Friday, April 12, 2013

It's Not Just about Cardmaking

As much as I love to make cards, there's something that I'm more passionate about and that is creating flyers or anything having to do with Desktop Publishing.  Believe it or not, I find this to be more soothing than cutting, stamping and assembling.  Why? Because I don't have to leave my computer. Everything I do stems from this one place (and my imagination). Once I get a request for a flyer or any type of marketing effort, my mind immediately begins visualizing how to assemble elements that will attract the viewer(s) attention.

A few months ago, a Bible Study group I belong to - Focus Point Small Group - came up with the idea to do mission work to aid the homeless.  Our first project was called "100 Soles for Souls." It became our church's mission project for the Season of Lent and on March 24th we collected over 105 pairs of shoes and enough monetary donations to provide shoes for two local homeless shelters here in Los Angeles.

Our next mission project will target women in the shelters and it's entitled, "A Blouse for a Cause".  This project will provide the women, especially those who are mothers, with a blouse for Mother's Day. I wanted something that would draw attention to our mission and came up with the concept of blouses hanging on a clothesline.  I found what I was looking for here and, using Gimp, made the changes I needed to make the artwork speak for itself.  Here's the final product.

: <a href=''>AnikaSalsera / 123RF Stock Photo</a>

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Let's Dance!

If I had to choose the types of cards I love to make, then I would have to say it's the ones that depict people and fashion. What I mean is, I love making cards with modern day women/men/children, and anything that has to do with fashion, such as shoes (especially those that are in style) clothing, purses, etc.

This card symbolizes all of that.  I don't remember where I purchased these lovely dancing ladies, but I love what they represent - freedom of expression, movement, joy, celebration!

I cut these three dancers using Make-the-Cut. The dresses are a layered part of the cut file and all I did was cut each dress using a different patterned paper (polka dots, Zebra, and Cheetah).  I wanted to make the card as CAS as possible, as well as monochromatic, so I opted for black, white, slate grey, and dark brown.