Friday, July 2, 2010

Eat Cake

It's finally Friday! And not only that, but it's a holiday weekend as well. Do you all have big plans for the 4th? I unfortunately have to work tomorrow evening and all afternoon and evening Sunday, but we have a couple hours free tomorrow morning, so we're taking the kids to the zoo and having a picnic lunch at the playground. Should be fun!

Speaking of fun, a girl from my writer's group requested 5 handmade birthday cards from me (yay! A sale!) so I got to have some fun getting crafty today. This is the first of the five, and I think this had to be the easiest card I've ever made! I used a total of five supplies, not including adhesive. Simple and elegant is the look I was going for, and I think I got that, so I'm happy.

I started out by flipping through my 12x12 Sweet Stack paper pack by DCWV. This was the first patterned cardstock pad I bought back at the beginning of the year when I first started papercrafting and I really haven't used a whole lot of it yet. Am I the only person out there with a tendency to "collect" pretty supplies? I have to break myself of this habit right quick. The whole reason for making cards is to bring joy to others by giving them away. Hoarding it to myself doesn't do anybody any good. See how I lecture myself? Lol. I hope it works!

Anyway, I came to this gorgeous pink page full of subtle patterns and swirls, and this great, elegant cake image in the bottom right corner, and it was love. I'm not sure if you can tell from the pics, but the whole thing is glittered up, the cake layers, the swirls, the curly-cue trim... All over. I folded some pink Bazzill cardstock for my base, and trimmed the patterned paper to just slightly smaller than the card face for a little color contrast. I stamped the sentiment from Studio G in Colorbox Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan, then added a little glitter with a glue pen. Oops! I forgot about the glitter and glue pen. So technically I used seven supplies. I tied on some pink polkadot shimmery ribbon from Dashes, Dots, & Checks, then cut out my cake image and popped it off with dimentionals.

So maybe it wasn't exactly simple in the area of using fewer-than-usual supplies, but rather how quickly it came together and became the card I invisioned from the get-go. Usually my cards are more trial and error. I'm thinking about starting a little sketchbook though to help me plan then out a little better. Is that what you do? Or do you just pull together a bunch of coordinating supplies and see what results? I'm curious to know.


  1. I really like this card. The cake is a great design and you paired it with wonderful patterend paper and the pretty bow.

    I too have supplies that I have hoarded over the years. Usually the things that can't be replaced like embellishments are patterned paper. The problem with that is that some time later when I have to sort through all my stuff to clean it out because I have too much, I find those hoarded items and think "why did I buy these?". So use it up while you have it. You can always find something else you love to replace it.

  2. LOL, I have a box full of paper and things, which I forget about, thanks for reminding me. This card is so pretty, love the colors and the image, great job.

  3. love the card... really cute! :-)

  4. This card is GORGEOUS! that PP is beautiful. and no, you are not alone. My PP collection could cover the whole Hawaiian island. kekke... Happy 4th!

  5. Wow those are great.. you should make more of those for etsy!! Great job!

    Jessica Lynn

  6. Thank you all so much! You're so sweet to me. :o)

    Jessica, do you think it'd be profitable? I've considered it. I used to sell jewelry there, but I didn't know if there was much money to be made in cards. I may try it though.


Thank you so much for taking a few moments to brighten my day!


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