Thursday, January 28, 2010

Going to try for a Card A Day! EVERY DAY!

I've been wanting to do this for ages... for the next month (February) I'm going to try to post a card a day, every day. It's not that I don't make plenty of cards,  I just never remember to blog about them!

For Today's entry I'm going to show you the cards I made last weekend while we were away. We were meant to go away for an entire week, but DH got sick on Monday morning, so we cut it short and came back on Tuesday instead of Sunday. I tend to take everything but the kitchen sink with me when we go away, and then I don't use the stuff! So this time I made a real effort to travel light. My main source of paper was a paper bundle called the 'Cuteworld Collection' which has plain paper, patterned paper, diecuts and sticker lettering all in the same stack. I rounded up a pile of embellishments that would coordinate with it and packed them into a small plastic box, and I took some of my acrylic stamps and a stack of pre-folded card bases. I also took a couple of paper punches (which didn't get used) and my favourite edging scissors, and of course my basic tool kit. Everything packed neatly into a small scrapbooking tool bag (NOT the big roll-on, I take way too much junk when I use that!) I didn't use everything, but I was only crafting for a couple of hours on one night - if we'd been there for the whole week I'm confident that the kit would have got more use!

There was one important thing I forgot to take with me - glue dots! When we went to dinner the first night, there was a Joanns right beside the restaurant, so I dashed in and got some gluedots and popdots... and they had a bunch of Heidi Grace acrylic stamp sets on clearance for 50% off. I got a set for Christmas and I adore it, so I bought four more. One of the stamps made these first two cards possible. I stamped the background with it. The sentiment on the top card was pre-stamped and the paper came from the paper pack. I finished it with some little metallic heart stickers.
The sentiment on the second card is a black brad... and I used a stray bow to fill in the space underneath because none of my stamps or stickers looked quite right.

My next two cards don't use my stamps at all. The first one uses a diecut from the paper pad, mounted on some red cardstock and popped off the card. The card needed a little something extra so I used some flower stickers in the corners and it was done.
The second card uses a pre-stamped image (I think it's Stampin' Up but I'm not sure because it was a RAK) and a 3D heart sticker that I had handy. The sticker's really cute because it has stitching on it.

And here are my last two cards. The first one uses a diecut from the kit (recognise the punchout center from the card above?) and a simple sticker mounted on paper. The 'I love you' stamp is from Joanns, and the flower border is one of my new Heidi Grace stamps.
The second card uses a piece of patterned paper laid on the diagonal, a simple vintage-style sticker, and a RAKed sentiment that I cut into a mini-tag and fastened on with a brad.

And that's what I did while I was away. The cards are simpler than I usually do because my resources were limited, but they definitely reflect my 'girly' style. I have to work hard to make cards that AREN'T girly!

1 comment:

Operation Write Home said...

Good luck challenging yourself - and these are great cards!