Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Paper and Glue = Handmade Cards

Butterflies and flowers dominate--perfect for Spring!
In today's fast paced world of cell phones, video chats, texting, and all-around instant connectivity greeting cards might seem a bit old-fashioned and slow.  But it is so much fun to receive something in the mail!  We all love getting something personal amidst the bills and junk.

Sadly, I must confess that I am horrible at remembering to send cards even remotely on time.  (A skill both my Grandma and Mom have mastered.)  I always have the best of intentions, but they don't don't seem to make it to the mailbox.

I do really enjoy making cards--which you would think would help me to be better at sending them out!  At my first craft fair back in November I sold a (surprising) number of my handmade cards, so I've been putting a few together for the upcoming fair this weekend (I'd love tips, comments, personal experiences, etc).  I thought that I would share some of these creations today.

I used high quality cardstock for these cards.  I designed a simple block with all of my information for the backs--which was something I found recommended on various sites to help promote yourself.  I have a Sizzix Sidekick which I love and a stash full of great papers.  I have a few of these awesome paper stacks that are adhesive on the backs so after I cut all I have to do is stick them on--these are really great for some of the die cuts with small pieces that can be difficult to glue.  They can be a bit pricier, but they are worth it.

I think that this might be my favorite one of the bunch.  
Flower Power!

I love playing with the same die cuts and similar papers--
the finished effect is quite interesting.

This one is just plain fun.  There are quite a few different
papers glued to the background to make this one work.

A much simpler, and less busy, version of the one about it.

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  1. What lovely cards - simple but beautiful!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Those are cute, thank you for linking up! :)

  3. I love having hand made cards on hand! Great job!

  4. Very cute! I'm just starting to get into card and album making and didn't even think to stamp the backs. Thanks for the tip and for linking up at Etcetorize~

  5. Those are really cute cards. I've just started getting into a few paper crafts here lately. I even made my own paper the other day. That was fun, but I need to experiment with that some. But I haven't tried card making yet. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  6. super cute! These caught my eye because i had that same stack of paper strips that you used for these cards. They were SO handy and I made tons of cards with them.

  7. How cute! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  8. handmade is always so lovely, particularly in cards. thank you for linking it up at our party at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/
    look forward to seeing you again next week, and don't wait till wednesday... we post every day of the week :-)

    have a lovely weekend,

  9. that gingham flower one is darling! thanks for linking this up to tip-toe thru tuesday! we hope to see you again this week!

  10. Cute cards! Good luck at the craft fair! I hope you have a great time there!!!

    @ Creatively Livin

  11. how lovely! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday!

  12. well, you are going to be on time with mothers day cards. :-)
    thank you for linking these up and we look forward to seeing 'new stuff' from you tomorrow, at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/


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