Monday, April 2, 2018

Repeat donors Barbara R. and Marilynn S.

Good morning.  When I say I could not support the charities I do with monthly boxes of cards without your help, I am very serious.  There is no way I can make 800 cards a month.  It is cards makers like you that make this endeavor successful.  Two of my repeat donors sent in some wonderful cards that I would like to share with you.  Barbara R. sent in these adorable pull-out cards, which must take a lot of time to create.  Such an interesting design:
I can imagine the big smile on some child's face as they pull down the tab to reveal the next square.

Here are several different themes she sent:

Then there are the cards that Marilynn S. sent in.  I love the layers on these cards, which she managed to keep fairly thin so that they still traveled well through the mail.  Layering can be tricky - if the layers are more than 1/4" high, extra postage is needed.  So, thank you, Marilynn, for keeping your layers thin.
I am showing a close-up of one of her cards because I love the rain drop effect she uses on this card.  And if you look closely, you can see that the flowers are raised, but just ever so slightly.  Still thin enough for our charities!

Even this shaker card is thin.  Nice job!

Colorful, cheerful, thin.....

Thank you, Barbara and Marilynn for allowing me to share your cards.  They have already been mailed out and I am sure have brought smiles to many a heart.

My TIP OF THE DAY was going to be on scraps, but considering the 1/4" "rule" mentioned above, I thought I'd pass on this suggestion.  For those of you who own a slider paper cutter...

raise the arm, and try to slip your finished card (in envelope) through this slot.....

If it comfortably fits, you are good to go.  If it is hard to put through, or snags anywhere, it is too thick for the charities' needs.  Sometimes we forget that the bows we add, or just the knots themselves, raise the thickness of the card.  
Hope this helps. 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Next time - fun ideas for all those scraps we collect.
Hugs, Jill

Friday, March 23, 2018

Showcasing Cards by Kayte W.

I would like to share these wonderful cards created by Kayte W.  She tells me she has been designing cards for only a year.  All I have to say is that she must be a very fast learner.  See for yourself.....
The outside has so many interesting layers.  Her technics are beautiful.  And the inside of the card leaves room for a short message.

Check out Kayte's coloring skills.  How cute is this card?

This card is striking with it's dramatic colors and many layers.  Again, the inside of the card carries out the theme but leaves plenty of room for writing.

And the last one...

A big thank you to Kayte for sharing her amazing talent with the charities I send cards to.  I know these cards bring so much joy to those who receive them.

TIP OF THE DAY:  Yes, I do encourage card makers to leave the inside of the cards totally blank. This is by request of the charities.  But, there is always an exception to the rule, and Kayte has given perfect examples of this.  If you do decorate the inside, please leave as much room as possible for the sender to write a message. 
Thank you for stopping by today.
Hugs,  Jill

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Let's Get Organized

Hello, I'm back.  Had a small accident and am currently wearing a splint on my left pinkie which makes typing and card making a bit awkward.  So, I decided to tackle a project I've been putting off for a while.  My niece turned me on to this idea - thanks big time, Kelly!  I do not own a lot of dies, but in my case "out of sight" is definitely "out of mind".  I originally stored them in empty CD cases with labels telling me what was inside.

Good idea, but not the best.  So, based on Kelly's suggestion, I took an old bulletin board which she painted for me, added magnetic strips and ta-da....

Now I can see all of my dies at once.  I sorted them a bit better after this pic was taken and now they are in "like" groups.  I bought the magnetic vent covers at my local hardware store, cut them lengthwise and used tacks to adhere it to the bulletin board.  Now, all I have to do is hang it on the wall!

TIP OF THE DAY:  Watch where you are walking.  Tripping over your own two feet can indeed cause bodily harm.  
Thanks for stopping by today. 
Hugs, Jill

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fiesta Cookies

Morning.  No cards today - just showing you why I have been AWOL from the craft of my nieces, Madison, is giving a Mexican themed bridal shower for her best friend and asked me to make cookies for the party.  Here is the result:

A big thank you to my other niece, Kelly, who came over and helped.  Such a fun day!

No TIP of THE DAY as I am running late for Mah Jongg!  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Super card maker Roberta G.

