Happy Wednesday again!
Well .... we didn't end up making it to the park today after all. I *popped* downstairs around 8:45 am to whip up some quick and easy Thank You cards for my club girls' bags. Ya. I came back up at 12:56 pm *lol*. I had PLANNED to go out, really I did! ... of course by 12:56 it had completely clouded over and was starting to spit rain. Oh well! That gave me time to photograph my cards ... oh ... nope ... the battery on my camera died ... had to recharge it ... yep - that's how the day ends up being around here - a whoooole lotta nuthin; *lol* ... good thing it's summer break and we have no particular place to be!
I had a LOT of fun making these little cards. They COULD be quick and easy ... but apparently I wasn't in the Q&E *zone* this morning. Oh I started OFF with quick and easy ... and ended up with lots of layers doo-dads and embelishments. BUT! .... the great thing about THAT is I now have FOUR cards to share ... each one slightly more "stepped-up" than the previous one. It just goes to show that you don't HAVE to own every gadget, ink color and embellishment in the catalogues ... but it can be a LOTTA fun if you do :)
So! Here is my first attempt - it is truly quick and easy:
Let's disect it, shall we? OK. I started off with the Note Card & Envelopes that were in the last catalogue and are now retired. Little did I know they simply revamped them ... and they ARE available in the new catalogue (good thing I stocked up and bought 7 packages, huh?). This is one item I just HAVE to have in my craft stash at all times for card making emergencies like today. I needed to whip up 20 thank you cards and didn't want to spend time and energy cutting paper. Note cards and envelopes to the rescue! You get 20 bases and envelopes per pack ... for only $7.50! Check them out on page 162 of the main catalogue and then let me know how many packs you want (see what I did there? I made a "call to action" ... a statement leading customers to act ... apparently I will now make a million dollars by using such a statement - woo hoo! That's business school stuff they taught me way back when ... *note to self: let Dad know that all that education didn't go to waste ... )
Now! I can hear you from hear "TAMARA! How on EARTH did you get that GORGEOUS Chevron pattern along the side?" Well! Let me tell you. I purchased the new Chevron Border Punch on page 23 of the Holiday Mini catalogue (on-line August 1st) for the low low price of $29.95 and punched it out! Now I know ... $29.95 is about the same price of a nice shoes on sale. I agree! ... and I held off on buying this little beauty for a whole month before I caved. Let me tell you. You should just cave right away on August 1st and get it. It's fantastic! ... and it won't give you blisters on your feet! Now! The punch itself only has THREE chevrons ... but those who are very observant will notice that my card has FOUR punched out. Shall I share a tip on how to do that? OK. I know it's not rocket science but there ARE some new stampers in blog-world who may not know how ... AND I DID find out a little something about this punch in particular. So here we go.
First off - the Coastal Cabana layer is cut to 4 3/4" x 2 1/2". In order for me to get the chevrons high enough to leave room for the Thank You sentiment I lined the card stock up with the edge of the punch *window* like this:
For the sentiment I stamped Thank You from Sassy Salutations, page 39 of the main catty - $21.95 clear; $28.95 wood - in Strawberry Slush. Yummy! I then punched it out with the Extra Large Oval punch (page 182 - $22.95). I punched another oval in Strawberry slush and taped them together, then popped the whole thing up on a dimensional. I punched out a Strawberry SLush Chevron and used my 2-way glue pen to attach it. A rhinestone finished it off. Wa-low! A quick and easy card. Of course I couldn't stop there. I wanted to step it up a bit. So I did ... ready?
Looks like the clouds have lifted so I think we'll have a bite to eat and head out to the park after all. Until next time ... have a stampy night!