I've learned over the past couple weeks I need to take my crafting time as it comes this summer. 5 minutes here. 20 minutes there. Yesterday Morgan said she wanted to scrapbook* with me (yay!) so I cleared some space for her at my desk and pushed some supplies around as I figured out what to work on.
Card making was my first love in the world of paper crafts, but I really haven't made many in the last few years. Typically I stock up on some letterpress cards at my favorite local stationery shops, but my stash was lacking in everyday "hey / hi / hello / how ya doing / I'm thinking about you" type cards. One of Kelly's newest stamp sets is called Sending Smiles and has some cute sentiments for card makers and snail mail lovers alike. It was time to replenish my stash.
I gathered some basic supplies and checked to see what size and color envelopes I had on hand. I love Paper Source's color selection and keep a bunch at home for mini books mostly. From those colors I chose Color Theory inks and patterned paper scraps to match. Rather than choosing a white or cream cardstock base, I cut up some watercolor paper for the texture and heavy weight. I used 4 bar envelopes here, so my card bases are 3.5" x 5".
At five (or less) minutes a pop, I stamped a bunch of simple little cards I can use when sending happy mail packages, or just a note to say hello. Plus they are a fraction of the cost of store bought cards, even when you add in the price of the stamp set. Bonus! Hooray for handmade.
1. Bonjour with fuchsia : This one is made of three layered speech bubbles. After adhering the hot pink one (from Freckled Fawn I believe), I outlined it twice with a thin .005 Zig Millennium pen. The middle layer is a vellum bubble and the top is the Bonjour bubble from this set which I fussy cut with scissors before adhering with a foam dot.
2. Heart with sunshine : I stamped the heart over and over in Color Theory Sunny Day as a rough heart shape formed, stamping off once or twice to fill in the edges. I used the same .005 pen to sketch a heart outline twice after making sure the stamp ink was completely dry.
3. Good Thoughts with clover : Using some patterned paper scraps, I punched three circles and adhered them to form a grid. With the .005 pen, again, I traced the outline of each circle twice. In the missing spot in the lower right, I added the 'sending you good thoughts' stamp in black.
4. Hello There, Friend with slate : This tiny scrap is from some Ashley Goldberg paper I had leftover. I stamped the 'hello there, friend' stamp in black and then cut it out with scissors. Without cleaning off the ink, I stamped again on the card base on an angle. I added two foam dots to the banner and adhered it to the card.
5. Sending Smiles with chartreuse : After punching a circle of yellow striped patterned paper, I cut it in half and stamped with with the 'sending smiles' sentiment. I adhered it to the bottom edge of the card and traced the outline (you guessed it, twice)
*Right now, Morgan's scrapbook consists of loose pages that she has held together with binder rings. It's really like a large mini book. I keep a box of old product under my desk for her to use, as well as some photo misprints / duplicates for her to "scrapbook" with. It's so darn cute - I'm going to keep it forever.