I haven’t taken the time yet to fully explain where my homemade greeting card addiction came from. Let me start at the beginning.
I grew up in a small town in Connecticut with a lot of cows in it. The closest neighbors to us lived through the woods. Luckily, there were two lovely ladies around the same age as my sister and me. Sometime around their 10th birthdays I decided to make them extra-big birthday cards. I would go to the store, buy a piece of poster-board, spread out all over the kitchen floor with a bunch of markers and start creating. I continued this tradition for approximately 4 years, so approximately 8 cards – and then life got the best of me. Now I like to think that I’m doing that the bite-sized way.
One of the keys to all of these cards were that they were interactive – I can’t remember them all, but some of them were – playing a game of MASH, making a “fortune teller” out of the cards and matching games. (Wow, these girls have good memories.)
Anyway – it’s been years since I made one of these cards, but it was recently Sarah’s TWENTY-FIRST birthday, kind of a big deal, so I knew I had to go all out. So, what did I decide to do? I made a board game of our life together. Check it out.
the cover. (this is about 9″x12″ when folded)
the inside, with a little birthday note
the board game!
Some of my favorite spaces include “if you want to move from this space you must perform a dance move from Grease”, “advance ahead on bus 11″ (the bus we road to school every day in middle school) and “you’ve made it into Sacred Heart Academy, the person to your left needs to decide if you move ahead of back”.
It was one of the hardest cards I’ve ever had to send out (I wanted to keep it so badly!), but I found some dice, made some pieces and shipped it off to Boston. Totally worth it – it’s now framed on her wall. That’s what this greeting card thing is all about.
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I understand that this post is late and Thanksgiving just happened – but I really wanted to tell you about my Halloween Card Saga. I decided to send some ladies from high school Halloween cards this year – I find it’s a good way to stay in touch, I love to make them and it makes me feel all sorts of happy inside to send them out.
This all started when I bought little hand sanitizers at Bath & Body Works. They were so cute – and Halloween-themed. Then, clearly I needed a card to send with the gift (and I had just bought really cool Halloween paper from Michaels). I chose a key word – “Spooky” – and made that the focus of the front of each card. I embossed the word “Spooky” on small strips of paper with purple glitter embossing powder & black ink and then mounted those strips of paper onto black and yellow paper. Next I cut the festive Halloween paper and colored-cardstock to size and lined up all of the materials for each card and started gluing. I read a blog entry from Kate Harper’s Greeting Card Design Blog a while ago that told me that you should put glue on more than one thing at once to make the process go faster and it’s also more better because the glue actually has a chance to get sticky. Then I put my signature on the back – the black cards got spider webs, the orange cards got pumpkins and the purple cards got a witch’s hat. Then I wrote personalized messages to everybody, bought some Halloween candy and packaged everything to send off to the lovely ladies.
Now I just hope Christmas Cards go as smoothly.
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I wanted to share with you all the absolute CUTEST dessert that I saw over this Thanksgiving holiday.
They’re ACORNS. Look at them and how adorable they are. Who made these? None other than Aunt Lisa – who I also saw assemble a table center piece in approximately 4 minutes over break that looked absolutely awesome – I have a lot to learn from her. She was a good sport and humored me by posing with her acorns.
Please note that she put them on a bed of split peas so that they didn’t look empty in the bowl- she also said she was going to use the split peas to make soup later (how innovative!).
So how do you make them? A Hershey kiss on the bottom, a mini chocolate chip on the top and a Nutter Butter without the filling on the inside all held together by cookie “glue” – a cookie frosting that when it dries holds the acorn together. Not too shabby, huh?
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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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