I haven't had much time to craft for the past couple of weeks, so this weekend I devoted lots of time to catching up with all the ideas running around in my head! First up are a few bookmarks. I am trying to get a little more bold with my designs, and incorporated more patterned papers into these than I have in the past. Here are a few of the ones I completed today:
I also worked on a personalized bookmark for a friend of my daughter's who will be having a birthday soon. I had an ulterior motive with this as well: I wanted to list personalized bookmarks in my Etsy shop that are laser printed, rather than using the alpha stickers. I have made a number of them in the past to give as gifts, and finally decided to offer them in the shop as well. So here is my sample, which doubles as a gift for my daughter's friend.
Finally, I've been working on Valentine neverending cards with varying success. The first one I did turned out OK, but I didn't think it was good enough to list in my shop. I made another one yesterday, and liked it better, so I have listed it, along with the new bookmarks. I used some papers from a Valentine pad that I got at Michaels a couple of weeks ago, and what's great about those pads is that all of the papers coordinate, so it's easy to put a design together!
One thing that has caused me delays in getting a neverending card listed in my shop is the lack of an envelope. These cards are 6x6 inches, and the only square envelopes I have been able to find in a store are 5.5x5.5 inches. I found larger ones online, but they are expensive, especially with shipping. So, I decided to make my own envelope! My first one was a little rough, but the second was better, and I know what I need to do to make it even better now. I'll still need to get some adhesive with the peel-off backing to close the envelope with, so will drop by Michaels' to pick some up soon.
I love these neverending cards, but they do take a long time to make, which is why I haven't done many of them. I'm hoping to do a few more for my shop, but time is getting short, since Valentine's Day is now less than a month away! Maybe I will have a few more to show you next time.