Cardmaking for Safelight Project 2018

If you are a new reader, or have missed the previous posts about the Safelight Project 2018, do go back a few days and see what I have been doing! https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/safelight-project-5-sets-finished-plus-a-bonus-etc/

Carole has asked for help, and I am sharing her post – Safelight Project 2018 again. She mentioned the responses have been fairly quiet, so I hope you can help make a little noise.

This project is to support women  in the shelter who are  escaping domestic violence. Carole has coordinated this project in 2017 and now is asking for reader’s help in a small way.

 If you are a “maker” – there are makeup bags, sunglasses holders and cards to make.  If you are a giver, she could use small financial contributions. Please take the time to read her posts and see if you can help in a small (or LARGE) way if you are able.

I made the make up bags and sunglasses holders and tissue packets (they were a bonus) last week, and decided to add some cards to the package before it went out in the mail yesterday.  I am by no means an awesome card maker, just a novice, but I had fun.  My supplies are limited to the stamps, and paper products on hand. (Dreaming of more stamps…..).  I do have that wonderful Brother Scan n Cut my children gave me for Christmas a few years ago, so I gave it a run on a few cards. (One of my daughters has a Cricut and she is getting lots of practice with it). I cut out lettering and a coffee cup for these cards.  When it came to stamps that gave positive messages, I am extremely limited. You will see a lot of repetition.  My printer in my craft/sewing room is acting up, so I decided not to try to print inserts for the cards, just stamp and hand write little messages.

Coffee card

I cut the coffee cup with my Scan n Cut, and stamped the message and used a sharpie for the squiggly steam . I used my Fiskars corner punch for the flower corners.

Coffee card sentiment

This is my favorite card, because I am a coffee lover!  I even decorated the envelope –

Coffee beans

I showed this card to my sister in California yesterday who is a coffee drinker. She gave it a thumbs up!

This next card I used the Brother Scan n Cut to cut out the lettering. One word is preloaded in the machine, so the letters are “welded” together. The other words I typed in, and then they were cut as individual letters. They are tricky to “stick down”. I ended up with a glue stick instead of tape runners.

You are Special

and the inside –

Sentiment in card

The card below had several elements layered.  The flowers were cut with the Scan n Cut, the centers punched with creative memories punch.

Layering elements

and the inside of the blue card –

Embellishments

Again, the flowers had to be applied with glue stick instead of tape runner. ( If you make cards and have a tip, let me know what you use on items with lots of open area for adhesive. )

Sometimes I cut up cards I have received and save elements.  This next card was a thank-you note, sent to me by the church in Colorado where I donated the Log Cabin Cross Banner nearly 3 years ago. (https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/new-log-cabin-cross-banner/ )  (Someday I am going to re-write the directions for that pattern!! )

I cut the center of the card out, trimmed it to the size I wanted and applied it here to a new card base.

Single Ray of Sunshine

and the inside –

Be the Sunshine

This is another card where I have added elements from those saved cards.

Card layering

lots of layering to give some dimension.  I liked this card because I have butterfly stamps I can use!

Inside the blue butterfly card

I see butterflies as a symbol of re-birth and new beginnings.

This next card, I cut a “window” with the Brother Scan N cut, and the bottom border.  I used some purple butterfly fabric behind the window. Glue stick to the rescue there too.

A window in the card

Sentiment inside window card

All of these photo’s are in my FLICKR album called Paper Crafting. The album is kind of a journal of my paper crafting, and is available to view here –  https://www.flickr.com/photos/92296158@N02/albums/72157668947466596/page1/

I love getting inspired by other card makers.  This set of 6 cards is pretty simple, but they were fun to make.  Coming up with inspiring words was a little harder.  I can not imagine what these women have gone through before they escaped the violence in their life.  I hope these will be a little bright spot in their lives as they start to rebuild. 

In closing, I want to say that I always get more personally out of doing these projects for Carole than I give. The gift to me is in the giving.  Won’t you help in some small way?  Carole has sponsors for her blog, and they are offering some gifts in return!  Be sure and follow her too – https://frommycarolinahome.com/2018/04/01/safelight-project-2018/

It’s in the mail

My unique handmade cards are mailed, and I thought I would share some pictures of some of my creations.  I used a combination of elements, stock blank cards & envelopes, stamps, cardstock, and embossing ink and powder, and my new heat tool for some.  I also have taken many old cards “apart” and given them new life.

Now, if you didn’t get a card from me this season, I’m sorry.  I had another 25 made, but ran out of steam for looking up addresses, and standing in line for stamps!  Maybe the day after Christmas I will send out that last bundle.

More sparkles

I had fun with that heat gun embossing tool and the silver & gold embossing powder. I was in Michaels Craft Store a week ago and got a big sale on products, including 1/2 price on the heat gun.  

I did have an assembly line going on the dining room table for several days.  It helped me get in the spirit of the holiday.

Dining room assembly station

This batch got a little extra bling with some sparkles inside the card & outside too.

Learning how to use the embossing powder and heat gun left me with sparkles all over the place!

Snowman embossing

I had a lot of fun!  I liked the silver the best I think.  I tried to “coördinate” the envelopes too.

This next one shows the inside of one of the cards, where I have “re-purposed” greetings from old cards.

Adding inserts with silver

I’ve tried to re-use the cool cards that I have received in the past several years.  A little “slicing and dicing” to make them pretty again – now I am very glad I kept them around.  Even after I finished making cards, I still had some to “chop up” and store the pretty elements and sentiments for “next time”.  (Last year, I wrote a sentiment out and printed it on an insert for the card, so this was a “new approach” for me). 

crafting cards

Combining elements

Stamps and embellishment

reimagining old cards

Adding some snow flakes

3 unique cards

And then there is the fun of doing a little coloring too.  (Note, I did stick down that gold ribbon securely before I put it in the mail…..)

