Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stamping in Bulk

Sometimes we have to make a bunch of cards for an occasion: invitations, thank you cards, or we just have a lot of birthdays happenning around the same time.  In these cases we have to 'stamp in bulk' and make a bunch of the same card.  But if you're like me, you get bored after card #3 and are itching to stamp something different.  Well, I recently found the cure to this.

Bugs and Kisses Thank You Cards :)
I had to make thank you cards after my daughter's birthday party.  But the thought of making 12 of them was not very appealing to me.  So I went to my left over cut up card stock from my card classes (I always cut extra card stock, which means I end up with card stock) and chose a couple of styles that would work well together, and with the stamp set I chose, Bugs and Kisses.

And then I stamped.  Twelve of them.  And it wasn't so bad!!!  To glitz the thank yous up a bit, I added the adhesive rhinestones to each in different places (I LOVE those embellishments). 

I used the same ink on all of them (Early Espresso) but otherwise they are all a bit unique.  Yet similar.  They all have the same three bugs, and the same greeting.  Some have the Greenhouse Gala DSP, others have the retired Tropical Party DSP.  Some are embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, others are not.  And some are landscape, whereas some are portrait orientation. 

So what do you think?  I think it's a pretty great way to create a bunch of the same, yet different cards!  I didn't get bored and could get creative, even if only a little bit, with each card :)  Hope this inspires you the next time you have to stamp in bulk.  Keep letting stamps bring out your creativity!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Stamp for Books Fundraiser

We're very lucky... our daughter gets to go to a brand new school. And it's beautiful. Really beautiful. Her JK class has gorgeous new carpets, toys, and even a bathroom right in the classroom. But being a brand new school, that likely went over-budget, they're lacking some things. Like books for the library. And play structures in the playground. We're being assured that the play structures are coming, but we're not sure exactly what *kind* of structure we're getting, just that we'll likely want a bigger one... And there are some books in the library... some.

I'm on the parent council for the school and due to conflict of interest, I can't hold a stamping fundraiser through the school. So I thought to myself, why not just do my own? I sat down today, picked a date - Sunday March 19th from 2-4 - and decided we'd to 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) for $15 - All profit will go to the school. To design the first card, I knew I wanted butterflies. I also loved the Pals Paper Arts Challenge Colour Challenge this week: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. Using my beloved 3-D butterfly, I ended up with the card to the left. I needed something simple, to maximize profits from the fundraiser. But with the embossed background, the dimension from the butterfly and the scallops, I think I came up with a simple yet elegant card that can be used for birthday, thank yous and even anniversaries.

The other two cards will be kept a secret for now ;) But rest assured, they've been 'approved' by someone other than me ;) More information on my fundraiser is available on my Classes Page. I hope to see you there! Or if you can't make it, maybe you'll take advantage of my class-to-go option :)

Keep letting stamps bring out your creativity!