Monday, November 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Pilgrim!

Hello Friends! Loooong time no see and I've missed you. I finally made a card (yes, just one so far) and wanted to share it here. First though I want to say thank you so very much for all the kind words and encouragement you've been sending my way. I've missed my card making and blogging a lot and though it's probably going to be a while before I can get back to either with any regularity I hope that you'll still pay me a visit now and then.

My card share today is a card I made for my brother's birthday. The vast majority of the cards I make are for OWH but quite awhile ago I saw a card created by fellow OWHer Pam T. that used this John Wayne stamp (from Stamper's Best) and I knew right away that I had to get it. My brother is a huge John Wayne fan, so much so that I'm thinking I can continue to use this stamp for his cards for years to come. 

The embellishment that I created with the Stacking Star Dies (MFT) and a circle punch makes this card way too thick for mailing but since I knew I'd be hand delivering it I wasn't concerned. After some pre-planning in terms of layout, I printed the sentiment with a font that resembles carved wood directly onto the card base. Once that was done the rest was pretty quick. I stamped the image in Versafine Sepia Brown, inked the edges and coordinated a few papers from my scrap box. The star was die cut from a piece of heavy duty foil glued down to a heavy cardstock.

On a personal note I've been spending a lot of time working on resum├ęs and building a couple of websites, one as a portfolio site where a potential employers can see my work and a second for freelance graphic design work, to make it easier to actively seek out and find new clients. I certainly don't plan to turn this into a 'Paula's Job Search' blog but I will definitely share what I'm doing and where I find myself heading personally and professionally because I value your ideas and opinions and though we've never met I consider you friends.

Happy Crafting!
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10 comments:

Borqna said...

Excellent design! Happy birthday to your brother!
Wishing you the best!

Rose S. said...

Hi Paula glad you are back blogging and making cards.
Best wishes.
Rose.

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Paula! What a great way to jump back into blogging--I love this card with its textures, colors and John Wayne, of course! I'll never forget visiting Monument Valley, Utah a couple of years ago and seeing where they filmed many Westerns and where the Big Man himself stayed!

Erika said...

This is wonderful card and you've given it a great Western feel with your embellishments. I'm sure your brother will love the card and thanks for sharing. It's good to see you dive into the next chapter of your life - it will be exciting to see where you go!

Paula K. said...

Paula, so glad to see you blogging/designing again...I check you page every day just in hope to see something new by you! Looking forward to your new ideas for work.

Linda said...

Awesome card! My DH is a big fan as well so I have thought about getting it. The Cowboys is my fave. Thanks for sharing!

Carol L said...

Your brother is going to love this card as a John Wayne fan! It's awesome with that silver foiled star, and I love the frame around the image too! Best wishes in your job searching, and I just know you're going to land back on your feet again! You inspire everyone with your talent!

Tami B. said...

I should have held off a little while on yesterday's comment, but never the less, I'm so glad you're back!

Cindy O said...

Thanks for sharing this card! It's beautiful (or I should say, handsome!) with all the rustic embellishments. Seems like a great example of your "texture" lesson on Operation Write Home boot camp this month! And I'm sending you good thoughts for your work endeavors too.

Cheryl Claycomb Anderegg said...

Wonderful card! Love every detail, especially the star and the tin foil idea! Best wishes on your job search, your talents will be discovered real soon!

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