Hi everyone. How’re you today? How is your day going?
Mine’s going well. I power walked 3.22 miles this morning and have been reading blogs. I’m caught up on those that come up in my WP Reader. I’ve just started my Bloglovin’ feed.
On 9/11 I meant to say something before I got into the JV tournament but I totally forgot. I’m sorry; pls don’t think me insensitive. I knew the night before and the morning of it was the anniversary of 9/11 but when I read through my blog post before publishing, I had a mental list of things I had needed to accomplish that day.
Where were you when the Twin Towers were hit? I had just gotten into work where I taught fifth grade and I remember walking into the office to sign in. The old TV on the stand was turned on and I could see the Twin Towers smoking and hear the newscast running. I was in total disbelief. Most of us were there in the office, eyes glued to the screen. Our principal had us track down any students who may have come to school early to bring them to the office so their parents could be called to take them home. Our staff also headed off any parents driving by for drop off to let them know school was closed for the day.
I can’t believe it’s been 17 years. My heart still saddens when the anniversary comes up. I am grateful for all types of responders who have to put their life on the line to help others. I make sure to always thank them for their service when I see them about town.
Okay, so I’ve been busy with cards during my free time. I got stuck creatively but warmed up with each belated project.
I don’t have a photo of one as I totally forgot to snap a pic of it. I was two weeks late for this August baby, however, the recipient was happy snail mail was comin’ out to her anyways.
With that one taken care of, I was able to move onto September babies:
Meet El’s card-in-a-box. Click on it to see an enlarged version of each photo.
I used Stampin All Night’s tutorial that I had found on Pinterest. It was helpful because she has all of the measurements typed out on her photos.
- left column: frontal shot of the whole FO
- right column, top: closer view of the distress ink blending (inspired by this pin) and the overstamping
- right column, middle: close shot of the 3-D elements
- right column, bottom: how I made the 3-D elements stand up via embossable, window plastic sheets – think transparencies
- I was inspired by the pin because of its color palette. I figured neutral colors on the box would set off the 3-D elements. The pin uses Distress Oxides, a new line since last year, while I used what I had, my Distress Inks.
- The balloons were made from cream cardstock that was stamped on with stamps and VersaMark ink + clear, embossing powder was poured onto the paper which was then heated up. I blended colors onto the cardstock and then I used my balloon punch.
- This card-in-a-box folds down flat into a rectangle for its envelope.
El should get her card in the mail today! I’m so excited for her to open up the envelope. Her birthday was on the third.
Meet Nic’s Bridge-Fold Card. Click on it to see an enlarged version of each photo.
- top, left: full, frontal view
- top right: I was such a fan of the ink blending I had done for El’s card that I wanted to do the same for this one. I was inspired by this pin‘s color scheme because I knew I was going to use one of my vintage camera stamps.
- bottom: up close shot of the embossed, film strip
- I wanted to make another fancy, folding card so I ended up choosing this bridge-fold design, using The Paper Pixie’s tutorial.
- This card folds flat for its envelope to either side.
- I wonder if my cousin will notice I used the film strip stamp again (embossed last time also) for a birthday card of his?
I sent it off Tuesday afternoon so he may get it as early as today but most likely tomorrow.
Thank you very much for your visits and all around cheer. I’m off to get back to reading blogs. Have a good Thursday. TTYS.