This one of of Maddy's most recent journal entries. You can see that she really enjoys the cards that we send her -- we need to keep them coming! I was also so happy to read that she is now a cardmaker! How fun that she has found joy in this hobby like we have. And looks like she needs some sticker! I need to check my stash and see what I have to send her. For details on the card drive for Maddy and information on where to send them? Go here. Here is what Maddy wrote:
I actually am starting to enjoy it here in memphis. The Target House is beautiful and kind of like a Disney Resort, you know, minus the characters and the joy of the Disney Parks. I really like my apartment because we look onto a beautiful view.
I have finally found myself a hobby I enjoy and keep me busy. I write letters to my friends, so I have taken over the desk in our apartment for my card making. It's something I love to do and I actually look forward to going home(when I say home it means my apartment by the way) :) just so I can make cards. I now have a new addiction...STICKERS!!!! I always use them on my letters so I am running low. (EEK!) I also want to thank all of you guys that send me cards. They are so beautiful. Sometimes, when I'm 'down in the dumps' I read the some of the cards I have gotten and they always put a smile on my face and make me feel a whole lot more happier. Thank you all for putting a lot of time and dedication into your cards. Also, thank-you to 'Simon Says Stamps' for starting the card drive and for sharing my story. Love,hugs, and a HUGE smile :) P.S. Once again, thank you all and a thank-you to my friends for replying to my letters.
You know me... when I create a card and end up with some leftover die cut pieces I feel compelled to make something with them! :-) This card uses the die cut pieces that were cut out of the woodgrain paper on yesterday's card!
Have you seen these two new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive dies?
I love how, used together, the detailed one adds dimension. I thought they would be great with woodgrain paper. I die cut the background one from the paper and then adhered it to a card front. Then I cut both of these out of Bazzill cardstock scraps, with the detailed piece being a little lighter green. The darker green background piece went in the woodgrain paper like a puzzle piece -- then the detailed piece went on top.
I apologize that this post is a bit of a PSA .. for Worldvision.org. Have you ever sponsored a child from another country? Five years ago I began sponsoring a sweet girl named Bruna from Brazil. She and I share a birthday (July 19) so I knew she was the one! I began sponsoring her at the age of 5 and this is a recent picture I received of her.
I chose World Vision largely due to its focus on sharing God's love with people in other countries. It costs me just $30 a month to sponsor her and this provides: greater access to nutritious food, improved health care and hygiene, education support and Christian witness so she and her parents learn about God's love.
$30 a month seems like such a small thing to help someone and share the blessings that God has given me. I send her handmade cards and photos of my cats (she loves animals). And I sometimes get pictures of her, pictures she has drawn and personal notes from her (or her Mom when she was younger). It takes awhile for things to get to her so I figured I'd better get her birthday card in the mail.
It's important that cards be pretty flat so I thought it was a perfect ime to die cut the flower and stem from woodgrain paper and then insert the patterned paper versions into it like a puzzle piece. Nice and flat. I used the banner die with a tiny bit of dimension (1/16") and stretched them out just a bit more than usual to make it flatter.
If you have any interest in sponsoring a child please visit WorldVision.org and check it out.
While I had the June 2013 Simon Says Stamp card kit out I thought I'd make another card that I will use for my Dad's birthday. And I had some die cut buttons left over from the card from my last post and I couldn't let them go to waste! Like I mentioned in that post the June 2013 card kit is sold out but you can still get the supplies ala carte (see below for the links).
I see alot of cards using multiple sentiments and elements from a stamp set all at once. I've not done that because it's not really my style but this stamp set was so darn cute and really conducive to that so I thought I'd give it a try.
So I just lined up several sentiments and embossed them in white embossing powder.
I used the Simon Says Stamp 2013 June card kit to make this card. This kit is perfect for masculine cards, inluding Father's Day. The card kit is sold out but if you want to be sure that you never miss a monthly kit before they sell ouf? Subscribe here. The good news is that if you want to make a card similar to this one you can buy the elements I used ala carte! (links are below)
It's a pretty easy card to make. I love the Memory Box button dies because when you add a little Glossy Accents to them they add the look of real buttons without the bulk. Perfect!
I have seen alot of people doing this design where they cut out a "slice" of paper and have the greeting appear between them. I wanted to try it using two of the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products: Flower Friend Die set and Petal Pieces Stamp set (links at the end of this post).
I stamped a variety of flowers from the stamp set in Versamark and clear embossed them to make it look like a subtle background.
I am so honored to be Colin McGuire's Godmother. Watching him grow up is a great joy in my life. He recently won the Spelling Bee at school (smart little cookie, he is...) and I wanted to let him know how proud I am of him.
I covered the outline stars with Glossy Accents and the other stars with Ranger Star Dust Stickles.
I have missed blogging. The last couple of weeks have been challenging as I am struggling with vertigo and balance issues. (it's not permanent thankfully) I was unable to be part of the Simon Says Stamp blog hop last week which was a total bummer. If you haven't hopped along you can still see the wonderful creations here. The latest round of exclusive Simon Says Stamp products that were released are amazing. (Who am I kidding? They are ALL amazing!)
Now on to the card..... Jennifer McGuire's daughter Kay is graduating from high school this weekend (which is really hard to believe!). I love the Taylored Expressions Graphic images and knew I wanted to use this Graphic Greeting Graduate one for Kay. I heat embossed the entire image using Stampin Up's Pool Party Embossing party on Hero Arts Charcoal layering paper. Then I embossed just part of the image using white embossing powder so I could have that part pop off the card. Happy Graduation Kay! I'm proud of you!