Adding some gold ribbon

Let it snow

My total was 37 handmade cards so far sent, with another bundle ready when I get the brain power to get them addressed!  I’ve learned a lot this year making cards and playing with inks, and ribbons and cardstock and gel pens and tape runners, paper cutters and stamps.  I did manage to get one birthday card out in the mail as well.  

Birthday card

Birthday card center

I learn something with each card I make.  

In case I forgot to send a card, please let me tell you, Merry Christmas!!!

I will be “linking up” with Maria Shell’s blog ” Tales of a Stitcher“.

Busy December days

I know…when are you ever going to get back to the sewing room???  I keep asking myself that question! Have no fear, the weather is above 40 degrees today, and I might brave the winter temp and wander out.  It’s been downright cold around here, and I have had plenty to keep me busy!  (Note – this post is FULL of photos!!)  Grab a cup of your favorite warm beverage!

Snow on Dec 9 2017 Delaware

Two weeks of what I call “Quilt Guild Time”.  First Monday of the month was the guild meeting, and there was a board meeting on Thursday. The snow came on Friday.  (Thank goodness).

The program for the meeting was our annual holiday luncheon and show & tell.  Frankly, I had nothing “ready” to show, that I could wrap my head around. You see, we were coming off 2 weekends in a row of “model rail road club open house”, and I just could not think what to bring. Between an ear infection for me, and hubby coming down with a cold, and long days at the train club, I was just not ready.  Late Sunday evening I remembered that  I had to bring a dish of food to share, and was NOT ready for that either.  An early morning run to the local super market provided some wonderful frozen meatballs, and a few jars of marina sauce.  I popped those meatballs in the oven to heat, the marinara sauce in the microwave, heated up the crock pot, and in under an hour, had them ready to go, and I got out the door by 9 am.  (Note to self….keep those meatballs/sauce on hand for the next food crisis!).  Really, my own fault, as I took the hubby out to dinner on Sunday night with some friends for his birthday, and failed to prepare.   Anyway…the meatballs were a hit, only a few left at the bottom of a very empty crock pot, and nobody cared that I didn’t have a show & tell.  (PHEW….).  I did get to relax and have a little fun at the luncheon, and enjoyed visiting and conversations with members I don’t often get a chance to speak with at meetings.

The feeding continued following our monthly board meeting, where our host provided a delightful brunch.  This is a group of about 20, and again a delight to sit and visit during this busy month.  The snow arrived on Friday, and pretty much kept us at home through the weekend.  Somebody said we got 6″ of snow, heavy and wet.  Luckily the roads were still warm, and it did not stick around long.  Hubby and I spent the weekend finishing up decorating for Christmas.

2017 Christmas Tree

Took me all week to get the tree up and the lights on and the decorations on.  Hubby suffered quietly with a cold and emerged long enough to get the angel on top and some of the highest ornaments on.  Every year we decorate a little differently, and this year, the lights seem “dim” to me.  I realised after I was finished,  I only used half as many lights as last year.  (I think I was burnt out).  The LED bulbs are not as bright as the old fashion type either.

Tuesday I hosted the Queen Bees for a luncheon/Christmas party.   I decided that I would ask them to help with a card making project that Carole / From My Carolina Home    asked for help with.  On her Dec 8th post, she invited others to take part in making cards for a woman’s shelter.  So, when I asked my Queen Bee’s, they all agreed.  I put some supplies on the table, and they got busy!

An artistic group

Crafting and creating Queen Bees

They created 12 cards in just under an hour!  They used cardstock, punches, old greeting cards, stamps, pens, tape runners etc to create these cards.

Fun creations

Special cards made by the Queen Bees

More special cars

Holiday greeting cards

Greeting cards made by bee

Some of these women had never done any “paper crafting” of this sort before, but were eager to prepare cards with heartfelt messages inside.

Sentiment inside

We have so many talented women in this group, and I love the way this card was done inside.    We got the dozen cards out in the mail to Carole to meet her deadline.  I think the Queen Bees enjoyed the project, although it wasn’t quilting, it went for a very good purpose.  Two of the women in the Queen Bees knew about Carole’s project, because they follow her blog.

I got to follow-up a great lunch on Tuesday with the Queen Bees by attending another lunch with the Material Girls Bee on Wednesday.  It was hard to remember to take “small portions” but I did!!

The Queen Bees inspired me and I spent the rest of the week with my own card crafting. I had a birthday card to make and Christmas cards I wanted to do.  I was so inspired I made a trip to Michael’s Craft Store and purchased more “card blanks & envelopes” and treated myself to a heat gun and embossing powder.  I picked up a BUNCH more stamps at Tuesday Morning too.  More about those cards “next time”…as I want to give the recipients a chance to receive them before I spoil the surprise.  

I did make it to the garage on Sunday afternoon for a few hours.  I managed to help the hubby “move” a table back into “my area”, and do a little “cleaning up”  of patterns and files, and stuff.  I actually turned on my machine, and repaired the velcro and snaps on some baby items for my daughter. I wasted 30 minutes fighting with 1″ sticky back loop velcro before I threw it away, and got out the 3/4″ sew in loop velcro I had on hand. Not as wide as I wanted, but it will have to do.  I ended up throwing away a heavy-duty needle that was immediately gummed up too with that sticky back velcro.  GRRRR……..hate that stuff……

So, I am “ready to sew” my own stuff again after nearly 2 months out of my sewing room.  What to work on today?  ?  ?

What are you doing to get ready for Christmas?