Saturday, November 27, 2010

Saturday: Cards by Traci


Yes, I finally had time to finish a couple of new cards!  I have spent so much time making the same cards over and over.  Once card takes me and hour just to color...the time adds up!  I hope that you are all having a wonderful time making cards celebrating the Birth of our Savior...Jesus the Christ!

I have  the same dilemma each year.  Because Dave and Josh do not celebrate Christmas, I need to make cards that are not religious.  The card represents all three of us.  I do make cards about Christmas.  I send them to my Christian Friends, and relatives on Dave's side of the family. 

Either way, I hope you enjoy taking a look at the cards made yesterday.

This was a fun card to make.  The mittens are really about 3 inches in length.  The set was made by EK Success.  The papers were used from paper purchased years ago, with an unknown name now.  I used the "Swiss Dots" embossing folder on the strip of white paper.  And, I attached the mittens with some white Offray 1/4" ribbon.  A quick "Season's Greetings" stamped image by INKADINKADO.  The card is a square 5 & 3/4" x 5 & 3/4".  I called the U.S. Postal Service to double check the postage on one ounce square envelopes this Holiday Season.  You need a regular 44 cent stamp, and an additional 20 cent stamp.  I asked why that was.  (I was curious, I have heard lots of rumors.)  The reason is because it needs to be hand processed.  They do not fit in their machines.
The Stampin' Sisters in Christ reminded us that we are to be thankful for everything, not only on big days like Thanksgiving or Christmas. I can honestly say that I have so much gratitude for even the smallest things. I am still so excited that the Lord of All-- unsealed my eyes to see His Greatness and Truth!  If I see a rock I wonder why it was made so pretty, or why He created a rose to smell so good. And, I just thank Him for things great and things small. I probably thank Him for people the most, after thanking Him for Saving myself and others, and for dying on the cross for my sins. UNBELIEVABLE!  And yet, so true!  Praise Him!

This is another square card...the holidays make me want to have a larger canvas to play with! The ink was Marvy Le Plume Markers in Pine Green and Peacock Green, and I used Reeve's Water Color Pencils in Light and Dark Brown for the ground. I used a stamp from Judith for the trees.  The larger stamp is perfect for this challenge, a friend gave it to me and I love is from Ann-ticipations! I added a small SU! "Noteworthy" stamp, a simple "Thank You." I am thankful for this challenge! SSIC # 66 Psalm 107:1 was the shared Scripture.

This tag may look familiar. I posted one almost identical to it a few weeks ago. I did a couple of different things to it. I just love this Our Daily Bread Designs cardinal from the Sing For Joy set! Instead of cutting out the cardinal and branches, I left it in a basic square shapes and used my Crafter's Companion paper cutter to cut that scallop edge! It took me about 1/2 of a second to spin the dial showing the different cuts. I then layered that on a square of co-ordinating green paper. I think these layers add a nice touch to these pieces. The ribbon was then tied in a loop, giving the possibility of being placed on a door knob, a pin on the wall, or hang it anywhere!  I thought of putting a candy or cookie recipe on the back, with our best wishes, and a bag of the goodies! I'll have to see how time goes by!

I made some of these cards in the SCS Christmas Card Challenge.  I have been changing it up a bit while I make more.  Some have a sunset/sunrise in the background...and Stickles give a great appearance not only on this hills, but on the trees and houses.  This card always takes me a while to color, I never know what colors I want each individual to wear that day!  Some of the cards have a plaid fabric blanket in the sleigh rather than a colored one!


Well, that is the start of my weekend. I am working on some children's cards right now. I am taking a break from measuring, and photographing! I hope that you have a blessed Sabbath tomorrow! I am very grateful that you come by...and I love to read the comments you leave--any feed back is worth considering!

Please consider making 1 or more cards for this Card Drive I am doing for the American Cancer Society. I started out needing 50 sets by December 2nd. I now only need 39 sets (10 cards and envelopes)! Every cent goes to the American Cancer Society and their Relay for Life in East Orlando in April! My Mom is the Chair of the event. I am helping out. I appreciate all of your help, too! It's not too late...the cards can be of any theme, and blank or lined on the inside. Please read yesterday's post (11-26-10) to get the mailing details and such. You are all so appreciated! Thank you for posting the information on your blog for a day!

This act of service reminds me of Matthew 25:35-40:

" For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

He IS Able,
Traci S.


  1. All of these are beautiful Traci. I know what you mean that it takes time to create a card. It takes me hours just to think of what I am going to do :).
    Have a blessed week.

  2. Hi Traci! These are all very pretty!!! Love the SSIC entry and do thank you for playing along with us! You are doing amazing to get so many made! I spend literally hours on each card so if I have to mass produce I feel like I'm cheating someone out of the 'real' me. LOL! I need to work on that attitude because sometimes it makes it imporssible to get one to all the people I want to send to! What a blessing your cards will be to the recipients! Each is delightful!!!

  3. Traci loving all of your cards that you have created Great Job :) it takes me forever to come up with something sometimes too :) and btw loving the music :) Take care girl. HUGS

  4. Happy Thanksgiving (kind of late). I really like your cards today--esp. that mitten card;) SUPER FUN!

  5. Your cards are so wonderful, Traci! I tried to pick a favorite out of these four... but I can't. They're all great!

  6. Traci, I love the cards you shared. Each one is so special. I also couldn't pick a favorite!



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