Happy 2017 – Off To A Good Start

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2017 will prove to a great year for all of us.  Boy, I, for one, am glad to be rid of 2016 and look forward to a more positive 2017.

I didn’t post last week because, frankly, I had nothing.  Recuperating from the holidays took all my energy but I’m back now and have made great strides within the first few days of the new year.  I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I only setting myself up for failure.  I’m terrible at keeping resolutions.  Actually, I haven’t even thought about what I would like to accomplish this year.  I figure I’ll go with the flow.  I will continue learning Hardanger, try some Blackwork and maybe some more Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

I have been busy making Valentine cards. I know it’s early, but I like to be way ahead so I’m not under pressure to get things done.

This first batch of cards were made for Card Care Connection, a non-profit organization, where I have been donating cards. Here’s the link if you are so inclined to do the same .  Be sure to read the rules.  http://cardcareconnection.com/MailCards.aspx

I pulled some graphics from various sources, cut out and used foam dots.  I also embossed the backgrounds for added texture.  A few other embellishments to complete each card.  Super easy.  You can tell I like the old vintage style cards with really cute and sometimes corny pics and phrases.  Those were the days!111-17-lac-valentine-ccc1111-17-lac-valentine-ccc2111-17-lac-valentine-ccc3

I also made up two special cards for my two youngest grand-babies. They’re 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 years old and both into Paw Patrol.  Again, pulled the graphics from the internet .  I first printed the card base and then a 2nd graphic which I used to cut and attach with foam dots.

For Dommy.118-17-lav-valentine-dommyFor Demi.119-17-valentine-demi

I did make up more Valentine cards but will save them for next week.

For my card making group, we have a  challenge for January to make a masculine card. For me, these are the hardest cards to come up with a manly theme so I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.

                              YOURS                                                                  MINE

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Lastly, an embroidery on paper card that I made this past week.  On my card making group we have 2 more events this month. (1) Celtic pattern challenge and (2) Border swap. I was smart enough to incorporate both these themes into one card which will be my swap card that I will be sending to my partner.

I used 2 different patterns, one for the border and another for the central motif which I elongated to fit into the space.  I used gold metallic thread, dark green stock along with some gold for the frame.  The center motif I cut using an oval die and added gold foil border stickers.  Not too tough but it sure took lots of time to stitch. Hoping my partner, Brenda, will like it.122-17-lac-celtic-pepc-1-2017

Well, there you have it.  Not a bad start to the new year.  What are you doing for the new year?

Linda

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