Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Paper and Glue = Handmade Cards

Butterflies and flowers dominate--perfect for Spring!
In today's fast paced world of cell phones, video chats, texting, and all-around instant connectivity greeting cards might seem a bit old-fashioned and slow.  But it is so much fun to receive something in the mail!  We all love getting something personal amidst the bills and junk.

Sadly, I must confess that I am horrible at remembering to send cards even remotely on time.  (A skill both my Grandma and Mom have mastered.)  I always have the best of intentions, but they don't don't seem to make it to the mailbox.

I do really enjoy making cards--which you would think would help me to be better at sending them out!  At my first craft fair back in November I sold a (surprising) number of my handmade cards, so I've been putting a few together for the upcoming fair this weekend (I'd love tips, comments, personal experiences, etc).  I thought that I would share some of these creations today.

I used high quality cardstock for these cards.  I designed a simple block with all of my information for the backs--which was something I found recommended on various sites to help promote yourself.  I have a Sizzix Sidekick which I love and a stash full of great papers.  I have a few of these awesome paper stacks that are adhesive on the backs so after I cut all I have to do is stick them on--these are really great for some of the die cuts with small pieces that can be difficult to glue.  They can be a bit pricier, but they are worth it.


I think that this might be my favorite one of the bunch.  
Flower Power!

I love playing with the same die cuts and similar papers--
the finished effect is quite interesting.

This one is just plain fun.  There are quite a few different
papers glued to the background to make this one work.

A much simpler, and less busy, version of the one about it.




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12 comments:

  1. What lovely cards - simple but beautiful!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  2. Those are cute, thank you for linking up! :)

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  3. I love having hand made cards on hand! Great job!

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  4. Very cute! I'm just starting to get into card and album making and didn't even think to stamp the backs. Thanks for the tip and for linking up at Etcetorize~

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  5. Those are really cute cards. I've just started getting into a few paper crafts here lately. I even made my own paper the other day. That was fun, but I need to experiment with that some. But I haven't tried card making yet. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. super cute! These caught my eye because i had that same stack of paper strips that you used for these cards. They were SO handy and I made tons of cards with them.

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  7. How cute! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  8. handmade is always so lovely, particularly in cards. thank you for linking it up at our party at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/
    look forward to seeing you again next week, and don't wait till wednesday... we post every day of the week :-)

    have a lovely weekend,
    rose

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  9. that gingham flower one is darling! thanks for linking this up to tip-toe thru tuesday! we hope to see you again this week!

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  10. Cute cards! Good luck at the craft fair! I hope you have a great time there!!!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Livin

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  11. how lovely! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday!

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  12. well, you are going to be on time with mothers day cards. :-)
    thank you for linking these up and we look forward to seeing 'new stuff' from you tomorrow, at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

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