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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cardmaking: Resourcing Old Calendars Into Cards

My friend Lynn O., over at  "Present Letters" sent me a nice card and a great handwritten letter the other day.  Just because she felt like it.  Thanks, Lynn!  It was such a surprise and real a blessing, that I decided to make some cards and begin sending handwritten letters too. 

Yesterday morning, I got the idea to make cards from an old ME desk planner that I had saved.  I was going to give the cards away, blank, donating them to the ladies in our local county jail.  My idea was that these cards would either brighten their day and they could keep them, or they could send them out to somebody who was upset with them.  I ended up losing my inside contact person (yay!), so I decided to keep the cards and use them myself.  I could still donate them to county, or give them to the assisted living home in our town, but maybe next time.  I feel like blessing those that I know right now.  Because these cards are made from ME's artwork, it didn't feel right to sell these particular ones. 

Lynn wrote so much on her card, that she ran out of room and continued on a legal pad.  That gave me an idea to make a card with more writing space for those of us who like to write a lot.  What I did was put the greeting part on top, and when you open up the rest of the card then you have a front and back of white writing space.  Kind of clever, don't ya think?

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

This is how I made the cards.  I had already cut out pictures from the ME Desk Calendar  I assembled the cards as I was watching t.v., and then went to my kitchen island to spray on the sticky adhesive.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
I have a favorite box that I use, so that the spray doesn't get all over the place.  This tacky spray works just great for my purposes.  But you had better be sure when you lay something down that is where you want it.  No re-do's with this stuff.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I have a stack of old pamphlets that I use.  I lay down a new sheet each time that I need to spray the sticky spray on the back of a photo, drawing or piece of paper.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
I do one or two cards at a time.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I ended up with 19 cards from the calendar.  These were not all done yet, I decorated them a bit later. 

The cards below I made with the same technique, but I used my own photos.  They are not quite done yet either, but I wanted to include them in this post.  I made 30 cards yesterday.  Dang!

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Below are some of the ones that I made in January.  They are all gone now.  Lynn bought some, I used some, and I gave some away for gifts.  I think that I like them better, but then again, I'm not through decorating the three above yet.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

So, there you are.  These were all easy and fun to make.  Now I just need to sit down and write some letters and send them out. 

I hope that you all have a wonderful day! 

Kathy M.

P.S. - Lynn, congratulations for getting your story about Geoffrey published in the  "Storm Country Analogy"  about the Joplin tornado!  Way to go, my friend. 

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Donnie said...

Such cute cards. Thanks for all the hints on how to make them.

Lynn said...

Kathy I'm glad that you found some inspiration from my card--although you clearly have lots of inspiration! Love your cards. I keep mine much more simple because my brain goes haywire thinking of all the possibilities and then I end up just daydreaming about it all! It's always fun to be creative!

Arkansas Patti said...

Now those are really good looking and how nice of you to see that they go where needed. You are so clever.

Laraine Eddington said...

You, my friend, are a super smarty pants. I love the cards.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

How's my buddy, Kathy???!!! I'm catching up with blogs. ;)
These are wonderful cards, I can see you have been busy. And I LOVE your idea of using that box for when you spray -- great idea!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Everybody!

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