Monday, July 25, 2005

Cards ~ Cards. Everywhere there's cards.

About a month ago Aunt Nub put out a call for homemade cards for soldiers. I volunteered to send what I could but every weekend since, I've been busy with other stuff I haven't done anything. Finally, yesterday, I pulled out all of my craft supplies and got busy. Luckily, I already had about eight or nine made from various stamping parties that I have attended but had never used. Usually, if I make a card for a particular person, I like to make it with that person in mind.

Initially, I felt a bit stumped and not sure where to begin. As such, I stalled by organizing my stamps. I took a blank journal and made a stamp in it of all of my stamps. I guess you could call it a personal catalogue of my stamp collection, that way I don't have to dig through the drawer I keep them in to figure out what stamps I have. I also used a page for all the colors of stamp pads that I have. Now, I can just flip through the book instead of digging out a bunch of stuff. After that was done, I flipped through some of my idea books trying to come up with some ideas. I got the idea for the "hearts" card from a scrapbook magazine that I have. There was a picture of a background that had a basketweave made of vellum.

I ended up making quite a few cards yesterday. I am proud to say I have sixteen cards to send to Aunt Nub, just in the nick of time too. They are due in her hot little hands by the 1st! It's funny though because out of all the cards I made and had on hand my two favorites don't even use stamps. I guess like anything creative, it can be hit or miss sometimes. There are some that I really don't care for. They seem a bit hokey, or are too busy. I'm learning that for me simple is best. The worst part is always the clean up though. I have everything organized in containers but I start pulling this out and that out and the next thing you know I have stuff spread everywhere. I guess that's part of the reason I don't do it too often. The clean-up afterwards is a booger! But, I think I need to start doing my crafts more often. I realize afterI've spent some time doing it that I really miss it.

20 comments:

donah42 said...

They look beautiful! I really admire you, Nub & Phinney for being able to create these gems :)

rollinghillsides said...

very, very nice Robbie!   I'm sure your cards will be very much appreciated! ....

captgray2000 said...

I make cards for friends inspired what I see in the garden. Next time I'll try a collage. Thanks for the inspiration.

geminiwilder said...

Beautiful!!!   I'm so proud of you, Robbie!!  
Now I have to get my ass busy.  I promised at least a dozen!!!

:)  xo Phinney

babyshark28 said...

oh, they are very lovely!!
I love home made cards, I have
two friends, candice is one of them,
that make lovely ones as well.

I think that's a wonderful thing you have done
robbie, but your always doing stuff like this.
that's what i love about you. :D

ksgal3133 said...

ooo what a wonderful idea! You did a great job.
They are going to love receiving these cards :)

Gretchen

readmereadyou said...

Lovely cards. What a nice thing to do and so warm for all who receive them. : ) Your right, crafts and all creative things make us feel better somehow. They feed the soul.
Angela

lisaram1955 said...

If your apartment is big enough, maybe you can try putting all your craft stuff in one place---like an extra bedroom or a corner of the kitchen.  Then you don't have to put it  completely away every time.  I'm not sure you could stand that kind of "clutter" though.  LOL!  For me, it's the kiss of death to my creative urge to put everything neatly away.  Once it's out of sight, I don't touch it again for months...years, maybe.  Lisa  :-]

judithheartsong said...

good for you too!!!! judi

donnathomas42 said...

Hello, my name is Donna. I come by way of Pamela's Journal "Just One Girl's Head Noise." I love the cards you made and the warmth that are in them. Plus I think this is a wonderful idea! I am not very creative and so forgive me for asking but, what is stamping? I have heard a lot about it recently and thought maybe I could try it.
Good thing you got all your cards completed for Aunt Nub Ü.

HUGS, Donna

ginskia said...

These are very beautiful cards.  I am impressed with your work.  It looks very professional.  I never learned how to do stamping.  Is it really messy? LOL!!!  If you enjoy doing stamping, it is a great idea to keep at it.  Even just two or three times a week is excellent.  The more the merrier off course.

:)Anita

ryanagi said...

Neat! What are those metallic stud looking things?

ckays1967 said...

These cards are just too pretty!!!

onestrangecat said...

love your cards.  i didn't know anyone was collecting cards to send.  what a great idea.

Kathy

andreakingme said...

You're such a good egg, krobbie (a deviled egg).

Beautiful cards. I bet you put a lump in the throat of more than one soldier. You GO, chicky poo.

st0rmwhispers said...

How beautiful!  You are quite the artist....I especially love the father/child one.  that looks like they are having a heart to heart talk.  truly lovely!

geminiwilder said...

I moved my arse, I made 15 cards and mailed them off today PRIORITY to get to Liz by Monday!!!  I am so proud of us!!!

Big butt...(haha pun intended)  I forgot, in my haste, to take any photos of my cards!!!   WWWAAAAAHHHHHH!  

Will just have to make more and take photos of them.  Bah.  

xo Phinney

curvyanglintexas said...

Very lovely work! Excellent and heartfelt idea as well :)

Maria

http://journals.aol.com/curvyanglintexas/HeartfeltExpressions

deabvt said...

Great idea!!
V

txsguinan said...

This is such a nice idea!  And so typical of you to follow through!  I love the heart-stampy card ~ nice, simple, elegant and heart-felt.

I think you should do your craft stuff more often too.  The having to put materials away is the worst part.  To paraphrase Virginia Woolf, I think everyone needs a studio of one's own.....  :)