Most of the time I don't get too terribly excited about the mail. But yesterday was an exception. First I opened an envelope containing the summer collection of skittles that I had ordered. The colors are just fabulous! Thanks, Corri! Next, there was a card from a very dear friend in her 90's whom I hadn't heard from at Christmas, which never happens. So, I was happy to hear she just had a bad patch and is doing much better. And on the bottom of the mail pile was a familiar gray plastic envelope.... my April issue of Quick Cards magazine with a sweet pack of Lily of the Valley designer paper.
I wasted no time and headed straight for the dining/craft table to make this card:
I used a Spellbinders die to cut the picture from the front of the notecard I had just received from my friend. Next I cut the same aperture from a piece of the Lily of the Valley paper and inserted the picture. The sentiment is an unidentified rubber stamp from my stash. Using a sheet of white CS 10.0 x 6.25, I scored it at 4.25 and 8.5 inches. That left a 2 inch flap on the inside of the card into which I can safely tuck a few photos. Just to dress it up a bit, I used a scalloped border punch on the edge and added a strip of the dp to match the front. The little rose was salvaged from the back of my friend's card, too. A similar scalloped edge and dp strip was added to the top of the inside with a simple sentiment - Enjoy! The card front was attached and a bow, charm, and skittles added to finish the card.
|(inside of card with photo pocket at the bottom)|
Finding time to write long notes in Christmas cards each year seems to get harder and harder, perhaps, because I procrastinate more and more. Maybe 10 years ago I simply wrote in my friend's Christmas card that I'd send a letter and photos after the holidays and have continued doing just that for years. I'll be sending this recycled card and several photos back to her. I think she'll be tickled to see how I reused her note card and to see how big all the grandkids are getting to be.
The challenges I am entering today include:
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 15 - Pretty and Pink
Simply Create Too Challenge #83 - No digis or stamped images (This image was recycled from a store bought card I received in the mail.)
Sister Act Card Challenge #101 - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #241 - Die Cuts
Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Apr 8-14 - Coffee or Tea Theme
Scrapy Land Challenge #15 - Anything Goes (I used Spellbinders dies)
Clear It Out Challenge - Anything Goes + Stash Item -AG (skittles, ribbon, charm all from my stash)
Pile It On Challenge #63 - Die Cuts/Punches (I've used a die cut, circle punch, scalloped circle punch, scalloped border punch and corner punch.)
Scrapbook Blessings Club April Challenge - Anything Goes with Pink, White and Green
Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Challenge #274 - Decorate the Inside