CardsbyMarianne is a blog that is not only about cards but also scrapbooking, papercrafts, mini albums and trash to treasure projects. I love to work with dies, patterned paper, embossing folders and various punches. In short, I love crafting and I can't wait to share it all with you. Thanks for visiting and for leaving me a comment!
Some of you may recall that awhile ago I altered a box and was going to use it to fill with assorted occasion cards for my sister's birthday. Her birthday is January 1st so I needed to have her gift ready to give to her at Christmas. Well I finally got it done and it's now waiting to be opened. I hope she likes it!
Her Birthday Card. Made of Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary paper collection.
The box and her cards were made using Graphic 45's On The Boardwalk paper collection. Fingers crossed that she likes her gift.
Here's a card that I made this year for a special someone. Lots of layers, (in one spot there were 8!) lots of dimension, overall a card with some weight to it. So thick I had to deliver it without an envelope. I used Recollections "Bright and Jolly" paper pack with some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Spellbinders dies and label dies. Merry Christmas Everyone!
I've put together a birthday card for a friend of mine and thought I would share with you before I mail it/drop it off. It's a little bulky so I haven't decided how I'm going to get it to her. I've used Graphic 45's gorgeous, gorgeous, did I say gorgeous paper "A Ladies Diary." I received my very first order from Wild Orchid Crafts the other day and the flowers were stunningly gorgeous and I just thought this card was the perfect opportunity to try them out. Some of their flowers are so tiny and yet perfectly exquisite in detail! I loved working with them and will order more from them in the future. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the flowers and lace and everything else used. I made the stickpin that's inserted into the middle. The lace also comes from Wild Orchid Crafts as well as the paper doily. The cardstock I used was Gina K's heavy weight cardstock. I knew I was going to be adding a lot of embellishments so I wanted a good weight cardstock to build my card on. I used a very light weight cardstock to use as a liner for the inside of the card. When I asked my sister what she thought of the card, her response was "every card you make seems to be getting better and better than the last."
I can see that. When I look back on the first set of cards that I placed in my Etsy shop, as well as the first cards shown on here, I do believe I've gotten better. That is my goal. To get better and better. Next year I'm going to start entering a lot more challenges. Those can only help me to get better as well. My other goals for the New Year are to eventually try out for a Design Team, (I know I'm not good enough for that yet), I would like to submit some of my cards to some of the card magazines and see if any make it. I do need to still focus on my photography skills as well. I never feel like the true essence of my cards shows up in the pictures I take. Well here it is, I hope she likes it! I'm proud of it.