Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The countdown begins!

Every year the last few days before my card sale, I seem to go into panic mode.  Do I have enough made?  Shouldn't I make just a few more?  What types of cards have I forgotten?  Oh Why didn't my grandson sleep just a little longer so I could get this card ready to assemble!!!!

I find that my creative juices kind of hit a flat spot this time as well and I revert back to basic designs without any special techniques (unless those BG's are already made!).  So.......after all that complaining, here is the card that I came up with today.  And below it is the card I designed yesterday.  I also provide some prestamped sentiments that my customers can pick out to go into a blank card.  That way they can make it into any kind of card they want.  The sentiments from SU work great for this as they cut down to 1 x 2".  I then cut a bunch of 1 1/4 x 2 1/4" colored pieces that they can pick to go behind the sentiment to match the color of the card.  It also gives the sentiment a little bit of weight visually.   So......today I got all the sentiments stamped and cut.  All the colored backing pieces were cut as well.  It is a great way to use up some of those smaller pieces of scrap paper that I've saved!  I have this WONDERFUL double sided tape that I get from the man that does the trophies for our car club.  It is clear, on a 72 yard roll and is only $10.  I can usually get 75 to 100 cards out of a roll.  AND the best part is that since there is a backing on the tape, I can place pieces of it on the backs of my sentiments and colored pieces and you just peel off the backing when ready to use.  AND......another part that I just LOVE about this tape is that is it REALLY sticky.  It almost takes an act of God to get the cardstock apart when this tape is used.   I NEVER have cards that fall apart!!  A very important factor when you are selling your cards!  Okay....enough of my rambling today.





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8 comments:

Beth Norman said...

Fabulous idea about creating a variety of sentiments for people to pick out. I'm so jeleous of your tape bargain ;) Beautiful cards.

Mari said...

Oh, Ann! Those morning glories are *GORGEOUS*! When I was (ahem) a bit younger we used to have morning glories in that exact shade of blue growing outside my window. My stepdad would plant them for me every year.... I haven't thought about those flowers in a long, long time.
You just captured them perfectly!! :)

Crystal said...

Ann oh my word these are GORGEOUS!!!!! I love love your flowers and your coloring absolutely beautiful!

Nadine said...

Stunningly, awesomely beautiful work Ann!!!

Sue from Oregon said...

Lovely you stampin' nut! You have really been keeping my google reader hoppin'!

pinkhedgehog said...

You make such stunning things! I'm jealous of your Copic talents!!

Juliet A said...

I'm curious about your process for the second card - did you stamp first, then decide the size of the layers, or the other way around?

andrew said...

Wow what a pretty card - its adorable! Love the papers and the awesome layout!The image and sentiment are amazing.This is a fun sketch.I'm eyeballing it, and hope I can complete it for the challenge.

dsi r4