two cards for two cool ladies

Today I wanted to share with you two sets of greeting cards that I made towards the beginning of the month for two pretty awesome ladies. It’s definitely been a very card-heavy week, but I’ll be getting back to other content soon, I promise. Even I get sick of greeting cards. Weird, right?

Anyway. The first one was for a friend’s sister’s birthday. There are some pieces of paper in my collection that I think about on a weekly basis – goodness I wish I had a use for this. This is one of those sheets of paper. It’s pink and has cupcakes on it, and who doesn’t love cupcakes?

happy birthday card set

My favorite part about these cards is the way the “happy birthday” fits right intio the cupcake grid (it worked out that way on all of them).

The second one was for Miranda from The Good Groupie. She went on a little bit of a blogging break, but she’s back! And I’m super happy to have her back. One day hopefully I’ll get the chance to meet her in person. For this card I used her blog theme colors. Her card said ROCK STAR on it in big letters, but I thought in the shop it would have more success with YOU ARE AWESOME on it. We’ll see if that turns out to be true. Also, clearly I took this picture before I had made up my mind about what to do on it, so I superimposed the text over it. Almost looks real, right? (Eh, humor me please.)

you are awesome card set

I love that both of these cards are just the right size to write a thoughtful, meaningful message, but not overwhelming enough that you think goodness gracious, how could I ever fill that up. Both of these cards will be available in the shop on November 1 if you’re interested.

WITCH HatToday’s WITCH number is 5.

a card for a new holiday

As I mentioned earlier this week, I got the chance to make my friend Lisa a card for the new holiday she invented this month.  It’s called “A book, a blanket, a day without work” – it kind of sounds like jingle when you say it.  I am so excited to be sharing this card with you today because it’s one of my favorites that I’ve made in a long time.  I had to wait to make sure that she actually received the card before I blogged about it though, and I confirmed last night at the October Philadelphia Blogger Meet-up that she had.  (More to come on that later this week.)

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make this card shaped like a book, because how else would you be allowed to read a card on this holiday?  I guess I could have made it a blanket, but shockingly enough, I don’t own a sewing machine just yet.

I used a pretty sturdy cardboard for the book covers, found some really pretty ribbon to put in as a bookmark (if I do say so myself), and I made sure to line the inside with patterned paper before putting the pages inside.  Check it out.

Card for Lisa Card for Lisa2

The hardest part of this card was gluing the inside patterned paper in and the pages.  I glued it in as one big sheet, but that means that it kept wrinkling and pulling when I opened and closed the book.  I started out using double-sided tape and then realized that was creating a hot mess of texture so I completely covered the thing in glue.  That seems to have done the trick, but I still think there was a different way that I could have gotten better results.

My favorite part of this card is the spine actually, I like the way the dark green contrasts the light green.

Have you invented any holidays that you need cards for?  Always up for a challenge over here.

WITCH HatToday’s WITCH number is 60.

peach and lace birthday cards

When I opened my greeting card shop I made a point to let everybody from work know that this was happening. I sent out a huge email to everybody that I’ve worked with saying look at what I’m doing over here. Sign up for my newsletter if you want to hear more about it. And while it might night sound like a consulting firm would care about some greeting cards, I’ve got to tell you – they were some of the most excited people for me, and they’ve accounted for most of my sales to date. They’re pretty wonderful.

Two weeks ago one of my coworkers mentioned that his wife’s birthday was coming up. He asked if I had any birthday cards in the shop. (This is one of the most common questions I’ve been asked since opening up a shop, it’s made me rethink the cards I’ve been making for the shop. Definitely a good learning experience.) I told him that I had one card available and a celebrate postcard right now, but I could make him a custom card. I asked him what colors and patterns his wife liked – I found out she likes the color peach and she’s into lacey feminine patterns.

So I got to work.  I made four cards using what I knew. Now, while I understand this is probably not the way to do business, I’ve absolutely loved the creative challenges that opening this shop has provided. Usually I’m just designing things out of my own brain with no limitations, but it’s true what they say about giving you limitations can make you more creative. Also, you would be shocked by how little peach paper I actually own. Every shade of pink – sure. Peach, that was hard to come by. Here are the four designs I came up with. Which one would you have chosen?

Card for Brian's Wife1 Card for Brian's Wife2 Card for Brian's Wife3 Card for Brian's Wife4

My favorite was the first. The co-worker who sat next to me chose the second, and the co-worker with the wife chose the third one. These cards will all be available in the shop on November 1.

This card design thing has been an interesting experience so far because it’s made me think about the fact that I’m designing for someone else and need to take their styles into consideration as well. Yet again, definitely enjoying the adventure over here. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

WITCH HatToday’s WITCH number is 64.
is anybody close to having 5 in a row?

when not to send a card

As you probably know, I’ve been looking for reasons to send people cards throughout the month of October. I’ve made cards for welcome back to blogging and for enjoy A Book A Blanket A Day Without Work day (an awesome new holiday celebrated this past weekend) and for wooo! you bought a new car. Any occassion I’ve been hearing about I’ve been making cards for.

I tend to celebrate the happy things, but every so often something not as happy happens. I have a friend who has a family member who had surgery a few weeks ago. I found out about it by being in the right place at the right time (wrong place at the wrong time?).  So I decided to make a card.

I worked really hard to try to find a way to say “get well soon” without being too invasive, and here’s the card that I settled on:

Get well soon card

It was a little bit funny, a bright color, had a holographic sticker on it, I was pretty proud about how it turned out. I put it in an envelope, wrote the address on it, and put a stamp on it. Something in me told me to text my friend to make sure this was okay (after I had finished, clearly this is not something I would have thought of earlier) – and the conclusion that was come to was that I should not send the card because most people didn’t know that the surgery was happening.

Which makes sense, but it didn’t even cross my mind. I knew about something was happening, I wanted to try to help to make the day better, and so I went to my default response – let’s make a card. But I guess that’s not always okay.

As somebody who tells everybody pretty much everything (I did this long before I was a blogger too) I forget that there are people who like to keep things more private.

There’s no conclusive statement to this post, it’s merely a random collection of thoughts that I need to figure out how to navigate in the future and be more aware of how other people think before I jump right into a project.

I think.

I respect the answer I was given, but part of me still thinks I should have sent the card.

Does anybody else have any insight on this?

WITCH HatToday’s WITCH number is 14.