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Cards of Caring by Nola J. Burkhard

Hello Stampers,

I'm so glad you came by Stamper's Quest today as I have several cards to share with you and an exciting event to tell you about.  The cards I have to share with you today are really all on the more simple side of card making.  That's because I often hear the phrase: "Oh I can't make cards, I have no talent like that."  But really you do, you just need to start more on the simple side and as you become more familiar with card making, and stamping techniques you will find that you really can make your own cards.  It's really not that hard at all.
The first card I want to share with you is God Bless You:


As you can see I only really have one layer on this card.  That's because I wanted to make my focal point the flowers.  Stampin' Up! has teamed up with Core'dinations to release a white core paper in some of the Stampin' Up! colors.  This 80 lb card stock has a white core so that when you dry emboss an image on it (like the flowers) and then use a  sanding block, it takes off some of the color and gives it more of a distressed look. The more I use it, the more I love this paper.  But a word of warning, you need to be very gentle with your sanding of the paper or the paper will tear very easily.  That's why the ribbon is placed on the bottom portion of the layer....I slightly tore it when I was sanding!  But with the ribbon there you'd never know.  And instead of starting all over again, I just grabbed some ribbon.  This just goes to show that even us Trail Guides here at Stamper's Quest mess up every now and then!

The cards I am sharing with you today are just part of a group of cards that everyone that attends a program I am running the end of the month will get to make two of.  The program is called Cards of Caring and will be held on Wednesday March 27 from 9:30 - 3:00 at the Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover, Mass. I will have eight cards, each in it's own basket with all the materials prepped and ready to go.  And if you attend you can make 2 of every card and get lunch, too.  Because this is at a Retreat Center I chose Inspiration and Blessings for the theme of the program.  Cards of Caring is named for a group from my church, West Chelmsford UMC, that get together every month to make cards for our church members.
I am about half way through making the samples of the eight cards.  Here is another one for you to see:  Friends are the Flowers...


This card uses one of my favorite retired sets of stamps by Stampin' Up! and that's one of the nice things of this event.  I won't be pushing orders, just sharing the love I have for card making with other people.  This card features water-color crayons and just a bit of water that you mist from a spray bottle right onto the stamp block after it has been colored with the crayons. DSCN2115

After you color the stamp, take a small spray bottle that has water in it and hold the stamp about an arm's length away and give it two squirts of water.  It is just enough water to transfer the colors from the crayon onto your card stock when you press the stamp gently but firmly, onto your paper.
Then I just added a little flower brad in the corner of the layer and used dimensional adhesive to give the panel a raised effect.


This next card, Praying for you, does not really use any special technique but it has some wonderful elements to it.  I ran the So Saffron (pale yellow) paper through an embossing folder, then taped a narrow piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP)  over the top edge of it. And then a piece of ribbon in the same color is taped down over that for a subtle effect.  I used a fairly small label collection die on a different piece of DSP and my Big Shot by Sizzix to cut out the label shape and angled it so that the stamped hands are pointing to the upper left corner.  The praying hands, label DSP and the Praying for You... images are all adhered with dimensionals so that they are all raised off the paper for a nice 3D effect.


I got the layout for the With Sympathy card from the most recent issue of Take Ten magazine which is a great resource for all sorts of cards.  Again, this is a very simple card, but it looks nice because it has several layers and images on it.  The DSP is the same color of the layer, Perfect Plum, and each of the flowers, the butterfly and the label (for you) have been raised with Dimensionals.  I love to use Dimensionals for a little raised effect. They are sticky on both sides and come in a package of 2 sheets. These are the things I order the most of because even though there are LOTS on those two sheets, I use them all the time.


The last card I have to share with you today is really one of two cards as it came from a kit.  This is really the simplest card in the bunch, as there was no cutting of card stock to do.  The paper came scored and cut so all you really have to do is fold it, stamp and add ribbon, tape and a few faux pearls that also come in the kit, and you are all done.  But because I chose to not have the ribbon go all the way around the whole card it does not really close.  How did I fix that?  With just half a velcro round on both sides of the paper.  It is hidden under the pink flap so that you don't see it but it gives it a little bounce when it is closed.DSCN2127

So these are my cards for you to see today.  I still have a couple more to create for the event.  I will get those done in the next day or two, since then I'll need to start prepping all the baskets with everything needed to make each card.  If you live in the North Andover area of Mass and can take the day off from your busy schedule, try to come.  You can register for it right online over at: www.rollingridge.org.  You don't need to bring anything, as everything will be provided, including lunch.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Until next time,
Stamp, Create, Play ... Everyday!
Hugs, Nola
P.S. Everything shown here is by Stampin' Up!

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