Is that title a little confusing? My "send to friend" for April was May...hahaha, it does sound odd. There is nothing odd about dear May. She is a talented paper crafter and I was delighted to be given her name to create for. Her blog,
Our theme for April, in the Swap For All Seasons swap, was Mother's Day and the color was peach. Peach? I looked high and low and couldn't find much peach. Linda decided we could also use coral, so that is what I went with.
May is the recipient of a card and tag using some new techniques I have recently learned. I spoke last time about the dimensional flowers I learned to make in a class and I purchased the brown-eyed-Susan Sizzix die to make some more of these flowers at home. I used a flower pot die for the base.
Did you know that in England, Mother's Day is the 4th Sunday of Lent?
May celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday, March 31st. I used a more general phrase on the tag.
The card style is one that I've been dying to learn! It's called Card in a Box and you can find lots of beautiful examples on Pinterest and YouTube. I watch several YouTube videos and gave it a go!
I think it's not too bad for a first attempt.
This is the card folded up...
Then, when the flaps are lowered...
it's a card in a box!
This is the back of the box. (that flap doesn't fold down)
I also made an envelope (with me new handy dandy envelope maker) to go with the card...so much fun to make!!
In the past month I have taken 2 card classes at Stamp Fanci, our local rubber stamp store. I have said on numerous occasions that I'm grateful for this store, owned by Margie, because it is the only independent stamp/scrapbook shop within 25 miles. Stamp Fanci has a wide assortment of stamps and stamping supplies and enough beautiful patterned papers to keep both the stampers and the scrapbook people happy.
Almost every week there are classes going on and when a new group of classes is announced , they fill up very quickly! I was lucky to get into the ones I did.
Classes taught by Carolyn are my favorite classes. She is always learning new techniques and is a wizard at teaching them to a class! She always challenges us but, in the end, we learn lots of new tricks from her. Her class was about flowers...dimensional flowers. Some flowers were made using Sizzix Bigz Dies and some were made using Susan's Garden Sizzlet dies. Since taking the class, I have purchased the Black-eyed Susan Sizzix Die and have already used it to make a flower on a tag for my monthly swap. I'd love to have them all but I am seriously trying to be good.
Here is a photo of all three cards that we made in Carolyn's class...
The poppy card was the trickiest...
but also the prettiest. Because of the dimension, Carolyn taught us to make a paper collar to protect the flower before putting it in the envelope. We learned to use the WeR Memory Keepers envelope board for this project. What a slick tool this is! In a few easy steps, you can create envelopes using any kind of paper...it's a great way to use up scrapbook papers that you might not choose to use in paper crafting projects. The envelope we used for this card is more like a box. You really can't mail the card in the box you've made...it should be hand delivered or put in a padded envelope.
The Brown-eyed Susan...
Aren't they nifty? Thanks, Carolyn! I learned a lot!
Making flowers has put me in the mood for some real flowers. I am hoping that in the next few weeks we will see more signs of Spring. Right now, everything is very brown and dead looking. We need some green to show through. It's coming, it's just hard to be patient.
I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted...things have been pretty busy at our house.
We are trying to clean out and reorganize the whole place and believe me, it is daunting! I'll write more about our progress at another time.
Today, I wanted to share our prayer board with you.
A number of years ago, I decided that I didn't like having all of the photos we received from friends and family at Christmas, sit in a basket until the next year and then be thrown away.
I bought a plain bulletin board, arranged all of the photos on the board and then hung it up in the kitchen. Not satisfied with it just hanging there, I made a commitment to pray for the friends and family in the photos as often as I stopped to look at the pictures. This has now become a ritual for me and I feel closer to these dear ones because of praying. I look forward to pinning up the new pictures every new year and comparing them with the ones from the year before. Because more and more people are sending along photos, I had to get a larger bulletin board last year! I also can't always use all of the pictures if they are embedded in a letter. I try to chose the ones that include all of the prople from that family.
This is my board with the new Christmas 2013 photos...
Some of you might see yourself or someone you know...
Do you keep all of the photos that you receive at Christmas, and if so, what do you do with them?
ON A SIDE NOTE: Something is wrong with my Blogger. It took me several hours to write this post and upload the photos. I'm trying to figure out how to contact Blogger about this problem and get some help. I had trouble once before and switched from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome and for a while it was great but now it won't load anything.
Gosh, I wish I understood this better!
Continuing our journey through the year with A Swap For All Seasons, the swap group I've been in since last September, March's theme was Spring and the destash color was yellow. Spring offered us a variety of possibilities including St. Patrick's Day, Easter and of course, the season itself. I decided to do a little something including all three.
My card for Francie featured a Spring theme...
I love working with the seed packets from Julie at Old Design Shop..
The little girl is an image I've had for some time and she just speaks Spring to me with her arms filled with flowers. The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.
I usually coordinate my card and tag but I decided to go in a different direction this time.
I saw this cute little lass in my file and wanted to use her for Francie's tag.
The pocket is a vintage library card pocket that I covered in printed papers and trimmed out with a die cut doily and a shamrock made with a heart punch. Lucky.
For some Springy yellow stash I sent...
This swap has been fun every month. Would you like to join in? If you have an active blog and like to do paper crafting, you would have a lot of fun. Each month we create one card, a tag and send along some destash from our own collections. No stress...just fun.You can read the details here on the Swap For All Seasons blog.
The next sign-up is April 1st for the May swap.
The current swap theme is Mother's Day and the color is peach. I like a good challenge...My own Mother has been gone for years and peach is a color I never use in my crafting.. Well, that's what makes this fun! I am looking forward to getting to know May, the swapper I will be sending to.
Well, I think all of us in the US (at least the Midwest and East Coast) are about fed up with Winter this year. I know we have had over 55-inches here in Southwest Pennsylvania. But consider my new friend, Jan Smith, of Jan's Arty Junk. She lives in the UK where they have been having record rainfalls and flooding. Please take time to visit Jan's blog (click on her blog name above) She is a talented artist and Tim Holtz style wizard. Fab.u.lous!
Anyway, I couldn't wait to receive her package and let me just say that my pictures don't nearly show the detail of her very fine work!
Look at the spool...
Isn't that clever?
Then there is the oodles and oodles of sunny yellow craft gems...
beads, buttons, ribbon, papers, stamps, parasol...bits and bobs...
I am swooning over the Easter egg napkin. I want to try my hand at some napkin decoupage using that napkin, the details are lovely.
Jan, thank you very much for your creative gifts and for sharing them with me.
I have loved being your recipient and I hope we are partnered again soon!
As soon as I hear from Francie that she has received my package, I'll show you what I sent to her.
On Valentine's Day, we were invited to a friend's home for dinner. There were 3 couples and our sweet hostess, in addition to preparing a wonderful meal that included lobster tails, gave each one of us a cute bucket of chocolates. (Yeah, I should have thought to take that picture 6 days ago when there was still chocolate left!) In addition to the candy, the other female guest and I were given a beautifully wrapped flying pig...one of those cute solar generated figurines from, where else, the Dollar Store! She is on my kitchen window sill bobbing along in the sun. Makes me smile every time I see her!
I wanted to make a thank you card for our hosts, and this is what I came up with...
You can guess what it says inside the card, can't you?