I was so close to putting together a blog post last night, and then just got caught up in watching a few of my favorite shows on the DVR. The kind of shows that I have to actually pay attention too, as there is so much going on. If I were to work on a blog post while watching, I would have to watch the show all over again tonight, as I would have no idea what had happened.
For my April project for Kerri Bradford Studio, I thought I would make a few cards. I've been creating lots of layouts lately, and wanted to work on a smaller canvas. Of course, when I say I'm going to make a few cards, it usually means that I'm going to mass produce a bunch of cards. If I'm die cutting pieces for a card or two, my thinking is that I might as well cut extras while I'm at it, so that I can have extra cards on hand. So making a few cards often takes WAY more time than if I would have just made a layout.
I picked out a few sentiments from Kerri’s new Happy Stuff kit that would be perfect for making some cards. I’m always needing birthday cards, love to send out “hello” cards, and I thought the “that’s kind of cool” would be great for a congratulations-type card.
I did use all Stampin' Up cardstock for these cards. I haven't really used their cardstock in my Cameo before, as I try and stick to using mostly American Crafts cardstock for all of my die cutting. The backgrounds cut just fine, but the sentiments didn't cut quite as well. I should have thickened them up a bit. Mental note for next time :)
I also cut a variety of backgrounds to create the card bases from cardstock. I think the chevron was my favorite, found in the Life Additions #2 kit. I also both a circle and a wave background for a few of the cards, found in the More Background Basics kit.
I had picked out some sheets of patterned paper from a variety of 6x6" paper pads that I thought I would incorporate into the design somehow. I ended up cutting just the negative shapes from these papers, thinking I would piece them into the cardstock backgrounds. So I had cut some circles to fit into the circle background, some zig zags to fit into the chevron backgrounds, and some waves to fit into the wave backgrounds.
I did end up using some of the pieces, but not quite as many as I had planned. I was working with just blue, pink, and green cardstock, and soon realized that some of the sentiments wouldn't show up that well if the backgroud was too busy. So I added a few pieces in here and there and even left them entirely off some of the cards.
I wanted to keep the cards fairly flat so they would be easy to mail. By sticking to a background piece, a sentiment, and a few enamel dots, I was able to create simple cards that still have plenty of interest to them.
If I'm being totally honest, these four cards are the only ones that are finished. I have backgrounds, sentiments, and extras all put aside for 8 more cards. We'll see if I ever finish them. Lol.
If you haven't heard, National Scrapbook Day is this coming Saturday, May 3rd. To get ready for the big day, Kerri is having a week long sale on everything in her store! It's a great time to stock up on any kits that you've had your eye on, or any of the fabulous new ones she's been adding to the store in the last few weeks. Head over HERE to get all the details.