Hello! I took a bit of a break from social stuff to take care of real life stuff. We all know how ‘that’ goes! Anyway, I did manage to peek at some of my favorite blogs and am once again amazed at the creativity of so many people. Very inspiring!
I have had some time to create some new cards, and would love to share a card I just completed. My regular readers know that I love to take wedding invitations and use them to create very personal wedding cards for the happy couples. It is so challenging to take the invitations and design something the same, yet different!
You can see my previous posts of a graduation announcement that I used to create a card for the graduate and a wedding card I created from the wedding invitation.
Today I would like to share a card that I created from a baby shower invitation. I love the cute little polka dots and the elephant is too adorable! I used most of this invitation, and only added a bit of gray polka dot paper and a ribbon I used on the border. Several hearts were punched and sprinkled around the card. I think it symbolizes the love this little newborn will receive once he arrives!
When I create these cards from the invitations, I wonder what could have been done if I had two invitations and could make two cards. What do you think? Would you have done something different?
Enjoy your creative day!
~~ Vickie ~~
There are scraps of papers and bits of leftovers in my creative room now, as I have been very busy creating new cards. I love working with the papers from Graphic 45 and thought I would share this card I created. I used a tri-fold technique that I learned from my friend, Sharon. I fussy cut one of the pocket watches from the paper and elevated it with foam squares to add a bit of dimension. Do you think most men would like this? I could see a man receiving this at his retirement party!
Timeless Note Card for men
Wishing you all a wonderful end of the week, and a great weekend! Let’s hope you get a chance to do something fun and creative!
~ Vickie ~
Hello Blogging Friends and Followers!
August is here and the summer seems to be speeding by! Hope all of you are keeping busy with fun and exciting things. Creating new cards and updating my website have certainly kept me very occupied! It is fun to be creative and design new cards, but I must admit, the work involved in maintaining a website has been overwhelming! (I have learned so many things in doing this myself – but I still need to know 99% more!) :) I have an appreciation for professional web designers, but their services just don’t fit into my budget! :(
You may want to pop over to HorseMark Cards to see what I have been up to. (Comments and recommendations are encouraged and appreciated!)
So, I have been a bit behind on my blog postings, but thought I would check in and wish you all a wonderful day, week, and month!
Enjoy your Creative Days!
Our home has been filled with playing cards since my eldest son was in the fourth grade. He would practice different shuffles and tricks, and leave decks and single cards in just about every room in our home. A few even ended up on a high window ledge in our living room! (I have yet to see that card trick!) His interest and passion for magic did pay off though, as he has been a professional magician and entertainer in the San Francisco area for several years now!
(Proud mom moment to share! Ryan Kane (Horsfall).
Anyway, in spite of always have playing cards around our home, using them to create my handmade cards had not even crossed my mind. A loyal customer recently requested some humorous birthday cards to share with her bridge playing friends. Well, this is when I realized I could open a fresh deck of cards and put them to good use! This is what I created.
Birthday card for card players, gals, guys, or anyone!
Even if you don’t play bridge, poker, or other card games this card could be fun to present to the birthday ‘shuffler’. What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by for a visit! ~ Vickie
*Includes trademark material of Bicycle Cards.
Cards with Flowers! Cards with Lace! Cards with Ribbons!
These are all wonderful features to have on a handmade card, but when you combine them all on one card you can create so many beautiful cards! I would like to share one card I created that features all of these decorative ideas.
Let’s begin with the flowers. There are so many beautiful patterned papers with images that are perfect to use as backgrounds for projects, but you can also ‘fussy’ cut images from these papers to accent these designs. Some patterned papers are not card stock weight and need to be ‘reinforced’ when you cut images from them. The extra weight on the image can then be ‘popped’ on the card to add dimension. You can see how I use labels to add weight to these papers in one of my previous posts. This flower image was perfect to accent with the lace flowers on the paper.
Combining different techniques to create handmade cards
Lace is so nice to use as it adds a soft and delicate feature to handmade cards. My favorite lace has sections so I can ‘weave’ ribbon through to give it a different look. This wonderful technique was presented to me a few years ago by my friend, Sharon. Tiny rick rack can also be woven through lace, as I did on this custom card I created.
Tiny rick rack was weaved through lace on this custom card I created.
There are so many types of ribbons available and so many ways to use them. On this particular card, I used ribbon in two different ways; weaved through the lace and to made the flower stem and leaves! Ribbons can be used to make pretty stems and leaves for flowers. Tiny rick rack can also be used for flower stems and leaves! A tiny glue dot held the ribbon leaves together on the stem, then I adhered the stem to the card.
This is the final result of combining these different materials to create one card!
Lace, ribbon and a few tiny sparkles were used to create this card.
You can think of endless ways to use these techniques on your projects! I would love to see and hear your ideas and what you have created!
Enjoy your Creative Day! ~ Vickie