Beautiful cards!! They are VERY beautiful. Uhm...how do you get on your Christmas card list? ;)
One of the girls I work with is also a card maker. She gives me a card every holiday and for the change of seasons. I frame the cards and make them part of my holiday decor. They look great! I know how much time and effort goes into them.
I got the cards today!! I have to tell you that the internet does not do your cards justice!! They are beautiful! Truly they are! I can't even pick a favorite! Beautiful work. Thank you so much. They will be on display for many Christmas's to come. Thank you again. Did you use embossing powder on the angel and the joy card? I just love them all.
That is the goal. With Christmas so close I'm not sure. I really want to. I just can't get over how beautiful your cards are. Mine will pale in comparison! Tonight I am making cookies, tomorrow night I am going to make at least 1 card to post?? Thanks again. It really means a lot to me that you sent me so many beautiful cards. I know that when people make homemade anything a part of that person goes into what they made. Thank you again. They are one of my favorite gifts this season.
Beautiful work! I'd just like to say I'm sad to even see the art of SENDING Christmas cards dying out I get less than half of what I send out BACK and have even included 4x6 photo of the family and newsletter to oh maybe 20 or so great old friends and relatives.
Where are the Christmas cards people? Is the Post Office eating them???? :)
Just discovered this thread today. Loved seeing all of your images. Hopefully more people will discover the thread near the end of 2008. If I can get my 18 yr old daughter to explain how to use her digital camera, I will post mine. But I have several months yet, right?
How early do you start to make your cards each year?
I'm looking on line for tea bag folding instructions for the star fold which is what I used on that card (I think, I made it 5 years ago.) If I can't find it on line I try to locate the book I got the instructions out of but that may take a while.
Here's a link to instructions for doing a star tea bog fold. It's not exactly like the one that I did but it should work. After having your tea bag medallion all put together & glued you would cut a hole in the card front just big enough for one set of points to fit through the hole but not the second set of points so that it stays in place.
Hope this helps. If not lket me know if I need to find the book with the instructions taht I followwed
This one wasn't for Christmas but I had to share. I made it special for a friend of my Mother's to get to her daughter. That scan didn't focus well on the back layers but it really shows off the depth.
Are you using the nesstiablites or cutting your own ovals?
Sorry about the spelling on that one word.
From what I can ascertain, you are layering each of the ovals along with the flower cut outs?
Lots of putsy work.
Betty, excellent folding on your cards. Haven't really started making Xmas cards yet. Have to get one done for my granddaughters wedding on the 8th. Now if I can quit canning, maybe I can get something else done.
Fairy, she is using a template to mark and then cut the lines so they pop up. I have them, but have never gotten around to using them.
my bad! LOL
Have lots of stamping supplies that I haven't used. Any one else in that catagory?
Wow! I MISSED this thread!! Some very innovative and creative cards here!! Love all of your cards...and yes, i have accumulated tons of supplies...i love crafting and card making things...i hoard them away like a miser!! But we run "challenges" weekly on the Ck scrapbooking site, and it is a good way to gift them to others..things you thought you would use and haven't. dp72...awesome card...and it is nice to see a male in this art form...it brings a wonderfully different outlook and design interpretation to our favorite hobby! Here is a card made with my cricut, that i posted on a thread earlier this morning...since it is not your traditional colors..i will post it here...i love dimensional things..thanks all!
weedsgalore- beautiful card! I'm just the opposite of a lot of people who make cards (other than being male!) in that I am a minimalist- few supplies, use fairly cheap paper and so on. I have a good many punches and stamps, but I don't have the expensive die-cut devices, the Zyron or whatever that is that applies adhesive to the back, for example. I like TECHNIQUE rather than finished product. I don't produce much work- just when I need something to send- I do make my Christmas cards every year, and a birthday card for each year. For instance, starting Jan. 1 I'll have a new birthday card design and everybody on my list will get the same bday card from me in 2009. It's easier to make 60 of one design that 60 different designs. I really enjoy seeing what the others of you are doing. When you say dimensional, I am the same way. I want my cards to be 3-D or to do something- pop-up, or slide, or twist, or have some surprise for whoever gets it.
sorry James, but you are the first man that I have met that does cards. Not saying their aren't more out there, but just have never run into them.
Fairy, I don't know if I can send you the templates or not. Give me a couple of weeks, please and I will see what I can come up with.
Granddaughter getting married Sat. oldest daughter is coming in tomorrow from N.M. for the wedding and I am getting snowed under with company.
Plus I am taking a class making cards using a different technique.
