Speaking of pop up cards. A few weeks ago, my friend Marie and I made Jai a “thinking of you” card. I remembered a GREAT blog post that I saw on Kelly’s website, Lovin’ The Life I Color, with an AMAZING pop up card. I decided that I wanted to try this. Kelly actually e-mailed me a You Tube video explaining how to make the card, and it turned out to be easier than I expected.
Of course, nothing ever STAYS easy. We had the great idea to make a vase of flowers. Then I had a great idea to make the flowers out of cardboard. Then before we knew it, the card was too heavy to actually stand up!! So clearly, the first time in card-making history that my engineering degree has come into play, we engineered the card to work properly.
I highly recommend trying to make this card once – it was so much easier than I expected it to be, and it DEFINITELY has a WOW effect.
So, what do you think?
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So, my life has gotten crazy again y’all. (That should be your first tip off – I’m saying y’all again, #1 – it saves time, #2 – I’m back to living half of the week in Louisiana (shout out to Cate and the Baton Rouge Chorus!!!)) So it’s not that somebody won CUPID – it’s that my life got crazy, so scroll to the bottom for today’s CUPID numbers (although I would prefer if you read everything in between as well… or at least looked at the pictures).
Anyway, in case you haven’t noticed yet, I make all of my cards in spurts. I’ll go for weeks without making cards and then sit down and make a whole bunch at the same time. This isn’t exactly the best method for getting things to people on time (for example, anybody who’s birthday was after January9th has not received a birthday card yet… and it’s now February), but it makes for a cornucopia of pictures in my blog posts. (That’s called looking at the silver lining.) So here’s the group of them:
Quite the variety, huh? So here’s the breakdown.
A: The picture is from a small Mary Engelbreit calendar that I have, the card is for a friend’s birthday.
B: This card is for a 20-year-old boy. I decided somewhere along the way that boys always like comics. I have no proof if this is true or not.
C: This is for a 2-year-old’s birthday, the only problem is that I found out from his mother that he wanted to take the duck off and play with it. I felt pretty bad that you couldn’t take the duck off to play with it. I guess I’m going to have to be more innovative next time.
D: This is for a friend’s birthday, I hope he enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it. I also really like that stamp that I have.
E: This is for a friend that I haven’t seen in a long time, another male who has always seemed like he enjoys inspirational sayings.
F & G: Cut from the same fabric, with two different messages. One for an old co-worker and one for a friend from high school. I love the bright colors.
H: This is the inside of card G.
I: This was Uncle Tim’s birthday card. Please note the masculine colors – I love the colors of those stripes.
J: This is for my old boss, Anthony, we worked on the construction site together. He’d try to teach me about rock music during our lunch breaks sometimes. I thought this was fitting.
Today’s CUPID Numbers: I-42 and P-31.
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So as you all (probably) know, I travel a lot for my job. Somehow (I’m still not quite sure how) I got put in charge of finding people to bake for an event in the office (in Philadelphia) on a Wednesday (when I was in Louisiana). I needed at least 5 people (out of the usual 20 people) in the office to bake. On that day, I felt remarkably bad for anybody sitting in the Philadelphia office that I had ever spoken to for more than 10 minutes because I was pinging up a storm trying to get people to bake. There were a bunch of people who came through – thank you, JK, SM, JS, TB, TP & NR for guiding me (unfortunately, RN was not able to help out like he said he was going to… I forgave him.). Anyway, by the time we got done with this shuffle I felt like these people had baked as more of a personal favor to me rather than a favor to the company. And what do you do when somebody does you a really nice favor that you’re really really grateful for? (if you’re me) You make them a card. Can you believe I had just bought these stickers on clearance a month earlier? (Can you believe they were on clearnance?!) Perfect.
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During my card making process, there are usually some key features of my greeting cards that are similar from card to card. I always try to come up with a unique idea for each card, but there are certain ideas that I just can’t seem to shake. For example, right now I’ve been on a stamping kick – and I’ve bought a few awesome Christmas stamps that I can’t wait to try out. (Actually, let’s stop talking about Christmas – I’m starting to get nervous, I’ve got 1 month + 12 days to make +100 Christmas Cards. This is why I get so many PTO days, right?)
Back to what we were originally talking about – my top 4 key features from the past few weeks. Check it out.
(1) Small cutout square letters pasted on small cutout square paper
(2) Tiny polka dots
(3) Large colorful polka dots
(4) Big print ending with a period
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