Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

see blog page for more Christmas card creations

Time's getting so close and I have way too many more people that I usually send cards to for Christmas. Tomorrow it looks like I'll be away from the computer and crafting tables in order to pay respects to the widow & 2 kids of one of my high school classmates. Like me, he was 48. Had a heart attack in his sleep Saturday night. So tragic. We also grew up about a 2 blocks apart. There were only 35 in our class.

Take a look on the blog page and see some of the cards I've made.

Christmas card creations

I'm trying to make each one unique or close to it. In order to save assembling time when working with materials, I'll maybe cut 2 or 3 instead of the 1 required for the particular of making. Then that puts me one step ahead for the next card. Right now, I have 2 partially completed cards waiting on my craft table.

These Christmas cards are acts of love made in response to the greatest love act of all recorded in John 3:16.

By the way, my new favorite song is by a gospel group called "Down Here" about 'how many kings would step down from their thrones'...'how many lords'...'how many fathers would give up their sons for me'...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

look at new non-seasonal ATCs

In just a few minutes I will post some non-seasonal ATCs that I created yesterday. My intent is to include them in hand-made Christmas cards for some of our loved ones who are having some serious health issues.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

still creating for Christmas cards and publication deadlines

Due to publishers not wanting items posted on blogs or message boards, I can't post photos of my most recent work.

Will have some items ready in a day or two to show.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Taking time to submit for publication

Paper Crafts magazine has a Dec 14 deadline for several features to appear in a issue towards the end of next year!! It's amazing how far in advance they have to prepare things. (I thought college registration for classes was getting bad. Most high school seniors don't realize that they need to be having their financial aid and registration for next fall 2011 ready to go by about February....)

Anyway, I've been taking time the past few days working on some items and have 4 items submitted so far and another almost ready. I've also submitted 2 items for one of their blog challenges and would like to submit maybe 1 or 2 more if I can get in gear. Like all of you, I've started receiving Christmas cards and am trying to create all of mine this year or maybe at least 2/3 with 1/3 embellishing of store-bought boxed cards.

Hope my blog readers are enjoying their Christmas cards giving and receiving time!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Creating a non-traditional type birthday card

To do something special and unusual for my youngest nephew, I created a birthday 'card' book for him. Since he turned 6, the book has 6 cardboard (you can use heavy cardstock) pages covered front and back. I did lots of repetition with words, colors, and symbols of his 2 favorite types of toys.

I started with a 12" x 12" piece of cardboard and measured off for 6 equal sections. For the decorative cardstock or patterned paper, I started with approx 4" x 5" sections and did decorative scissoring around 3 edges. For the text, I chose Verdana font in either 24 or 26 pt. I wanted something bolder but still crisp and clean than Times New Roman. Other than that, including a variety of stickers, using a hole punch, and tying together with about 8 inches of ribbon in one of his fav colors, the book was completed.

Try this project for a little one in your life. (I'm not posting all 6 photos, but I'll include 2 photos on the blog.)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Detailing the delights of December

As promised, starting today, I will show how I have started my December dailies album. Remember, I wanted to do this as easy and fun, so that's why I'm using a standard 3-ring binder with sheet protector pages. In early November, I got the "guts" created which leaves me adding the details of the particular day and if there is space left over, I will add seasonal touches.

Check the blog page to see Dec 1 and 2 pages. May your December be filled with delights!