across the nation. I spent lots of time making those cards and only heard from a few that received them. I included a note that said in part why they were receiving the card and that they could pay it forward (my cards were unsigned) or keep it for themselves.
Close to My Heart offers a magnificent Monogram so decided that I’d spread a little holiday cheer with some personalized card sets. I received a strange look from my husband when I showed him my cards – I’m not sure if it’s the whole “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” concept or if I’m one a few that enjoys sending and receiving cards in the mail.
Birthday cards seem to be something that I am in constant need of so I try to make one or two each time I sit down at my craft table. I started keeping a box of finished cards so I have a quick go to place each month when I’m readying my mailings for the month.
I love the 3 1/2 X 8 cards Colonial White Die Cut Cards. You’ll notice that the “B” on birthday just seems to stand out a bit, I added a retired Dimensional Element letter that had been applied directly to the Pear stamp pad for color with a little liquid glass and it just added an extra “pop”. The Chantilly paper is one of my favorite paper packets with the whimsical birds combined with the fun patterns of paisley.
My next card is again the 3 1/2 X 8 orientation but folded from a piece of the “Dream Pop” paper available for the month of May in honor of National Scrapbook month. One side of the paper has a resist pattern which is perfect for giving the card some dimension while the other side is plain cardstock which is perfect for the inside of the card. I added three banners sponged in Whisper Ink and stamped Happy Happy Birthday from the Joyful Birthday set in Juniper.
One of my favorite things about My Acrylix stamps is the ability to see and ink what you are wanting to use. Knowing that I needed “HAPPY” for two of my banners I folded the “Birthday” away from the block and inked up only “Happy” Since the stamp is clear I knew right where my stamping would go…a perfect image every time! Try that with a wood mounted block!
I wasn’t able to attend the Close to My Heart Album retreat that was held in March, but was inspired by the beautifully created albums that I have seen online. With a little help from my friends we were able to determine which patterns had been used to create the gorgeous layouts. I decided that I loved this album so much that I would recreate it with my own twists.
The layout that I’m going to share today focuses on “Family”. I loved how I could have one focus picture and then add some smaller pictures of my family.
I used the papers of the Chantilly paper packet and lots of cuts from the Cricut Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges. Behind my large focus picture I tucked a tag where I could hide my journaling. I matched the cluster from the title area to the top of the tag so that it would not slip all the way behind the picture.
I’m anxious to share the “title page” of my album, but will save that for an upcoming post on the Paper Trail.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my artwork and maybe get inspired to create an album of your own.
I have had the Cricut Artiste Cartridge for nearly a year and have yet to investigate all the keys, I did however notice one that said Spring/Easter and well since it’s just around the corner got out my trusty packet of Chantilly paper and decided to have a little fun.
There are several choices of boxes, cupcake wrappers, a grass border, a basket, a pretty scalloped card and envelope as well as the words Spring and Easter on this key.
I used two of the cupcake liners to make fun little egg holders. I also made the fun little bunny box perfect for some chocolate. The Artiste cartridge will add a lot of fun to the Easter celebration at my house this year.
I love the colors of the Chantilly paper packet from Close to My Heart. The Cotton Candy, Pear and Buttercup are so girly! I had a chance to create this morning and made a lovely birthday card for a lovely lady in my life – my mother-in-law!
With the help of the Wishes pattern book I was able to create a quick card. I tried to pull out the orange from the patterned paper with a touch of Sunset accents in the ribbon and button.