As you may know, today is the last challenge for Pals Paper Arts. It’s had a long and illustrious run, and I am honored to have been a part of the history! This week marks another milestone for me too – I left my job in “Corporate America”! The business that my husband and I started two years ago reached the point where I needed to be more available so we could continue to grow. About a year ago, I went to 1/2 time with my corporate job, and last Friday I finally left completely! Do I miss it? I don’t miss the job, but I do miss the great people I worked with. Of course, we’re friends on Facebook now, so I can keep up with them.
Well, today’s design is for you – for being a part of this wonderful PPA journey, and for also being a part of my life. It’s also going in the mail to my former boss, and friend, Maria. She was fantastic to work for and work with, and I value that she’s been so supportive of my business journey.Say thanks to anyone who's helped you on your journey - with a handmade cardClick To Tweet
I also wanted to share that I am going to be taking a bit of a break here. You all know that I’ve not been posting a lot. The business is waayyyyy busy, and its time for some things to go in a new direction – a better direction! There will be some remodeling on the site over the next two months, and some new focuses. If you’re on my mailing list, I’ll be sending out some separate messages so you can continue to follow only the things that you love. But, I think you’re going to love it all! Yes – ONLINE CLASSES are still on the list, and will FOR SURE be coming in January. It’s always about time, isn’t it? So, please, sign up for my mailing list to keep up with site developments as they happen – and I’ll see you on the flip side!
Maven’s Mastery Tips
Grid Paper for Perfect Angles
You’ll want to pin this week’s tip! See the marker on the grid paper? I placed my card base on the paper, marked a corner, and then made some lines on either side to indicate how I wanted the angle in the design to go. Then, placing my DSP (cut to size) on the same grid paper (line it up to that same corner), I used a ruler to go across and line up to the marks on the grid paper. A few light lines, and a few cuts on my trimmer, and I had a perfect angle cut!
SAMJ = Perfect Placement
It’s an oldie, but a goody! The Stamp-a-ma-jig (or SAMJ for short), will get you perfect placement every time! It is a must have tool for wood mount stamps. For clear mount and photopolymer, I use it when I want to make sure everything is in line. Nothing worse than having a design in place, then stamping crooked! Noooooo!!!! It’s a crafter’s nightmare! 😉
The key to realistic leaves is colored cardstock, light veins, and sponging. First, start with colored cardstock – but not the exact color of the leaf. For example, I used Tangerine Tango CS for the maple leaf. (Cajun Craze for the oak, and Daffodil Delight for the third). Then, a lighter than expected color for the stamping. Agin, on the maple, I used Cajun Craze. Then, the sponging – a light touch and lots of layers. For the maple, I used Cherry cobbler and Real Red, with a touch of Flirty Flamingo. Who would have guessed!
Share and Inspire Someone Today!
Well, chalk today’s design up to #poorplanning. When I put this one together earlier in the week, I totally forgot that today would be the 1st of September, and the Thoughtful Branches bundle would no longer be available. Well, there’s things to learn from any card – whether the actual paper/stamps/ink are available or not, so I’ll be sure to focus on that.read more
As a cardmaker, I’m very picky about who gets my cards. Are you like that too? I don’t want to pour all the love and creativity I have into a design just to have it looked at and then tossed. #heartbreak #iworkedsohardonthat #nooooooo! But, for the right occasions, and the right people a handmade card is the perfect gift, or gift accompaniment. That’s what my card is today.read more