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Happy Happy Friday

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

It is Friday y’all, do you know what that means? The weekend is just hours away. JoAnn’s will be having sales, Michael’s will be calling my name, and Hobby Lobby is just so close I can taste it!

I do love taking a day from time to time to look back at the cards that I have made and the people that I have given them to. I would rather spend the time making a card from beginning to end and it saying exactly what I want it to, than to go deal with a card aisle of a store and not get exactly what I want. I have made so many cards over the past two years and I remember just about every one of them. They mean so much more when they come straight from the heart. My dad always says that the gifts and cards that mean the most to him, are the ones that we made him. I totally agree with that sentiment.

When I am in need of a card for someone, I never have a stack to pick from. Why? It’s not because I am a procrastinator. It has everything to do with my wanting to make them a card that is genuinely just for them. I pick the color of the paper, the stamps, the design, and every other detail with that specific person in mind. I think about how much I care about that person and how much I hope they enjoy this card.

Today was one of my flashback days. I got to looking at some cards that I have made over the last few months and I swear I love them every time I look that them. So, I thought I would come on here and share a picture like you see and talk about what products I love using for my card crafts.

I love getting most of my paper from JoAnn’s. They have a lot of colors and they do offer designer paper. I don’t normally get the designer paper, because I love making my own. Plus, they’re designer paper is relatively thin and I like good, thick paper. The white cardstock that I normally buy, I get at Walmart. You can hundreds of sheets for only a small hit on your wallet.

My stamp pads are my babies. I love Stampin’ Up! They’re stamp pads are very well done. I love that when you close them, you know they are closed. The folding style is awesome. I also love that you can re-ink them. You are not having to buy whole stamp pads when your pad starts drying out. You can just go on their site and order refills and just put a few drops on the old pad and you are ready to stamp again. They have a wide variety of colors and they carry matching paper for these colors as well.

My stamps are from a whole bunch of different brands. For me, I like having a wide variety of stamps for as many occasions as possible. I don’t always find that one store, always has my taste. My taste in things is ever changing and it would quite selfish of me to think that the stores should bend to just my taste. I love shopping on Amazon for stamps, going to JoAnn’s, Michaels, and Stampin’ Up. I look for my stamps to accept ink well and they do well when stamping on paper. I absolutely hate stamping down with a stamp only to discover it will only transfer half the image. Drives me nuts! I have been very lucky so far in my life of stamping and have only had this mishap a handful of times. I am praying that is all I will have.

As far as how I come up with measurements and general design, I don’t. I get ideas from other crafters. Angie Juda, Brandy Cox, and Connie Stewart are my absolute favorites. They always have super easy instructions and their designs are so inspiring for different colors, stamps, or even changing up using a square instead of a circle. I love how they give such fun ideas. If you haven’t checked them, please do so, you won’t regret it!

I enjoy working on a bunch of cards at once. When Christmas rolls around and it is time to start thinking about cards,I am so excited. This past Christmas, I made a card designed by Connie Stewart. The card worked up easy and I made about thirty of them.

I know that having a whole bunch of cards, can seem quite daunting. I have learned a few tricks to lessen the anxiety of such a big task. If you don’t mind I would like to share those tricks.

First, pick a card design that can be broken down into pieces. Meaning, you are able to work on a part at a time. For instance, the card pictured, I cut each card base first, all thirty. I then cut all of the other parts. If I am having run things through the BigKick that I have, I do all of the pieces I need. I make sure I have every single part that I need.

From there, I make a point to go from part to part. I fold all of my card bases, and begin piecing the card together. I do all of my gluing and taping. I do all of my stamping. I pretty much turn the card into an assembly line, making it easier to get all of the cards done.

Breaking a project down and working each part helps to relieve the overall task at hand. I find that if I pick a card that isn’t over complicated or too intricate, also helps make the task of making a bunch of cards easier. Don’t overthink the card either. The most important thing about groups of cards are the things you write inside them.

There aren’t too many tricks or tips that I have for that particular topic, as I am still learning myself. I will revisit the topic in the future if I come up with any other new things.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog. As always if did, please give this a like. Let me know what your favorite paper crafting products are. I am always excited to learn about new products. Until next time,

Thank you and God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

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