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Thursday, 12 May 2011

Using paper collection kits

Hi everyone!  Only hours to go before it's Friday again - woo hoo!!  I loved that feeling when I woke up today knowing that tomorrow morning I don't have to travel 2 hours into London!

I'm here today to give you some tips on using one my all time fave goodies over at Quixotic Paperie - paper collection kits!    As some of you know, I mainly make cards to sell for charity - - it's such a great excuse to spend more time crafting to help to raise funds for worthwhile causes (even though you know you should be doing the ironing!).  Last weekend I gave over 50 cards to our local Sussex Horse Rescue Trust who do an amazing job in:
  •     Preventing cruelty and relieve suffering of  horses, ponies and donkeys
  •     Providing management and maintenance of facilities for the care of the rescued animals
You can find out more about what they do on their website here.  We often visit the rescued horses, ponies and donkeys during our dog walks - they are so lovely and I can't believe people have treated them so badly.  {{Sigh}} if only everyone was kind and caring like the crafting community!

That's my rant for the day - back onto card making ... my stock of cards has now been seriously depleted and need to quickly get them back up to give away to other charities.  One way I do this is to use the 12 x 12 paper collection packs out there.  Today I wanted to share with you four cards I made using one of the Echo Park Collection Kits that Quixotic Paperie sell...



I made all four of these cards from the Little Boy Collection Kit in less than two hours - pretty impressive for me as just one card can take me days to do!  To speed up the process I simply:
  1. Selected some co-ordinating plain cardstock 
  2. Selected a couple of border punches
  3. Copied sketches I've used before
  4. Used my Grand Calibur to cut several Nesties at the same time- I'm sure the Big Shot can be used this way too!
So there's hardly any thinking that goes into the actual process making them!  I used Ranger Archival Jet Black ink for the sentiments, some buttons from my stash and 4mm chocolate flat backed pearls (90p for 100 - talk about value for money!!).

I hope you like them!  I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Echo Park Little Boy Collection Kit
Accents: buttons and ribbon from stash, 4mm chocolate flat backed pearls
Tools: Nestabilitie dies, Fiskars border punches

24 comments:

Molecraft said...

It must be so rewarding giving your cards to charity and my word 50 cards, you have been busy! These cards are fab Mary, love them all! Must go and check out those papers.
Helen x

Jo said...

These are all fab cards, they'll sell like hot cakes. 50 cards to charity in one go, that's fantastic. Jo x

Lisa Jane said...

You are a wonderful lady .. and so much good will come of your fantastic creations.
These little cards are so cute ... and perfect for any male - any age
Lisa x

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

I love the bright bold colours. Gorgeous cards.

Crystal said...

Oh my GOSH these are soooooo adorable!!!!!!!! WOW girl I sooo knew you were amazing what a thoughtful thing you are doing!!! so sorry I have been MIA I don't know which way is up lately LOL!!!! Off to check out some more of your FABULOUS creations!!! Hugs!

Monica said...

What wonderful cards these are and what a wonderful lady YOU are to have a heart of gold. Making 50 cards is no easy task... But I can understand the reward it brings along!!! Priceless feeling in one's heart, right? And so much richness as well. A lot of waffle there... Lol!

xxx Monica

Fabiola said...

vraiment très chouette! et rapide en plus...bravo, biz

Tammy said...

These are AWESOME Mary!! I love all of them! Fantastic work and such wonderful charities!
Thanks for playing along with us at Catch the Bug!
Tammy :)

Pami said...

What a fabulous charity to support Mary, so lovely. And what a great idea to make quick cards, I might have a go at doing that! Pami x

carol said...

oh wow your cards are gorgeous,thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty catz, x carol

Curlybear said...

OMGosh Mary J these are just amazing,

Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Catz A Challenge Quote/ Sentiment,.

Good Luck,
Hugs Bridget Crafty Catz DT :0)x

Danni said...

How wonderful for you to make the cards for charity!!
These are all so fun and fabulous!

lindyloo said...

oh what fantastic cards thank you for joining us at the crafty catz this week hugs linda x

Stephanie Kraft said...

What a wonderful collection of cards, Mary! Love them all!

karen said...

Oh WOW these are fantastic! Thanks for joining us at CES this week, Karen GDT

Jodie Mackrell said...

awesome cards! love them all! thank you for joining this weeks Bugaboo challenge at catch the bug!

Sally said...

It's great selling cards for charity Mary. Absolutely love these cards they are just gorgeous.
Hugs Sally xxx

Sue said...

These are great cards Mary! Love the plane one the best, and the charity is sure to be thrilled with them. Can't believe anyone can hurt an animal, but thank goodness these places exist to take care of them
Sue xx

Julie said...

Gorgeous cards, MaryJ!! Love the bright and bold papers - very fresh looking!! Thanks for joining us at CES challenges this week, Juliexx

Kathleen said...

What a great set of cards, fabulous for boys.

Kath x

Melissa S. said...

Well isn't that fantastic. These all look great. Thanks for shareing and thanks for playing along with us at Bugaboo this week.

Debi said...

Your card is lovely! Thank you for playing along with the Papertake Weekly challenge.

Frances said...

lovely cards, congratulations. hugs, Frances

Dora said...

O wow these are fantastic Mary.. and in just two hours !!! I normally take that for just one card ... and I love your papers, so fun and colourful Hugs xxx

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