Card #113: Awesome!

Well, this is the final week of my pre-made cards, so next week I’ll have to start getting creative again.  Not that I haven’t been creative in the last few weeks as we’ve been getting decorations and other preparations ready for VBS, but I’ll actually have to sit down at my craft desk again instead of on the floor in the living room in front of My Little Pony reruns whilst crafting.

Cuz yeah, that happened.

Anyway…

After I made the “hi” card with the ribbon scraps, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to use more of those chipboard letters.  (btw, I did end up having to go back and use some big glue dots on those letters to keep them attached to the card, because the glue on the back just didn’t hold.)  I came up with the idea for this card, and was thinking about making a whole series of cards like it with different words, but then I thought that would be kind of boring.  But maybe I’ll do that anyway, just to use stuff up, and not bother posting them here.  Or doing a big long post with a bunch of cards in the same style.  Who knows?  It ain’t gonna happen for a while, at least until after VBS, if it does happen at all.

Oh, you want to see the card?  Sorry, sometimes the rambling gets out of control.

 

I tried to find some cardstocks and letter stickers that matched the colors in the “a”, and came up with this simple design.  The light mauve-y pinkish color is a textured cardstock, which adds to the character of the card without adding more colors and making it too busy.

So my thought was to use the letters and do like a series of “b is for blessing” and “c is for caring”, etc. kind of cards, just nice encouragement-type messages.  That would use a lot of my letter stickers, too, which I have a LOT of, so maybe I should work on that sometime.  If I made all the cards with the same layout, it wouldn’t actually be that hard, and it would use a lot of materials, which would be beneficial to my collection, especially if I used a layout that did use some more patterned-type papers.  I really should work on that…

So yeah, I hope you have a great weekend, and a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms reading this!

 

Card #105: Sharing someone else’s story

Before I get into the cards this week, I need to give you the background behind them.

See, when you have a blog on WordPress, you get emails telling you when someone likes your posts, or when they start following you, or when they make a comment.  At least I do.  I guess I haven’t really looked into the settings behind that to see if I can switch it off, but I have so few readers that I don’t mind being told when someone actually likes something that I’ve posted.

Anyway, I think it was last fall that I got one of those emails, and when the like or comment or follow comes from someone else who has a blog on WordPress, the email contains links to a few of their own posts with a friendly “hey, here’s something this random person has written that you might like and should go check out!”

And that’s how I was introduced to the blog Beauty Beyond Bones.

I don’t remember which post it was that I went and read, but I was so touched by the writings of this amazing young woman named Caralyn, that I went back and read through her entire archive of posts.  Her blog is her story of how, through the power of Christ, she has been able to gain victory over an eating disorder and reclaim her life.  Triumphs, struggles, inner musings, Scripture, joys and tears, funny gifs and beautiful word art, she shares it all in the hopes that her journey to recovery might help just one person who might also be struggling.  I can’t tell you how many times I was moved to tears by her sincere words, eloquently describing how it is only through Christ’s grace and mercy that she is even still here today to share her story.

When I finally caught up to Caralyn’s recent posts, I knew that I wanted to make some cards that were inspired by her and her story, so I asked her permission to share her blog with my readers and make a few cards in the next week or two.  She graciously agreed, and as I’ve been kind of musing over this in my head for a while, I got to work on the cards straight away.  🙂

As I was reading through her archives, one phrase kept jumping out at me, something that Caralyn said her mother would tell her time and time again through her recovery: “just do the next right thing.”  Overcoming an eating disorder, or any other kind of struggle or addiction, can seem like an insurmountable job, too overwhelming and scary to think about, which can lead to just giving up and being defeated.  But no one, not God, not your family, not your friends, expects you to be able to just flip a switch and suddenly conquer the mountain ahead.  Just focus on one thing at a time, make one little change in the right direction, and when you’ve mastered that, move on to the next small step, and eventually, step by step, you can overcome.  Just do the next right thing.  It is such an encouraging message, and that’s what I was inspired to use when making my cards this week.

So, in order of how I made them:

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I found this set of ombre washi tape at Hobby Lobby on sale a couple weeks ago and thought it was too pretty to pass up, even though I SERIOUSLY do not need more papercrafting supplies!  But it sure turned into a pretty card!  I think the brightness of the colors perfectly reflects the brightness of Caralyn’s personality, which shines through so vividly in her writings.

