I’ve been dying to stamp. A new catalog was unveiled in January, but I didn’t order anything till March, which shows amazing restraint on my part (even if I have to say so myself!). Most of the stuff I ordered is still in the box, which is absolutely shameful, but it’s the way things generally go when it comes to stamping. There just is not enough time in a day. Or should I say . . . I just don’t place stamping near enough to the top of my priority list (I recently did an inservice in which I emphasized how we are not victims of our environments – we have lives full of CHOICES – and we have to take responsibility for our choices and stop casting blame. . . . sigh).
Anyway, as mentioned in an earlier post, our church sends care packages to the kids of our church who are away at school (highschool or college) to let them know we’re thinking about them and care for them. I invariably stamp cards for these packages (we generally send about 18 packages). Here is the card I made for the March packages.
I send the card through my printer before I cut and embellish the front. I generally include a Bible Verse and a message to the kids. People who don’t donate package "stuff" sometimes donate money to put in the cards. I think this might be one of the kids’ favorite part of the packages!
I wanted to stamp a memorable card for my daughter’s 13th birthday. I worked on it some, but didn’t end up giving her any card (I’ll tell you about our celebration in a different post, if I get to it). But I had fun playing and learning. One new product that was introduced at SU convention last year was the "Big Shot" which is a sizzix product. We have a very cool "pop-up" card helper (actually several, but I have only played with one). It’s a cake die-cut. Here are my attempts at a card.
When the card closes, the cake collapses, like this . . .
I ran out of time to do another card. I din’t end up giving her this card because I got annoyed by the fact that the candles didn’t hide (I put 13 candles on the cake). There are several things I could have done to make this card work, and I haven’t discarded it, I just haven’t gotten to it yet. Here is what happened:
(this is the view from the back)
We did other birthday stamping, but I forgot to take pictures. The girls (my daughter and her friend) made "name frames" where they stamped and embellished their names to put in a frame. I’ll have to find an example to show. They had lots of fun and they did a great job!
Another new product we got that I LOVE is a cuttle-bug-like folder that matches one of my favorite stamp sets. I gave the card to a friend without taking a photo of it – but I’ll be making more because they are SIMPLE and quick – which is the best kind of stamping! I love that I have the opportunity to create as an outlet. I will make more time in my weeks for stamping – it helps me maintain balance and is an opportunity to share too.