The Versatility of Stamps

This morning was once again Cards and Crop at church. I’m always excited for Cards and Crop, and today my plan was to get working on our next adventure book. Alas, that did not happen, since one of the ladies leading the group showed us this AMAZING technique that makes stamps look like watercolours. Let me explain.

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All you need are some sponges and your stamp pads. I opted for a sunset look, so I chose red, orange and yellow.

Next you want to mask an area for the stamping to happen. I just took a piece of white paper, ripped it in half, and used double sided tape (which I fiddled with lots to make it less sticky) to adhere them to my card. Then I started at one end with a solid red, fading it out as I went. I then added the orange, and faded that into the yellow.

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I removed the masking papers, added some candles and a handwritten sentiment and voila – a birthday card!

Here are some others that I made.

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I even created a rectangular mask and used it to make this funky thank you card.

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All in all a dry productive morning. I see many more ink gradient cards in the near future…

My First Ever Craft Show

A few weeks ago, the organization that I work for held a staff craft show. I’ve never been in a craft show before, but I figured it would be a nice way to sell some of the cards I’ve made and to share something I love to do. It was a lot of fun (though I was up quite late the night before getting some extra cards finished just in case), and I am so glad I did it! Some of the other crafters there were veterans, and were very smart in their use of levels. I, on the other hand, had a simple yellow tablecloth and used the only container I had as a raised display for two cards. Note the mini business cards that I made myself. They are nothing fancy, but it’s a nice tag to have when I bundle up my card packages together.

I’ve really taken to this one technique of using the erasers on the backs of pencils as stamps, and I have been doing whole collections with this aesthetic.

Something else I really like is using triangles of paper to create this overlapping look. I love the different colours and patterns!

And of course, seeing as how Christmas is not too far away, how could I not do some holiday cards!

If you are in the Kingston area and would like me to make some cards for you, please feel free to send me an email. The price per card ranges from $1.50 for simple stamp-only cards to $2.50 for more crafted cards.

more thank you cards

i recently borrowed a book from the library called “the best of papercrafts mag”. it has a ton of wonderful ideas in it, and this next card was inspired by a layout i stumbled upon in the book. it seems i tend to do a lot of thank you cards.

the card concept is really very simple, but i like how it gives me a chance to use my patterned paper. the thanks “plaque” is raised off the card thanks to a wonderful invention called 3D double-sided tape (not the technical term).

stitching and cards

this post is long overdue, but over the past little while i have been incorporating stitching into the cards that i’ve been making. this first one is a thank you to kelvin’s family for being so hospitable over the past few months. i made it to be a little file folder, with 5 different sections. the first section was a general thanks, followed by a personalized section to each of them. i even drew little caricatures of them doing their favourite activities!

here’s a better look at the different cards out of the folder. there wasn’t too much stitching in this one, just along the sides to keep the folder together.

this next card is for my grandma’s birthday! she loves flowers, so i decided to stitch this flower onto the card. i am still learning how to appropriately use patterned paper, but this is one of my forays down that path. it is a very simple card, but i like it. i wrote in both english and chinese on the inside, which made it look a little weird, but i am glad that i picked one language for the exterior.

consider it pure joy…

…whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. perseverance much finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (james 1:2-4)

trials are a part of life. we are given them so that we can grow, and so that we can experience new things. for me, the move to kingston was, and continues to be, one such trial. something that i have not doubted is that God wants me to be here in this city. not only can i continue to serve Him and be involved in different ministries, He has also given me the chance to contribute in my own way to the community. i have loved being close to kelvin and his family, to my sister, and to all the lovely things this city has to offer. at the same time, the seeming idleness that comprises most of my day has been slowly taking a toll on my creativity, my motivation, and my love for this place.

when you’re in school, you look longingly to the summer, when you will be free to do whatever you want on your own schedule (and, i suppose, your work schedule). you pine for those days where you can actually do nothing if you feel like it. the past month has been a little bit like that. i have no set time i really need to wake up, so it’s often 9:30 or 10 by the time i get out of bed. i have a few hours to read and do random things until i head off to volunteering or to work. when i come home, i eat, maybe play some games, or just relax. i am very thankful for this break, but i know that it’s time to get moving again.

in the midst of all this, i am planning for the imminent move into my new house. i am so excited for it, and i cannot wait to make it my own. however, the reality of paying for the maintenance of a home, all the things that come with it, furnishings, repairs…it’s really overwhelming. being the stubborn person that i am, i really wanted to manage all this on my own, but i realized it was virtually impossible with my current resources. thankfully, i have been blessed with people around me who support me and who have encouraged me to fix my eyes on Christ first and foremost. kelvin, who is somehow always able to lift my spirits, reminded me of God’s providence – He might not provide for me through anonymously sending me the money i need, but He will make sure i have my necessities, in His own way.

and as always, God continues to be faithful. He has been answering my prayers at the speed of lightning (which leaves me entirely amazed). i haven’t been able to make it out to prayer meetings at church because of my work schedule, but i am encouraged that they have been supporting me in prayer. the one week we were getting really exasperated with our house hunt, we lifted it up to God, and by the next week, we had found a house, and had successfully purchased it. and yesterday, they prayed for my job search, and by the end of the prayer meeting, we got news that the occasional teacher list for the board here had opened up. i know that prayers will not always be answered this quickly, and this directly, but may this serve as a reminder for me in the same way that the stones reminded the israelites of God’s faithfulness.

God is faithful, and He loves us. May all glory and praise go to Him.

thank you cards

with kingston through my lens coming to a close, it is time for one of my favourite activities: cardmaking! today, with a wonderful 40% off coupon, i ventured to michael’s to buy my very first stamp set. i spotted this awesome set a few days ago, and couldn’t wait to buy it! it’s a little trickier than i thought it would be, but i’m looking forward to using it more, especially for cards. i recently discovered a scrapbooking and cardmaking blog that has given me amazing inspiration, so i am looking forward to expanding my horizons!

here are a few shots of the thank you cards i made. they’re really simple, but i like them.

so those are some of my faves. let me know what you think!