Thank you, Mary Sunshine!

I really love spending hours strolling through craft stores and seeing all the new products for paper crafting.  I go crazy for beautiful embellishments and will have to live to at least beyond 100 to use what I already have.  (All gotten on sale, mind you.)  Some of them are things I have made and some are things I bought so that I would have an example to work from when I am ready to make  my own.  

The problem is that I don’t want to buy some of these things because they become a storage problem, so I try to remember what I saw so that I can go home and immediately make one to keep on my shelf as a reminder that I have the know-how to make this lovely (or weird) embellishment.  Frequently I get home and in the rush of putting away the groceries or getting dinner together, I forget all about the new little thing I wanted to make.

Not this time…  I saw these Prima medallions on the shelf for the very first time the other day.  And believe me when I tell that I know when something new hits the shelf at any of the three craft store’s paper crafting departments within a couple of miles of my house.

About half of the time I actually get home and right to the craft room.  This was one of those times!!  That is how the focal point medallion came to be on this card.  I just love it!!  If you look at the paper lace border on the card and put two and two together you will know I used the same Martha Stewart punch on both the medallion and the paper lace.  I can hardly wait to  try a different border punch to see how it will look.

The medallion is made with a Tim Holtz Die and starts as a straight piece of paper with fold lines impressed into the paper.  The idea works kind of like the fans we used to make in grade school out of pieces of craft paper.   On this, instead of leaving the edge straight, you can create all kinds of different looks by cuts made on the top edge either with punches or scissors.

I also love the little bracket that reaches around the edge of the “Thank You” piece like little arms giving it a hug.  This is something I picked up from Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace (www.amazingpapergrace.com).  I’m sure others do it but Becca makes everything so beautifully that I tend to check her cards out for the tiniest details.  That is where I remember seeing this little “Becca Bit”.

Another frugal trick I have learned (I am such a neophyte!) is to find a great font on my computer and print whatever phrase I need several times in several colors on one 8 x 11 piece of card stock.  I can then position my die over the phrase and cut it out on my Sizzix Big Shot.  No need for drawers full of stamps with various sentiments on them.

I think you can tell I am back into my creative mode…  I feel so much better in this place!

Thank you too, my friends, for checking out my blog today.  I love to hear from you and appreciate your comments.  You all make the world a little sweeter for me.  Hugs….

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About Charlotte Zweigoron

Married, retired. One of my most prized possessions is my very own craft room! Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I have been living in Georgia for over thirty years after a four year stint in Chicago. Crafting, reading and playing Mah Jongg are my favorite activities right after spending time with my four grandchildren. One grandson & his wife have recently made me a great-grandmother; The other grandson joined the Navy in December, 2011 at the ripe old age of 23! He is now a chef out on the seas!
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4 Responses to Thank you, Mary Sunshine!

  1. Deborah Rogers Mercy says:

    Charlotte, I love this card. Wow, you create some beautiful things. I need to get me some of those beautiful vines, they do hug the card, cant wait to see more…..

    • Thank you so much, Deborah!! It is lovely to hear from you. I have a Sympathy card coming up next that I made for a 102 year old friend of mine whose son passed away recently. I think you’ll like it. Send me your address and I will send you some of those vines and you can work some of your own magic with them. Blessings and Hugs!!

  2. Dana Braun says:

    I adore this Thank You card. I will attempt to not delete this one and add it to my ‘to purchase’ list …if I forget, I know I can count on you to remind me. It is a blessing to have folks in your life to whom you want to send thank you notes….Always nice to have one in your drawer. Love, love, love this one.

  3. Dana, I am working on a set of four Thank You cards, hopefully in a nice box. I will let you know when I have accomplished that. The one you mentioned here is the first one in the set.

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