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Getting crafty again

The decline in my stamping & scrapbooking frequency’s been constant for a year or so. Too many other things going on, and I just haven’t made time for it as I wanted to. . . I always made time to pick up more stuff, of course, but couldn’t seem to find or make the time to actually use what I’d purchased! My papercrafting was pretty limited to Beate’s sketches and then when she took off. . . .I did, too! Yesterday, though, was different. I slept in a bit and while Mike & Red went out to the golf course, I stayed home with Adri and played in my newly clean and reorganized room. It was so good for me! I am embarrassingly behind in getting cards out to friends and was able to stamp multiples of several different cards and even do some altered stuff. It felt so good to be able to do something for fun and not out of obligation (you know, the “can you make 15 cards for me?” from Mom or the “hey, I need a gift card holder for the boss” from the husband). . . .

Here’s one of the cards from yesterday. It’s based on a layout I copycased from page 36 of the new SU! catalog. (Supplies follow after the page break if you’re interested.)

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This is a gift card/certificate holder that I made at Mike’s request. Every year they get together and buy several gift certificates for local restaurants for the nursery owners. One restaurant still does traditional gift certificates, so I had to make something that would accommodate all sizes. I didn’t measure, but made a tri-fold holder that was kept shut with a hidden magnetic closure. The red truck holds special meaning for the owners – the nursery started out as a produce delivery-type thing years and years ago. They’ve rehabbed a truck just like the one the original owner (dad of current owner) used to deliver orders and it’s parked out in front with a bed full of seasonal color. I thought it would be cute to do a truck like it for the gift. . . . and this was the first year in the three or four that I’ve been doing this that I heard compliments and even “We need to do something special with this card” from the owners.

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Hope you all have a safe and happy new year! For more info on the two cards posted, (and a Christmas picture) click for more!

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Stamps: A Beautiful Thing

Ink: Real Red, Groovy Guava to sponge edges

Cardstock: River Rock, Groovy Guava, Real Red (textured), Ginger Blossoms paper

Accessories: Real Red brads, button, and ribbon, dimensionals, white gel pen

Gift Card Holder

Stamps: Loads of Love + Accessories

Ink: Palette Noir, misc. inks to watercolor with aquapainter

Cardstock: Garden Green textured 12×12, Making Memories flocked poinsettia, Poison Ivory & Bronze cardstock

Accessories: Chocolate satin, Making Memories glittered chipboard, Basic Grey magnetic snaps (hidden in stamped panel and behind card inside), Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen

And a quick shot from Christmas morning:

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Lots of good times with family and friends this year. I look forward to more of the same in 2008!

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20 Comments

  1. Debra
    Posted December 30, 2007 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I love your Christmas morning shot!

    Your card using A Beautiful Thing is beautiful.

    The gift card is perfect for what you intended. Meaningful and I love the sparkle.

  2. Posted December 30, 2007 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Hey girl! Glad you’re back on the creative track!!!
    Ive been checkin every day!
    Cute Christmas shot!!
    And thanks, I hadn’t PLANNED on buying A Beautiful Thing set…..til now! Gorgeous!
    Happy New Year wishes to you!

  3. Posted December 30, 2007 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Yea! Your back! I’ve missed seeing your creations!!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Posted December 30, 2007 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Glad you got to stamp! Beautiful creations! And the pic is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Posted December 30, 2007 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back Jenn! We’ve all missed you and your fabulous creations! These two you’ve posted today are wonderful! I’ve already got this new set on my wish list and will have to try this color combo. It rocks! The pickup card is so neat, especially since it had extra meaning to them! Wishing you holiday cheer for a very Happy New Year! Smiles, Pam 🙂

  6. Posted December 30, 2007 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful cards Jenn and gorgeous children! Looks like your children were up early too! Glad that you got some stamping time in.

    Linda

  7. Posted December 31, 2007 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Oh how happy I am when you do find time to stamp & show up in my Reader!! Love these 2 cards – especially the truck – so cute! I can see why it was a hit. 🙂

  8. Sherrie
    Posted December 31, 2007 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Glad you’re back! Love checking out your blog–the cards are beautiful! The Christmas morning picture is adorable!!

  9. Posted December 31, 2007 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous – I just love the paper on the gift card holder.

    Happy New Year’s!

  10. qcbetty
    Posted December 31, 2007 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    Kids too!

    I miss ya my friend…..tons.

  11. Posted December 31, 2007 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous card and great gift card holder. Cute kids.

  12. Deanna
    Posted December 31, 2007 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Jenn,
    Absolutely beautiful gift card holder. It is so elegant. I love the truck and the reasoning behind it is so thoughtful.
    Happy New Year.
    D

  13. Posted December 31, 2007 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    WOW…awesome card and gift card. You may not post a lot anymore but when you do it is GREAT stuff!

    Happy New Year!!!

    Hugs!C

  14. Posted December 31, 2007 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Yaaaaaahooooooooooooooo!!! Gotta love it when Jenn stamps! That top one just speaks “Jenn Made Me!” … must love! And I adore that gift cert holder! Teh pickup has never looked so happy to be colored up and ready to go!

    Happy New Year, Jenn!
    (((hugs)))
    Bev

  15. twinks
    Posted December 31, 2007 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year!
    Beautiful photo of the kids.
    Love you creations and your sharing of the family and friends.

  16. Posted December 31, 2007 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness – both of your cards are amazing! Glad to see you back! Happy New Year!

  17. Bonnie aka raduse
    Posted December 31, 2007 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Good to see you stamping just for the fun of it again Jenn.

  18. Posted January 1, 2008 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Here’s to a wonderful 2008 🙂

  19. Posted January 1, 2008 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE your floral card! It’s sooo pretty! Your gift certificate holder is cute too!

    What a great picture of the kids!

  20. Posted January 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    HI Jenn, What a fantastic blog you have!!! Love the card and the gift certificate holder. Ah that little truck……

    Happy New Year, Erin

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