Whoo, it's been busy since school started! I finally had a chance to get some crafting done in the last week though. Things kind of started to back up on me a little...I had the card for the fall card swap for the PBS Swappers group that I needed to do, plus my daughter got some lovely gifts for her birthday, so I wanted to make some thank you cards that she could send for those. I managed to do all of that this weekend, so I feel like I really accomplished something!
First up is the fall card. I am hosting this swap, the first one I have hosted. The theme is fall, and it could be a fall holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving) or just a fall theme. Since I have acquired quite a few leaf stamps, I wanted to do a card with fall leaves. The book I have had a neat one that I liked, so I used it for inspiration. It used a rainbow stamp pad in fall colors, which I could not find in any store, so I ordered it from the JoAnn's website. I also found a cool oak leaf embossing punch at Michaels for 40% off, and thougth it would be perfect for embellishing the card as well. So, here is the card:
this post. Mental note: next time I decide to use that crinkle technique, it should be done BEFORE cutting the paper to the measurements I need. Crinkling shrinks the paper a bit, so that can throw off everything else! Anyway, I really like the multi-colored leaves. I paid a bit more for that stamp pad that I normally would have spent on something like that, but I think it's worth it! In addition to stamping the leaves on the card front, I also used the ink from the same stamp pad to color the punched/embossed oak leaf. Here is a close-up:
Next is some thank you cards that I made for Meredith. I started out making them with one paper, and then ran out, so had to do a couple in a different paper. The card bases are packaged cards that I got in the $1 bin at Michaels, and it was perfect, because we needed 8 cards and there were 8 in the package, plus envelopes!
One other thing I did a couple of weeks ago was to make a bookmark...for myself! Yes, I have dozens of bookmarks around the house and am never lacking for one, but since I started doing this almost 2 years ago now, I have never really made one specifically for myself. For this one, I had inspiration- this:
Rdsutherland311 , an Etsy seller, a couple of months ago. I loved the blue and purple batik fabric- two of my favorite colors, especially together! The shop owner, Rebekah, was absolutely wonderful to work with- she customized the book cover for me, adding the velcro closure. Her book covers usually come with a built-in ribbon bookmark, however I wanted to be able to use my own bookmarks, so I asked her to leave the ribbon bookmark out. She made this beautiful book cover within a couple of days after I ordered it, and I had it very soon after. It is so pretty- I just love looking at it! After using it for a few weeks, I decided to make a bookmark in the same color scheme:
awhile back. I think it looks really nice with the book cover.
That's it for now. I have a few things on the horizon- a few family and friends birthdays that I will probably try to make cards for, as well as another swap I will be hosting at the PBS Swappers group. This one is for winter/holiday gift mini-cards. I already have some ideas, so am looking forward to getting started on those!