Tonight I watched the Young Women’s General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints online. Even though it’s geared for the young women in the church aged 12-18, this older woman got a lot out of it… the theme was how to stand strong amidst the turmoil and temptation in the world. The talks were all excellent; something that Elaine S. Dalton said, about what God sees in each of us, inspired me to make this little card tonight.
I’ve used a digital stamp from Squigglefly, called “Princess Mia” and colored it in with my Copics. My paper is from DCWV, and I’ve used some Prima Flowers, buttons and Waxy Flax. I’ve also used the Fiskars Apron Lace punch, as well as my Nestabilities. The font that I used on my sentiment is called Rickles and it’s free from Dafont.
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Life took over and it seems my creativity is vacationing in the Sahara Desert right now. But today, I actually made a card. This is a very big deal for me.
Our office manager left, so I’ve been working longer hours at work to pick up a little slack… Cub Scouts and Kids and Church and Husband and Trips to College and an Easily Distracted Consciousness all conspire to keep me away from papercrafting. And that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy all those things but I have missed papercrafting and it felt soooooo good to make a card today. I even used a 13 year old stamp on my card and it STILL felt good. Papers are by My Mind’s Eye.
One of the happy reasons I’ve chosen to do other things than papercraft was a couple of weeks ago I took Child #3 to BYU-Idaho to start college. What a great trip, I got to spend time with my daughter and son-in-law who live nearby, and Trevor is safely ensconced in his all-male apartment complex preparing for adult life, and that is wonderful. I miss him a bunch though. But that is as it should be… and I believe he is right where the Lord wants him to be.
We started this in January of this year and it’s getting more and more popular. Tonight we are having “Christmas in July” and I am teaching the make and take. This has been a lot of fun, because we have different sisters taking turns doing the make and take each month, and tonight for the first time, we’ve split into two swapping groups. The idea was to stop at 10 people, but we had 16 people sign up tonight so we have two swapping groups!
Tonight I’m teaching the make and take and I’ve made a Gift Card project…
Gift Card Holder
The finished project makes a 4″x4″ card. I’ve used the Emporium papers from CTMH, a CTMH snowman stamp, I’ve chalked around the background of the stamped image, and used some SU! punches and corner rounders. The inside of the card holder looks like this:
Inside of Gift Card Holder
I’ve done a similar project like this before back when I was a CTMH consultant, but not with this group — for the “holder part, you just pull a credit card out of your wallet, stick a couple of picture corners at the bottom corners as a guide, and place on your card where you want them to go. The card folds up, the little band slips over it to hold it in place and voila!
I’m also swapping tonight… this card is made with CTMH Evensong papers, and an Angel Company stamp. I’ve also used a couple of SU! punches, the lace punch and the ticket corner punch. Also Sparkles and Picture Hangers from CTMH and some stash ribbon.
Tonight's Swap Card
The nicest thing about our Card Club, is we have it at a local Panera Bread. It’s actually closer to most of us than our church building, many of the sisters meet an hour early to have dinner together and Panera is very friendly about letting us meet there. No dining room to tidy up!! 🙂
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it is a pretty big deal when you get to travel from Minnesota to Salt Lake City to attend General Conference. It’s not something most folks get to do very often, and it was the first time for me. Kind of comparable to going to Rome or Mecca! What made it especially nice aside from the spiritual feast, is that I got to attend with my husband Peter, my daughter Shannon and son-in-law Daren, and my eldest son Josh. Shannon and Daren live about 4 hours away from Salt Lake, outside of Idaho Falls. Josh attends university at BYU.
Claytons at General Conference
When I made this layout I did something I never do — I bought paper and chipboard embellishments at the Dollar Spot at Target! I really liked the Leaf paper so I thought I’d give it a try — I don’t know why I waited so long to take advantage of a bargain! Everything is Target, with the exception of Tulip CS from Close To My Heart, and the titling is stamped with Charm Lowercase Alphabet and Delightful Alphabet, also from Close To My Heart, in Chocolate, Tulip and Juniper. I also used some ribbon from my stash.
Don’t be like me and turn your nose up at the Target Dollar Spot — big mistake!