Friday, November 19, 2010

Thankful Cards

Hi There and Happy Friday to you!

This week somehow got away from me and I didn't get to create nearly as much as I wanted to. I was able to finish up some cards today, though, and thought I'd share them with you.

This first card is pretty much a complete case of this one on Just4Fun2. I saw it way back in September. I really liked the wreath, but thought (foolishly) that I could recreate the wreath with stamps I own, or digital stamps. Um, not so. I didn't have any leaf images that I thought would work well (what's up with that?), so I put in on the back burner. But I couldn't get the card out of my mind, so I caved and bought the digital image here.(big cave, it's all of $2)There are some really neat images in this shop, but I just bought the one. I could so do some damage to my wallet, but with the holidays coming up, I am being good (sort of. If I was really good, I'd not be getting anything, ha, ha)
Anyway, I really, really liked Pat's card and didn't change it up much. I just used colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits instead of markers. It was kind of fun trying to blend the colors. My intention was to have the cross stitching the same as Pat's too, but I poked the holes on the leaf paper on the wrong side! Had I kept it, the little acorns would have been upside down. Oops. So, maybe that is my different take on the card. LOL It's harder to see than I thought it would be, but the sentiment is stamped right onto the Amber Autumn (DCWV) cardstock. I used that Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving set for the sentiment.

I wanted to use the same Hero Arts set for another card and this is what I came up with. My inspiration was this card on Lea's Cupcakes and Sunshine blog (yes, I am stretching, it doesn't look much like my inspiration). I really liked the design. But again, I don't have leaf stamps that I felt would work(I'm surprised that I don't own smallish leaf images) But, I didn't cave and get the stamp set she used (again, trying to be good). I think it came out pretty nice for a clean and simple card.

Did you notice I put my name on the pictures? It's been a long time since I've done that. Maybe I'm a lazy blogger, but I don't edit my pictures (maybe I should, but I think my camera takes pretty decent shots). I don't always feel like opening up my PSE 7 to just put on a watermark. And Windows Live Writer no longer works for me. But I have this program that I got a long time ago for editing videos (when I thought I'd be creating more of them-hardy har har). It used to open up every time I stuck my photo card in the reader. I would just hit cancel when the pop up came up. Then it quit opening up. Just this week it started opening up again(sometimes computers are so hit and miss). And I hit cancel. But then....I wondered (for some bizarre random reason) if I could open up the pictures in this program to add my name to the picture. Lo and behold, it worked! Yay, I can put my name on my creations again, and it is fairly quick and painless. 

That font is called Kathleen, and I honestly don't remember where I got it. I liked how it looks like that script typewriter font from when I was a lot younger...anyone remember those? Yes, I realize I'm totally dating myself now, but I loved the look of reports typed with that font...always wished we owned one like it. LOL Yes, I used to type up school reports on a manual, then an electric typewriter. I was in high school when my dad brought home our first computer. It used DOS. Ugh, I hated it. I had so much trouble getting it to work. It was faster for me to type on the typewriter, so I preferred to do my reports that way. Ahhhh, you youngsters (and my kids) have it so much easier now, in terms of technology. 
And just so you know, I walked to school, uphill, both ways, in the snow. LOL (never mind that I grew up in Southern California...phffffft

Geez, that was quite a tangent...forgive my skip down memory lane and
 I hope you have a great start to your weekend.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Kim Burmeister said...

Jeanne, these are sooo pretty! I like how you create a card from one you are inspired by and am impressed with your version. Love them!

Wow! You are putting your watermark on them......Good for you!

Kathi C. said...

Your cards are both awesome, my friend, and I loved your trip down memory lane. It's nice to have a friend old enough (barely) to remember the typewriter.

Have a great weekend!!

Sparkle said...

Such pretty cards!

Laurel said...

This is so pretty!

Sharli said...

Hi Jeanne,
I love your card - the leaf wreath is so pretty - and the panels behind it are rich and provide the balance. Very nice!!

The second card is wonderful, too - I think you did a fabulous job with your wee investment.


itsabrt said...

Oh what a great memoir and fantastic set of cards! Have a super weekend!

Alanna said...

Great cards Jeanne. I love those papers in the first one. Great job taking inspiration and then making it your own.

I loved hearing your tangent about computers and then the walking both ways to school uphill in the snow. In California no less. Thanks for the laugh this morning.

I hope you have a fabulous Saturday.

Anke said...

Oh these are beautiful! I love the colors! You had me giggle about the snow, good thing we didn't get any yet, I am so not looking forward to that!