Thursday, April 30, 2009

House of cards

I'm not the kind of person that likes to run out to the store and pick up a card from an isle full of over-priced, pre-written sentiments. That is why, for several years now, I have been making my own cards for any and all occasions. It's become a wonderful way for me to "de-stress," and spend some time thinking of the person I'm making the card for and why I love them.

I think it means so much more when it's handmade and it's just fun! I got a wonderful compliment from my mother-in-law the other day when she told me her husband's mother (my husband's grandma) loves the cards she gets from me and wondered where I was finding such wonderful and unique cards. My mother-in-law told her that I make all of them from scratch, and Grandma drew back in awe :)

Now that I've built myself up to sound like something incredible...haha.

This first one is for my sister-in-law. She's going to be the lead character, Millie, in her high school's musical production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." She always gets mad when someone says "good luck" to her before a show, because she's a theater nerd and no-one is supposed to wish you luck, or it somehow curses you. Anyways, that's why you wish theater people to "break-a-leg" before a show- like you're trying to fool the luck/fate.

My brother-in-law is a

Seattle Seahawks fan,
so I knew he'd appreciate this design!

It's simple, masculine, and yet
still crafty!

This next card was a request of my husband- he asked that I make a thank-you card for a wonderful family from our church that had us over for lunch on Sunday after the service. It was such a blessing as they were such gracious hosts and showed us such hospitality and love. I loved the yellow paper with crazy circular designs that somewhat resembled flowers (Part of a set I received as a gift from my sister-in-law for Christmas- my FAVORITE present)
I used that as my inspiration and incorporated a lot of handstitching in the design.

Here's a closer pic of
the flowers :)

And here is the detail for the back of the card. I always try to incorporate part of the design in a little decal/logo of some sort for the back of the card. Then I initial it, and put a heart <3

This next one is pretty obvious what it is for...but I got the idea from some really cool cards on Esty. (Designers don't worry! I'm simply making them for family and friends) I just loved the idea of the mommy and baby birdie.

The top left photo includes the decal with my signature mark for my cards.

And here's the other one I made (Gotta make 2 now that I'm married!) I think this one's my favorite.
...just wish my cursive was prettier. oh well.

Well folks, I think that's all I got for you. I hope you are encouraged and inspired to make some very special cards for your family and friends. Please let me know if you do! I'd love to see pictures. And as always, you are more than welcome to steal any of the ideas I've posted- as long as I can steal some from you!


NICO Designs said...

Cute cards! I cannot decide between the last two as to which is my favorite but I love the detail on the back of the cards.