Thursday, February 13, 2014

Handmade Cards

In this age of technology, it's still a really nice surprise when you receive an actual card or letter in the mail. I don't think that happens a lot these days and I'm the guiltiest one of all. I write to my aunt in Germany, but not nearly as often as I ought to. My Daddy wrote to her every single week because he knew it was important to her even though they talked on the phone every Sunday. They don't make men like him anymore.

So one of the things I am trying to work on this year, is sending notes and cards and letters. I'm not going to promise anything, but surely I can improve on my past history. I have always had good intentions, but failed miserably.

I like shopping for cards and I have a good stack so I am going to work on sending them out. And I love making cards, although I don't have a very good track record of doing that either. I have a huge stash of paper and card making supplies from back when I worked on scrapbooks. Reminder: Get back to that.

And lately I've been pinning card ideas for inspiration. I'm not a fancy card maker. I tend to lean in the direction of clean and simple and I really like using some photos I've taken. Here's one of my favorites:

I've had this stamp forever and its still one of my favorites. I've never seen them since. I stamped inside to add a little detail:

And this is on the back of the envelope. We have a really nice scrapbook store here and one day, probably 8 years ago, I walked in and the owner jumped up and said, "Have I got something special for YOU!" and she pulled out this stamp. Yep. Perfect.

And I used this really silly photo of me and made a card to send to my Aunt for her birthday earlier this month because I knew it would make her laugh...a lot:

I made lots of these baby shower invitations for the arrival of a special little girl:

And the occasional Birthday card:

I made about 10 of  these Christmas Thank You cards for my Mom to send out a few years ago:

And I made these for me to send last year:

And these the year before:

I made my Mom a set of various cards a few years ago for her birthday and she said it was the best thing I ever gave her and she used every single one.

 So I'm thinking she's about due for another set this year - thus a commencement of card making is in the works and the dining room table has been hijacked.

Am I making 100 cards? No, I'm just a messy crafter, but neat and tidy is not what I am after...a happy heart for the sender and receivers of these cards is!


Doniene said...

Oh my, aren't you the lady of many, many talents! Your cards are gorgeous!!! I'm totally amazed and impressed!!


KaHolly said...

Your cards are adorable!! I love to use homemade cards for any time of the year!!

Nancy said...

Your cards are wonderful - such a personal touch!

I am going to send more cards this year, too.

Dar said...

Those are some wonderful cards. I have a good friend that makes cards twice a month with friends and I am the lucky recipient of s few of these from time to time. I love them, but only send them to very special people. I still have all those handmade cards I've ever received from my friends. They are precious to me too.

Denise :) said...

You're so talented! What special gifts your lovely cards will make! :)

Kathy Reed said...

They are beautiful..all of them. Anyone would feel special getting one of them.

carol fun said...

OH Karin -- this is something else we have in common. I love to make cards. I got away from it for a while but since I got moved into this house I've got a little desk set up with my supplies. I made some cute Christmas cards and just got some Valentines in the mail yesterday.

Tell my feathered namesake that I'm so proud of her -- a dependable egg layer is quite an achievement. LOL!


Anonymous said...

Lovely, I recently came across a very large box of get well cards I received years ago when I had cancer. I will be sending out more cards now too. They are a gift and can mean so much.

Vickie said...

Your a card maker ?! You are a multi-talented ranch wife....but that's what a ranch wife does...multi-tasks her talents !

Saska said...

the snowflakes on the thank-you's...are those a stamp or a cut-out? I really like those.

laverne said...

Love your cards!

Chris said...

Oh, you're inspiring me!! I used to make cards, too, and haven't in ages. And, I need to be better about sending notes to people, too. Just this morning I read Proverbs 3:27 and I think notes of thanks, friendship or encouragement fall into that category.

I enjoy reading your blog even if I rarely comment. Blessing on your day! :-)

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