It's my Brother's Birthday this week, and Men's cards are notoriously difficult to make. I decided to take inspiration from this month's Graphicus Guild newsletter, and make a card very like one of the samples in there. I used two of the stamps from the Tall Trees set, and a mixture of Distress Inks and Adirondack Ink pads to create my background. I then used two of the birds from the new bird stamp sets to ink around the edges of my base card with weathered wood DI. The sentiment is also an Elusive Images sentiment. I hope my Brother likes this, as it's a bit artier than I normally send him, but he always gets a handmade card, or he would think I couldn't be bothered.
My second card is not so hand crafted, but has a story behind it. It is a retirement card for a French teacher at the school where I work on a casual basis. She taught me, my husband and both of my children, how about that? She is a lovely woman, I always got on with her, and I'll miss her no end now that she is leaving. She is not old enough to retire, she's only 54, nine years older than me. She was straight out of Uni when Terry and I started at the school. If she caught us snogging in the corridor, she used to hit us over the head with a newspaper! Those were the days. I work in the French dept with her now, so I will feel her going very much.
I have printed a picture of her second home in France onto photo paper, and then printed 'on your retirement' in French onto acetate, to overlay onto the photo. (I do this a lot for personal cards, printing personal messages, or names for family members.) I have mounted the photo twice onto pearlescent card, and then used some Prima flowers and a Martha Stewart foliage punch to create a floral edge to the picture. It is not a fussy card, because the person in question is not a person for that kind of card, and I really hope she likes it.
I am hoping, time permitting, now that the holidays are looming, to try and start to join in with some of the blog challenges that go on. Ryan will not need running to and from school all week, which is an hour round trip twice a day. I am a genuine stampaholic and have a huge stash of stamps which are used by my card class, but they only scratch the surface. Besides which, they are MY stamps! So, it's about time that I got on with using them, and created a bit more. Fingers crossed, anyway! Judith x