I had such a great weekend.  Hubby and I spent several days in Arlington, Texas visiting relatives.  While there, I took the opportunity to meet a long time friend face-to-face.  Roberta and I met through Operation Write Home many years ago and have kept in touch via email.  We are both avid card makers and exchange ideas, stamps, designs - whatever.  Although we tried to meet in person last summer here in Houston, a little weather system called Harvey got in the way.  So, after many years of being internet buddies, we met in Arlington and are finally "for real" friends.  Of course we exchanged stamps and dies and laughter.  Roberta is one of the talented card makers who helps me supply cards to my various charities and she had some ready for me when I arrived.  I want to share some with you as her cards are awesome.  I love her designs and how she pays attention to detail.  See for yourself.....

This may be my favorite of the selection she gave me.  Something about the softly stamped flowers in the background just makes it extra special.  And of course one of the stamps matches the circles on the blue banner.

Notice how Roberta matched the curlicue of the background embossing with the curlicue of the design.  Little things like that make the card look so professional.

I particularly like the layout of this card.  Using several small images, she has your eye travel over the entire card.  Great use of space!

And here is that adorable panda from Stampin' Up.  The way she used the blue stamp makes it look like the panda is tossing confetti.  Isn't it cute?

Thank you, Roberta, for sharing your talents with kids in need.  These are fantastic!

My TIP OF THE DAY is very basic:  When you use colored cardstock for the base of your card, always line the inside of the card with a white or ivory liner.  Even yellow or pale pastel cards need liners.  Not only do these inserts make the card look more professional, but they allow the use of pencil when someone writes on it.  A lot of my charities do use pencils instead of pens, and the writing shows up much better on white liners than any pale color cardstock.  If you don't believe me, try it for yourself. Many of the senders of these cards are kids and they don't always press down hard when they write.  So, please keep this in mind.
Thank you for stopping by.  Hugs.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Super cards made by Barbara S.

I want to share Barbara S.'s cards with you because they are so adorable!  Barbara is a first time donor to me, but I certainly hope she becomes a repeat donor.  Her cards are so perfectly made with attention to details that is truly amazing.  I know the kids are going to love them because I had such fun unpacking them, smiling all the while.  Here are but a few of her precious cards:

                      I adore this first one - who wouldn't love to get this from their sweetheart?

                                    And of course all of these are too cute for words!

Thank you so much, Barbara.  These are going to cheer up so many hearts.

And now my TIP of THE DAY:  On Thursday of this week, my niece was kind enough to post a message on the app called NEXT DOOR.  It is a way for members of a community to communicate with other members of the neighborhood via social media.  Anyway, she posted that I make hand crafted cards for various charities and could recycle empty printer ink cartridges, making money to offset the cost of supplies.  Low and behold, by that afternoon, I had received more than 100 cartridges from people in my area.  And they are still coming in!  One woman even called to say she did not have any cartridges for me, but she had a large box of used and new craft/paper supplies I could have if I wanted.  I couldn't say YES fast enough.  So, if you are at all phone savvy, try posting on NEXT DOOR that you can use donated craft/paper supplies or empty ink cartridges (then take them to your local Staples or Office Depot for recycling). At $2.00 store credit for each cartridge, it adds up!
                             Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great crafting day!
                                                                      Hugs, Jill

Monday, January 22, 2018

WHOOPS! My bad.

I forgot to include a "Tip of the Day" on my last post, so I will make this all about one of my favorite card making tools, the stamping tool that I can not live without. This stamping tool allows you to stamp an image over and over in the same spot in case you need a cleaner, clearer image than first stamped. There are several brands of this tool - I happen to own not one but two of these tools. One of the large size, one of the small size.  I simply cannot stamp without them now. No, I won't mention the brand I have because truth be told, if I did not already have two , I would buy the Stampin' Up one. Unfortunately, they are not quite ready to be sold to the public, and won't be until June, but here is my TIP OF THE DAY:  My Stampin' Up Demonstrator will have one to sell next month, in February!  She will of course have plenty when they go on sale to the public in June, but the first card maker who contacts her now will get to reserve the one she will receive in Feb.  Here is her info:

                                                   Janet Bailey 

Please watch YouTube videos to see how incredible this stamping tool is.  So versatile!  So addictive!  You will fall in love immediately and begin to stamp more and more. 
Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs, Jill