I first started making these cards in 2011. Over the years, I've changed them a bit - However, I really do like this new iteration -- and part of that is because I'm able to use the scans from some of my gel prints and have added a new feature to these very special personalized cards -- an EZ Sound Module from InviteByVoice.com. The module allows additional opportunities to personalize for the perfect final touch.
You'll need: EZ Sound Module (InviteByVoice.com) Print Shop® (or another editing program) Fonts (I used a few for this one, Noteworthy, Edwardian Script, Andrea, CK Emily Hand, Century Schoolbook, Calibri) Cardstock (8.5 x 11 for printables, 12 x 6 for card base) Digital scans (I used gel prints for mine) -or designer paper Scor-Tape Bone folder and score board Paper Trimmer
Printer Optional: Electronic Die Cutting machine (eclips 2 and eCal3 software) for inside sentiment
The set up for the card front is pretty easy in PrintShop®. Just create a Headline with the letter U. Adjust fill, shadow and stroke as desired. Create another headline with the word ARE, rotate to the left 90 degrees and adjust sizing as needed. Adjust fill, shadow, and stroke to match the U. Create a text box and begin typing in your descriptive words. Once you have your box filled, you can highlight individual words and change the font within the box. You can print 4 card fronts per 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock. I used white, but I have also used an offwhite and marbled vellum as well for the card base. Once printed, cut the cardstock, trimming to the size needed.
Next: Score the 12 x 5.5 piece of cardstock at 4 inches, 7 .5 inches, 8 inches and 11.5 inches along the long edge. Fold and crease with the bone folder along each line well.
Add sentiments, embellishments and personalize now. The "Thank you" sentiment was created, print and cut in eCal3. using the eclips2. The letters are filled using an original gel print pattern. I printed a 3.5 x 4.5 copy of my scanned gel print and added the thank you cut to that and trimmed it just a little bit more.
Following the manufacturer's instructions add your music to the EZ Sound Module and secure to the inside back piece with the button facing up by removing the release paper on the back of the module. The folds allow some "breathing" room for the module and the card will nearly fold flat when it is put together.
Apply some double stick tape on the last 1/2 fold and line up the edge with the first fold at the 4 inch mark and secure.
I'm using a free ringtone download snippet of Bette Midler's The Wind Beneath My Wings. TIP: You can move the play button and place exactly where you need it for best access to fit the card size.
Thanks for stopping by today. Hoping you're set aside a few hours for some creative time this week. We'll catch up with you again soon!
Several months ago I discovered a fabulous music station that offers inspiring and uplifting music and it's on the internet! http://yldsr.com I often just turn it on knowing that I don't have to worry about the messages playing over the cyber and air waves and it so pleasant to "tune in" too to the messages of the songs and instrumentals :o) No, Im not plugging for them, but I've never felt down after listening - and yes, it's what's playing in the background while we craft and create -- SWEET MUSIC IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL! I love that I can slip into this realm of music and find joy and and lessons of God's love there regardless of what is going on just beyond the room's walls. Just one more step on my joyous journey!
Mother's Day is just a few days away. I pulled out the CD of Mom's birthday celebration from a couple of years ago and watched it again yesterday afternoon. Her artwork continues to blow me away and I love her smile and so many of the sweet memories that weekend provided as we all gathered to celebrate not only her birthday but motherhood! Her unconditional love for each of us regardless of our choices continues. I just wish that Alzheimer's wasn't taking her away bit by bit. I feel sad that she knows what's happening and sees things slipping away and her independence is being stripped away piece by piece...she does understand that it's for her own safety, but that doesn't make it any easier. Mom, I love you and will love you always -- thank you for teaching me so many wonderful and valuable lessons about being a mom and a step-mom. I am honored to not only call you MOM, but my Hero today! Thanks so much! (and I promise, no remember whens?)
On the crafty side:
The bookcase was cleared moved and refilled with essential supplies before the gals arrived to play. We played, talked and played some more last night until 9:30 or so. Everyone did their very own thing -- from stamping and inking to glueing and layering components to create their works of art for gifting and sharing! I have a stack too...nothing fancy, sweet and simple and not a whole lot of stamping going on either. My head was still wrapped around trying to find those missing pictures! I moved and searched several more places yesterday -- but still can't locate the binder and folder. It was fun and I'm looking forward to more crafting and creative time on Saturday.
This card uses paper from Provo Craft; Flowers and brad from Oriental Trading. Rhinestone, Hobby Lobby; Scallop border punch from SU. Not a bit of stamping on this one. I'll probably leave off any sentiments from the front and
I really like this stamp set from SU. The pierced/stitched look of the trio of embossed hearts goes perfectly with this patterned paper I found at HL last year. I'm thinking I'll try to make another one of those and use some real stitching instead of faux.
Guess that's about it for this morning...time to get myself started on some work -- those mailing lists are staring at me.
Today's nurturing moment is:
Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside. -Brian Tracy
Enjoy a day filled with GREATNESS and don't forget to Nurture your heart today!
and a beautiful morning to boot! The partly cloudy sky is a piercing blue and the sun is spreading golden beams of light across the landscape. I love this time of the morning!
http://www.ldsmag.com/youtube/090421music.html This little You Tube will also bring some joy to your heart today! Gotta love the smiles it brings to the faces of the people at the Antwerp Station but also the smile it will bring to yours!
I didn't get as much crafting done yesterday as I had hoped I would, but I did get a start on the high heel - at least it's cut out and the first layer of paper is on. This would also work well with wall paper, I think -- so might need to try that as well on a second shoe if I like how this one turns out. I think I have the flower fan just about ready to "glue" to it's base. Pictures later this morning.
Mike wrote -- and posted a few pictures on his facebook. I'm glad he's able to upload a few every month. Otherwise, we wouldn't see anything! Here are a couple that I snagged.
I don't have any additional names and when I tried to resize the pictures, all the name tags just pixelated and were unreadable.
He sure has matured over the last year! Hard to believe that he's going to be coming home in November!
Today's Nurtured Heart Moment is:
Observation is like a muscle. It grows stronger with use and atrophies without use. Exercise yoour observation muscle and you will become a more powerful decoder of the world around you. --Joe Navarro