I printed out the words from a document I created in Publisher, and since it takes a whole piece of cardstock to print something, I printed a few copies of the words, hence the reason I made more than one card even after discussing a few posts ago that I really don’t need to make more than one a week.

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I pulled out this pretty floral 3D embellishment set and layered it with matching pastel cardstocks, creating a very soft look for this card.  For all her brightness and spunkiness, she is also very soft with her readers who are struggling with ED, gently encouraging them in their own journeys towards recovery.

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And of course, with Caralyn’s faith being so central to who she is and to her recovery, I had to make a card that included a cross, the hopeful symbol of the Christian faith.  The picture doesn’t show it very well, but the gold cardstock is very shiny metallic and matches the gold on the cross so nicely.  I got both the gold and the purple fiber paper from the little Amish shop in Indiana that my parents and I visited on vacation last summer.  I have all those specialty papers I got there tucked away in a cupboard and I forget to use them, but when I saw the lavender swirls on the cross, I remembered that paper and knew it would be a perfect match, and the added texture makes the card more visually interesting.

So there you have it!  It’s been my sincere honor to share just a tiny smidgen of Caralyn’s story with you guys,and I would highly encourage you to go check out her blog, Beauty Beyond Bones.  If you are looking for an example of God’s boundless grace and presence, her story is truly uplifting.  Or if you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, or has a loved one who is, send them her way for a message of strength and encouragement.

Thank you, Lord, for saving Caralyn and using her to touch and bless the lives of so many.

Card #102: Happiness

Ah, South Dakota.  Where in February you can enjoy 60 degree weather one day and have a snowstorm the next.  I was greatly enjoying wandering around outside without a coat and it totally put me in the mood for spring.  And now instead, I’m watching one of my neighbor kids out the window building a fort in the snow.

*le sigh*

In an effort to keep the happy spring thoughts alive, my card this week looks very springy.

In an effort to continue using old supplies, I was digging through my vellum sentiments and found this one, which I thought would make a nice card.  All the colored and patterned paper and cardstock came from my scrap bins and I’ve had that set of sparkly flowers from K&Company for ages.

I’m still thinking I should invest in some new vellum tape, though, since the old stuff I have is so yellow!  I should pick some up when I run to Hobby Lobby this week.

I had picked another vellum sentiment to use on another card, but then I asked myself “why?”  I’ve noticed recently in making my cards for this blog that I haven’t been enjoying it as much as I used to, that it seems more of a chore than a fun, creative activity.  And I think that part of it is because I’ve been trying to make too many cards.  If I limit myself to just one a week, it doesn’t take as long or as much thinking for designing and will hopefully be more fun again.  So that’s my plan for a while at least.

I hope you’re having a great weekend enjoying whatever the weather has decided to throw at you!

Card #99: Thank You Cards

This is one of those rare Saturdays where I didn’t have a ton of things on my to do list to get done, so it’s been kind of a lazy day.  I went out for breakfast with a friend and after I came home I worked on a small craft project which didn’t take very long at all.  And the only other thing I absolutely HAVE to get done today is writing this blog post.  Not sure what I’m going to do after I’m done with this.  There’s one more thing on my to do list in the “get done this week on an indeterminate day” section, but I think I’ll work on that tomorrow after I bake some cookies.  I’m really feeling the “lazy Saturday” thing today.  🙂

So, this is the second week of using up sentiment cards from the craft kit from my grandma.  Three of the four cards I made are kind of different in that they are a flat card that doesn’t open.  Part of the kit was a set of tags, some of which had little envelope holder things (I know, so helpfully descriptive!), and these tags have been floating around in my scrap patterned paper bin, so I decided to try to use them.

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The two cards on the sides have the envelope pockets to hold the tags, the middle card is open on the top of the blue so the tag can slip behind it.  The tags are blank on the back so a little note can be written on them.

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I thought it was kind of a fun way to design some simple thank you cards for an occasion where you don’t need to write a big long thank you note, but a simple message of gratitude would be appropriate.

I also made one more card that’s not really a thank you card, but I had already picked the papers for it before I got turned on to the thank you theme, so here’s a bonus card:

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I really like how this one turned out with the simple design of coordinating strips of paper and the sentiment off-set to the side instead of in the center.

And now, since it’s late afternoon and I haven’t eaten since breakfast, I think I’ll go find something to eat and probably watch a movie.  I’ve been on a kick lately of trying to finally watch movies on my shelf that I haven’t seen yet and I think Les Mis is calling my name tonight.  🙂

Happy weekend!