I love your cards-I take it from your comment that you didn't use a template?? I have never made carsds B4 and while I make a ton of other crafty things, I think I would like to make my own cards next year for xmas which means I better start on them in January!!LOL If you have any tips, techniques, templates or anything you can tell me to help m get started??
Fairy1004, if there is a class offered at your local Michael's, JoAnnes, or scrapbooking store, it is an excellent way to start making cards...they will walk you through the basics...and don't be shy,,,everyone had to start somewhere!! thankyou for your compliment! sue
Fairy, I would suggest that you find a local card shop that specializes in teaching rubber stamping. Will probably also offer scrapbooking too.
People there are very knowledgeable and willing to help, plus the charge is nominal for a class.
The one I am taking tomorrow is $8.00 making 3 cards. One of the ladies who is part owner I had suggested that she offer a class making sympathy cards as it seems I always need one when I don't have any stamped ahead of time.
Hope this makes sense.
How wide of a piece of cardstock did you need for the "Peace on Earth Good Will to Men" card? Did you have to piece any of it together? By my calculations (admittedly not my strongest skill) a 12" piece of cardstock folded that many times would result in a card only 2" wide!???
Hi, Denise. I got off on the wrong foot here because I sweat blood over my cards and then someone here said I use a (bought) template. I'm more than happy, though, to explain to you as well as I can the steps involved in the Peace on Earth card. Your math is good. The sheet before folding is about 17 inches, so I must have bought 18x24 paper. Is there such a size? No, wait. It was probably 11x17. That's a standard "double" letter size, and that would give me the 17 inches. I don't use expensive papers. This was bought as a ream. After the folds, it is narrow- just under 3 inches wide. It's much simpler than it may look. It's a simple accordian fold (6 sections) with some cross cuts and reverse folds so parts pop back and others pop forward. Planning the sections took some time, but it was fun. I then Xeroxed parts of it, including my lettering, and as you can prob. tell used rubber stamps and stickers for part of it. Colored with colored pencils in a few places. I probably made 75 of them, and once you get going it's not bad. I'm glad you liked it. If you want to design something similar and need more detailed instructions I could photograph it flat and show where the folds and CUTS go.
Best of luck to you.
Fairy, I have extras of the tree card. If you want to send a SASE, I'll be glad to send you one. I think I have extras of the other two I posted so would throw them in too. If you're interested, just d-mail me. The reason I offer to send you an actual card is that you can unfold it and fold it back and see exactly how the cuts are done. Basically, you just make twin parallel cuts getting wider as you go down the "tree" to make it wider, then reverse the folds. Once you see a card you'll know exactly how to do it.
Well James, I am sorry that you took offense at what I stated. I have the templates showing the cuts that are made making this card, plus other templates for different cuts.
I can give you the name of the company from whom I purchased them if you wish.
No need to do that, Maxine. This idea has been used a lot, I'm sure, because it's a logical one for a pop-out card. I had seen cards at Hallmark and places like that done the same way, so I just folded a sheet of paper in two and made the cuts. I'm not sure why anyone would need a template for this one. It's straightforward.
James & Betty are sending me some help:) If anyone does have templates that they can copy I am happy to send postage:) You all have been very helpful:) I can't wait-these will be my Feb & March project-after that I am busy for the rest of the year...
Ok, this years cards from our Christmas Card Making Party this weekend. I think I have explained how we do this before but just for clairity:
Jeannie(63), our mom and I each design 4 cards, we precut and organize the supplies needed for our designs and make up packets for each. When we get together, we all make 3 cards of each design. That means by the end of the weekend we all have 36 cards which we have made ourselves.
That said here are the cards we made this weekend!
Thanks guys!! Yeah, we are a rather crafty family over all. Until Dad's hands got too shakey, he was scrapbooking for a few years too. I went to a few scrapmania nights with him at Archivers. You should see the ladies look when a 70 something man sat down to scrapbook!!
Bless you for taking him to Achivers!! lol...i would think the ladies would spoil him!! You sound like you lavish love and attention on your parents, how wonderful!!! I miss my dad, gone now 10 yrs. So enjoy them, while you have them!! sue
From your explanation above, I gather that the gingerbread cards were initiated by Jeannie. Could I ask one or both of you a question?
Did you use the Martha Stewart stamp set? My daughter just bought those stamps and wants to use them to make cards. My actual question is...what did you use to put the "icing" lines on the gingerbread house?
Another question...Where do you buy flocking? I can't find it in Michael's or AC Moore (there are no Hobby Hobby's here.)
