Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sympathy Cards - Part Two

Hi, it's Jemma back with some more cards made with my Sympathy kit from yesterday:

Jimjams - Sympathy Card #2

This design is quick and simple - any scraps of patterned paper get the serious treatment from the black mat and edging my sympathetic phrase with toning ink ties it together. I punched flowers from the same card as the base and added some clear gems from my stash.

Jimjams - Sympathy Card #3

I cut one of my sentiment phrases into a banner shape and topped a circle of the yellow patterned paper from my kit with tiny punched butterflies ... almost a sunflower?

With a bit of luck I have managed to share my MS Word Document containing a variety of Sympathy sentiments below.  But if not, here's the link direct to the document.  It previews rather strangely but should download properly!

And here are some more examples from the web that inspired me:

Sympathy cards don't need to be dull!
Love the pretty punched posy
Wonderful white on white card
And of course sympathy is appropriate if someone is ill too ... and then you really can let rip with the cheery colours:

A rainbow will brighten up anyone's day!
And sometimes it's nice to send a card to someone who is feeling blue:

Brilliant use of tiny heart punches!
Finally, it's important to know what to write inside a bereavement sympathy card.  Here's a great article with suggestions for around 50 "dos" along with a dozen "don'ts" and Hallmark have some great tips too.

That's it from me for this year, I'm already working on January's Counterfeit Kit and hope to be back to scrapbooking and blogging with renewed energy in 2015.  Until then have a wonderful festive season.

Merry Christmas from Jemma xxx

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sympathy Cards Part One

Today it's Jemma's turn to share a card kit with you: for Sympathy cards.  I have to admit I have never made a sympathy card before and was wondering how to make them slightly serious, but still pretty, so I turned to Google for inspiration!  I found lots of beautifully stamped cards with heartfelt sentiments such as this one from Diane Cramer in the Splitcoastsatmpers' Gallery:

I love the clean lines and the subtle touch of colour in this soothing card.  However, I'm not a stamper and have neither the right sort of images nor sentiments.  So I knew that my card kit would have to feature patterned papers and I would have to find a solution for the wording.  I decided a mix of black, white and grey patterns with a couple of sheets of coloured patterns to add a little cheer would be the way to go:

Jimjams - Sympath Card Kit

A few toning ribbons and trims plus my Martha Stewart butterfly punches would add texture and form.  Grey and white card will form the base with some black for matting.

That left me the problem of the wording.  I used a MS Word to create a table of sentiments in a variety of fonts and added a sentiments to circle shapes.  I printed this out onto white card:

Jimjams - Sympathy Sentiments

And here is the first card that I made with my kit - using a 1.5" circle punch for one of the sentiments and adding a couple of blue gems from my stash to brighten up the butterflies.

Jimjams - Sympathy Card #1

I'll be back tomorrow with a few more of the cards made from my kit and some links to inspiration on the web.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sketches are our Friends - A Friendship Card

Hi there, neighbor!  It's Lynnette again and I'm back today with another sketch to speed up your card making.  Here's a great one to use up those scraps on your desk.

 Just weave them along, any way you fancy, add a few embellishments and you are ready to mail a card out to let your BFF to let her know how much you care.

Here's the one I created:

So remember to quickly pull a few supplies together and  check out card sketches on Pinterest to speed up your card making process!  Your bestie will be glad you did when she receives your handmade card!  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kits are our Friends: A Friendship Card Kit

Hello there!  It's Master Forger Lynnette and I'm here to show you how quickly you can pull some supplies together to create some handmade friendship cards.  You know those times you just want to let someone know how important they are to you?  Maybe when they need a little pick-me-up?  Sure, you could drive down to your local Hallmark store to get a card, but ain't nobody got time for that!   You've got the supplies, so let's use them.   And since you'd probably send a friendship card on a whim, you want to make your card making fast.  My secret to fast and fun cardmaking?  SKETCHES!  Just go over to Pinterest and search "card sketches".  You'll be amazed at what comes up.

