I have a lot to share with you tonight! Two cards and then a tribute to a fellow cardmaker with lots of card photos! First, I have a need for some very simple cards to send on behalf of Send A Smile 4 Kids. I’ve made two to share with you tonight, the first one if for Merry Monday #176. I know if you go to their page, the title is very confusing, because this is #176, but the page says #175. I know it’s #176 because I entered #175 last week;)
I found this challenge, well, a challenge. I was over thinking what I wanted to do. I keep thinking I should add more, but that would defeat my purpose of a simple card. Did I mention I was asked to make cards with no embellishments?
For this card, I cut some of the new Red Foil paper from Stampin’ Up! I cut the paper A2 size and then used a die to cut out the center, creating a frame for the rest of the card. Now here is where you might be confused. The image is a pre colored digital image. Actually, everything, including the black “chalkboard” are all digital images.
I printed the “chalkboard” with a white border around it, then added my “frame”. The black is actually much blacker in hand, not so white and the colors pop more than I was able to get in my photo:( But, you can see the shimmer on the left side of my foil paper;)
But I made two cards! 🙂 This card will be entered into the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches #209. This is what I did with the center of my “frame”. The same info applies to this card, all digital! 😉 Now if you’ve never made a digital card, please don’t think it’s an easy way out! Even with this simple design, I had tons of problems! 😦 I tried to print both on one piece of paper, but the program said I had used too much memory, so I deleted one whole card! Still wouldn’t print, and it wouldn’t save either!! I had to close the program and start all over! How frustrating! Then it would only let me do one card image, so I had to print one, and then flip the paper over and print again!
I don’t give up that easily! It did let me save the last one so I can make more if I would like to:) Maybe with added snowflakes, but I’ll have to stamp them because the program wouldn’t let me do that either! Modern conveniences to help make our lives easier, right?! lol
This next section is my tribute to the mother of one of my friends and fellow cardmakers. My friend, Jill Blasche, who has sent many cards for SAS4Kids, sent in a large box which included a good number of cards from her mother, Helen Matrisciani. I emailed Jill when the cards arrived and she told me her mother had a fall and was in the hospital:(
I kept in touch with Jill over the next few days, and her mother had come home and seemed to be getting better. Then I didn’t hear anything for a few days, and I was worried. I sent a message to Jill and found out her mother had passed:( I don’t know all the details and it doesn’t really matter. Someone I cared about had lost her mother, I was so incredibly sad! 😦 It’s difficult to know what to say or do:( How do you help? All I could do was pray for my friend and her family.
I lost my mother only a year and a half ago, I understand how hard it is! 😦 Jill lived very near her mother, they did lots of things together! Jill wanted me to express how much she treasured her time doing things with her mother! They loved making cards together and would share ideas back and forth. Jill said that her mother gave her her love of art and crafts:) Jill said her mother was a very giving person, and I believe it! Helen was 93 years young when she passed. I believe she will be missed by many, and remembered with love!
Looking at Helen’s cards, I can see where Jill gets her talent for using the same images or paper and making the cards very different! The paper on the ghost card is the same as the skeleton only turned sideways. And look at the two skeletons, both are very different cards using a very similar image. Jill was a little embarrassed that I had said she uses the same paper, but actually, I am very impressed! It’s a talent to use the same images or papers and make your cards look different!
These are the last four cards I’m sharing. Helen sent in an incredible 78 cards! 🙂 I love this orange hats floating in the air and the cards on the right are bright and shiny with lots of glitter glue that won’t come off! 🙂 What an amazing group of cards and they have already been shipped out to my hospitals, I know they will be loved by our kids!
It’s truly not what we take with us, it’s what we leave behind. Loving children with handed down gifts and memories to last forever! 🙂
Hugs and prayers, Jill!