Monday, January 28, 2013

Touching the lives of others...

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.     ~ Pericles

I saw this quote last week, and loved it.  I think that's what card making does for me.  It gives me a chance to connect with others in a way that seems small on my end, but for the person getting the card, it could be a very big thing.  Maybe they don't get many cards, maybe they feel like people have forgotten them because they can't go out of their home any more.

Telephone calls are great, but we're all so busy!  Sometimes it's hard to fit it in.  A card can continue to 'give' to the person when you're not there, or if they're feeling sad.  AND you can write the card in the middle of the night.  You can't (ordinarily) make a phone call at midnight.

I encourage you to send a card to someone today...even if it's just a note to say HELLO.  It will make your friend smile.  And it might just make you smile, too.

Here's one of the cards we made in class this month:

I used the border in the Avonlea card making workshop kit to make faux ribbon on the card base.  It's kind of a cool technique!

Supplies Used:
Avonlea Cardmaking Workshop on the Go (G1527, $29.95)
Pun Fun (C1505, $13.95)
Card Stock: Sweet Leaf, Sky and Cotton Candy
Cricut Art Philosophy (for the circle and scallop)
Spray Pen (with rubbing alcohol and Pacifica Reinker) to darken the blue ribbon
Silver Shimmer Trim
Designer Rhinestone Brads (retiring 1/31/13 - so get 'em while you can!) (Z1360, $5.95 for 12)
Ink:  Ruby
Markers: Sunkiss Yellow (retired), Bamboo (retired), Cotton Candy (to color the rhinestones)
Other:  Gel Pens, green, clear, pink
Micro Tip Scissors
Foam Mounting Tape

And here's a card we made at a Close To My Heart corporate event.  

I would never have thought of using the (Flirty) Raspberry card stock with the grey driftwood paper from the Dakota paper pack.  And the epoxy flowers are a wonderful addition!  

Supplies Used:
Dakota Paper Pack (grey driftwood B&T paper)
La Belle Vie (black B&T paper)
Flirty (raspberry card stock)
Baker's Twine Harvest Assortment (Z1751, $4.95)
Slate Mini-Medleys (Z1787, $5.95) (flower pins and brad)