First up, here's my kit.  We all know from Counterfeit Kit Challenge that kits are a super way to make assembling any papercrafting project easy.  Take a look at just the few supplies I pulled together:

Next, here's the sketch I found on Pinterest:

BasicGrey Card Sketch | Susan Stringfellow

Last, here's the card I created:

Stop back tomorrow when I'll share another sketch and card with you!  Happy cardmaking!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Cards 2: Part 2

So, have you put together your card kit to get busy making some cards? :-)

Once I started using my kit, I just couldn't stop! Yes, it was a big kit but I ended up making 10 (!) extra Christmas cards for my collection. I think I'm done now for this year and that feels great.

The secret to my success of Christmas cards is to use the fortnightly inspiration offered by the very fabulous girls over at Jingle Belles. A fresh card challenge every two weeks with inspirational designs offered by the Belles, Lauren and Stephanie is simply the best way to make the task of producing hand-made Christmas cards easy, manageable and fun.

Jingle Belles 

So this was my first starting point when I picked up my mini-kit. I went through some of the recent weeks and found this great sketch by Stephanie.

I say it often, but I'm really not much of a card-maker. I find the mini format difficult to design and be creative with so if I'm going to the effort of making one card, I usually try and just run off a second one at the same time. They may be identical, or they might just be variations on a theme such as these two.

And then, via the supportive community I've found at Jingle Belles, I've found myself so very inspired by Lisa over at 'Tis the Season card challenge. Again, sketches and challenges which are great jumping off points for this non-card-maker!

'Tis the Season

This card is actually almost identical to two I made for a Jingle Belles challenge back in the summer. I had the die-cuts left over from that time and was going to make two more replicas. But when I saw Lisa's sketch, I realised that if I just flipped my design over, then not only would I have created something a little different to the first two cards, but it would also fit the sketch. The sequins on the wreath add an extra something to this simple design.

And of course, then there's Pinterest! I've got a whole board devoted to those wonderfully designed cards I come across on-line and while there's not one particular pin behind these cards, the overall feel of a number of my pins - with all the layers and elements - can be found on these two makes.

And last but not least, I just wanted to use up a few more of the bits and pieces left in my kit.

Now, the internet is literally overflowing with card making ideas and it can feel overwhelming, but if you look around, I'm sure you will find a place where you feel comfortable to stop at regularly to fill up your cup of inspiration - much like we all use the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to shop our stash and then use it!! Bringing together the kits you make over here with some of the card-making challenges over "there" - wherever that might be - can be a great combination.

We'd love to see your card creations over at our December Mr Linky so why not get making and sharing?!?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Cards 2: Part One

I have to admit to having a bit of a dilemma about taking the second blog posting for holiday cards and I tried to come up with ideas for cards other than for Christmas knowing that Stephanie had posted her gorgeous festive designs at the beginning of the month.

But then I thought about all those piles and piles of Christmas papers and products I have and thought that if I have them, then you probably do too. And maybe a double batch of Christmas inspiration to encourage you to get some of it out and showcase it on some cards might not be a bad idea!

I created a rather large card kit (but I know that you wouldn't expect anything else from me!) and based it around the 25th & Pine BasicGrey collection from Christmas 2013. I don't know about you, but I can't resist the winter collections but use very little of them on layouts so they pile up more and more over the years. To be honest, I probably could have made up a dozen Christmas card kits and still have enough to make one hundred more, but at least this kit made a tiny dent in that large pile!

I included six pieces of paper - 2 of which are not full sheets -, various die-cut elements from the 25th & Pine collection, the matching waterfall Capture collection pack, Studio Calico veneer snowflakes, Simple Stories enamels, gold twine and doilies, some free printables from the internet, a set of German stamps, Teresa Collins sequins and some Cameo die-cuts that were sitting in my drawer from a previous card project as well as a few other scraps. This way, I felt that even though the majority of the products come from one collection making mixing and matching so easy, there were enough other small bits and pieces to give it a little variety.

As a starting point, I created this simple card to share with you today which proves just how easy it can be to pull together a co-ordinated look when using items from the same collection. I think this card took no more than 15 minutes which probably included 11 minutes of me faffing around, deciding which paper to use!

I hope you drop by again tomorrow for some more easy cards using my Christmas mini-kit and some of the inspiration that's to be had all over the internet!

* Lisa *

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friends cards part 2

Here are some sites I go to for inspiration,
Sometimes these are my starting points.

and if you want colours there is

Now here are some other Friends cards I've made with yesterday's kit.

and some close ups...