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Are You Making Anything to Celebrate Spring?

When I was a little girl I was in love with miniatures. I never had a dollhouse and several of my adult friends told me I should indulge that “inner child” and buy one, but I never did. The last crafted project I can remember working on before I left Colorado in 1995 was a set of miniature teddy bears. I could fit the whole family in one hand. Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear all hand sewn in felt with clothes and everything. Papa had a hat like Paddington Bear, and a blue coat.

Funny how I can remember all those details but I can’t remember my grocery list without taking it into the store with me. Ha!

I still like miniatures, but my small collection from childhood is stored away in a now falling apart shoe box in the bottom drawer of Grandma Celia’s desk. I came across it while cleaning out the desk before handing it over to Furniture Care of Texas to completely strip and sand it down to its solid mahogany beauty. I didn’t spend much time exploring that box of miniatures because the memories are too painful, but I made the connection between them and my love of Note Cards. Everything miniature is just more cute, don’t you think?

15 years ago I learned how to use rubber stamps to make art that I couldn’t draw, and I was in love with making 3″x3″ Love Notes. Do you remember them? I still love them, but you can’t mail them. Around the same time, I became familiar with Artistic Trading Cards. I’m not sure of their exact size, but this Postage Stamp punch (and the one before it) remind them of ATCs. I had SO MUCH FUN making these little elements to pop up on my card this week!

Once I learned that I could mail a Note Card at the regular postage, I started playing around and found them to be the happy medium between a Love Note, and an A2 card that looked empty inside if I didn’t write enough. I make A2 cards, too, and lately I have been creating both the A2 and a coordinating Note Card.

PROJECT NOTES:

Stamps: Fable Friends (retired), Cutest Cows

Ink: Mango Melody (retired), Granny Apple Green, Sahara Sand (retired) and the Lemon Lolly marker (regular, not alcohol)

Paper: Note Cards & Envelopes, 12×12 Basic White card stock, Sweet Sorbet cardstock, 1″x5″ Bee Mine Designer Series Paper

Tools & Pretties: Adhesive Backed Hearts & Flowers, Bakers Twine 3-color pack, Fine Tipped Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rectangular Postage Stamp punch (retired), Timeworn Type embossing folder, Big Shot (same one I originally bought years ago is still working perfectly well!)

ASSEMBLY NOTE: When you run your embossing folder through the Big Shot, always run the fold line through first. In this case, embossing only the front of the card, I had to turn it on its side. When you do that, run the fold line through on the side AWAY from the handle and inside the margins of the base plate.

Leave a comment and let me know … Do you make Note Cards? Or would you prefer I show how to make this as an A2 card?

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