Denise, yes I used the Martha Stewart Gingerbread stamp set. (Did you see that she has a matching punch for an edging?). The icing on the gingerbread house was done with a white pen that was supposed to turn puffy as it dried - it didn't get real puffy, but did give a nice effect. Tomorrow I can get the name of the pen (my other sister is sleeping in my craft room tonight, visiting).
I bought the flocking at Archivers (a midwestern scrapbooking store). Did you look in the same section of the store where they sell embossing powder? It is usually in that same section (in fact, the packaging is very similar to embossing powder). Try looking for some regular scrapbooking stores in your area. Looks like there may be a few across the river, on Route 1.
Wish we had AC Moore out here! I moved to WI in 2006 after spending 25 years in Pennsylvania. I like AC Moore much better than MIchaels.
happy quilting...I'm finishing up on one myself!!
Cards are so fun to create and make for others...very relaxing as well!
I went to hobby lobby for the first time lastnight (OMGosh) I love that place.
I seen a wood block stamp that was a turkey and he had a sign that read
"eat beef" and I'm sorry now I didn't buy it so now I have an excuse to go back..
I did buy two other stamps though.
Ah! You are living proof that MAYBE I'll get back to doing "both" hobbies again! I have a new motto..."I want it... I buy it"..lol At the price of gas I figure the trip back will be more expensive then if I just get “the treasure” when I first spot it..lol Of course...my kids are all grown and I'm not trying to raise a family etc. I have boxes of stamps that I miss so much! Looking at your posted cards really took me down memory lane! I'm terrified to ask if "hobby lobby" has a website... *gasp*...I might not want to know!
I've gone soooooo quilt crazy that on Dec 6th I have a finger food potluck at our quilters club and I am going to cut allll my cheeses/lunch meats etc into the parts of an Ohio Star...and serve them on a platter assembled like a quilt block...lololol I'm going to lay down a holiday napkin and cover that with plastic wrap so the little 1/2" gaps between the parts will even make it look MORE quiltish...lol I plan on taking a picture..lol I'll post it.
I saw a deal on one of Carol Duvall's shows a long time ago where this guy was cutting up magazine pages that had good photographed textures and/or colors on them. He would stamp ...say like a butter fly wing and then emboss it with some metallic. So you had this beautiful wing with not only the embossed powder, but the really unique look of the magazine page. Then...he's glued that on his card of the already stamped up image. The 3-D effect was stunning! OMG...I FOUND THE LINK!!!...LOLOL I'm in shock...lol Check it out! http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/stamped-faux-cloisonne-card/index.html
See bottom of my post for a photo example. Enjoy!!
Ok... I got off topic, so I hope this link to stamping at Carol Duvall’s website will absolve me from any wrong doing...hehe
Oh know you found it LOL...They have a 40% coupon that you can print too!
I just added myself to their e-mail list... I love your idea with the finger foods
I can't wait for you to post a picture! You sound very creative...;o)
That is a neat idea with the magazine pictures! Is there an Archivers
in your area? That is an amazing place as well...I watched my girlfriends
kitties (her girls) while she was on vacation 10 days and she sent me
an awesome card with an Archivers gift card in it Woooo Hoooo ;o)
I was so happy to get that! I have to "self counsel myself" before I go in
I can see that I'm going to do that with hobby lobby as well. Nothing
like damage control...yikes!
Sometimes I have to leave the bags in the car if hubby is home LOL..LOL
so I don't get in to much trouble...My kids are "almost grown" but I'm still not
able to find enough "ME" time to accomplish all that I want to do...and finish
my quilts,cards,cropping,yard art ect ect. I was bummed that one of my favorite
quilt shops closed ughhh they had the best prints,kits ect.ect. but I did find another
one 20 mins away on a much smaller scale which is actually alot better for me
because of the trouble I can get into... Happy Happy Crafting! :o)...Delane
Fairy- I wish you had an Archivers by you...they have everything you'd ever need!
there are only 2 in Mi so far...One in Novi, and the other by me in St. Heights.
There are many on-line stores...As I find templates and cool ideas I will
forword them to you! ;o)
How pretty! Howie and I are not much liking the change to cold weather. If summers weren't so hot in the more temperate areas, we wouldn't mind relocating eventually. I do love how snow looks, though. :)
He actually is this week's presenter! If you haven't seen the Scrapbook Lounge before, you might be interested in their past episodes. Click on "Archives" to see them. Some of them are Christmas themed. (I added that because this post strayed from the thread topic. Sorry.)
Hello to everyone! I just found your forum and am a pop-up card maker of many years. I have never stamped any cards, but am very impressed by what all of you have done. You are an inspiration to me, and I thank you for it!