Fellow CTMH Consultant Deb VanPatten devised a terrific cutting guide for a Christmas card workshop. I needed some thank you cards so decided to put her cutting guide to the test using Olivia papers from the new Autumn/Winter CTMH Idea Book (item x7128B, $12.95 and less than half the pack of paper was used). I used the colors from the papers to guide my ink selections (Pear z2197, Sunset z2191, Barn Red z2104, $5.25 each for each ink pad) and selected Colonial White Value Pack cards (x1410; 50 cards and envelopes for $14.95) as Colonial White is one of the base page colors in the Olivia paper pack.
I assembled my items, consulted the cutting guide, determined which paper would be used for each selection (Deb's cutting guide was set for the Mistletoe paper pack, so the names of the papers and designs are different). Here is a photo of what I gathered:
Once all my papers were cut, I readied the cards for assembly, When purchasing pre-scored cards, you will need to fold them. I find it makes a crisper fold to use a Bone Folder (item z1204 for $4.95); it also saves my finger tips from getting too sore from the folding. Lots of craft kits happen to come with scoring tools or bone folders, so if you have one already, start using it! A little note that it took me a long time to learn: the way to fold a scored item is to fold away from the indented score line. I used to think the ridge should be at the outer peak of the fold, but you'll notice your cardstock "cracks" when you do this. Here is my gratuitous scoring photo. Like my scar? When your children try sitting on the back of the couch, show them the cautionary tale of my escapades as a five-year-old!
When it came to having "sentiments" I pulled out some new stamp sets that I've really been enjoying in a number of projects. Featured are elements from Circle of Love (D1438 for $22.95 - this one also has an incredible peacock on it and feathers!), The Present (D1436 for $22.95), Everlasting Life (D1440 also $22.95) and Tag the Occasion (B1362 for $13.95). I'm excited to challenge myself to use stamps outside their first and obvious use, like the Everlasting Life is featured in the Winter stamp sets (near Christmas stamps). When using My Acrylix stamps, it is important to have the spongy "cushion" under your paper. Unlike rubber stamps, ours does not have the built-in cushion and you need a little give in this process! Just so you know...
I went easy on the embellishments for these cards as I need to get them out fairly quickly AND I want to put them in the mail without much extra postage (sometimes required if hand-cancelling is required). Here are my completed cards:
22 September 2010
02 September 2010
Of course, this ending also marks a beginning. It is the beginning of my life as a stay-at-home-mom (the dream job I've wanted since the moment I learned I was pregnant, just over five years ago). It is the beginning of my family's new life in the Seattle area. Matt has already gone and begun his work. The work of readying the household to be packed and shipped is before me.
Tears are flowing freely. I can't tell if they are for my mom (may her memory be eternal), for the other members of my family who have to carry on without her presence right here in our lives, for the rapid changes in my daily routines, for the fear of losing good friends due to distance, for the fear of not being able to make friends as easily as I will desperately need. There are so many emotions.
And now, there are many muffins to pack up for the farewell and many dishes to be washed so that the house looks ready for a prospective buyer. Please let there be a buyer soon! (Did I mention I have many emotions?)
Let the celebrations commence!